The shorthanded Los Angeles Lakers managed to pull the road upset in Houston on Saturday night, defeating the Rockets 124-115 behind the efforts of LeBron James. James totaled a double-double with 31 points, 12 assists and five rebounds.
On Sunday, only two games are on the NBA schedule as the Heat take on the Spurs and the Pacers visit the Nuggets.
Here’s a look at today’s NBA games:
BET OF THE DAY
- The Heat have the second best ATS record in the NBA this season at (24-15-2). The Spurs rank second worst in the league ATS at (15-24-1).
- Miami has won each of the last three meetings with San Antonio. Stat courtesy of Statschecker.
The Miami Heat (29-12) picked up a second straight win after taking down the Oklahoma City Thunder 115-108.
Miami was on point shooting nearly 50 percent from the field as a team with seven players scoring in double figures. Kendrick Nunn and Bam Adebayo did most of the heavy lifting scoring 22 and 21 points respectively. Jimmy Butler ran the offense and totaled a double-double with 14 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists.
San Antonio (17-23) dropped a second consecutive game after being outscored by 12 points in the fourth, losing to the Atlanta Hawks 121-120.
The Spurs defense was non-existent as they allowed the Hawks to shoot 50 percent from the field and over 47 percent from three-point range. LaMarcus Aldridge put up a team-high 30 points and DeMar DeRozan fell just short of a triple-double with 25 points, nine rebounds and nine assists.
On Wednesday, Miami won the first meeting between these teams by six points. These teams went back and forth, and I fully expect a similar outing on Sunday afternoon. San Antonio will be able to hang around, but Miami’s depth will be the deciding factor as they pull away late. The Heat will cover with the point (+1).
2u - Miami Heat (+1) @ -110
- Indiana has the fifth best ATS record in the NBA this season at (23-18-1).
- The Pacers have a 4-1 ATS record against the Nuggets since 2017-18. Stat courtesy of Statschecker.
Denver (29-12) overcame a 17-point half-time deficit and edged out the Golden State Warriors 134-131.
Will Barton set the tone on offense knocking down seven made threes for a game-high 31 points. Three Nuggets players contributed double-doubles including Mason Plumlee and Michael Porter Jr. who came off the bench.
Nikola Jokic was the third player and he nearly put together a triple-double with 23 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists.
Porter Jr. had 18 points with 10 rebounds and five assists, and Plumlee matched his 15 points with 15 rebounds.
The Indiana Pacers (27-15) picked up a fourth straight and swept a back-to-back series with the Timberwolves, defeating Minnesota 116-114.
Indiana was spot on shooting over 55 percent from the field led by the efforts of T.J. Warren and Malcolm Brogdon. Warren knocked down 11-of-18 attempts for a game-high 28 points while Brogdon added a double-double with 12 points and 10 assists.
Denver won the first matchup between these teams by eight points in Indiana over two weeks ago. However, three players who combined for 40 points in that matchup - Gary Harris, Jamal Murray, and Paul Millsap - may be missing in action for the second straight game on Sunday.
Indiana will be at full strength and proved they were able to keep the game close when Denver was at full strength too. If the Nuggets are without one or all three of those players, I’m anticipating the Pacers holding their own and covering the spread.
Take the Pacers to cover (+1.5).
1u - Indiana Pacers (+1.5) @ -110