With a focus on as much Super Bowl content as possible, I didn’t do any situational spots in the NBA in Point Spread Weekly. Let's rectify that situation here.
Remember, these are NOT sole justifications for a pick. These are just some NBA betting angles that I’ve used over the years and the schedule is something that comes in really handy for betting on basketball, even with guys in and out of the lineup all of the time. They’ll help you narrow down the handicap and then you can see if the rosters and the odds line up.
Here are a few spots for the rest of the week:
Knicks at Warriors (-9, 217.5) – There are a few angles in play here. The Knicks are playing a 3-in-4 after playing the altitude double in Utah and Denver, and hopefully you got in on the second game, as the Knicks lost by 17 and gave up 132 points. The Warriors are in a back-to-back here, but they got embarrassed last night by the Jazz in a 111-85 loss.
Steph Curry was asked after the game about the Trade Deadline and if the Warriors will do anything. He kind of smirked when pressed further, mentioning the team was second in the West with the current core. Given the bad spot and the fatigue for the Knicks, on top of the Warriors losing a game and in the fashion that they did, I think this is ugly tonight in Golden State’s favor, as Curry and the boys look to prove a point.
Thunder at 76ers – The Sixers are in a tricky spot against the Thunder. They’re not playing all that well with losses in three of their last four games, but they’ve played Dallas, Chicago and Phoenix and will play Cleveland, Boston and Milwaukee after this game against the Thunder. Philadelphia does have two days off prior to this game, but this feels like a “win and get out” type of spot against a bad OKC team that has lost three straight by double digits. This will be a big number and one I’m not sure the Sixers are concerned with covering with bigger tests on the horizon.
Timberwolves at Bulls – This is a good spot for the Bulls. The Timberwolves just went all the way out to Sacramento to play a back-to-back on Tuesday and Wednesday, just to turn around and go to Chicago for Friday’s game. Also, the last four games for Minnesota have been against the Pistons and Kings. Now, they face a much stiffer opponent in the Bulls, who have lost some games lately to quality teams and now have a really good opportunity to reel off four wins against inferior foes before the All-Star Break. We’ll see how big this number is, but Chicago would be my starting point.