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The Charlotte Hornets have not been efficient recently, but will be 2.5-point favorites when the Memphis Grizzlies come to town. The Hornets are averaging the third lowest shooting percentage over their last three games at 41.5 percent from the floor and resulting in an average of just 101 points.
Today, they take on a Grizzlies team surrendering an average of 121.7 points per game over their last three contests. This is a good spot to bounce back for Buzz City, who have had three days rest and won three straight matchups against the Grizz, by an average score of 119-92. Bet Charlotte on the moneyline.
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The Rockets, who are currently 2-point home faves for this matchup, are the highest scoring team in the Association averaging 120.3 points a game. The Clippers on the other hand, rank 13th with 111.9 points per contest, but are coming off a game where they only managed to put up 98 versus a shorthanded Toronto Raptors squad.
While the Clippers defense has had some issues, they still rank 11th in defensive rating and getting George back won’t hurt that. Even though this game is against a Rockets team which can put up points in a hurry, this game total appears too high. Bet Under 234 for the game.
NOT LIGHTING IT UP AT HOME
The Washington Wizards sure haven’t enjoyed playing at TD Garden, where they are 1-11 ATS in their last 12 games, and they’ll be in tough again as the Boston Celtics are 8-point favorites for tonight’s matchup.
However, the Celtics are not putting up a lot of points early on in games, particularly at home where they average the second lowest first half points per game total at home at 48.8.
Defensively, the Wizards are surrendering an average of 109.5 per game on the road (not bad), but a very high 59.5 on the road in the first half. Expect Washington to come out and play a little better defense especially after four days of rest. Bet Under the Celtics first half team total of 61.
A ONE-SIDED AFFAIR
The Minnesota Timberwolves won’t be happy to see the San Antonio Spurs come to town tonight. The Spurs are 2-point underdogs, but have won 16 of the most recent 18 games in the head-to-head versus the Timberwolves.
Neither team have been particularly great defensively this season, with Minnesota surrendering 115.5 a game, and San Antonio 112.7. However, the Spurs have played the much better defense on the road giving up just 107 a game.
Offensively, you can't trust a T-Wolves squad shooting the second lowest field goal percentage at home in the whole Association at just 39.3 percent. Take the Spurs getting 2-points on the road.
WILL THE REAL STEADY FREDDY PLEASE STAND UP?
The Toronto Raptors will be shorthanded once again when they face off against a Portland Trail Blazers squad who have lost seven of the most recent eight meetings versus Toronto, and have dropped five of their last six games overall.
Kyle Lowry, Serge Ibaka and OG Anunoby will all miss this game and that means someone will have to step up. Although Fred VanVleet is not shooting the ball particularly well his last two games, he is averaging 19 field goal attempts a game over that span. The volume of attempts will be there, he just needs to shoot somewhere near the 41-42 percent from the floor (his average over the last two seasons) to comfortably go over his points total. He should find his form in Rip City, bet Over VanVleet's points total of 17.5.