There are just two games tonight in the NBA and both will be aired on TNT. The doubleheader will feature the Warriors vs. Cavaliers and the Thunder vs. Suns. Both should be great match-ups.
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Golden State Warriors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Picks
Point Spread: Cavaliers –4
Over/Under: 215.5 Points
Two of the best teams in the NBA open up the action tonight, as the Cavaliers (36-22) will look to extend their 3-game winning streak when they host the Warriors (44-10) at 8:00pm ET.
Cleveland has been rolling lately. The Cavs are 8-2 in their last 10 games and they’re 3rd in the East. It won’t be long before they overtake the Raptors, but I doubt they’ll catch the Hawks this season.
Golden State still leads the West, but teams are closing in on them. The Warriors have lost 8 games on the road (20-8), which is great, but nowhere near as good as when they’re at home (24-2).
Curry and Thompson lead the way for GSW, as they’re both scoring over 22.0 PPG. Green hasn’t been playing the same as he was earlier in the season, but he’s still almost averaging a double-double.
James is leading the way for the Cavs with 25.7 PPG and 7.3 APG. Other players have been producing as well including Love. This team finally looks like the team we expected them to be.
These two have the season series thus far (1-1), but this is the first match-up in Cleveland. I’m going with the Cavs to cover the spread. +4 on GSW looks great, but there’s a reason CLE is favored.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Phoenix Suns Picks
Point Spread: Thunder –5
Over/Under: 217 Points
This game is even more important than the opening game of the doubleheader. Both of these teams are fighting for a playoff spot in the West. OKC is in right now, while the Suns aren’t.
Oklahoma City (32-25) have won 7 games in a row. Durant is injured, but Westbrook has been simply incredible the past month. He has easily been the best player in the NBA during that span.
The Suns (29-28) were able to snap a 5-game losing streak last night against the Celtics. The Suns are just 3-8 in their last 11 games and they’ve fallen right out of the playoffs in the West.
Knight led the Suns in points (19) last night and he was a great pick-up for the Suns. It’s still tough to say how Knight and Bledsoe will perform together, but if they gel they’ll be a lethal duo.
Phoenix scores a lot of points (106.1 PPG – 3rd), but they also allow a ton (105.2 PPG – 28th). They aren’t great on the glass either (42.6 RPG – 19th) and lack size right now outside of Len.
Kanter and Ibaka will be able to win the battle in the paint. Westbrook will be the best player in the game. As long as Bledsoe and Knight don’t both go off I expect the Thunder to be able to cover.
I expect a lot of the public to be on the underdogs tonight in the NBA, as it’s hard to pass up on the Warriors or Suns when you’re getting points. However, I’m going with both of the favorites.
I’ll be betting on both teams straight up and on a 2-team parlay at TopBet.
Eric has been a sports journalist for over 20 years and has travelled the world covering top sporting events for a number of publications. He also has a passion for betting and uses his in-depth knowledge of the sports world to pinpoint outstanding odds and value betting opportunities.
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