NBA and NHL Bets! March 2nd Degeneracy

NBA

Jazz at Cavs

The Jazz broke their losing streak on Friday – something they needed as they hit the road now. Donovan Mitchell has been playing very well lately but the team has struggled as a cohesive unit. They head to Cleveland today to face a Cavs team that has lost two in a row after winning two games against playoff bound teams. Utah is 16-13 straight up and 15-14 against the spread on the road this season. All of the money is on Utah and line is moving the right way. This line is pretty spot on to me so I’ll just lean the Jazz.

Rockets at Knicks

The Knicks got a win over the Bulls but now welcome a Rockets team that is fresh off a win over the Celtics. Houston has won 6 in a row and 8 of their last 10. The Rockets are 18-12 straight up on the road but that drops to 14-15-1 ATS. It does seem that the Westbrook and Harden combination is working right now. But it’ll be interesting to see how it plays out in the playoffs. The Rockets are 6-3-1 ATS over their last 10 and beat the Knicks by 10 last week. But this is a tad too many points for my liking. I’ll lean the Knicks.

Blazers at Magic

Portland has lost 3 in a row and 7 of their last 10. They head to Orlando where Vucevic and crew won on Friday night. But then they traveled to San Antonio on Saturday and returned back home to play their third game in four nights. The Magic are 16-14 at home and the Blazers are 10-22 on the road. I think Orlando gets the win but I can’t trust them to cover. I’ll lean the Blazers.

Grizzlies at Hawks 

Atlanta has won two in a row – both by double digits. They welcome Ja Morant and crew into town tonight, fresh off their win over the Lakers. But the Grizzlies are only 12-17 on the road this season. The money is on Memphis but the line is getting better for them. Traps don’t mean much in the NBA and I think Memphis has a chance to win this one. Maybe Atlanta is on the verge of showing us what they can do with Trae and Collins healthy but I’ll still bet the Grizzlies.

Bucks at Heat

This will be a big test tonight. Not for the Bucks who are completely unstoppable right now, have won 6 in a row and are 25-5 on the road. The Heat will be the ones tested tonight as they put their 25-4 home record on the line tonight. Miami has won 2 in a row – both at home but Minnesota showed they can be beat at home. And Milwaukee will do the same tonight. I’ll bet the Bucks.

Mavs at Bulls

Well, I’ve put way too mud stock in the Bulls lately and that’s been a mistake. After shitting the bed against the Knicks in New York they head back home to host the Mavs. Dallas got a 20 point win yesterday without Luka and will need to play without him again today. And possibly Porzingis too. In fact, the injury report in this game for both teams is too many to list here. The Mavs are a damn good road team but there is so much uncertainty here. I’ll still lean the Mavs.

Pacers at Spurs

LaMarcus Aldridge remains out for the Spurs as they host a Pacers team that has won 3 in a row and 4 of 5 since coming back from the All Star break. Indiana hasn’t been tested that much in that span and the only winning team they faced beat them by 46. But the Spurs aren’t a team to be afraid of. They used to be unbeatable at home but are just 15-13 this season. I’ll lean the Pacers.

NHL

Avalanche at Red Wings

Colorado got a nice win on the road on Saturday – their 6th win in a row. Detroit has lost 5 in a row and are 1-8-1 in their last 10. So the question of course is if there’s any value with the Red Wings. I say no. Toss the Avalanche into your parlays and check one of those off the list.

Oilers at Predators 

These are two teams that are closer than you’d expect. Everyone is high up on the Oilers but Nashville has been a pretty decent team all season. Despite that close loss to the Avalanche on Saturday, they have played very good hockey lately whereas Edmonton has dropped off a bit. The Oilers are a solid team on the road – posting an 18-13-3 record. And the money is on them today. But I’m fading the money and following the public here and betting the Predators.

NBA and NHL Bets! February 28th Degeneracy

Max’s Notes

NBA

Timberwolves at Magic

Minnesota got a surprise win in Miami on Wednesday. Now they will try for a second road win in Florida. The Magic have won 2 in a row and 4 of 5. Aaron Gordon has played well in February and that’s helped the Magic win some games lately. But the Magic aren’t a covering machine at home – posting a 10-18-1 ATS record. As bad as Minnesota has played, it’s hard for me to bet Orlando. I’ll lean the Timberwolves with the points.

Nets at Hawks 

The Nets have lost two in a row after Wednesday’s road loss in Washington. They head to Atlanta to play a Hawks team that has also lost two in a row. Trae Young scores 37 in his last game while battling the flu and is now questionable for tonight’s game. For Brooklyn, Caris Lavert has looked good for the Nets and has taken over some of the offense that Kyrie would be scoring. I like Brooklyn here to get another road win so I’ll bet the Bets.

Hornets at Raptors 

The Raptors could not keep up with the Bucks on Tuesday but now get the pleasure of hosting the Hornets tonight. Charlotte is coming off a win over the Knicks and have won 3 of 5. But those other two wins were against sub .500 teams as well and Charlotte doesn’t have the offense to match up with a decent team let alone a very good one like Toronto. The Raptors are 23-8 straight up and 18-12 ATS at home. Its a lot of chalk but I’ll eat it. I’ll bet the Raptors here.

Mavs at Heat

Jimmy Butler did end up playing the other night but he ended up losing to his former Timberwolves team. He will play again tonight as the Heat host the Mavs. One player we are not certain about is Luka Doncic who is questionable with a sprained right thumb. Despite Wednesday’s loss, Miami is 23-4 at home this season but they could be in jeopardy of losing 2 straight. Dallas is a very good road team at 20-9 and Miami is 3-7 over their last 10. If you download and listen to every single episode, then you’d remember me talking about how I thought the Heat would inevitably cool off. Luka’s uncertainty prevents me from betting them, but I’ll still lean Dallas.

Kings at Grizzlies 

Memphis is mired in a slump as they’ve lost 4 in a row. They welcome in the fools gold tonight as the Kings play in a back to back. They couldn’t beat OKC last night, but they kept it close enough to make me lose my bet. This is the 4th straight road game for the Kings who are 12-19 on the road straight up but 19-12 ATS. I think this is a few too many points for the Grizzlies but I can’t trust Sacramento on a back to back or really can’t trust them at all. I’ll lean the Kings.

Thunder at Bucks

OKC got their 5th win in a row last night but they have to try to win #6 today against the best team in the league. The Bucks have won 4 in a row and are 26-3 at home. Giannis is listed as probable tonight but should suit up in this matchup against a playoff team. OKC is a tough matchup for the Bucks but I still think Milwaukee gets this one. I’ll lean the Bucks.

Cavs at Pelicans

Maybe it was a coaching issue in Cleveland because this team has won 4 of 5. They hope to slow down the Pelicans playoff push. New Orleans is coming off to that loss from the Lakers but Zion continues to impress and they’ve won 6 out of 10. Andre Drummond is out for Cleveland but I still like them today. Pelicans will get the win but this is too many points. I’ll bet the Cavs.

Pistons at Suns

Phoenix still has slim playoff hopes but they need to start winning ASAP. They just found out that Kelly Oubre is out for the season but otherwise, the team is healthy and capable of winning games. This is one of them. The Pistons have lost 7 in a row and are ready to fold for the year. This line seems about right to me. I’ll lean Phoenix.

Wizards at Jazz

The Jazz lost to the Celtics on Wednesday – making it 3 losses in a row and 3 home losses in a row. The Bullets are coming off a good win over Brooklyn on Wednesday. Bradley Beal continues to look good but he’s only one man. And the Jazz are bound to get out of their funk. I’ll fade the money here and lean Utah.

Nuggets at Clippers 

Both teams have won 2 in a row after dealing with some minor losing streaks. Both teams are healthy and ready for their playoff seeding push. LA is a damn good home team but gets lazy with covering games – only 16-12 ATS at home. Denver is decent enough on the road and this line seems doable for them to stay close to. It’s a tad trappish with the money on LA and the line getting better for them. Traps don’t mean much in the NBA but I’ll avoid it anyway. I’ll lean the Denver.

NHL

Rangers at Flyers

The Rangers got a big win last night and are one of the NHL’s hottest teams. But they face a tough task of playing the Flyers tonight in their back to back. Philly has won 4 in a row and are 22-5-4 at home. The public is on Philly but sharps coming in on the Rangers and I have to agree. I hate that it’s a back to back but the Rangers at this plus line is a solid play. I’ll bet New York again.

Wild at Blue Jackets 

Minnesota has won 2 in a row and 4 of 5. They head to Columbus where the Blue Jackets just can’t seem to get right. In fact, their last loss was on Tuesday against this Wild team. The money and public are on Minnesota and I have to agree. I wish the payout was a tad more for a team that is underwhelming on the road. But screw it. I’ll bet them anyway. I’m on Minnesota.

Avalanche at Hurricanes 

The Avalanche have won 4 in a row and their high powered offense is better on the road than it is at home. Carolina is a tough place to play in and the Hurricanes are 19-11-2 there this season. But Colorado is looking damn good right now and as a plus line, I’ll bite. Betting the Avalanche.

Sabres at Golden Knights 

Vegas has won 7 in a row and host a Buffalo team that is 10-16-4 on the road this season. If the question is if there is value in betting the Sabres the answer is no. I’ll lean the Golden Knights here.

Penguins at Ducks

The Penguins have lost 4 in a row and are bound to get out of this funk. The Ducks give them a good opportunity to do so. But Pittsburgh is on their 3rd straight road game and haven’t been stellar on the road this year. Way to chalky to bet but I’ll lean the Penguins.

NBA and NHL Bets! February 27th Degeneracy

Today’s Degeneracy. Max, Sex Panther and Arch make their NBA Bets and then Max makes his NHL Bets.

Max’s Notes

NBA

Knicks at 76ers

The Knicks lost to the Hornets and now have to turn around and head to Philadelphia to play the Sixers. Philly is coming off two losses last night: another road loss and the loss of the always healthy Joel Embiid. The Sixers are 27-2 at home but without Embiid and Simmons they will need to rely on Tobias Harris and Al Horford. It could be enough to beat the Knicks for their 6th straight loss, but not cover. I’ll bet New York.

Blazers at Pacers

The Pacers are coming off that blowout win over the Hornets on Tuesday and welcome in a Blazers team that is 10-20 on the road. Damian Lillard remains out for Portland who has lost 4 of 5. The Pacers are 20-10 straight up and 14-13-3 against the spread at home this season and that record improves when Kyle is at the game. This line is close due to Lillard being out but it’s a big ask for Indiana. They get the win but Portland keeps it within 6 here. I’ll bet the Blazers.

Kings at Thunder

That fools gold of a team won by 18 over Golden State on Tuesday and now they turn around and head to OKC today. The Kings have won 3 in a row and 7 of 10. The Thunder have won 4 straight and 8 of their last 10. It’s a team that is 19-12 at home and currently 5th in the West. As it stands, you’d have an OKC and Houston first round matchup. That would be a blast. I think the Thunder add another win tonight and I like to them to cover here. I’ll bet OKC.

Lakers at Warriors 

Two clips made the rounds on Twitter yesterday. One was Steph Curry nailing long threes during practice – signaling his expected return next week. The other was LeBron James posterizing dunk over former teammate Josh Hart. That one is significant because you can see LeBron’s crotch colliding with Hart’s face and now LeBron is listed as out with a sore groin. So LA will need to get it done without him today. I think they do but they’ve had a rough time covering even with him around. I’ll lean the Warriors with the points.

NHL

Devils at Sharks

The Devils went on a selling spree but it’s allowed them to go with more of their youth and it’s paying off. They have won 4 of 5 including a win over this Sharks team a week ago. The Sharks have lost 5 in a row and are only 14-15-1 at home this year. I like the Devils as a plus line here. I’ll bet New Jersey.

Rangers at Canadiens

The Rangers are red hot and are a plus number heading into Montreal where the Canadiens are only 13-15-6 at home this season. This could be an instance of selling on good news with the Rangers with the money all on them and the line getting better. But I’ll fall into the trap and bet the Rangers.

NBA and NHL Bets! February 26th Degeneracy

Max’s Notes:

NBA

Celtics at Jazz

The Celtics are coming off that win last night in Portland and now have a tough task of a back to back in Utah tonight. Gordon Hayward was once a big part of this Utah team but they’ve moved on without him. The Jazz have lost 3 in a row – all at home. That’s not in line with their home success this season – 20-8 straight up. But only 13-14-1 ATS. Boston is still without Kemba Walker but as a dog here, I like them. I’ll bet Boston.

Knicks at Hornets

The Hornets gave the Pacers a gift of a win yesterday and now turn things around to host the Knicks. New York has lost 4 in a row and have a 9-20 road record. The money is on New York and the line is getting better. I actually think the Hornets win this game. But I’ll take the points here. I’ll bet Charlotte.

76ers at Cavs

Here’s yet another test. We faced a similar test with the Heat on the road in Cleveland on Monday and Miami choked that one up in OT for another road loss. The Sixers are dealing with life without Ben Simmons and face their reality of a 9-20 road record. Cleveland has won 3 of 4 and won’t be a pushover. Still, Philly has to win some on the road. I’ll lean them to cover this one.

Nets at Wizards 

Let’s see if Bradley Beal can go for 50 points once again. His Bullets team welcome the Brooklyn Nets into town. Brooklyn is coming off a close loss on Monday to the Magic. The Bullets aren’t a bad team at home but they just continue to show me how they miss John Wall. It’s a team that relies too much on Beal and can’t close out games. I’ll lean the Nets.

Timberwolves at Heat

The Heat return home but Jimmy Butler’s status is still uncertain. He’s missed the last few games and is listed as questionable today. Miami is of course one of the best home teams with a 23-3 record. And hosting a Timberwolves team that has lost 5 in a row, is on their 3rd road game, and is 9-19 on the road seems like a gimme. But without knowing about Butler I cannot bet a double digit win like this. I’ll lean the Heat.

Magic at Hawks

The Hawks are coming off a big loss in Philly but before that, they were clicking. They head home where they have won 6 of their last 7 games. The Magic edged out the Nets on Monday and continue their road trip in hopes of improving their 10-18 record. The money is hard on Atlanta as a home dog but I’m liking Orlando to pull out a win. I’ll bet the Magic.

Grizzlies at Rockets 

Let’s get this out of the way: Ja Morant. There. We can now proceed. The Grizzlies hope to snap their 3 game losing streak but it’ll be tough as they head to Houston to play their 4th straight road game. The Missiles have won 4 in a row and each of them in convincing fashion. Their small ball game plan is working for now and they continue to be dominant at home – posting a 20-8 record. The money is on Memphis here but I don’t like them without Jaren Jackson Jr. It’s close for me so I’ll lean the Grizzlies.

Mavs at Spurs

The Spurs return home after an 8 game road trip that was capped off with a blowout loss on Sunday at the hands of OKC. Now they have to face Luka and the Mavs and so without LaMarcus Aldridge. Dallas is 19-9 on the road and the Spurs are only 14-12 at home. I have this as Mavs -5 and that’s where it’s at. So I’ll just lean Dallas here.

Clippers at Suns

The Clippers have been a mediocre team the past month. Granted, they had been playing without Patrick Beverley and Paul George – each of whom played some minutes in the last Clippers game and hope to play even more tonight. The Suns have won 2 in a row and return home where they are 11-18 this season. The Clippers aren’t a bad road team but nothing special. I like the Suns here with the points. Just not enough to bet them. I’ll lean Phoenix.

NHL

Sabres at Avalanche 

The Sabres have won 6 of 8 and were active at the trade deadline in hopes of making a playoff push. The Avalanche are dealing with some injuries and while they made some trades they did nothing to address those injuries. Colorado has won 3 in a row and has all of the money on them. Buffalo could be a nice value play but their 10-15-4 road record scares me off. I’ll lean the Sabres.

Oilers at Golden Knights 

The Golden Knights put their 6 game winning streak on the line tonight as they host an Edmonton team that made some big deals to help them get into the playoffs. The Golden Knights were also active – getting Robin Lehner from the Blackhawks in a case of the rich getting richer. The Oilers are a good team and better on the road than at home. I just think this is a Vegas win. Past my chalk threshold so I’ll just lean the Golden Knights.

Penguins at Kings

The Penguins have lost 3 in a row and hope their three new trade acquisitions can help them snap that. I think they get it done today and this was a case where I almost broke my chalk threshold to bet Pittsburgh. But instead, I’ll be a professional leaner today in the NHL and just lean the Penguins.