NBA Odds & Dogs – The Raptors vs. The Unicorn
Will The Raptors Tame Porzingis In New York?
Toronto has been whipping the Knickerbockers on and off the court over the past few years, fleecing their front office to create a rotation that ranks among the best in the eastern conference. The only thing ex-GM Phil Jackson did right was drafting Porzingis, who could be an MVP candidate if the Knicks surround their unicorn with the right supporting personnel.
Until then, the Raps will continue to leverage their advantage against the Knicks, which usually results in blowout losses for New York. Toronto has the personnel to defend against Porzingis and Hardaway, and the rest of the Knicks rotation doesn’t feature the depth necessary to chip in the necessary points to draw attention from the young stars of Big Apple basketball.
NBA Quick Picks
- Toronto at New York – Raptors Beat -4.0 Spread
- Golden State at Oklahoma City – Thunder Beat +5.0 Spread
- Denver at Houston – Rockets Beat -10.5 Spread
- Portland at Philadelphia – 76ers Beat -4.0 Spread
- Boston at Miami – Heat Beat +2.5 Spread
NBA Odds Courtesy of Sports Interaction
NBA Spreads: Dimes On The Line
Raptors at Knicks (Toronto -4.0)
Toronto stole the magic from New York’s unicorn the last time they played, and Pascal Siakam will be ready to bottle up Kristaps Porzingis again. The Raptors have completely dominated the Knicks over the past few seasons, winning eight in a row, which makes a 4-point spread a bit low. New York will play well enough to keep things competitive, but the final score will likely reflect a three-possession win for the Raps.
Warriors at Thunder (Oklahoma City +5.0)
Golden State has won seven straight regular season games against the Oklahoma City Thunder, and 10 of the last 11, including six victories when Durant was a still a member of OKC. Kevin will be a game-time decision tonight after missing his last game due to an ankle sprain. Oklahoma wants a “statement win” this evening to show the potential of a Westbrook-George-Anthony big three, which means they’ll be treating this matchup with more respect than usual.
Nuggets at Rockets (Houston -10.5)
Paul Millsap will likely undergo surgery soon to fix ligament problems in his left wrist, but even if the all-star power forward suited up, the Nuggets would have a tough time keeping up with the Rockets. Houston might not be the favorites to win an NBA Championship this year, but they’re putting on one of the best shows in the association with James Harden and Chris Paul running an explosive offense.
Denver has some fine players in Jokic, Barton and Murray, but missing Millsap will be too much to prevent Houston from beating a 10.5 spread.
Trail Blazers at 76ers (Philadelphia -4.0)
The Blazers need all the help they can get containing the big man trio of Embiid, Simmons and Saric this evening. Unfortunately for Portland, Damian Lillard’s not likely to be 100% and veteran power forward Al-Farouq Aminu will sit on the sidelines. Jusuf Nurkic isn’t afraid of anyone on the planet, and Ed Davis will provide the usual surge of energy off the bench, but the Process and his buddies will dunk and rain threes all over Portland.
Celtics at Heat (Miami +2.5)
All good things must come to an end, including the Celtics 16-game win streak, which looks precarious this evening. Coach Brad Stevens performed a miracle defensive transformation when Gordon Hayward went down, and Boston players deserve credit for executing Stevens tough game plan on a nightly basis. However, Miami matches up well against the Celtics lineup, with the ability to cover the perimeter and the paint with fast, rangy defenders.
The last time they played, Boston snuck out of Florida with a two-possession win. Coach Erik Spoelstra’s also a basketball genius, and he’ll help his squad make the adjustments necessary to make this game too close to call.
Nutmeg Of The Night – High Risk/Reward
Sacramento Kings Beat Los Angeles Lakers Straight Up (+100)
Betting on the Kings or the Lakers represents a risk every time these teams hit the hardwood. Both are in the rebuilding process, but the Lakers played last night, which improves Sacramento’s odds of winning this evening. Nonetheless, the Kings are listed as underdogs at +100, which provides a solid payout for a home team playing against a visitor on one-day rest.
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