The National Basketball Association has a bunch of games on tap for tonight and I’ve selected five of them for your wagering enjoyment. The big one features two hot clubs in Golden State and the LA Clippers.
Brooklyn (+8) at Miami – The Heat were able to end their little three-game losing streak with a win over Washington Monday night. The victory also closed them to within a game of Eastern Conference leader Indiana.
Brooklyn has won two straight games including an important one over division leader Toronto. The Nets have won seven of ten and can still catch the Raptors for the division lead.
Keep an eye on LeBron James who since his 61 point-outburst nine days ago is struggling to score. That has to change at some point but will it be tonight? I like Miami to win but give me the Nets and the points.
Sacramento (-8.5) at Philadelphia – If you’re wondering why I continue to feature the 76ers a lot lately its’ because I feel I have an obligation to follow them until they break this losing streak. Philly has lost 17-straight games and is now just two games ahead of Milwaukee for the worst record in the NBA.
So bad have the Sixers been that the ugly ‘tanking’ word has surfaced and why not? They are losing by well over ten points per game and seem to have little ambition.
The Kings aren’t substantially better in terms of conference position but they have been slightly more competitive than Philly. I have to believe the players in the Philadelphia locker room have to be beyond frustrated. Whether they win I can’t say, but I love them getting 8.5 at home.
Portland (+6) at San Antonio – The Spurs have now caught the Oklahoma City Thunder for the top seed in the Western Conference. They lead OKC by a half game. Winners of six straight and nine of their last ten, San Antonio appears to be peaking at the right time.
Since Portland’s hot start, they’ve come back to Earth a bit. They are just 4.5 games out of the top spot in the West but they would have to jump four teams to get there and I don’t see that happening. The Blazers have lost two straight and I think we’ll see that extended tonight in Texas. I like the Spurs to cover.
Memphis (-4) at New Orleans – The Grizzlies have been pushing to enter the playoff race for some time and it has paid off for the time being. They are now one half games ahead of Phoenix who has fallen into the ninth spot.
Despite winning three in a row, the Pelicans will not be joining the Grizzlies in the playoff push. They are 10.5 games behind the Griz and there are only about 17 games remaining.
Memphis comes to the Big Easy having won two in a row and has a solid road record. I like Memphis to cover this evening.
Golden State (+5.5) at LA Clippers – This is clearly the game of the night and maybe of the week in the NBA. The host Clippers have won eight straight games while the Warriors are on a four-game streak. Both teams have won eight of their last ten.
Both of these teams should be in the playoffs and they are extremely close to where they could be playing each other in round one. Scoring will not be an issue for either team as they are both well above 100 points per game. Defensively, Golden State has an advantage and were this game in Oakland I’d really like that.
It’s not however so give me the Clippers to cover.