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A Lot Of Tight Games In The NBA Tonight

It’s a big night in the NBA tonight, with 20 teams ready to do battle.  Most of the games are expected to be tight, but a few have clear favorites, according to oddsmakers.  After last night’s action, there will likely be a few upsets tonight.

Wiz Look To Stop Skid

The Washington Wizards take on the Sacramento Kings tonight and hope they can stop the downward spiral they’ve been on since the All-Star break.  They have dropped four straight, while the Kings just took a loss at the hands of the Charlotte Hornets.  All of the momentum that the Wiz had before the All-Star Game seems to have disappeared, but that could change tonight.

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Washington is getting -152 on Unibet, while Sacramento sits at +128.  The Wiz are also getting 3.5 points (at -109) on an Over/Under that seems really high for this matchup.  Washington should be able to cover the spread, but a game total of 245.5 seem out of reach.

The Milwaukee Bucks are 25-14 and sit in third place in the Eastern Conference and go into tonight’s game on a four-game winning streak that might come to an end.  The Bucks will take on the conference-leading Philadelphia 76ers in a game that promises to be a good matchup.  This is the first time these two teams will meet this season.

The Sixers have Ben Simmons and the Bucks have Giannis Antetokounmpo, so these two big men can be expected to battle it out.  Despite leading the Eastern, the Sixers aren’t favorites to win, with the Bucks getting -250 against their +205.  Milwaukee is also getting 6.5 points (at -110) on an Over/Under of 236 (-109).  The game is likely to go over, but it may not be the Bucks who get the points.

Pacers Get Back LeVert Following Cancer Surgery

Caris LeVert returned to the Indiana Pacers bench this past weekend following cancer surgery and will be back on the court tonight to face the Brooklyn Nets.  As a former Nets player, he might have some valuable insight.  The Nets are going to be without Kevin Durant, still out due to a hamstring injury suffered a month ago, but Kyrie Irving and James Harden are more than capable of carrying the team.

The Nets are getting -159, while the Pacers are getting +132.  There’s little doubt that the Nets, second in the Eastern, will beat their tenth-ranked opponents.  However, the spread is only 3.5 points (-112), which should be easy to cover.  The Over/Under is at 232.5 (-108) and taking the Over is easy money.

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The Miami Heat take on the Memphis Grizzlies tonight in Memphis, enjoying a five-game winning streak.  On the road, the Heat are even at ten wins and ten losses, but the Grizzlies are 8-12 when hosting.  This is another first-time matchup between two teams this season.

The Heat are favored at -129 to the +106 for the Grizzlies, and are only getting two points.  Jimmy Butler, who has been averaging 21.7 points for the Heat, can easily pick up the two, but it won’t be necessary.  The Grizzlies aren’t going to be able to run with the fourth-placed Heat.

Clippers Look For Second Win Against Mavs

The LA Clippers just took down the Dallas Mavericks Monday night and look to do it again when these two teams meet up on the court once again tonight.  In that first game, the Clippers rallied to take a 109-99 victory, but tonight’s contest will be different.  The Mavs are on the verge of not making it to the playoffs and need every win they can get.

This is a tight game, with the Clippers getting -136 to the Mavs’ +114.  A spread of a basket and a half, at -112, doesn’t leave a lot of room for error, but the Clippers are likely to get it done without any problems.  The Over/Under of 226.5 (-109) could fall just short.

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In other games, the Boston Celtics are huge favorites to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers, getting -420 to +320.  The Golden State Warriors have even better odds, with the line at -670 against the +475 Houston Rockets.  The matchup between the Toronto Raptors and the Detroit Pistons is going to be close, with the Raptors getting a slight advantage at -139 and 2 points.  However, the Pistons have a good chance of taking the underdog win.

Erik is a writer and a sports nut who has had the good fortune to be able to experience a wide variety of world sports action up close and personal. He enjoys staying on top of the changing world of athletics and capitalizing on his writing skills to offer a unique take on what's going on in the ever-changing athletics ecosystem.

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