Saturday night saw Tim Duncan making his coaching debut with the San Antonio Spurs after coach Greg Popovich was ejected, and Paul George dropping 37 points in a Clippers win.
On Sunday, both the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics look to continue to build on their 10-win first-place starts to the season.
Take a look at today’s NBA picks:
BET OF THE DAY
Atlanta Hawks @ Los Angeles Lakers, 9:30 PM
- The Lakers have a 102 record as a favorite, and are 8-4 against the spread which is third best in the NBA. Hawks/Lakers stats taken from Statschecker.
The Lakers sit atop of the Western Conference by a half game with a (10-2) record.
Los Angeles narrowly avoided an upset at home by defeating the Sacramento Kings 99-97 on Friday night.
LeBron James stuffed the stat sheet with a double-double and a team-high 29 points and 11 assists, adding four rebounds and three steals.
The Atlanta Hawks (4-7) fell hard on the road, losing 150-101 to the Los Angeles Clippers.
All five Hawks players scored in double figures as Trae Young led the way doing what he could. Young had a tough night shooting yet managed to score 20 points on 4-of-16 shooting with six assists and five rebounds.
The Lakers are 6-1 at home this season and although they’ve played well against the spread, 13.5 points is too much for me to fade against the sneaky Hawks.
Take Atlanta to cover (+13.5) on the road.
2u - Atlanta Hawks (+13.5) @ -105
Boston Celtics (-2.5) @ Sacramento Kings, 3:30 PM:
- The Celtics have a 74-1 (62.5%) ATS record against the Kings since 2013-14. Celtics/Kings stats taken from Statschecker.
The Boston Celtics are the hottest team in basketball on a 10-game winning streak, and hold the top spot in the Eastern Conference at (10-1).
Boston kept their streak alive on the road and avoided an upset by defeating the Golden State Warriors 105-100.
Three Celtics starters scored above 20 points - Jayson Tatum, Kemba Walker and Jaylen Brown. Tatum had a team-high 24 points and eight rebounds, Brown added 22 points and eight rebounds, and Walker had 20 points with five assists and five rebounds.
The Sacramento Kings (4-7) snapped a two-game winning streak, falling on the road to the Lakers 99-97.
With team-leading scorer De’Aaron Fox sidelined, Buddy Hield scored 21 points with eight rebounds in a losing effort.
Despite a close game in LA, my expectation is Boston takes care of business in Sacramento against the short-handed Kings.
1u - Boston Celtics (-2.5) @ -110
Denver Nuggets (-6.5) @ Memphis Grizzlies, 6:00 PM:
- The Nuggets have a 412 (25.0%) W/L record against the Grizzlies at FedExForum since 2010-11. Nuggets/Grizzlies stats taken from Statschecker.
The Denver Nuggets (8-3) got back on track and have won five of the last six games after defeating the Brooklyn Nets 101-93 on Thursday night.
Nikola Jokic led the way with a solid double-double scoring 18 points on 8-14 shooting with 10 rebounds and three assists.
The Memphis Grizzlies (5-7) picked up a third consecutive win following a narrow 107-106 upset win over the Utah Jazz.
Rookie Ja Morant continued to be a stud scoring a team-high 25 points on 9-of-22 shooting with eight assists. Jae Crowder contributed a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Memphis has caught a second wind and seem consistent as of late. Look for the Grizzlies to keep this close, and potentially win outright against Denver.
1u - Memphis Grizzlies (+6.5) @ -105
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