NBA Tips – Monday, Feb 10

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NBA Tips – Monday, February 10, 2020

THUNDER VS CELTICS

Venue: Chesapeake Energy Arena | Start: 7:30am AEDT

The Boston Celtics will go for their seventh win in a row when they visit the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday afternoon. Boston has won three games by single digits and three games by double digits during its winning streak, which is the second longest of the season, trailing only the Celtics’ 10-game streak from late October through the middle of November. Jayson Tatum led Boston with 32 points and six assists in its latest victory, a 112-106 decision over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night. Tatum leads the team with 22.1 points per game on the season to go along with 6.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists. Boston played its last game without Jaylen Brown (ankle), Gordon Hayward (foot), Daniel Thies (ankle) and Robert Williams (hip), and it hopes to have at least some of those players for the matinee against the Thunder. However, if left shorthanded, the Celtics could stick with Friday’s starting lineup of Kemba Walker, Marcus Smart, Grant Williams, Tatum and Enes Kanter. Oklahoma City also is hot with four straight wins. The Thunder are coming off a 108-101 win over the Detroit Pistons that included a team-high 22 points from Chris Paul. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 21, and Danilo Gallinari had 19.

Win: Boston Celtics
Line: Boston Celtics -1.5
Total Points: Under 219.5

76ERS VS BULLS

Venue: Wells Fargo Center | Start: 10:00am AEDT

The Philadelphia 76ers have been just about automatic at home this season and they hope to keep that rolling when they have Sunday night’s game against the Chicago Bulls. Philadelphia halted a four-game losing streak with Friday night’s 119-107 home victory against the Memphis Grizzlies. A big part of that was a career-34 points from Furkan Korkmaz, who drained seven 3-point shots. The 76ers could receive another boost if newly acquired players Glenn Robinson III and Alec Burks are ready for their Philadelphia debuts in Sunday’s game after arriving in a trade with the Golden State Warriors. Philadelphia played the second half Friday without Joel Embiid, who had some neck pain. The 76ers are 23-2 in home games, and this is the second of four consecutive home games (though the final one in this stretch comes after the All-Star break). The Bulls have lost their last three road games. Chicago hasn’t played since Thursday night’s 125-119 home loss to the New Orleans Pelicans stretched its losing streak to four games. It’s the second-lowest skid of the season for Chicago behind a six-game slide that ended Jan. 11. In a Jan. 17 game, the 76ers won 100-89, holding the Bulls to a point total that matches their four-lowest output of the season.

Win: Philadelphia 76ers
Line: Chicago Bulls +10.5
Total Points: Under 213.5

WIZARDS VS GRIZZLIES

Venue: Capital One Arena | Start: 10:00am AEDT

The Memphis Grizzlies will wrap up a three-game road trip when they visit the Washington Wizards on Sunday evening. Memphis is 1-1 on the road trip so far, with a 121-107 win against the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night and a 119-107 loss against the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night. Ja Morant led the Grizzlies with 15 points in the most recent game, while Jonas Valanciunas notched a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Both players figure to log heavy minutes against Washington, which has won three of its past four games and is looking to post back-to-back wins for the second time in less than two weeks. The Wizards are led in scoring by Bradley Beal, who is averaging 29.2 points per game to go along with 4.5 rebounds and 6.3 assists. Davis Bertans has provided plenty of help from beyond the arc, where he is shooting 43.2 percent, and he is second on the team with 15.1 points per game. The Wizards also will look for a boost from recent acquisition Shabazz Napier, who played 18 minutes in his team debut Friday and finished with 14 points on 5-for-10 shooting. The teams already have met once this season, with the Grizzlies coasting to a 128-111 win on their home court Dec. 14.

Win: Memphis Grizzlies
Line: Memphis Grizzlies -2.5
Total Points: Under 239.5

HAWKS VS KNICKS

Venue: State Farm Arena | Start: 10:00am AEDT

The New York Knicks will take a season-best four-game winning streak to Atlanta for a matchup against the Hawks on Sunday. Winning their fifth consecutive won’t be easy for the Knicks, who will be on their second game of a back-to-back after earning a 95-92 road victory Saturday over the Detroit Pistons. Wayne Ellington scored 17 points for New York, while Julius Randle had 17, including a key basket inside with 13.5 seconds remaining. It is the Knicks’ first four-game winning streak since December of 2017. The Knicks have just 17 victories on the season, but one was a 143-120 triumph over the Hawks on Dec. 17 at home. The Hawks have lost three of their last four games and will enter Sunday off a 112-107 road defeat to the Boston Celtics on Friday. John Collins had 30 points and 10 rebounds for Atlanta, while All-Star Trae Young did not play because of a right ankle injury. He is listed as questionable for Sunday, putting his 29.3 points per game in limbo. Young was injured late in a victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves when he scored 38 points. The Knicks and Hawks will play one more time this season when they get together at Atlanta on March 11.

Win: Atlanta Hawks
Line: New York Knicks +4.5
Total Points: Under 226.5

ROCKETS VS JAZZ

Venue: Toyota Center | Start: 11:00am AEDT

After a gift victory Friday, the Utah Jazz will move on to Houston for a Sunday matchup against the Rockets. The Jazz put a five-game losing streak to rest with a 117-114 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers, but the game ended in controversy when Jazz center Rudy Gobert was not called for an obvious goaltending that would have tied the game with under 14 seconds remaining. Gobert scored 16 points with 14 rebounds and admitted afterward that after seeing the replay it was goaltending. Bojan Bogdanovic scored 27 points as the Jazz won their first game since Jan. 25. The losing streak started with a 126-117 home defeat to the Rockets on Jan. 27. The Rockets will enter off a 127-91 defeat at Phoenix on Friday that ended their four-game winning streak. James Harden scored 32 points but Russell Westbrook did not play on the second night of a back-to-back. While the Rockets’ small-ball attack worked wonders during their winning streak, losing by 36 points Friday showed that the strategy is extremely vulnerable without everybody on the roster participating, especially somebody like Westbrook. Robert Covington started and scored nine points in his second game with the Rockets. The teams also will play each other Feb. 22 at Utah.

Win: Houston Rockets
Line: Utah Jazz + 3.5
Total Points: Under 232.5

CAVALIERS VS CLIPPERS

Venue: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse | Start: 11:30am AEDT

The Los Angeles Clippers will try to bounce back from a 27-point loss less than 24 hours ago when they visit the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday night. The Clippers were crushed 142-115 by the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday night in the first game of a four-game road trip. After heading to Cleveland, the Clippers will continue on to face the Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics on the road. It is not an easy part of the schedule for Los Angeles, which tried to fortify its lineup this week by acquiring Marcus Morris from the New York Knicks. Morris did not play Saturday, which means his team debut could come Sunday against the Cavaliers if he is cleared for action. The Clippers also acquired veteran point guard Isaiah Thomas but announced Saturday that they had placed him on waivers. Los Angeles did not foresee playing time for Thomas ahead of Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams and Landry Shamet. Cleveland is on a five-game losing streak but expects to see the team debut of Andre Drummond, who arrived from the Detroit Pistons at the trade deadline. Drummond is a rebounding machine and immediately bolsters the frontcourt presence of Cleveland, which has only three wins during the calendar year.

Win: LA Clippers
Line: LA Clippers -5.5
Total Points: Under 229.5

TRAIL BLAZERS VS HEAT

Venue: Moda Center | Start: 1:00pm AEDT

The Portland Trail Blazers are hurting in several ways going into Sunday night’s home game against the Miami Heat. The Trail Blazers are probably still stinging from the no-call on goaltending near the end of Friday night’s game that cost them in a three-point loss to the Utah Jazz. That denied Damian Lillard another two points on what ended up as a 42-point performance. The Trail Blazers are ailing for other reasons as they had only seven available players by the end of the game (beginning with nine players in uniform), in part because of Trevor Ariza’s ejection. Anfernee Simons had already exited because of a possible concussion suffered in the first quarter, while center Hassan Whiteside sat out the entire game with a leg injury. Portland has lost just twice in its last seven games. Miami, which has lost its last two games, might look to exploit Portland in the lane because the Trail Blazers yielded 66 points in the paint in the Utah game. Miami has injury issues as well as all-star Jimmy Butler missed Friday night’s loss at Sacramento because of a shoulder injury and rookie Tyler Herro sat out with an ankle injury. The Heat won 122-111 on Jan. 5 at home against the Trail Blazers despite Lillard’s 34 points in that game. This is the third stop on Miami’s six-game road stretch, though one of those comes after the All-Star break.

Win: Portland Trail Blazers
Line: Portland Trail Blazers -5.5
Total Points: Under 228.5