Sunday will boast nine NBA games and we’ve picked three of the best that are not only must-watch match-ups, but they simply beg to be wagered on as well. The Lakers will invading South Beach to take on the Heat, the Clippers will look to get their groove back against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden and the Spurs will take on the Nets in a battle between two teams that are experiencing plenty of second half season success. We’ll take a look at the match-ups, so come along and check out our picks!
Los Angeles Lakers +8 at Miami Heat -8
Miami brought plenty of Heat with it to L.A. last month in its 99-90 win over the Lakers and it will look to sweep the two-game series today against a banged up Lakers team.
The Lakers have been playing better as of late, winning seven of their last ten games, but since they are still under .500, they are undoubtedly battered and bruised in terms of not only physical health, but fragile egos as well.
Meanwhile, the Heat enter today’s match-up with a four-game winning streak and a near perfect 21-3 home record. They even crushed the Lakers roommates – the Clippers – on Friday night without Chris Bosh or Ray Allen, who sat out with the flu.
There’s no reason the Heat shouldn’t take care of the Lakers at home, so don’t shy away from favoring the defending champions by more than -8 points in this one.
Los Angeles Clippers +4 at New York Knicks -4
Speaking of the Clippers getting lashed, they’ve been getting whipped by teams far less talented than the Heat lately. At one point they were contending for the league’s best record, but in the last few weeks the Clippers have begun to stumble, as they’ve lost seven of their last ten games.
The Knicks have remained consistent, winning seven of their last ten and they’ve been pretty darn good at home this season (19-6), making a tall order for the Clippers a little taller today.
With the Clippers in a funk and with the Knicks still on the up-and-up, take New York to cover -4 at home today.
San Antonio Spurs -1.5 at Brooklyn Nets +1.5
Despite having their 11-game win streak snapped by the Pistons on Friday, there’s little doubt that the Spurs are still one of the finest and most feared teams in the league. Of course, that can’t be evidenced more than by their 39-12 record, which is the best in the NBA.
However, things won’t be so easy for the Spurs today, as they are pitted up against a Nets team that has found a winning groove over the last month, shooting up the Eastern Conference standings to fifth place.
The Spurs have dominated the Nets in the past, winning 18 of their last 19 match-ups, but with Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili questionable for today’s game and since they are up against a much more confident Nets team this time around, I like Brooklyn to cover +1.5 points in the win.