After a less than ideal start to Sunday night, all of my late tips won, and it seems all of our wins have for some reason come from the later games while midnight and before games have seemed to struggle. Perhaps just coincidence, but we’ll see tonight with 1 early tip off and 1 late tip off game.
Charlotte Bobcats @ Boston Celtics
Tonight Charlotte rolls in to Boston to face a much improved and in-form Celtics side that have now won 5 games in a row and won by an average of 10.5 points home and on the road. That’s both impressive and promising as they return him to face a Charlotte side that are less than blessed with a wealth of defensive talent and have really struggled at that end of the floor. They come in to tonight with a record of 14-22 against the spread and having lost their last three games straight. Boston are much better against the spread and have a winning ATS record in January, and I really like the productivity the bench has been giving them in the last few games. I think the Celtics can really pull away from Charlotte in this one, maybe as early as the 2nd.
Cleveland Cavaliers @ Sacramento Kings
I like this game, and I like the Kings. I think they’ll be able to get back on track against what really is a very weak opponent. Last night the Cavs played after rest and still went down by 10 points against a struggling Lakers side, whilst the Kings look to bounce back from a defeat by the Miami Heat. Tonight the Cavs will play for the 7th time in 11 dnays and that’s a heavy schedule. It’s also the second of a back to back and when looking in to the stats back to backs REALLY, do NOT, favor the Cavaliers. They’ve already played back to back games 11 times this year and despite a number of wins during them, they’ve only won ONCE on the second night. Tonight would be only their 2nd win in 12 second night games, so it’s clearly going to be tough for them. With some hard games out of the way and a few easier ones on schedule, starting with the Cavs tonight, I think the Kings may want to take advantage of this spot.
Boston Celtics -10.5 @ 1.90 with Pinnacle
Sacramento Kings -5 @ 1.95 with Pinnacle