Jazz at Celtics
Gordon Hayward will not get to play the Jazz this go around and neither will Jaylan Brown. But Kemba is back and will join Jason Tatum as the Celtics host Utah tonight. The Jazz have won 3 in a row – including their last two on the road. Boston is coming off a win at Cleveland and return home where they have lost their last two. Boston is 23-7 at home but the Jazz are good on the road. Boston got the better of them last time they played and I think they do it again. I’ll bet the Celtics.
Hawks at Wizards
Both teams are coming off blowout losses and neither is surprising. Atlanta has looked great this season and then also looks like a bottom dweller. The same could be said for Washington. 64% of Washington’s wins have come at home this season and they are near .500 there. The Hawks have been downright dreadful on the road – and are 2-8 over their last 10 road games. I’m going to bet the Bullets.
Spurs at Nets
The Spurs barely won in Charlotte and now head to Brooklyn to take on a Nets team that lost to Memphis by 39 points on Wednesday. LaMarcus Aldridge continues to be out for the Spurs and San Antonio is 11-20 on the road this season. Both teams are 4-6 in their last 10 but I think Brooklyn has a slight edge. I’ll lean the Nets.
Thunder at Knicks
OKC was able to bounce back from a few losses with a win in Detroit in Wednesday and now head to New York to play a Knicks team that despite some drama, haven’t been playing awful lately. They are 5-4-1 ATS over their last 10 games. But the Thunder are a good road team and are fighting for playoff seeding. I’ll lean the Thunder here.
Pacers at Bulls
The Bulls remain without Lavine and Markkanen as they host the Pacers tonight. Indiana is coming off a 19 point loss to the Bucks but prior to that, they had been on a nice winning streak. The Pacers have a lot of injury questions with Oladipo listed as questionable, Brogdon listed as doubtful and 3 other players listed as questionable. Indiana is only 16-15 on the road this season. I like the Pacers to get this one on the road. I’ll lean Indiana.
Magic at Timberwolves
Orlando has lost 3 in a row as they head to Minnesota to play a Timberwolves team that has somehow managed to win 2 in a row. They haven’t won 3 in a row since the first 3 games of the season. The Magic had been playing really well before this recent skid and their last win was a double digit one over the Timberwolves. They should win this game and cover but I don’t trust them. I’ll lean the Magic.
Heat at Pelicans
The Heat have not been very good on the road this season but a short handed Sixers team showed last night that road records are only a figure of speech. Jimmy Butler and crew take their 4 game winning streak to New Orleans tonight to play Zion and the Pelicans. New Orleans has lost 3 in a row and haven’t been stellar at home this season. I think Miami gets it right tonight so I’ll lean the Heat.
Grizzlies at Mavs
Memphis has held their opponents to an average of 85 points per game over their last 3. If they can maintain this type of defensive intensity, they will be a nightmare matchup in the playoffs. They will get tested tonight against Luka, Porzingis and the Mavs. Dallas got an OT win over the other rookie phenom on Wednesday that improved their home record to 17-14 on the season. But I like how Memphis is playing ball right now and will lean them here.
Blazers at Suns
The Blazers have won 2 in a row and with a healthy Damian Lillard back, they are hopeful to make a playoff run. But they can’t afford to lose many more. Thankfully for them they get to play a Suns team that has lost 4 in a row. The Blazers are 11-22 on the road and the Suns are 11-22 at home – so nothing to go on there. Really, nothing to go on in this game at all. I’ll lean the Suns.
Bucks at Lakers
Here is the matchup of the night and a possible NBA finals preview. Milwaukee is fresh off their dismantling of the Pacers and head to LA where the Lakers are coming off their dismantling of the Sixers. Looks like this has shifted to make the Lakers home dogs. With that, I’ll lean them.
Blues at Devils
The Blues have won 8 in a row and should make it 9 today. Too chalky for me so I’ll lean St. Louis.
Blackhawks at Red Wings
The Blackhawks have won 4 straight after last night’s win over the Oilers. That should be 5 in a row after beating the lowly Red Wings. I can’t believe I’m doing this – especially on a back to back – but I’ll bet the Blackhawks.
Golden Jackets at Jets
The Golden Jackets are 9-1 over their last 10 and the Jets are the Jets. This is a game where the chalk is just right and I’ll take it. I’ll bet Vegas.