December 30th: Locks of the Day

By Tom Adoni, IG @TomSportsPlays

Brooklyn Nets -5.5 spread against the Philadelphia 76ers

Reasoning: The Brooklyn Nets have held up nicely with KD in COVID protocol, by winning against the two Los Angeles teams in their last two games. I see them easily winning this one as Harden and Patty Mills have been playing lights out and with Durant and Aldridge joining them tonight, their winning streak will continue. The absence of Doc Rivers will leave the 76ers looking clueless tonight. Nets blowout coming up.

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Washington Wizards -3.5 spread against the Cleveland Cavaliers

Reasoning: The Washington Wizards have been starving for wins in the absence of Beal. Tonight, Beal will return to their lineup to make for an offensive showcase along with Kuzma and Dinwiddie. For the Cavs, Rubio suffered a torn ACL last game and they will miss him dearly because he was a key part in making the offense flow since Garland landed in COVID protocols. Garland will still be out for tonight and the Cavs will be turning to an aging K-Love for answers. I see the Wizards easily winning tonight and covering the spread.

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Pittsburgh Panthers +3.5 spread against the Michigan State Spartans

Reasoning: Heisman finalist, Kenny Pickett, and the Panthers will keep this game very competitive if not come out on top in this top tier, bowl game. The Panthers are coming off a crushing victory against ACC rivals, Wake Forest. They will be riding high into this game against a Michigan State team that barely beat Penn State and only did, thanks to their star running back Kenneth Walker, who will not be playing tonight due to an ankle injury. The Panthers will out-duel the Spartans as they have the better quarterback and will bring home the Peach Bowl.

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