Max is on fire in the NBA! He told us he’s probably off betting the Celtics. Is he a man of his word?
The Degens make their plays in the NBA today and then Max looks at both NHL games today.
Excerpts from Max’s Notes:
NBA Magic at Celtics The Celtics have won 4 in a row and continue to be a solid home team – posting a 20-5 straight up and 15-9-1 ATS record at the Garden. The Magic are coming off a win on Monday over the Hornets that broke a losing streak. That streak included a home loss against the Celtics a week and a half ago in which Boston beat them by double digits. Boston is dealing with a myriad of injuries. Kemba and Smart are listed as questionable and Hayward and Kanter are listed as probable.
Suns at Pistons Both teams are coming off blowout losses on Monday. For Phoenix, it was their third straight loss. This is also their sixth road game over their last seven games. Detroit is not a juggernaut at home with their 10-17 record. And to make matters worse, their leading scorer Derek Rose will miss tonight’s game. Phoenix should win this game and should cover – but I don’t trust them completely.
Pacers at Raptors The Pacers have lost 3 of 4 and their lone win was an OT win over an underperforming Bulls team. The Raptors meanwhile have won 11 straight games and are looking like a serious threat in the East. They probably want to make a deadline trade and they have some expiring contracts available – but it’s hard to imagine them moving Gasol or VanFleet. So maybe they go with what they have. The Pacers are in a similar boat and perhaps Oladipo will be considered their mid season pickup. He needs to continue to get healthy and worked into this offense. The Raptors are 18-7 straight up and 15-9 ATS at home.
Warriors at Nets Both teams are dealing with some trade rumors. For the Nets, I think it’s unlikely they move Dinwiddie after they signed him last season and he’s had to continually step up with Kyrie missing so much time. For the Warriors, they could move D’Angelo Russell if the price is right. It hasn’t been right so far from Minnesota who really covets him. Both teams are coming off wins on Monday – the second straight for Golden State. They have won 3 straight games only once this season. This also marks their 5th straight road game. Overall they are 5-22 on the road this season.
Cavs at Thunder The Cavs have lost 4 in a row and Kevin Love’s days might be numbered in Cleveland. The trouble is his contract and teams not willing to give up a lot to take on that salary. The Cavs have to face that uncertainty as they head to OKC to battle a Thunder team that many thought would be sellers at the trade deadline. It was expected that Steven Adams and Chris Paul would be our the door but now it seems like the Thunder are willing to make a solid playoff run and face those trade questions in the offseason. OKC has won 4 of 5 and are 15-10 at home this season.
Hawks at Timberwolves Both of these teams were just involved in the same trade. The Hawks got Clint Capela and the T-Wolves dealt one of the assets they got last season in their Jimmy Butler trade in hopes of securing draft picks to entice the Warriors to trade D-Lo to them. There’s still another day to figure that all out and until then, they play with the guys on the court. Both teams have 2 good and young players but can’t seem to play winning basketball. Minnesota is on a 12 game losing streak and due to injuries and other losing streaks, Karl Anthony Towns has not won a basketball game since Thanksgiving. He has a good shot to break that streak against a Hawks team that has lost two in a row, have a banged up superstar in Trae Young and are also a dreadful 5-21 on the road.
Grizzlies at Mavs No Luka, no problem. The Mavs have won 2 in a row. They beat the Pacers on Monday powered by Porzingis’ 38/12 game. Dallas plays host to a Grizzlies team that has won 4 of 5. Ja Morant has been the catalyst for this team but it’s truly been a team effort to push them into the playoff picture. Dallas has not been a dominant team at home this year. They are 14-12 straight up and 10-15-1 ATS. The Grizzlies do have a winning road record ATS.
Nuggets at Jazz This should be an ideal chance for the Jazz to bounce back from their 4 game losing streak. Denver is already short-handed due to injuries and now they have to deal with the loss of players who got traded yesterday. That will give this typically deep Denver team a lot less depth tonight. They head to Utah where the Jazz are 18-4 straight up and 12-9-1 ATS. Utah returns home after 3 road games and is a heavy favorite here.
Heat at Clippers These teams have very similar records. The difference is that 12 of the Heat’s 15 losses have been on the road this season. And they head to LA where the Clippers are 21-5. Despite all that, I think the line is a bit too high for the Clippers. They aren’t great at covering spreads and while they should step up against a playoff bound team like Miami, I am just not seeing where they cover this one.
NHL Maple Leafs at Rangers Both teams are coming off 5-3 losses on Monday and both teams have question marks at goalie. Frederik Anderson is day to day for Toronto and they will need to rely on backup goalie Michael Hutchinson. The Rangers have a hall of famer behind the net. But he’s 38 and not playing full games at this point. He’s still a pretty good goalie at his age but not dominant. The Rangers are a decent team at home but Toronto travels very well. The money seems to say Toronto should win this one.
Bruins at Blackhawks The Bruins has a dominating performance at home yesterday and turn around to head to Chicago to play a Blackhawks team that has played pretty well lately. Chicago was once a bottom dweller but has fought back and is 3 points out of a wild card in the West. Boston is 13-3-3 against Western Conference teams and they should win this one. The line is not that terrible for them but I’m not certain here.
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