Friday evening brings us an almost full slate of 11 NBA games, with the big game tonight taking place out in Salt Lake City. The winningest team in the NBA, the 20-5 Utah Jazz, will host the number-two team in the NBA East, the 16-9 Milwaukee Bucks, featuring the powerhouse trio of Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday. This is shaping up to be a head-on-clash that could turn into a hell of a basketball game.
Jazz Too Powerful For The Bucks
The last time these two teams played, the Jazz set a new franchise record by sinking 25 three-point shots and beating the Bucks by a final score of 131-118. But Donovan Mitchell and his crew will have a tough time keeping the Bucks corralled tonight, home court or not.
Oddsmakers have the Over/Under at 233.5, with the Jazz showing as slight 1.5-point home court favorites. Moneylines are listed as Jazz -166 & Bucks +228.
Wiz Still Can’t Figure Out What’s Wrong
Thus far into the season, the Washington Wizards, even with Russell Westbrook, cannot seem to figure out how to play defense together. Surely, they all know how to play defensive basketball, they are professional NBA players. They just don’t seem to have a clue as to how to do it as a team as yet. Perhaps that is why the Wiz have only won six games so far into the season. They have Bradley Beal averaging almost 33 points per game, but even Beal can’t keep up with the number of points his D gives up.
The 11-15 New York Knicks will be in D.C. tonight at the Capitol One Arena to play with the 6-16 Wizards as 3.5-point road favorites with the Over/Under at 218. Moneylines have the Knicks at -163 & Washington at +232.
Anthony-Towns Back In Action
Karl Anthony-Towns returns to action with his Minnesota Timberwolves tonight after an extended absence from the court but finds his team at a disappointing 9-16 on the season. Tonight, they go into Spectrum Center in Charlotte to take on the 12-14 Hornets as 3.5-point road dogs tonight and the Over/Under set at 227. Oddsmakers have set the moneylines at Hornets -168 & Timberwolves +223.
Hawks Get A Boost On The Spurs
The 14-11 San Antonio Spurs will be in Atlanta tonight at the State Farm Arena to take on the 11-13 Hawks, who have just lost four out of their last five games. The Hawks will be looking to get back on track at home as scant 1-point home court favorites, with the Over/Under set on game day at 226.5. The moneylines list the Hawks -183 & the Spurs +202. That would seem to indicate that Atlanta might be able to turn things around, although this game could end in a surprise finish.
A couple of nights ago, the Chicago Bulls set a new franchise record by netting 25 three-point shots in beating the Pelicans. They hope to expand on that victory when the 18-8 LA Clippers come to the Windy City to take on the 10-14 Bulls as 6.5-point road favorites at United Center in downtown Chicago. Moneylines favor the Clippers at -140 with the Bulls listed at +305, and the Over/Under is set at 228.5. Taking the Clips across the board is easy money.
Doncic On Track For MVP
According to Dallas Mavericks’ super-star Luka Doncic, who is averaging now almost 28 points per game, “We’ve got three in a row, but we are just getting started.” Doncic, coming off his league leading seventh triple-double this season, is making a strong case for MVP consideration.
The 12-14 Mavericks will host the 11-13 New Orleans Pelicans tonight as 3-point road favorites with the Over/Under at 232. The moneylines are at Dallas, -170 and New Orleans, +223. Big Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram continue to lead the Pelicans with an eye on the future.