NBA Betting Previews February 3

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Don Shapiro
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There are 6 games on tap in the NBA this day with the first tipping off at 6:40 pm ET.


Who's Hot, Who's Not

Nets vs. 76ers - Philadelphia finally won one on the road as part of a grueling 5-game mostly West Coast (with the exception of Indy) travel schedule.  That lone win out of the five was in Utah to end the trip.  Philly will be thrilled to return home where they are 17-6 and facing a Nets team that sits among the bottom 10 worst teams in the league right now.

We have the number set at -7.66 76ers (fitting).  The actual line opened at -5.5 and has dropped to -2.5.

The line collapse is a result of 76ers Star Joel Embiid suffering a meniscus injury in his left knee that is likely to have him sitting out through the weekend.

The 76ers have capable scoring options to work around the Embiid injury.  The Nets have injuries of their own and are less equipped to deal with them than are the Sixers.

Warriors vs. Hawks - The Hawks have now won three straight and six of their last ten.  They face a Warriors team that just beat Memphis and is playing the second game of a 5-game road trip.  Did we mention the Warriors, who have won just three of their last ten overall, played in Memphis last night?

The Hawks also played and beat a very good Suns team at home last night. Both these teams are likely to be winded but the Warriors are at the greater disadvantage here.

The line is not terribly out of whack either.  Atlanta opened as the -3 favorite and that number has dropped to -1.5.  We get Warriors 0.83 or -1.

Kings vs. Bulls - Sacramento has been hot on this 7-game road trip so far, losing just one of five.  But they played, and won, in Indiana last night.  Repeating those efforts in Chicago against a team that is 14-11 at home might be a tough task even though they've played well against the Bulls in recent seasons.

We get Kings -1.08 without factoring in last night's play or the long road trip.  Chicago comes in at just -2.  Thus, the value with the Bulls is pretty good.

Bucks vs. Mavs - Milwaukee opened as a -3.5 road favorite with the line moving to -4.5.  We get a number of Bucks 1.5, suggesting a 3-point overlay.  Dallas has won just four games in their last ten as Milwaukee looks to put the brakes on a two-game road skid.

Lakers vs. Knicks - New York is playing some of the best basketball in the league right now.  We have the line Knicks 6.77 compared to the actual opening number of -4.5, which actually dropped a half point.

The Knicks won the last two in this series, both in LA.  The teams have split wins and losses over the last ten meetings.

The Knicks have won nine straight games and are 18-5 at home. The Lakers have lost six of their last eight road games.  Do the math and it's hard to come up with any reason not to back the Knicks.   LA is also about to conclude a long road trip and their next game is in Charlotte two days from now so could be they'll take it easy in this one as a means of reserving some fuel.

Head to Head Advantages

Nets vs. 76ers - Philadelphia has won the last nine in this series and the Embiid injury ensures there is value here with the -2.5.

Warriors vs. Hawks - Atlanta is 4-0 in the last four meetings at home and here come the Warriors having played last night in Memphis.

Bucks vs. Mavericks - Milwaukee has won four of the last five in this series including in Dallas.

Any Back-to-Back Play?

Warriors (road to road)

Hawks (home/home)

Kings (road to road)

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- Don Shapiro,

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