Celtics at Pacers
The Celtics have been in a bit of a slump lately and it’s a lot to do with injuries. They are healthy today but playing a hot Pacers team at home where they are 21-10. I still like Boston to bounce back today and get a much needed and big win. But only in a lean.
Knicks at Wizards
The Knicks have won 3 of 5 but hit the road where they are 9-22. The Bullets aren’t lighting the world on fire lately but they should get the win. But I’ll lean New York with the points.
Cavs at Bulls
The Cavs have won 2 in a row but start a 6 game road trip today. They head to Chicago to play a slumping Bulls team who is still without their star player in Zach LaVine. I don’t have faith in the Bulls to win by much or win at all. I’ll lean Cleveland.
Timberwolves at Rockets
The Rockets have been the Missiles lately as they have lost 4 in a row. 3 of those losses were to sub .500 teams so apologies if I say this one is a gimme. The T-Wolves have been smoked lately but the Rockets don’t seem to do well with these big lines. I’ll lean Minnesota.
Magic at Grizzlies
Orlando bounced back from a 3 game losing streak by winning 2 in a row. They continue their road trip tonight in Memphis against a Grizzlies team that has won 4 of 5 and is 18-14 at home this season. I think the road weariness will set in today for Orlando and Memphis gets the win. It’s tight but not much I like today so I’ll bet the Grizzlies.
Mavs at Spurs
Luka is questionable tonight so this makes the line pretty spot on. The Spurs are again without LaMarcus Aldridge and they’ve been playing sub .500 basketball without him. They’ve been playing sub .500 basketball with him too. I’ll lean Dallas here.
Suns at Blazers
The Blazers have lost 2 in a row and welcome a Suns team that has won 2 in a row. Deandre Ayton is still questionable for Phoenix but Portland has not been a surefire bet at home this season – as shown by their recent loss to the Kings on Saturday. I’ll lean the Suns.
Clippers at Warriors
Steph Curry is questionable for today and that could be the difference here. Without him, I kind of like the Clippers – especially motivated after that loss to the Lakers. But if Curry does play then it’s a little closer. I’ll lean the Clippers.
Nets at Lakers
Brooklyn has won 2 in a row but the teams they have beaten aren’t exactly the best in the league. They play the best team in the league as they head to LA to play LeBron and the Lakers who are winners of 4 in a row and 9 of 10. The money has come in hard on Brooklyn to shift this line down. LeBron is listed as questionable today and that’s a scary thought when considering eating this much chalk. But I’m eating it anyway. I’m betting LA.
Bruins at Flyers
Big test for the Flyers. Both teams playing very well – despite Boston losing to Tampa on Saturday. Money is coming hard on Philly here. I like them too but only in a lean.
Islanders at Canucks
Both teams have been struggling lately and for the Islanders, it might cost them a playoff spot. The Canucks had an upset home loss to the awful Blue Jackets on Sunday but they are 21-9-4 at home this season while New York has slipped to only 15-14-3 on the road. I’ll bet Vancouver here.
Hurricanes at Red Wings
The Red Wings have won 2 in a row and had a big upset win over the Lightning on Sunday. As a big dog today I’m not buying them. Carolina is starting to turn things around and are pretty solid on the road.
Rangers at Stars
Both teams are slumping but the Rangers have had a brutal schedule lately. The money is on them and line getting better so it’s trappish. Dallas is pretty good at home but it’s too chalky for me. I’m off this one.
Lightning at Maple Leafs
Tampa will look to recover from a blip on Sunday and face a Maple Leafs team that has lost 3 in a row. Toronto is 17-9-7 at home but I think Tampa comes in and wins this one. I’ll bet Tampa.