After a shallow Thursday night slate, the Association is back with nine games Friday night and with some interesting matchups at that. Particularly in the late slot, the Suns and Warriors will face off for the second time this week, at the same time as the two teams in Los Angeles go at it at the Staples Center.
Let’s take a look at three matchups I have my eye on as we try to parse through the noise.
Leg #1. Hawks -1 | -110 at DK Sportsbook
Despite still being without Ben Simmons and having missed large stretches of the season without Embiid, the 76ers are hovering right around the .500 mark after 22 games. A large part of their success has come because of their defensive prowess, as they’re allowing just 105.5 points per game including less than 100 in their last two (1-1, 1-1 ATS).
For the home Hawks, who have also hovered around .500, their home-court advantage has been another story. Coming into tonight, they’re 8-2 in the friendly confines of Atlanta, with a record of 7-3 ATS. I like for them to cover this short line tonight.
Leg #2. Magic +2.5 | -110 at DK Sportsbook
Winners of their last four, the Rockets are quietly turning around what has been one of the worst starts of the season. Winning outright each time in the roles of an underdog, the Rockets now turn favorite for one of the only times this season.
The Magic, on the other hand, stopped a seven-game slide Wednesday night at home vs. Denver, winning 108-103 as they were underdogs of +7.5. I like for the red hot three-point shooting of the Rockets to eventually cool and see this one where it starts.
Leg #3. Warriors ML | -300 at DK Sportsbook
The Phoenix Suns head to The Bay tonight in search of their 18th straight win one night after picking up #17 at home vs. the Pistons. Having picked up #16 at home vs. this same Warriors team earlier in the week, however, the task gets much taller tonight on the second of a back-to-back and playing for just the second time of the run as underdogs.
If this run doesn’t end now, when does it? The Warriors come into tonight with the #2 offense (113.1 ppg) and #1 defense (100.5 ppg), and despite the Sun’s success, the overall better team. I like for this one to be close but for the Warriors to edge it out.
Total Odds: +385
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