After last night’s exciting NBA games, tonight is going to be a little slower. Seven games are on tap, with no real surprises expected. Still, this doesn’t mean there’s no reason to tune in. Sports gamblers know that, when it comes to basketball, anything is possible. As the All-Star break approaches, players are getting motivated to fight more than ever.
76ers Favored Against The Pacers
The Philadelphia 76ers take on the Indiana Pacers tonight and might have to play without Tobias Harris and Joel Embiid, both of whom are listed as questionable. The Sixers lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday as Embiid wasn’t at his best, and Philadelphia wants him back on the court at 100%. Harris didn’t play on Saturday, still dealing with a knee injury he suffered last week.
The Sixers took one win against the Pacers this season and are looking for another. They’re favored right now, with Unibet giving them -195 to the Pacers’ +170. A 5.5-point (-104) spread for Philadelphia is just enough to make this game interesting. If Embiid’s out, the Pacers have a real chance.
Mavs Might Make Magic
The Dallas Mavericks are slowly working their way up to .500 and could get the edge they need tonight when they meet the Orlando Magic. Orlando has been anything but impressive this season, now sitting at 13-21, and that could be the push the Mavs need to move ahead. Dallas has improved greatly on defense and Kristaps Porzingis is getting better. If the Mavs can handle Magic All-Star Nikola Vucevic, they have a shot.
Oddsmakers at Unibet believe the Mavs are going to shine against the Magic, giving them -265 and 7 points (-107). The Over/Under is at 224.5 (-109), but there’s no reason to expect a high-scoring game. With Orlando dropping games on a weaker offense, the Under is a better option here.
Nuggets To Outpace The Bulls
The Denver Nuggets are off to Chicago to take on the Bulls tonight, pitting two of the leading scorers in the NBA against each other. Denver will look for Nikola Jokic, ninth in scoring, to outmaneuver the Bulls’ Zach LaVine, who is sixth. This is the first time these two teams meet this season, and the Nuggets have a slight lead in playing away games.
Denver is getting a massive advantage, with the moneyline at -235; the Bulls are at +185. The 5.5 points for the Nuggets (at -110) is good enough to be taken seriously, and Denver won’t have too many problems. However, this game will be closer than that.
Jazz To Continue Their Rally
The Utah Jazz now sit at 27-7, the best record in the NBA this season. They meet the New Orleans Pelicans tonight and, although the Pels have shown a few surprises, they are 3-7 in their last ten games. Going up against the Jazz won’t improve their standing.
The Jazz have gone 25-9 against the spread this season, and it’s doubtful the Pelicans will be able to change that run. Utah is getting -250 to New Orleans’ +205, and 6.5 points (-110). The Over/Under is at 235.5, and gamblers will probably want to take the points and the Over.
Spurs Say Howdy To The Nets
The Brooklyn Nets are in Texas tonight to take on the San Antonio Spurs. Except for Saturday’s loss to the Mavs, the Nets were on a roll, taking eight straight, including wins against the Lakers and Clippers. Kevin Durant won’t be able to suit up for the team tonight, though, which could cause some issues, and Kyrie Irving is questionable. The Spurs, however, are still dealing with a series of COVID-19 issues, which isn’t helping the team.
Unibet expects the Nets to be able to outperform the Spurs tonight and is giving them the advantage at -157. However, they are only getting three points (at -120), which means this is not going to be a runaway game. Expect James Harden to shine for the Nets, especially if Irving is out, and give his team the win.
The Cavs and the Houston Rockets meet tonight, as well, with the Rockets getting the advantage at -215. This is despite the Cavs (+107) looking for their fourth straight win. An underdog win here wouldn’t be surprising. The Portland Trail Blazers take on the Charlotte Hornets, who are coming off a last-second win against the Sacramento Kings, and are getting seven points (-103) and -250 on the line. Portland has lost four, but that streak ends tonight.