NBA Sunday Plays


August 9, 2020 8:13 AM

The NBA continues in Orlando on Sunday with a slate of 7 games to enjoy.

After just over a week of competitive basketball in the bubble some are running out the clock while others are trying to fine tune their rotations before an assault on the postseason.

Here are our best plays for NBA Sunday.

Wizards @ Thunder

Wizards +9.5 (+100*)

The Wizards are officially out of the playoff race after a disastrous return to action where at one stage they fell below the Charlotte Hornets on the Eastern Conference standings despite the Hornets not having played a game since March.

They’ll be looking to salvage some pride in their remaining games in the bubble. We expect them to cover a pretty healthy line as OKC look to take it easy in their run in. Defensive rock, Andre Roberson is out for the Thunder.

Spurs @ Pelicans

Pelicans Moneyline (-149*)

Both the Pels and Spurs can still mathematically reach the 9th seed which would give them a spot in a play-in tournament for playoff basketball against the 8th seed, but it would take a miracle.

The winner of today’s matchup can keep the dream alive while the loser will be checking out. Our model likes the young New Orleans team to come through today.

Magic @ Celtics

Magic +9.0 (-106*)

Boston took everybody by surprise on Friday, completely blowing out the 2nd seed Raptors. It’s hard to take on a team that are in that kind of formidable form, but on the other side of the coin, the Magic needs a good result today or they will consign themselves to the 8th seed and a first round matchup against the Milwaukee Bucks (aka instant death)

Our model suggests the Magic keeping this one close.

76ers @ Trail Blazers

Trail Blazers Moneyline (-156*)

Poor Philadelphia. I wouldn’t want to take on this Trail Blazers team today. Damian Lillard is ON TILT.

After a loss to the Clippers yesterday, Lillard got into a heated exchange with Patrick Beverley and Paul George on social media after the game. With Ben Simmons ruled out indefinitely, look for Dame Dolla to have a big one. Blazers at the moneyline is the bet here.

Nets @ Clippers

Nets +13.0

Here at Dimers we currently love the Nets. Our model correctly picked that they would cover the spread against the Bucks (we all know how that turned out) and we like them again today. The Clippers are on the second game of their back-to-back and Head Coach, Doc Rivers, has been known to manage these by giving players appropriate rest so far this year. Look for the Clippers to take the foot off the pedal and for the Nets to cover.