There’s a full slate of 11 NBA games to enjoy tonight, with two more having been postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus problems. The league has been trying to keep COVID-19 off the courts, but issues are still cropping up. Hopefully, there’s not another repeat of the delay witnessed last season.
The NBA Bar Is Being Raised
The LA Lakers vs. Milwaukee Bucks game on Thursday evening featured Giannis Antetokounmpo scoring this third double-double in four games, Kris Middleton with 20 points and Jrue Holiday with 22. Then came Anthony Davis with 18 points and 9 rebounds, and the amazing Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who sank 7 of 10 three point shots and finished with 23 points. LeBron James went 6 of 10 on 3-point shots from all over the court and finished with a game high 34 points, is going to be a tough act to follow.
The Lakers won that game 113-106 and maintain a one-game lead over the Utah Jazz, who have won seven in a row, and the LA Clippers, who have won five in a row and sit at 11-4 in the Western Division.
Sixers Look For Two-Fer
Doc Richards must have been delighted watching his MVP candidate Joel Embiid put up 42 points against his old team the Boston Celtics on Wednesday evening. The Philadelphia 76ers won that game 117–109 and now get to try to repeat that performance here on Friday as 4.5-point favorites with the Over/Under set at 221. Unibet has the moneyline have the 76ers at (-180) and the Celtics at (+148). 10-5 Philadelphia leads the Eastern Division by two games with the 8-5 Boston Celtics close behind in the second spot.
Unfortunately, at the very same time, we have another rematch from Wednesday evening between the newly invigorated Brooklyn Nets and the hometown Cleveland Cavaliers, who won that battle by outlasting the Nets in overtime and coming away with a 147-135 victory.
However, there are a few new faces over on the Brooklyn side of the court that just might warrant taking a look at. The Nets front office must have been doing some high level wheeling and dealing because they managed to signup both Kevin Durant and James Harden, almost back-to-back. Then they got Kyrie Irving back after a seven-game absence and suddenly the expletives were flying everywhere.
Surely there must be some sort of rule prohibiting such an incredible accumulation of talent on one team, but then, since LeBron did it in Miami.
Nets Want Revenge
The Nets will be out for revenge for that Wednesday loss and everybody knows it. Unibet has Cleveland as 7.5-points and the Over/Under set at 224 for tonight. The moneyline is tight, with Brooklyn at (-245) and the Cavaliers at (+305).Brooklyn could move into contention for second place in the Eastern Division with a win in Cleveland this evening.
In Indianapolis this evening, the Indiana Pacers (-177) are hosting the (+145) Orlando Magic as 4-point favorites with the Over/Under set at a low 217.5.
The Battle Of Texas
In Texas, the 7-7 Dallas Mavericks travel down the highway to Alamo City to take on Greg Popovich and his 8-7 San Antonio Spurs as 2.5-point favorites and the Over/Under set at 222.5. The moneyline for tonight’s game shows the Spurs at (+117) and the Mavericks at (-139). This will mark the first time that the two Texas teams have met this season.
The Mavericks are finishing up a three game road trip hoping to add to their 124-112 victory against the Pacers in Indianapolis, while the Spurs are still licking their wounds after taking a bad 121-99 loss at Golden State on Wednesday. It was their worst defeat of the season and the Spurs will be looking to get back on track.