We are nearing the two-thirds mark of the NBA regular season, and the NBA All-Star Game is two weeks away. The Western Conference is still very much up for grabs, and that could lead to a lot of movement at the trade deadline on February 9. The Dallas Mavericks already pushed their chips into the middle of the table with their decision to trade for Kyrie Irving, and it will be interesting to see who else follows suit over the next few days.
Conversely, the future NBA betting odds for this week can be gamed a little bit if you have a good idea of who is going to be a seller at the trade deadline. Those teams might sit all their trade assets the next few days in order to not risk injury, so that is the angle we are looking at on Wednesday night. That means the best bet on the board might be the San Antonio Spurs as a moderate road underdog by the basketball betting line to the Toronto Raptors. Toronto is expected to be the biggest seller at the trade deadline and three of its best players could be gone.
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San Antonio Spurs at Toronto Raptors
Although the Toronto Raptors are 25-30 and a half-game behind the Washington Wizards in the Eastern Conference standings, they are set to blow it up. Masai Ujiri is ready to start over with this franchise, and we could see Pascal Siakam, Fred VanVleet, and O.G. Anunoby on the move. Siakam and Anunoby are both players that could draw multiple first-round picks in return, and there are reportedly several suitors for Anunoby and a few teams interested in Siakam.
That means we might not see any of those three players in the lineup for Toronto on Wednesday night. They are three of the Raptors’ four leading scorers, so their potential absence is a big deal. Gary Trent Jr. and Scottie Barnes would be the top players for the Raptors if they were out, and both players have some issues. Trent doesn’t provide much apart from scoring, while Barnes is still figuring things out on offense.
San Antonio is just 5-18 on the road this season, but the Spurs would stand a real chance of beating Toronto with so much talent gone. The only San Antonio player that reportedly might be on the move is Jakob Poeltl, who interestingly enough, the Spurs got in the trade that sent Kawhi Leonard to Toronto in the first place.
Minnesota Timberwolves at Utah Jazz
Utah scored a coup with its decision to trade Rudy Gobert to Minnesota for four first-round picks, a pick swap, and five players last summer. It was one of the most lopsided deals in recent NBA history as Gobert is a good player but not worth nearly the haul Utah received for him. The Jazz finished up the teardown by trading Donovan Mitchell to Cleveland for three first-round picks, two pick swaps, and three players a couple months later, but the Jazz have been surprisingly competitive.
Currently, Utah is 27-27 on the season. The Jazz are playing better than anyone expected following the loss of Gobert and Mitchell, and they are 18-10 in Salt Lake City. They will be very motivated against Gobert as he wasn’t the most popular teammate when he left.
As for Minnesota, the Timberwolves are going nowhere fast. Karl-Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russsell have both been disappointing this season, and Rudy Gobert is a solid defender, but he hasn’t been the difference maker the franchise was expecting. The T-Wolves are treading water at just 29-27, and they might decide to part ways with Russell before he becomes a free agent this summer. There’s an outside chance that Towns is traded too, so there is some value on Utah here.
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