It has been a while since I poisoned your mind with James Harden propaganda, and there is no time like the present!
Harden did it again last night, dishing a career-high tying 17 assists in Brooklyn’s 116-112 win over Portland. For the third time this month Harden played 40 minutes, and this performance came despite his neck injury that currently has him as questionable tonight against Utah.
Availability is the most underrated aspect of Harden’s game, and he continues to show that as the season drags on. He is league leader in minutes per game, and Brooklyn is 23-7 with him in the lineup since they acquired him from Houston. Tonight will be great for his MVP candidacy if he starts and leads the Nets to yet another win without his teammates Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant.
Updated injury reports can be found here.
Updated odds for every game can be found here.
*Indicates team is on the second leg of a back-to-back
The Main Event
Boston Celtics at Milwaukee Bucks (-3.5, 230.5)
The road has been an unfriendly place for Boston, and after another loss away from home they are 1-9 SU and ATS in their last 10 contests on foreign courts. That loss also drops them to 8-15 SU/7-16 ATS on the road this season! In this season, filled with empty gyms and neutral courts, it's odd to see the Celtics struggle so much in these situations, but it has to be considered as they enter a road game with the Bucks, who are 17-5 SU/13-9 ATS when playing at Fiserv Forum.