Bet the Sacramento/Boston Over at BookMaker.eu
I recommended hitting the over when these teams collided in Sacramento last week. I wrote that suggestion up thinking Kyrie Irving would be in the game. He wasn’t. Even so, the teams still ended up combining for 220 points and just failed to surpass the 126-point closing total. With the Celtics having 2+ days to get their bodies and minds right for this contest, I’ll be hitting the over once again. Even with Big Sac playing to low scorers in its L/5 games that includes the first two of this current east coast trek.
The Kings have cashed over tickets at an 18-13-1 clip on the road to date, and it’s high time the offense starts getting its butt back in high gear with it slowly but surely falling out of the Western Conference playoff chase with every passing game. Both of these teams shot better than 50 percent against one another back on March 6, and not much has changed with either roster since. Irving’s team-high 23.6 PPG scoring average being thrown back into the mix should only help our cause.
Bet the Toronto Raptors at BookMaker.eu
I was all over the Lakers on Tuesday night in Chicago. Though LA fell into a quick double-digit first quarter hole, it was only a matter of time until LeBron James got his motor running like he always does when opposing the Bulls. When the dust cleared, LBJ went for a game-high 36 points to go along with 10 rebounds. Guess what? He’s not facing the Bulls this time around. Instead, it’s a Toronto Raptors squad that returns home off a successful three-game road trip that will have 2+ days to rest up and prepare for this brief stop north of the border.
The Dinos already went into the Staples Center and handed LA a severe 121-107 beat down as 1.5-point favorites back on November 4 to move to 8-0 SU & 7-1 ATS in the L/8 meetings. LBJ was in attendance for that one. Serge Ibaka and Pascal Siakam each had huge games combining for 50 points and more importantly 23 rebounds. With Brandon Ingram and possibly Tyson Chandler both out of the mix, I just don’t see how the Lakers compete on the glass. After riding them Monday, it’s time to once again hop on the Laker fade train!
Bet the Minnesota Timberwolves at BookMaker.eu
I faded the Timberwolves in a huge way on Tuesday night in Denver. It was their third game played over a four-game stretch and it took place in the thin air of the Mile High City against a Denver team still salty about the beat down it was on the wrong end of versus the Warriors. That spot right there was easy money! But after dropping two straight and failing to cover the closing NBA odds in each, I like Minnesota’s chances of giving the Jazz a run for their money on Thursday night. This is a big matchup for both squads with each still trying to lock down a playoff spot. Minnesota is currently six games in back of the No. 8 seed Jazz who are also attempting to fend off the Kings for the last slot.
Since rattling off four straight wins, Utah’s been slipping of late in dropping three of four both SU & ATS. It’s also had some issues with the Timberwolves this season in going 2-1 SU but just 1-2 ATS with one of those wins coming by just four points as 10.5-point home chalk at the end of January. I’d feel better about the position if the trio of Derrick Rose, Jeff Teague and Andrew Wiggins were all in the lineup. Each is currently listed as questionable with various ailments, so be sure to check the injury reports before taking the points at betting sites.