Last night was an exciting evening of NBA competition that saw the hapless Oklahoma City Thunder take the mighty LA Lakers into overtime play. The Thunder finally fell to LA by a final score of 119-112, and the NBA card tonight is much lighter. There are only seven games tonight and only one where oddsmakers have listed the spread at under four points.
Warriors and Spurs To Do Battle
The 12-12 Golden State Warriors (-106) and the 14-10 San Antonio Spurs (-114) meet tonight at the AT&T Center there in San Antonio. The hometown Spurs are favored by just a single point and the Over/Under is set for the game at 231.
This will be the second game in two nights for these two teams, both trying to dig their way out of the middle of the NBA pack. Last night, the Spurs won the game by a final score of 105-100 despite the fact that Stephen Curry managed to put up 32 points for the Warriors in an impressive effort.
Pels And Rocks Look For Improvement
Over in New Orleans, the 11-12 Houston Rockets (+175), coming off a hard loss to the Hornets last night, will have a go at the 10-12 New Orleans Pelicans (-210). Both teams would desperately like to get back above the .500 mark, and maybe tonight is the night.
The Pels are listed as 5.5-point favorites with the Over/Under set at 222.5 for the matchup. New Orleans is finally finding its way back after going on a 1-8 stretch earlier this season, and have now won three games in a row, 5 out of the last 7. As head coach Steve van Grundy says, “A lot of things are different now.” Although still quite young, Brandon Ingram and Zion Williamson have all the makings of a legitimate dynamic duo if they do not get separated.
Irving Ready For The Pistons
The 5-18 Detroit Pistons (+245) will be at home in the Little Caesar’s Arena in Detroit hosting the 14-11 Brooklyn Nets (-305), who just might be getting some minutes from Kyrie Irving back from a finger injury tonight. However, Kevin Durant is still on the sidelines due to COVID-19 protocols, as announced head coach Steve Nash.
Still, Brooklyn is a 7.5-point favorite for the game with the Over/Under set at 231. The Pistons have only managed to win five games so far all season long.
Knicks Head To The Sunshine State
The 11-14 New York Knicks will escape the cold for a couple of days and travel all the way down to Miami to take on the 9-14 Heat as 5.5-point road dogs at +188. The Over/Under is set at a low 207.5 for the contest to be played at the American Airlines Arena in Miami.
The Heat’s spark plug, Jimmy Butler, scored 17 points in the fourth quarter on Sunday to beat the Knicks 109-103. If Butler is back on track, it’s likely that the Miami team will follow and win some games for a change.
The 12-10 Portland Trail Blazers are back home tonight at the Moda Center in Portland after a tumultuous road trip. They’re taking on the 9-15 Orlando Magic as 6-point favorites at -230 with the Over/Under set at 221. Damian Lillard is averaging over 29 points a game now as the Trailblazers scramble to get back above that .500 mark once again.
Kings And 76ers In A Tight Match
The 12-11 Sacramento Kings are hot right now, but so are the 17-7 Philadelphia 76ers, so, this should be a hell of a basketball game. The -200 76ers are favored by just five points over the +165 Kings in the game to be played at the Golden One Center in Sacramento. The Over/Under for the matchup is set at 230.5.
And finally, the 12-10 Boston Celtics will be out in Utah tonight to take on the 19-5 league-leading Utah Jazz at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City. At +175, they’re 5.5-point road dogs with the Over/Under set at 221 and, as the Jazz continue to run strong, they’re favored at -210.