The last game on Sunday could potentially gather the most interest from a betting perspective as the Los Angeles Lakers host the struggling Atlanta Hawks. Not only are LeBron James and Anthony Davis in action to see if the Lakers can improve on their best start since the 2010-11 season, but the Hawks were also blown away by the Clippers on Saturday night by 49 points, 150-101. Yes, 49!
If the Lakers own the Western Conference for now, the East is dominated by the Boston Celtics. They face a tricky opponent in the Sacramento Kings at the Golden 1 Center in another game that is expected to be high-scoring. The Kings will be without De’Aaron Fox while the Celtics won’t have the services of Gordon Hayward with a fractured hand. I see a possible upset in the works here, which means the over could be a safer target.
Speaking of potential upsets, the money line might be skewed too heavily in Orlando Magic’s favor against the Washington Wizards. Bradley Beal went off for 44 points and 10 assists in their huge win against the Timberwolves. Sure, the Wizards (3-7) have struggled this season, but Orlando haven’t been inspirational either. Considering the Wizards’ preferred modus operandi of a quicker pace, the over is also not a bad option in this game. The Wizards have scored 120 or more points in four of their previous five games, while the Magic have posted more than 100 points in their last five.
Sunday’s NBA action begins early from Quicken Loans Arena, with the Cleveland Cavaliers hosting the Philadelphia 76ers. A healthy 76ers roster has made them heavy favorites. All of the 76ers starters played more than 30 minutes in an overtime loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder in their previous game.
As Ja Morant is slowly starting to find his rhythm in the NBA, the Grizzlies are correspondingly finding their fluency. The Grizzlies have now won three games on the bounce, but an addition to this streak is being challenged by Nikola Jokic and a strong Denver Nuggets team. Denver have won five of their last six games en route to an 8-3 season record to date.
The most evenly-balanced game on Sunday could be between two of the worst-placed teams in the NBA. The New Orleans Pelicans (3-9) start off as slight favorites against the heavily-depleted Warriors (2-11). Both teams have been hit severely with injuries, which might mean efficiency from the field will continue to be a problem. D’Angelo Russell’s absence will add to the Warriors’ woes.
Below are point spreads and the over/under at DraftKings Sportsbook for the six games on schedule for tonight:
76ers @ Cavaliers (+6.5, 214.5 O/U) 3:00 p.m. ET
Celtics @ Kings (+2.5, 218.5 O/U) 3:30 p.m. ET
Nuggets @ Grizzlies (+6.5, 211 O/U) 6:00 p.m. ET
Wizards @ Magic (-6.5, 221.5 O/U) 6:00 p.m. ET
Warriors @ Pelicans (-4.5, 227.5 O/U) 7:00 p.m. ET
Hawks @ Lakers (-13.5, 218.5 O/U) 9:30 p.m. ET
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