Suns vs. Pacers
While his return date to the court is still TBD, Kevin Durant to the Suns makes them instant favorites to come out of the Western Conference this season. They could use the extra bodies in this one, as they’re coming into it on the second of a back-to-back and on the fifth game of a five-game road trip.
Though the Pacers didn’t play last night, they’ve been playing some of their worst basketball of the season, having lost six of their past seven and eight of their past 10. They also lost to this Phoenix team 107-112 on January 21st, losing outright as 2.5-point favorites.
Despite the tired legs, I think the Suns still manage to get this one done before heading home from the road.
Bet: Suns +1 (-110)
Knicks vs. 76ers
Compared to expectations, the Knicks have been largely mediocre this season, but the road has proven their favorite place to play. Coming into this one in Philly, the 29-25-2 ATS Knicks are 18-9 ATS away from home, and I like them in this spot getting points.
Winners of three of their past four, the Knicks knocked off this 76ers team just a few days ago at home, winning 108-97 as 4.5-point underdogs. Philly also comes in on somewhat of a slide, having lost two straight and three of five as they encounter their first slump of the year.
With the 76ers’ big man Joel Embiid questionable with a foot injury, I like these two familiar teams to play a closely fought game.
Bet: Knicks +5.5 (-110)
Cavaliers vs. Pelicans
Since losing to OKC on January 27th, this Cavaliers’ team has been red hot. 5-1 (5-1 ATS) since then, the Cavs have been running teams off the court. Over their past four games, the Cavs have won by 15 points or more in each, as their offense has been amongst the best in the league.
As for the Pelicans, a seven-game losing streak that begins mid-January has turned into three straight wins, all at home, and all by at least five points or more. They draw a different kind of animal in this one, and I think the Cavaliers roll.
Bet: Cavaliers -2.5 (-110)