With Kevin Love questionable but hopeful to return and coach Tyronn Lue taking a leave of absense, I expect a re-freshening of the Cavs, if only for one night. They could use it. Meanwhile, though, the Bucks aren't lighting the world on fire. They are just 2-7 in their last nine against teams with .500 records, both straight up and against the spread. I'll lay the small number on the home Cavaliers.
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The Bulls will be playing without PG/SG Zach LaVine (worth 1.5 points), PF-Lauri Markkanen (1.5) and PG/SG Kris Dunn (2). This also means Chicago will be down to its third-string point guard, so I take an additional point off for a cluster injury. The Knicks have been playing three very young point guards and, since the loss of Kristaps Porzingis, are 2-13 SU and 4-11 ATS However, they have covered three of their past five games.
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With the playoffs right around the corner San Antonio's defense has picked up. The Spurs had gone Under six games in a row until their last outing against Minnesota. Over the last seven games, San Antonio has allowed just 98.1 points per game, about 7.1 points less per game than the betting line indicated they would allow. Golden State is without Steph Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson. The Warriors are also 7-2 Under their last 9 games.
The Nuggets have gone 11-22 on the road this season, 12-17-4 ATS, and they started a seven-game road trip Saturday with their worst loss of the season, a 101-94 loss at Memphis (+7). The Grizzlies have the NBA's worst record and had lost 19 straight. Miami will be without Hassan Whiteside for the fifth straight game, and Dwyane Wade is out as well, but the Nuggets have a larger void without team MVP Gary Harris. The collapse Saturday was without him. Miami has enough to get the cover here.
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