The marquee game of the night features the Brooklyn Nets on the road facing off against the Milwaukee Bucks, but there are a few other noteworthy matchup on the schedule as we kick off the first weekend of basketball since All-Star Weekend.
Grizzlies vs. Bulls figures to have more than a few highlights, and League Pass watchers may tune in to Toronto vs. Atlanta as both teams fight to gain ground in the Eastern Conference playoff race. But regardless of what you ultimately select as your game of choice this evening, check out our best bets for today’s action.
Boston Celtics at Detroit Pistons
Best Bet: Celtics -10 / -110 (DraftKings)
Boston is 10-1 in their last 11 games (7-4 ATS), with the lone defeat coming on February 16 at the hands of the 14-45 Detroit Pistons. The Celtics had a pretty good shooting performance in that 112-111 loss, all things considered… they just happened to run into a Pistons’ team that was on fire that night from beyond the arc (16-for-30).
That game was not indicative of the Detroit squad we’ve seen for most of the season, even though they came out of the All-Star break with a 106-103 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. The “real” Pistons are the ones ranked among the bottom four teams in the league in scoring (102.6 PPG) and scoring defense (112.4 PPG). The “real” Pistons are the ones who are 4-9 ATS after a win, with an average margin of defeat in those games of 14.2 points. So, even in a hostile environment, the Celtics – undefeated in their last six road games – should have enough firepower to cover the number here.
Brooklyn Nets at Milwaukee Bucks
Best Bet: Bucks -9.5 / -108 (FanDuel)
After tonight, it’ll be three in a row for the Bucks over the Nets this season. Milwaukee has two double-digit victories over Brooklyn to their credit: James Harden (now with the Philadelphia 76ers) and Kevin Durant played in both of those games, and neither will be in uniform on Saturday. That said, the Nets will have Kyrie Irving in their starting backcourt as well as the newly-acquire Seth Curry, who has been impressive during his brief stint in Brooklyn.
Milwaukee has been a bit inconsistent this season, but they are 6-3 straight up in their last nine home games, with three of those wins coming by 12 points or more. They’re also averaging a blistering 122.4 points per game in February. The Nets, meanwhile, are 2-13 in their last 15 games, and during that stretch, they’ve allowed opponents to score 120 points or more seven times.
Memphis Grizzlies at Chicago Bulls
Best Bet: Grizzlies -0.5 / -106 (FanDuel)
Memphis is as good of a road team as any in the NBA, so they should be able to take care of business tonight against the scorching hot Chicago Bulls. The Grizzlies are 5-1 ATS in their last six road games, and are looking for the season sweep this evening: Ja Morant and Co. knocked off the Bulls back on MLK Day, pulling away after a 19-3 second quarter run to win 119-106.
Both teams are missing key players, but Dillon Brooks’ absence for Memphis is far less impactful than Alex Caruso and Lonzo Ball’s injuries, which have left Chicago short-handed. Needless to say, the Bulls will have their work cut out for them dealing with the Grizzlies’ dynamic backcourt, which has spurred the team to 113.8 PPG (3rd in the NBA). Chicago has been rather pedestrian this season as an underdog, going just 9-11 ATS.