The NBA is giving us ten games on a Friday night, and most of them look like pretty good matchups. Some of the odds might be a little long, and the moneylines may be mysteries, but oddsmakers live in their own worlds when it comes to setting the lines.
Pels Host The Bucks As Underdogs
The ‘too hot to handle’ 11-6 Milwaukee Bucks (-286) will be down in the ‘Big Easy’ tonight to take on the promising 6-10 New Orleans Pelicans (+230) who, at times, have shown some ‘basketball brilliance’ and who, at others, looked lost in their faith in themselves and just cannot seem to make a shot. Perhaps that is why Unibet has the Bucks heading into the game as 7-points favorites with the Over/Under set a little high at 228.5.
The Bucks are more consistent, but they too have their off nights. If the Pelicans do manage to have a good night, this could be a hell of a basketball game at the Smoothie King Center in downtown New Orleans. MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday going up against last year’s number-one choice in the NBA Draft, Zion Williams, along with Brandon Ingram and the phenomenal Eric Bledsoe could turn out to be one of the best matchups we will see all season.
Cavs Travel To Madison Square Garden
Direct from Madison Square Garden in New York City tonight, the 9-9 Cleveland Cavaliers will be in town to take on the 8-11 New York Knicks, who are back home at last after a long outing during which they did not play their best basketball. The Cavs, as well, have had their doldrums recently and need a spark to get going again. Madison Square Garden is one of those places that inspire sparks.
Oddsmakers are calling this one very close, with Cleveland at -114 and New York at -106. They have set the spread at just -1 for the Cavaliers and the Over/Under at a very low 207.5 points. While neither team has any stand-out super hoops heroes, they both have assembled teams make up of dependable journeyman players who tend to deliver when needed, without all the drama.
However, the Cavaliers’ young Collin Sexton might be on his way to join the superstars if he keeps playing the way he has been. Right now, Sexton is averaging 25.2 points per game, with a field goal percentage of 51.7, leading both of the teams playing in the big game tonight.
Clips Look To Recover Points And Players
The LA Clippers have been holding on for dear life for the past few weeks due to the unavailability of their three star players, Kawhi Leonard, Patrick Beverly and big Paul George. That’s quite a slice to take out of any team, but the Clips have held their own with what they have. In fact, the loss to Atlanta on Tuesday evening snapped a 7-game winning streak for then what amounted to the Clippers’ back-up squad.
Tonight, the 14-5 Clippers (+130) will be down in Florida to take on the 8-11 Orlando Magic (-155), who are favored to win by 3.5-points. The Over/Under is set at 212.5 for the game at the Amway Center in Orlando.
Jazz Continue To Belt Out The Hits
The hottest team in the NBA right now is the Utah Jazz. The 14-4 Jazz will host the still feisty 8-10 Dallas Mavericks tonight in Salt Lake City as 3.5- point favorites, with the Over/Under set at 221.5. The Jazz (-175) are putting a 10-game winning streak on the line against the Mavs (+143) tonight at home in Utah.
The 11-7 Indiana Pacers (-175) will travel to North Carolina to take on the 7-11 Hornets (+143) tonight at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte. The Hornets are 3.5-point underdogs for the contest, perhaps because the Pacers just beat the Hornets a couple of days ago 116-106. The Over/Under for the contest is set at 222. With the strong run Indiana has had lately, there’s not much reason to think that NC will bounce back; however, this NBA season has already shown that anything is possible.