Max, Panther and Arch talk about Kobe and then make their NBA and NHL bets.
Excerpts from Mad Max’s Notes:
Cavs at Pistons I keep waiting for the Cavs to play at a level of basketball that I think they are capable of and it’s hasn’t happened. This team should not be losing by double digits every night and should be more competitive with the lesser teams in the league. This is a game where I’d like to think they could win. Detroit has been incapable of playing consistently good basketball and part of that is due to injuries and uncertainty of Andre Drummond.
Magic at Heat The Heat have had a few days off and welcome the Magic into town. Miami is looking to bounce back from a rare home loss while Orlando is looking to snap a 3 game losing streak. Miami is 20-2 at home this season and 15-7 ATS. Jimmy Butler is questionable for tonight with an ankle injury and there’s no real data coming in to indicate whether the sharps know more about his status than we do. I think the line is leaning towards him not playing and without him, Orlando could win or keep it close.
Mavs at Thunder We all predicted that OKC would be in the Western Conference playoff hunt and only a game behind the Rockets in seeding after their blockbuster trade. The Thunder have won 5 in a row and welcome Luka and the Mavs to town tonight. The Mavs are coming off a Saturday night loss in Utah and once again showed how the Mavs struggle at the end of games when it’s close. That has led to some backdoor covers that have frustrated sports betters. The Mavs are a better road team than home team while the Thunder are pretty good at home with a 15-9 record. I think the line is spot on and we will see a determined Luka on the floor tonight leading Dallas to victory.
Spurs at Bulls The Spurs kept it close with Toronto yesterday and now head to Chicago where Zach Lavine is making his case as one of the top 10 players in the league. Chicago has won 2 of 3 games but they haven’t been able to consistently win with just Lavine alone. Markkanen’s injuries have limited this team’s ceiling and it’s a shame because much like Jimmy Butler before him, the lack of winning will likely drive him out of Chicago. San Antonio has dropped two in a row this is a good chance to bounce back.
Kings at Timberwolves Two struggling teams here that will probably be making some kind of moves soon. The Timberwolves have lost 9 in a row while the Kings have managed to only win 1 in their last 5. Can’t trust either team here and the line is pretty spot on.
Rockets at Jazz Russell Wilson Westbrook is out and Jimmy James Harden is listed as doubtful. The Rockets head to Utah where the Jazz are 18-3 straight up but only 12-8-1 ATS. Without their best two players it’s hard to imagine Houston keeping up here.