OKC -2.5 vs. Cleveland:
Cleveland’s coming off a stretch of playing 5 games in 7 days. Lebron says he’s got a sore knee coming into this one and may not play. We think that’s just media hype, but either way, for a team that plays little defense, this stretch has to take it’s toll, at some point. We think it’s now, especially as Oklahoma City is desperate for wins, to catch up to that 8 spot in the west. Both teams are on hot streaks. We’ll take the home team, with the better defense. OKC 102 – Cleveland 97.
Kings +1 vs. Rockets:
It’s hard to pick the Kings as they’re streaking southward. This is a team that couldn’t beat the Rockets with Demarcus Cousins. We feel like last night’s track meet with Golden State is too much for Houston. James Harden battled through back spasms and still dropped 34. If Harden is at all dinged up, there’s more value in the Kings. Sacramento is the smarter play here, even if the Rockets would be the more talented team, on most nights. Kings win 101 – 95.