There were originally 13 NBA games scheduled for this evening; however, three of those have joined the ranks of the postponed. It is beginning to look doubtful that many, if any, of these postponed games are actually going to be made up before the NBA Finals begin on May 22. However, we still have ten good games on tonight and the action is starting to heat up as the cream begins to rise to the top in the NBA.
COVID-19 Forces Schedule Changes
The Chicago Bulls against the Charlotte Hornets (although the Bulls are also scheduled to be hosting the Detroit Pistons tonight, as well), the San Antonio Spurs against the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Detroit Pistons against the Dallas Mavericks have all been postponed due to COVID-19 considerations. The Bulls and the Pistons tonight is an add-on game attempting to make up for an earlier postponement.
The evening kicks off in Orlando at the Amway Center where the 10-18 Orlando Magic will host the 14-15 New York Knicks, who are trying to claw their way back to .500. The Knicks will be 4.5-point favorites on the road against the Magic. Oddsmakers have set the Over/Under at a low 209.5 and moneylines are at New York-180 & Orlando +148.
Orlando’s Julius Randle put up 44 points against the Atlanta Hawks on Monday and is averaging just over 23 points per game. However, that isn’t enough for oddsmakers to give the Hawks a lot of confidence tonight. The slumping 11-16 Hawks travel up to cold and icy Boston for a two-night stand with the 14-13 Boston Celtics, who are 3-point home court favorites tonight. Moneylines for the game are Boston -143 and Atlanta +123, with the Over/Under holding at 224.
76ers Get Huge Props Against Houston
The 18-10 Philadelphia 76ers will host the hapless 11-16 Houston Rockets tonight at the Wells Fargo Center downtown as whopping 10.5-point home court favorites, even though they have now lost three games in a row. If you want to win a $100 betting on the favorite 76ers, you will have to put at risk $590, as the moneylines now read Philadelphia -590 and Houston +430. The Over/Under for the game is 227.5.
After dropping seven of their last nine games, the 7-21 Minnesota Timberwolves will host the 14-14 Indiana Pacers, who are 5.5-point road favorites tonight. The Over/Under is now at 225.5 and the moneylines are set at Indiana -210 & Minnesota +175.
The battle of Bradley Beal and Nikola Jokic will take place tonight at the Capitol One Arena in Washington D.C. when the 8-17 Washington Wizards host the 15-12 Denver Nuggets. The visiting Nuggets are favored by 3.5-points and oddsmakers have set the Over/Under at 233.5. The moneylines are Denver -155 and Washington +130, which doesn’t sound too appealing. Taking action on the spread will pay off, but watch the Over.
Pels Set To Edge Out Portland
The 17-10 Portland Trail Blazers will roll into New Orleans tonight in an effort to extend their five–game winning streak to six against the 12-15 Pelicans, led by big Zion Williamson. The Pelicans are 3-point home court favorites. The Over/Under for the game is at 237 and, despite their records, the moneylines are Pelicans -141 & Trail Blazers +118.
The 11-16 Oklahoma City Thunder will visit the 11-12 Memphis Grizzlies at the FedEx Forum in Memphis for another make-up game due to COVID-19 protocols. Moneylines are at Memphis -275 & OKC+225 in a game where the Grizzlies are favored by seven points and the Over/Under is at 225.5. Could this be tonight’s upset victory?
Warriors Slight Favorites Against Miami
Stephen Curry is now up to averaging over 30 points per game as the 15-13 Golden State Warriors host the 11-16 Miami Heat at the Chase Center in San Francisco. However, even with his strength, the Warriors are still only getting a little support from oddsmakers, favored by just a single point. The Over/Under is at 223 for the game and moneylines are at Warriors -115 & Heat -104.
Finally, as a fitting climax to tonight’s NBA action, the league-leading 23-5 Utah Jazz will be in LA at the Staples Center to take on the 21-8 Clippers as 3.5-point road favorites. The Over/Under is at 227.5 and moneylines read Jazz -159 & Clippers +132. The Jazz have now won 19 of their last 20 games.