Saturday’s record: 2-2
Brooklyn Nets vs. Boston Celtics
The Boston Celtics are playing really well as of late and have even climbed within reach of the two seed in the East, they are tied in the loss column with Toronto. They’ve played well at home, winning 10 of their last 13 and are coming off a tough one-point overtime loss to Houston.
The Brooklyn Nets need a win bad; they’re heading into TD Garden with a four-game losing streak and have lost seven of their last nine on the road.
The Nets are fourth to last with a 7-11 record against the spread as road underdogs while the Celtics are seventh-best with 14-11-1 record as the home favorite and average a 9.6 win margin.
Boston Celtics -7.5
Minnesota Timberwolves vs. New Orleans Pelicans
The New Orleans Pelicans have ascended in the Western Conference and are a legitimate playoff contender since Zion William’s debut. Williamson is the first teenager to have at least 20-points in 11 straight games and on Sunday became the first rookie to ever have two 25-point games against the Lakers.
For the Timberwolves it’s the same situation, different year as they are second to last in the Western Conference.
It’s hard to bet on Minnesota who is just 2-6 in their last eight games against the spread, 7-20 on just a days rest, and have lost by an average of more than 11 points in their last five games. The Pelicans have won seven of their last 10 games the spread when they’re the favorite. Even with a big spread, it’s hard not to take New Orleans with how bad Minnesota is.
New Orleans Pelicans -11.5
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers continue their dominance in the Western Conference with a 5.5 game over the second-place Nuggets. Although the trade deadline has come and gone, they’re continuing to make improvements to their roster. They added Los Angeles Clippers Marcus Morris’ twin brother Markieff, worked out J.R. Smith and have considered a former sixth man of the year in Jamal Crawford.
The Philadelphia 76ers have been in a tailspin as they’re now in a tie with the Pacers for the fifth seed in the East. What makes matters worse is they will be without Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and Josh Richardson in this game.
We’ve seen the huge difference between the 76ers on the road and at home (28-2 at home, 9-22 on the road). You have full squad going for the purple and gold while Philly will miss three of their starters and they’re dead last in the league against the spread on the road at 8-21-2.
Los Angeles Lakers -13.5