Like last night, tonight’s NBA schedule is relatively easy. There are only six games lined up, but a couple promise to be heavy on the action. The All-Star break is almost here and teams are giving it one final push before they step away for a little R&R.
Memphis Looks To Push Above .500
The Memphis Grizzlies take on the Washington Wizards in a road game tonight, hoping to improve from their 15-15 record. The Wizards, on the other hand, want to find a way to recover from a recent loss. The Wiz have won seven out of their last nine and want to reach the trade deadline, coming on March 25, as close to .500 as possible. That’s not going to be easy, as the Grizzlies are coming off one of their biggest upset wins in franchise history.
Unibet is giving Memphis a slight advantage, at -113 to -106. If that weren’t enough to make sports gamblers take notice, the one-point spread in favor of the Grizzlies should. An Over/Under of 235.5 (-112) caps off the odds for what is going to be a tight game from start to finish. This is going to be a must-watch contest.
Heat Also Look To Improve
The Miami Heat are dead even at 17 wins and losses as they host the Atlanta Hawks tonight. Atlanta just gave its head coach, Lloyd Pierce, the boot yesterday, with assistant coach Nate McMillan stepping up to fill the void temporarily. This could make the Hawks a little unstable tonight, and the fact that they might play without Bogdan Bogdanovic only makes the outlook a little grimmer.
The Heat just took down the Hawks and has won six consecutive games. Bam Adebayo has been performing well and has now picked up six consecutive double-doubles. Oddsmakers at Unibet give Miami the game at -155, while Atlanta is getting +130. A 3.5-point spread should be no problem for the Heat, and the 222 Over/Under (at -112) seems a little low, despite Atlanta’s difficulties.
Clippers Look To Stop Boston
The LA Clippers are in Boston tonight to take on the 15-15 Celtics. This is going to be an interesting matchup, with the Clippers needing to stop Celtics forward Jayson Tatum if they want to stop their recent roller-coaster ride of wins and losses. With Kawhi Leonard on the court, LA could certainly do it.
Boston is going to play without Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown is questionable tonight. Losing both would put the Celtics in a bad spot, and oddsmakers are giving the Clippers the benefit of the doubt. They have them at -167 against Boston’s +140, with a 4-point spread. A standard 220 Over/Under shows that oddsmakers aren’t too concerned with how many points are put up, but the Over should definitely hit tonight.
Just In The Knick Of Time
The New York Knicks have emerged from somewhere to play the best basketball they’ve played in years. They want to keep their winning streak alive when they take on the San Antonio Spurs tonight after a strong win against the Detroit Pistons on Sunday. For just the third time in two decades, the Knicks are above .500 after 35 games and want to keep that momentum going.
This is another tight game, with the Knicks getting -117 to the Spurs’ -103. The spread is just a single point, and sports gamblers will want to pay attention to this one. The Over/Under is set at 214.5 (-112), and, knowing that both teams are on a mission tonight, the Over should definitely hit.
Bucks To Improve Against Denver
The Milwaukee Bucks host the Denver Nuggets tonight and, while the lines show a clear consensus on who will win, this is going to be a game worth watching. Two of the best players in the NBA will face off tonight, with Nikola Jokic and Giannis Antetokounmpo ready to do battle. Anything is possible as both look to show off.
The Bucks are listed as -275 favorites against the +225 of the Nuggets, and are expected to get at least a 7-point advantage before the night is through. There’s not a lot of action there, as both will hit, but the 234.5 (-112) Over/Under is a good way to pick up some extra cash if you take the Under. The game is likely to fall just short of the mark.
Lakers Shade The Suns
The LA Lakers are dealing with several issues tonight as they face the Phoenix Suns. Anthony Brown is still out and LeBron James is dealing with an ankle injury. He’s likely to play, but not likely to be at 100% – that won’t be a problem for King James. However, it might be a problem for the Lakers.
The Suns are 11-2 across their last 15 games and have taken four straight on the road. The Lakers have now picked up two consecutive wins after dropping four, and this game is anything but a lock. Expect a tight race, with Unibet giving the Lakers a little bit of an edge at -121 (the Suns are at +102), but the 1.5-point spread shows that this is anybody’s game. The Over/Under of 213.5 (-112) seems low, given the power both of these teams will bring.