We have a mammoth Wednesday slate on tap, as there are 11 games on the docket on the penultimate night prior to the All-Star break. A majority of the games feature one team with a winning mark against one with a losing record, but the two exceptions – Raptors versus Timberwolves and Nuggets versus Warriors – could be extremely entertaining. The Jazz versus Lakers clash could also be a hotly contested affair despite Los Angeles’ struggles and the 10-win difference in the standings between the clubs.
NBA odds for Wednesday, February 16
Here are the today’s pro NBA betting lines with pro basketball point spreads, moneylines and totals.
Player props for today
Kings G De’Aaron Fox
The Bulls remain a prime target when searching for Player Props with three of their most important guards (Zach LaVine, Alex Caruso, Lonzo Ball) ruled out tonight. Javonte Green (ankle) is also questionable and Chicago should have trouble containing De’Aaron Fox with the Kings visiting. Fox seems liberated by Sacramento’s decision to deal away Tyrese Haliburton, Buddy Hield, and Marvin Bagley, and he’s sporting a 119.5 offensive rating over his first three games with new pick-and-roll partner Domantas Sabonis. Fox is averaging 27 PPG and 4.8 APG on 49.5% FG shooting over his last five outings and he’s scored 24-plus points in seven of his last eight non-conference games. Back Fox to top 23.5 points or combined for over 28.5 points and assists against a Bulls team that is giving up the third-most APG (10.9) to opposing PGs over their last seven games.
Warriors G Steph Curry
Even while he’s been going through a relative slump, Steph Curry has been putting up excellent numbers by the standard of most top guards. He’s coming off a 33-point outburst with eight triples in a loss at the Clippers and faces another familiar foe tonight with the Nuggets visiting. Curry is averaging 35.8 PPG and hitting six 3-pointers at a 46.2% clip over his last four meetings with Denver. While the Nuggets have done a good job limiting teams from deep over their last 15 games, they’re allowing the sixth-most PPG (26) and fourth-most 3PTM (3.8) to PGs in that span. Curry is still being undervalued with a scoring prop at 24.5 points and he’s getting +130 odds at DraftKings to hit at least five triples.
What to watch for today
Celtics go for 10th straight in wake of eye-opening rout: The Celtics have been coming on for the better part of the last month, going 11-1 over their last 12 while humiliating various teams in the process. Boston has notched wins of 29 points over the Wizards, 53 points over the Kings, 30 points over the Heat, 33 over the Magic and 35 over the Nets, the latter two in consecutive games. Tuesday night’s 135-87 dismantling of the 76ers on their home floor may have been the most impressive yet. The Celts held Philly to sub-30.0 percent shooting on their way to their ninth consecutive win, and they’ll now be challenged to avoid a letdown Wednesday at TD Garden, where they’ve posted a 20-10 mark and will be facing a 12-45 Pistons team that’s lost eight straight.
Nets aim to build on skid-snapping win in Big Apple battle: A team that’s been on the opposite end of the spectrum from Boston is the Nets, which had lost 11 straight games until toppling the Sacramento Kings on Monday night. Prize trade acquisition Ben Simmons is reportedly still some time away from debuting, but former 76ers teammates Seth Curry and Andre Drummond both made their Brooklyn debuts against Sacramento and performed admirably. The Nets will hope they can carry their momentum into a Wednesday matchup against the intra-city rival Knicks, who have a slew of problems in their own right that are encapsulated by their 2-9 mark in their last 11.
Bulls strive for fifth straight, sole possession of 1st place: The Bulls have left a recent rough patch in the dust, winning four straight games and seven of their last 10. The surge has boosted them back to a tie with the Heat for the top seed in the Eastern Conference. With Miami off Wednesday after losing to the Mavericks at home Tuesday night, Chicago has a chance to regain sole possession of the top spot with a win over the visiting Sacramento Kings, but they’ll once again have to do it without Zach LaVine, who’s ruled out for a second straight game due to his knee injury.
Nuggets and Warriors face off at the Chase: The Nuggets, somewhat similar to the Celtics, have put together a multi-week run of impressive play to break the shackles of mediocrity and move into clear-cut contender status. Denver is 14-7 since Jan. 7 and has moved up to the No. 6 spot in the Western Conference, and they’ll get quite the litmus test Wednesday night on the road at Chase Center. The host Warriors are 26-5 on their home floor, but they check in with three losses in their last four games and have already dropped a three-point decision to the Nuggets at Chase this season.
Listless Lakers host red-hot Jazz: The Lakers haven’t been able to shake off their doldrums all season, even when their Big Three of Russell Westbrook, LeBron James and Anthony Davis have all been healthy. Los Angeles has lost three straight games, and at 26-31 and in the No. 9 seed, is in real peril of missing out on even making it into the play-in round. L.A. hosts a Jazz team Wednesday that they’ve already beaten by six points once this season, but Utah is on a six-game winning streak following a stretch where they dropped 11 of 13.