Some teams like the Los Angeles Clippers are treading water without any stars. Others, like the Brooklyn Nets, losers of four straight, are falling apart despite having 1.5 stars in their lineup. Both the Clippers and the Nets are road underdogs on Tuesday night, with Los Angeles in Golden State and Brooklyn in Charlotte. Elsewhere, the Bucks are a massive favorite at Oklahoma City as Giannis Antetokounmpo looks to boost his MVP bonafides.
The Warriors will try to win the season series against the Clippers and snap their five game losing streak in the process.
Golden State lost its fifth straight game on Monday night, although they covered for the first time during their skid, losing by 7 to Denver as a +8.5 underdog.
The Warriors won their first two games with the Clippers this season before losing 119-104 in Los Angeles in February.
The Clippers, still missing their two stars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, had their five game winning streak snapped on Sunday with a blowout loss to the Knicks. Los Angeles is 7-2 in their last nine games, both overall and ATS.
This line is too big for a team that hasn’t won in March yet, take the Clippers and the points.
You don’t see a home team being a +14.5 underdog often but that isn’t even the largest spread the Thunder have faced in March.
OKC was a +15.5 underdog in Denver last Wednesday and won outright, 119-107. On Sunday the Thunder were +14 home underdogs against the Jazz and covered, losing 116-103. Oddly, the two smaller spreads they have faced this month, Oklahoma City failed to cover.
The Bucks beat the Thunder 96-89 in November as a -13 favorite as Giannia Antetokounmpo had 21 points, 19 rebounds, 7 assists, and 4 blocks.
The last time Milwaukee was a -14.5 favorite was in February against the Pacers and they won, but did not cover. The Bucks will win, but don’t expect them to cover.
If you would have been told in October that both the Hornets and Nets had identical records on March 8, you would have assumed that the Hornets are flourishing, with LaMelo Ball in the MVP race and James Borrego in the Coach of the Year discussion.
Unfortunately, both teams are floundering at 32-33 and no one on either squad is going to win any major award.
Brooklyn lost its fourth straight game on Sunday, falling 126-120 to Boston. The Nets have lost six of seven overall, with their lone win, oddly, coming against the Bucks. Charlotte is coming off wins over the Cavs and Spurs and will have two days of rest for this game.
These teams last played in October as the Hornets stunned the Nets 111-95 as a +9 road underdog. Miles Bridges had 32 points for Charlotte and Kevin Durant had 38 in a losing effort for Brooklyn.
These teams are basically even right now, so take the points.