Monday’s NBA MLK Day Preview

The NBA has done a great job in recent years of promoting its MLK Day afternoon games and putting together some really great matchups. Even if you are not fortunate enough to have the day off work, the highlight of the schedule is tonight’s Finals rematch between the Cavs and Warriors in Cleveland. Track all line moves through out the day on WagerTalk’s Live Lines page. Here’s a quick guide to help you enjoy a full day of hoops…

#501 Philadelphia 76ers at #502 New York Knicks at 1:05 p.m. ET
Line: New York -9
Total: O/U 203
Quick Note: The Sixers are 4-15-1 against the spread in their last 20 games in the Atlantic Division. The Knicks are 18-11 on Martin Luther King Day, but 1-4 in their last five.

#503 Utah Jazz at #504 Charlotte Hornets at 2:05 p.m. ET
Line: Charlotte -3
Total: O/U 187
Quick Note: Fourteen of Charlotte’s 18 wins this season have come at home. The Hornets have lost their last seven games to teams in the West.

#505 Portland Trailblazers at #506 Washington Wizards at 2:05 p.m. ET
Line: Washington -4.5
Total: O/U 212
Quick Note: The Blazers are coming off a humiliating 114-89 loss in Philadelphia on Saturday. The Wizards are averaging 112 points per game in their last five contests.

#507 New Orleans Pelicans at #508 Memphis Grizzlies at 2:35 p.m. ET
Line: Memphis -4
Total: O/U 196
Quick Note: Seventeen of the Pelicans’ 22 road games this season have gone under the total. This is the last game of Memphis’ six-game homestand.

#509 Chicago Bulls at #510 Detroit Pistons at 3:35 p.m. ET
Line: Detroit -3
Total: O/U 202.5
Quick Note: Detroit is 14-5-1 ATS at home this season. The first two Bulls-Pistons games this season went to overtime, including a 4OT Pistons victory on Dec. 18.

#511 Orlando Magic at #512 Atlanta Hawks at 5:05 p.m. ET
Line: Atlanta -8
Total: O/U 201
Quick Note: Orlando is 11-6-1 ATS on the road this season. Victor Oladipo is out with a knee injury.

#513 Brooklyn Nets at #514 Toronto Raptors at 7:35 p.m. ET
Line: Toronto -11
Total: O/U 198
Quick Note: Despite one of the NBA’s worst records, the Nets are 12-7 ATS on the road this season. This is Toronto’s first home game in 12 days.

#515 Golden State Warriors at #516 Cleveland Cavailiers at 8:05 p.m. ET
Line: Cleveland -3
Total: O/U 206.5
Quick Note: Golden State is 14-7-1 ATS on the road this season, with 15 games going over the total compared to just seven unders.

#517 Boston Celtics at #518 Dallas Mavericks at 8:35 p.m. ET
Line: Boston -1.5
Total: O/U 204
Quick Note: Dallas is playing for the fourth time in six days, just coming off a three-game road trip. Twelve of the Mavs’ 18 home games this season have gone under the total.

#519 Houston Rockets at #520 LA Clippers at 10:35 p.m. ET
Line: Los Angeles -6
Total: O/U 208.5
Quick Note: The Rockets have out-rebounded the Clippers 102-79 in their first two games this season (Courtesy: Winning Points). Houston has won its last five over LA: The last three in last year’s playoff series and the first two of this season.

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