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Burke: NBA situational spots for Monday Feb. 28

By Adam Burke  ( 


I’ve been writing a lot of college basketball content here and have a lot more to come, so let’s shift gears a little bit and chat about the professional ranks. NBA players are getting back into the rhythms of the season coming out of the All-Star Break and every game is important from here on out for teams that are making playoff pushes and those that are pushing to the bottom for a better draft pick.

I’ll have some NBA situational spots for the second half of the week in Point Spread Weekly, but let’s take a look at some for Monday now.

Timberwolves (-4, 218.5) at Cavs - Money is hitting the board on Minnesota this morning, but I’m not keen on backing teams in standalone road games, which is especially true when said team returns home for a signature game. The T-Wolves are in Cleveland tonight, but fly right back to the Twin Cities after the game to welcome the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday. Cleveland limped into the Break with a couple of losses, but locked down defensively against the Wizards on Saturday. With the Cavs getting a head start as a home underdog, I’d look their way tonight.

Pacers at Magic (-1.5, 231.5) - The Pacers are in a back-to-back with travel, but I kind of like them today. They just scored a really impressive win over a solid Celtics team and get to fly to the warmth and sunshine of Florida for two games against the Magic. The first game of a road trip is usually a play-on spot for me and that’s what I think the Pacers are in tonight, especially as they seem to be excited to play with some young players and new personnel given their two solid efforts after the All-Star Break.

Spurs at Grizzlies (-8.5, 237) - This is a big number, but the Spurs are in an awful spot tonight. They came out of the Break and beat the Wizards 157-153 in triple overtime and then lost to Miami 133-129 in a back-to-back. This is their third game in four days and they’ve played a lot of basketball in the last two games. This is also their last road game of what has been an extended eight-game trip. They finally play at home again on Thursday. While it hasn’t been as taxing as the Rodeo Road Trip usually is because of the All-Star Break, they have to be looking forward to getting back to the Lone Star State for some games.

Memphis has two days off after this to get ready for Boston and a lot to play for moving forward. It’s a big number, but I think the Grizz are the right side tonight.

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