It has been an odd year for so many teams that had great success a year ago. The Mavericks and Nuggets are set to play, as each team has started a bit slow out of the gate. It has not been an ideal beginning for Luka Doncic, who has been missing as many threes as any other player in the league. His percentage is horribly low, and while it will improve, it's shocking.
Denver, on the other hand, has won a few games of late and will have Michael Porter Jr. back in its lineup for this one. He is a huge missing piece, though his absence gave Jamal Murray the leeway to become the go-to-guy along with Nikola Jokic and find his comfortability on the floor. It's a very dynamic trio when all three guys are healthy.
Betting Denver -2.5 here is almost a no-brainer. The Nuggets are more talented than the Mavericks and will be a matchup nightmare for Dallas.
The Mavericks won't be able to stop Jokic. And JaMychal Green is giving the Nuggets some great minutes off the bench.
In an exciting Atlantic Division showdown, the hot 76ers will be visiting the Nets. Philadelphia is coming off a win over the Wizards by a 141-136 tally on Wednesday, though it has little time to enjoy that win.
The 76ers will have to come right back and look to do it again, against a team led by Kyrie Irving and a number of role players. This is a great time for the 76ers to let the world know how good they really are.
Irving is the Nets' leader with Kevin Durant on the COVID-19 protocol list. They won't have him for the two games after this, likely keeping Irving in the lineup for every game, with no rest time coming.
He and Joe Harris will need to get out and start splashing threes. Jarrett Allen has to protect the castle that is the paint, with Joel Embiid ready to come in and bulldoze. This is a tough matchup for the short-handed Brooklyn team.
The bet here is a bit tougher but is one that should still be made. Philadelphia -3 allows some wiggle room should the game be close.
The 76ers will be able to hit their free throws and secure the win in that case. Or they'll just win big.
Minnesota has looked as bad as any team in the NBA since they lost Karl-Anthony Towns to a wrist injury. As the Timberwolves head to Portland for this contest, there isn't much reason to hope things will be better.
The team's roster is a bit mish-mashed, and this year's No. 1 overall pick, Anthony Edwards, is yet to have a big game. It's very easy to stay down on Minnesota.
Portland has been doing a lot of losing, but a good chance to win is in front of it. The Trail Blazers blew a 20-point lead and lost to Chicago on Tuesday, so this time, if they build a lead, they have to keep it.
It was great to see a dynamic performance from Jusuf Nurkic, though. He had been struggling to make a legitimate impact on games this season. Look for Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum to cook the Timberwolves guards.
The bet of Portland -10 has to be made. The Trail Blazers will light the scoreboard on fire against Minnesota, which only has D'Angelo Russell to try and counter them on that end of the floor. It's tough not to choose Portland.
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