How do we follow that up? Sunday had everything a NBA bettor could ever need, from 24-point comebacks to officiating controversies and a coach being hired and replaced within a day!
We can start in New Orleans, where the Pelicans overcame a 24-point deficit to beat Boston 120-115 in overtime, just two days after blowing an 11-point fourth quarter lead to Phoenix. Zion Williamson woke up after scoring just four points in the first half, dropping 24 in the second half and overtime along with 10 rebounds and four assists. The win snaps a 1-5 SU and ATS slide for New Orleans, but more importantly the run of overs continued yesterday, making it 21-2-1 to the over in the last 24 Pelicans games. Bettors needed overtime to make it happen, and even then it was a sweat, as the two teams combined for just seven points four minutes into the extra period. The loss drops Boston to 7-10 SU/6-11 ATS on the road this season, a troubling trend in year where home-court advantage means almost nothing.
About seven hours later, bettors were in for another wild ride. Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers found themselves in a 15-point hole with less than nine minutes left in the fourth quarter against the Nets. However, Los Angeles ripped off a 27-12 run in the closing minutes, tying the game at 108 on a pair of Leonard free throws. After DeAndre Jordan put back a missed Kyrie Irving step-back with 11.0 seconds left on the clock, the Clippers had one chance to tie, or win, the game. But, on a drive to the hoop Leonard was called for an offensive foul, and the Nets wrapped up their sixth straight win and cover on free throws.
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The Main Event
Portland Trail Blazers at Phoenix Suns (-6.5, 229)
The dominant run for Phoenix continued over the weekend after taking back-to-back game in New Orleans and Memphis. The Suns are now 11-2 SU and ATS in their last 13 games with the second-best net rating in the league over that stretch (+ 9.2). Their offense has been spectacular, averaging 119.1 points every 100 possessions and shooting 40.6 percent from deep during this run. It is very unlikely that output on offense ends tonight, as Portland brings in a defense that is allowing 115.6 points every 100 possessions since they lost CJ McCollum.