6-3 in NBA +4.55 units
Miami Heat ML -104 for 3 units – Dragic has looked better of late and no Mike Conley for the Grizz. Tyreke Evans is having a nice little resurgence in Memphis this year. Evans is averaging 18.5 points per game along with 5 rebounds and 4 assists a game. Heat turned the ball over a season-low six times in their game against the Nets. Think they get a good sound win.
Rockets -11.5 -116 for 2 units – James Harden and Chris Paul have been better than many expected together. The Pelicans have looked good with Rondo getting 18 assists in a game recently and Jrue Holiday going off in a comeback versus the 76ers. I do not think the Pelicans are sound enough on defense to keep this one close. The Blazers used the strategy off pushing the Rockets off the 3 point line but it did not work enough for Portland to get the win. This line is a little high, but I still like it.
Celtics -7 and Thunder -7 (4.5 point teaser) 2 units for 1.82 units – The Hornets have been bad against the spread this season, but the Thunder have actually been worse. Westbrook will be hard for the Hornets to stop, like he is for most teams. Clarkson and Lakers were too much for the Hornets recently and it will be hard for them to fix their defense without their head coach being healthy. The Celtics defense has picked up over the past few games and the team with the best record in the league (Boston) should be able to cover against the team with the worst record in the league (Chicago).