7pm - Portland at Cleveland -6 O/U 207
The Blazers are just 2-5 over their last 7, but Aldridge is now playing through a thumb injury. The Cavs continue to roll and have now won 7 straight after last night's win over the Pistons. Good East vs. West matchup that figures to be close. Portland has the rest advantage so I'll take the points.
Cleveland 99 Portland 98
7pm - Detroit -7 at Philadelphia O/U 192
The Pistons have lost 3 in a row and 4 of 5 as they adjust to life without Jennings. The Sixers have lost 6 straight and 8 of 9 and Carter-Williams is questionable with an illness. Philly has no chance to cover without a 100% Carter-Williams.
Detroit 95 Philadelphia 85
7:30pm - Sacramento at Toronto -7 O/U 207.5
The Kings have lost 6 in a row but are well rested. The Raptors beat the Pacers last night for their 3rd straight win and 4th in 5 tries. I think the fresh legs of Cousins, Gay, Collison, etc. will keep it close.
Toronto 110 Sacramento 107
8pm - Dallas at Houston -4 O/U 207.5
The Mavs have lost 3 in a row after winning 3 straight. The Rockets have won 2 straight and 8 of 11. Howard is questionable for Houston with an ankle sprain, but still, I like the Rockets to win and cover at home here vs. a struggling Dallas squad.
Houston 103 Dallas 95
8pm - Boston -5 at Minnesota O/U 198.5
The Celtics wind up their 6 game roadie in which they are a surprising 3-2. The Timberwolves have dropped 5 in a row and 6 of 7. Coach Brad Stevens really has this group playing hard, and well. I'll back them here and give the points.
Boston 106 Minnesota 96
8pm - Denver at New Orleans -6.5 O/U 199.5
The Nuggets have lost 7 straight games. The Pelicans have won 4 in a row. Simple math - New Orleans is hot, Denver is not. Plus the home court edge for the Pelicans makes this an easy pick.
New Orleans 104 Denver 93
8pm - Oklahoma City -10 at New York O/U 195
The Thunder beat the Timberwolves at home on Monday after 2 road losses. The Knicks lost in Charlotte on Saturday after 3 straight wins. No Durant for OKC. Anthony and Stoudemire are questionable for NY. If Carmelo plays - take the points, if not - take the Thunder. I'll assume he plays.
Oklahoma City 100 New York 92
8pm - Brooklyn at Atlanta -13 O/U 192.5
The Nets have lost 2 straight and 3 of 4. The Hawks have won 16 in a row and 30 of 32 games. Atlanta failed to cover as a 17.5 point favorite in Sunday's 112-100 win over the Timberwolves, but covered 21 straight before that. I like that trend.
Atlanta 108 Brooklyn 91
8:30pm - Charlotte at San Antonio -13 O/U 189.5
The Hornets have won 4 of 5 games. The Spurs have won 2 straight and 6 of 7. Charlotte is without their catalyst Walker so I expect San Antonio to have their way with the Hornets at home.
San Antonio 104 Charlotte 89
9pm - L.A. Clippers -7 at Utah O/U 199.5
The Clippers have won 5 in a row. The Jazz are 3-6 over their last 9 games. Utah is at home, but that's where their advantage ends. Clippers should win pretty easy here.
L.A. Clippers 107 Utah 95
10:30pm - Washington at Phoenix -6.5 O/U 212
The Wizards have won 2 of 3 on this 4 game Western trip. The Suns are on an extended home stand where they have lost their last 2 after winning the first 4. I'll take Wall and the Wizards in the late night upset.
Washington 105 Phoenix 103