Home dogs lack bite
On a busy night of NBA action, the betting markets were fairly evenly split on an 11-game slate, with home underdogs failing to secure a win but still managing to go 4-4 against the spread (ATS). Let’s take a look at the scores and odds from the card.
The Miami Heat secured a big 106-98 road win against the Boston Celtics as they look to reclaim the top seed in the East.
A 27-15 fourth-quarter edge for Miami ultimately got the job done and also helped keep this one Under the full game total of 213½ points. The loss of Robert Williams was certainly felt for the Celtics in this one, with his presence on both ends of the floor sorely missed down the stretch.
The Phoenix Suns continued their impressive march towards the postseason with a 107-103 road win over the Golden State Warriors.
The home team did hold on to cover the 4½ point spread, thanks to a late missed free throw from Mikal Bridges. This one also managed to stay Under the full game total thanks to an ugly second quarter that saw just 37 points scored.
The Dallas Mavericks moved up to third place in the Western Conference as they ran out 120-112 winners at Cleveland.
Despite the tough schedule spot, the visitors were able to use a 39-22 third-quarter burst, led by Luka Doncic, to secure an important win on the road.
“When all the people come to see you, you want to put on a show,” said Doncic after the game.
The Denver Nuggets wrapped up their east coast road trip with a 125-118 win over the Indiana Pacers.
Denver led by as many as 31 points midway through the second quarter before completely melting as the Pacers took a 102-100 lead with just over seven minutes left in the final frame.
Some more late-game heroics from reigning MVP Nikola Jokic helped the visitors regain control and seal a much-needed win as they drew level with the Utah Jazz in the race for a division title.
The San Antonio Spurs missed a vital chance to put more pressure on the LA Lakers as they fell 112-111 at home to the Memphis Grizzlies.
he 6½ point spread in this one, but a blown layup at the death by Keldon Johnson denied them a valuable win.
The Toronto Raptors continued their push toward a top-six seed in the east as they were impressive 125-102 winners over the Minnesota Timberwolves, securing a comfortable win and cover on a 2½ point closing number.
The visiting Timberwolves received plenty of market support in this one but were completely blown away in the second half as they were held to just 42 points.
The Charlotte Hornets were able to exact revenge on the New York Knicks on the road as they pulled off a 125-114 win at Madison Square garden.
A 128 point second half helped overcome a slow start for ‘overs’ bettors as this one eventually cleared the 223½ point total.
The Atlanta Hawks scored a franchise-record 85 points in the first half against the Oklahoma City Thunder en route to a 136-118 win that saw them comfortably cover the -13.0 point line.
The New Orleans Pelicans continued their push to secure a play-in spot in the west with a 117-107 win over the Portland Trail Blazers, while the Washington Wizards got a 127-110 win over the also-tanking Orlando Magic.