The Association boasts a small, but action-packed four game slate today that features some big hardwood battles, including one between the Jazz and the Clippers that may see Los Angeles extend its incredible win streak to 17 games. The struggling Mavs will also take on the Spurs and more. Check out the breakdown for each game below as well as the point spread picks.
Milwaukee Bucks at 16-12 at Detroit Pistons 10-22
Interestingly, both teams in this match-up are coming off wins against the defending champion Miami Heat, but the Bucks have been more consistent overall lately, winning seven of their last 10, compared to the Pistons, which have won just three of their last 10.
Surprisingly, the Pistons are getting the 2.5 edge on the spread today due to home court advantage, but I have to like the Bucks in this one; a team that scores more and allows fewer points per game than Detroit. Milwaukee has a winning record on the road this season, so there’s no reason the Bucks can’t get the job done. Take the Bucks to cover +2.5 and win outright.
San Antonio Spurs 23-8 at Dallas Mavericks 12-18
This match-up features two squads headed in opposite directions as the Spurs are currently riding a four-game winning streak, while the Mavericks are on a five-game skid.
Dirk Nowitski’s return to the Dallas starting five has certainly inspired some hope for a turnaround, but that has not been the case so far as the team has failed to win a game with their star, who is still playing limited minutes as he eases back into the swing of things.
The Spurs, which are the best shooting team in the West, should have no problem against a defense that is allowing nearly 103 points per game. Take San Antonio to easily cover -6 points in the victory.
Boston Celtics 14-15 at Sacramento Kings 10-19
Both of these teams are struggling coming into this game, with each squad under .500 in their last 10 contests. The Celtics have been particularly poor on the road, going 5-10, while the Kings have been a completely different team at home with a 9-7 record as opposed to on the road where they are 1-12.
Rajon Rondo, who sat out Saturday’s game against Golden State, will be a game time decision today and if he doesn’t suit up, expect Boston’s struggles to continue. The Celtics are shooting just 36% without Rondo in the lineup, as they fail to find good looks.
Look for the Kings to pull out a close one today and if Rondo doesn’t play, it could be even worse for the embattled Celtics. Take Sacramento to cover +1.5 and win outright.
Utah Jazz 15-16 at Los Angeles Clippers 24-6
The Jazz almost ended LA’s league-best winning streak at 15 on Friday, but a 19-point comeback by the Clippers extended it to 16. Now the teams will face off in a rematch, as the Clippers look to make it 17 in a row.
The Jazz certainly gave the Clippers a tough time in the near upset earlier this week, but with LA at home and still playing top notch, it would be hard to bet against them. However, we know that Utah matches up well against the Clippers, so it does make logically sense that they would cover +9.5 points, even in a loss. Take LA to win again, but look for the Jazz to keep things close again and cover the spread.