NBA odds for this one favor the Sixers at -3 or -3.5, with a total listed in the low 180s. Neither of these teams are playing up to expectations the season, but as I’ve said many times, sometimes the best betting value lies in bad games. Keeping that in mind, let’s take a look at what I have in store for you this evening.
Hornets starting to buzz
New Orleans has won four of their last five games, and lo and behold, they've had a healthy Eric Gordon in each of those five games. Gordon is getting back into the flow of things after missing the first two months of the season with a knee injury, and every day he is looking more and more like the player the Hornets wanted to get in return for Chris Paul.
Before losing to the Knicks on Sunday, New Orleans had won four straight games and they were not all against bad opponents either. The Hornets racked up wins against the Mavericks, Spurs, Wolves and Rockets. If Gordon can stay healthy and the Hornets can get the same production from the likes of Ryan Anderson and Greivis Vasquez, dare I say they could make a run for a final playoff spot?
The big question is surrounding rookie big man Anthony Davis. After a hot start, a few ankle injuries have slowed down the start to his young career. Davis was looking like a double-double and blocking machine prior to his injury, and now it seems like he has hit a wall.
Sixers ray of hope
Hold onto your hats Philadelphia, because help could be on its way. Reports out of Philadelphia last night stated Andrew Bynum, the centerpiece that the 76ers brought back in return for Andre Iguodala in the Dwight Howard trade, could be ready to make his return to the court around the All-Star break.
Reports are that his knees are doing much better and he has little to no pain left, and if his rehab continues on track the big man could be seeing court action around the middle of February.
This is huge news for the 76ers, who been struggling all season to find consistent scoring. Alas, for this game he will not be there, but for Philadelphia fans at this point, any news is good news.
The Sharp Pick
I've been saying the last couple of days that the NBA is going to start getting a little bit hectic. We saw a little bit of this on Sunday night, and from this point on in the NBA season we are going to see some spreads that are just unbearable.
However in tonight's game, I'm going with a little upset special in this game. With the return of Eric Gordon, the Hornets are a completely different team. Much like the Bulls were missing their best player right now, it's a lot easier playing defense if you are in the game and/or have a lead.
The Sixers are really struggling right now, and I think the big men of New Orleans, along with the help of Gordon will be enough to cover the NBA lines this evening on the road. The Hornets are 11-7 ATS on the road this season.
My NBA Pick: Hornets +3.5