So I feel like I haven’t been writing as much betting advice as I have been just writing about how the Jets are destined to go 16-0 next year. So I’m gonna go through and give some predictions for the upcoming NBA games and some bets to give some thought to. Lets get started:
Brooklyn @ Detroit:
Detroit has been on a real tear since trading for Blake Griffin, having lead after each half since his arrival in Detroit. Brooklyn on the other end has lost 7 of their last 8 bringing their seasons record to 19-36. The Pistons are 9 point favorites in this game, and the over under for the game is set at 208. You can’t really look at past match ups as an indication of how this game might play out considering the Pistons are a much different team after the Griffin trade. Andre Drummond is nursing a sprained ankle but is expected to play, but it could affect his playing time if he experiences any discomfort during the game. I think the Pistons will slow this game down, and beat the Nets handily in a low scoring game, I like the under 208, I think the game will be around the 9 point margin of victory, so I wouldn’t put any money on the spread.
Houston @ Miami:
Houston winners of 5 straight but also playing the second half of a back to back, I think that will affect their pace more than anything. Right now the spread is Rockets favored by 5, and I think I like that as a bet. The Heat are losers of 4 straight and Justice Winslow is a game time decision with an illness. I think the Rockets spacing and 3 point shooting ability is going to give the Heat fits and I think they easily cover.
Minnesota @ Cleveland:
I am staying away from betting on Cleveland games for the foreseeable future because even though they are a dumpster fire of an organization right now, any game LeBron could get hot and lose me a bet. Because of that I am out on the Cavs, I will revisit betting on their games after the All-Star break.
Utah @ Memphis:
I initially was going to do some research to justify my selection because I knew I wanted to bet the under here and expected the line to be around 195. Little did I know the line was 201, which I love, it’s two teams with bottom 10 scoring offenses and paces. Coupled with top 5 scoring defenses, I really like the under 201 here.
Pacers @ Pelicans:
Two teams in the middle of the playoff races in their respective conferences. The line is Pelicans -3.5, with Victor Oladipo questionable for the game with an illness. This is a game I would probably stay away from, the over under is high at 221.5, so I would be inclined to go under but the Pelicans don’t play defense and if Victor plays it could easily go over. Not knowing his health is gonna have me stay away from this one tonight.
San Antonio @ Phoenix:
Spurs are coming in with 3 days rest, and the Suns are playing the back end of a back to back and Devin Booker is expected to miss this game. The public is 54% on the Suns at +9.5, but I just don’t see a scenerio where the Spurs don’t win by double digits. While the Spurs haven’t been as dominant as most years due to injuries, their defense is still top 3 in the league. They have struggled to score against other great defenses but Phoenix isn’t that, which is why I think they will easily beat the Suns.