Nine NBA games last night (Monday 16th January 2023), we review the games, the odds and the betting results. A night where most pre game favourites won (as you'd expect), with the exceptions of Jazz (2.50), Raptors (2.00) and Hawks (1.98)
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Houston Rockets 132, LA Lakers 140
Head to Head: LA Lakers, odds 1.30
Line: LA Lakers (-7.5), odds 1.92 - beating the spread by 0.5 points!
Total Points: Over (236.5), odds 1.93 - by miles!
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James had a season-high 48 points, nine assists and eight rebounds in his third 40-point performance since turning 38 less than three weeks ago, and Los Angeles snapped a three-game skid with a victory over struggling Houston.
Russell Westbrook scored 24 for the Lakers, who never pulled away in another poor defensive game. James’ brilliance in the 100th 40-point outing of his career — including the postseason — was just enough to hold off NBA-worst Houston.
Alperen Sengun scored a career-best 33 points in the Rockets’ 11th consecutive loss. Sengun, the 20-year-old Turkish center, went 14 of 17 from the field and added 15 rebounds and six assists.
Houston has lost 16 of 17, dropping into last in the overall NBA standings at 10-34.
Toronto Raptors 123, New York Knicks 121 - OT
Head to Head: Toronto Raptors, odds 2.00
Line: Toronto Raptors (+1.5), odds 1.88
Total Points: Over (217.5), odds 1.93
NEW YORK (AP) — Fred VanVleet scored 33 points, Scottie Barnes had 26 points and the Toronto Raptors recovered in overtime after RJ Barrett’s tying slam with 0.6 seconds left in regulation to beat the New York Knicks 123-121 on Monday.
Pascal Siakam had 20 points, nine assists and eight rebounds for the Raptors, but he was on the bench after fouling out when Toronto had to wait out Jalen Brunson’s missed 3-pointer in the final second before emerging with the victory.
O.G. Anunoby hit two 3-pointers in overtime as Toronto built a six-point lead, but New York nearly erased that in the final minute.
Barrett, who is from Toronto, scored 32 points and Brunson had 26 for the Knicks, who had their three-game winning streak snapped. Julius Randle finished with 21 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists.
Golden State Warriors 127, Washington Wizards 118
Head to Head: Golden State Warriors, odds 1.61
Line: Golden State Warriors (-2.5), odds 1.93
Total Points: Over (234.5), odds 1.93
WASHINGTON (AP) — Stephen Curry scored 41 points and Jordan Poole added 32 points to help Golden State beat Washington.
Golden State had lost four of five coming into the game.
Draymond Green had 17 points, 10 assists and six rebounds.
Kristaps Porzingis led Washington with 32 points. Kyle Kuzma added 16 points, 11 rebounds and five assists, but struggled from the field, where he was only 5 for 20.
Phoenix Suns 106, Memphis Grizzlies 136
Head to Head: Memphis Grizzlies, odds 1.14
Line: Memphis Grizzlies (-12.5), odds 1.93 - and still beat that massive spread!
Total Points: Over (230.5), odds 1.93
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Ja Morant scored 29 points, Desmond Bane added 28 and Memphis extended its season-high winning streak to 10 games with a victory over injury-depleted Phoenix.
The Suns played without starters Chris Paul and Devin Booker. Paul missed his fifth straight game with a right hip injury. Booker has not played since Christmas Day because of a groin injury.
Mikal Bridges scored 21 points and Deandre Ayton added 18 for the Suns, who lost for the ninth time in 10 games.
Jaren Jackson Jr. contributed 18 points and six blocks for the Grizzlies, who did not play Morant or Dillon Brooks in the fourth quarter when Memphis stretched its lead to as many as 36 points.
Memphis also scored 130 or more points for the third straight game, matching the franchise-record run of last February.
Boston Celtics 130, Charlotte Hornets 118
Head to Head: Boston Celtics, odds 1.30
Line: Boston Celtics (+8.5), odds 1.95
Total Points: Over (232.5), odds 1.88
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Jayson Tatum had 51 points, including seven 3-pointers, and Boston beat Charlotte for the second time in three days.
Derrick White added 19 points and eight assists and Malcolm Brogdon scored 16 for the Celtics.
Tatum was 15 of 23 from the field and 14 of 14 from the foul line.
Jalen McDaniels led the Hornets with a career-high 26 points on 5-of-7 shooting from 3-point range. LaMelo Ball finished with 25 points on 8-of-23 shooting.
Indiana Pacers 119, Milwaukee Bucks 132
Head to Head: Milwaukee Bucks, odds 1.18
Line: Milwaukee Bucks (-10.5), odds 1.90
Total Points: Over (226.5), odds 1.90 - by absolutely miles
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Jrue Holiday scored a season-high 35 points to go along with 11 assists and Milwaukee beat Indiana without two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo.
The Bucks played a third consecutive game without Antetokounmpo due to left knee soreness. The Pacers were missing leading scorer and NBA assists leader Tyrese Haliburton for a third straight game due to a left elbow sprain and a mild left knee bone bruise.
Holiday shot 13 of 19 overall and 5 of 8 from 3-point range while collecting his third straight double-double.
Myles Turner returned for Indiana after missing three games with back spasms and scored 30 points. T.J. McConnell added a career-high 29 points and had nine assists.
New Orleans Pelicans 103, Cleveland Cavaliers 113
Head to Head: Cleveland Cavaliers, odds 1.36
Line: Cleveland Cavaliers (-6.5), odds 1.95
Total Points: Under (221.5), odds 1.93
CLEVELAND (AP) — Darius Garland scored 30 points, Jarrett Allen added 24 and Cleveland rallied in the fourth quarter with star Donovan Mitchell injured on the bench to beat New Orleans.
Mitchell scored 11 points in 22 minutes before sitting out the fourth with a strained left groin.
The Pelicans were once again without stars Zion Williamson (strained hamstring) and Brandon Ingram (bruised toe).
C,J. McCollum scored 25 and and Jonas Valanciunas had 22 and 13 rebounds for the Pelicans.
Miami Heat 113, Atlanta Hawks 121
Head to Head: Atlanta Hawks, odds 1.98 - slight outside odds win
Line: Atlanta Hawks (+1.5), odds 1.90
Total Points: Over (222.5), odds 1.88
ATLANTA (AP) — Dejounte Murray scored 12 of his 28 points in the final period as Atlanta held off Miami’s comeback attempt.
Trae Young added 24 points as the Hawks, who never trailed, moved back to .500 with the win.
Miami had its three-game winning streak end despite Jimmy Butler’s 34 points. Bam Adebayo added 20 points and 13 rebounds.
Utah Jazz 126, Minnesota Timberwolves 125
Head to Head: Utah Jazz, odds 2.50 - biggest odds win of the night
Line: Utah Jazz (+3.5), odds 1.93
Total Points: Over (231.5), odds 1.88
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Walker Kessler had career highs of 20 points and 21 rebounds, Jordan Clarkson added 21 points and Utah rallied from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat Minnesota.
Collin Sexton added 19 points off the bench for Utah, which had seven players score in double digits in its third win in four games.
Anthony Edwards scored 17 of his 29 points in the third quarter and D’Angelo Russell added 21 points for Minnesota.
Kyle Anderson had 13 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for the Timberwolves, who lost Rudy Gobert to lingering groin soreness early in the game.
All betting results and odds provided by PlayUp, Australia's best NBA sportsbook.
By The Associated Press and DJ Arthurs | 01/17/23
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