By Tom Adoni, IG @TomSportsPlays
Indiana Pacers (6-8) +2.5 Spread against the New York Knicks (7-6)
Reasoning: The Indiana Pacers have won 3 of their last 4 games. One of those wins coming against the impressive regular-season team in the Utah Jazz. Indiana has been able to win these kinds of games due to their depth of stars in Levert, Sabonis, Turner, Brogdon and newly-drafted Duarte who is dropping 14 a game as a rookie. I like this team a lot and their depth with 4 stars reminds me a lot of the Bulls who have looked like one of the best teams in the East. On the other side, we have the New York Knicks who have lost 3 of their last 4 with their only win coming against an Embiid-less Philly team. They have looked bad to say the least, with Randle and Barrett often shooting them out of the game. I see the Pacers covering the spread just as they did in their past 5 games.
Phoenix Suns (8-3) -3 Spread against the Minnesota Timberwolves (4-8)
Reasoning: The Suns have won their last 7 games. Now you must be wondering how is the spread so close? I think it is because Deandre Ayton is still out. However, with all due respect to Ayton, his team has done just as good without him. They have won their last 4 without him. Chris Paul and Devin Booker are good enough so they can beat the Hawks, Blazers, Kings and Grizzlies all with the “Shaqtin-A-Fool” icon, Javale McGee, filling the void of Ayton. On the other side of the ball, we have a Minnesota team that has lost 7 of their last 8. Yes, you read that right. They have had D’Angelo miss time during that stretch. However, I do not see him saving that team with his 6 for 16 shooting performance he had last game against the Clippers. The bottom line is that the Suns are way too hot to lose to a team in a snowstorm.
Los Angeles Rams (7-2) -3.5 Spread against the San Francisco 49ers (3-5)
Reasoning: The Los Angeles Rams won 4 in a row before being stunned by a Henry-less Titans team last week. Usually, Super Bowl caliber teams never lose two in a row. The Rams will be hungry to show what they are made of and show last week was a fluke. On top of that, they have two new exciting additions to their already stacked roster in OBJ and Von Miller. The first thing that came to mind when I heard Von is joining the Rams is to check the odds for the Rams to win the Super Bowl (It is at +750 for anyone interested). They are just that talented on both sides of the ball. On the flip side, we have a 49ers team that has lost 4 of their last 5 with their only win coming against the clueless Bears. I do not see any way that Jimmy G can lead his team to a victory here. This will be a Rams showdown.