If you’ve been following the first week of the 2020-21 NBA season, you’d think we were in bizarro land. The Cleveland Cavaliers were on top of the NBA at 3-0 and the Orlando Magic are right there with them. The New York Knicks just defeated the Milwaukee Bucks by 30 points and will face the first-place Cavs on Tuesday night. Yep, it’s basically insanity right now.
The Cavaliers are dealing with some injuries in the front court. Isaac Okoro and Kevin Love are in question for the game against the Knicks. New York is dealing with injuries to both rookies — Obi Toppin and Immanuel Quickley. Who would have thought that this would be the marquee matchup for a Tuesday night, 10-game slate? Not me!
The Sixers should get Joel Embiid back in the lineup after he was a late addition to the injury report on Sunday night with back tightness. The T-Wolves will be without their best player, Karl-Anthony Towns, who suffered a dislocated wrist and is week-to-week. Other than that, we’ll be on the look out for more injury news throughout the day.
NBA regular season schedule for Dec. 22
New York Knicks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers, 7:00 p.m. ET
Spread: CLE -3.5
ML: CLE (-155), NYK (+130)
Spread: DET +3.5
ML: DET (+130), GSW (-155)
Spread: IND +1.5
ML: IND (+100), BOS (-121)
Toronto Raptors vs. Philadelphia 76ers, 7:00 p.m. ET
Spread: PHI -2.5
ML: PHI (-136), TOR (+114)
Spread: WAS -5.5
ML: WAS (-215), CHI (+175)
Orlando Magic vs. Oklahoma City Thunder, 8:00 p.m. ET
Spread: OKC +5
ML: OKC (+160), ORL (-195)
Minnesota Timberwolves vs. LA Clippers, 10:00 p.m. ET
Spread: LAC -8.5
ML: LAC (-385), MIN (+290)
Spread: SAC +2.5
ML: SAC (+114), DEN (-136)
National broadcasts for Dec. 27 games
Milwaukee Bucks vs. Miami Heat, 7:30 p.m. ET on TNT
Spread: MIA +5.5
ML: MIA (+175), MIL (-210)
Spread: PHX -3.5
ML: PHX (-162), NOP (+135)
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