After airing only three NBA games on Tuesday, the NBA tonight is presenting a full 13-game program for fans to relish. There’s never been a better excuse for convincing your significant other that a multiple-screen setup is necessary in the den.
Lakers Head To Philly
There are some really good possible matchups, like the LA Lakers playing the Philadelphia 76ers, both teams being on top of their respective conferences. The Lakers are getting only a slight 2.5-point advantage by Las Vegas oddsmakers, even though they are the visiting team. Just take a look at the Philadelphia roster and see what Doc Rivers has accomplished in such a short time since leaving the LA Clippers so unceremoniously.
LeBron James and Anthony Davis are arguably the top ‘dynamic duo’ in the game right now, but Tobias Harris and Joel Embiid are certainly no slouches. We will soon see who has the hot hand this evening when the game tips off from the Wells Fargo Center in downtown Philadelphia at 6:30 pm.
The wagering moneyline is also showing the Lakers as slight favorites for the big showdown tonight. The Lakers are getting -130, while the 76ers are looking at +110, with the Over/Under set at 221.5. The spread also going in the Lakers favor, but only by 2.5-points. More than likely, this game will come down to endurance and the team that still has something in the tank late in the fourth quarter will probably win the game.
Mavericks Stay On The Road
The 8-9 Dallas Mavericks will be on the road again tonight. This time, they’re out in Salt Lake City to try and do something about the 13-4 Utah Jazz and their incredible nine-game winning streak. But oddsmakers in Las Vegas have put the Jazz down as 3.5-point favorites tonight with the Over/Under set at 225. If you want to bet the money line tonight on the Jazz, you will have to put $165 to win a hundred. Dallas is at +145 for the evening.
The Mavericks will feature the popular Luka Doncic and Tim Hardaway Jr. However, Utah remains the favorite, sporting a roster that few but the diehard Jazz fans have ever even heard of.
Dallas has had their problems with the COVID-19 restrictions for the last couple of weeks, resulting in a 2-5 record. The Mavs will be trying to get back into the win column tonight, but it won’t be easy.
Spurs/Celtics Questionable Due To COVID-19
The Boston Celtics will venture out of their familiar territory tonight and go down the visit Greg Popovich and his San Antonio Spurs in an atmosphere ripe with speculation about the possible cancelation of the contest due to an outbreak of positives from the mandatory COVID testing that the entire league must go through.
Should the game go off at 7:30 as planned, the 10-6 Celtics will be 3.5-point favorites over the Spurs, with the Over/Under set at 224.5. Moneyline wagering will be pretty tight as well with Boston at -165 and San Antonio at +145. No one will be touring the Alamo tonight.
The Sacramento Kings are probably one of the least well-known teams in the NBA. Non-fans will have trouble recognizing any of the players on the roster. The 6-10 Kings will be down in Orlando tonight, taking on the 8-10 Orlando Magic as 1.5-point underdogs with the Over/Under set at 222. Moneyline wagers are tight with the Magic at -125 and the Kings at +105.
Pacers And Hornets Battle Great Odds
The closest game of the evening, odds-wise, will take place at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, when the 10-7 Indiana Pacers come to town to take on the 7-10 Hornets. The game is currently listed as a pick, with the moneyline for both teams at -110 and the Over/Under set at 219.5. Michael Jordan is quietly building his team down in North Carolina. They are not contenders as yet, but watch out NBA when they do arrive.
The scheduled game pitting the Chicago Bulls against the Memphis Grizzlies has been postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions.