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Thursday 22nd November
Philadelphia 76ers vs New Orleans Pelicans
The 10-7 Pelicans take a trip to Philadelphia today to take on the Sixers and their three-game win streak. Philly’s acquisition of Jimmy Butler has already paid big dividends for the playoff hopefuls, and as their undefeated 9-0 record at home suggests, the Sixers remain untouchable at Wells Fargo Center. The Pelicans on the road have been less convincing – they’ve lost three games by 10-points or more this season. Given their form, take the Sixers in a blowout.
San Antonio Spurs vs Memphis Grizzlies
Four straight now for the Grizzlies. They’ve been rolling along nicely this month, and from a punting perspective, Memphis have been rather kind. The Grizzlies currently hold the best record at the line (11-5) in the league, and their second-best rated defence should see them come through today against a tough Spurs side on the road.
Utah Jazz vs Sacramento Kings
Don’t look now, but close to 65% of Utah’s games have resulted in the Over this season. The Kings on the other hand, have quickly turned into one of the surprise upset contenders of the season, in large part thanks to their strong offence which ranks ninth in points-per-game. Likewise, 10 of Sacramento’s 17 games have resulted in the Over this year, making the points market a likeable play today.
Wednesday 21st November
Orlando Magic vs Toronto Raptors
Sitting sixth in the Eastern Conference, a win today for the Magic would make it 4/4 during this home stand. The 13-4 Raptors await, but despite their strong record on the road, Toronto will need to rely heavily on Kawhi Leonard with Kyle Lowry still nursing an ankle injury. Lowry is reportedly a game-time decision, but if he does indeed sit, the Raptors will be without one of their most efficient field goal shooters.
Washington Wizards vs Los Angeles Clippers
It’s meltdown mode in Washington right now as the Wizards are entertaining the idea of potentially trading John Wall and Bradley Beal. Head coach Scott Brooks is doing his best to cover up the disastrous start to the season, but as far as punting is concerned, you can’t touch the Wizards right now. The Clippers on the other hand, have won seven of their last eight games on their way to a 10-6 record at the line. Even on the road, stick with LA today.
Miami Heat vs Brooklyn Nets
At 6-10, it’s already looking like a lost year for the Heat in Dwyane Wade’s farewell season. Miami have lost their last two games, and although a win today could see them leapfrog Brooklyn for the ninth spot in the East, the Nets have shown they are capable of an upset on any given occasion. Unfortunately, both of these sides are way too unpredictable, but there is one thing you can hang your hat on: 11 of the Heat’s 16 games this year have resulted in the Over.
Tuesday 20th November
Charlotte Hornets vs Boston Celtics
It’s Kyrie Irving vs. Kemba Walker tonight, two of the league’s hottest and most in-form scorers right now. Walker dropped 60-points in a three-point loss to the Sixers on Sunday, while Irving went off for 43 against the Raptors on Saturday. It’s doubtful we see a repeat of those numbers, but with both players finding nothing but net, the Points total set for this game looks a little narrow.
New Orleans Pelicans vs San Antonio Spurs
The Spurs are fresh from a 12-point home win over the under-strength Warriors, so they are probably the team to beat, right? Unfortunately, the Spurs are hardly a strong team on the road having lost five of their seven games away from home. That makes this trip to New Orleans all the more difficult, especially against a Pelicans side that are 7-1 at home. DeMar DeRozan is playing out of his skin right now, so this game should remain close, but with the West basically up for grabs right now, New Orleans should continue to work their way up.
Memphis Grizzlies vs Dallas Mavericks
Just like that, the Mavs have won four straight games. Dallas pulled off the unthinkable against the Warriors on Sunday, challenging Golden State and Kevin Durant to win by three-points in overtime . A tough trip to Memphis awaits, and as their 1-6 road record suggests, the Mavs are likely to struggle. In Dallas’ favour though is the Grizzlies’ scoring troubles, something the Mavs can attest to. The Under should be the safest play.
Monday 19th November
Miami Heat vs Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers have won six of their last 10 games, but their Florida road trip got off to a rocky start on Saturday against the Magic. Similar to last season, LA have been notoriously inconsistent away from home, which fits in nicely with their 3-7 record against the Heat. Unfortunately, it’s hard to trust Miami straight up, but since they are one of the Top 10 teams in both offensive and defensive rebounds, the line looks handy.
Washington Wizards vs Portland Trail Blazers
The Blazers might be faking it ’till they make it. Although Portland sit second in the Western Conference behind the Warriors, keep in mind they’ve lost their last two games on the road by wide margins. The Wizards slipped up last week against the Nets at home but they remain one of the better ball handling teams in the league when it comes to turnovers. In case that isn’t enough, Washington are also 4-2 in their last six home games vs. Portland.
San Antonio Spurs vs Golden State Warriors
What a week it’s been for the defending champs. There’s been on court drama between Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant, Steph Curry’s injury, and a handful of losses against much-lesser opponents. The most recent of which came against Luka Doncic and the Mavs yesterday in overtime, and as a result, the Spurs go into this one as the home favourite. In case you missed it, DeMar DeRozan is doing some pretty freakish things with the ball right now, including putting up 34-points against the Clippers on Saturday.
Saturday 17th November
Philadelphia 76ers vs Utah Jazz
It was hardly the start to the Jimmy Butler honeymoon the Sixers were hoping for. Philly lost 111-106 against the Magic on Thursday, but they now travel back to the Wells Fargo Center where they are a perfect 7-0 at home. The Jazz, meanwhile, are fresh from a 50-point loss to the Mavs which sent them plummeting down to 21st in overall offensive rating. It was a quiet night for Butler against Orlando, but now that he’s had time to settle in, expect a Philly bounce back.
Washington Wizards vs Brooklyn Nets
The Wizards are finally spinning their wheels now, and wouldn’t you know it, they’ve won three straight, all of which have been by convincing margins. Now averaging 22.3 points-per-game, it appears as though Bradley Beal is really starting to heat up, and you could almost make an early All-Star case for him. At the opposite end of the spectrum, the Nets have now lost three straight, and with a poor record on the road, this should be a cruisy victory for Washington.
Minnesota Timberwolves vs Portland Trail Blazers
It almost felt like a weight had been lifted off the Wolves’ shoulders on Thursday night. Without Jimmy Butler, Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins enjoyed free rein on their way to a combined 48-points. Minnesota looked particularly strong in transition, almost as strong as their 6-1 record at home. It’s worth noting the Wolves are one of the worst defensive teams in the league though, while the Blazers are one of the top scoring sides ranked seventh in points-per-game. With the team finally free of distraction though, Minnesota should be able to keep this one close.
Friday 16th November
Houston Rockets vs Golden State Warriors
Without Steph Curry and Draymond Green, the Warriors open as the rare underdogs ahead of today’s grudge match against the Rockets. It’s a rematch of last year’s Western Conference Final, and if you’ll recall, Golden State did lose two of their four games at the Toyota Centre. Houston have seriously improved over the last week, in large part thanks to Clint Capela. It’s doubtful he’ll shoot anywhere close to 73% from the field again tonight, but if he can put up 20+ points alongside James Harden, Houston will be tough to beat.
Denver Nuggets vs Atlanta Hawks
The Hawks have to feel pretty good about their performance against the under-strength Warriors on Wednesday. Atlanta took it to the reigning champs right up until the final buzzer, only to fall short by seven-points. As far as today goes, it’s well documented that the Nuggets are one of the best defensive teams in the league, but neither of these sides are particularly exciting from the field or on the glass. The Hawks young rookies should struggle against Denver’s defensive zones, but still take the Unders and play it safe.
Los Angeles Clippers vs San Antonio Spurs
These two sides have split their last 10 meetings five games apiece, although the Spurs will be feeling less than confident heading to Los Angeles after losing by 20 to the Suns yesterday. San Antonio have now lost two straight and are a miserable 2-4 on the road, making it hard to back Greg Popovich’s side here. The Clippers, meanwhile, are still riding the highs of Tuesday’s big win over the Warriors in overtime, making the hosts a great margin bet on two days rest.
Thursday 15th November
Orlando Magic vs Philadelphia 76ers
Jimmy Butler makes his debut this morning for the Sixers, and it appears the bookies are feeling generous with the spread. Orlando have shown upset capability this season, but in case you missed it, the Sixers are 7-0 at home. With another mouth to feed, all eyes will be on Butler in this game, who has big shoes to fill as he takes Robert Covington’s place.
Boston Celtics vs Chicago Bulls
Celtics guard Kyrie Irving has been quite vocal on his team’s struggles to start the season, suggesting the team could use a veteran big man capable of scoring points. Whether or not he was referring to Carmelo Anthony is another story, but as far as today’s game goes, it’s safe to expect minimal points. The Bulls have been one of the most frustrating sides when it comes to scoring, averaging the eighth fewest points-per-game, just two spots ahead of the Celtics.
Los Angeles Lakers vs Portland Trail Blazers
This is probably one of the best value picks of the season. The Blazers currently sit just one-game behind Golden State in the Western Conference standings, and are riding the coattails of a handy four-game win streak. The Lakers? Well they too feature their own three-game win streak, but in case you hadn’t heard, the Blazers currently rank Top 10 in both offensive and defensive rebounds this season. Portland look way over the odds at this price, even with Damian Lillard less than 100%.
Wednesday 14th November
Cleveland Cavaliers vs Charlotte Hornets
The Cavs have just one win to their name after 12-games of basketball, and it’s not about to get any easier today against the Hornets. Charlotte are who we thought they were – a fringe playoff team – but they are also one of the better scoring sides in the league ranking fifth in points-per-game. The Hornets will likely win this one comfortably, but the Cavs poor shooting record from the field makes the Unders a nice bet.
Denver Nuggets vs Houston Rockets
Quite the fascinating game between two of the West’s top contenders. On one hand, you’ve got James Harden, who just put up 40-points on the Pacers two days ago. On the other, you’ve got the Nuggets, one of the best defensive sides in the league. It’s a risky play either way, but the Nuggets have proven themselves, while the Rockets, even with Harden, have struggled against the Thunder and Spurs over the last fortnight. Until the Rockets show us otherwise, take Denver at the line.
Golden State Warriors vs Atlanta Hawks
The Warriors suffered their fourth loss of the season last night against the Clippers. It took an extra quarter of overtime, but it was a frustrating night for the reigning champs after Kevin Durant fouled out with three minutes to go. Golden State will take their anger out on the Hawks tonight, which only means one thing: a likely beat-down. They’ll have to do it without Steph Curry who hopes to return this week from a groin strain, but keep in mind, the Dubs lost back-to-back games only once last season.
Tuesday 13th November
Chicago Bulls vs Dallas Mavericks
Fred Hoiberg’s tenure as Chicago’s new coach is already off to a rocky start, with the Bulls boasting an ugly 4-9 record. Chicago don’t play defence, but they have been competitive against lesser (or equal) opponents over the last fortnight. Again, everything relies on Zach LaVine and Jabari Parker, both of whom combined for 37-points in the win over the Cavs on Sunday. Dallas are 0-6 on the road, so bank on the Bulls giving their home fans something to cheer about in this already lost season.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs Phoenix Suns
The Thunder are rolling along nicely, and despite Sunday’s shock loss to the Mavericks, OKC have still won seven of their last 10 games. To hold a record like that, you have to play some pretty strong defence, and it’s not surprising to learn the Thunder currently rank second behind the Celtics in overall defensive rating. Billy Donovan’s side have piled on the point this season against less talented opponents, putting up 100-points or more against the Hornets, Wizards and Pelicans. The Over looks a nice play here against Phoenix.
Los Angeles Clippers vs Golden State Warriors
The Dubs haven’t had everything their own way. The Bucks put the entire league on notice when they beat Golden State at home last week, and with the Clippers riding in from a win over the same Milwaukee side on Sunday, this shapes up as a must-watch game. If you’re feeling bold, taking the Clippers straight up certainly isn’t out of the question, but both of these sides have been less than convincing on defence to start the year, particularly when it comes to rebounds. This should be a good old fashioned West Coast points-fest.
Monday 12th November
Portland Trail Blazers vs Boston Celtics
Portland were less than convincing in their win over the Clippers last time out however they are full of confidence having won their last three games and an overall record of 9-3. Boston are on a bad road trip at the moment having lost 3 out of 4 so far and are in dire need of salvaging something out of this block of games. Kyrie Irving will be a big boost for the team having missed the game against Utah.
Los Angeles Lakers vs Atlanta Hawks
Lebron James and the Los Angeles Lakers are started to build momentum in season 2018/19. After starting the season 2-5, they have now won their 4 of their last 5 games. Lebron James has been their main attacking weapon. During this winning sequence, he has averaged 24.8 points and sic assists. His is also shooting the ball from beyond the arc well, shooting 42.3% from deep in November. This trend should continue here today.
Sunday 11th November
Chicago Bulls vs Cleveland Cavaliers
Nobody expected much from the Cavs this season, but this? Through 11 games, Cleveland have just one win to their name, and don’t look like earning a second one in a hurry. In case you hadn’t heard, it’s tough to win when you can’t score points, and not surprisingly, the Cavs rank dead last in three-pointers made. To be fair, the Bulls aren’t anything special this year either, but the combination of Zach LaVine and Jabari Parker continues to provide points. Take Chicago in a close one at home.
San Antonio Spurs vs Houston Rockets
The Rockets might have James Harden back, but as we saw on Friday, they still have major issues. Houston were pumped 98-80 by the Thunder in OKC, and their long road trip continues today as they travel to face the Spurs. Greg Popovich’s team are 4-2 at home to start the year, and are looking to end a two-game skid to keep themselves in fifth place in the Western Conference. The Spurs look well over the odds here, and if they can spread the floor and shutdown the Rockets from the perimeter, this is their game to lose.
Saturday 10th November
Orlando Magic vs Washington Wizards
On their day the Magic look capable of an upset, but at home? Not so much. Orlando are 2-5 at on their home court and are still a little too unpredictable to back straight up, even if they are over the odds here. The Magic are also averaging the fewest points-per-game this year, which coupled with the Wizards’ slow start, has the makings of a low-scoring affair.
Philadelphia 76ers vs Charlotte Hornets
The Hornets are always a nice upset pick, and having now won two straight, these are nice odds for Charlotte to pull off a road win over Philly tonight. Ben Simmons had a triple-double in the win over the Pacers two days ago, but the Hornets are of the best field-goal shooting sides in the competition. Charlotte are equally as successful from beyond the arc, three days rest following their 11-point win over the Hawks on Wednesday, the Hornets are more than capable of ending Philly’s undefeated streak at home.
Denver Nuggets vs Brooklyn Nets
The Nuggets have the second best defensive rating in the league, however they do rank in the bottom half of the league in offensive points-per-game. The Nets are quietly flirting with a .500 record, but they too have struggled to string together consecutive high-scoring nights from the field and on the glass. If numbers mean anything, this points toward’s a low-scoring game.
Friday 9th November
Phoenix Suns vs Boston Celtics
Boston’s lengthy road trip continues against the Suns. The Celtics have now lost two straight to the Bucks and Pacers, while head coach Brad Stevens has plenty of questions to field following his teams poor offensive start. Boston are the best team in the league defensively, but rank bottom five in points-per-game. There’s an obvious lack of spark compared to last year, and there’s likely a few disgruntled names in the line up right now, including Jaylen Brown. The Celtics should win this one against the lowly Suns, but just don’t expect it to be too high-scoring.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs Houston Rockets
After starting the season 1-5, the Rockets have stormed back into playoff contention following James Harden’s return. Houston have now won three straight, and go into this home game well rested following a three day break. The Thunder on the other hand, return to the court on short rest after yesterday’s nine-point win over the Pacers. OKC have won only three of their last 10-games against Houston, and although they’ve been kind to punters at the line this year, the Thunder should fall just short on the road.
Portland Trail Blazers vs Los Angeles Clippers
Both Portland the Clippers rank Top 10 in points-per-game to start the year, and it just so happens LA’s Monrezl Harrell sits third in field-goal percentage. The Total has gone Over in four of the Clippers’ last six home games, which suggests the Points market is the play today.
Thursday 8th November
Atlanta Hawks vs New York Knicks
This game might be a tough watch between two ‘tankers’, but it does hold some value in the head-to-head market. The Hawks are 2-2 at home so far this season, while the Knicks have lost their last two straight. The line suggests this one will be close, especially with both teams ranking in the bottom half of the league in points-per-game. Atlanta are 4-1 in their last five games when playing at home against the Knicks, making them a great chance if their rookies are up to the challenge.
Miami Heat vs San Antonio Spurs
Neither the Heat nor the Spurs have been particularly strong defensively over the first month of the season. On the flip side, neither have been all that consistent from game to game, making the Points market the only sensible play today. The Total has gone Over in five of San Antonio’s last seven games on the road in Miami.
Utah Jazz vs Dallas Mavericks
Would you believe the Jazz are 0-4 at home this season? After such a strong playoff push last year, many thought Utah would be almost unbeatable at home this year, but so far they’ve lost to the Warriors, Grizzlies (twice) and Raptors. Fortunately, today might be the day the Jazz finally delight the home faithful with the Mavericks in town. In similar fashion, Dallas are 0-5 on the road to start the year, and are 1-5 in their last six games on the road in Utah.
Tuesday 6th November
Indiana Pacers vs Houston Rockets
The odds could swing in this one late, so make sure you load up early. Houston welcomed James Harden back on Sunday, and even with Eric Gordon out injured, the Rockets still managed to make short work of the Bulls. Gordon has been ruled out for today’s game, which leaves the bulk of the shooting work in Harden and James Ennis III’s hands. Fortunately, Ennis shot close to 63% from the field on Sunday, an effort he’ll need to replicate tonight if the Rockets are to get their season back on track.
New York Knicks vs Chicago Bulls
It should come as no surprise to learn the Knicks and Bulls rank inside the bottom 10 in points-per-game this season. Both teams failed to make it past 100-points in their last game, and since each team has been equally as poor defensively, the Points market is the only safe play in this one. The Total has resulted in the Under in six of the last 10 meetings between the Knicks and Bulls.
Denver Nuggets vs Boston Celtics
This is a fascinating match up between two low-scoring teams. It’s also a big statement game for the Celtics, who have been pretty so-so on the road this season. Don’t look now, but the Nuggets are 8-1 to start the year, but they’ll meet their match today against the stingiest defence in the league. The Celtics’ offense has been called into question recently, however Kyrie Irving is really starting to find some his mojo. Take the Celtics to bounce back from their narrow one-point loss to the Pacers on Sunday.
Monday 5th November
Brooklyn Nets vs Philadelphia 76ers
The ebbs and flows of the Nets’ young season continued last week as they slipped up at home against the under-strength Rockets. On their day, Brooklyn are capable of an upset, but this probably isn’t one of them. The Sixers back-up from their 10-point win over the Pistons at home last night, a victory that has now seen Philly string together two-straight. The Sixers won that one without Ben Simmons, and if they can see the same kind of production from Robert Covington and JJ Reddick from three tonight, this should be a close, but comfortable win.
Washington Wizards vs New York Knicks
We hate to beat the same ole’ drum, but what are the bookies seeing in the Wizards right now? Washington are 1-7 to start the season, and to make matters worse, John Wall is currently putting up career-worst numbers in the assists and turnover’s column. The Knicks don’t have a lot to celebrate right now, especially with a 1-3 record on the road. This still figures as a very winnable game for New York though considering Allonzo Trier continues to break out to start the season.
Phoenix Suns vs Memphis Grizzlies
If the line was a little wider, the Suns would be a good play at home against the Grizzlies today. Since that isn’t the case though, the Points market looks like the play considering Memphis currently ranks fourth in the league in overall defensive rating. On the flip side, it’s no surprise to see the Suns rank third from the bottom in that category, however, it is a surprise to see the Grizzlies with the fourth-lowest points-per-game tally in the league. If any of that means anything, this should be a pretty low-scorer.
Sunday 4th November
Chicago Bulls vs Houston Rockets
James Harden returns for the trip to Chicago tonight, but Houston aren’t out of the woods just yet. Guard Eric Gordon will miss tonight’s game with a sore leg, leaving the 2-5 Rockets at a disadvantage from the field. The Bulls have been a nightmare for punters to start the season, with most of their winning hopes relying on Zach LaVine. Still, Antonio Blakeney has enjoyed a strong start to his second year in the league, and if he put up over 20-points again tonight, the Bulls can keep this close.
San Antonio Spurs vs New Orleans Pelicans
The line is pretty short ahead of this game, which might be a little generous to the 4-4 Pelicans who have struggled mightily on the road. Anthony Davis has missed two games over the last week, leaving New Orleans shorthanded without their biggest star. He’s playing tonight, but even so, the Pelicans’ miserable 3-21 record in their last 24 games in San Antonio is less than encouraging.
Los Angeles Lakers vs Portland Trail Blazers
The Lakers have started the season 1-4 in road games, and it’s tough to back them straight up against this 6-2 Blazers team. There is some value in the Points market though, especially with both sides ranking Top 10 in points-per-game so far. Both of these teams have enjoyed a two day break, while LeBron put up a handy 29-point game against the Mavericks on Thursday. This should be quite the barn burner.
Saturday 3rd November
Brooklyn Nets vs Houston Rockets
You can take the dog out of the fight, but you certainly can’t take the MVP out of the Rockets. Houston are winless since James Harden went down with a hamstring injury last week, and to make matters worse for the 1-5 Rockets, they’ll now head to Brooklyn to face an up and about Nets team that won a thriller over the Pistons on Thursday. To be fair, the Nets haven’t been anything special, in fact they are turning the ball over at an alarming rate. But they do have belief and heart on their side, and they’ll certainly feel they can win this against an understrength Houston outfit.
Chicago Bulls vs Indiana Pacers
The Bulls were pulled apart by the Warriors last week, surrendering a 90-point first half to Golden State in an ugly Klay Thompson fueled blowout. Not surprisingly, Chicago rank in the bottom ten in points-per-game so far, but so do the Pacers, who have endured an up and down start to the year. The Unders market looks a good play between these two slow starters.
Washington Wizards vs Oklahoma City Thunder
If you’ve been paying attention to the the Wizards’ early season woes, then these are odds you simply can’t pass up. Washington’s abysmal start to the season has seen them go 0-2 at home, and against a classy side like the Thunder – who by the way, rank second in the league in offensive rebounds – it’s hard to see the Wizards putting up much of a fight. Rumors are that the John Wall and Bradley Beal romance is on the rocks, which doesn’t fill you with confidence considering Russell Westbrook shot 50% from the field two nights ago.
Friday 2nd November
Boston Celtics vs Milwaukee Bucks
Big time statement game between two big time contenders in the East. Plenty called into question the talent around Giannis Antetokounmpo to start the season, but so far, the Bucks have been balling. Milwaukee have been spacing the floor and knocking down contested threes, good for the sixth overall offensive rating in the league. Boston’s defensive efforts have been mighty to start the year, but it’s clear they are lacking a little something on the offensive side of the ball. Take the Bucks to keep this close.
Portland Trail Blazers vs New Orleans Pelicans
Both Portland and New Orleans have endured their fair share of ups and downs to start the year, and it’s fair to say, today’s game might be a bit of a playoff preview. It’s also fair to say that this game might be played in close quarters, as the Blazers and Pelicans currently rank Top 10 in overall rebound percentage. Back the Unders in what should be a very defensive and scrappy game.
Thursday 1st November
Brooklyn Nets vs Detroit Pistons
The Pistons came undone for the second time in a row yesterday against the Celtics, but they should take heart in the fact they gave Boston a serious run for their money on their home court. Blake Griffin finished with a handy 24-points while Reggie Bullock enjoyed a nice night from the field, and if we consider the Nets shot 40% from the field against a C-grade Knicks defence just two days ago, this should be a nice open night on the floor for Detroit to bounce back.
New York Knicks vs Indiana Pacers
It’s already become clear that the Pacers probably aren’t up to scratch the with the NBA’s elite. They were manhandled by the Bucks to start the year, and more recently received a 10-point hiding against the Blazers on Tuesday. Indiana have, however, been superior against much weaker opponents, taking care of the Cavs twice already this season as well as the Nets and Grizzlies. Most importantly, the Pacers are 2-2 on the road to start the year, which should have you feeling confident against a selfish Knicks team that’s recorded the second-fewest assists all year.
Los Angeles Lakers vs Dallas Mavericks
The Lakers might look a 50-win team at best, but on the stat sheet, they’ve quietly been ticking all the boxes. LA rank third in the league in points-per-game, fourth in assists, and fifth in steals. The problem is, not everyone is on the same page, and it’s already apparent it’ll take more than just an MVP season from LeBron to turn this ship around. At home, the Lakers should win, however they do meet a Mavericks team that leads the league in defensive rebound percentage. This should be another nail-biter.
Wednesday 31st October
Orlando Magic vs Sacramento Kings
Given the Kings have currently sit ninth in the West following wins over the Thunder, Grizzlies, Wizards and Heat, this feels a little like overs. Sacramento have quickly developed into a tidy shooting team shooting 50% from the field, and as we saw during Tuesday’s win over Miami, when center Willie Cauley Stein is on, the Kings are tough to stop. The big man is averaging close to 18.0 points-per-game to start the season, which might give Orlando’s bigs some trouble.
Boston Celtics vs Detroit Pistons
These two sides square off for the second time in three days after the Celtics took Sunday’s meeting 109-89. Despite Blake Griffin and Jaylen Brown’s terrific starts to the season, the Celtics and the Pistons rank inside the bottom half of the league in points-per-game. With both sides holding four wins apiece, Boston look like they are still warming up, while the lack of bench depth for Detroit makes them a little inconsistent at times. This game should be a nice Unders play between two of the East’s top contenders.
Memphis Grizzlies vs Washington Wizards
Neither of these sides have been convincing during the first month of the season. The 3-2 Grizzlies have only managed wins over the Hawks, Jazz and Suns, while the 1-5 Wizards have struggled mightily on the road. Surprisingly enough though, Washington rank ninth in the league in field goal percentage and points-per-game. They’ve endured some tough games against the Raptors, Warriors and Clippers so far, but this is the kind of road game they are more than capable of winning if they get clean looks at the basket.
Tuesday 30th October
New York Knicks vs Brooklyn Nets
Just 24 hours after giving the Warriors a late scare, the Nets hope to bounce back against the Knicks at the Garden.. Brooklyn were down by as much as 14-points in the fourth quarter before going on a 13-2 run to eventually lose 120-114. Take nothing away from Brooklyn though, it was a gallant effort against an unstoppable Steph Curry. The biggest positive for Brooklyn came in the form of Caris LeVert, who was a demon in the paint finishing with 23-points. That kind of performance again tonight could give the Knicks trouble.
Chicago Bulls vs Golden State Warriors
The Bulls have enjoyed a handy two day’s rest following their win over the Hawks on Saturday, while Golden State, meanwhile, travel from Brooklyn just 24 hours after surviving a last minute scare against the Nets. Steph Curry is up to his usual tricks right now, including breaking the record for most three-pointers made in consecutive games. Still, Zach LaVine is quietly doing some big things himself in Chicago, and another 20+ plus point effort should see the Bulls within 10-points during the fourth.
Minnesota Timberwolves vs Los Angeles Lakers
This seems a little like Overs, which has become a common theme given the Wolves’ off-court distractions so far this season. Even with the locker room in turmoil though, Jimmy Butler continues to put up big numbers, but he’ll especially be looking to make up for his lousy four-point performance against the Bucks last week. With three days rest, and home-court advantage, these are nice odds for the Wolves against a very hit and miss Lakers side.
Monday 29th October
Dallas Mavericks vs Utah Jazz
The Jazz have been solid value for punters so far this season, already having beaten the Blazers, Rockets and Pelicans. Better yet, they’ve been able to put points on the board with relative ease, having scored 100-points or less only once this year. Dallas, meanwhile, have scored over 100 in all five of their games, making the Overs a good play today.
Los Angeles Clippers vs Washington Wizards
With a days rest for both of these sides, this morning’s game in Los Angeles should be fascinating. The Wizards were disappointing on Saturday though, hanging tight with the Kings right up until the dying stages of the fourth quarter. The Clippers however, made short work of the understrength Warriors, and considering Washington are now 1-11 in their last 12 home games, LA looks pretty safe in a close one.
Saturday 27th October
New Orleans Pelicans vs Brooklyn Nets
The New Orleans Pelicans are one of the most reliable betting sides in the NBA – they generally get the job done when they are expected to and they have won their past 17 games as favourites. Their record against the Brooklyn Nets is also very strong and they should prove far too good for their rivals.
Sacramento Kings vs Washington Wizards
The Sacramento Kings are outstanding value at their current price and easily the best best of the afternoon. The home side has generally had the edge between these two sides and the Washington Wizards have lost ten of their past 11 games on the road.
Friday 26th October
Detroit Pistons vs Cleveland Cavaliers
Life after LeBron is pretty lame right about now. The Cavs gave up a team high 22 three-pointers to the Hawks last week, and backed it up by allowing 14 yesterday against the Nets. Covering the perimeter looks to be a challenge for Cleveland going forward, which isn’t what you want facing this red hot Pistons team led by Blake Griffin and his 50-point performance on Wednesday. Detroit should have no trouble spreading the floor, leaving the Pistons with a less nerve-wracking win for the home fans after Wednesday’s overtime onslaught against the Sixers.
Orlando Magic vs Portland Trail Blazers
As the Celtics found out the hard way, the Magic are no cakewalk down in Orlando. This young side could surprise with 30 wins this season, however they will have their hands full against the number one overall rebounding side in the league tonight. The Blazers are fresh from a heartbreaking one-point loss to the Wizards on Wednesday in a game that saw Damian Lillard and Josef Nurkic combine for 51-points. Expect the Magic to keep it close, but the Blazers should bounce back.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs Boston Celtics
It’s been a sluggish start to the season for both of these sides, but there’s far more concern surrounding the Thunder right now. They’ve had two days to dwell on their homecourt loss to the Kings on Tuesday, a game that saw Iman Shumpert dominate from the field shooting 69% for 26-points. In case you missed it, Boston’s shooters are elite, which should play into the hands of Gordon Hayward and Jayson Tatum nicely.
Los Angeles Lakers vs Denver Nuggets
There’s no rest for the wicked this week as the Lakers prepare for the second game of their double-header following a win over Phoenix on Thursday. The stat sheet tells the full story with Lance Stephenson outscoring LeBron in the win against the Suns, but both will need 25+ point efforts if they are to trounce the Nuggets’ number one ranked defence. With their tail up though, this feels like the perfect time for the Lakers, and LeBron, to get their first win in LA.
Thursday 25th October
Chicago Bulls vs Charlotte Hornets
It’s been a rough start to Fred Hoiberg’s tenure in Chicago, having already lost their opening three games in less than convincing fashion. The Bulls will take heart in the fact that Zach LaVine has been balling though, and after putting up 34-points two nights ago against the Mavericks, Chicago are definitely showing signs of improvement. The Hornets haven’t won on the road in Chicago since 2015, so today’s game against Charlotte poses a winning chance for the Bulls at some pretty nice odds.
San Antonio Spurts vs Indiana Pacers
The Spurs put up 143-points on the Lakers on Tuesday, in large part thanks to shooting 53% from three-point range. It’s been a rocky start to the season for the Pacers at 2-2, but if there’s any team that can rack up the points, it’s Indiana. Victor Oladipo is still yet to hit full stride despite a 20-point outing against the Wolves, but if he can shoot a little better from the field, there could be some crooked numbers on the scoreboard.
Sacramento Kings vs Memphis Grizzlies
It’s only been a week, so it’s way too early to get excited. But just quietly, the Kings have been the best three-point shooting team in the competition to start the season Unfortunately, they might meet their match at home today against a Grizzlies side that ranks sixth in overall defensive rating to start the year. If those two factors cancel each other out, we could be in for a bit of a low-scoring affair.
Wednesday 24th October
Philadelphia 76ers vs Detroit Pistons
Things have gone from moderately bad to moderately worse for the Sixers to start the season. By all reports, Ben Simmons is doubtful ahead of today’s clash against the Pistons, which doesn’t bode well for Philly after they just scraped home against the Magic on Sunday. Speaking of less than convincing, what do we make of Detroit? Blake Griffin has been great, but they too survived by the skin of their teeth against the Bulls. The Total has gone under in five of Philly’s last seven games against the Pistons, so since it’s tough to pick a winner, stick with the points market.
New Orleans Pelicans vs Los Angeles Clippers
Maybe the Clippers should have waved goodbye to the whole Lob City thing long ago. It’s only been a week, but the Clips are fresh from a three-point win over the Rockets to put them at 2-1 on the season. LA’s front court has been putting in work, especially Tobias Harris, who had 23-points against Houston. The Clippers have been great on the glass to start the season ranking 10th in total rebounds, and if they can limit the Pelicans from three, they could hold tight as the underdogs on the road.
Denver Nuggets vs Sacramento Kings
Undefeated and a victory over the Dubs, what more could you ask for? The Nuggets have been on a roll to start the season, and on an individual level, so has Nikola Jokic, who chipped in with 11 rebounds and 23-points in the win over the Warriors. The Kings have proved no push-over to start the season, but with no significant bigs going up against a team that limited Draymond Green to four-points a day ago, it’s tough to look past Denver at home.
Tuesday 23rd October
Minnesota Timberwolves vs Indiana Pacers
The Minnesota Timberwolves are a franchise with plenty of issues and the Indiana Pacers are well-placed to take advantage of that. The Pacers are one of the most underrated sides in the NBA from a betting perspective and they have been a highly profitable betting play as away underdogs over the past 12 months. The $2.20 that is currently available is well and truly over the odds.
Portland Trail Blazers vs Washington Wizards
Backing the Under in Total Points betting was a profitable betting play last season and, long-term, I don’t see that changing this year. The Under saluted in 57% of games played by the Portland Trail Blazers last season and 54.6% of Washington Wizards fixtures.
Golden State Warriors vs Phoenix Suns
It has been a very shakey start to the season for the Golden State Warriors and they suffered a surprise loss at the hands of the Denver Nuggets. Consistency continues to be an issue for the Phoenix Suns, but they have shown some signs of promise and they generally aren’t disgraced against the best sides in the competition. This will be closer than the market suggests and the Suns are capable of covering the line.
Monday 22nd October
Oklahoma City Thunder vs Sacramento Kings
The Oklahoma City Thunder should be able to win this game comfortably, but the line of 11 points is excessive. Oklahoma City had a poor record against the line as home favourites last season, while the Sacramento Kings have covered the line in 19 of their past 30 games as away underdogs. This game will be closer than the market suggests.
Denver Nuggets vs Golden State Warriors
There should be plenty of points in what shapes to be an intriguing clash between the Denver Nuggets and the Golden State Warriors. Backing the Over in the Total Points market in Warriors game has been a winning play for a number of season now and the Nuggets have put up big points against the Los Angeles Clippers and Denver Nuggets so far this season.
Los Angeles Clippers vs Houston Rockets
Winning on the road is not an issue for the Houston Rockets and they are great value to upset the Los Angeles Clippers in this contest. It has been an inconsistent start to the season for the Rockets, they were awful defensively against the New Orleans Pelicans in their season opener, but they have been strong on offence and they can upstage their rivals.
Sunday 21st October
Miami Heat vs Charlotte Hornets
The bookies have been a little harsh on the Hornets to start the season. They were unlucky to lose by a point to the Bucks on Thursday, while their beat down over the Magic yesterday highlighted just how dangerous this team can be. The short turnaround on the road is a question here, but the Heat have been a huge question mark to start the season, particularly in the paint. Another 20-plus point performance from Kemba Walker should make Charlotte pretty safe at the line.
Washington Wizards vs Toronto Raptors
Can Toronto back up their gritty performance against the Celtics on Saturday to pinch a win away from home here? History says so – the Raptors are 6-3 when playing on the road against the Wizards, and in case you haven’t been paying attention, the Kawhi Leonard trade has already paid dividends for Toronto following a big 31-point performance last night.
Denver Nuggets vs Phoenix Suns
Tough to make something of this Nuggets team right now. They were picked apart by the Clippers on Thursday, and looked a little troubled by Tobias Harris in the paint. The Suns will be a risky play all season, however it’s hard to look past Devin Booker’s 35-point game over the Mavs on Friday. If Phoenix can rely on their perimeter shooting, you could make a case for a Suns win. But at the very least, they’re should keep this game close.