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Nets at Celtics
Kemba Walker is expected to be back tonight but Jason Tatum and Marcus Smart are listed as questionable. Boston is coming off that close OT loss to the Rockets and welcome in a Nets team that has lost 4 straight. Most of those losses were close ones and the last 3 have been on the road. The injuries worry me a bit but I’ll still do it. Betting Boston.
Spurs at Hornets
The Hornets have been a surprise lately. They beat the Raptors and kept it fairly close with Milwaukee. They will host a Spurs team that has lost 7 of 10 games including a 5 point home loss to Indiana last night. LaMarcus Aldridge has been upgraded from Out to Doubtful but that isn’t a positive sign for a team that is 10-20 on the road. The line is fairly spot on here so I’ll lean the Hornets with a few points.
Timberwolves at Pelicans
New Orleans has played very well lately as long as they don’t have to play the Lakers. And they don’t. In fact they play host to a Timberwolves team that started a new losing streak by suffering consecutive double digit losses. Minnesota is 10-20 on the road and I can see them losing by double digits again. But this is too chalky for me. I just can’t trust New Orleans with these big lines. I’ll lean the Timberwolves.
Clippers at Thunder
Here is a pair of teams linked by an offseason trade that set their futures into motion. And honestly, it’s been better trade for OKC as health has limited Paul George this season. The Clippers have won 4 in a row while OKC is coming off a blowout loss at the hands of the Bucks. OKC is 20-12 at home this season and the Clippers have not been a dominant road team. The money is coming in hard for LA and the line is getting worse for them. I like OKC a lot and this should be a close one but the Clippers look healthy and clicking lately. I’ll lean LAC.
Warriors at Nuggets
Denver knocked out the Raptors on Sunday and now get a chance to beat the other NBA finalist team from last season. This should be an easier task as the Warriors have only won 13 games this season only 6 of which were on the road. The Nuggets are 24-7 at home this year but that drops to 15-14-2 ATS. Denver is still dealing with a few injuries but that seems petty to say when compared to the Warriors. The Warriors keep getting blown out and I can see it happening tonight but Denver’s ability to cover big lines is iffy. I’ll lean Denver.
Raptors at Suns
Toronto has lost 3 in a row and that’s been in part to some nagging injuries to Gasol, VanFleet and Ibaka. They head to Phoenix where the Suns have also lost 3 in a row and don’t have injuries to blame. The Suns are 11-21 at home this year and the Raptors are a good road team. So I see Toronto bouncing back for a win. The line is just a tad too close for me. I’ll lean the Raptors.
76ers at Lakers
The 76ers lost another road game on Sunday but kept it close with the Clippers. They play the other LA team tonight and once again do so without Simmons and Embiid. The Lakers are coming off an inconsistent weekend as they suffered a big loss to Ja Morant and the Grizzlies but then turned around and beat Zion and the Pelicans. The Sixers are 9-22 – meaning even if they win the remainder of their road games, they will have a sub .500 road record on the year. That said, this scrappy Sixers team kept it close to LAC and I think they can keep it to within 10 of LAL. I’ll bet Philadelphia.
Wizards at Kings
Fools gold won another on Sunday and are now 7-3 in their last 10. They welcome in a Bullets team that beat Golden State on Sunday and still have hopes of snagging a playoff spot on the East. They are 4 games back of a fading Brooklyn team and so shockingly, Washington without John Wall could make the playoffs in that shithole of an Eastern Conference. Sacramento is only 3.5 games back in the West as 5 or maybe 6 teams vie for that last spot. I think the Kings get a step closer tonight. I’ll bet Sacramento and trust the fools gold.
Devils at Golden Knights
Vegas finally lost a game – a shocking loss to the Kings on Sunday. But now they get a chance to start a new win streak as the Devils are in town. New Jersey got a shutout win on Sunday just to spite me for fading them. Some sharp money coming in on New Jersey and line is getting better for them. I’d avoid this one.
Blues at Rangers
I’ve whiffed on the Rangers and that home plus line looks tempting. But the Blues have won 7 in a row and it’s hard to bet against them right now. They’ve had some closer wins which makes me really tempted here to fade them. The money is split here too. Jeez, tough one. Screw it. I’ll go chasing waterfalls here. Betting the Rangers.
Senators at Penguins
Pittsburgh is mired in a terrible slump but return home after a 4 game toad trip. The Penguins are 22-6-4 at home and should bounce back. The Senators got a pair of wins this week but both were at home. They only have 6 road wins all year. I’ll lean the Penguins here.
Predators at Wild
I think Edmonton is still scoring goals on Nashville right now. And now the Predators have to turn around and head to Minnesota to play a Wild team that is 18-11-5 at home. Minnesota has a close home loss on Sunday to the Capitals but should bounce back here. I’ll bet the Wild.