Top NBA Games Feb 4 - 10

Top NBA Games Feb 4 – 10

I have a trio of NBA must watch and must bet games to cure your Super Bowl hangover. Let’s get started.

Top NBA Games Feb 4 – 10

Denver Nuggets at Philadelphia 76ers
When: Friday, Feb. 8 at 7:00 pm ET
Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
TV: ESPN

Analysis: The Nuggets have only lost 15 games heading into the week and lead Oklahoma City by 4 games in the Northwest Division. Most everyone expects the Denver Nuggets to fail. But, it hasn’t yet happened.

In fact, Denver’s been on an awesome straight up streak. The Nuggets have won 6 in a row. They’ve gone 4-2 ATS in those 6 games and although are 10-15 ATS in away games, will be dogs on Friday against the 76ers.

Philadelphia is only 14-12 ATS in home games this season. They’re the much more popular team with name players Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid and Jimmy Butler. There’s a chance handicappers overplay the 76ers in this contest.

Taking the points on the Nuggets.

Pick: Denver Nuggets

Oklahoma City Thunder at Houston Rockets
When: Saturday, Feb. 9 at 8:30 pm ET
Where: Toyota Center, Houston, TX
TV: ABC

Analysis: As of Feb. 3, the Rockets are only 2 games behind the rival San Antonio Spurs in the Southwest Division. Houston’s behind the Spurs because San Antonio has played 2 more games than the Rockets have.

Houston’s 15-11-1 ATS at home. The last time they faced Oklahoma City, they beat Russell Westbrook and his crew 113-109 as a 1-point dog. The Rockets won’t be the dogs on Saturday night.

Oklahoma City, like Houston, has played great basketball lately. The Thunder are 7-3 SU and 6-4 ATS in their last 10. If you only count their last 8, they’ve gone 7-1 SU and 6-2 ATS.

This should be a terrific battle, but the Thunder can hang with The Beard. Outside of The Beard, Houston doesn’t have scorers that can hang with Russell and Paul George. Oklahoma City should cover.

Pick: Oklahoma City Thunder

L.A. Lakers at Philadelphia 76ers
When: Sunday, Feb. 10 at 3:30 pm ET
Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
TV: ABC

Analysis: LeBron finally played on Jan. 31 in the Lakers 123-120 overtime victory against the cross-town rival L.A. Clippers. Then, on Feb. 2, the Lakers rested him. They’re handling the best player in the NBA with kid gloves.

Even if LeBron plays 40 minutes on Sunday, the Lakers will find it difficult to beat the 76ers. Los Angeles appears out of sorts. They are 13-12 ATS in away games, but the organization is distracted after offering most of the team for Anthony Davis only to have New Orleans spurn them.

Los Angeles appears to be as dysfunctional as they’ve been for the past 5 seasons. They won’t do enough to keep it close versus a talented 76ers squad to cover.

Pick: Philadelphia 76ers

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