Ben Simmons missed the Sixers loss to Detroit, and could be out again tonight for their trip to Milwaukee. Giannis Antetokounmpo and his reinvigorated Bucks can put up some points in his absence, writes Mark Kirwan...
'Khris Middleton hit seven of eight three-point attempts on Monday night to see off the Knicks, while Giannis top scored with 31 points and 15 rebounds, showing his MVP credentials as the Bucks held off a Knicks rally.'
Philadelphia 76ers @ Milwaukee Bucks
October 25, 02:30
Live on Betfair Video and Sky Sports Arena
Bucks leaping out to lead
Two sides with very high expectations coming into the season go head-to-head in the brand spanking new Fiserv Arena, with the home team undefeated through three games.
The biggest development for the Bucks besides their new digs is the arrival of former Atlanta coach Mike Budenholzer. Through the opening games it looks like his team are taking to his more open system with glee.
Khris Middleton hit seven of eight three-point attempts on Monday night to see off the Knicks, while Giannis top scored with 31 points and 15 rebounds, showing his MVP credentials as the Bucks held off a Knicks rally.
By contrast, the Sixers haven't started so hot, getting their behinds walloped in the opener at Boston before taking out any pent frustration from that loss out on a Chicago team that looks like it could soak up opponent points like a sponge.
As 12.5 point favourites they squaeaked home versus Orlando, but Detroit last night took them in overtime by a point with Ben Simmons missing.
The Aussie is a doubt tonight too. Playing back-to-back road games is not ideal either. Milwaukee should go to 4-0 for just the third time in their history, and the over 220.5 appeals appeals given the defensive hole that could leave and the points scoring potential in both line-ups.
Jazz need to change mood music
Utah Jazz @ Houston Rockets
October 25, 01:00
Live on Betfair Video
Neither of these will be happy with how their seasons have started as two of the teams vying to challenge the Warriors in the West.
Houston's defensive effort has suffered due to Luc Mbah-a-Moute's return to the Clippers, and the Carmelo Anthony signing looks a lot like a repeat of his OKC stint, with him recording a -18 plus/minus in 27 minutes at the Staples Center on Sunday.
Chris Paul's suspension doesn't help either.
For the Jazz, they played Golden State so close at home, but followed that up with a foul loss to the Grizzlies. Donovan Mitchell hasn't fired as yet, which goes some way to explaining their total of 84 points in that game.
This game is a tough call with two teams that don't look at their best right now. I don't love the line of Jazz +2.5, but they've caught a break in Paul's suspension and need to show a reaction to their last, desperately poor outing, so will take them to play Houston close at [1.91].
Sun not shining for LeBron
LA Lakers @ Phoenix Suns
October 25, 03:00
Live on Betfair Video
It's not the start the Lakers would've wanted.
While LeBron's been what we expect, Rajon Rondo and Brandon Ingram put a real downer on his much anticipated arrival with their Rockets knockabout on Sunday.
The Lakers were in that game up to the ejections though, and then played the Spurs real close on Monday.
Both suspensions continue tonight against the Suns, who won at the Mavs but haven't looked great against tougher opponents.
LA have given up at least 124 points in all three games, but the Suns don't look like a team who can take advantage of that.
The Lakers are building. The blocks they need look a lot like wins against Phoenix. They're 3-point favourites here, and I'd expect them to get their first win at least. The handicap should be coverable at [1.91].