The Nuggets were in a slump last week but are now coming in winners of three straight, including a victory against a possible NBA Finals opponent in the Bucks. Tonight they host the 76ers, which could also be a preview of the NBA Finals.
The matchup we’ll be paying attention to is Joel Embiid vs. Nikola Jokic. Not only because these are two of the premiere centers in the league, but they are also one and two in MVP odds. With Jokic currently in second, he needs an excellent performance to jump over Embiid. However, I don’t see it happening. Jokic’s 24 points were nearly half of Embiids’ total, and they also finished with just eight rebounds. The Sixers are one of the better defenses in the league, and I like them to keep Jokic contained tonight.
The Pistons look like they’ll again be in a spot to grab the first pick in the draft. This roster is very young, and they hopefully would like to continue to build this with high draft picks.
One of those picks is Killian Hayes, whose set career highs and leads the team in assists. His points/assists prop is about three points higher than his season average against the Bucks, with Milwaukee having the second-best defensive rating.
The Knicks have picked the wrong time not to play well. After that nine-game winning streak, they are coming in just 3-6. What will help New York stay in the fifth seed is a favorable remaining schedule with just two games against teams above .500.
Tonight’s opponent, Houston, is not one of those teams, as they also have a good chance of finishing with the worse record in the league.
In the last matchup, Julius Randle went off with 35 points and 12 rebounds, and his value on tonight’s Points/Rebounds prop has a great return.