It’s slim pickings today, but I’ll take Denver here in what looks like the ultimate revenge spot. They suffered a heartbreaking loss to Portland in game 7 of the Conference Semis last year, which I’m sure they’re not completely over.
They’re playing at home here, where they’ve got a very solid 19-6 record on the season. Although they’ve improved of late, Portland are just 10-16 on the road thus far.
Paul Millsap remains out for Denver, but both Gary Harris and Jamal Murray are slated to return. This should prove huge against the dynamic Portland backcourt. I recommend checking the injury report prior to tip-off.
It isn’t a great scheduling spot for Denver, but I think the revenge factor overrides this. 4.5 points is a modest line for this dominant of a home side and I’d expect them to cover here.
This is another line that looks good on paper, but we’re dealing with slim pickings today. I think this is a solid situational spot for LA, given they laid an egg in their last home game against Portland.
They really want a dominant win at Staples to honour Kobe and this represents the perfect opportunity. The Spurs are a poor road side, going just 8-14 on the season so far.
LA have actually been better on the road this season, but they’re still an impressive 16-6 at home. They’ve had two full days off before this one and don’t appear to have any key injuries holding them back.
Given their weakness on the wing, San Antonio also don’t match up well with a LeBron-led side. I can see a comfortable Lakers win here and don’t mind laying the 12 points.