Hornets at Hawks
The Hornets have been playing pretty good basketball lately. It’s a testament to good coaching and unselfish basketball. I’m a fan of Terry Rozier from his time with Boston and the Hornets are outplaying teams with much more talent than them. Such as the Rockets team they beat on Saturday. They play another team with more talent today. But the Hawks have not looked good over their last 3 and have not played to their abilities for most of the season. I’m going to bet Charlotte here before this line gets any worse for them.
Bucks at Nuggets
The Bucks are coming off a loss to the Suns and are dealing with no Giannis once again. Heading to Denver where the Nuggets are 24-8 is not ideal for the Bucks in a back to back. Denver lost a close one in Cleveland on Saturday and are just 5-5 over their last 10. The Bucks have showed resilience whenever Giannis is out this season and maybe they don’t get the win today but I think they can keep it close. I’ll lean Milwaukee.
Raptors at Jazz
The Raptors have had a very successful road trip so far. They dropped their first game at Denver but have won 3 straight. But now on game 5, it’s bound to catch up with them. Overall, they have been successful on the road this season posting a 22-9 record. The Jazz have been a solid home team but have stumbled a bit lately at home. The are also coming off a great road trip where they won 4 in a row to extend their win streak to 5. I’m always worried about the backend of a road trip and VanFleet being doubtful is not great, but I’m liking the Raptors here today. I’ll bet Toronto.
Capitals at Sabres
Buffalo has lost 6 in a row and have plummeted to irrelevance in the East. The Caps got a big win over the Penguins on Saturday and hope to build some momentum. Washington is 23-10-2 on the road this season and I like them here today. It’s at the cusp of my chalk threshold but I’ll bet the Capitals.
Coyotes at Jets
The Jets have won 2 in a row and are 6-3-1 in their last 10 – possibly just to spite me. Arizona has won 3 of 5 but continues to be a mediocre team and not the very good team we saw a few months back. I can’t believe I’m going to do this but I’ll bet the Jets.