After a few underdog wins in the NBA last night, tonight’s slate of games could provide some awesome action, as well.  This is the last push before the All-Star game this weekend, with tomorrow’s games bringing to a close the first half of the season.  Then, the league takes a short break before returning next Wednesday.

Cavs Look To Keep Streak Alive

The Cleveland Cavaliers take on the Indiana Pacers tonight and are ready to shoot for their fifth win in a row.  The Pacers are headed in the exact opposite direction, having dropped their last four.  Neither team is that spectacular this season, and injuries could be a problem.  The Cavs are without Kevin Love, Larry Nance, Jr. and Andre Drummond, while the Pacers will take the court without Caris LeVert, and TJ Warren.

Despite riding a four-game losing streak, the Pacers are favored tonight.  Unibet is giving them -240 to the Cavs’ +195, and throws in a 6-point advantage.  The Over/Under is set at 218.5 and this is going to be a defensive game that deserves a little action on the Under.

Jazz Look For Recovery

The Utah Jazz just got beat in an unbeatable game and want to recover when they take on the Philadelphia 76ers tonight.  The Jazz still have the best record in the league, at 27-8, but have had difficulty when facing the Sixers.  Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert are going to come out swinging tonight, ready to keep Joel Embiid outside the perimeter.

The Jazz are getting -143 and three points.  However, they were also heavily favored when they took on the New Orleans Pelicans before losing that battle.  The Over/Under is at 227.5 (-110) and, even though the 76ers have been able to hang close to the Jazz, don’t expect Utah to fall.  With superior talent on both ends of the court, the Over is likely to hit.

Hornets Take On The Timberwolves

The game between the Charlotte Hornets and the Minnesota Timberwolves isn’t one that means a whole lot for the standings, but it is a good option to challenge sports gamblers.  The Hornets have been up and down in every category over the past ten games and, when these two teams met on February 12, Charlotte pulled off the win.  The Timberwolves have dropped their last eight, and both teams are struggling to find solid ground.

Oddsmakers have tightened up on this game, giving the Hornets -114 to the Timberwolves’ -106.  There’s just a single-point advantage (at -110) for the Hornets, and the line and spread are chances for sports gamblers to show their stuff.  The Over/Under is at 232.5 (-109), but take the line and the spread.

Thunder Finish Half On The Road

The Oklahoma City Thunder wrap up the first half of the season on the road, taking on the Dallas Mavericks and then the Houston Rockets in back-to-back games.  OKC has picked up three wins in their last five, but one of those losses was a brutal defeat at the hands of the Denver Nuggets this past Saturday. The Mavs have had a rough month, dealing with an unscheduled COVID-19 break and devastating winter storms, but that downtime was used to make adjustments that will come in handy tonight.

Dallas is the clear favorite, getting -230 on Unibet.  The spread is at 5.5 for the Mavs, and the Over/Under of 223 (-113) doesn’t seem too impressive.  Despite their recent wins, the Thunder will be silenced starting tonight as the first half of the season ends.

King James Benched Against The Kings

The defending NBA champions haven’t done a good job defending their championship.  The LA Lakers are not showing the same skills and talent that led them to capture the league last season and will have a more difficult time tonight.  LeBron James is now out for the game against the Sacramento Kings, joining Anthony Davis on the sidelines.  Fortunately, this is the last game for the Lakers before the All-Star break, so the team can hopefully put its house back in order.

Oddsmakers expect LeBron’s absence to cost the Lakers, which is why they’re giving the Kings -167 to the Lakers’ +140.  The spread is only 4.5 points (-112), which seems low, given the key absences the Lakers will see tonight.  An Over/Under of 226.5 (-110) is close, but the final might fall just short.