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.
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.