The Utah Jazz won for the 10th consecutive time on Tuesday night with a 118-107 road victory over the Brooklyn Nets - marking the best active winning streak in the NBA.
On Wednesday night, LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers look to build on the Western Conference best record and extend their nine-game winning streak.
Here’s a look at today’s NBA games:
BET OF THE DAY:
San Antonio Spurs @ Miami Heat (-5), 7:30 PM:
- The Spurs have a 14-26 ATS record as an away team coming off two days’ rest since 2014-15.
- Miami has the third best ATS record this season (22-15-2) and San Antonio has the third worst (15-22-1). (Stats courtesy of Statschecker).
The Miami Heat (27-12) finished their three-game road trip on a losing note, dropping a second straight game in New York after falling to the Knicks 124-121.
Miami shot 40 percent from three-point range but hurt themselves with 15 sloppy turnovers. Jimmy Butler posted a double-double and led the Heat in points (25), rebounds (11) and assists (6).
San Antonio (17-21) have won three of the last four games and are inching their way back to .500 after overcoming an 18-point deficit and edging out the Toronto Raptors 105-104.
DeMar DeRozan showed up big in his return to Toronto by scoring a game-high 25 points with eight rebounds, four assists and two steals.
The Heat have hit a slight bump in the road but will catch a breath of fresh air returning home to AmericanAirlines Arena where they have an NBA-best 17-1 home record.
Despite San Antonio’s recent success, Miami is too tough at home and should have no issue bouncing back in a big way.
2u - Miami Heat (-5) @ -110
Orlando Magic @ Los Angeles Lakers (-9), 10:30 PM:
- Los Angeles has a 6-4-1 ATS record in home night games against the Magic since 2012-13.
- The Magic have a 2-11 W/L record in night games at the Staples Center since 2010-11. (Stats courtesy of Statschecker).
Los Angeles (33-7) picked up a ninth consecutive win after taking down the Cleveland Cavaliers 128-99.
The Lakers trailed by one at halftime but had a monster second half courtesy of James, who scored 23 of his 31 points in this period.
Dwight Howard contributed a double-double with season-highs in points (21) and rebounds (15).
The Orlando Magic (19-21) got back on track with a last-second win over the Sacramento Kings 114-112.
Aaron Gordon scored the game-winning three-point play and posted a near double-double with 19 points and nine rebounds. Nikola Vucevic added a huge double-double with 26 points and 15 rebounds.
The Lakers have won by double digits in four consecutive games.
Los Angeles has also been one of the best home teams in the NBA (16-4), while Orlando has been one of the worst road teams in basketball (6-13).
The Lakers will cover the spread (-9) with no problem.
1u - Los Angeles Lakers (-9) @ -110
Toronto Raptors @ Oklahoma City Thunder (-2), 8:00 PM
- The Thunder have the best ATS record in the league this season (27-13).
- Oklahoma City have an 11-5 W/L record against the Raptors since 2011-12. (Stats courtesy of Statschecker).
Toronto (25-14) continued their hot-and-cold run, losing for the sixth time over the last 10 games after going down to the Spurs.
Not only did the Raptors lose, but they lost ugly, blowing an 18-point lead at home and were outscored by 14 in the fourth quarter.
Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka both contributed double-doubles - Lowry had 16 points and 15 assists while Ibaka had 21 points and 14 rebounds.
Oklahoma City (23-17) got back on track with a 117-104 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had himself a day, totaling his first career triple-double with 20 points, a career-high 20 rebounds and 10 assists.
Danilo Gallinari added a game-high 30 points on 8-of-12 shooting and Steven Adams contributed a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
When these teams met in Toronto two weeks ago, OKC rallied late and won by one point, 98-97.
The close games have continued for the Raptors as each of Toronto’s last three games have been decided by two points or less.
I’m taking the home team in what should be a close matchup.