NBA on TNT: Lakers vs. Celtics, Warriors vs. Suns, Mavericks vs. Nuggets

Brandon RibakSenior Writer IFebruary 10, 2011

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The NBA provides us with three terrific basketball betting games on TNT tonight.

Los Angeles Lakers (36-16) at Boston Celtics (38-13)

The Lakers are proud winners of two straight games, defeating both the Hornets and Grizzlies on the road. The Lakers will continue their road trip tonight against the Celtics, who currently lead the way in the Eastern Conference standings. 

The Celtics have gotten off to a rough February, holding a 2-2 record during their last four games. They are tied for the second-best home record in the NBA odds (23-4), while the Lakers hold a 17-8 record on the road.

SBG Spread: Lakers +2

Prediction: The Celtics are known to thrive against tough teams. Playing at home, they should be able to secure a win and cover the spread. Take Boston.


Golden State Warriors (23-28) at Phoenix Suns (24-25)

Aside from their most recent loss to the Suns, Golden State has won four out of its last five after dropping five straight near the end of January. 

The Warriors picked up an impressive win against the Nuggets last night, and could be in the midst of a hot streak if they can manage to defeat Phoenix during tonight's game.

The Suns beat the Celtics on January 28th at home, and hold a 14-11 record at the U.S Airways Center.

Spread: Warriors +6

Prediction: This game will definitely be high scoring with little to no defense being played. If Ellis can score 30+ points and the rest of the Warriors produce efficiently, Golden State should be able to cover the sportsbook spread.


Dallas Mavericks (37-15) at Denver Nuggets (30-23)

Dallas has won 10 straight games and Denver just lost to Golden State last night.

Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle stated how Dirk Nowitzki's wrist is clearly affecting his ability to shoot, and that should definitely be taken into consideration for tonight's game.

Nowitzki has combined for just 22 total points during his last two games, after scoring at least 24 points in four straight contests.

Spread: Mavericks +3

Prediction: Monitor Nowitzki's status for this game, as he is clearly a game-changer if he opts not to play tonight. If the German is a go, take the Mavericks with the spread.