After an exciting overtime finish to the late game last night in which the Washington Wizards finally outdueled the mighty LA Lakers 127-124, we have a full-on nine games of NBA action in store for us this evening. The Lakers get the night off to lick their wounds, but will have to take on the dominating Utah Jazz tomorrow. King James and crew will have a lot of work to do.
Cavs Host The Hawks As Underdogs
We begin in Cleveland where the 10-21 Cavaliers will welcome in the 13-17 Atlanta Hawks to the Rocket Mortgage Field House as 7-point home court underdogs. The Cavaliers have now lost ten in a row after losing to OKC on Sunday. Oddsmakers have the moneylines at Atlanta -275 and Cleveland +225, and the Over/Under is up to 227.5.
The Detroit Pistons, who have only managed to win eight games all season long so far to go along with 22 loses, will be down in Florida tonight again taking on the 13-18 Orlando Magic at the Amway Center as just 3.5-point road underdogs. Nikola Vucevic put up 37 points against the Pistons on Sunday when the Magic won that game 105-96. The Over/Under for the game is at a low 207.5 and the moneylines are at Orlando -155 & Detroit +130.
Nets Still Without Durant
The overloaded Brooklyn Nets continue to pick up steam having just won their last five games in a row with Kevin Durant sitting on the bench nursing a hamstring injury during the last four victories.
Tonight the 20-12 Nets will be hosting the 12-18 Sacramento Kings at the Barclays Center as 7-point home court favorites with the Over/Under at a rather high 242. Moneylines for tonight are Nets -278 & Kings +225.
The Boston Celtics have now lost nine of their last 14 games and find themselves back at .500. Tonight, the 15-15 Celtics will be in Dallas at the American Airlines Center to take on the 14-15 Mavericks as the favorites, if only by a single point. Oddsmakers have the moneylines at Boston -106 & Dallas -114 with the Over/Under at 224.5.
Sixers Look For Raptor Revenge
The Toronto Raptors upset Doc Richards’ 76ers last game out and would like nothing better than to do it all again. Oddsmakers seem to think that could happen as well only giving the 76ers a slight 1.5-point home court advantage. Moneylines are at Philadelphia -121 & Toronto +102 with the Over/Under at 222 points for the contest.
Stephen Curry and his 16-15 Golden State Warriors are traveling all the way across the country this evening. They will take on the 15-16 New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden as 3-point road favorites, and the Over/Under is at 219. Oddsmakers have set the moneylines at Warriors -143 & Knicks +123.
Saunders Makes His Minnesota Debut
The Minnesota Timberwolves have a new coach. Ryan Saunders was fired Sunday and has already been replaced by Chris Finch, who will be taking on his first NBA head coaching job. He will lead a team that has only managed to win seven games all season long. Tonight, the 7-24 Timberwolves will be in Milwaukee to take on the 18-13 Bucks and the awesome Giannis Antetokounmpo as 11-point underdogs on the road at the Fiserv Forum.
Oddsmakers have the Over/Under at 231 for the game; however, if you want to win $100 betting the Bucks to win, be prepared to put at risk a cool $670 as the money line wagering is Bucks -670 & Timberwolves +475.
The 18-12 Portland Trail Blazers and Carmelo Anthony will be in Denver tonight at the Ball Arena to play the 16-14 Nuggets as 6-point underdogs on the road. The moneylines are at Denver -240 & Portland +195, with the Over/Under set at 232.
And finally, out on the West Coast, the 11-17 Washington Wizards will be taking on the LA Clippers, who are now listed as 12-point home court favorites against the Wiz. Washington may have beat the Lakers in the Staples Center last night in OT, but moneylines are large giving the Clippers -835 & the Wizards +575. Oddsmakers have the Over/Under at 232 for the big game.