Sunday features a larger NBA slate than usual. There are seven games to choose from starting at 7:30 p.m. ET or later. Let’s dive into some of my favorite wagers on DraftKings Sportsbook for Sunday’s NBA slate.
Oklahoma City Thunder @ Phoenix Suns (-15.5):
This is an astronomical line for an NBA game, but it does make some sense. The Thunder are in full-on tank mode, and they’re coming off a 57-point drubbing at the hands of the Pacers yesterday. That wasn’t exactly an isolated incident either: They’ve been outscored by an average of 18.6 points per 100 possessions over their past 21 games.
My initial thought on this game was that this would an interesting buy-low spot for the Thunder. No one wants to bet on a team that just lost by 50 points, so it would make sense for those teams to fare well against the spread in their next contest. However, that’s not the case. Teams coming off a loss of at least 50 points are just 4-7-1 against the spread in their next game dating back to 2007.
It’s also in the Thunder’s best interest to continue losing. They’ve already shut down Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Al Horford for the rest of the year, and they also traded away George Hill before the deadline. They simply don’t have much NBA talent left on the roster, so the Suns should be able to take care of business.
Portland Trail Blazers (-1.5) @ Boston Celtics:
Trail Blazers -1.5
This game has seen some line movement on Sunday. The Blazers opened up as small underdogs, but they’ve moved to 1.5-point road favorites on DraftKings Sportsbook.
The big reason for the line movement is the Celtics’ injury report. They’ve ruled out Kemba Walker for this contest, and Jaylen Brown is currently listed as questionable. That means the team could be without two of their top offensive options.
They’ll still have Jayson Tatum, who tied a Celtics franchise record with 60 points in his last outing, but don’t forget that this team fell behind by more than 30 points in that contest. They’ll have their hands full vs. the Blazers, who are one of the best offensive teams in the league. I’m not sure if they can keep up if Walker and Brown are both out.
Miami Heat (-5) @ Charlotte Hornets:
Miles Bridges Under 16.5 points (-107)
Let’s finish things up with a player prop. Bridges has been a huge part of the Hornets’ offense recently, but they’ve dealt with a bunch of injuries. They got a bit healthier yesterday with LaMelo Ball and Malik Monk rejoining the rotation, and Devonte’ Graham could be back on Sunday as he’s listed as questionable after being a late scratch on Saturday. Bridges should still see plenty of minutes with Gordon Hayward out of the lineup, but his usage rate should take a hit. He’s also a candidate for some shooting regression after making 68.8% of his shot attempts in his last contest, so this feels like a nice opportunity to sell high.
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