Two from three tips for Trent, who correctly picked LAC to beat UTA (odds 1.80) and CLE to beat ATL (odds 1.68), however he was let down by MIN, who whilst they won against MIA, the margin wasn't enough for Trent's pick to win.
Boston Celtics 107, Chicago Bulls 121
With great sadness for the author, but great joy for Max.
Head to Head: Chicago Bulls, odds 2.90
Line: Chicago Bulls (+6.5), odds 1.93
Total Points: Under (228.5), odds 1.88 - just!
CHICAGO (AP) — DeMar DeRozan scored 28 points, Zach LaVine added 22 and the Chicago Bulls stopped Boston’s nine-game win streak, beating the Celtics 121-107 on Monday night.
Patrick Williams scored a season-high 17, and the Bulls made it look rather easy against the team with the NBA’s best record. They led by 13 at halftime, got it up to 21 in the third quarter and withstood a push to come away with the victory after dropping four straight and five of six.
Jayson Tatum led Boston with 28 points. Jaylen Brown scored 25 and Malcolm Brogdon finished with 23 points, shooting 5 of 6 on 3-pointers.
Golden State Warriors 83, New Orleans Pelicans 128
Head to Head: New Orleans Pelicans, odds 1.18
Line: New Orleans Pelicans (-10.5), odds 1.88
Total Points: Under (226.5), odds 1.88
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Brandon Ingram scored a season-high 34 points on the night Zion Williamson returned from a three-game absence, and New Orleans routed depleted Golden State.
Playing one night after winning on the road for the first time this season at Houston, the Warriors scratched Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andrew Wiggins from the lineup.
Williamson played 23 minutes in his first game back from a bruised right foot, scoring nine points.
Devonte Graham had 19 for the Pelicans, who took the lead for good less than two minutes into the game and led by as many as 45. Jonas Valanciunas had 10 points and 13 rebounds.
Jordan Poole scored 26 for Golden State, which fell to 1-9 on the road.
Portland Trail Blazers 111, Milwaukee Bucks 119
Head to Head: Milwaukee Bucks, odds 1.25
Line: Portland Trail Blazers (+8.5), odds 1.91
Total Points: Over (215.5), odds 1.93
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 37 points and Milwaukee pulled away in the second half to beat Portland.
Antetokounmpo shot 16 of 24 to go with seven rebounds and six assists in 35 minutes. Milwaukee improved to 12-4 overall and 9-1 at home.
Bucks guard Jrue Holiday scored 13 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter, and Grayson Allen added 17 points and eight rebounds. Holiday had the first nine Milwaukee points in the period.
Anfernee Simons paced the Trail Blazers (10-7) with 29 points. Jusuf Nurkic added 16 points and 10 rebounds, but Portland lost its third straight game.
Utah Jazz 114, LA Clippers 121
Head to Head: LA Clippers, odds 1.73 - winning pick
Line: LA Clippers (-2.5), odds 1.94
Total Points: Over (222.5), odds 1.92
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Norman Powell scored a season-high 30 points, Reggie Jackson added a season-best 27 and Los Angeles rallied in the fourth quarter to defeat Utah.
Ivica Zubac had 14 points and 14 rebounds as the Clippers extended their winning streak to three.
Los Angeles was without Paul George after he strained his right hamstring during Saturday’s win over San Antonio.
Jordan Clarkson led Utah with 26 points and Lauri Markkanen had 25 points and 10 rebounds. The Jazz have dropped four of their last six after starting the season 10-3.
Atlanta Hawks 102, Cleveland Cavaliers 114
Head to Head: Cleveland Cavaliers, odds 1.68 - winning pick
Line: Cleveland Cavaliers (-2.5), odds 1.95
Total Points: Under (226.5), odds 1.95
CLEVELAND (AP) — Donovan Mitchell had 29 points and nine assists, and Darius Garland scored 26 to send Cleveland past Atlanta in their first meeting since the play-in tournament last season.
Trae Young had 25 points and 10 assists, and Onyeka Okongwu had a season-high 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Hawks. Key offseason acquisition Dejounte Murray scored 11 on 4-of-18 shooting.
Atlanta claimed the final playoff berth in the East with a 107-101 win at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on April 15, extending Cleveland’s postseason drought to four years. The Cavaliers have not made the playoffs without LeBron James since 1998.
Garland also had nine assists and tied his career high with eight turnovers. Cedi Osman scored a season-best 23 off the bench as Cleveland won its third in a row following a five-game losing streak. The Cavaliers are 7-1 at home.
Orlando Magic 102, Indiana Pacers 123
Head to Head: Indiana Pacers, odds 1.36
Line: Indiana Pacers (-6.5), odds 1.93
Total Points: Over (226.5), odds 1.88
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Bennedict Mathurin scored 22 points and Indiana blew out Orlando for its fifth consecutive victory.
Tyrese Haliburton had 18 points and 14 assists for the Pacers. T.J. McConnell added 19 points and 10 assists. Oshae Brissett scored 18 as Indiana’s bench accounted for 71 points.
Franz Wagner led the Magic with 20 points and Gary Harris had 18.
Miami Heat 101, Minnesota Timberwolves 105
Head to Head: Minnesota Timberwolves, odds 1.22
Line: Miami Heat (+9.5), odds 1.92
Total Points: Under (220.5), odds 1.90
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Karl-Anthony Towns had 25 points and Anthony Edwards scored 10 of his 22 in the third quarter as Minnesota outlasted shorthanded Miami.
Down to eight players due to injuries and rest on the second night of a back-to-back, the Heat led by 15 in the first half before Edwards sparked a third-quarter run.
Jaden McDaniels added 18 points for the Timberwolves, who won their fourth straight.
Kyle Lowry led the Heat with 21 points and Max Strus had 19. Bam Adebayo, playing in back-to-back games while dealing with a knee injury, had 17 points and 14 rebounds for Miami, which has lost four in a row.
Jimmy Butler missed his third straight game with a knee injury for the Heat, who were also without Tyler Herro, Duncan Robinson and Gabe Vincent.
New York Knicks 129, Oklahoma City Thunder 119
Head to Head: New York Knicks, odds 2.15
Line: New York Knicks (-2.5), odds 1.95
Total Points: Over (231.5), odds 1.93
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Jalen Brunson had a season-high 34 points while RJ Barrett and Julius Randle scored 25 each to lead New York over Oklahoma City.
Just eight days ago, the Thunder beat the Knicks in Madison Square Garden, scoring 145 points — including 79 in the opening half. But this time, New York held Oklahoma City’s offense in check for the bulk of the game.
Randle also pulled down 11 rebounds. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the Thunder with 30 points and Lu Dort added 24.
By The Associated Press and DJ Arthurs | 11/22/22
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