Today the NBA returns with a seven-game slate as teams continue to deal with COVID protocols affecting almost everyone across the league. While the action gets underway early with the Rockets playing the Pistons at noon, let’s take a look at the evening slate and see where we can find some value.
Leg #1. Knicks +4.5 | -110 at DK Sportsbook
The Knicks head to Boston tonight for the second of a quick two-game road trip, as they get a Celtics team down and out. Having lost four of their last five, the Celtics have covered just once as their shooting has gone ice cold.
Coming into this one following a much-needed win, the Knicks have confidence for the first time in a while, and I like for them to keep this one close against a team they know well.
Leg #2. Cavaliers -3| -110 at DK Sportsbook
Having won eight of 10 and covered 10 straight, the Cavaliers have remained the hottest team in the league throughout December. While the offense has been adequate, a large part of the Cavaliers’ success has come via their defense as they currently rank inside the top 10 in points per game, FG%, and 3PT%.
Now they head to Milwaukee most healthy, drawing a Bucks team being ravaged by COVID as Bobby Portis, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Wes Matthews are in protocols. Look for the Cavs to roll in this one.
Leg #3. Jazz -10 | -105 at DK Sportsbook
Things have fallen apart quickly for the once high-flying Wizards, as they come into this one having lost eight of their last 10 while covering just one. On their current west coast trip, the Wiz have lost by an average of 13.3 points as things have gone from bad to worse.
For the home Jazz, a slow start has turned around equally quickly, as they’ve now won eight of their last 10 and been a covering machine along the way. In this one, I expect the Jazz to capitalize on the absence of Thomas Bryant and Rui Hachimura and cover this one with ease.
Total Odds: +611 at DraftKings
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