Saturday was highlighted by a thrilling 125-120 Los Angeles Lakers win against the Golden State Warriors.
On Sunday, the Philadelphia 76ers look to stay strong at home when hosting the Chicago Bulls.
Here’s a look at today’s NBA games:
BET OF THE DAY: 2u - Philadelphia 76ers (-11) @ -110
Chicago Bulls @ Philadelphia 76ers, 6:00 PM:
- The 76ers have an 84 ATS record at home against the Bulls since 2013-14.
- Philadelphia has the best home record in the NBA at 232. Stat courtesy of Statschecker.
The reason we’re backing the 76ers
Philadelphia (32-21) bounced back by snapping a four-game losing streak with a 119-107 win over the Memphis Grizzlies. The Sixers shot over 53 per cent from the field and 56 per cent from three-point range.
Unsung hero Furkan Korkmaz came off the bench on fire, totaling a game-high 34 points with seven-made three-pointers. Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid both added a double-double. Embiid had 10 points and 10 rebounds, and Simmons scored 22 points with 10 assists.
Chicago (19-34) dropped a fourth consecutive game after falling at home to the New Orleans Pelicans 125-119. The score made the game look much closer than it was as the Bulls had trailed by as many as 27 points.
Chicago finished with seven players in double figures led by Zach Lavine’s 22 points on 8-of-19 shooting.
When these teams met in Philadelphia earlier this season the 76ers won with ease by 11 points. Philadelphia is the best team in the NBA when playing at home and haven’t lost at the Wells Fargo Center since late December. I don’t expect the Bulls to give the Sixers much of a challenge.
1u - Boston Celtics (+2) @ -110
Boston Celtics @ Oklahoma City Thunder, 8:00 PM:
- OKC and Boston have the two best ATS records in the NBA Boston is (31-18-2) and OKC is (34-18).
- The Celtics have a 135 ATS record as an away team in day games since 2014-15. Stat courtesy of Statschecker.
The reason we’re backing Boston
Boston (36-15) won a sixth game in a row after holding off the Atlanta Hawks 112-107.
Jayson Tatum went nuts from beyond the arc, knocking down 7-of-12 threes for a game-high 32 points with six assists and four rebounds. Enes Kanter played big for the short-handed Celtics, posting a double-double with 16 points and 15 rebounds.
Oklahoma City (32-20) also kept up their impressive run of form with a fourth straight win, taking down the Detroit Pistons 108-101. The Thunder shot well from the field (over 50 per cent), but was ice cold from the three, shooting 21 per cent.
Five players scored in double figures, led by the efforts of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Chris Paul. Both knocked down seven made field goals as Paul totaled 22 points, seven assists and six rebounds, and Gilgeous-Alexander added 21 points.
This game should be close throughout. Although my initial thought was to favor the home team in a matchup like this, I’m going to ride the hotter hand in the Boston Celtics to cover.
1u - Houston Rockets (-4) @ - 110
- Utah has a (711-1) ATS record in Houston since 2012-13.
- The Rockets have a 134 W/L record at home against the Jazz since 2012-13. Stat courtesy of Statschecker.
The reason we’re backing Houston
Utah (33-18) snapped a five-game losing streak in controversial fashion in edging out the Portland Trail Blazers 117-114. The Jazz nearly saw overtime, but Rudy Gobert sealed the win with an incorrect no goaltending call.
All five starters scored in double figures, led by Gobert who posted a double-double with 16 points and 14 rebounds. Bojan Bogdanovic added a team-high 27 points from 10-of-16 shooting.
Houston (33-19) snapped a four-game winning streak in an ugly way, getting blown out by the Phoenix Suns 127-91. The Rockets had a shooting night they’d like to forget, shooting 34 pern cent from the field and 22 per cent from three-point range.
In the absence of Russell Westbrook, the league’s leading scorer James Harden carried the load with 32 points and five assists from 9-of-19 shooting.
The Rockets won the first meeting between these teams in Utah by nine points nearly two weeks ago. I’m not anticipating much will change 13 days later. Utah has struggled on the road this season at (14-13), so take Houston to bounce back and cover at home.