LeBron James continues to put up incredible numbers this year, even creating a new category last night, becoming the first player ever hit 10,000 in points, rebounds and assists. James put up 31 points along with seven rebounds and six assists, but that was not even close to being good enough, as the Lakers were routed 140-111 by the Suns. James is now just 125 points shy of surpassing Karl Malone for the No. 2 spot on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. He gets a chance to move even closer tonight as Los Angeles hosts Toronto as part of the league’s nine-game slate. Denver at Philadelphia and Milwaukee at Utah are the other big-ticket matchups.
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Clippers Under 24.5 First Quarter Points (-102) vs. Cavaliers
The Clippers have been slow starters all season, ranking 27th in offensive efficiency during the opening quarter. They have even been worse at getting off to a quick start since the All-Star break. Plus, they only average 24.5 points over the first 12 minutes on the road this season and are coming off a sluggish offensive performance in yesterday’s afternoon victory over the Pistons. Plus, the Cavaliers are one of the most efficient defenses, and they have the fourth-best defensive ratings in the opening quarter. Moreover, the Clippers will be without Reggie Jackson and Marcus Morris.
Hawks Spread (-13.5) Over Trail Blazers
This is a thick line, and the spread has increased a whole point since the morning line. However, the Hawks sure can fill it up at State Farm Arena, and the Trail Blazers have been dreadful on the road.
Atlanta enters the game looking to close out their three-game homestand undefeated and extended their winning streak there to six overall. The Hawks can really light up State Farm Arena with the second-best offensive team at home. Their offensive rating of 117 is 6 points higher than their road rating as they shoot 48.4% from the field, along with 38.4% from beyond the arc. Trae Young averages nearly 30 points a game at home.
Meanwhile, Portland has found it extremely challenging to put the ball in the basket recently. Granted, the Trail Blazers put up 127 points on Saturday, but that was against the defensively challenged Wizards at home. However, the Blazers have failed to reach the century mark in five of their last seven contests. They are averaging just 98.7 points during this stretch while being outscored by over 26 points a contest.
Hornets vs. Thunder Points Total Over 231.5
The point total has dropped a half-point since the opening line. Still, the play is the over, as neither team has defended anything lately. Charlotte continues to rely on its offense to win games, and it has most certainly done so thus far in the second half. The Hornets have averaged 120 points on 49% sho0ting over their last eight games while draining nearly 15 3-pointers a game at a 37.9% clip. Terry Rozier has been on fire of late, as he has averaged 25 points a game, topping seven players that are averaging at least nine points a game since the All-Star break. Defensively they have been their usual dreadful self, with their opponents recording an effective field goal percentage of 54.8% and an offensive rebound percentage of nearly 30%.
Similarly, Oklahoma City has increased their scoring over their last nine contests, compiling 111.2 points a game, which is 10 points more than they averaged before the break. Meanwhile, they have been putrid on the defensive end and have permitted a league-high 127 points over this stretch, as their opponents have shot 50% from the floor and connected on 16 3-pointers a game. The Thunder has also really ratcheted up the pace. They have averaged over 103.00 possessions for the second half of the season as Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has taken over the offense. Furthermore, each team’s last four games against the other conference have ended with 235 or more points.
Timberwolves vs. Spurs Under 241 Points
This total has increased an incredible seven points since the morning line. Both teams do like to push the pace, but the Spurs have struggled in the efficiency department since the All-Star break. San Antonio has recorded an offensive rating of 111 and an effective field goal percentage of 52.9% over their last nine games. The Spurs have not really been any better on the defensive end, although they have not been involved in a game that has seen over 240 points scored since February 26. Despite owning the second most efficient offense, the Timberwolves have not seen that many points put on the board in their last four outings. Moreover, Minnesota has given a renewed effort on the defensive end over their last 10 games, as they have held their opponents to an effective field goal percentage of 50.1%. OddsShopper gives the under a 54% chance of hitting with an expected ROI of 2%.
Bulls vs. Kings Over 236 Points; Bulls Moneyline (-170) Over Kings
The point total has increased four points since the morning line. Chicago enters the game on a two-game win streak, and they have dominated teams that have a losing record this year (28-7). Meanwhile, Sacramento has lost four straight and has just seven wins against teams with a .500 or better record. OddsShopper gives the Bulls a 58% chance of taking the win.
There should be a lot of points scored, as neither team really focuses on the defensive end. Awesemo projects that 239 points will be scored, while the teams combined for 243 points in their earlier matchup. OddsShopper gives the over a 53% chance of happening with an expected ROI of 2%.
Drew Eubanks Over 10.5 Points
Somebody has to score for Portland, right? Eubanks just earned his third 10-day contract with the team. He is coming off a season-best performance against the Wizards on Saturday, totaling 20 points along with 12 rebounds. Eubanks has chipped in 13 or more points in four of his last six outings. He is projected for 13.76 points tonight in a super matchup against the Hawks. Atlanta has permitted the eighth-most points to opposing frontcourts over their last 10 contests. OddsShopper gives the over a 70% chance of hitting with an expected ROI of 40%.
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