Two NBA All-Stars will clash in Minnesota as MVP favorite James Harden takes on Karl-Anthony Towns. We discuss that matchup and much more in a busy night of NBA action heading into the All-Star break. We bring you the odds, best bets and game notes from around the league to help you win bucks on B-Ball.
Dominating the first half
The 76ers are playing on the tail end of a back-to-back after losing 112-109 at home versus the Celtics last night. Today the Sixers travel to New York to play against a Knicks team that just set a franchise record with a 17-game losing streak.
The 76ers have been the league’s second-highest scoring team in the first half, averaging 59.6 points per game. Look for the 76ers to come out and put up points early versus a Knicks team allowing opponents to shoot 47 percent from the field and only averaging 53.1 points in the first half. Take the 76ers to cover the first half spread of 4.5-points.
Active on the glass
The Grizzlies travel to Chicago having struggled on the road all season posting a 9-20 record and losing 10 of the last 11. Despite such shocking numbers, the Bulls only have five wins at home through 28 games.
The Grizzlies are shooting 44 percent away from home, and the Bulls are coming off a game where they shot 38.5 percent from the floor and were held under 100 by the Bucks. With both teams ranking near the bottom of the league in points per game, look for there to be lots of rebounds available. Back the Bulls’ best rebounder in Lauri Markkanen who recently had games with 17 and 18 boards. Take Over his rebounding total of 10.
Houston vulnerable to KAT
The Rockets travel to Minnesota to take on a Timberwolves team who finally snapped their four-game losing streak with a win over the Clippers on Sunday. The Rockets have played well versus the Timberwolves winning 18 of the last 21 overall, and posting a 17-6 record at Target Center.
With Clint Capela still out for Houston, look for Karl-Anthony Towns to capitalize off a favorable matchup versus a team allowing 23 points on 54.8 percent shooting and 15.4 rebounds to opposing centers. Take Over his points, rebounds, assists total of 40.5.
Getting back into a rhythm
The Kings travel to Denver as 7.5-point underdogs to take on the Nuggets who have won 24 of 28 home games. Denver has not disappointed as favorites, posting a 30-9 record and covering the spread in 20 of 28 games at the Pepsi Center.
In his first game back after injury, Denver’s Paul Millsap nearly logged a double-double, falling one point short through 20 minutes of playing time. When healthy, he is shooting 48.4 percent from the floor and with Gary Harris out of the lineup today, he should be factor versus a Kings defense surrendering 116.6 points per game on the road. Take Over his points, rebounds, assists total today.
Stepping up versus the league’s best
The highest total of the night of 234.5 takes place in the most anticipated contest as the Warriors travel to Portland to take on a Blazers team who are 23-8 record at home. Golden State will be resting DeMarcus Cousins for this game.
Portland’s Jusuf Nurkic is in a great spot versus a Warriors team surrendering 23.1 points on 54.9 percent shooting and 16 rebounds to opposing centers. In the three previous meetings versus the Warriors, Nurkic logged no less than 22 points, and posted a double-double in the most recent two. Look for similar numbers today and back Over his points, rebounds, assists total of 29.5.