The NFL naturally owns the spotlight Sunday, but for multi-sports fans, there could be no better appetizer for the Big Game than a pair of intriguing hardwood battles. The Hawks-Celtics and Timberwolves-Pacers clashes certainly fit the bill, even though both carry lines of 6-to-6.5 points. The degree of individual star power on each team could also make each matchup more competitive than projected, setting up what should be a fun afternoon of matinee action.
NBA odds for Sunday, February 13
Here are the today’s pro basketball odds with pro basketball point spreads, moneylines and totals.
What to watch for today
Celtics aim to extend win streak against short-handed Hawks: The Celtics have made quite the move up the standings over the last couple of weeks, as they’ve prevailed in seven straight games to get to a season-best seven games above .500. On paper, it appears Boston will catch a break and have a good chance of extending their streak against the visiting Hawks, who will take the floor without John Collins (foot). However, it’s also noteworthy that Atlanta, which is only 10-16 straight up on the road, has not only beat the Celts in each of the first two meetings this season, they’ve dominated them – the Hawks have prevailed by double digits in both and limited Boston to 99 and 92 points in those games.
Timberwolves look to snap skid at two against new-look Pacers: Similar to the Celtics, the Timberwolves recently managed to finally break the shackles of the inconsistency that had plagued them in the earlier portion of their season. Minnesota went 9-3 between January 16 and February 8 to go from 20-22 to 29-25, but they’ve subsequently stumbled in each of their last two games while giving up 132 and 134 points to the Kings and Bulls, respectively. Chris Finch’s squad will need to shore up its defense Sunday against the Pacers, which saw both Tyrese Haliburton and Buddy Hield take well to their new squad in their debuts against the Cavaliers, albeit in a losing effort. The T-Wolves are also listing Anthony Edwards (knee) as questionable, although the star wing managed to play through the tag Friday against the Bulls and turn in 31 points, eight assists, six rebounds and one block.