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Opening point spreads for December 1 NBA schedule

December’s NBA action begins with nine games on Sunday, starting off with a pair of games in New York. We take a look at the lines and spreads on DraftKings Sportsbook.

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James dribbles as Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic defends during overtime at American Airlines Center.  Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

New York is a busy city on Sunday, with the Brooklyn Nets and the New York Knicks hosting the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics, respectively. Thirty minutes separate the tip-off for both games.

Even without Kyrie Irving, the Nets are expected to challenge the resurgent Heat, who have won seven of their last nine games. The Nets have hit a nice little patch of form as well, with five wins in six games.

The Knicks are on the opposite end of the form spectrum, having lost their last five games. It’s no surprise then that the Celtics are heavy favorites to come away from their New York trip with at least a win after losing to the Nets on Friday.

After keeping the league’s highest-scoring team to just 103 points, the Lakers now host Luka Doncic and the Mavericks to see if they can build on a 10-game winning streak, a run that was previously matched in their Championship run a decade ago. At 17-2 for the season, this is also the Lakers’ best start after 19 games. Ever!

The defending champions are also back home. Quietly and typically under the radar, the Raptors have won six straight games en route to their 14-4 record, behind only the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference. Underestimate their opponents Utah at your peril. The Jazz are only slight underdogs here.

After a disappointing trip to San Antonio, the Los Angeles Clippers are back at Staples Center to face the Wizards. On the face of it, this seems like a game for the over considering the propensity of both these teams to start games efficiently. For the Wizards, that statement is strictly from an offensive perspective because they are the worst defensive team in the NBA, conceding more than 120 points a game.

Other games include:

  • The Grizzlies travel to Minnesota to try and snap their six-game losing streak.
  • The Spurs try to take a morale-boosting win to Detroit after beating the Clippers. However, LaMarcus Aldridge might not be on their trip with a thigh injury.
  • A quick reverse fixture as the Thunder and the Pelicans now head to New Orleans after Oklahoma City consigned the Pels to their fourth straight defeat, 109-104, on Friday.
  • Keep an eye on the injuries for the Magic in this one. Nikola Vucevic and Aaron Gordon are currently listed as questionable, but the Magic are heavy favorites to beat the depleted Warriors. That moneyline may change closer to tip-off.

Here are the point spreads and the O/U totals for Sunday’s games:

Heat @ Nets (+3.5, 216) 3:00 p.m. ET
Celtics @ Knicks (+8, 208.5) 3:30 p.m. ET
Grizzlies @ Timberwolves (-11, 230.5) 3:30 p.m. ET
Mavericks @ Lakers (-7, 222) 4:00 p.m. ET
Spurs @ Pistons (-3.5, 217) 5:00 p.m. ET
Thunder @ Pelicans (-2.5, 228.5) 5:00 p.m. ET
Jazz @ Raptors (-2.5, 210.5) 6:00 p.m. ET
Warriors @ Magic (-8.5, 205.5) 6:00 p.m. ET
Wizards @ Clippers (-12.5, 237.5) 10:30 p.m. ET

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