After a modest three-game Saturday night ledger, we have an atypically robust 11-game Sunday slate that encompasses the entire day. The Clippers and Knicks tip matters off at 1 p.m. ET, with the Celtics and Wizards encompassing the second part of the matinee double feature. Other noteworthy matchups on tap include a Grizzlies-Mavericks showdown in Dallas, a Nets-Timberwolves interconference clash in Minnesota and a Jazz-Warriors faceoff at Chase Center to cap off the night. Oddsmakers are notably predicting a day of tightly contested games, all but one contest carries a spread of 7.5 points or fewer as of early Sunday morning.
NBA odds for Sunday, January 23
What to watch for
Knicks aim to stop latest skid in visit from Clippers: It’s become a season of failed expectations for the Knicks, which were one of last season’s surprise postseason entrants and entered the current campaign with designs on taking matters even further. After a strong start that seemed to portend just that, New York has had trouble establishing any consistency and heads into its Sunday afternoon matchup against the Clippers with three consecutive losses. Despite the struggles, Tom Thibodeau’s club is a four-point home favorite as of early Sunday, with Los Angeles checking in with its own lackluster 4-6 mark in the last 10.
Celtics and Wizards look to snap out of respective funks in matinee matchups: Another pair of underwhelming Eastern Conference squads, the Celtics and Wizards, meet up in the nation’s capital for the third time this season Sunday afternoon. Both clubs are on two-game losing streaks, and Boston is coming off yet another disappointing fourth-quarter collapse versus the Trail Blazers on Friday night. Washington has prevailed by nine and three points in the first two matchups between the teams, but the hosts are only 1-to-1.5-point favorites.
Lakers and Heat set for South Florida showdown with possible AD return: The Lakers’ season has turned into quite the quagmire as well, with a potent mix of controversy and poor play conspiring to produce a 23-23 record, including an ugly 8-11 mark on the road. A notable reason for Los Angeles’ struggles has been the extended absence of Anthony Davis due to a knee sprain, but the good news for Frank Vogel’s squad is that the talented big man has a chance to return for Sunday’s road battle against the Heat. Davis is listed as questionable and could be on a minutes limit if he does suit up, but Miami, slated to still play without Kyle Lowry (personal) and Tyler Herro (COVID-19 protocols), is just a four-point favorite despite its sparkling 15-5 home mark.
Grizzlies look to even season series with Mavericks: The Grizzlies are 32-16, have climbed all the way to the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference thanks to a stellar last month of play, and are 24-10 against fellow Western Conference teams. However, one puzzle that’s proven nearly unsolvable has been the Mavericks, which are 2-1 against Memphis this season and notched a 27-point win in the most recent encounter between the teams. The two squads meet for the final time this season in Dallas on Sunday night, a matchup the Grizz are narrow road underdogs for.
Jazz and Warriors aim to begin new win streaks at each other’s expense: Neither the Jazz nor the Warriors have exactly played up to their potential of late, with each squad having lost six of their last 10 games. Both did record victories their most recent time on the floor, and Utah will particularly have an uphill battle in trying to follow its victory up Sunday night. Not only has Golden State been close to unbeatable on its Chase Center home floor (20-4), but Quinn Snyder’s club is expected to still be missing Donovan Mitchell (concussion) and could also be down Rudy Gobert (ankle).
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