Following a light Thursday night slate that saw the defending champion Bucks get back on track and run the Warriors out of the gym, another jam-packed NBA weekend is here with plenty of action to choose from. We get started tonight with 18 teams in action across the league.
Let’s take a closer look.
Leg #1. Suns -5.5 | -110 at DK Sportsbook
Following a rare two-day rest, the Suns head to Indianapolis tonight for the second of a five-game road trip. In game one, the Suns clamped down on the defensive end after giving up 123 points the night before, losing to the Heat at home 123-100. After starting the season on a torrid pace and breaking a franchise record with 18-straight wins, the Suns had cooled a bit still hold the best record in the NBA at 31-9.
The Pacers, meanwhile, have gone cold.
Coming into tonight, they’ve lost eight of their last nine as problems have emerged on both sides of the ball. After giving up 119 points at home to Boston on Wednesday, I like for a similar lack of defense in this one and for the Suns to run away with this one against a Pacers team seemingly already who has given up on the season.
Leg #2. Suns-Pacers Over 220 | -110 at DK Sportsbook
While the Suns won their last time on the court (99-95 at Toronto) it did, however, mark their second straight game at 100 points or less, well short of their 111.8 points per game average. Despite the recent shooting slump, the Suns still rank #6 in the league in points per game and the top five in FG%, 3PT%, and FT%.
Points have also come at a premium for the home Pacers as of late, having also scored 100 points or less in their last two. Taking a look at the two games prior, however, both at home, the Pacers put up 125 and 129, respectively. Look for both teams to come into this one with fresh legs and regress upwards in the shooting department.
Leg #3. Mavericks ML | +130 at DK Sportsbook
On the cot tails of an 11-game winning streak, the Grizzlies have surged to the top of the Western Conference standings and now sit #3 behind only the Suns and Warriors. No one want’s the smoke with this team, led by Ja Morant whose turning into a superstar before our very eyes.
Enter Luka Doncic.
After battling injury for a stretch of this season already, Doncic is healthy for this one, and I expect a superstar-like performance against a guy he’ll likely be battling his whole career. In their third game in four days, I expect some tired Grizzlies legs and for the Mavericks to take this one late.
Total Odds: +738 at DraftKings Sportsbook
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