We have a full day of NBA action on tap Sunday, beginning with a 1 p.m. ET tip-off between the 76ers and Knicks. There are a couple of Western Conference marquee matchups in the Jazz versus Suns and Mavericks versus Warriors clashes, and a Pelicans-Lakers tilt that could prove to be a play-in game preview. While the spreads of these games are pretty scattered, there is a definite trend toward a high-scoring slate with six games sporting projected totals well north of 220 points.
NBA odds for Sunday, February 27
Here are the today’s NBA betting lines with pro basketball point spreads, moneylines and totals.
What to watch for today
76ers, Harden aim to build on standout win: The long-awaited 76ers debut of James Harden on Friday night could hardly have gone better, as The Beard exploded for a 27-point, 12-assist double-double in 35 minutes against the Timberwolves. The performance certainly made the rest of the Eastern Conference stand up and take notice, and Philadelphia seemingly has a strong chance of keeping its momentum going in Sunday’s early-afternoon visit to Madison Square Garden. New York has beaten the Sixers in each of the first two meetings this season, but one of those victories came without Joel Embiid available. Additionally, Tom Thibodeau’s club is badly spiraling, having gone 3-14 since January 17.
Jazz attempt to break through against Suns on third try: The Jazz have had some rough patches this season, but at 37-22 and in possession of the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference, they’re generally enjoying a solid campaign. However, the defending conference champion Suns have been an albatross, as they’ve topped Utah in the first two meetings between the clubs this season. The Jazz will look to rectify that matter Sunday afternoon and catch a break, as Phoenix will continue to be extremely depleted at the point guard position with both Chris Paul (thumb) and primary backup Cameron Payne (wrist) still out of action.
Celtics look to stay hot in visit to Pacers: One team that seems to be matchup-proof of late is the Celtics, which flipped a switch back on Jan. 8 and hasn’t looked back. Boston is 18-5 straight up since that point, and it comes into Sunday afternoon’s visit to the Pacers with 11 wins in the last 12 games. That includes a seven-game road winning streak, one they’re favored heavily to extend while facing an Indiana squad that could be missing key reserves Chris Duarte (toe) and Lance Stephenson (ankle) in addition to Myles Turner (foot) on Sunday.
Mavs and Warriors face off in marquee matchup: The Mavs-Warriors battle at Chase Center is essentially the co-main event of the day alongside the Jazz-Suns showdown. The two squads have split the first two games of their four-game regular-season series, with Dallas notably failing to reach the 100-point mark on either occasion. The Mavericks are relatively modest four-point underdogs Sunday evening, however, and Golden State, which thumped the undermanned Trail Blazers by a 132-95 margin in their first post-All-Star-break game, could notably be without Klay Thompson (illness), who’s listed as questionable.
Pelicans, fresh off upset of Suns, try to add to Lakers’ misery: One team that could be a sneaky riser down the stretch is the Pelicans, which just defeated the Suns by 15 points on the road and have no shortage of explosive offensive weapons even without Zion Williamson (foot). The addition of CJ McCollum at the trade deadline has been an unqualified success thus far and should continue to create more opportunities for star wing Brandon Ingram and the starting frontcourt of Jaxson Hayes and Jonas Valaciunas. One of the teams that New Orleans is within striking distance of in the standings, the underachieving Lakers, will play host to them Sunday night in the wake of their eighth loss in the last 11 games. In a testament to Los Angeles’ woeful state at the moment, the LeBron and company are slim 1.5-to 2-point home favorites.