The Magic have spent most of January being smashed out of the water, and a blowout loss to the Kings confirms how bad they've been. Dallas have been quietly picking up wins on the road, but aren't often this big a favourite, and we also have to consider team news for this one.
Stoudemire will once again line up against his former team this evening, and he's enjoyed playing against them in the past. Both sides have had to deal with injuries that have played a part in results lately. Bledsoe will be missing again, but can the Suns build on their excellent ATS record?
One tip today, and after a huge steam on Arsenal in the Premier League, the line has become unbackable in my opinion - in fact it could almost favour backing Villa. The tip instead comes from Spain, where a different Villa host Real Sociedad in a game between 5th and 6th.
Both sides have a few injuries to contend with, and whoever deals with this best will likely come away with the three points.
We faded the Kings as they kicked us on our 4-2 night, but we had admitted we had little reason to play Orlando, and it was just a chance to fade the Kings in a situation they've struggled in. They got the win, however, and the Cavs may take time to fully integrate Deng in to their system. Will Deng play a big enough part on defensive to stop Cousins and Gay this evening?
After their 3-0 win at the San Siro against Atalanta, you might think this game will be a formality for Milan, but that win was far less convincing than the scoreline suggested. Sassuolo lost 7-0 here to Inter Milan, but have held Lazio to a 2-2 draw too, so they can be tough to read. I think I have a pick that will bring in some profit though...
Real Madrid come in to this tie unbeaten in 8 (7 wins) and knowing that three points will close the gap on the top two who drew 0-0 last night. Espanyol have already beaten Atletico Madrid here this season, so will know they are capable of getting something from this game. Will Real Madrid be too much for them going forward? Or can Espanyol frustrate them?
Stoke City host Liverpool in the late Sunday kick off. The home side are unbeaten in 7 home games as they look to rebuild their reputation of being a tough side to visit.
Liverpool are 4th after defeats at Chelsea and Man City - games that they will feel they deserved a draw out of. They recovered with a comfy 2-0 win at home to Hull City, and their form is still good, even though it relies pretty heavily on Suarez.
Can Liverpool and Suarez do it on a cold Sunday evening in Stoke?
Man City travel to Newcastle and St James' Park as they look to put the pressure on Arsenal who travel; to Villa Park on Monday night. With 5 league wins on the bounce, and 8 wins from 9 in an impressive unbeaten run, can Newcastle stop them? After all, they've already beaten Chelsea here, and Spurs and United on the road...
I like what the Celtics did last night. I had a feeling they'd play it fairly close, maybe not 2 points close, but a great effort. The Trailblazers took the night off so you'd imagine the fresh legs are with them, but will the Celtics finally find some road momentum after last night's efforts?
The Pistons average 101.4ppg, whilst they give up above 104. The Suns themselves average a healthy 105.3 but barely keep opponents to to 202. Those numbers may add up to our total on a normal night, but clearly Phoenix missed Bledsoe last night in scoring and his absence could hurt any total right now. What will their response be tonight?
The Rockets were toppled by the Hawks in a narrow loss last night, whilst there was nothing narrow about the dismantling Washington received from the Pacers, losing 93-66 last night. Despite the obvious difference in quality between the rosters, how do both teams fair on a back to back and on a loss?
A rejuvinated Spurs host Crystal Palace in one of the few 3pm Kick Offs in the Premier League. Spurs, under new boss Tim Sherwood will be looking for a resounding victory. Visitors Crystal Palace under Tony Pulis will likely field a similar line up as they have been doing regularly as they look for some stability to get them out of the bottom three.
A win could be too much to ask for the away side, but they could run the hosts close.