James Harden and Russell Westbrook combined for 77 points as the Houston Rockets outlasted the Phoenix Suns 139-125 on Saturday night.
On Sunday night, the Milwaukee Bucks welcome the red-hot Indiana Pacers, winners of eight of the last 10.
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Indiana Pacers @ Milwaukee Bucks (-7.5), 8:00 PM:
- Milwaukee has won by 11+ points in nearly 50 percent of games (46.7%).
- The Bucks are 1713 ATS this season which is the ninth best in basketball. Stat courtesy of Statschecker.
Milwaukee (26-4) stayed on a roll handling the New York Knicks 123-102 behind a monster game from MVP front runner Giannis Antetokounmpo.
The Greek Freak totaled a triple-double shooting 8-of-10 from the field for 22 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.
All five Milwaukee starters scored in double figures including Khris Middleton who scored a game-high 23 points with six rebounds and five assists.
Indiana (20-9) picked up a fifth win in a row after taking down the Sacramento Kings 119-105.
Each member of the starting five scored in double digits led by TJ Warren who scored 23 points on 10-16 shooting.
The Pacers have been great at home this season (13-3), but have significantly struggled on the road in comparison (7-6).
Indiana is one of the hottest teams in the Eastern Conference, but Milwaukee is undoubtedly the best team in not only the conference but the entire NBA winning 19 of the last 20 games.
Take the Bucks to stay on a roll and cover the spread (-7.5).
2u - Milwaukee Bucks (-7.5) @ -110
Los Angeles Clippers (-2.5) @ Oklahoma City Thunder, 7:00 PM:
- Both Los Angeles and Oklahoma City have covered the spread 60 percent of the time this season.
- The Clippers are 229 in night games, and 20-5 overall as the favorite. Stat courtesy of Statschecker.
Los Angeles (22-9) bounced back in a big way taking down the San Antonio Spurs 134-109.
The Clippers shot over 50 percent from the field as a team led by the efforts of Kawhi Leonard. Leonard filled up the stat sheet scoring a game-high 26 points on 11-of-16 shooting with nine assists, seven rebounds and four steals.
The Oklahoma City Thunder (14-14) won a third straight game and for the sixth time over the last eight games after defeating the Phoenix Suns 126-108.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander went off for a career-high 32 points on 13-of-18 shooting. Dennis Schroder added 24 points off the bench with nine rebounds and six assists.
Last time these teams met in mid-November, the Clippers edged out the Thunder without Leonard in the line-up courtesy of a late go-ahead three-pointer by Paul George.
Sunday is expected to be a similar story. Although there are doubts Leonard will suit up, Los Angeles will have George squaring off against his former team in Oklahoma City and should have a repeat performance from earlier this season.
Take the Clippers to cover the one possession spread (-2.5).
1u - Los Angeles Clippers (-2.5) @ -110
Denver Nuggets @ Los Angeles Lakers (-4.5), 9:30 PM
- The Los Angeles Lakers are 1613 ATS this season which is second best in basketball.
- Denver is 02 when listed as the underdog this season. Stats courtesy of Statschecker.
The Lakers (24-5) dropped a second straight game after falling on the road to the Milwaukee Bucks 111-104.
Anthony Davis matched the Greek Freak stride for stride and finished with a double-double and a game-high 36 points with 10 rebounds, five assists and three blocks. LeBron James contributed a triple-double with 21 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists.
Denver (19-8) picked up a fifth consecutive win after defeating the Minnesota Timberwolves at home 109-100.
Nikola Jokic figured it out and put together his fifth triple-double of the season totaling 22 points with 10 assists and 10 rebounds.
These teams met earlier in December with the Lakers pulling off a 105-96 upset win in Denver.
James is expected to sit out on Sunday which means the short-handed Lakers are only four-and-a-half-points favorites. Nonetheless, Los Angeles are a tough out at home (10-2) while Denver has gone missing on the road (6-5).
Take the Lakers to bounce back and cover (-4.5) with or without James.
1u - Los Angeles Lakers(-4.5) @ -110
By Dan Canova