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The NBA celebrates Martin Luther King Day with nine games spanning the entire day, beginning at noon ET and running through the night. The highlight will be in Brooklyn as the Durant/Harden/Irving Nets take on the East-leading Bucks for a potential Eastern Conference Finals preview. We’ll also see Victor Oladipo make his Rockets debut while the evening ends with a duel between LeBron James’ Lakers and Steph Curry’s Warriors.
2020-21 Record: 24-21 (53.3%) ATS L45; 18-3 (85.7%) OU L21
MLK Day NBA Betting Lines To Back
Pick 1: Knicks ATS Over Magic
One way to break out of a five-game losing streak is thumping the Celtics by 30 points in Boston. It may have righted the ship for a Knicks team that looked solid in the early going. The Magic, meanwhile, are on a five-game losing streak and have lost them by an average of 22.4 points. We like New York at +1.5.
Pick 2: Hawks ATS Over Timberwolves
Karl-Anthony Towns is out with COVID, meaning it’s time to fade the Timberwolves. In seven games without their All-Star center, they are 1-6 SU and 2-5 ATS. The Hawks aren’t without their faults and this is a lot of points, but Minnesota is just an awful team without Towns in the lineup. We’re taking Atlanta at -7.5.
Pick 3: Suns ATS Over Grizzlies
Ja Morant has returned for the Grizzlies, and the Suns haven’t played since Jan. 11 because of COVID protocols, but we like Phoenix to come out fresh and ready to roll in this one. The Suns may not be as good as their 5-1 start implied, but Phoenix is good enough to beat a Grizzlies team that doesn’t have much scoring after Morant. We’re on the Suns at -3.
Pick 4: Nets ATS Over Bucks
The Nets looked outstanding in their first game with James Harden and will be up to the task of making a statement against the East-leading Bucks, whether or not Kyrie Irving plays. Milwaukee hasn’t skipped a beat this season, but this one being played in Brooklyn will give the Nets the edge in a close one. We love the Nets getting points at +2.5.
Pick 5: Lakers-Warriors Over
It’s always fun when LeBron and Steph get together, and we’re betting on some fireworks in the MLK Day nightcap. The Warriors continue to run early and often, and it wouldn’t surprise us if that gets the Lakers going, too. The Lakers are scoring against everyone, and we think Golden State will be up to the challenge to match them. We’re taking the over at 224.5.