With 11 games going on in the Association today, there are certainly plenty of solid wagers to be had, but here are a couple of the best from some of the biggest games of the day.
Brooklyn Nets 13-11 at New York Knicks 18-6
After starting 11-4, the Nets have cooled off considerably, while the Knicks continue to dominate Eastern Conference opponents and currently own the best record in the conference. However, the Knicks haven’t been able to dominate their new intercity rival, as the teams have split the first two meetings, both of which were in Brooklyn. This time they will meet at the Garden, where the Knicks are 10-1 this season.
Some sportsbooks have the line even for this game and others are giving the Knicks as many as five points. The outcome will probably hinge on Carmelo Anthony’s availability, which is unknown at this point. He missed the last game, which New York lost, so the same could happen if he is ruled out for tonight’s match-up against the Nets.
I still like the Knicks here at home against a team that is not playing well at the moment. If Anthony plays, I think they can cover as many as five, but for now I’d look for an even line, or a -1 to take the Knicks on.
Oklahoma City Thunder 20-4 at Atlanta Hawks 15-7
The Thunder have propelled themselves into the top spot, not just in the West, but in the entire NBA with their current 11-game win steak. Meanwhile, the Hawks have remained one of the hottest teams in the East, boasting one of the league’s best defenses. That defense will certainly be tested tonight though against the NBA’s best scoring team in the Thunder.
This is probably the most intriguing match-up of the night and one that the Thunder are six-point favorites in. There’s no doubt that OKC is playing incredibly well right now, but there’s also no question that they have benefited from a home-heavy schedule thus far. The Thunder are 6-2 on the road compared to 14-2 at home, while the Hawks are equally as strong at home (8-4) as on the road (7-3).
I actually like the Hawks tonight, at least to cover the +6 spread. I wouldn’t be too confident in taking them to win outright considering the streak OKC is on, but I also wouldn’t give the Thunder too much credit in a game that will likely come down to the final minute.