Philadelphia 76ers @ Milwaukee Bucks: Home Team Total Points Over 113.5 – 5/6
Sky’s live midweek game gets under way when we all should be snoozing, but there’s a chance to make a few shekels as you sleep.
Khris Middleton was wide awake – and wide open – when shooting threes on Monday to help Milwaukee buck off a nagging Knicks team. That Giannis Antetokounmpo only scored a point more than him, totalling a game best 31 points, shows the Bucks are heading the right direction under their new coach Mike Budenholzer.
Meanwhile, last season’s hot finishers in the East looked a very chilly Philly in their opening loss at Boston, and haven’t really impressed since despite improving to 2-2.
Ben Simmons is injured and may not play, and last night’s trip to Detroit that ended in an overtime loss makes this an even tougher spot.
Milwaukee aren’t used to hot starts – this is the first time they’ve been 3-0 since 2005 – but they can stay spotless tonight.
The handicap at -6 is tempting given the Sixers played last night, but the home team over appeal more with Simmons likely hobbled on defence even if he plays and his teammates tired. Back the Bucks to score over 113.5 points in the Home Team Total Points market at 5/6.
Utah Jazz @ Houston Rockets: Handicap Jazz +2.5 – 10/11
Both of these have hit some bum notes through the opening week.
The Jazz seemed on song against Golden State until a last second tip-in by Jonas Jerebko – released by Utah during the summer – saw the Warriors steal a win on the road.
That discordant final flourish looked to be rattling around their heads against Memphis, where they put up just 84 points as a 10 point home favourite and dropped to 1-2 on the season with Donovan Mitchell yet to reproduce his rookie season form.
For the Rockets, Melo is living up to his name in Houston, being so relaxed defensively that he finished -18 and -20 in two of his three games so far.
Anthony will certainly see plenty of court time as they deal with Chris Paul’s suspension after his tiff with Rajon Rondo. That’s a lucky break for Utah.
These two will find the right pitch soon enough. It’s a tough call, but with both teams not looking their best, take the underdog Jazz with the points to keep it close and maybe snatch a win.
LA Lakers @ Phoenix Suns: Handicap Lakers -3 – 10/11
The song says it’s always sunny in southern California, but that’s not been the case through three games of LeBron’s Lakers.
They’re the third highest scoring team through the opening stages of the season, but also have the worst defence in the entire league, so have laid an egg in the W column.
That all said, they had Houston in their sights before Staples Center schmozzle robbed them of two of their most important players.
The Suns are certainly not shining in Phoenix, that’s for sure.
Yes. they’ve better record than LA going into this having won their opener against a similarly low-key Dallas, but that says more about the Mavericks rebuild than anything.
The Lakers should break their duck here, and the handicap looks coverable at -3.
*All odds correct at time of posting