NBA Odds For Sunday: Betting Lines For Lakers at Hawks, Nuggets at Bucks, And More

Written By Juan Carlos Blanco on January 30, 2022
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We have a busy Sunday ahead in the NBA, as the Association features an all-day slate that consists of eight games. There’s a quasi-marquee matchup to tip things off in Lakers and Hawks at 1 p.m. ET, although it bears mentioning that neither team has come close to living up to preseason hype and there will also be at least one key absence. Other notable clashes throughout the day and into the evening include Nuggets-Bucks and Jazz-Timberwolves, with all but the Spurs-Suns nightcap carrying single-digit spreads as of early Sunday.

NBA odds for Sunday, January 30

Here are the latest basketball point spreads, moneylines and totals for today’s games.

What to watch for today

LeBron, possibly AD out as Lakers visit Hawks: The Lakers have lost consecutive games yet again after reaching .500, as they enter Sunday’s matinee meeting with the Hawks sporting a 24-26 record. To make matters worse, LeBron James is dealing with lingering knee soreness that will keep him out again, while Anthony Davis, who missed Friday’s loss to the Hornets with a wrist injury, sports a questionable designation as of early Sunday. Even Russell Westbrook is on the injury report, although he’s listed as probable with his own minor knee issue. After leaning heavily on Westy in the narrow defeat to Charlotte, L.A. may well find itself in the same boat against Atlanta, which is a comfortable 7-to-7.5-point home favorite.

Bulls look to keep building momentum in visit from Blazers: The Bulls have been mired in a rough patch of their own recently, losing seven of their last 10 games after a spectacular first two months-plus of the season. Chicago appeared to be starting to emerge from its malaise recently with back-to-back victories, but they then were outlasted by the Spurs, 131-122, their most recent time on the floor. Billy Donovan’s squad, which is still slated to be without Lonzo Ball (knee) for several more weeks, will try to get right back in the win column Sunday afternoon during a visit from the Trail Blazers, which have started to find their stride a bit with five wins in the last eight contests.

Cavs, Mavs aim to avoid letdowns against Eastern Conference’s lowliest: Neither the Cavs nor Mavs can relate to clubs like the Lakers or Bulls at the moment, as both Cleveland and Dallas are riding high in their respective conferences. For its part, Dallas’ 7-3 mark over the last 10 has propelled its record to 29-21 and a No. 5 spot in the Western Conference. Meanwhile, Cleveland has continued its Cinderella season in fine form following the flip of the calendar to 2022, winning three straight and eight of the last 10 overall. Each squad will thus have to be wary of not taking their opponents lightly Sunday, as the Cavs are in Motown to face the 11-37 Pistons while the Mavs are in surprisingly frigid Florida for a date with the Magic.

Jokic, Giannis set for epic clash: One Sunday game that could unfold as intriguingly as it looks on paper is the Nuggets-Bucks battle at Fiserv Forum, which is naturally highlighted by a Nikola Jokic-Giannis Antetokounmpo faceoff. Milwaukee notched a 120-09 victory at Ball Arena in Denver when these two teams first faced off this season Nov. 27, a game Jokic missed with a sprained right wrist. That defeat dropped the Nuggets to 9-10 at the time, but Mike Malone’s squad has roared back to go 18-11 since that point and enters the rematch with a four-game win streak. The defending champs are 19-12 in their own right since that point but just 5-5 in their last 10, and they’re favored by a solid 6.5 points at multiple sportsbooks as of early Sunday.

Jazz seeks much-needed turnaround versus tough Timberwolves: A squad that can’t seem to buy a win lately is the Jazz, which have lost four straight going into their Sunday night visit to the Timberwolves and have shockingly dropped 10 of their last 12 overall despite still boasting the third-best point differential (+6.3) in the NBA. That discrepancy means Utah is dropping plenty of narrow decisions; in fact, five of their last six losses have been by eight points or fewer. Sunday’s quest to jump back into the victory column could be a challenging one, as Minnesota has played much better defense at home and is a solid 13-10 straight up at Target Center.

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Juan Carlos Blanco has served as a freelance writer for a wide variety of online publications and websites, with an intensive focus on fantasy sports. Juan has provided analysis and comprehensive coverage of the MLB, NBA, NFL, CFL, AAF and AFL while also reporting on news and developments in the daily fantasy sports and online gaming industries.

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