There were six games in the NBA lineup yesterday, all of which provided fans and sports gamblers with an entertaining evening. The LA Lakers were looking to find a way to improve last night when they met the Phoenix Suns, but couldn’t pull it together. Things are going to get even more interesting after the All-Star break.
Lakers Take It On The Chin
LeBron James may be able to hit a mid-court shot left-handed, but that’s not enough to win a game. The Lakers were favored to win last night by 1.5 points and, even as the Suns lost Devin Booker following his ejection, they couldn’t find their rhythm. They fell 111-104, and the only highlight was that the score beat the Over/Under by 1.5 points.
Booker was ejected for technical in the third quarter, and James and company still couldn’t get it done. Even LeBron’s 38 points weren’t enough, with the Suns launching a targeted scoring attack that led to five players reaching double digits. The win put the Suns second in the West and they will now face the Golden State Warriors tomorrow. The Lakers take on the Sacramento Kings tonight.
Grizzlies Find Their Way
The Memphis Grizzlies wanted a victory last night against the Washington Wizards to approve above .500 and found a way to get it done. Ja Morant gave the team 35 points, while De’Anthony Melton and Dillon Brooks added 20 points each. Memphis had been the slight favorite in the game, and the 125-111 final score not only allowed them to cover the spread, but it also beat the Over/Under by half a point.
Memphis now has two straight road wins after completely dominating the second half last night. The Wiz had expected more out of Russell Westbrook and Bradley Beal (23 points each), but had to settle for their second straight loss. Next, both teams host games tomorrow, with the Grizzlies bringing in the Milwaukee Bucks and the Wizards hosting the LA Clippers.
Clippers Play Without Leonard
The Clippers had to take on the Boston Celtics last night without Kawhi Leonard. He had been expected to be a big part of a victory, and his absence may have been part of the reason the Clippers fell 117-112. Kemba Walker and Jaylen Brown lit up the scoreboard, even though Brown was doubtful before the game, and Jayson Tatum gave some assistance as the Celtics now picked up three straight wins.
The Clippers had been favored to win by four, and underdog bettors will have liked how this game turned out. However, they probably didn’t like the final score, which didn’t reach the predicted 220. The Clippers now have their last road game tomorrow before heading home and the Celtics will host the Toronto Raptors tomorrow, as well.
McMillan Gets It Done Leading The Hawks
After the Atlanta Hawks fired former head coach Lloyd Pierce on Monday, assistance coach Nate McMillan stepped in to temporarily fill the void. He made his debut as head coach for the Hawks last night when they played the Miami Heat and made a name for himself as a possible candidate for the head coach position permanently. In a low-scoring game, the Hawks took care of the Heat, capturing a 94-80 victory.
This game didn’t come close to the Over/Under of 222 as the Hawks scored an underdog win. Trae Young picked up 18 points, including 13 in the last quarter, to stop the Heat’s six-game winning streak. This was a revenge game for the Hawks, who had lost to the Heat this past weekend, and Atlanta made sure they didn’t fall again. McMillan has another chance to prove himself when the Hawks take on the Orlando Magic today, while the Heat will look for redemption when they play the New Orleans Pelicans tomorrow.
Knicks Get Knocked In San Antone
The New York Knicks were in San Antonio last night to take on the Spurs, looking to continue to show their best performance in years. It didn’t happen, though, as the Spurs overwhelmed them and brought their three-game winning streak to an end. The 119-83 final score shows just how badly San Antonio punished its opponents.
Trey Lyles had a season-high 18 points for the Spurs, while Dejounte Murray added 17 to dominate the game from the start. This was another underdog-winner, as the Knicks had been favored, but just by a point. The Over/Under, at 214.5, had expected a much bigger fight than what the Knicks gave, as 16 turnovers cost them precious points. Tomorrow, the Knicks will host the Detroit Pistons and the Spurs are off to face the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Jokic Shines For The Nuggets
The Denver Nuggets were the underdogs in last night’s contest against the Bucks, but you would never know it by how they played. Nikola Jokic had 37 points, 11 assists and ten rebounds to pick up his 50th career triple-double – nine of which came this season – and the Nuggets had little difficulty taking down the Bucks, with a final score in the game of 128-97.
The Bucks were heavy favorites to win (at -225), but the Nuggets ignored the numbers. They held the Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo away from the basket, keeping him under 35 points for what would have been his fifth consecutive 35-point game. The final score fell way short of the 234.5 Over/Under as Milwaukee struggled for the better part of the second half. Next, the Nuggets will play the Indiana Pacers tomorrow as they bring a four-game road trip to a close.