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The tumbling Denver Nuggets are in need of a win and they welcome one of the worst road teams in the league to Colorado. Then, the red-hot Trail Blazers roll into LA as they look to keep their recent purple patch going.
San Antonio Spurs @ Dallas Mavericks (ESPN) - 11am
San Antonio are having one of their worst seasons on the road under Gregg Popovich.
A 12-22 road record doesn’t bode well come playoff time and Popovich will be in the ears of his players making sure they prepare mentally for this game.
LaMarcus Aldridge will be critical to their success here as Dallas do not have an adequate defensive match-up for him. ‘LA’ is averaging 28 points and 11 rebounds over the last week and will look to continue that form here.
He could be a nice prop bet option tomorrow, depending on the lines available.
Boasting a home record of 21-12 this season, Dallas will be a tough match-up for the Spurs.
However, they are likely to be without young star Luka Doncic. He injured his knee on a play late in the game against the Rockets and is currently questionable for this game against the Spurs.
Even with the respective records away (Spurs) and home (Mavs) as they are, I simply can’t go past the San Antonio Spurs to win this game.
Doncic is a massive loss for the 14th-seed Mavericks and the Spurs need wins at this time of the year.
Minnesota Timberwolves @ Denver Nuggets (ESPN) - 1pm
Minnesota have had a roller-coaster season. They think they’ve found their new coach in Ryan Saunders, they just need to keep Karl Anthony-Towns happy too.
The Wolves have won two in a row, with a big win coming over OKC in their last outing.
An impressive 23-10 record at home gives way to a grim 9-25 record on the road. That makes it tough to come into Colorado and face off against the 2nd best team in the West.
The Nuggets have had their own struggles of late, splitting their last eight outings at 4-4. That’s not great for a team that holds a 43-22 record.
Before their recent rocky run, the Nuggets held the best home record in the league. They are still an impressive 27-6 at home and remain tough to beat.
Mike Malone held an eye-opening critical film session today, showcasing everything he hasn’t liked about the Nuggets style of play since the All-Star break.
That says they should come out firing.
I’m going with a prop bet here. Jamal Murray 2+ threes/Denver Nuggets to win as a doubles market is priced at $2.20 with BetEasy.
Portland Trail Blazers @ Los Angeles Clippers - 1:30pm
The Trail Blazers have been playing good basketball, with a 7-3 record in their last 10 matches.
Damian Lillard dropped 51 against the Thunder the other day and he has been almost impossible to stop late in the season.
Jusuf Nurkic has been in fine form as well averaging 14 points and 10 rebounds in the last month to provide plenty of help for his superstar.
The Clippers offense is humming, with good first team and bench scoring making them hard to shut down.
Lou Williams and Danilo Gallinari have been leading this team after the Tobias Harris trade, combining for 74 points in their last game.
A win here for them is crucial, given it moves them out of the 8th seed currently set to meet the Warriors in the first round of the playoffs.
A decent 19-12 home record says they can certainly be in this one.
That said, the Blazers are currently $1.72 to win with BetEasy and that represents value given their recent form.
San Antonio Spurs to win – $1.80
Jamal Murray 2+ 3-pointers made/Nuggets win – $2.20
Portland Trail Blazers to win – $1.72
All markets available with BetEasy.
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