We have a traditional eight-game slate Sunday that takes up the majority of the day, with first tip-off coming at 3:30 p.m. ET. There are two particularly noteworthy matinee matchups, as the 76ers-Bulls and Nets-Nuggets clashes could each be hotly contested matchups, and the Hawks-Mavericks evening battle could be the marquee clash of the evening portion of the ledger.
NBA odds for Sunday, February 6
Here are the today’s NBA odds with pro basketball point spreads, moneylines and totals.
What to watch for today
76ers look to end brief skid in Windy City visit: The 76ers have mostly been rolling of late, going an outstanding 15-3 between Dec. 26 and Jan. 31. However, Philadelphia checks in having dropped consecutive games for the first time since Dec. 15 and Dec. 16, a brief funk they’ll look to snap in Sunday afternoon’s visit to Chicago. The host Bulls, which may have to play without Zach LaVine (back), sit atop the Eastern Conference with a record of 33-19, a mark partly constituted for a 19-6 record at United Center. In what should be one of the closest contests of the day, Philly is actually a 1-to-1.5-point road favorite as of early Sunday.
T-Wolves aim for fourth straight as spiraling Pistons come to town: The Timberwolves have crept up to the No. 7 slot in the Western Conference with some recent strong play that includes an 11-5 mark over the last 16 games. Minnesota’s current three-game winning streak includes impressive victories over the Jazz and Nuggets, and Sunday afternoon presents what appears to be an excellent opportunity for a fourth consecutive victory. The visiting Pistons are just 4-19 on the road and could once again be without Cade Cunningham (hip), while the T-Wolves are expected to get D’Angelo Russell back after a four-game absence due to a lower leg injury.
Nets on quest to avoid eighth straight defeat, with possible Harden return: One team that’s been a stranger to the win column of late is the Nets, who have dropped a season-high seven consecutive games and eight of the last 10 overall. One significant problem for Brooklyn during that span has been the health of James Harden, who has endured both a hamstring and a hand injury that’s led to three absences in the last five contests. The Nets have suffered losses of six, four and 23 points in those games, and they’ll therefore Harden is on the right side of the questionable tag he’s sporting going into Sunday’s visit to Ball Arena to take on Nikola Jokic and his Nuggets teammates.
Mavs hope to keep cooling off Hawks: The Mavericks have recently been missing a key component of their own in Kristaps Porzingis, who will miss his fourth consecutive contest Sunday evening against the visiting Atlanta Hawks. Dallas is 1-2 in the big man’s current absence, and they could have an uphill battle trying to fend off a third loss versus Trae Young and company. Atlanta did drop a 125-114 decision to the Toronto Raptors on Friday night, but the Hawks are still 8-2 over their last 10 and are just 2.5-point underdogs as of early Sunday after handing the Mavs a 113-87 thumping in the first meeting between the clubs.
Bucks face Clippers in possible Powell, Covington debuts: The Bucks are looking the part of defending champs lately, as they’ll go into a Sunday night visit to Los Angeles to take on the Clippers with a 6-2 record over their last eight games. Milwaukee was in particularly dominant form Saturday night, taking advantage of a weary and short-handed Blazers squad to the tune of a 137-108 win. One of the many positive aspects of the blowout victory was that Mike Budenholzer was able to limit all five starters to 27 minutes or less, essentially serving as a tune-up after three days off. That should leave Giannis and company relatively fresh for Sunday’s contest, when they’ll face a Clippers team that expects to debut Friday trade acquisitions Norman Powell and Robert Covington.