You'd be forgiven for thinking that NBA is a single player game these days, and that player is LeBron James, as you simply cannot move for articles online about his greatness and his forthcoming beating of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's ling standing NBA Points scoring record, he's only got 36 points to go, in case you didn't know.
His Lakers team lost in New Orleans last night, in a night where there were so many high scoring games, even the Mavericks game produced a winning bet for anyone backing the Over Total Points market.
Game of the night could probably be put down as OKC's absolute demolition of HOU, in a game where the 121-153 score line generated a Game Total of 174 points. And a winning margin of 32.
A shrewd (clairvoyant) bettor could have garnered odds of 7.00 on an Alternative Handicap bet of Over 256.5, and still had almost 20 points to play with! A similar crystal ball gazing punter could have bet on Oklahoma (-26.5) at odds of 11.00 as a Line bet.
LA Lakers 126, New Orleans Pelicans 131
Head to Head: New Orleans Pelicans, odds 1.95 - marginal outsiders
Line: New Orleans Pelicans (+0.5), odds 1.95
Total Points: Over (235.5), odds 1.90 - by a long way!
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — LeBron James moved 36 points away from breaking the NBA career scoring record in the Los Angeles Lakers’ 131-126 loss to New Orleans on Saturday night that ended the Pelicans’ losing streak at 10 games.
James had 27 points to go with nine rebounds and six assists as he continued to close in on Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s record total of 38,387 points.
Brandon Ingram scored 35 points for the Pelicans.
CJ McCollum had 23 points, highlighted by a late 3 to help New Orleans close out the final 3:14 on a 9-5 run that kept the Lakers at bay.
Anthony Davis had 34 points and 14 rebounds for the Lakers.
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Washington Wizards 123, Brooklyn Nets 125
Head to Head: Brooklyn Nets, odds 1.77
Line: Brooklyn Nets (-1.5), odds 1.91 - just!
Total Points: Over (230.5), odds 1.88 - another high scoring game
NEW YORK (AP) — Cam Thomas scored a career-high 44 points off the bench and short-handed Brooklyn overcame a 23-point deficit to beat Washington.
Edmond Sumner also set a personal best with 29 points. Brooklyn guard Kyrie Irving was out with what the team said was right calf soreness a day after he told the Nets he wants to be traded.
The Nets, who also played without Kevin Durant (right knee MCL sprain), T.J. Warren (left shin contusion) and Ben Simmons (left knee soreness), also lost Seth Curry (left adductor) and Markieff Morris (sore left knee) in the game.
Kristaps Porzingis led the Wizards with 38 points.
Miami Heat 115, Milwaukee Bucks 123
Head to Head: Milwaukee Bucks, odds 1.42
Line: Portland Milwaukee Bucks (-5.5), odds 1.88 - Bucks easily beating the spread
Total Points: Over (221,5), odds 1.93 - comfortably over
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo had a triple-double with 35 points, 15 rebounds and 11 assists and Milwaukee beat short-handed Miami for its seventh straight victory.
Jimmy Butler scored 32 points and Tyler Herro added 24 for the Heat, who had just nine available players. Notable injured Miami players included Kyle Lowry (sore left knee) and Victor Oladipo (sprained right ankle).
Antetokounmpo had his third triple-double of the season and 32nd of his career. The 11 assists matched his season high.
Antetokounmpo’s latest triple-double came two nights after he scored 54 points in a 106-105 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers. During the Bucks’ six-game winning streak, Antetokounmpo is averaging 39.4 points, 14.7 rebounds and 5.0 assists.
Dallas Mavericks 113, Golden State Warriors 119
Head to Head: Golden State Warriors, odds 1.22
Line: Dallas Mavericks (+9.5), odds 1.87
Total Points: Over (231.5), odds 1.88 - WOW! A Mavs game and an Over!
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Stephen Curry had 21 points, seven assists and six rebounds before injuring his left leg defending a drive and Golden State beat an undermanned Dallas team missing injured star Luka Doncic.
The Warriors said X-rays for Curry were negative, and he will have an MRI exam.
Draymond Green added 17 points, nine rebounds and nine assists for Golden State.
Spencer Dinwiddie scored 25 points for Dallas. Doncic bruised his right heel in the third quarter of 111-106 home victory against New Orleans on Thursday night.
Atlanta Hawks 108, Denver Nuggets 128
Head to Head: Denver Nuggets, odds 1.35
Line: Denver Nuggets (-6.5), odds 1.95 - beating the spread by over 13 points.
Total Points: Over (235.5), odds 1.90 - By 0.5 points
DENVER (AP) — Jamal Murray scored a season-high 41 points, Nikola Jokic had his 18th triple-double of the season and Denver beat Atlanta to tie Boston for the best record in the NBA.
Jokic had 14 points, 18 rebounds and 10 assists for the 94th regular-season triple-double of his career. Michael Porter Jr. added 23 points to help Denver match Boston at 37-16 with its third straight victory.
Dejounte Murray scored 28 points for Atlanta.
LA Clippers 134, New York Knicks 128 - OT
Head to Head: LA Clippers, odds 1.72
Line: LA Clippers (-2.5), odds 1.93 - LAC easing past the spread
Total Points: Over (223.5), odds 1.88 - by miles aided by overtime
NEW YORK (AP) — Kawhi Leonard scored 35 points, Paul George added 30 and Los Angeles beat New York in overtime.
After the Clippers lost a 17-point fourth quarter lead, Nicolas Batum’s 3-pointer at the regulation buzzer tied it at 115.
The Clippers scored the first four points of overtime and never relinquished the lead. Leonard connected on all of his eight free throws in the extra session, finishing 12 for 12 from the line.
Norman Powell added 24 points for the Clippers and Marcus Morris Sr. had 17. Los Angeles has won seven of nine.
Jalen Brunson, who returned after missing a game due to a non-COVID illness, led the Knicks with 41 points. Julius Randle had 28.
Phoenix Suns 116, Detroit Pistons 100
Head to Head: Phoenix Suns, odds 1.52
Line: Phoenix Suns (-4.5), odds 1.88 - Suns battering the spread
Total Points: Under (236.5), odds 1.93 - the only Under of the night
DETROIT (AP) — Deandre Ayton had 31 points and 16 rebounds to help Phoenix beat Detroit.
The surging Sungs have won eight of 10 games, including a victory at Boston on Friday night, and have help on the way with Devin Booker nearing his return. The three-time All-Star guard has been out since Christmas with a groin injury, but dunked in warmups in another sign that he’s close to coming back.
Chris Paul had 14 assists for a balanced offense that didn’t need him to make shots, finishing 0 for 7 and without a field goal for the first time since March 18, 2017, when he helped the Los Angeles Clippers beat Cleveland by 30 points.
Mikal Bridges scored 24 points, Cameron Johnson had 20 points and Torrey Craig added 14 points for Phoenix. Saddiq Bey had 25 points for Detroit.
Houston Rockets 121, OKC Thunder 153
Head to Head: OKC Thunder, odds 1.28
Line: OKC Thunder (-8.5), odds 1.88 - laughably beating the spread
Total Points: Over (232.5), odds 1.88 - by over 40 points!
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 42 points and Oklahoma City set a Thunder record for points to rout Houston.
Oklahoma City surpassed the 150 it scored in a win over the Boston Celtics last month.
Gilgeous-Alexander shot 7 for 23 in a loss to the Rockets on Wednesday night. He bounced back to make 14 of 23 field goals in the rematch, falling two points short of his career high. The first-time All-Star also made 14 of 15 free throws and had six assists.
Josh Christopher and TyTy Washington each scored 20 points for Houston.
Portland Trail Blazers 121, Chicago Bulls 129
Head to Head: Chicago Bulls, odds 1.48
Line: Chicago Bulls (-4.5), odds 1.88
Total Points: Over (232.5), odds 1.88 - by a huge distance
CHICAGO (AP) — Zach LaVine scored 36 points, DeMar DeRozan had 27 and Chicago topped Damian Lillard and Portland.
Nikola Vucevic added 23 points and 11 rebounds as Chicago won for the third time in four games, erasing a 17-point deficit in the second half.
Lillard scored 40 points for Portland, and Anfernee Simons had 27. But the Trail Blazers looked a little tired in the second half of their third game in four nights. Portland had won five of six, including a 124-116 victory at Washington on Friday night.
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By The Associated Press and DJ Arthurs | 02/05/23
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