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The NBA Trade Deadline is today and there have already been a flurry of moves. A lot of big moves have already been done as Tobias Harris is now a 76er, giving them one of the best starting lineups in the NBA right now; Kristaps Porzingis to Dallas, and Harrison Barnes to Sacramento.
With the Clippers getting worse and the Kings getting better, it’s conceivable that the Kings can sneak into that 8th seed. With all we’ve seen from this team over the past decade plus, that is really quite the turnaround. They have a fun team too with De’Aaron Fox and Buddy Hield, so it would be exciting to see them in the playoffs even if they get swept by the Warriors.
The big Anthony Davis saga took an interesting turn as the Pelicans have basically been trolling the Lakers all this time. They seemingly have no intention of moving him to the Lakers and have real animosity toward the team for the tampering they’ve done to make Davis want out in the first place. It’s really quite fascinating, but also doesn’t really send a good message to the rest of the players in this league about what it’s like to play in New Orleans.
There should be some more action today and I’m almost scared to make any NBA tips because of who might be on the move and what the rosters could like like. There are a couple games I like though so we’ll go with those.
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NHL Betting Tips:
Vancouver Canucks at Chicago Blackhawks: The Blackhawks are one of the hottest teams in the NHL right now and they play at home against the lowly Canucks tonight. The Hawks have won their past five games and have scored a whopping 28 goals in those games. This team has just been filling the net and I don’t feel like the Canucks have what it takes to slow them here. I just have to ride the hothand here and go with Chicago.
NBA Betting Tips:
Los Angeles Lakers at Boston Celtics: One game that I can’t ignore today is the Lakers and the Celtics. These two teams are involved in a battle behind the scenes with Kyrie Irving and Anthony Davis both being a big part of that battle. That stuff won’t play out for some time and the winner is unknown, but this battle is about on the court and in that case I think the Celtics have a huge advantage.
The Lakers are just bringing LeBron James back from injury and he isn’t at his full powers yet, while the team will be shorthanded without Lonzo Ball, new acquisition Reggie Bullock, and Josh Hart listed as questionable. This was an imperfect roster before the injuries and now has a lot of holes that Boston should be able to take advantage of.
San Antonio Spurs at Portland Trail Blazers: I don’t see any huge moves coming down between these two teams so I feel comfortable tipping this one and the tip is rather simple: Portland is awesome at home. They are 23-7 straight up and 19-11 against the spread in home games this year. This is the third game of a long road trip for the Spurs who have dropped those first two games and they weren’t even close.