Monday 23rd January 2023 saw seven NBA games taking place, with plenty of talking points from a betting perspective. Biggest news was almost certainly Orlando (3.35) snapping Boston's 9-game win streak winning by a 15 point margin to boot. Other big streak snapping news came in Houston where the Rockets (3.20) snapped their own 13-game losing streak in their 119-114 win hosting the Timberwolves.
A $10 double on Magic & Rockets would have garnered a return of $107.20. Tidy.
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Boston Celtics 98, Orlando Magic 113
Head to Head: Orlando Magic, odds 3.35 - big odds!
Line: Orlando Magic (+7.5), odds 1.87
Total Points: Under (232.5), odds 1.88
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Paolo Banchero, who discusses NBA debut here scored 23 points, Jonathan Isaac played in an NBA game for the first time in 2 1/2 years and Orlando broke Boston’s nine-game winning streak.
Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown scored 26 points apiece for the Celtics, who managed just three points after Tatum’s 3-pointer cut Orlando’s lead to 97-95 with 6:20 remaining.
Wendell Carter Jr. had 21 points and 11 rebounds for the Magic. Cole Anthony came off the bench with 18 points, five rebounds and four assists.
Isaac missed 211 games since tearing his ACL in the NBA’s restart at Walt Disney World on Aug. 2, 2020. He finished with 10 points, three rebounds and two steals, playing about 9 1/2 minutes.
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Milwaukee Bucks 150, Detroit Pistons 130
Head to Head: Milwaukee Bucks, odds 1.15
Line: Milwaukee Bucks (-11.5), odds 1.88 - Bucks still hammered the spread!
Total Points: Over (231.5), odds 1.93 - by absolutely miles!
DETROIT (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 20 of his 29 points in the first quarter, returning to the lineup after a five-game absence to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a 150-130 win over the Detroit Pistons on Monday night.
The two-time MVP was joined by three-time All-Star Khris Middleton, putting the Bucks’ prolific duo in the same lineup for the first time in more than a month.
Antetokounmpo had been out with a sore left knee. Middleton, who hadn’t played since Dec. 15 due to a sore right knee, had eight points and four assists.
The Bucks scored 49 points in the first quarter, two shy of the NBA record, and led Detroit by 25 after Antetokounmpo made all six of his shots in eight-plus minutes.
Bojan Bogdanovic scored 33 points and rookie Jalen Duren had a season-high 23 points and 14 rebounds for the Pistons, who have won an Eastern Conference-low 12 games and are ahead of only Houston in the league-wide standings.
Sacramento Kings 133, Memphis Grizzlies 100
Head to Head: Sacramento Kings, odds 1.95 - very slight outside odds
Line: Sacramento Kings (+0.5), odds 1.88 - Bucks still hammered the spread!
Total Points: Under (244.5), odds 1.93
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Trey Lyles scored a season-high 24 points, Harrison Barnes had 15 of his 20 in Sacramento’s record-tying first quarter and the Kings beat short-handed Memphis.
The Kings tied the NBA record with 12 3-pointers in the first quarter — in just 13 attempts — and scored 47 points. But Sacramento didn’t put away the game until outscoring Memphis 33-10 in the fourth quarter.
Lyles was 6 for 8 from 3-point range for the Kings (27-19), who have won seven of their last eight games.
Domantas Sabonis finished with 14 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds for his sixth triple-double of the season. Keegan Murray also finished with 20 points and De’Aaron Fox had 17 points and 10 assists.
Desmond Bane scored 21 points for the Memphis (31-16), which played without Ja Morant and Steven Adams. The Grizzlies have lost three straight following an 11-game winning streak.
Minnesota Timberwolves 114, Houston Rockets 119
Head to Head: Houston Rockets, odds 3.20 - wow - breaking a 13 game losing streak!
Line: Houston Rockets (+6.5), odds 1.93
Total Points: Over (235.5), odds 1.91
HOUSTON (AP) — Jalen Green scored a career-high 42 points and the Houston Rockets held on to beat Minnesota and snap a 13-game losing streak.
Green, the second overall pick in the 2021 draft, had 21 points by halftime and kept up his strong play in the second half to lead the Rockets to their first victory since Dec. 26 at Chicago. They ended their longest skid of the season and also a 10-game home losing streak, winning at home for the first time since Dec. 13 against Phoenix.
Anthony Edwards had 31 points and D’Angelo Russell tied a season high with 30 for the Timberwolves, who had won two straight.
Atlanta Hawks 100, Chicago Bulls 111
Head to Head: Chicago Bulls, odds 1.87
Line: Chicago Bulls (+0.5), odds 1.85
Total Points: Under (239.5), odds 1.91
CHICAGO (AP) — DeMar DeRozan scored 26 points in his 1,000th career game, Nikola Vucevic added 14 points and 17 rebounds and Chicago beat Atlanta.
The Bulls returned to Chicago after 126-108 win over the Pistons in Paris on Thursday.
Trae Young had 21 points and 13 assists, while Dejounte Murray added 20 points for the Hawks, who have lost two straight after winning five in a row.
Charlotte Hornets 102, Utah Jazz 120
Head to Head: Utah Jazz, odds 1.30
Line: Utah Jazz (-7.5), odds 1.88
Total Points: Under (236.5), odds 1.93
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Lauri Markkanen, a contender for the NBA Most Improved Player award scored 25 points and Utah beat cold-shooting Charlotte.
The Hornets made only two 3-pointers, both by Terry Rozier, the fewest by an NBA team this season. Charlotte had 16 attempts beyond the arc, shooting 12.5%, while the Jazz made 16 of 40. The previous low for Charlotte this season was five 3s, most recently on Dec. 3 at Milwaukee.
Jordan Clarkson scored 18 points and Mike Conley added 14 for the Jazz, who have won three of four.
Rozier scored 23 points and Mason Plumlee had 18 for the Hornets, who were trying to win three straight games for the first time this season.
San Antonio 127, Portland Trail Blazers 147
Head to Head: Portland Trail Blazers, odds 1.22
Line: Portland Trail Blazers (-9.5), odds 1.85 - an absolute clackering
Total Points: Over (241.5), odds 1.93 - by a huge distance
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Damian Lillard had 37 points and 12 assists, and Portland beat San Antonio to stop a three-game losing streak.
Jusuf Nurkic added 25 points and 11 rebounds for the struggling Blazers, who had lost eight of their previous 10 games.
Keldon Johnson scored 20 points for the Spurs, who have lost seven of their last eight games and sit second-to-last in the Western Conference standings, just above the Houston Rockets.
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By The Associated Press and DJ Arthurs | 01/24/23
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