Friday night’s NBA calendar has 10 games. The season is winding its way towards the playoffs and teams have made their trades as the NBA trade deadline expired on Thursday night.
NBA coaching staffs now have to find a way to win with the rosters they have. Here is a look at three of the games on tonight’s NBA lineup.
Cleveland at Toronto
The Cleveland Cavaliers are 22-33 straight up and 25-30 against the spread, while Toronto is 29-25 SU and 32-21-1 ATS.
Cleveland looks to have turned the corner and is headed in the right direction. The Cavaliers have covered in six straight games following a skid of six games.
Cleveland is 3-0 over its past three games on the road. The team has won two consecutive games straight up with wins over Philadelphia and Orlando, while limiting all five of their past five opponents to 99 or fewer points.
Toronto had a three-game winning streak snapped by Chicago on Wednesday. Since going 6-0 SU at home, Toronto is 4-3 SU as well as 3-3-1 ATS over its past 7 at home.
This is the first meeting between the two teams this season. Last season the teams were 2-2 in four games head to head with the UNDER cashing in 3 of the 4 games.
Pick: On Bovada and topbet the Raptors are favored 7.5 points, I like Cleveland to cover.
Los Angeles Clippers at Memphis
The up-tempo high scoring Los Angeles Clippers visit the defensive-minded Memphis Grizzlies in a Western Conference matchup.
The Clippers are 37-19 SU and 31-25 ATS, while the Grizzlies are 30-23 SU and 24-28-1 ATS.
This is a rematch of the first round of the playoffs last season. The Grizzlies lost the first two games of that series, but won four straight to knock the Clippers out of the postseason.
This season the road team has won both games with the teams splitting the first two.
The Clippers lost their last outing on Tuesday to San Antonio by 10 points at home. It was the fifth game that went OVER in their past six games.
Memphis has won three straight games, but is only 2-5 against the spread over its past 7 games. As an underdog at home, Memphis is 2-6 against the number and 1-7 SU.
Pick: Los Angeles is favored by 2 points on betonline and sportsbook.com. I like the Clippers less the points to cover.
San Antonio at Phoenix
The San Antonio Spurs visit the Phoenix Suns in a Western Conference showdown. The Spurs are 40-15 straight up and 27-28 against the spread. The Suns are 32-21 SU and 35-17 ATS.
San Antonio is 5-3 SU and 6-2 ATS in its current nine-game road trip that ends tonight in Phoenix. The Spurs defeated both Portland Trail Blazers and Los Angeles Clippers during the trip, both as the underdog.
Tony Parker will miss due to an injury, while Tim Duncan will sit out to rest for the second consecutive game.
Phoenix is one of the NBA’s biggest surprises, but cannot figure out a way to defeat the Spurs. Phoenix is 0-2 SU this season versus San Antonio and has lost four straight at home against the Spurs.
The Suns are 3-3 SU over their past 6 games at home, but 7-3 SU over their past 10 home games versus opponents from the Western Conference.
Pick: The line has San Antonio favored by 1 point. I like the Suns as Parker and Duncan will be out.