Thaddeus Young just wanted to supply the Indiana Pacers with energy. He ended up giving them plenty of points, too.
Young scored 16 of his 20 points in the first half and the Pacers never trailed in a 116-93 rout of the hapless Atlanta Hawks on Friday night.
Backup forward Domantas Sabonis led the Pacers with 21 points and 13 rebounds for his 13th double-double of the season. Six Pacers scored in double digits.
“I think everybody has missed each other,” Sabonis said of the first game in nine days due to the All-Star break.
The lead was only four late in the third before Boston scored seven straight points — five by Irving. The Celtics broke the game open at the start of the fourth, pushing the lead to 20.
“I thought we were really good in the first quarter, and then we got ourselves back into it in the third, but we had one stretch where we had three wide-open 3s in about 30 seconds — (Reggie) Bullock had two on one possession — and we couldn’t knock any of them down,” Detroit coach Stan Van Gundy said. “Those are the stretches that kill comebacks.”
Philadelphia is going off as a -200 favorite to outscore all three NHL games on the card Sunday at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The number of total goals scored in all three NHL games on Feb. 4 being higher than the number of points the Eagles score is a +150 underdog.
The Eagles are also a slight favorite at -130 to score more points than Villanova’s Jalen Brunson does against Seton Hall (-110) and a slight underdog at -110 to score more points than the Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid (-130).
New England will put its Super Bowl score at -110 up against Kyrie Irving’s total number of points and assists against the Portland Trail Blazers at -150. And both quarterbacks are also locked into cross-sport prop bets with basketball players as well.
Tom Brady is a -130 favorite to have more catches than DeMar DeRozan has points Sunday at -110 and Nick Foles is a -130 favorite to have more completions than Kemba Walker has points Sunday at -110.