Los Angeles Lakers forwards Anthony Davis
Los Angeles Lakers forwards Anthony Davis (3) is defended by Sacramento Kings forward Marvin Bagley III (35) as LeBron James (6) sets a screen during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Friday, Nov. 26, 2021. The Kings won 141-137 in triple overtime. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

SGG PICKS OF THE DAY, DEC. 10

Nathan Hursh

Kings at Hornets Over 231 (FD -108)
I know what you’re thinking. 231 is a lot of points. That said, when it comes to playing defense, neither of these teams are remotely interested. In fact, both teams rank first and second in points allowed per game at 116 (Charlotte) and 113.5 (Sacramento). Offensively, Charlotte is at the top of the league in scoring (115.4 points per game). Sacramento isn’t far behind at sixth (111.1 points per game). Both of these teams run and gun. The tempo will be furious. Points will be scored. Slam that over.

Lakers -5 at Thunder (FD -106)

Here we have a pretty simple bet. Although they have struggled a bit by their standards and are on the road for this matchup, the Lakers are still the far superior team against the Thunder. Just last week, the Thunder lost by 73 points! I get that OKC has won two straight games. That’s great for them. In my opinion, though, this just proves that they are due for a loss. Lebron and Davis will take care of business tonight as the Lakers will win comfortably.

Suns -4.5 vs Celtics (FD -110)

Tonight concludes a five-game west coast trip for Boston. Up to this point on the trip, the Celtics have lost three of four. Their only win came against the struggling Trail Blazers. The likes of Utah and both LA teams soundly beat Boston, who has not looked all that impressive this year. Tonight, the Celtics get to face the final boss of this west coast trip, the Suns. Phoenix is 20-4 on the season having won 19 of their last 20 games. Their only loss during that stretch came against the 21-4 Warriors. The point is, Phoenix is playing like a team that won the west last season. Boston is playing like a middling east team, especially without star wing, Jaylen Brown. Boston is playing like they’re over their current west coast trip. They don’t seem interested. The Suns will win easily.


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