Today’s NBA Games, Odds Analysis & Betting Tips
Washington Wizards (-1) vs. Atlanta Hawks (+1)
The Wizards are riding a five-game winning streak and just recently dismantled the Hawks on Atlanta’s own turf. But the Hawks have been defending at a crazy level of late, while the Wizards are still a wild card.
The Pick: Hawks (+1)
Detroit Pistons (-7) vs. Orlando Magic (+7)
There are very few silver linings to the Magic’s 2015-16 season. They have not been able to pull off sizable upsets on the road this year, and the Pistons, motivated by their quest for a playoff berth, have a miniature winning streak on the line. The stakes are higher for them.
The Pick: Pistons (-7)
Boston Celtics (-2) vs. Toronto Raptors (+2)
It’s true that the Celtics have been incredible at home this season. But they’re still missing Jae Crowder, and the Raptors, somehow, look even better playing without big man Jonas Valanciunas. So long as Toronto’s perimeter defenders keep Boston’s dribble penetration to a nice medium, the Raptors should win.
The Pick: Raptors (+2)
Cleveland Cavaliers (-11) vs. Milwaukee Bucks (+11)
Trusting the Cavaliers is a risky venture these days. They just recently destroyed the Denver Nuggets at home, but the Bucks have the length on the perimeter to gum up their drive-and-kicks and offense in general. Though the Cavaliers should be considered near locks to win, this game doesn’t have the concrete makings of a blowout.
The Pick: Bucks (+11)
Chicago Bulls (-8) vs. New York Knicks (+8)
While the Bulls are rattling off victories left and right since Jimmy Butler’s return, their victories have not been blowouts. Their offense still isn’t consistent enough to guarantee double digit victories, and the Knicks, for all their fantastic faults, play at a pace that prevents unfinished offenses from running away with wins.
The Pick: Knicks (+8)
Minnesota Timberwolves (-4) vs. Sacramento Kings (+4)
This really isn’t a tough pick, and not just because betting in favor of the Kings is usually a fool’s decision. The Timberwolves have been super scary at home this season and just recently gave the league-lording Golden State Warriors a scare. Unless the team fails to get up for an opponent like the Kings, the Timberwolves should have no issue validating their status as four point favorites.
The Pick: Timberwolves (-4)
Houston Rockets (-1) vs. Utah Jazz (+1)
Losing to the Oklahoma City Thunder in a game that went down to the wire Tuesday night no doubt took a lot out of the Rockets. That they’re an inconsistent betting play as it is suggests the Jazz will be in control of this one. But the Rockets offense is pretty darn good, and the Jazz have been just as much of a roller coaster as Houston.
The Pick: Rockets (-1)
San Antonio Spurs (-12) vs. Miami Heat (+12)
Picking against the Heat here is difficult because of how well they’ve been playing. But the Spurs are at home, and they typically dominate at home. Their defense also just shut down the league’s best offense when the Spurs defeated the Warriors, so derailing Miami’s newly minted attack should be a cinch for San Antonio.
The Pick: Spurs (-12)
Denver Nuggets (-8.5) vs. Philadelphia 76ers (+8.5)
Rolling with the Nuggets at home is almost never a bad idea. This matchup with the NBA’s worst team, the Sixers, is no exception.
The Pick: Nuggets (-8.5)
Phoenix Suns (-5) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (+5)
Now this is hard. Both the Suns and Lakers are bad, and the latter is playing the second night of a back-to-back. But even if the Suns should be favored, the spread should be minimal. And this suggests they’ll win rather decisively—mistakenly so.
The Pick: Lakers (+5)
Golden State Warriors (-9.5) vs. Los Angeles Clippers (+9.5)
The Warriors have something to prove now that they’ve lost to the Spurs and needed a fourth quarter rally to upend the Timberwolves. And what better way to make a statement than to do so at home, with Stephen Curry, against a Clippers squad that hasn’t fared well when facing elite Western Conference opponents?
The Pick: Warriors (-9.5)
Portland Trail Blazers (-6) vs. Dallas Mavericks (+6)
If this were just a couple of weeks ago, we would pick the Blazers without thinking twice. But, even after losing Chandler Parsons to a torn meniscus, Dallas is on pretty equal footing with Portland. The Mavericks, in reality, might even be better off without Parsons in this one, since the Raymond Felton-Deron Williams-Wesley Matthews tricycle creates a ton of valuable mismatches on the offensive end.
The Pick: Mavericks (+6)More articles...