Panther mailed it in today, both literally and figuratively, so Max and Arch make their NBA bets today.
Excerpts from Max’s Notes:
Mavs at Jazz Both teams have won 4 of 5 with their lone losses as close ones. But the Jazz have been one of the hottest teams over the past month or so and are 17-3 at home straight up and 12-8 ATS. They are 18-2 in their last 20 games and Rudy Gobert has been an absolute beast in that stretch. But the Mavs have Luka who is averaging a near triple double in only his second season as a player.
Nets at Pistons Brooklyn has lost 5 in a row and are desperately needing a win with generational talent Kyrie Irving in the lineup. And they could get one tonight against a Pistons team who got their asses handed to them last night by Memphis. It didn’t help that Andre Drummond ended up sitting out with his lip laceration last night. He’s questionable again tonight. Detroit is 9-14 at home and by my numbers, they should win this game. I just think Brooklyn will go on a win streak at some point and this stretch of playing against sub .500 teams is their chance.
Bulls at Cavs I took the Bulls last night in a matchup over the Kings and damn I was wrong. Now in a second night of a back to back they head over the Cleveland to play a Cavs team that has lost 6 in a row. The Bulls offense looked awful without Markkanen out there. I said yesterday that injuries had prevented him from being a reliable #2 to LaVine and now that will be the case for the next month or so as he will be sidelined with a pelvis injury. Too much hard fucking I guess. The Bulls should win this game by 6 or 7 here but the money is solidly on Cleveland.
Thunder at Timberwolves I was leaning the Hawks yesterday getting points against OKC. I was wrong about that one. The Thunder won by 29 on route to their 4th consecutive win. Now they head to Minnesota to take on a Timberwolves team that has lost 8 straight. In a situation like this I start to buy on bad and sell on good but how can you? Minnesota has Karl Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins while OKC has an all around good team.
Lakers at 76ers LeBron has a chance to jump over Kobe Bryant as #3 on the all time scoring list doing so in a Lakers uniform and in Philadelphia where Kobe was raised. But the Lakers will need to do something that has only happened twice this season: beat the Sixers at home. Philly is 20-2 at home but are still without Joel Embiid. That puts them in a huge disadvantage against the Lakers here today. The Lakers are also stellar on the road with a 20-4 record. In theory, I should be betting Philly here getting the points.
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