The NBA trade deadline is tomorrow, Thursday, Feb. 8. Teams will have until 3:00 p.m. ET on Thursday to complete in-season trades. It’s a huge day that could come with a few surprises. Just last year, the Phoenix Suns and Brooklyn Nets completed a huge trade deadline deal. That deal sent Kevin Durant to the Suns. The entire trade actually involved four teams and sent Jae Crowder to Milwaukee and the Nets acquired Cam Johnson, Mikal Bridges, and four first-round draft picks.
There could be more landmark deals at this year’s trade deadline. We’ll take a look at a few in a moment. Typically, teams that are still in the hunt for the postseason will look to make some upgrades at the trade deadline. Those teams will try and add a key player or two that can help them either get to or advance in the playoffs. Teams not in the hunt for a playoff spot are typically sellers in the trade deadline market.
Potential Trade Deadline Moves
A number of names have come up as being potential movers at Thursday’s trade deadline. Guys like Dejounte Murray, Zach LaVine, and DeMar DeRozan have been rumored to be on the move for the last few weeks. However, it looks like the Hawks may keep Murray and the Bulls may do hte same with LaVine and DeRozan. LaVine just elected to have surgery that will end his season, so he offers zero value this season for any potential suitors.
The teams that may be most active at the trade deadline included the Philadelphia 76ers, the Miami Heat, and the New York Knicks. The Sixers will be without Joel Embiid for a spell and they would like to add a third piece to the Embiid-Tyrese Maxey puzzle. It’s also possible the Sixers don’t do anything at the trade deadline.
Miami needs some scoring help. They rank dead last in the NBA in scoring and the Heat has some assets. Kyle Lowry, Nikola Jovic and a ton of draft picks. The Knicks acquired O.G. Anunoby long before the trade deadline and would like to add another player or two by Thursday. They need a player that can help them win now and then be used as collateral for offseason trades. Watch New York try to make a move at the trade deadline for another big man in the absence of Mitchell Robinson and another playmaking guard that can backup Jalen Brunson.
When in Doubt, Back the Computer
Sports Hub continues to perfect its Computer Picks. Over the past five years, these computer-generated sports picks have been correct 59 percent of the time. Consistently winning like that will add cash to the bankroll. Yesterday, our Computer Picks were at it again. They ended up second on the leaderboard to our friends at Knup Sports. Combined, the two won nearly 70 percent of their picks and took home over $1600.
Let’s check them out as well as the rest of our leaders.
- Knup Sports: Knup Sports put together a solid day with 23 picks. They went 17-6 on mostly NBA and college basketball picks. In the end, they ended up with $1185 in winnings. Maybe they can predict what will happen at the NBA trade deadline.
- Sports Hub Computer Picks: If you didn’t know, our computer picks are generated by artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms that are heavily based on statistics. The picks are only released when there is at least a two-point difference between the computer-generated betting line and the actual betting line. Yesterday, that resulted in 20 picks. Computer Picks went 13-7 and won $530. That’s a great day!
- Mr. Consistency: Sal Lombardi is back again. What else is new? Sal went 12-7 yesterday to earn a cool $450. Over the last three days…$1225! Over the last seven? $1395. For the month, Sal is up a ridiculous $4540.
- Pair of Sports Hub’s finest: Closing out yesterday’s top-5 were two more Sports Hub exclusive handicappers. Dan Jones went 3-0 and earned $300. That gives him $835 in winnings over the last seven days and $1185 for the last 30. Mike Kelly also went 3-0 yesterday – all NCAAB picks – and won $300. He’s up $1083 for the last 30 days.
NBA Doubleheader Ahead of Trade Deadline
We get an ESPN NBA doubleheader tonight ahead of tomorrow’s trade deadline. The Clippers will host the New Orleans Pelicans in the late game tonight. With losses by Minnesota and Oklahoma City last night, the Clippers now sit atop the Western Confernece standings with a 34-15 record.
There are a number of ranked teams playing tonight in college basketball. There is a big one in the SEC. The NHL is also back though there are only a handful of games tonight. Regardless, there is plenty for bettors to choose from tonight. Check the Sports Hub members’ area for the best picks for tonight’s sporting events.
Here’s a look at today’s schedule.
- Pro basketball: There are seven games in the NBA tonight. As mentioned, there is the ESPN doubleheader. Ahead of the Pelicans-Clippers late game, Golden State is at Philadelphia in the early one. The NBA trade deadline is set for tomorrow at 3 p.m. ET.
- College basketball: There was a big upset last night in college basketball (you’ll read about that in a minute). Tonight, there is a huge matchup in the SEC as No. 16 Alabama plays at rival and 12th-ranked Auburn. The Crimson Tide (16-6) leads the SEC with an 8-1 record. Auburn (18-4) is 7-2 in conference play.
Road to a SEC Championship runs through the state of Alabama 🏆https://t.co/KlF7YPlJF0— Auburn Basketball (@AuburnMBB) February 7, 2024
- Soccer: There is one match in Germany’s Bundesliga. That’s the only action in any of the world’s top leagues. There are two matches in the FA Cup and three in the CONCACAF Champions Cup. It’s a big day for Brazilian soccer.
- NHL: There are only three games on the NHL schedule tonight. TNT will broadcast two of them as part of its doubleheader. Tampa Bay is at the New York Rangers and Minnesota is at Chicago to face the Blackhawks. With only three games on the schedule, it could be a good night to try the NHL’s Grand Salami bet.
- Tennis: Round 2 play in the Cordoba Open continues today. It’s the same in the Dallas Open and the Open 13 Provence. On the WTA Tour, it’s Round 2 action in the L&T Mumbai Open, Transylvania Open, and the Mubadala Abu Dhabi Open.
The Streak Has Ended
All good things must come to an end. The Edmonton Oilers won 16 straight games, but last night a certain NHL team stood in the way. There was a huge upset in college basketball last night and Jose Altuve might not be very big, but his bank account just got a lot bigger. Read on to learn more.
Here’s what is trending in sports right now.
- NHL streak: The Vegas Golden Knights defeated the Edmonton Oilers 3-1 last night. The loss snapped the NHL’s second-longest winning streak at 16 games. It was the first loss for the Oilers since Dec. 19. Edmonton will try and start a new streak on Friday when they play at Anaheim.
Chandler Stephenson rips it home to give the @GoldenKnights the lead early in the third! ⚔️— NHL (@NHL) February 7, 2024
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- Astro for life: Jose Altuve will likely finish his MLB career as a Houston Astro. Yesterday, he signed a five-year contract extension worth $125 million. That would take him through his age-39 season.
- Reid isn’t retiring: During all of the Super Bowl hoopla, Chiefs head coach Andy Reid was asked about retirement. Those closest to Reid say that is the farthest thing from his mind. Get yourself ready for the big game on Sunday by checking out Sports Hub’s in-depth Super Bowl betting preview.
- NCAAB upset: Clemson head coach Brad Brownell keeps telling his Tigers that they are better than what their 15-7 record says. He was right last night as Clemson upset No. 3 North Carolina 80-76. That will keep the Tigers March Madness hopes alive. Knup Sports correctly predicted Clemson +7.5.
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