Max went 3-1 and Arch went 3-0 in the NFL this weekend.
All the Degens make their NBA picks and Max gives us his NHL picks.
Excerpts from Max’s Notes:
NBA Bulls at Celtics Both teams coming off wins on Saturday that broke losing streaks. For Boston, it was a big blowout win home against a Pelicans team that had been surging prior to that. Jason Tatum continues to show progress as an all around offensive weapon and Boston improved to 15-3 at home. The Bulls beat up the Pistons on Saturday and didn’t need the points they were getting. The Bulls can’t win on the road very well but their ATS is 10-8-1.
Pelicans at Pistons The Pelicans ran into a Boston buzzsaw OBS Saturday but head to Detroit to play a Pistons team who are losers of 2 in a row. The Pelicans are dealing with a ton of injuries at the moment. Derrick Favor, Drew Holiday and JJ Reddick all missed Saturday’s game and are listed as questionable today. For Detroit, they limited Andre Drummond’s minutes to 19 in their loss to the Bulls and that’s a sign he’s probably going to be traded soon. Can’t believe the Pelicans are favored here but Detroit is an absolute mess right now.
76ers at Pacers Philly lost again on the road on Saturday and it’s becoming a serious concern for a team that has title aspirations. I get they are playing without Embiid but these road woes predated his injury. They head to Indiana where they lost on the road on New Year’s Eve. The Pacers are 2-3 in that span and managed a win on Friday without Brogdon and Sabonis. Miles Turner and T.J. Warren led the way on Friday and might need to tonight with Brogdon and Sabonis listed as questionable. Hard not to like Indiana getting points at home but you have to expect Philly to win some games on the road.
Thunder at Timberwolves OKC ran into the B squad of the Lakers and didn’t take them seriously. And Rondo turned into playoff Rondo before our eyes as he and Kyle Kuzma destroyed the Thunder on Saturday night. Now OKC heads to Minnesota to play a Timberwolves team that lost by 30 on the road in Houston. Minnesota is actually a better team on the road than at home this season and with KAT still questionable it’s hard not to like OKC in this one.
Magic at Kings Both teams have had a few days off after suffering losses on Friday. For Orlando, it was a close loss in Phoenix to the Suns that dropped them to 5-13 on the road. The Kings got blown out at home by a far superior Bucks team. The Magic played without Aaron Gordon on Friday and he’s questionable today. The Kings continue to play without Bagley and Bogdanovich which is putting more pressure on De’Aaron Fox. The Magic do better ATS on the road than the Kings do at home ATS and this is a spot where I like them getting the points.
Hornets at Blazers Charlotte lost their fourth in a row yesterday and now fly from Phoenix to Portland to play a Blazers team that has looked terrible in two straight losses. I don’t think I’ve officially buried the Blazers on this show but my patience with them to turn things around has grown thin. They are 8-10 at home straight up and 6-11-1 ATS. The played without Whiteside on Saturday and their big 3 all played well but they still lost by 20 to the Bucks. Whiteside is probable for tonight and the Blazers should get the win.
Cavs at Lakers The Lakers are still dealing with some injuries but looks like Avery Bradley and LeBron James should play tonight. Anthony Davis is still questionable and now Rajon Rondo is too. Not sure if that matters with LeBron’s former team coming to town sporting their 6-13 road record. But Cleveland has won 2 in a row including a big win in Denver on Saturday. The Lakers are 8-2 in their last 10 games but only 5-4-1 ATS. I do think they could cover this one but a few points to chalky for me.
NHL Flames at Canadians The Flames are, pun intended, hot right now. They head to Montreal to face a Canadians team that finally got a win on Saturday. It was a close win over a lowly Ottawa team but a win nonetheless. All good things must come to an end and the Flames will lose one soon. Just not sure it’s tonight.
Islanders at Rangers The Islanders have been a mediocre team lately but that could be because of their schedule. Other than a pair of games against the Devils, the Islanders have had to play some of the league’s better teams. The Rangers are not one of the league’s better teams but they are pretty good at home. The money is coming in on the Rangers and I’ve done well fading the money in the NHL recently.
Bruins at Flyers The Flyers lost a 1-0 game to a great Lightning team on Saturday and now welcome a surging Bruins team. Boston has won 3 in a row and look to sneak out a win in Philly today. The Flyers are 14-3-4 at home this season and the thought of them losing two in a row at home is tough but I think it happens.
Hurricanes at Capitals Great matchup here. Carolina was slumping a bit but have won 3 in a row now while the Capitals have dropped two straight after an embarrassing 5-1 loss to the Devils on Saturday. Everyone is on Washington here to bounce back. They are 13-5-4 at home but Carolina can win on the road. Wish the payout was higher here so it’s only a little reward for a slight risk.
Ducks at Blues Anaheim has lost 3 in a row after their 4-2 loss to the Blackhawks on Saturday. The Blues have won 3 in a row and are 16-4-3 at home this year. Money and public are on St. Louis and can’t say I disagree.
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