It’s a topsy-turvy week in terms of the NBA schedule, as Wednesday is much lighter than usual with just six games on tap. It should be an interesting night of action, as the two current longest winning streaks in the league are on the line and there’s also an intriguing Bulls-Hornets battle on tap. As of late Tuesday, there were already three lines of 6.5 points or fewer, so it’s a night that could tilt toward competitive clashes.
NBA odds for Wednesday, February 9
Here are the today’s NBA odds with pro basketball point spreads, moneylines and totals.
NBA player props
Bulls C Nikola Vucevic
The Hornets are struggling to score right now with the worst offensive rating in basketball over their last eight home games. They’re giving up the most RPG (56.3) while playing at the fastest pace in home games this season, so we like riding Nikola Vucevic to represent the high-scoring Bulls. Vucevic is averaging 27.5 PPG and 14.5 RPG over his last four road games and has dominated the Hornets to the tune of 25.4 PPG, 13.8 RPG, and 5 APG over his last five meetings with Charlotte. The Bulls have gone Over their implied total in seven straight games and Charlotte yields the most PPG and second-most RPG to opposing centers. Take Vucevic to top 34.5 points and rebounds. With a double double almost a certainty, you can get +114 odds at FanDuel for Vooch to reach that mark in a Bulls win.
Lakers C Anthony Davis
The Lakers head to Portland tonight after getting crushed by the Bucks and they should bounce back against a Blazers team that unloaded three key starters at the trade deadline. Portland gave up big lines to Cole Anthony and his Magic teammates last night, so we expect good production from Anthony Davis and Co. in this spot. Davis has dropped 30 points in two of the three B2B situations he’s played in this season and he went for 30 points against Portland in a 99-94 snoozefest. With LeBron James (knee) potentially considering rest on a B2B, Davis should cruise past 22.5 points considering he’s averaging 28.6 PPG in his last five appearances without LBJ.
What to watch for today
Bulls look to stop skid at two, prevent further tumble: The Bulls were the biggest surprise in the Eastern Conference at one point, boasting a 26-10 record on Jan. 7 after recording their ninth straight win that night against the Wizards. However, Chicago is just 7-11 since that point, with Lonzo Ball’s knee injury and seven absences on the part of Zach LaVine certainly playing a part. Billy Donovan’s squad is in danger of falling into another semi-prolonged slump going into Wednesday’s road contest against the Hornets, as they’ve dropped two straight and three of the last four. Fortunately for them, Charlotte is in bad shape in its own right at the moment, having lost five consecutive games, three by double digits.
Raptors aim to continue ascent, go for seventh straight: One team on the opposite end of the spectrum from the Hornets at present is the Raptors, which are tunneling up the Eastern Conference standings thanks to an 8-2 mark over the last 10, a stretch that includes six straight wins. Toronto’s list of victims over that span is noteworthy – the Heat (twice), the Hawks (twice), the Bulls and Charlotte. Toronto aims to keep the hot hand going Wednesday when they visit a Thunder team that’s followed up an encouraging recent three-game win streak with back-to-back losses.
Warriors look for 10th consecutive win versus improving Jazz: The Warriors are the NBA’s hottest team at the moment, having rattled off nine straight victories to get to within three games of the top-seeded Suns in the Western Conference. Golden State looks to extend their streak to double digits Wednesday in a visit to Utah, where they face a Jazz squad they’ve already handed seven- and two-point defeats to this season. Quinn Snyder’s charges recently emerged from a 2-11 funk to win three straight, and although they’ll still be without Rudy Gobert (calf), they will have a red-hot Donovan Mitchell, who’s shot 58.3 percent — including 47.1 percent from three-point range — in his first two games back from concussion protocol.
Remade Trail Blazers tangle with Lakers: The Trail Blazers have been one of the most active teams as the trade deadline nears, most recently completing a major multi-player transaction with the Pelicans that, in part, saw Portland receive Josh Hart and Nickeil Alexander-Walker while jettisoning franchise stalwart C.J. McCollum. It remains to be seen if the new acquisitions will be available to take the floor for Wednesday night’s visit from the Lakers, which have taken two of the first three meetings between the clubs this season but are back to three games under .500 after taking a Tuesday night walloping from the Bucks.
Timberwolves and Kings clash for second straight night: The Timberwolves quietly continue to ascend the Western Conference standings, going a stellar 13-5 since January 3. Minnesota just won its fifth straight game – and seventh in its last eight – with a 20-point throttling of the Kings on Tuesday night. The two teams reconvene for a rare rematch on consecutive nights at the same location Wednesday, with Sacramento potentially rolling out recent trade acquisitions Domantas Sabonis and Jeremy Lamb for the first time.