Editor’s Note: As more injury information becomes available later today, Brian will provide updates and put a timestamp on the most recent ones here at the top of the page.
There’s a monster 12-game slate on tap in the NBA tonight, including a battle for the fourth slot in the East at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Let’s touch on a few items of note from Tuesday and look ahead to Wednesday’s tips.
–Bettors on ‘over’ 208.5 points for Charlotte at New York took a brutal loss last night. The Hornets led 66-60 at halftime for 126 combined points, and the score was 91-82 for 173 combined points going into the fourth quarter. However, the Knicks outscored Charlotte by just an 18-15 margin in the final stanza and won 109-97. The 206 combined points dipped ‘under’ the 208.5-point tally. I cashed a winner with the Knicks -5.5 to split for the night since Atlanta-Orlando went ‘under.’
–New York won its seventh straight game and will now take a 10-0 ATS run into tonight’s showdown with Atlanta at MSG in NYC. As of late this morning, most spots had the Hawks installed as 1.5-point road favorites. They are alone in fourth in the East, just one-half game ahead of the Knicks. Boston is in sixth in the East, one game back of Atlanta and one-half game behind New York. Miami is in seventh, one game behind the Celtics.
–Atlanta will be without Danilo Gallinari, Tony Snell, Kris Dunn, De’Andre Hunter and Cam Reddish tonight. The Knicks will be sans Mitchell Robinson, John Henson and Alec Burks. The Hawks are 9-2 both straight up and against the spread in their last 11 games after battering Orlando 112-96 last night at State Farm Arena. Nate McMillan’s squad covered the number as a 12-point home ‘chalk.’ All five starters scored in double figures and Lou Williams contributed 22 points from off the bench. Trae Young finished with 25 points, seven assists and five rebounds, while John Collins (11 points and 15 rebounds) and Clint Capela (14 points and 19 boards) both registered double-doubles.
–Portland’s Damian Lillard missed his third straight game due to a hamstring issue in last night’s home loss to the Clippers, who won a 113-112 decision thanks to a pair of free throws from Paul George with 4.8 second remaining. The Trail Blazers took the cash as 4.5-point underdogs. George had a game-high 33 points. Lillard told reporters last night that he’d be ready to play tonight vs. Denver. The Nuggets opened as five-point road favorites, but they are down to -2 as of early this afternoon.
–L.A.’s Kawhi Leonard missed his fifth game in the last six at Portland last night. Leonard’s foot injury will keep him out at least three more games until he’s re-evaluated on April 27.
–Brooklyn’s James Harden had a setback with his hamstring during on-court work Tuesday. The perennial All-Star guard is out indefinitely. Brooklyn head coach Steve Nash told ESPN, “We’re back to square one… he will be back when he’s back. It might be the playoffs. It might be sooner.” The Nets have only had their Big Three — Harden, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving — healthy for seven games together since trading for Harden. They’re 3.5-point underdogs tonight at Toronto. Durant and Nicolas Claxton have already been ruled ‘out’ against the Raptors.
–Oklahoma City will try to ends its 11-game losing streak at Indiana tonight. The Thunder are mired in a 2-9 ATS slump. The Pacers will be without Domantas Sabonis (back) and Myles Turner, while Jeremy Lamb and Doug McDermott are listed as ‘questionable.’ Indiana is an abysmal 9-17 SU and 7-19 ATS on the road. Most spots have the Pacers installed as nine-point home favorites.
–Washington’s Rui Hachimura (knee) will miss a second straight game tonight vs. Golden State. The Wizards have won five consecutive games and seven of their last eight. They’re 7-2 ATS in their last nine games, with one of the non-covers coming by the hook in Monday’s 119-107 win over OKC as 12.5-point home favorites. The ‘under’ has cashed in four straight outings for Washington.
–Golden St. is on a 6-2 run both SU and ATS, including Monday’s 107-96 win at Philadelphia as a 4.5-point road underdog. The Warriors will be out to avenge a 110-107 loss to the Wizards as 4.5-point home ‘chalk’ on April 9. We should note that Hachimura had 22 points and five rebounds in Washington’s win on April 9. However, James Wiseman also had 18 points and six boards for Golden St., and he’s now out for the season with a torn meniscus. As of early this afternoon, the Warriors were listed as two-point road favorites.
–Miami will be seeking its third straight win tonight as a one-point underdog at San Antonio. The Heat own a 13-15 record both SU and ATS in 28 road assignments, while the Spurs have limped to a 12-18 record both SU and ATS in 30 home games.
–Miami will be without Victor Oladipo (knee) and four players — Jimmy Butler, Tyler Herro, Bam Adebayo and Dewayne Dedmon — are listed as ‘questionable.’
–Sacramento has lost 10 of its last 11 games while going 3-8 ATS, including last night’s 134-120 loss to Minnesota as a 3.5-point home favorite. These teams will run it back tonight at the same venue, with the Kings listed as 4.5 or five-point home favorites. Sacramento star guard De’Aaron Fox is listed as ‘questionable’ after injuring his ankle last night. Fox averages 25.1 points, 7.2 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game. D’Angelo Russell and Anthony Edwards led the Timberwolves last night with 28 points apiece, while Karl-Anthony Towns produced 26 points, 18 rebounds, five assists and four blocked shots.