The NBA will rollout no less than ten games tonight, with only two of the contests holding a spread of more than 5.5 points. So, it looks like we are going to have some pretty good matchups for tonight’s NBA action. This follows a weekend that was equally full of surprises.
Over the weekend, we saw some unexpected results and some excellent basketball. The hapless Washington Wizards, after being shut down for COVID-19 protocols, are still only 4-12. But they beat what is arguably the most talented team in the country in the Brooklyn Nets.
Lakers See Davis Return
Tonight, Anthony Davis of the LA Lakers will return to center court after missing a game with a right quad contusion. On Saturday night, he scored 27 points in helping the Lakers halt a 2-game losing streak as they beat the Boston Celtics, 96-95.
But tonight the 15-6 Lakers end a long road trip in Atlanta taking on the 10-9 Hawks, minus De’Andre Hunter, the Hawks’ highest scorer. The Hawks (+175) will be home underdogs for the game tonight at +5.5 with the Over/Under set at 220.5. The Lakers (-210) narrowly defeated the Boston Celtics 96-95 on Saturday night.
Davis said after that game, “For me, personally, it’s getting back in attack mode. Being aggressive. Crashing the offensive glass. Being in the paint. All those types of things.”
Butler Back In Action
The 7-12 Miami Heat (-195) will host the 9-11 Charlotte Hornets (+160) this evening. The matchup will feature the return of Heat veteran Jimmy Butler, who missed ten games due to COVID-19 protocols. Miami is a 5-point favorite tonight with the Over/Under set at 218.5.
The 8-11 Sacrament0 Kings (+138) and the 7-11 New Orleans Pelicans (-165) will meet tonight in the Smoothie King Center in downtown New Orleans in a battle of the bottom duelers in the NBA West. However, both teams are improving and showing great promise for the days ahead. Sacramento will be the road dogs tonight at +4 points and the Over/Under set at a rather high 232.5 for the contest.
‘Wolves Head To Cleveland
The 5-14 Minnesota Timberwolves (-195) will go to Cleveland (+160) to take on the 9-11 Cleveland Cavaliers as 5-point underdogs tonight with the Over/Under set at 217.5 for the contest. The Timberwolves are still without the services of their top scorer Karl Anthony-Towns, who has missed several games due to the COVID-19 protocols. Naz Reid has been out with a wrist injury, as well.
The 9-9 Houston Rockets (-195) are on a 5-game roar and have just gotten themselves back above .500. They will be visiting the 8-10 Oklahoma City Thunder (+160) tonight as 5-point favorites with the Over/Under set at 223.5
Greek Freak Holds Things Together
The Milwaukee Bucks have not been doing so well defensively of late. Even with reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo scoring 34 points with 18 rebounds and 9 assists, they lost to Charlotte. Tonight, the 11-8 Bucks (-530) will host the 10-8 Portland Trailblazers (+390) as 10-point favorites with the Over/Under set high at 236.
The 10-8 Phoenix Suns (+102) will roll into Dallas to take on the 8-12 Mavericks (-121) as 1.5-point road underdogs with the Over/Under set at 219.5. The Suns beat the Mavericks just last night in the first of a 2-game set, 111-105.
Grizzlies Set A Trap
The 8-6 Memphis Grizzlies (+130) will be putting a 7-game winning streak on the line when they roar into San Antonio. They’re set to take on Greg Popovich and his 11-9 Spurs (-155) as 3.5-point road underdogs with the Over/Under set at 221 for the game.
In the Windy City of Chicago, the 7-11 Bulls (-180) welcome the 9-12 New York Knicks (+148) as -4.5-point favorites with the Over/Under set at 217.5. Despite having the advantage, the Bulls might a little more difficulty than the lines would suggest, and an underdog wager could prove to be a winner.