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Our Daily NBA Tips cover all the key games throughout the 2020/2021 NBA season and there is no better place to bet on all the action than Ladbrokes.

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Wednesday 21st July

Milwaukee Bucks Vs Phoenix Suns

11:05am, Fiserv Forum

Game 6 (MIL Leads 3-2)

It feels as though the Bucks hold all the momentum heading back to the Forum as they now look to try and capture their second title in franchise history.

Sunday’s Game 5 was an absolute rollercoaster of emotions, beginning with the Suns squandering a 16-point first-quarter lead and wrapping up with Jrue Holiday’s robbery of Devin Booker in the dying seconds.

The way the Suns lost that game will no doubt motivate them with the series on the line, but whether they have the firepower to down the Bucks on their home court remains the question.

Speaking of questions, the Bucks managed to answer a few with their triumph in Game 5.

Plenty of experts were calling for Holiday to step up and that’s exactly what he did with an outstanding 27-point double-double.

As a whole, the Bucks were also much more efficient not only from the field, but also from beyond the arc as Khris Middleton helped his team shoot 50% from three.

These are all encouraging signs for Milwaukee as they look to secure the ‘chip, and while the Suns certainly have enough grit and experience on the floor to extend this to a Game 7, no one can argue that this is the Bucks team we’ve come to know and love.

When you combine the fact Phoenix has also averaged just over 100 points on the road during the Finals (significantly less than their 118 point average at home), it becomes increasingly difficult to back against Milwaukee on their home court.

Tip: Back the Bucks to Win & Under 222.5 Total Points @ $2.75

NBA Finals Same Game Multi

Bucks to Win, Under 222.5 Total Points, Giannis Antetokounmpo to Score 35+ Points @ $6.95

Sunday 18th July

Phoenix Suns Vs Milwaukee Bucks

11:05am, Phoenix Suns Arena

Game 5 (Series Tied 2-2)

Four games, four wins for the home team in the NBA Finals, it’s a stat to make Suns fans (and punters) happier than when Steve Nash was winning his MVP awards.

Foul trouble in Game 4 stopped Devin Booker from turning his remarkable performance into an inhuman one but I can see him continuing his strong run of form here.

As predicted the series scoring started to drop as both coaches adjusted, contributing to the lowest total score of the series (212 points).

I just can’t back against the Suns at home even with the Bucks starting to pick up some momentum, that “Bucks in Six” chant will likely be ringing in the ears of the Suns players as they put together a motivated performance to put themselves one game away from the franchise’s first NBA title.

Back Phoenix by 1-10 @ $3.10

NBA Finals Same Game Multi

Suns to Win, Devin Booker to Score 35+ Points, Khris Middleton to Score 25+ Points @ $9.37

Thursday 15th July

Milwaukee Bucks Vs Phoenix Suns

10:05am, Fiserv Forum

Game 4 (PHX Leads 2-1)

We have a series once again thanks to the Bucks 20 point win in Game 3 on Monday, on the back of Giannis going off for 41 points.

To level proceedings at two wins apiece, they will need to continue to frustrate the Suns shooters with no Phoenix player scoring 20 points.

While both sides are more than capable of lighting up the scoreboard, as they become more and more familiar with one another we could be in for a few more low scoring contest.

I like the Bucks to get another win at home and extend the series to at least six games, but the total number is where my bet will be going.

This is heading in the direction of being the first time this series where a team will fail to reach 100 points, making the under a tempting proposition at its current number.

Back Under 220 Total Points @ $1.94

NBA Finals Same Game Multi

Bucks by 1-10, Chris Paul to Score 20+ Points, Jrue Holliday to Have 10+ Assists @ $10.05

Monday 12th July

Milwaukee Bucks Vs Phoenix Suns

10:05am, Fiserv Forum

Game 3 (PHX Leads 2-0)

The Suns own a 2-0 series advantage with the series now shifting to Milwaukee for Games 3 and 4.

The two-day break should do both sides a world of good following a rollercoaster Game 2 that saw five lead changes before the Suns drew clear in the second half to a 118-108 win.

After Chris Paul dominated Game 1, it was Devin Booker’s turn to deal out the punishment with a huge 19-point second half.

The Bucks crumbled defensively down the stretch for the second game in a row, but that still hasn’t stopped the bookies from favouring Milwaukee on their home court as the Suns now prepare to face a very hostile crowd.

Like we knew coming in, the Suns have a barrage of offensive weapons that Milwaukee is yet to find an answer for.

With CP3 taking the focus, Booker and Mikal Bridges were left to burn the Bucks on the permitter – an area they’ve typically defended well throughout the playoffs.

On the plus side, Giannis finished with an enormous 42-point double-double, while Jrue Holiday also turned his form around with 17 points and seven assists in Game 2.

Unfortunately, the Bucks can’t seem to get everything working at once as Khris Middleton struggled from beyond the arc alongside Brook Lopez, who finished 4-from-10 from the field.

Sooner or later though you feel like this Bucks team is going to click, and if it’s going to happen, it should come in Game 3 with the full force of a very hopeful and loyal home crowd behind them.

That isn’t to say the Suns can’t win, but if the Bucks can find some better production from three and  defend the boards like they did in Game 2, they should go a long way to getting back into this series.

If you’re looking for value, the Under could also be in play.

The Suns have been an elite team defensively on the road during the playoffs, while the Bucks have allowed less than 100 points per-game at the Forum.

Tip: Back the Bucks to Win & Under 222.5 Total Points @ $2.90

NBA Finals Same Game Multi

Bucks to Win, Under 222.5 Total Points, Khris Middleton to Score 25+ Points @ $6.46

Friday 9th July

Phoenix Suns Vs Milwaukee Bucks

11:05am, Phoenix Suns Arena

Game 2 (PHX Leads 1-0)

Not much has changed heading into Game 2 on Friday, other than the fact the Suns now hold a 1-0 series lead following their dominant 13-point win on Wednesday.

Just like Game 1, Phoenix has opened -5.5 point favourites against the spread, but I think it’s dangerous to read too much into the opener given how well the Bucks have adjusted following a previous loss right throughout the playoffs.

The fact we know Giannis Antetokounmpo is going to play is a huge plus, especially after he put up a 20-point double-double. Although the Bucks fell away in the second half, the Greek Freak was huge defensively in Game 1 as he really made life difficult for the Suns down low at various stages of the game.

Speaking of defence, I think Milwaukee will take plenty away from their loss.

The switch strategy they employed on Chris Paul and Devin Booker in the first half worked a treat, at least until CP3 discovered he could draw a screen and then hit uncontested jump shots for the rest of the night.

Paul’s numbers were elite, but it’s worth remembering most of them came in the third quarter, so if Mike Budenholzer can come up with a plan to limit CP3 around the perimeter, I think the Bucks can bounce-back here.

Tip: Back the Bucks to Cover the Line (+5.5 Points) @ $1.90

NBA Finals Same Game Multi

Bucks (+5.5), Khris Middleton Over 25.5 Points, Khris Middleton 3+ Three’s @ $4.98

Wednesday 7th July

Phoenix Suns Vs Milwaukee Bucks

11:05am, Phoenix Suns Arena

Game 1

We arrive at Game 1 of the Finals, and just like last week, betting is extremely difficult until we know more on the status of Giannis Antetokounmpo.

As I type, Giannis has done some on-court work and is reportedly moving without a limp, but the longer we are left in the dark the more difficult it becomes to back the Bucks in any capacity.

The Suns, meanwhile, open the series on their home court – a huge advantage considering Phoenix has lost only twice at home throughout the postseason.

For what it’s worth, Phoenix also comes in with a few extra days rest under their belt after wrapping up the series against the Clippers close to a week ago, which should go a long way to ensuring Chris Paul plays every game.

As far as recent history is concerned, the Bucks and the Suns have split their last 10 games five wins apiece, with Phoenix getting the last laugh in a 128-127 thriller back in April.

All that being said though, the Bucks can easily take Game 1 of this series with or without their two-time MVP.

Brook Lopez and Khris Middleton proved that they can carry the load down the stretch against Atlanta, and I think Lopez in particular might just hold the keys to this series.

Aside from a matchup against Nikola Jokic, so far DeAndre Ayton has had things rather easy in the post for the Suns, but I think this is a much bigger challenge against a top defender of Lopez’s calibre.

If Giannis does play, there’s also a good chance Ayton receives a healthy dose of the Greek Freak down low, which should pose some real problems for a Suns team that typically defends the permitter a little better than it does the paint.  

Obviously, it’s worth monitoring what happens with Giannis, but the +5.5 about Milwaukee looks good early value.

Tip: Back the Bucks to Cover the Line (+5.5 Points) @ $1.90

NBA Finals Same Game Multi

Milwaukee Bucks (+5.5), Over 218.5 Total Points, Brook Lopez Over 14.5 Points @ $5.53

Sunday 4th July

Atlanta Hawks Vs Milwaukee Bucks

10:35am, State Farm Arena

Game 6 (MIL Leads 3-2)

Trae Young and Giannis are both listed as day-to-day as I type, so again, it’s very difficult to get a feel for this game before we know more.

Brook Lopez led the Bucks to an impressive Game 5 win on Friday with a 33-point effort, but the bookies are leaning towards the Hawks due to the home court dominance we’ve seen right throughout this series.

If Giannis plays, I expect the odds to swing back in Milwaukee’s favour, but if he sits, I feel pretty good about Atlanta forcing a Game 7.

Clint Capela and Kevin Huerter were hold to uncharacteristically low numbers in Game 5, but I still thought Atlanta did a good job limiting the Bucks from beyond the arc.

With the series on the line, the Atlanta crowd will no doubt play its part as well, so I think the Hawks are a good outright bet until we’re a little clearer on Trae and Giannis.

Tip: Back the Hawks to Win @ $1.83

Friday 2nd July

Milwaukee Bucks Vs Atlanta Hawks

10:35am, Fiserv Forum

Game 5 (Series Tied 2-2)

Throw a dart, toss a coin, say a prayer – this is that kind of game.

Trae Young and Giannis Antetokounmpo are both questionable to play Game 5 with respective injuries, which means it’s worth waiting until we get word on both stars before making a bet.

Milwaukee has played to a 6-1 record during the postseason at home, so obviously getting back to the Forum is a huge advantage for the Bucks. That said, if Giannis is out, I’d feel pretty confident in backing the Hawks outright or to cover knowing how important the Greek Freak is on both ends of the floor.

If both suit up, I also feel good about taking the Hawks to cover as the underdog.

Atlanta showed in their Game 4 blowout that they are more than just a one-man machine as Bogdan Bogdanovic and Lou Williams combined for over 40 points. Cam Reddish was also handy off the bench, so I think there’s enough talent on the permitter to give the Bucks some problems.

If Giannis plays and Trae doesn’t, you obviously have to go with the Bucks to cover. But if he sits out, I think this is too much of a job for Khris Middleton to handle on his own.

Tip: Back the Hawks to Cover the Line (+4.5 Points) @ $1.90

Thursday 1st July

Los Angeles Clippers Vs Phoenix Suns

11:00am, STAPLES Center

Game 6 (PHX Leads 3-2)

It feels like the reset button has been hit on this series after the Clippers prevailed by 14 points in Game 5 on Tuesday.

Ty Lue continues to defy the odds when his team is facing a potentially series ending game, and for that reason alone it’s no real surprise to find even money on offer with the series heading back to LA.

The Clippers were impressive in Game 5, but can they really bank on another 40-point performance from Paul George?

We knew PG13 would turn in a Kevin Durant-esque performance sooner or later, but I have a hard time believing he can repeat those efforts again on Thursday.

While the scoreline doesn’t do them justice, it’s also worth remembering Devin Booker and Chris Paul combined for over 50 points last time out.

Really, this series deserves a Game 7, but I’m expecting this Suns team to adjust defensively like they have all postseason long.

Phoenix is also a much fresher team when it comes to games played during the playoffs (15 to LA’s 18), and I think that will start to show as this series enters the nitty gritty.

Tip: Back the Suns to Win @ $1.91

Wednesday 30th June

Atlanta Hawks Vs Milwaukee Bucks

10:35am, State Farm Arena

Game 4 (MIL Leads 2-1)

Game 3 was an absolute rollercoaster ride and there’s no doubt we’re in for a similar experience on Wednesday.

The crowd in Atlanta really made life tough for the Bucks in the early going on Monday, but I thought Milwaukee showed tremendous resolve to settle in and play their brand of ball as Giannis and Khris Middleton went on to dominate.

Although the game was fairly back and forth, I just can’t get past the fact the Hawks blew a 15-point lead on their home court.

On one hand, that could be the motivating factor Atlanta needs to get back into this series, but it just feels as though the Bucks have figured out the recipe to success with Middleton doing the bulk of the scoring and Giannis surprisingly playing the role of sidekick.

I also think the Bucks have learned to be patient and save their best stuff for later in the game, which has been the biggest difference from Game 1 to Games 2 and 3.

We saw Milwaukee run out of gas in the opener, but the last two games have seen the Bucks as a whole dominate down the stretch.

Overall, the Hawks leveling this up wouldn’t surprise, but I haven’t seen anything from Milwaukee that makes me want to bet against them, even with the spread getting out further.

Tip: Back the Bucks to Cover the Line (-7 Points) @ $1.90

Tuesday 29th June

Phoenix Suns Vs Los Angeles Clippers

11:05am, Phoenix Suns Arena

Game 5 (PHX Leads 3-1)

The series heads back to Phoenix on Tuesday with the Suns looking to claim their third conference title against the Clippers.

These two sides played out a very low-scoring game on Sunday that the Suns won by four, and I really wouldn’t be surprised if we get a similar result with the Clips facing a win or go home situation.

Although the results haven’t gone their way, Los Angeles has done a much better job of shutting down Devin Booker over the last three games, while the Suns also managed to hold the Clips to a measly 16% mark from three-point land.

This is the kind of game where the big name players should step up, but when you consider the last three have all resulted in less than 210 points, the current Total seems a little high.

Tip: Under 214.5 Total Points @ $1.90

Monday 28th June

Atlanta Hawks Vs Milwaukee Bucks

10:35am, State Farm Arena

Game 3 (Series Tied 1-1)

What a difference one game can make.

The Hawks shocked everyone last week when they took Game 1 in Milwaukee, but their 34-point blowout in Game 2 has firmly left with the Bucks with all the momentum heading into Atlanta.

It might sound obvious, but it appears the only way the Hawks can remain competitive in this series is if Trae Young puts up numbers similar to his 48-point double-double in Game 1.

Really, that isn’t a recipe for success, particularly against a Bucks team that has averaged less than 100 points-per-game to opponents at home throughout the postseason.

On the flip side, you can’t count out another incredible performance from Ice Trae in Atlanta, but there’s clearly a talent gap between these two sides and I think we’ll see that shine through in the fourth quarter of Game 3.

Tip: Back the Bucks to Cover the Line (-4.5 Points) @ $1.90

Sunday 27th June

Los Angeles Clippers Vs Phoenix Suns

11:10am, STAPLES Center

Game 4 (PHX Leads 2-1)

The Clippers got themselves back into the series on Friday with a convincing 14-point win over the Suns, a result that largely boiled down to some genius coaching adjustments from head coach Tyronn Lue.

After losing Game 2 on the buzzer, the Clips knuckled down defensively in the paint, while they also did enormously well to hold the Suns to below 32% shooting from three.  

The Suns posted a 16-7 record against the spread on the back of a loss during the regular season, so this again shapes as a tough game to pick from a betting perspective.

The one market that does stand out to me though is the Total Points.

The line has been set at a whopping 220, which does seem a little high considering the last two games have resulted in less than 210 points.

Defensively, the Clippers have really impressed me without Kawhi, particularly on the Devin Booker front.

After running riot in Game 1, D-Book has been kept quiet posting 20 points in Game 2 and just 14 in Game 3, while they also did well to hold Chris Paul to just 28% from three in his return.

If those kinds of numbers keep up, I think we’re in for another low-scoring Game 4.

Tip: Under 220 Total Points @ $1.90

Saturday 26th June

Milwaukee Bucks Vs Atlanta Hawks

10:35am, Fiserv Forum

Game 2 (ATL Leads 1-0)

The Hawks are one game away from returning home to Atlanta with a 2-0 series lead, and I’m struggling to get them anywhere close to +7.5 underdogs after such a dominant Game 1 win on Thursday.

Trae Young was the catalyst with a huge 48-point night, and while I’m expecting Mike Budenholzer to make some big defensive adjustments, I really think the Hawks have enough grit to sneak in a backdoor cover.

Outside of Young playing the perfect villain, the likes of John Collins and Clint Capela also did a nice job winning the battle on the boards and limiting the Khris Middleton.

The Bucks have been a great bounce-back bet for most of the season, but it remains to be seen if they have the legs to hang with this exciting young Hawks team.

Atlanta has been outstanding in the fourth quarter throughout the season, and if Giannis and the rest of the Bucks’ starting five are gassed like they were late in Game 1, I think the Hawks can at the very least, cover the spread.

Tip: Back the Hawks to Cover the Line (+7.5 Points) @ $1.90

Same Game Multi

Hawks (+7.5), Khris Middleton Over 23.5 Total Points, Trae Young to Make 3+ Three-Point Field Goals @ $5.85

Friday 25th June

Los Angeles Clippers Vs Phoenix Suns

11:05am, STAPLES Center

Game 3 (PHX Leads 2-0)

There’s almost even money on offer as this series shifts to LA, which seems about right after the Suns pulled off the unthinkable in Game 2 right on the buzzer.

It’s basically lights out for the Clippers if they lose this game, and although I think they’ll put up a fight, I still have to side with the Suns given Chris Paul is probable to play.

The Suns did enormously well to hold their ground without CP3 in the first two games, and after Devin Booker and the rest of the offence struggled to find open looks from three on Wednesday, I think we’ll see Phoenix look a little more like themselves.

Los Angeles has held the wood over the Suns at the STAPLES Center with 13 wins on the trot, but I just think CP3 creates a bit of a headache for the Kawhi-less Clippers defensively.

Tip: Back the Suns to Win @ $1.83

Same Game Multi

Suns to Win, Devin Booker to Make 2+ Three-Point Field Goals, Paul George to Score 30+ Points, Chris Paul to Score 15+ Points @ $5.80

Thursday 24th June

Milwaukee Bucks Vs Atlanta Hawks

10:35am, Fiserv Forum

Game 1

The matchup nobody anticipated is now a reality as the Bucks and the upstart Atlanta Hawks square off in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Atlanta earned this opportunity with a stunning fourth quarter performance in Game 7 against the Sixers on Monday, but there’s no denying they are at a severe disadvantage here with Bodgan Bogdanovic and Cam Reddish still listed as day-to-day.

To make matters worse, the Hawks also face off against a well-rested Bucks team that hasn’t lost at home in the playoffs so far.

The spread has been set at a very healthy -7.5 points, but if you’ve paid attention to Milwaukee at home during the postseason, you’ll know they really don’t allow very many points at the Forum.

The Bucks have held their opponents to 94 points-per-game at home so far, making a Bucks win and the Under look like a very worthwhile play.

Tip: Back the Bucks to Win & Under 226.5 Total Points @ $2.45

Wednesday 23rd June

Phoenix Suns Vs Los Angeles Clippers

11:05am, Phoenix Suns Arena

Game 2 (PHX Leads 1-0)

The Suns are laying a healthy -5.5 heading into Game 2, which seems about right considering they won Game 1 on Monday by six points.

Kawhi Leonard has already been ruled out of this game for the Clippers, a real shame for fans still holding out for a Devin Booker v Kawhi matchup.

Speaking of Booker, the star point guard really was the difference for the Suns in Game 1 as he scored his first career triple-double with a stunning 40 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists.

To their credit, the Clips held firm for three quarters behind a 34-point game from Paul George, but it was clear they lacked that knockout punch in the fourth quarter as the Suns went on a 12-2 run.

Both sides finished quite even on the stat sheet, but it was clear the Suns just had that extra gear down the stretch that the Clippers lacked.

With that in mind, Phoenix looks a pretty good bet to go up 2-0 and move one game closer to the Finals.

Tip: Back the Suns to Cover the Line (-5.5 Points) @ $1.90

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Monday 21st June

Philadelphia 76ers Vs Atlanta Hawks

10:05am, Wells Fargo Center

Game 7 (Series Tied 3-3)

Very surprising to find the Hawks laying +7 given how close this entire series has been.

The last three games between these two sides have been decided by five points of fewer, and although Joel Embiid has managed to shake his injury and put up his usual eye-popping numbers, I really can’t discount another 30-point performance from Trae Young.

The Hawks have played to a 4-2 mark on the road during the playoffs so far and they’ve also been fairly stingy defensively during that time holding opponents to 107 points on average.

The absence of Bogan Dogdanovic would obviously make this a tougher task, but there’s still a lot to like about the Hawks with a very generous spread on offer.

Tip: Back the Hawks to Cover the Line (+7 Points) @ $1.90

Sunday 20th June

Brooklyn Nets Vs Milwaukee Bucks

10:30am, Barclays Center

Game 7 (Series Tied 3-3)

A 30-point double-double from Giannis was enough to force a Game 7 in Milwaukee on Friday, the result we all deserve after a back and forth series.  

The Bucks were impressive from start to finish in Game 6, but it’s hard to ignore how crucial home-court advantage has been throughout this series.

Brooklyn has won all three of its games against Milwaukee at the Barclays Center so far, and I’m expecting that trend to continue on Sunday with a big crowd expected.

The Nets aren’t known for their defence, but they have been particularly stingy at home throughout the playoffs holding opponents to just over 100 points-per-game.

Meanwhile, on the offensive side, the Nets have to feel good about the fact James Harden has played the maximum amount of minutes in the last two games.

Big name players like Harden and Kevin Durant tend to stand up in these winner-take-all games, and while you could argue the same for Giannis, I’m just not sure the Bucks can rely on another 38-point performance from Khris Middleton to compliment the Greek Freak.

Considering the Nets also held the Bucks to 20% shooting from three during Game 6, I think Brooklyn is a safe bet to cover a very slim line.

Tip: Back the Nets to Cover the Line (-1 Point) @ $1.90

Saturday 19th June

Atlanta Hawks Vs Philadelphia 76ers

9:35am, State Farm Arena

Game 6 (ATL Leads 3-2)

You could easily build a case for either of these two sides ahead of what is sure to be an epic Game 6 on Saturday.

The Hawks came back from 26 points down to stun the Sixers on Thursday, a win they are sure to build on getting back to their home court.

That said, I think the Sixers are dangerous in this spot after letting the last two games slip through their fingertips.

With Ben Simmons severely out of form, Philly’s chances rely solely on Joel Embiid, who returned to form himself in Game 5 with a strong 37-point performance.

Aside from Simmons’ woes at the free-throw line, the Sixers really haven’t been that awful. They do, however, need to knuckle down defensively and limit Atlanta’s quick three-point shooting.

Embiid’s injury isn’t ideal, but I’m expecting a mature performance from this experienced Sixers side with the memories of the blown series against the Raptors in 2019 and last year’s sweep against Boston likely at the forefront of their minds.

Tip: Back the 76ers to Cover the Line (-3 Points) @ $1.90

Friday 18th June

Milwaukee Bucks Vs Brooklyn Nets

10:35am, Fiserv Forum

Game 6 (BRK Leads 3-2)

We’re back in Milwaukee for Game 6 on Friday as the Bucks face a win or go home situation.

Milwaukee somehow managed to squander a 14-point first quarter lead in Game 5 to lose by six on Wednesday, a performance that largely boiled down to the Bucks’ inability to guard Kevin Durant.

Even so, Mike Budenholzer’s side is the favourites heading into Game 6, largely due to the fact they hold home-court advantage.

The Bucks have played to a perfect 4-0 record at the Forum during the postseason, while they’ve also held opponents to just 96 points on average.

Durant played out of his skin the other night, but it’s hard to see him coming up with another 49-point triple-double for a second time.

As for the Bucks, it’s relatively simple: allow Giannis to keep doing what he’s doing and try to limit the costly turnovers that occurred in Game 5.

All in all, this series deserves a Game 7, and with Kyrie already ruled out, I think the Bucks force one.

Tip: Back the Bucks to Win & Under 220.5 Total Points @ $2.65

Thursday 17th June

Utah Jazz Vs Los Angeles Clippers

12:00pm, Vivint Arena

Game 5 (Series Tied 2-2)

The Clippers fought back at the STAPLES Center to level up this series earlier in the week, and I think they represent enormous value to at least keep Game 5 close back in Utah.

The Jazz looked like a completely different team in LA without Mike Conley and I really do fear for them with their star point guard still listed as questionable with a right hamstring injury.

Conley’s absence really didn’t hurt Utah in the opening two games at home, but that was before the Clips found their rhythm from three-point land behind Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.

Utah’s starting five is definitely capable of winning this series, but I still think they’ll need some production from their bench at one point.

The Clips have looked a little vulnerable on the road during the playoffs so far, but when you consider they’ve held their opponents to an average of 103 points away from home, LA’s defence might do the talking in this one.

Tip: Back the Clippers to Cover the Line (+2.5 Points) @ $1.94

Wednesday 16th June

Brooklyn Nets Vs Milwaukee Bucks

10:30am, Barclays Center

Game 5 (Series Tied 2-2)

Back to back wins for the Bucks in Milwaukee and Kyrie Irving’s untimely ankle injury has officially flipped this series on its head.

The Nets head back home to Brooklyn as +4 underdogs, a reasonable spread after Giannis and the Bucks put their foot down in the third quarter of Game 4 to go on and win by 11.

Kevin Durant is perhaps one of the few players in the league capable of carrying a team on his back, but this still looks to be an enormous uphill battle for a Nets team that was already vulnerable defensively to begin with.

To be fair, the Nets have allowed only 100 points per-game to opponents at home during the playoffs, but I can’t see that number sticking without Irving and James Harden on the floor.

Aside from Giannis’ dominance in the last two games, the Bucks have also cleaned up their act from the beyond the arc by shooting just shy of 35% in Game 4.

That number could still use some improvement, but with Khris Middleton really hitting his stride and P.J. Tucker turning into somewhat of an enforcer against Durant, the Bucks could make an overdue statement with the decisive Game 6 to be played in Milwaukee.

Tip: Back the Bucks to Cover the Line (-4 Points) @ $1.90

Tuesday 15th June

Atlanta Hawks Vs Philadelphia 76ers

9:40am, State Farm Arena

Game 4 (PHI Leads 2-1)

The Hawks head back to Atlanta facing a 2-1 series deficit, and while they obviously have the talent to level things up, it’s really hard to ignore what we’ve seen from the Sixers over the last two games.

After a slow start in Game 1, the Sixers have basically had everything their own way on both ends of the floor and I really can’t see that coming to an end anytime soon.

Even through a knee injury, Joel Embiid has looked unstoppable, while the contribution from Tobias Harris has also been pivotal.

Defensively, the Hawks just don’t seem to have enough to limit Philly so long as Embiid is on the floor, and the fact they shot less than 30% from three on Sunday is equally as worrying.

All in all, this series feels like it’s just about over.

Tip: Back the Sixers to Cover the Line (-3.5 Points) @ $1.90

Saturday 12th June

Denver Nuggets Vs Phoenix Suns

12:00pm, Ball Arena

Game 3 (PHX Leads 2-0)

I really fear for the Nuggets in this series.

The Suns have put on a clinic in the first two games, and while home-court advantage should help Denver’s cause, it’s become painfully clear that Phoenix has all the answers on the defensive end.

The fact Nikola Jokic put up a double-double in Game 2 and the Nuggets still lost is also a big call for concern.

The big man isn’t getting clean looks at all, while the Nuggets continue to struggle from beyond the arc shooting below 40% on both occasions.

To make matters worse, Chris Paul’s shoulder seems like it’s back to full strength and I haven’t seen anything from the Nuggets’ defence to suggest that they can handle the combination of CP3, Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton.

The Suns played to the best road record in the Western Conference during the regular season, so I’m happy to take Phoenix with a little insurance.

Tip: Back the Suns to Cover the Line (+1.5 Points) @ $1.90

Friday 11th June

Milwaukee Bucks Vs Brooklyn Nets

9:30am, Fiserv Forum

Game 3 (BRK Leads 2-0)

The Nets have flat out embarrassed the Bucks in their last two games, but I think the bookies have got the market bang on here heading into Game 3.

It’s tough to draw positives from Game 2, but I thought there was a bit to like about the Bucks on the glass and the way their bench guys contributed when things started getting out of hand.

Returning home to Milwaukee is obviously a huge plus for this team, particularly when you consider the Bucks played to a 26-10 record during the regular season at the Forum.

This Nets teams is scary good, but they really haven’t faced much of a challenge at all in two road games during the playoffs so far.

In those two games, Brooklyn averaged 125 points to the Celtics, which doesn’t bode well going up against a Bucks team that led the league in points-per-game with home-court advantage.

Milwaukee desperately needs to find some production from beyond the arc if they wish to salvage this series, but with a home crowd behind them, I think this is a good bounce-back spot.

Tip: Back the Bucks to Cover the Line (-3.5 Points) @ $1.90

Thursday 10th June

Phoenix Suns Vs Denver Nuggets

11:40am, Phoenix Suns Arena

Game 2 (PHX Leads 1-0)

The Suns are laying a healthy -5 spread heading into Game 2 and I really can’t find a reason why they won’t cover.

As I said on Tuesday, Phoenix’s perimeter defence is going to make life hard for the Nuggets during this series, and that was certainly the case in Game 1 when Denver shot just 35% from beyond the arc.

This Phoenix team is really starting to click now as well after downing the Lakers in Game 7 last week.

If the Suns can force MVP Nikola Jokic into some poor shot selection again, they should be up 2-0 heading to Denver.

Tip: Back the Suns to Cover the Line (-5.5 Points) @ $1.90

Wednesday 9th June

Utah Jazz Vs Los Angeles Clippers

12:00pm, Vivint Arena

Game 1

This entire series is really a bit of a coin flip, but I’m siding with the Clippers in Game 1 just based on what we’ve seen from them on the road so far.

Not only did Los Angeles win all three of its games away from home in the first round against Dallas, the Clips also held the Mavs to an average of 95 points-per-game.

The Jazz do have a bit of a rest advantage following nearly a week off since they clinched the series against Memphis, but I think that could go against them after the Clips picked up some momentum in their Game 7 win on Monday.

Sometimes a lengthy break is enough to create some rust, so the +3.5 about the Clips looks generous.

Tip: Back the Clippers to Cover the Line (+3.5 Points) @ $1.90

Tuesday 8th June

Phoenix Suns Vs Denver Nuggets

12:05pm, Phoenix Suns Arena

Game 1

The Nuggets have won two of their three games over the Suns this season, but I really like Phoenix to take the opening game of this series.

The Suns have been a force at home all year, particularly over their last 10 games where they’ve lost only once.

Digging a little deeper, Phoenix has also been the toughest team to score against from three during the postseason as they have held their opponents to less than 30% shooting from beyond the arc.

The Nuggets can be a very three-point heavy team, and while they tend to execute well, I think this matchup favours Phoenix’s defence much more than it does Denver’s offence.

It’s also easy to forget the Nuggets looked destined for a Game 7 against the Blazers in Game 6 when they trailed by 14 points in the third.

Dry spells like that really won’t fly against this well-rounded Suns team and I expect them to flex some of the momentum they gained in last week’s win over the Lakers.

Tip: Back the Suns to Cover the Line (-4.5 Points) @ $1.90

Sunday 6th June

Brooklyn Nets Vs Milwaukee Bucks

9:40am, Barclays Center

Game 1

This is the series most of us were hoping for, and if recent history is anything to go by, we should be in for a very high-scoring game.

Two of the last three games between these two sides have resulted in over 240 points, and it shouldn’t come as a surprise to learn that the Nets and Bucks have also averaged over 118 points a game during the postseason.

Tip: Over 239.5 Total Points @ $1.90

Saturday 5th June

Dallas Mavericks Vs Los Angeles Clippers

11:05am, American Airlines Center

Game 6 (DAL Leads 3-2)

Crazy to think that both teams from Los Angeles could be eliminated when this one is all said and done, but I am with the Clippers to at least force a Game 7.

Outside of Kawhi Leonard, Tyronn Lue’s side has largely been disappointing so far, but there’s obviously still enough talent on this roster for the Clips to turn things around.

If they are to force a decider, Los Angeles needs to get some production out of Paul George for one, while they could also do with a contribution from Rajon Rondo off the bench.

The same could also be said for the Mavs, who so far have seen very little out of Kristaps Porzingis.

If I had to choose between George of Porzingis bouncing back I’m taking PG, while it’s also worth noting that the home side hasn’t won a game at all during this series.

Tip: Back the Clippers to Cover the Line (-2.5 Points) @ $1.90

Friday 4th June

Los Angeles Lakers Vs Phoenix Suns

12:30pm, STAPLES Center

PHX Leads 3-2

Anthony Davis is a game-time decision on Friday, but the market is currently built like he’s a certainty to play.

Given how awful the Lakers looked and played in Game 5, I tend to agree.

LeBron tried his best to carry the team on his back, but there was just no stopping Devin Booker and the Suns’ bench as they exploded from the gates with a 33-point first quarter.

From a defensive standpoint, the Lakers desperately need Davis to play with the series on the line, so I think there’s a pretty good chance we see him take the court no matter what shape he’s in.

If that is the case, I think the Lakers can force a Game 7, even if AD simply comes in and plays his role as the intimidator down one end and leaves LeBron to do work on the offensive side.

Tip: Back the Lakers to Cover the Line (-2 Points) @ $1.90

Thursday 3rd June

New York Knicks Vs Atlanta Hawks

9:35am, Madison Square Garden

ATL Leads 3-1

The Hawks can put the Knicks to bed on Thursday with a win at the Garden, but truth be told, I think all of us want this series to extend to a Game 7.

As far as betting goes on this one though, I’m happy to back a high-scoring game with the Total set at just 208 points.

To be fair, the Under has been a very profitable betting play between these two sides so far, but since the Knicks know they have to get Julius Randle involved, I wouldn’t be surprised if it creeps over.

You might not know it, but Trae Young has also put up 30 points or more in Atlanta’s last four road games.

With the series on the line, I’m expecting the big names to grab this game by the throat and attack.

Tip: Over 208 Total Points @ $1.90

Wednesday 2nd June

Phoenix Suns Vs Los Angeles Lakers

12:05pm, Phoenix Suns Arena

Series Tied 2-2

The Lakers got a pretty good taste of what life is like without Anthony Davis during the regular season, so it’s no shock to find them laying +5 against the spread here with the big man in doubt.

Los Angeles played to a 19-17 record overall without Davis in the lineup, but more importantly, they won only six of those games on the road.

Those numbers paint a compelling picture, particularly after the Lakers fell apart in the third quarter of Game 4 on Monday thanks to some heroics from Chris Paul.

CP3 was enormous despite an ongoing shoulder injury, while Jae Crowder also had himself a handy 17-point game thanks to some much-needed consistency from beyond the arc.

The Suns struggled at home to begin this series, so I think they’ll be pretty eager to give their fans something to cheer about.

Phoenix played to a 24-14 record against the spread at home during the regular season, and although you can never discount LeBron putting the Lakers on his back, I’m having a hard time fading the Suns in what appears to be a very winnable game.

Tip: Back the Suns to Cover the Line (-5 Points) @ $1.90

Tuesday 1st June

Washington Wizards Vs Philadelphia 76ers

9:05am, Capital One Arena

Game 4 (PHI Leads 3-0)

The Sixers can close things out tonight in Washington and it is no surprise to find them laying -8 against the spread.

Philly has dominated this series from start to finish, largely thanks to some fast and efficient scoring from Joel Embiid and a few key contributors like Matisse Thybulle and Dwight Howard playing lockdown defence off the bench.

To be fair, the Wizards have had their moments, but the fact the Sixers have managed to limit Russell Westbrook significantly on the offensive end has left Washington at a huge disadvantage.

As far as Game 4 goes, I don’t see any of this changing. The Wizards still haven’t found an answer to Embiid, while it’s also worth noting the Sixers have won three of their last five games against Washington by more than eight points.

With a chance to also rest-up for a Semi-Finals matchup against the Hawks or Knicks, I think Philly will be pretty eager to close this out.

Tip: Back the 76ers to Cover the Line (-8 Points) @ $1.90

Our Best SGM: 76ers to Win, Joel Embiid Over 32.5 Total Points, Both Teams to Score 110 Points: No @ $4.16

Monday 31st May

Boston Celtics Vs Brooklyn Nets

9:05am, TD Garden

Game 4 (BRK Leads 2-1)

Jayson Tatum and Marcus Smart were enormous for the Celtics in Game 3, but I’m finding it tough to back an upset here with Kemba Walker on the sideline.

Even though Tatum went off for 50 points, you could argue the Nets still could have won that game if it wasn’t for some sloppy fouls down the stretch.

The scoreboard also made Boston’s defence look much better than it was after James Harden put up 41 points of his own.

You can never discount a miraculous performance from Tatum, but with Kemba missing down the other end, the Nets look a good bet to move one game closer to the Semi’s.

Tip: Back the Nets to Cover the Line (-8.5 Points) @ $1.87

Sunday 30th May

Memphis Grizzlies Vs Utah Jazz

11:35am, FedEx Forum

Game 3 (Series Tied 1-1)

I thought there was a lot to like about the Grizzlies on Thursday despite what the scoreboard suggests.

Ja Morant had a career-high 47-point game, and I also thought Jonas Valanciunas gave the Jazz plenty to think about down low with six rebounds and 18 points of his own.

The Grizzlies have always been a very frisky team to play at home and the trends support that claim.

Memphis has played to an 8-5 record against the spread this year as the home underdog, which doesn’t bode particularly well for a Jazz team that has won only five of its last 10 on the road.

Tip: Back the Grizzlies to Cover the Line (+5 Points) @ $1.90

Saturday 29th May

Boston Celtics Vs Brooklyn Nets

10:35am, TD Garden

Game 3 (BRK Leads 2-0)

It’s almost surprising to find the Nets laying single figures here considering how good they’ve looked in the opening two games of the series.

The Nets won by double digits in Games 1 and 2, and considering this is also Kyrie Irving’s much-anticipated return to Boston, I can’t see them losing this one.

The Celtics clearly don’t have the defence to limit the Big 3 and the fact they allowed Brooklyn to shoot close to 45% from beyond the arc in Game 2 really doesn’t bode well for their chances.

To make matters worse, Kemba Walker is again on the injury report knee trouble, not to mention the fact the Celtics have won only five of their last 10 home games.

A sweep really looks likely for the Nets and I’d be surprised if they don’t make another statement here.

Tip: Back the Nets to Cover the Line (-7.5 Points) @ $1.90

Friday 28th May

Los Angeles Lakers Vs Phoenix Suns

12:05pm, STAPLES Center

Game 3 (Series Tied 1-1)

I think the bookies are overreacting a little here with the Suns laying +7 on the road.

Phoenix was far from its best in Game 2, but I highly doubt we’re going to see Chris Paul put up six points again if he does play through a shoulder injury.

The crowd should see the Lakers over the line here, but you can’t forget the fact the Suns have played to a league-best 6-2 record against the spread this year as the away underdog.

A slow start in the first quarter was what cost Phoenix in Game 2, so if they can put some of the nerves aside and start on time, I think the Suns are great value with some generous insurance.

Tip: Back the Suns to Cover the Line (+7 Points) @ $1.90

Thursday 27th May

New York Knicks Vs Atlanta Hawks

9:35am, Madison Square Garden

Game 2 (ATL Leads 1-0)

The Knicks burnt us on Monday with some uncharacteristically sloppy defence in crucial stages, but I’m willing to bet they’ll learn from those mistakes ahead of Game 2.

The pressure of playing playoff basketball at the Garden for the first time since 2013 no doubt played a part, so hopefully New York’s nerves are a little more settled now as they look to even things up.

The trends suggest the Knicks are a good bet considering they’ve played to an outstanding 19-12 record after a loss this year against the spread, while I’d also be very surprised if their elite defence gave up 32 points to Trae Young again.

Overall, the Hawks aren’t a very good defensive team and the Knicks are, so I think we’ll see the script flipped in Game 2.

Tip: Back the Knicks to Cover the Line (-2 Points) @ $1.90

Wednesday 26th May

Los Angeles Clippers Vs Dallas Mavericks

12:35pm, STAPLES Center

Game 2 (DAL Leads 1-0)

The Mavs upset the Clippers in Game 1 thanks to some outstanding defence and a big game from Luka Doncic, but I’m happy to take LA to bounce-back here based on the trends.

The Clips have typically been a steady betting play this year going 14-11 against the spread after a loss, while they’ve also got a completely clean bill of health for the first time in a long time.

Los Angeles also shot below 28% from the three in Game 1, which I just don’t see happening for a second game in a row.

If the Clips can also get some better production out of Marcus Morris down low, they should bounce-back here before the series shifts to Dallas.

Tip: Back the Clippers to Cover the Line (-6 Points) @ $1.90

Tuesday 25th May

Milwaukee Bucks Vs Miami Heat

9:35am, Fiserv Forum

Game 2 (MIL Leads 1-0)

This isn’t a series I’m overly keen to get involved in, but after looking at the Game 1 stats, I think Khris Middleton could be good odds to have another big night.

Miami struggled defensively against both Middleton and Giannis, so I expect them to double-team the Greek Freak in an attempt to stop some of the bleeding on the boards.

Middleton is one of those players that tends to go unnoticed come playoff time, as he did last year in the Eastern Conference Semi’s against Milwaukee when he averaged 25 points in the series.

Some of the looks he got from three in Game 1 suggested the Heat have accounted for him on the perimeter yet, so I fancy a safe play on Middleton and the Over.

Tip: Khris Middleton Over 27.5 Total Points @ $1.87

Monday 24th May

New York Knicks Vs Atlanta Hawks

9:05am, Madison Square Garden

Game 1

Almost even money on offer here for Game 1 between the Knicks and Hawks.

The Hawks are finally back to full health, so they should give this a good crack, but I can’t get past the fact the Knicks have won all three of their games over Atlanta this season.

Defensively New York has been one of the best sides in the league all year, especially at home where they’ve allowed the second-fewest points to opponents.

Better yet, the Knicks are 7-1-1 against the spread this year after three or more days off, so I think they are a pretty safe play to kick this series off on a high note.

Tip: Back the Knicks to Cover the Line (-1.5 Points) @ $1.90

Friday 21st May

Washington Wizards Vs Indiana Pacers

10:05am, Capital One Arena

It’s win or go home for the Wizards and Pacers on Friday.

Washington came up well short of the Celtics in Boston on Wednesday, but I think they’ll feel pretty good about this game knowing they’re facing a Pacers defence that has allowed the seventh-most points to opponents on the road this year.

On the flip side, the Wizards have allowed the second-most to opponents at home this season, so obviously the stats point towards a very high-scoring game.

It’s also worth nothing that in their three meetings already this year the two sides have combined for 250 points or more.

The Wizards have won all three of those games, but since this is a pretty evenly matched game, I think the Over is the best play.

Tip: Over the Points Total

Thursday 20th May

Memphis Grizzlies Vs San Antonio Spurs

9:40am, FedEx Forum

This should be a really fun game between two sides that are going to be serious playoff contenders in the West for many years to come.

Like most of these play-in games it’s tough to separate the two sides, but I’m happy to take the insurance the bookie are giving us on the Spurs to at least keep this close.

San Antonio comes into this game in horrible form, but they’ve actually been a much better team on the road than they have been at home this season.

Also working in the Spurs’ favour here is a couple of important trends.

Gregg Popovich’s side has gone 7-5 against the spread vs division opponents this year, while the Spurs have also played to a very impressive 5-1 mark with two days off between games.

All in all, this is also a game between one coach (Taylor Jenkins) that has coached only one play-in game, and a future Hall of Famer that has won five totals.

Tip: Back the Spurs to Cover the Line (+5.5 Points) @ $1.90

Los Angeles Lakers Vs Golden State Warriors

12:10pm, STAPLES Center

The hype for this game is real, and while everyone would like to believe that the Warriors and Steph Curry can cause some kind of crazy upset, I just don’t see it happening.

As it stands, LeBron and Anthony Davis are both listed as questionable, but I really believe this is just a play to make us all overlook the Lakers throughout the playoffs.

Curry and Draymond are definitely capable of pushing Los Angeles to the brink, but when it boils down to pure talent, I really don’t the Dubs have enough firepower to hang with the Lakers for four quarters.

Great players are great players, and that was certainly the case when the Lakers tore apart the Warriors 128-97 when they met earlier in March.

You could argue that LA would actually prefer to lose this game and face the winner of Memphis/San Antonio for a chance to play the Jazz in the first round, but even so, I still think this line is generous.

Tip: Back the Lakers to Cover the Line (-5.5 Points) @ $1.90

Wednesday 19th May

Indiana Pacers Vs Charlotte Hornets

8:40am, Bankers Life Fieldhouse

Almost even money on offer here in what is a very tricky game to dissect from a betting perspective.

Neither side comes into this one blazing hot, which has me leaning towards a high-scoring game as the safest play.

Defensively, the Pacers have really struggled with all the ins and outs this season – particularly at home where they’ve allowed just over 115 points-per-game (the second-most in the league).

Likewise, the Hornets have been just as poor on the road allowing just over 114 points, so there’s a bit to suggest this one might go Over the Total.

Indiana could potentially play without Caris LeVert, Aaron Holiday and Malcolm Brogdon at time of publish, while there’s still no word on Gordon Hayward just yet.

All in all, the scoreboard might get a workout in this one.

Tip: Over 228.5 Total Points @ $1.86

Boston Celtics Vs Washington Wizards

11:10am, TD Garden

Well, this should be something.

After doing everything they possibly could to throw away the sixth seed in the East, the Celtics find themselves with a very difficult play-in matchup on Wednesday against one of the friskiest teams in the league.

Washington comes into this one with just about everything working in their favour, whether it be form or injuries.

The Wizards have won six of their last 10 games on the road, while they’re also much healthier on the injury sheet with Jayson Tatum, Evan Fournier, Tristan Thompson, Kemba Walker and Marcus Smart all day-to-day for Boston.

The Celtics have been almost impossible to trust over the last few weeks, and although they have an edge here in terms of playoff experience, I just can’t get on board with them right now.

Jaylen Brown’s injury has made the offence almost one-dimensional, and it’s just felt as though Boston has never been able to find a groove all year.

Washington, on the other hand, is full of excitement with triple-double machine Russell Westbrook and Bradley Beal controlling the court, and considering they’ve exceeded expectations massively, I think they’ll be full of confidence to go even further.

Tip: Back the Wizards to Cover the Line (+2 Points) @ $1.90

Monday 17th May

New Orleans Pelicans Vs Los Angeles Lakers

11:10am, Smoothie King Center

The Lakers could avoid the play-in with a win today over the Pelicans, but there’s no way I can get them anywhere close to -7 favourites with both Anthony Davis and LeBron both unlikely to play.

The Pelicans are battered and bruised themselves with the likes of Steven Adams, Zion Williamson, Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball on the sidelines, but New Orleans has still managed to be a profitable betting play against the spread covering in eight of their last 11 games.

LA is also playing on no rest here after facing the Pacers in Indiana last night, so this is a tricky travel spot for them heading to New Orleans for a back-to-back.

There’s also a good chance the Lakers might prefer the easier matchup in the play-in anyway, so the Pelicans keeping this close looks likely.

Tip: Back the Pelicans to Cover the Line (+7 Points) @ $1.90

Chicago Bulls Vs Milwaukee Bucks

11:10am, United Center

With nothing left to play for, I think we might be in for a low-scoring game here between the Bulls and the Bucks.

Both teams are playing on short rest, while the Bulls are traveling in from Brooklyn and the Bucks from Milwaukee.

The Total has gone Under in close to 70% of Bulls and Bucks games on no rest this year, and I can’t see Chicago really challenging on the scoreboard with Zach LaVine and Nikola Vucevic both on the sideline.

Tip: Under 223.5 Total Points @ $1.87

Sunday 16th May

Minnesota Timberwolves Vs Boston Celtics

4:00am, Target Center

It’s almost impossible to know what to make of this Celtics team after choking away the sixth seed in the East on Thursday with a loss to the Cavs.

Boston has now lost four straight heading into this one, and with a sloppy 5-5 record in their last 10 road games, I’m happy to take the Wolves to cover.

Surprisingly, the Timberwolves have closed out the season with six wins from their last 10 home games, while this is also a funny spot for Boston traveling from Minnesota to face the Knicks on Monday in New York.

Tip: Back the Wolves to Cover the Line

Saturday 15th May

Detroit Pistons Vs Denver Nuggets

10:00am, Little Caesars Arena

The Nuggets are clear favourites in this matchup and for good reason, but I still think -8.5 is a little generous with Nikola Jokic day-to-day with a toe injury.

This is also the second game of a back-to-back for Denver after facing the Wolves in Minnesota on Friday, so it sets up as a potentially tricky travel spot for the Nuggets traveling to Detroit on short rest.

The Pistons have been a really good bet this year playing to a 16-12 record against the spread as the home underdog, so I like them with some insurance.

Tip: Back the Pistons to Cover the line (+8.5 Points) @ $1.90

Los Angeles Clippers Vs Houston Rockets

11:00am, STAPLES Center

The Rockets managed to keep things close with the Lakers on Thursday, but I feel pretty confident in the Clippers winning big here.

Outside of Serge Ibaka, Tyronn Lue’s side is one of the healthiest in the league heading into the playoffs, which is obviously a huge advantage going up against a Rockets lineup that has been decimated by injury.

The Clippers are also playing on no rest here after facing the Hornets yesterday.

LA has been an outstanding bet in the second game of a back-to-back all year, playing to a 11-1 record overall and a 10-1-1 record against the spread.

The Clips also destroyed Houston 126-109 when they met in LA last month, so this one could get out of hand in a hurry.

Tip: Back the Clippers to Cover the Line (-12.5 Points) @ $1.90

Friday 14th May

New York Knicks Vs San Antonio Spurs

9:40am, Madison Square Garden

I feel pretty strongly about the Knicks in this spot following Wednesday’s close loss to the Lakers in OT.

New York clinched a playoff spot on Thursday thanks to Boston’s loss to the Cavs, but I still think they’ll be eager to build some momentum heading into the postseason.

Fortunately for us, the Knicks have been a really good bounce-back bet this year with a 19-11 record against the spread, while they’ve also got the added luxury of playing at home for their remaining three games.

The Spurs, meanwhile, are playing on short rest after coming up well short of the Nets last night.

San Antonio has a lot to play for at this point, but with a 5-9 record in the second game of a back-to-back this season, I can’t have them.

Tip: Back the Knicks to Cover the Line (-4.5 Points) @ $1.90

Atlanta Hawks Vs Orlando Magic

9:40am, State Farm Arena

The Hawks have already clinched a playoff spot, but they need to ensure they win out from here if they hope to stave off the Heat and the Knicks for the fourth seed in the East.

Fortunately, Atlanta has a very favourable division matchup today against a Magic team that has been absolutely decimated by injuries.

James Ennis Jr, Terrence Ross, Otto Porter and Michael Carter-Williams are all out for the remainder of the season, which largely explains Orlando’s recent four-game losing streak.

It has to be said that this is a big double-digit line for the Hawks to try and cover, but the fact they’ve gone a whopping 9-1 in their last 10 home games reads well.

Atlanta has also gone 5-1 at home during that same span, so I’m with the Hawks to really make a statement here against an inferior opponent.

Tip: Back the Hawks to Cover the Line (-12.5 Points) @ $1.90

Thursday 14th May

Utah Jazz Vs Portland Trail Blazers

11:40am, Vivint Energy Arena

UTA 98 - POR 105

Big primetime game here for both sides as the Jazz look to further the gap between themselves and the second-place Suns, and the Blazers look to move one step closer to securing the fifth seed.

Utah is really tough to bet against at home, but I’m with Portland to cover here just based on how well they’ve played on the road recently.

The Blazers have won six of their last 10 away from home, while they’ve also been a really strong play against the spread of late covering six of their last nine.

Utah is still al little banged up with Mike Conley listed as day-to-day, so with plenty to play for, I expect the Blazers to keep this close.

Tip: Back the Blazers to Cover the Line (+4.5 Points) @ $1.90

Los Angeles Lakers Vs Houston Rockets

12:30pm, Staples Center

LAL 124 - HOU 122

A Lakers win and a Mavs loss could be enough to vault Los Angeles into the sixth seed in the West on Thursday, but I still can’t get them anywhere close to -13.5 point favourites against the Rockets.

Houston has been bad – like six-game losing streak bad – but keep in mind, they’ve still managed to put a scare into the Bucks and the Jazz over the last seven days.

As I write, there’s no word on whether LeBron will play or not, but even so, I still think Houston can at least keep the margin respectable with the Lakers playing the second game of a back-to-back.

Tip: Back the Rockets to Cover the Line (+13.5 Points) @ $1.90

Wednesday 13th May

Golden State Warriors Vs Phoenix Suns

12:10pm, Chase Center

We had a good win on the Warriors yesterday against the Jazz, but obviously this is a much tougher task playing on no rest against an equally tough Suns team.

Whether they want it is up for debate, but Phoenix still has a chance at claiming the No. 1 seed in the West if results go their way.

Therefore, I think they’ll be pretty eager to get back to business here after losing to the Lakers on Monday, which at the same time, sets up one of the most profitable betting plays on the season.

The Suns have played to a league-best 15-4 record against the spread after a loss, while the Warriors have been awful in the second game of a back-to-back this year winning only five of their 14 games.

Tip: Back the Suns to Cover the Line (-5 Points) @ $1.90

Sacramento Kings Vs Oklahoma City Thunder

12:10pm, Golden 1 Center

Another nerve-racking double-digit line here, but I’m with the Kings to cover considering the Thunder are basically just tanking at this point.

OKC has lost seven straight heading into this one, while they also came up 24 points short of Sacramento when they met on Monday.

It’s unbelievable really, but the Kings also have something to play for as they shit just three games behind the Spurs for the 10th seed in the play-in.

Since that is the case, I expect Harrison Barnes to play with Tyrese Haliburton and De’Aaron Fox out, which would push the edge even further in Sacramento’s favour.

Tip: Back the Kings to Cover the Line (-10.5 Points) @ $1.90

Tuesday 12th May

Golden State Warriors Vs Utah Jazz

12:10pm, Chase Center

This is a really tricky day with so many important games on offer, so I’m looking to play it safe with just the one bet on the Warriors.

As it stands, Golden State would take on the Lakers in next week’s play-in tournament, so they shouldn’t be short on motivation tonight with the eighth seed in their grasp.

The Jazz come into this one riding a five-game winning streak after defeating the Rockets on Sunday, but considering they’ve gone 5-5 across their last 10 road games, I think there’s a good chance we at least see the Dubs keep this close.

Golden State, meanwhile, has played to an 8-2 record at home during that same span, while the Jazz also have a few injury concerns with Mike Conley looking doubtful to play.

Tip: Back the Warriors to Cover the Line (+2 Points) @ $1.90

Sunday 9th May

Utah Jazz Vs Houston Rockets

12:00pm, Vivint Arena

I expect we’ll get a healthy double-digit spread in favour of the Jazz here, but I’m happy to take it considering how awful the Rockets have played in the second game of back-to-back’s this year.

Houston owns a 4-9 record when playing on no rest this year, and that won’t be helped by the fact they play the Bucks and Jazz on back-to-back nights.

You probably already know, but Utah is basically unbeatable at home this year.

The Jazz have lost only two of their last 10 home games to go with a very impressive 8-5 record when playing in the second game of a back-to-back themselves.

Like always, these long lines are enough to make you nervous, but everything lines up for a big Jazz win.

Tip: Back the Jazz to Cover the Line

Saturday 8th May

Chicago Bulls Vs Boston Celtics

9:40am, United Center

Bit of a strange schedule spot here for the Bulls as they travel from Charlotte back to Chicago on no rest before heading back on the road to Detroit on Monday.

The Bulls got the job done last night against the Hornets in a monster 21-point victory, but I’m siding with the Celtics in the second game of their back-to-back.

Boston, like Chicago, has been a tough side to trust at times this year, but the Celtics do hold the wood over the Bulls with eight wins on the board from their last 10 meetings.

Chicago has also been an awful side when playing on no rest this year winning just five of their 15 games, so this looks a nice spot for a well-rested Celtics side to take advantage.

Tip: Back the Celtics to Cover the Line (-2.5 Points) @ $1.90

Phoenix Suns Vs New York Knicks

12:10pm, Phoenix Suns Arena

Really interesting game here with both the Suns and the Knicks looking to atone for previous defeats.

The Suns came up well short of the Hawks on Thursday in a huge upset, while the Knicks were also a touch disappointing in a blowout loss to the Nuggets in Denver.

Both teams have typically been very strong when it comes to avenging previous losses, but since this is a bit of a 50/50 type game, I’m going to play it safe on the Points Total.

Not to get too technical, but the Total has gone Under in 18 of the Knicks’ 28 games after a loss this year, while the Suns have achieved the same result in 10 of their 18 games following a defeat.

Considering we’re also talking about two teams that rank Top 10 in fewest points allowed to opponents, a low-scoring game appears likely.

Tip: Under 218 Total Points @ $1.90

Friday 7th May

Toronto Raptors Vs Washington Wizards

9:40am, Amalie Arena

Really not sure how the Raptors are the short-priced favourites ahead of this game against Washington.

Toronto’s injury report currently features OG Annoy and Fred VanVleet at time of publish, so if those two are ruled out, I feel pretty confident in the Wizards covering.

Even if the pair play though, I still think Washington is a good bet.

The Wizards lost by a single point last night against the Bucks, a performance they can certainly build on.

Washington has played to a strong 10-6 record against the spread in the second game of a back-to-back this year, so I’m happy to take them with some insurance.

Tip: Back the Wizards to Cover the Line (+1.5 Points) @ $1.90

Indiana Pacers Vs Atlanta Hawks

10:10am, Bankers Life Fieldhouse

The Hawks picked up what could be a season-defining win last night against the Suns, but I’m happy to back against them here traveling to Indiana on no rest.

Atlanta has really struggled in the second game of back-to-back’s this year playing to a 5-8 record, while there’s also the same uncertainty around De’Andre Hunter’s status as there was yesterday.

Indiana, meanwhile, lost a stinker against the Kings, but the good news is they’ve played to a solid 9-5 mark on no rest – the fourth-best record in the league.

Tip: Back the Pacers to Cover the Line (+5 Points) @ $1.90

Thursday 6th May

Atlanta Hawks Vs Phoenix Suns

10:00am, State Farm Arena

I think we’ve got a pretty generous line on offer here between the Hawks and the Suns in Atlanta.

Phoenix is playing on no rest pummelling the Cavs 134-118 last night, and I think they’ll be pretty eager to add another win in the final game of their road trip.

The Suns have played to a 10-5 record against the spread this year in the second game of a back-to-back, while they’ve also been a pretty steady play against Southeast Division opponents covering in four of their last six.

Atlanta has found some form of late with six wins from their last 10 games, but if De’Andre Hunter sits out, I feel confident in the Suns.

Tip: Back the Suns to Cover the Line (-1.5 Points) @ $1.90

Indiana Pacers Vs Sacramento Kings

10:00am, Bankers Life Fieldhouse

We might be in for a high-scoring game here between two stragglers.

The Kings are playing on no rest after downing the Thunder by four last night, while the Pacers are looking to atone for their loss to the Wizards on Tuesday.

From a trends perspective, close to 60% of Sacramento’s games have gone Over the Total in the second game of a back-to-back, which ties in nicely with the fact the Pacers have seen 23 of their 33 games go Over after a loss.

Both sides are also nursing a long list of injuries with names like Harrison Barnes and Malcom Brogdon day-to-day, so it shouldn’t surprise you to learn both the Pacers and Kings rank Top 5 in points allowed this year.

Tip: Over 238.5 Total Points @ $1.90

Wednesday 5th May

Detroit Pistons Vs Charlotte Hornets

9:00am, Little Caesars Arena

Quite like the Hornets here laying a cool -5.5 against the Pistons.

Charlotte has really cooled off of late due to injuries to Gordon Hayward and Devonte’ Graham, but this does look a nice spot for them to atone for Monday’s double-digit loss to the Heat.

Firstly, the Hornets have played to a steady 19-13 record against the spread on the back of a loss, while this is also the second game of a back-to-back for Detroit.

As you might already know, the Pistons have played to the second-worst record in the league on no rest (3-11), so I think the Hornets can get the job done here with LaMelo Ball back in the side.

Tip: Back the Hornets to Cover the Line (-5.5 Points) @ $1.90

New Orleans Pelicans Vs Golden State Warriors

10:00am, Smoothie King Center

We might be in for a low-scoring game here with the Pelicans and the Warriors both playing on no rest.

Both sides combined for 231 points last night in Golden State’s blowout win, but I find it hard to believe Steph Curry and Zion Williamson will combine for over 70 points for the second night in a row.

The total has also gone under in close to 70% of Golden State’s games when playing on no rest this year, while seven of the last 10 meetings between these two sides have also resulted in a similar outcome.

Tip: Under 234.5 Total Points

Tuesday 4th May

Chicago Bulls Vs Philadelphia 76ers

11:10am, United Center

Hard to fade the Sixers in this spot as they continue their three-game road trip.

The Bulls have basically been awful since the All-Star break, and things are probably only about to get worse with Zach LaVine and Nikola Vucevic likely missing this game.

The Sixers can sometimes be a bit of a query on the road, but unlike Chicago, they head into this one completely healthy.

With a 5-1 record against the spread in their last six games against the Bulls, as well as a defence that has allowed only 108 points on average over the last two weeks, I’m firmly in Philly’s corner.

Tip: Back the Sixers to Cover the Line (-6 Points) @ $1.90

Sunday 2nd May

Atlanta Hawks Vs Chicago Bulls

10:00am, State Farm Arena

I’m with the Bulls in this spot for similar reasons to the ones I listed yesterday.

The Hawks are in the midst of some serious injury concerns, which doesn’t really bode well for them traveling from Philly back home to Atlanta on no rest.

Nate McMillan’s side has played to a sloppy 4-8 record in the second game of a back-to-back this year, and the potential absence of Trae Young will only complicate matters.

Tip: Back the Bulls to Cover the Line

Saturday 1st May

Philadelphia 76ers Vs Atlanta Hawks

10:10am, Wells Fargo Center

This looks to be another long night at the office for the Hawks with Clint Capela, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Kevin Huerter and Trae Young all listed as day-to-day on the injury report.

The absence of all four obviously leaves Atlanta very short on talent against this completely healthy Sixers side, while the fact they lost by 45 points when they met Philly only three days ago obviously makes this even tougher.

Throw in the Sixers’ outstanding 18-12-1 record against the spread at home this year, and you have a pretty safe bet.

Tip: Back the Sixers to Cover the Line (-9 Points) @ $1.90

Chicago Bulls Vs Milwaukee Bucks

11:00am, United Center

The Bucks had their hands full yesterday against a half-strength Rockets side and I wouldn’t be surprised if we see a similar story unfold here against the Bulls.

It’s worth monitoring the injury report with Zach LaVine and Nikola Vucevic listed as questionable, but if both play, I feel confident in backing Chicago to cover.

The Bulls were annihilated by the Knicks on Thursday by 19 points, but they’ve typically bounced back well from a defeat to play to a 21-14 record against the spread.

With Milwaukee also traveling from Houston to Chicago on no rest, the Bulls have an edge.

Tip: Back the Bulls to Cover the Line (+6.5 Points) @ $1.90

Friday 30th April

Houston Rockets Vs Milwaukee Bucks

10:10am, Toyota Center

Really hard to see this one turning out to be anything other than a blowout.

I could rattle off a whole bunch of numbers to support my case, but all you really need to know is that this is basically the highest points scoring team in the league taking on a Rockets team that ranks fourth in points allowed to opponents.

Milwaukee is also one of the healthiest sides in the league right now, while Houston’s injury list stretches a mile long.

These two sides haven’t met at all this year, which probably favours the Bucks even more.

Tip: Back the Bucks to Cover the Line (-12.5 Points) @ $1.90

Oklahoma City Thunder Vs New Orleans Pelicans

11:10am, Chesapeake Energy Arena

The Thunder have only managed one win from their last 10 games, but I still think they are being undervalued here laying +8.5 against a Pelicans side that came up two points short to the Nuggets yesterday.

New Orleans has been awful in the second game of a back-to-back this year winning only four of their 11 games, while there’s still some concern for Steven Adams as he battles his way through a toe injury.

The Thunder are a little worse for wear themselves, but with a rest advantage and a big win over the Celtics on Wednesday, they look a good bet to cover.

Tip: Back the Thunder to Cover the Line (+8.5 Points) @ $1.90

Thursday 29th April

Boston Celtics Vs Charlotte Hornets

9:40am, TD Garden

BOS 120 - CHA 111

No idea how the Celtics are this short following yesterday’s ugly loss to the Thunder.

Given, Boston was missing Jayson Tatum and Kemba Walker from the lineup, but given Kemba has already been ruled out for this game, I’m not sure how the Celtics are -6.5 favourites.

This is also an interesting spot for Charlotte after losing by 10 to the Bucks yesterday.

The Hornets have really fallen away recently losing three of their last 10 games, but the trends do suggest they are a good bet to cover.

Charlotte has played to an 18-12 record after a loss this year, while they also handed Boston a 19 point loss when they met on Monday.

Tip: Back the Hornets to Cover the Line (+6.5 Points) @ $1.90

New York Knicks Vs Chicago Bulls

9:40am, Madison Square Garden

NYK 113 - CHI 94

Firmly the Knicks here after fading out in the fourth quarter on their way to an eight-point loss to the Suns on Tuesday.

Like the Hornets above, the Knicks have been a really good play when it comes to bouncing back from a loss covering in 17 of their 27 games so far.

The Bulls could also be without Zach LaVine due to medical protocols again, which as we know, basically turns Chicago into a completely one dimensional team.

New York, meanwhile, is one of the healthiest sides in the league right now, and after beating the Bulls by five when they met back in February, I think this line is a little generous.

Tip: Back the Knicks to Cover the Line (-5.5 Points) @ $1.90

Wednesday 28th April

Boston Celtics Vs Oklahoma City Thunder

9:10am, TD Garden

BOS 115 - OKC 119

Bit of a tricky slate for a Wednesday, so I’m looking to play it safe on the Under here between the Celtics and Thunder.

We’ve got a host of injuries ahead of tip-off with the Celtics missing Kemba Walker and Jayson Tatum, and the Thunder potentially missing Tom Bradley and a handful of other contributors.

That leads me to believe this game should be relatively low scoring, and it helps knowing the Total has gone Under in 11 of Boston’s last 13 home games.

Tip: Under 216 Total Points @ $1.90

Tuesday 27th April

New York Knicks Vs Phoenix Suns

9:40am, Madison Square Garden

Really fascinating game here with the Knicks shooting for 10 straight and the Suns looking to snap a two-game skid.

Phoenix has been one of the toughest sides to beat all season, but I’m happy to fade the Suns as the favourite based on their troubles on the road recently.

The Suns have won only six of their last 10 away from home, while they also rank ninth in the league in points allowed during that time frame.

The Knicks, on the other hand, continually to prove a real problem defensively.

New York still ranks first in the league in fewest points allowed to opponents – as the Hornets, Hawks and Raptors found out the hard way last week in their double-digit losses.

Having covered in each of their last seven home games, take the Knicks with some insurance.

Tip: Back the Knicks to Cover the Line (+2.5) @ $1.90

Orlando Magic Vs Los Angeles Lakers

9:10am, Amway Center

The Magic have lost five straight heading into Tuesday’s clash with the Lakers and it’s difficult to see them snapping that skid with a host of names on the sideline.

Terrence Ross and James ennis are both listed as day-to-day at time of publish, which doesn’t bode well going up against a Lakers team that is looking to snap its own three-game skid.

Anthony Davis’ inclusion hasn’t counted for much so far, but this does look a nice game for him to rediscover some form against a Magic outfit that has allowed just shy over 120 points on average over their last 10 games.

The Lakers only won by three points when these two sides last met, but it’s worth noting LeBron and Davis were both absent that night.

With one of the star duo back in the fold, Los Angeles looks a good bet to win big.

Tip: Back the Lakers to Cover the Line (-11 Points) @ $1.90

Sunday 25th April

Utah Jazz Vs Minnesota Timberwolves

11:00am, Vivint Arena

UTA 96 - MIN 101

Kind of a weird schedule spot for the Jazz as they travel back home to Utah for one game before heading back to the road for their next three.

Even so, Utah’s impeccable 26-3 record at home this year is hard to fault as they prepare to face a Timberwolves side that has won only six games away from home all year.

It remains to be seen if Donovan Mitchell plays through his sprained ankle, but considering the Jazz are 5-3 against the spread following a two-day break, they should be winning this comfortably either way.

Tip: Back the Jazz to Cover the Line

Saturday 24th April

Brooklyn Nets Vs Boston Celtics

9:10am, Barclays Center

The Nets are still battling through injuries to Kevin Durant and James Harden, but I think they can at least keep this game respectable against the visiting Celtics.

Boston demolished the Suns last night at home, but this is still a tough road trip for them traveling to Brooklyn on no rest.

The Celtics have played to a pretty sloppy 5-6 record this year in the second game of a back-to-back, while there’s also no word on whether Jaylen Brown will suit up.

The Nets, on the other hand, are looking to bounce-back from a loss to the Raptors on Thursday.

Even through their injuries, Brooklyn has still managed to cover in four of its last six games, so if the line swings in favour of the Celtics, I like the Nets to cover.

Tip: Back the Nets to Cover the Line

Friday 23rd April

Friday's NBA Multi

Jayson Tatum 25+ Points, Detroit Pistons (+9), Charlotte Hornets (+3) @ $6.24

San Antonio Spurs Vs Detroit Pistons

10:40am, AT&T Center

One of the top betting plays of the year is in action here with the Pistons heading to San Antonio on no rest to battle the Spurs.

Detroit lost on Thursday by 10-points to the Mavs, which from a betting perspective is a huge positive when you consider the Pistons have played to a 27-11-1 record against the spread on the back of a loss.

For the Spurs, this is also a tricky spot with two big games coming up over the next few days on the road against New Orleans and Washington.

San Antonio has really struggled down the stretch losing four of its last 10, so I’m willing to bet they overlook this dangerous Detroit team.

Tip: Back the Pistons to Cover the Line (+9.0 Points) @ $1.90

Chicago Bulls Vs Charlotte Hornets

11:10am, United Center

No idea how the Bulls are the short-priced favourite heading into this matchup.

Chicago has been awful to watch over the last few weeks, while last night’s 16-point loss to the lowly Cavs didn’t suggest any improvement is on the horizon.

To be fair, the Bulls have struggled mightily with Zach LaVine on the sidelines, but I still can’t get them anywhere close to this price.

As far as the Hornets are concerned, their recent stretch hasn’t been much better, without Gordon Hayward, but there was a bit to like about their win over the Blazers on Monday before losing double digits to the Knicks on Wednesday.

Charlotte has played to a strong 17-11 record against the spread after a loss this year, so again, there’s a lot to like about the Hornets with some insurance.

Tip: Back the Hornets to Cover the Line (+3 Points) @ $1.90

Thursday 22nd April

Los Angeles Clippers Vs Memphis Grizzlies

12:10pm, STAPLES Center

LAC 117 - 105

Interesting little game here with the line blowing all the way out to -3 in favour of the Grizzlies after the Clippers announced Paul George and Rajon Rondo won’t play.

With Kawhi Leonard also on the sidelines, Los Angeles is now left very short on both ends of the floor – which isn’t ideal coming off last night’s narrow one-point win over Portland.

As for the Grizzlies, this is also a very profitable spot for Memphis in terms of trends.

The Grizz lost in overtime to the Nuggets on Tuesday, which from a betting perspective, is good news considering Memphis has played to a 16-10 record against the spread coming off a loss.

Taylor Jenkins’ side has also been a much better team on the road this year than they have at home, so this does shape as a nice bounce-back spot for the Grizzlies to keep their play-in hopes alive.

Tip: Back the Grizzlies to Cover the Line (-3 Points) @ $1.90

Sacramento Kings Vs Minnesota Timberwolves

12:10pm, Golden 1 Center

SAC 128 - MIN 125

The Kings and the Wolves square off for the second night in a row in what shapes to be another high-scoring affair.

Minnesota throttled Sacramento 134-120 yesterday thanks to a 26-point double-double from Karl-Anthony Towns, while Anthony Edwards also enjoyed his share of the spoils finishing with 28.

If you keep an eye on the stats, none of this would have surprised you though when you consider the Kings have allowed the fifth-most points in the league during the month of April.

Not to be outdone, the Wolves currently lead the league over the last 22 days, while it’s also worth noting both sides have seen seven of their 12 games on no rest go Over the Total this year.

Tip: Over 239.5 Total Points @ $1.90

Wednesday 21st April

Atlanta Hawks Vs Orlando Magic

9:40am, State Farm Arena

ATL 112 - ORL 96

Worth just keeping an eye on this game right up until tip-off with the Hawks nursing a few key injuries.

Atlanta has been on fire of late winning eight of its last 10, but this might be a little tougher with Danilo Gallinari and De’Andre Hunter both listed as day-to-day heading in.

The Magic have been god-awful during this second half stretch, but they typically get up for these division games having covered the line in six of their nine contests so far.

If Gallinari and Hunter sit out, I like the Magic here with some good insurance.

Tip: Back the Magic to Cover the Line (+12.5 Points) @ $1.90

Tuesday 20th April

Boston Celtics Vs Chicago Bulls

9:40am, TD Garden

BOS 96 - CHI 102

This looks a pretty winnable game for Boston even with Kemba Walker on the sidelines.

The Bulls have been tough to watch over the last few weeks losing six of their last 10 games, which isn’t a huge surprise considering Zach LaVine remains out with an illness.

As a result, Chicago’s offensive production has dipped massively during that time frame to rank 22nd in the league in points-per-game.

That alone doesn’t stack up well against a Celtics side that has really hit its stride recently with some big wins over the Nuggets, Lakers and Warriors.

Throw in the fact Boston has covered in each of its last five games, and you have the makings of a seemingly safe bet.

Tip: Back the Celtics to Cover the Line (-6 Points) @ $1.90

Milwaukee Bucks Vs Phoenix Suns

10:10am, Fiserv Forum

MIL 127 - PHO 128 (OT)

Massive road trip ahead for the Suns as they visit the Bucks, Sixers, Celtics, Nets and Knicks over the coming week.

This is obviously a big test right off the bat against a Milwaukee side that has won six of its last 10, but I do like the Suns to keep this close based on the fact Phoenix won by a point when these two sides met last month.

The Suns are also playing on the back of a loss to the Spurs on Sunday, which as we already know, is a very profitable scenario.

Phoenix has played to a league-best 12-3 record against the spread in the second game of a back-to-back this year, while they’ve also gone a league-best 5-1 as the away underdog.

Tip: Back the Suns to Cover the Line (+2.5 Points) @ $1.94

Sunday 18th April

Washington Wizards Vs Detroit Pistons

10:00am, Capital One Arena

How about this Wizards team?

Back to back wins over the Jazz and Kings has left Washington in a strong position to make the play-in, and I think there’s a strong chance they move one step closer on Sunday with a win over the Pistons.

I’m typing this before the Wizards play the Pelicans on Saturday, but regardless of that result, I still think they are a good bet to cover.

Washington has played to a strong 8-5 record against the spread in the second game of a back-to-back this year, which should come in handy against a Pistons side that is little worse for wear right now.

Tip: Back the Wizards to Cover the Line

Saturday 17th April

Detroit Pistons Vs Oklahoma City Thunder

9:10am, Little Caesars Arena


Really good odds on offer here between two sides that are basically playing for a top draft pick at this point.

The injury riddled Thunder have lost eight straight coming in, while the Pistons haven’t fared much better losing three straight to the Blazers and Clippers.

A win from either side really wouldn’t surprise me, but I do think the Pistons are the team to bet on based on what we’ve seen from OKC over their last 10 games.

The Thunder currently lead the league in points allowed to opponents during that time frame, while they also rank dead last on the offensive end.

Despite the Pistons’ record, they did hang tight with the Clippers in their back-to-back series earlier in the week, so you have to think Detroit wins this.

Tip: Back the Pistons to Win @ $1.82

Philadelphia 76ers Vs Los Angeles Clippers

9:10am, Wells Fargo Center

I think the Sixers are safe enough to play on with Kawhi Leonard still listed as questionable with a foot injury.

Philly made short work of a half-strength Nets team on Thursday to cover the line, and this shapes as another winnable game for them playing at home.

Doc Rivers’ side has played to a steady 12-10 record against the spread as the home favourite this year, not to mention the fact they’ve also gone 7-4-1 against division opponents.

If Kawhi is ruled out not long before tip-off I’d expect this line to get out even more, so it’s probably worth getting on early if you’re searching for some safety and value.

Tip: Back the 76ers to Cover the Line (-1 Point) @ $1.90

Friday 16th April

Cleveland Cavaliers Vs Golden State Warriors

10-:00am, Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse

One look at the injury report suggests the Under is a good bet here between the Cavs and Dubs.

With James Wiseman out indefinitely with a knee injury, things have only gotten worse for Golden State with Eric Paschall still battling a hip problem and Kelly Oubre also questionable with a wrist injury.

On Cleveland’s side, Collin Sexton is also day-to-day with a groin issue.

Obviously it’s worth monitoring this closer to tip-off, but considering nine of the Cavs’ 12 games this year have gone Under on no rest, a low-scoring game looks likely.

Tip: Under 221.5 Total Points

Phoenix Suns Vs Sacramento Kings

12:00pm, Phoenix Suns Arena

It’s been a very lean week so far, but surely the Suns are a safe bet to cover against the lowly Kings, right?

Phoenix has won three straight heading in, while they’ve also got the rest advantage after the Kings were hammered 123-111 last night against the Wizards.

In case you haven’t looked at the standings, Sacramento has been awful over the last few weeks losing eight straight games.

With an equally ugly 3-8 record in the second game of a back-to-back this year, the Suns should have this covered.

Tip: Back the Suns to Cover the Line (-9 Points) @ $1.90

Thursday 15th April

Philadelphia 76ers Vs Brooklyn Nets

9:10am, Wells Fargo Center

PHI 123 - BRK 117

So it looks as though the Sixers are worth betting on again.

Philly has dominated the Celtics, Thunder and Mavericks over their last four games with Joel Embiid back in the lineup, and I’m expecting that trend to continue in what should have been a blockbuster on Thursday against the Nets.

Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving are both listed as questionable for this game, so it is worth monitoring the injury report before tip-off.

If both sit out though, there’s good reason to believe Philly can win this game comfortably.

Firstly, and most obviously, the Sixers have been home this year playing to a 20-5 record, but perhaps more importantly, they’ve also covered the spread in seven of their 11 games against division opponents.

Tip: Back the Sixers to Cover the Line (-4 Points) @ $1.90

Detroit Pistons Vs Los Angeles Clippers

10:10am, Little Caesars Arena

DET 98 - LAC 100

We’ve had some pretty wild results over the last couple of days, but the Clippers do look a nice bet to get us back on track against the Pistons.

Kawhi Leonard sat out last night’s game against the Pacers, but that still didn’t stop LA from dishing out an 11-point beatdown.

That game aside, the Clips playing on no rest has been a great play all year with LA covering the line in eight of their nine games so far in this scenario.

Detroit is one of those teams capable of causing a weird upset, but with a 3-7 record in their last 10 home games, this looks beyond them.

Tip: Back the Clippers to Cover the Line (-10.5 Points) @ $1.90

Wednesday 14th April

Wednesday's NBA Multi

Charlotte Hornets to Win, Phoenix Suns to Win, Damian Lillard 25+ Points, Pascal Siakam Over 7.5 Rebounds @ $9.94

Charlotte Hornets Vs Los Angeles Lakers

10:10am, Spectrum Center

CHA 93 - LAL 101

Bit of a pick’em game here with almost even money on offer between the Hornets and Lakers.

Both sides are looking to bounce-back from a loss, but I’m with Charlotte to do so based on LA’s troubles on the road of late.

The Lakers have won only four of their last 10 games away from home, which really doesn’t come as a huge surprise considering LeBron and Anthony Davis have both been out.

Also working in the Hornets’ favour here is the fact they’ve won 14 of their 24 games after a loss this year.

The absence of Gordon Hayward and potentially PJ Washington has me steering clear of the line, but the Hornets are still good value outright.

Tip: Back the Hornets to Win @ $1.83

Utah Jazz Vs Oklahoma City Thunder

11:10am, Vivint Arena

UTA 106 - OKC 96

The Jazz saw their 24-game home win streak come to an end last night in a shock loss to the Wizards, a result I imagine they’ll be looking to forget in a hurry.

Fortunately, the injury riddled Oklahoma City Thunder are in town on Wednesday, a side that has lost six straight coming in.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander remains out indefinitely with a foot injury, while the Thunder could also be short on key bench guys like Aleksej Pokusevski and Isaiah Roby.

Even better, the Jazz are playing on no rest, which has easily been one of the best betting scenarios of the entire season.

Utah has gone 8-2 against the spread this year in the second game of a back-to-back, so it’s worth backing the Jazz to cover this monstrous number.

Tip: Back the Jazz to Cover the Line (-17 Points) @ $1.90

Tuesday 13th April

Orlando Magic Vs San Antonio Spurs

10:10am, Amway Center

ORL 97 - SAS 120

If you can get past their recent five-game losing streak, the Magic do look backable in this spot.

Despite their recent poor form, Orlando has still managed to cover the line in seven of its last 10 games, while they’ve also gone 6-1 against the spread in their last seven against opponents from the West.

More importantly though, this is a tricky travel spot for the Spurs flying from Dallas to Orlando on no rest.

San Antonio has played to a sloppy 2-7 record this year in the second game of a back-to-back, so there’s a bit to like about the Magic here with a head start.

Tip: Back the Magic to Cover the Line (+7 Points) @ $1.90

Sunday 11th April

Phoenix Suns Vs Washington Wizards

12:00pm, Phoenix Suns Arena

The Suns losing on Friday to the Clippers sets up a pretty profitable play here against the Wizards.

Phoenix has been the best side to bet on this year following a previous loss as they have so far covered the spread in 11 of their 14 games.

Washington is also playing on no rest after facing the Warriors on Saturday. The Wizards are 5-7 in the second game of a back-to-back this year, while there’s still some concern for Bradley Beal as he battles through a hip injury.

The Suns very rarely lose back-to-back games, so this looks a nice spot for them to pick up a win back on their home court.

Tip: Back the Suns to Cover the Line

Saturday 10th April

Saturday's NBA Multi

Chicago Bulls (+3), Los Angeles Clippers (-13.5), Karl-Anthony Towns to Have 12+ Rebounds @ $8.48

Atlanta Hawks Vs Chicago Bulls

10:10am, State Farm Arena

I think the Bulls are being a little hard done by here at +3 against the Hawks.

Chicago does have a tendency to throw games away in the fourth quarter, but judging by the injury report, this is definitely a winnable game for Bill Donovan’s side.

As I type, Clint Capela, Danilo Gallinari, John Collins and De’Andre Hunter are all listed as day-to-day with very ailments for Atlanta, which does leave them severely shorthanded against a Bulls team that is basically back to full health.

To make matters worse, Chicago also come in with some momentum after winning by nine over the Raptors last night.

Having covered the spread in each of their last five games – as well as seven of their last 10 against Atlanta – I feel good about the Bulls here.

Tip: Back the Bulls to Cover the Line (+3 Points) @ $1.90

Los Angeles Clippers Vs Houston Rockets

12:10pm, STAPLES Center

Fairly obvious play here with the Clippers laying -13.5 at time of publish against the lowly Rockets

The Clips found themselves in a tight tussle last night against the Suns before ultimately pulling away in the fourth quarter – a performance I’m sure they can build on even if Kawhi Leonard or Paul George receive a spell.

In case you don’t already know, the Rockets have been awful on both ends of the floor where they rank Top 10 in points allowed 24th in points-per-game.

More importantly, the Clippers have played to an impressive 8-1 record this year in the second game of a back-to-back, so while they should be taking this one easily.

Tip: Back the Clippers to Cover the Line (-13.5 Points) @ $1.90

Friday 9th April

Friday's NBA Multi

Detroit Pistons (+7.5), Phoenix Suns (+6), Collin Sexton 25+ Points @ $6.45

Los Angeles Clippers Vs Phoenix Suns

12:10pm, STAPLES Center

Pretty surprising to find the Suns laying +5.5 here after holding off the Jazz last night in OT.

This is obviously a bit of a tricky travel spot for Monty Williams’ side traveling from Phoenix to Los Angeles on no rest, but I still think there’s a good chance the Suns at least keep this tight.

So far, Phoenix has played to an outstanding 8-3 record in the second game of a back-to-back, while this is also an interesting scheduling spot as far as the Clippers are concerned.

After Friday’s game, LA faces the Rockets on Saturday and the Pistons on Monday.

Those two sides shouldn’t give the Clippers any problems, but the mental aspect of playing three games in four days could be enough to leave the door open for the Suns.

Tip: Back the Suns to Cover the Line (+6 Points) @ $1.90

Sacramento Kings Vs Detroit Pistons

12:10pm, Golden 1 Center

SAC 101 - DET 113

The Pistons suffered a blowout at the hands of the Nuggets on Wednesday, but as you may already know, they’ve been a really good bet following a previous loss all year.

Against the spread, Detroit has played to a 23-11 record in this scenario – the second-best mark in the league.

A trip to Sacramento makes this a big ask, but the Kings do look vulnerable right now having lost four straight games heading in.

To make matters worse, Hassan Whiteside remains on the injury report with a knee injury, and his absence alone could leave plenty of room for Saddiq Bey and Jerami Grant to do their best work.

Tip: Back the Pistons to Cover the Line (+7.5 Points) @ $1.90

Thursday 8th April

Thursday's NBA Multi

Brooklyn Nets (-9), Charlotte Hornets (-4.5), Phoenix Suns (+2) @ $7.00

Oklahoma City Thunder Vs Charlotte Hornets

10:10am, Chesapeake Energy Arena

OKC 102 - CHA 113

Banking on the Hornets to bounce-back here after suffering a huge 30-point loss to the Celtics in Boston on Monday.

Fortunately, Charlotte has had a couple of extra days to get their heads right before venturing south to Oklahoma City, although as the market suggests, the Hornets really should be winning this game comfortably.

So far this year James Borrego’s side has gone 15-8 against the spread after a loss, which is a pretty worrying sign for a Thunder side in the midst of a three-game losing streak.

The absence of Gordon Hayward will no doubt he felt, but the Hornets can rest easy knowing Shai-Gilgeous Alexander and handful of other key contributors are still out for OKC.

Tip: Back the Hornets to Cover the Line (-4.5 Points) @ $1.90

Phoenix Suns Vs Utah Jazz

12:10pm, Phoenix Suns Arena

PHO 117 - UTA 113

The odds tell you all you need to know about this potential Western Conference Finals game between the Suns and Jazz.

Utah has been the team to beat in the conference since Anthony Davis went down for the Lakers, but I’m happy to take the red-hot Suns on this occasion to extend their winning streak to seven.

If this game was being played in Utah I’d likely go the opposite, but the Jazz have looked a little vulnerable on the road since the All-Star break winning only five of their last 10 games away from home.

Phoenix, on the other hand, has played to an incredible 18-8 mark at home, while the Suns have also covered the line in five of their last six games against an opponent from the Northwest Division.

With all the key stars set to play, this really should be a thriller. But based on the fact the Suns have allowed the fourth-fewest points to opponents at home this year, I think Phoenix has the defence to pull this off.

Tip: Back the Suns to Cover the Line (+2 Points) @ $1.90

Wednesday 7th April

Wednesday’s NBA Multi

Chicago Bulls to Win, Los Angeles Lakers to Win, Nikola Jokic 25+ Points @ $6.42

Indiana Pacers Vs Chicago Bulls

9:10am, Bankers Life Fieldhouse

IND 97 - CHI 113

It’s been almost impossible to trust this Bulls side of late, but I do think they are worth something small with some insurance on offer against the spread.

The Pacers have lost five of their last 10, while they’ve also got some injury concerns heading into this game with Domantas Sabonis and Malcolm Brogdon both listed as day-to-day with respective injuries.

Chicago’s recent slump has largely been due to the absence of Zach LaVine, but the good news is the star guard is set to play on Wednesday.

The Bulls are also looking to bounce-back from a loss to the Nets, which as we know, is always a relatively safe bet.

Chicago has played to a 18-10 record against the spread following a previous defeat this year, and there’s a lot to suggest the Bulls can add to that record against what might be a half-strength Pacers team.

Tip: Back the Bulls to Cover the Line (+1.5 Points) @ $1.90

Toronto Raptors Vs Los Angeles Lakers

9:40am, Amalie Arena

TOR 101 - LAL 110

For reasons similar to the ones above, I’m with the Lakers in this spot to keep things tight against the Raptors.

Toronto has a long list of injury concerns heading into this game with Fred VanVleet and Kyle Lowry both listed as day-to-day at time of publish, while the Lakers also a rest advantage with the Raptors playing on no rest.

Obviously the Lakers are a far cry from the team they are supposed to be with LeBron and Anthony Davis still sidelined, but it’s worth noting Toronto has played to a lousy 1-9 record in this situation.

Tip: Back the Lakers to Cover the Line (+2.5 Points) @ $1.90

Tuesday 6th April

Tuesday's NBA Multi

Detroit Pistons (-3), Minnesota Timberwolves (+3.5), Utah Jazz to Win @ $5.34

Oklahoma City Thunder Vs Detroit Pistons

10:10am, Chesapeake Energy Arena

OKC 108 - DET 132

Should be a fun game between two of the cellar dwellers in each respective conference.

The Thunder have lost back-to-back games with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and a handful of other key contributors out of the lineup, which largely explains why the Pistons have opened as short-priced favourites for the first time in a while.

Detroit has a few injury concerns of their own with Wayne Ellington and Mason Plumlee potentially out for this game due to rest, but I’m still happy to side with the market on this one.

The Pistons lost by 44 points to the Knicks on Sunday, which as you may know, sets up one of the top betting plays of the season.

Detroit has played to a very impressive 22-11 record against the spread after a loss, a trend well worth backing against this half-strength OKC team.

Tip: Back the Pistons to Cover the Line (-3 Points) @ $1.90

Brooklyn Nets Vs New York Knicks

10:10am, Barclays Center

BRK 114 - NYK 112

Third crosstown rivalry game of the year between the Nets and Knicks, and it promises to be a good one.

Backing the Nets to cover the line is enticing, but I think there’s some money to be made on James Harden in the Player Performance market.

It might seem crazy to back against the MVP favourite, but if there’s one team that can hold him to a low total, it’s the Knicks.

You might not know it, but the Knicks have allowed the fewest points to opponents this year, while they also kept Harden to just 21 when they met the Nets last month.

Coming back from a two-game absence due to a hamstring injury, this looks a good spot for the Under.

Tip: James Harden Under 26.5 Total Points @ $1.87

Monday 5th April

Los Angeles Clippers Vs Los Angeles Lakers

6:30am, STAPLES Center

Lots to like about the Clippers in this spot with LeBron James, Anthony Davis and now Andre Drummond on the sideline for the Lakers.

The Clips have lost back-to-back games to the Magic and Nuggets coming in, but it’s tough to read too much into those results considering they basically played three games in the span of five days.

Los Angeles has been a steady betting play this year off the back of a loss covering the spread in 11 of its 17 games.

Beating this half-strength Lakers team would hardly be a statement, but after winning by seven when they last met in the season-opener, a similar margin seems likely.

Tip: Back the Clippers to Cover the Line

Sunday 4th April

Utah Jazz Vs Orlando Magic

12:00pm, Vivint Arena

Definitely the most obvious play of the day, but it does look a safe one based on Orlando’s current injury report.

Terrance Ross and Michael Carter-Williams are both listed as questionable as I write, which makes this incredibly tough trip to face the red-hot Jazz even tougher in both remain on the sidelines.

After a bit of a lull after the All-Star break, the Jazz have returned to dominance winning seven straight games.

In case you hadn’t already heard, Utah is 30-17 against the spread this year and 17-5 at home.

A long line like this makes me a little nervous, but it looks about right against this underwhelming Magic side.

Tip: Back the Jazz to Cover the Line (-16 Points) @ $1.90

Saturday 3rd April

Boston Celtics Vs Houston Rockets

10:30am, TD Garden

The Celtics have now lost seven of their last 10 following Thursday’s blowout loss to the Mavs, but this does look the perfect opportunity for them to get one back against the lowly Rockets.

Houston has arguably been the worst team in the league during the second half of the season, which comes as no surprise considering they’ve seen James Harden, Clint Capela and Victor Oladipo all exit the building.

Since the All-Star break, the Rockets have averaged 115 points to opponents, fifth-most in the league.

While the Celtics have sputtered down the stretch, Brad Stevens’ side ranks ninth in points scored offensively during the same time frame.

With Boston also holding a decent 13-11 record against the spread following a previous loss, the C’s really should be winning this one by a wide margin.

Tip: Back the Celtics to Cover the Line

Portland Trail Blazers Vs Milwaukee Bucks

1:00pm, Moda Center

Could be in for a ton of points here if the stats are anything to go by.

These two sides both rank Top 10 in points allowed to opponents since the All-Star break and Top 5 in points scored down the other end during the same time frame.

Both teams are coming in hot off blowout wins over the Pistons and Lakers respectively, so the scoreboard should be in for a workout.

Tip: Over the Points Total

Friday 2nd April

Detroit Pistons Vs Washington Wizards

10:10am, Little Caesars Arena

DET 120 - WAS 91

Saddiq Bey managed to let us down yesterday by somehow missing all 15 of his shots, but I’m looking to make some of it back here by taking the +2.5 head start on the Pistons against the Wizards.

Washington has been equally as poor as Detroit over its last 10 games, and there’s slight concern for Bradley Beal as he continues to battle through a hip injury.

The Pistons have some injury concerns of their own with Wayne Ellington and Sekou Doumbouya both day-to-day, but they’ve typically been a pretty safe bet in the second game of a back-to-back.

In this scenario, Detroit has covered in six of its nine games on no rest – tied for the fourth-best record in the league.

Tip: Back the Pistons to Cover the Line (+2.5 Points) @ $1.90

Brooklyn Nets Vs Charlotte Hornets

10:30am, Barclays Center

BRK 111 - CHA 89

Worth monitoring the injury report, but I do think the Hornets are being undervalued here laying +8.5 with James Harden nursing a hamstring injury.

The Beard played only 27 minutes last night against his former side, and while that might have been due to the fact the game got out of hand pretty quickly, it does seem as though the Nets are taking a cautious approach.

Charlotte, meanwhile, has been very feisty ever since LaMelo Ball fractured his wrist.

The Hornets have lost only four of their last 10 games, largely thanks to Devonte’ Graham putting the team on his back.

With the Nets on no rest and potentially minus one of their superstars, I can’t get Brookyn anywhere close to the current spread.

Tip: Back the Hornets to Cover the Line (+8.5 Points) @ $1.90

Thursday 1st April

Thursday's NBA Multi

Jayson Tatum Leading Points Scorer, Phoenix Suns (-7.5), James Harden Over 27.5 Points @ $12.43

Detroit Pistons Vs Portland Trail Blazers

10:10am, Little Caesars Arena

DET 101 - POR 124

You mightn’t know it, but Pistons rookie Saddiq Bey has enjoyed a pretty productive month of March.

The 21-year-old has put up 15 points or more in four of his last seven games, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he reaches a similar number today against a Blazers team that has been horrible defensively.

In their last five games, Portland has averaged the most points against in the league – which makes their recent three-game winning streak all the more remarkable.

Even so, the Blazers have allowed the tenth-most points to forwards this year, so there’s a bit to like about Bey putting up a decent number.

Tip: Saddiq Bey to Score 15+ Points @ $2.00

Minnesota Timberwolves Vs New York Knicks

10:10am, Target Center

MIN 102 - NYK 101

Kind of surprising to find the Knicks laying only -3.5 here on the road against the Wolves.

Given, the Knicks have won only five of their last 10 games, but this is virtually a match up between one the best defences in the league and the worst.

Also working in the Knicks’ favour is the fact they lost to the Heat on Tuesday.

New York has gone on to cover the spread in 14 of its 22 games this year following a previous defeat, which doesn’t really bode well for a Wolves side that is basically trying to lose at this point.

Tip: Back the Knicks to Cover the Line (-3.5 Points) @ $1.90

Phoenix Suns Vs Chicago Bulls

1:00pm, Phoenix Suns Arena

Betting on the Suns is almost a must today against the Bulls.

Phoenix cost us yesterday with a surprising seven-point loss to the Magic, but there is a good chance to win some money back based on the Suns’ outstanding 11-3 record against the spread following a previous loss.

The Bulls are far from an easy out, but this is definitely the right time to bet against them in the midst of this recent four-game skid.

While the addition of Nikola Vucevic has strengthened the Bulls’ interior, it’s so far taken a lot more of the ball out of Zach LaVine’s hands.

With a tough trip to Phoenix before the second game of a back-to-back against the Jazz in Utah on Friday, I like the Suns to get the job done here.

Tip: Back the Suns to Cover the Line (-6.5 Points) @ $1.90

Wednesday 31st March

Wednesday's NBA Multi

Wizards/Hornets Over 224.5 Total Points, Phoenix Suns to Win, Los Angeles Clippers (-10.5) @ $5.34

Washington Wizards Vs Charlotte Hornets

10:10am, Capital One Arena

WAS 104 - CHA 114

Weird to find only four games scheduled for a Wednesday, but fortunately, we’ve got a couple of good plays to choose from.

The first has some risk involved, but I do think we could be in for a high-scoring game here between the Wizards and Hornets.

Firstly, the Wizards are playing on no rest after beating the Pacers last night, which from a betting perspective, is nothing but good news.

The total has gone OVER in eight of Washington’s 11 games this year on no rest, while there’s also a bit to like about the trends favouring Charlotte.

The Hornets suffered their first loss following LaMelo Ball’s injury on Monday to the Suns, but again, it’s worth noting 15 of Charlotte’s 23 games on the road have gone OVER this year.

This is a big total, but with the Hornets playing with a chip on their shoulder and the Wizards riding the highs of last night, we should be in for some points.

Tip: Over 224.5 Total Points @ $1.90

Los Angeles Clippers Vs Orlando Magic

1:10pm, STAPLES Center

LAC 96 - ORL 103

Similar to the reasons listed above, I’m with the Clippers to lay a beat down on the Magic.

Los Angeles put up 129 points on the Bucks last night in their blowout win, a particularly impressive number considering Paul George sat out due to a foot injury.

George’s status is listed as day-to-day, but so long as Kawhi starts, it wouldn’t be surprising to watch the Clippers win big against this new-look Magic side.

Orlando is significantly weaker now since trading Aaron Gordon, Evan Fournier and Nikola Vucevic at the deadline, and it didn’t take long for their absence to be felt on Monday with a narrow loss to the half-strength Lakers.

Adding to the Clippers’ case is the fact they’ve gone a perfect 8-0 against the spread this year in the second game of a back-to-back.

All things considered, this could get ugly.

Tip: Back the Clippers to Cover the Line (-10.5 Points) @ $1.90

Tuesday 30th March

Tuesday's NBA Multi

Detroit Pistons (+3), Golden State Warriors to Win, Washington Wizards (+7) @ $6.77

Detroit Pistons Vs Toronto Raptors

11:10am, Little Caesars Arena

DET 118 - TOR 104

Happy to fade the Raptors for the second day in a row as they travel from Toronto to Detroit on no rest.

Nick Nurse’s side put up a pretty brave fight last night against the Blazers, but the absence of Kyle Lowry really showed down the stretch as Toronto blew an early nine-point lead.

Obviously, this Detroit is a much easier matchup for the Raptors, but it’s worth noting the Pistons have won their previous two meetings with Toronto this season.

Combine all of that with the fact the Raptors have played to an ugly 1-8 record in the second game of a back-to-back, and suddenly the Pistons look a worthwhile play.

Tip: Back the Pistons to Cover the Line (+3.5 Points) @ $1.94

Utah Jazz Vs Cleveland Cavaliers

12:10pm, Vivint Arena

The Jazz are basically back to what they were before the All-Star break as they now look to extend their winning streak to six against the lowly Cavs.

Utah has been almost unbeatable at home this year, so you’ll really have to go searching if you’re looking for value in the market.

One play that does standout, however, is the Over on Donovan Mitchell in the Points, Rebounds and Assists market.

Not surprisingly, Mitchell has been on a tear during Utah’s recent purple patch scoring 30 points or more in five of his last six games.

Defensively, the Cavs really aren’t that bad, but when you factor in Mitchell has also averaged over five rebounds during that stretch, this number still seems a little low.

Tip: Donovan Mitchell Over 37.5 Points, Rebounds & Assists @ $1.87

Monday 29th March

Toronto Raptors Vs Portland Trail Blazers

10:10am, Amalie Arena

TOR 117 - POR 122

Bit of a tricky slate today, so I’m looking to keep safe with a play on the Blazers at decent head-to-head value.

After enduring a rough end to the first half of the season, Portland has responded nicely by winning six of its last 10 games.

The Raptors, on the other hand, snapped their nine-game winning streak last week with a big win over the Nuggets, but they failed to repeat that performance against the Suns on Saturday.

To make matters worse, Kyle Lowry has already been ruled out of this game with a sore right foot, which leaves the bulk of the scoring in the hands of Fred Van Vleet.

With the Blazers boasting a strong 6-2 record in their last eight games of cross-conference play, they look a good bet to win this outright.

Tip: Back the Blazers to Win @ $1.72

Sunday 28th March

Washington Wizards Vs Detroit Pistons

11:00am, Capital One Arena

WAS 106 - DET 92

A battle between 13th and 15th in the East awaits on Sunday in what could turn out to be the most exciting game of the day.

Detroit has lost three of its last 10 at time of publish, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they give the Wizards a run for their money here.

The Pistons are playing on no rest following a tough game against the Nets on Saturday.

In case you haven’t head, Detroit has been money in the second game of a back-to-back this year covering in six of their eight games against the spread.

They do have a handful of names on the injury report, but with Washington riding a three-game losing streak, an upset (if you can call it that) seems likely.

Tip: Back the Pistons to Cover the Line

Oklahoma City Thunder Vs Boston Celtics

12:00pm, Chesapeake Energy Center

OKC 94 - BOS 111

We could be in some points here in this cross-conference showdown.

The Celtics are playing on no rest following a heavyweight battle with the Bucks on Saturday, while the Thunder are coming in off a handy two-day break.

Seven of Boston’s nine games played on a back-to-back this year have gone Over the Total, while the Celtics also rank seventh in points-per-game since the All-Star break.

Tip: Over the Points Total

Saturday 27th March

Toronto Raptors Vs Phoenix Suns

10:40am, Amalie Arena

TOR 100 - PHX 104

One of the season’s top betting plays is in action today when the Suns travel to Toronto to face the Raptors.

Phoenix cost us on Thursday in their surprise one-point loss to the Magic, but fortunately, betting on the Suns following a previous loss has proven highly profitable all year.

In this scenario, the Suns have played to a league-best 10-3 record against the spread – a number they can certainly add to against the hapless Raptors.

In case you missed it, Toronto snapped its nine-game losing streak earlier in the week with a blowout win over Denver, but this shapes as an entirely different test against one of the top defences in the league.

Holding on to Kyle Lowry at the trade deadline was a huge result for the Raptors, but I still find it hard to see them limiting the Suns on offence.

To go along with their elite defence, the Suns have averaged 115 points a game since the All-Star break.

Considering the Raptors have allowed the third-most points down the other end, this could get ugly.

Tip: Back the Suns to Cover the Line (-4.5 Points) @ $1.90

Golden State Warriors Vs Atlanta Hawks

1:10pm, Chase Center

GSW 108 - ATL 124

The Kings came through for us yesterday with a monster win against Golden State, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the Hawks follow suit as they continue on their West Coast road trip.

The Dubs have been awful this year on no rest playing to a 3-6 record overall, while it was painfully clear last night that the absence of Draymond Green limits Steve Kerr’s side in a big way defensively.

Green is still listed as day-to-day on the injury report – a worrying sign with Steph Curry also on the sidelines.

The Hawks, meanwhile, are relatively injury free as they look to bounce-back from Thursday’s loss to the Kings.

Tip: Back the Hawks to Cover the Line (-5.5 Points) @ $1.90

Friday 26th March

San Antonio Spurs Vs Los Angeles Clippers

11:40am, AT&T Center

SAS 85 - LAC 98

Rough day yesterday, but the Clippers can hopefully get us back on track in the second game of their back-to-back against the Spurs.

It was hardly a monster night from Kawhi Leonard or Paul George, but the Clips still enjoyed their fair share of the spoils shooting over 50% from not only the field, but also from three.

Numbers aside, the most important thing worth mentioning here is how sound the Clippers have been on no rest this year.

Tyronn Lue’s side has played to a perfect 7-0 record straight-up and against the spread, while the Spurs have won only two of their seven games in the same situation.

Like always, it’s worth monitoring the injury report whenever the Clippers are involved, but so long as Kawhi and PG suit up, Los Angeles should be winning this comfortably.

Tip: Back the Clippers to Cover the Line (-6 Points) @ $1.90

Sacramento Kings Vs Golden State Warriors

1:10pm, Golden 1 Center

SAC 141 - GSW 119

Normally I’d be fading the Kings in this spot, but they do look good value to cover what is a pretty generous spread with Steph Curry still out for Golden State.

Sacramento won a nail-biter yesterday over the Hawks, but I really don’t think the final score reflects how well the Kings played offensively.

De’Aaron Fox had himself 37 on 65% shooting from the field, while Tyrese Hailburton also came up big late in the fourth with a big rebound and a couple of clutch free throws.

Not surprisingly, the Warriors’ offensive rating has dropped over four points without Curry on the court, while there’s also doubt surrounding Draymond Green’s status due to a foot injury.

If the latter sits out, there’s really no excuse for Sacramento.

Tip: Back the Kings to Cover the Line (-2.5 Points) @ $1.90

Thursday 25th March

Orlando Magic Vs Phoenix Suns

11:10am, Amway Center

ORL 112 - PHO 111

There’s certainly no shortage of value on offer today with 11 games on offer.

While the Suns are short, I think they should win this game quite comfortably following yesterday’s 10-point win over the Heat.

Phoenix has gone 8-1 against the spread this year on no rest, a worrying trend for the Magic after losing by 11 at home to the Nuggets yesterday.

The Suns have been sensational on both ends of the court since the All-Star break ranking top five in points-per-game and bottom five in points allowed.

Orlando has been much-improved with some of its stars back, but stats and numbers aside, this is still the best team in the league against one of the worst.

Tip: Back the Suns to Cover the Line (-10.5 Points) @ $1.90

Chicago Bulls Vs Cleveland Cavaliers

11:10am, United Center

CHI 94 - CLE 103

One of the best betting plays is in action here with the Bulls looking to bounce-back from a 25-point loss to the Jazz on Tuesday.

Chicago has been highly profitable in this scenario covering in 15 of their 21 games against the spread following a previous loss to go with an equally impressive 5-2 record ATS in their last seven games as the favourite.

When you factor in the Cavs rank bottom three in points scored since the All-Star break, this shapes as a pretty difficult assignment against a healthy and very potent Bulls attack.

Tip: Back the Bulls to Cover the Line (-5.5 Points) @ $1.90

Wednesday 24th March

Orlando Magic Vs Denver Nuggets

10:10am, Amway Center

ORL 99 - DEN 110

These two sides are at complete opposite ends in the standings, but this still shapes as an interesting cross-conference game from a betting perspective.

Outside of Monday’s loss to the Celtics, the Magic have found themselves in a handful of close games recently against the Knicks and Heat, while they also managed to pull off an impressive win over the Nets last week.

Denver has also been on a tear of late winning eight from their last 10, and they should be eager to bounce-back from a surprising five-point loss to the Pelicans on Monday.

With the Magic proving a handful, I think the safest play here is to back the Over on the Nuggets.

The total has gone Over in 12 of Denver’s 16 games this year following a previous loss, while the Nuggets have also played to a similar outcome in eight of their last 11 games against an opponent from the Southeast Division.

Based on the fact the Nuggets rank fourth in points-per-game since the All-Star break, don’t be surprised if Denver puts up a big number.

Tip: Nuggets Over 112 Total Points @ $1.87

New York Knicks Vs Washington Wizards

10:40am, Madison Square Garden

NYK 131 - WAS 113

The Knicks really let us down on Monday with a frustrating one-point loss to the Sixers in OT, but I’m happy to jump back in the saddle ahead of a much more winnable game against the Wizards.

Washington has been a very profitable side to bet on this season, but it’s worth noting they haven’t won a game on the road since February 26.

The Knicks, meanwhile, have been steady play on the back of a loss covering in 13 of their 21 games against the spread.

With a 4-1 record in their last five home games, this is a good spot for the Knicks to bounce-back against the worst defence in the league.

Tip: Back the Knicks to Win @ $1.75

Tuesday 23rd March

San Antonio Spurs Vs Charlotte Hornets

11:30am, AT&T Center

SAS 97 - CHA 100

This stands out as the most obvious play of the day for a couple of different reasons.

Firstly, the Hornets have been dealt a serious blow with LaMelo Ball set to miss the remainder of the season with a broken right wrist, and second, the Spurs are looking to bounce-back from a loss to the Bucks on Sunday.

In case you didn’t know, San Antonio has been a steady bet following a previous defeat covering in 10 of their 16 games so far this season.

Charlotte’s offensive rating drops 3.5 points offensively and 2.7 points defensively with LaMelo off the court, so the Spurs get the edge here.

Tip: Back the Spurs to Cover the Line (-4.5 Points) @ $1.90

Milwaukee Bucks Vs Indiana Pacers

12:10pm, Fiserv Forum

MIL 140 - IND 113

We’ve got the Bucks laying -10 against the Pacers on Tuesday, which seems just about right when you consider where these two sides are in terms of the standings and recent form.

Now sitting ninth in the East, Indiana has lost four of its last 10, while the Bucks have edged their way into third behind an impressive six-game winning streak.

Milwaukee has been dominant since returning from the All-Star break. The Bucks have averaged 120 points across their last 10 games, which poses a real problem for a Pacers team that ranks ninth in points allowed during that same time frame.

Throw in the fact the Bucks are 6-2 against the spread and division play this year, and there’s a lot to like about Milwaukee covering double digits at home.

Tip: Back the Bucks to Cover the Line (-10 Points) @ $1.90

Monday 22nd March

Detroit Pistons Vs Chicago Bulls

10:15am, Little Caesars Arena

DET 86 - CHI 100

Told myself I was done betting on the Bulls following yet another double-digit collapse against the Nuggets on Saturday, but here we are.

While Chicago managed to blow another winnable game, they did still come through for us at the line – which fortunately sets up another profitable betting situation as far as the trends are concerned.

The Bulls have played to a very strong 14-6 record against the spread this year following a previous loss, making them a worthwhile play to cover -3 if the offence can start fast once again.

Detroit has won back-to-back games coming in, but it’s worth noting that has come against the Raptors and Rockets.

This shapes as a different test entirely against a relatively healthy Chicago team.

Tip: Back the Bulls to Cover the Line (-3 Points) @ $1.90

New York Knicks Vs Philadelphia 76ers

11:15am, Madison Square Garden

NYK 100 - PHI 101 (OT)

Fascinating market here, so much so that we don’t even have a line set!

With value on offer head-to-head, I’m looking to play the Knicks straight-up with the Sixers playing on no rest.

Philly has struggled in the second game of a back-to-back this year playing to a sloppy 3-4 record, while the Knicks, on the other hand, have played to a much gone a much more impressive 5-1 after a two-day break.

Ben Simmons is also listed as questionable at time of publish and it wouldn’t be surprising if he sits out this game with Philly heading to California for three games in the next six days.

Tip: Back the Knicks to Win @ $1.90

Sunday 21st March

Los Angeles Clippers Vs Charlotte Hornets

1:00pm, STAPLES Center

LAC 125 - CHA 98

There isn’t a whole lot to choose from today, but fortunately we’ve got a pretty good bet on our hands with the Clippers resuming from a two-day break.

Tyronn Lue’s side lost a stinker on Thursday to the Mavericks by double-digits, which just so happens to set up one of the most profitable trends of the season.

The Clips have played to a strong 10-5 record against the spread following a previous loss, and they are also 4-1 after a two-day break.

Charlotte obviously has enough young talent to keep this close early on, but after fading away in back-to-back games against the Nuggets and Lakers during this road trip, I wouldn’t be surprised if a similar story unfolds.

Tip: Back the Clippers to Cover the Line (-9.5 Points) @ $1.90

Saturday 20th March

Phoenix Suns Vs Minnesota Timberwolves

11:10am, Phoenix Suns Arena

PHX 113 - MIN 101

There’s no question the Suns are the hottest team in the league right now as they go into the second game of a back-to-back against the Wolves as double-digit favourites.

Minnesota has proven a handful at times in this situation, but I really think they’ll struggle to score points against this exceptional Phoenix defence.

Since the All-Star break, the Suns have allowed only 106 points to opponents – the sixth-fewest in the league.

Combine that with the fact the Suns have also averaged 114 points down the other end, and you have a pretty strong recipe for success.

Lastly, Phoenix has just been an outstanding bet on no rest this year. The Suns are 7-1 against the spread in the second game of a back-to-back, a trend that’s pretty hard to argue with.

Tip: Back the Suns to Cover the Line (-11 Points) @ $1.90

Denver Nuggets Vs Chicago Bulls

12:10pm, Pepsi Center

DEN 131 - CHI 127 (OT)

I might regret this one, but the trends strongly favour Chicago to at least keep this game close.

The Bulls lost a very winnable game on Thursday to the half-strength Spurs, however that does setup one of the season’s top betting plays.

Chicago has gone 13-6 against the spread (which is the second-best record in the league, by the way), while the Bulls have also gone a whopping 10-2 ATS as the away underdog.

The Nuggets have been a strong play themselves in these non-conference games, but with some decent insurance on offer, there’s a good chance the Bulls keep this tight.

Tip: Back the Bulls to Cover the Line (+7 Points) @ $1.90

Friday 19th March

Washington Wizards Vs Utah Jazz

10:10am, Capital One Arena

WAS 131 - UTA 122

Some nice insurance here for the Wizards to at least keep things close against the best side in the league.

While the Jazz still sit atop the West standings, they have shown some signs of trouble defensively since the All-Star break averaging close to 120 points a game to opponents.

The Wizards are the worst defensive side in the league, but they have proven on more than one occasion this year to be a handful on the other end.

If this game was in Utah, I probably wouldn’t touch it, but considering the Jazz lost comfortably to the Warriors on Monday and only just scraped home against the Celtics on Wednesday, there is a case to be made for Washington.

Trends wise, this also one of the better plays as far as the Wiz are concerned.

After losing by only two to the Kings last night, it’s worth noting Washington has covered in seven of its 10 games on no rest.

Tip: Back the Wizards to Cover the Line (+10 Points) @ $1.90

New York Knicks Vs Orlando Magic

10:40am, Madison Square Garden

NYK 94 - ORL 93

I thought the Knicks were pretty good on Wednesday in their loss to the Sixers, a performance they can certainly build on against a struggling Magic side that has lost eight straight.

Given, Joel Embiid wasn’t on the floor, but there was a lot to like about the way the Knicks scored points on the fast-break, at least up until the fourth quarter.

If it wasn’t for Reggie Bullock’s untimely out of bounds call, you could argue New York might have one that game.

Even so, this sets up one of the better betting plays of the season as the Knicks have gone 13-7 against the spread following a previous loss.

With Orlando still missing Terrance Ross, Aaron Gordon, Evan Fournier and James Ennis, you have to side with the Knicks to bounce-back.

Tip: Back the Knicks to Cover the Line (-7 Points) @ $1.90

Thursday 18th March

Philadelphia 76ers Vs Milwaukee Bucks

10:05am, Wells Fargo Center

PHI 105 - MIL 109 (OT)

I often steer clear of these marquee games because they are usually nothing more than a coin flip.

That isn’t the case here though with the Bucks laying -5.5 on the road against the Joel Embiid-less Sixers.

Although Philly did well to pull off a win, they still had their hands full last night against a middling Knicks side that has now fallen below .500.

Back to back games have proven a problem for the Sixers this year, and it’s tough to see them fending off Giannis with their key big man absent.

The Bucks do make me nervous on the road, but this is a game they should be winning.

Tip: Back the Bucks to Cover the Line (-5.5 Points) @ $1.90

Chicago Bulls Vs San Antonio Spurs

11:05am, United Center

CHI 99 - SAS 106

All things considered, this is pretty good value on the Bulls.

With LaMarcus Aldridge as good as gone, San Antonio’s problems have gone from bad to worse with DeMar DeRozan set to miss another game due to personal reasons.

Chicago absolutely dominated the Thunder last night to win by 21 points and it’s hard to argue that this half-strength Spurs team is any better off.

Zach LaVine had himself a monster 40-point game, while Billy Donovan’s recent lineup change to include Patrick Williams in the starting five has been working wonders all week.

I fully expect the price to firm before tip-off, but if you jump on nice and early, you can have the Bulls at some serious value.

Tip: Back the Bulls to Win @ $1.85

Memphis Grizzlies Vs Miami Heat

11:05am, FedEx Forum

MEM 89 - MIA 85

Happy to have another play on the Heat after last night’s dominant win over the Cavs.

If you’ve been keeping count, you’ll know Miami has been on a tear of late winning five straight games since returning from the All-Star break.

To be fair, this is a difficult schedule spot with Erik Spoelstra’s side traveling from Miami to Memphis, but it’s still a little surprising to find the Heat laying only -2 against the spread.

In this situation, the Heat have covered in four of their five games on no rest, which doesn’t really bode well for a Memphis team that has lost three straight.

As I said yesterday, Miami’s defence has been amazing over the last week allowing less than 100 points on average.

With the Grizzlies struggling to score points on the offensive end, the Heat look a safe bet to extend their win streak.

Tip: Back the Heat to Cover the Line (-2 Points) @ $1.90

Wednesday 17th March

Miami Heat Vs Cleveland Cavaliers

11:05am, American Airlines Arena

MIA 113 - CLE 98

I think this four-game winning streak is more than just a purple patch for the Heat.

Jimmy Butler’s return to health has been massive for Miami, evident in the fact they’ve allowed an average of only 98 points to opponents over their last 10 games.

Perhaps the most impressive part though is that Miami has gone about their business with Bam Adebayo on the sidelines.

The Cavs, meanwhile, rank dead last in points scored during that same time frame – which explains three straight losses to the Pacers, Pelicans and Hawks.

When you factor in Miami has also covered in 22 of their last 28 games against teams from the Central Division, the Heat covering appears relatively safe.

Tip: Back the Heat to Cover the Line (-10 Points) @ $1.90

Los Angeles Lakers Vs Minnesota Timberwolves

1:35pm, STAPLES Center

LAL 137 - MIN 121

Can’t believe I’m tipping this to be honest, but there is a slight edge on the Wolves to cover the +9.5 line.

Since winning by 30 points over the Pelicans last Friday, Minnesota has gone on to lose by a combined six points in back-to-back games against the Blazers.

Anthony Edwards is the talk of the league right now following a huge 34-point game on Monday and it should be fascinating to see how the Lakers choose to defend him.

For Los Angeles, this is the second game of a back-to-back following last night’s dominant win over the Warriors, which from a betting perspective, further strengthens Minnesota’s claims.

The Lakers have been ordinary in the second game of a back-to-back this year winning only two of their five games so far.

With the Wolves playing on a rest advantage, they aren’t the worst.

Tip: Back the Wolves to Cover the Line (+9.5 Points) @ $1.90

Tuesday 16th March

Charlotte Hornets Vs Sacramento Kings

10:05am, Spectrum Center

CHA 122 - SAC 116

These two sides played out a classic when they met last month with the Hornets winning a high-scoring thriller by a single point.

This time around, I’m tipping the scoreboard to get another workout based on the fact both teams rank Top 10 in the league in points scored over their last 10 games.

On the flip side, both the Hornets and the Kings rank Top 10 in points allowed during the same time frame, while the fact the total has gone over in seven of their last 10 meetings also bodes well.

Tip: Over 239.5 Total Points @ $1.90

Dallas Mavericks Vs Los Angeles Clippers

12:05pm, American Airlines Center

DAL 99 - LAC 109

The jury remains out on the Clippers following last night’s horrible 20-point loss to the Pelicans, but they do look a decent bet to bounce-back here if the trends are anything to go by.

Los Angeles has played to a perfect 6-0 record in the second game of a back-to-back, while they’ve also been a steady play against the spread after a loss covering in nine of their 16 games.

As always, monitor the injury report, but with Kawhi and Paul George likely to suit up, the current line is pretty generous all things considering.

Tip: Back the Clippers to Cover the Line (-1.5 Points) @ $1.90

Monday 15th March

Orlando Magic Vs Miami Heat

10:00am, Amway Center

ORL 97 - MIA 102

Some tough games to choose from on Monday’s slate, so I’m looking to keep safe with a pretty obvious play on the Heat.

It’s worth monitoring the injury report here, but Aaron Gordon, Terrence Ross and Evan Fournier are all listed as day-to-day for Orlando as I type.

The Magic were awful without Gordon in the lineup for most of the first half of the season, so the Heat should find this to their liking providing Bam Adebayo plays.

Tip: Back the Heat to Cover the Line

Sunday 14th March

Brooklyn Nets Vs Detroit Pistons

11:00am, Barclays Center

BRK 100 - DET 95

The Nets outstanding on Friday in their double-digit win over the Celtics and it’s very hard to imagine them losing to this lowly Pistons team.

That said, this is one of those occasions where I’m happy to gamble on the Pistons at least keeping the scoreline respectable with a double-digit spread on offer.

Firstly, the Nets play three games in the span of five days next week, so I’d hardly be surprised if Kyrie Irving or James Harden receives the night off on Sunday.

Second, the Pistons were far from disgraced on Friday in their three-point loss to the Hornets, which from a betting perspective, sets up one of the greatest trends of the season.

Detroit is 16-9 against the spread this year after a loss, so if the Nets do choose to rest some of their stars, the chances of the Pistons keeping this close aren’t as crazy as you might think.

Tip: Back the Pistons to Cover the Line (+11.5 Points) @ $1.90

Washington Wizards Vs Milwaukee Bucks

11:00am, Capital One Arena

WAS 119 - MIL 125

Siding with Washington here based mainly on Milwaukee’s ugly 8-9 record on the road.

The Bucks cruised to a 33-point win over the Knicks on Friday at home, but this does shape up to be an interesting stretch away from home with back-to-back games against the Wiz before facing the Sixers on primetime on Thursday.

Washington, meanwhile, will be playing the second game of a back-to-back here after facing Philly on Saturday.

The Wizards have been a steady bet in this scenario covering in six of their nine games on no rest, while they’ve also gone 6-4 as the home underdog.

Tip: Back the Wizards to Cover the Line

Saturday 13th March

Chicago Bulls Vs Miami Heat

12:05pm, United Center

CHI 90 - MIA 101

Quite like the Bulls in this spot despite last night’s miserable loss to the Sixers.

Chicago has been a really strong betting play in the second game of a back-to-back this year covering in five of their eight games against the spread, while the Bulls have also been money following a previous loss playing to a 12-5 record.

Trends aside, this is also a tough travel spot for the Heat as they fly from Miami to Chicago on no rest themselves.

The Heat did look good in last night’s eight-point win over the Magic, but considering this Bulls have averaged 114 points over their last 10 games, this shapes up to be a much more difficult test against the red-hot Zach LaVine.

Tip: Back the Bulls to Cover the Line (+2.5 Points) @ $1.90

New Orleans Pelicans Vs Cleveland Cavaliers

12:05pm, Smoothie King Center

NOP 116 - CLE 82

As I said yesterday, it’s impossible to know what to make of the Pelicans right now.

New Orleans cost us big time with their complete no-show performance against the lowly Timberwolves last night, which of course leaves the Cavs looking like one of the better value plays laying +7.5.

Cleveland hast lost four of its last 10, but they did put up a fight before the All-Star break with a narrow three-point loss to the Pacers at home.

The rest advantage here is key for the Cavs, while the Pelicans look very vulnerable sporting a 1-5 record in the second game of a back-to-back.

Tip: Back the Cavs to Cover the Line (+7.5 Points) @ $1.90

Utah Jazz Vs Houston Rockets

2:05pm, Vivint Arena

UTA 114 - HOU 99

Even with the line all the way out to a whopping -13.5, it’s still pretty hard to knock the Jazz here.

Utah hasn’t taken the court since their overtime loss to the Sixers two weeks ago, which puts the Jazz at a serious advantage against a Houston team that just lost comfortably to the Kings last night.

The Rockets have been a middling 2-2 side on no rest this year, while they’ve also got some serious off-court issues going on with P.J. Tucker unhappy about not being traded to a contender.

With John Wall also sidelined and the Jazz almost back to full health, this should be a comfortable win for Utah as they look to further widen the gap atop the Western Conference standings.

Tip: Back the Jazz to Cover the Line (-13.5 Points) @ $1.90

Friday 12th March

Brooklyn Nets Vs Boston Celtics

11:35am, Barclays Center

BRK 121 - BOS 109

The Celtics are finally getting healthy thanks to the All-Star break, but I’m still siding with the Nets to get the job done at home.

Like always, it’s worth monitoring the injury report whenever the Nets are involved, but they do look good value laying only -3 here with Kyrie and James Harden likely to suit up.

Brooklyn has already ruled out Kevin Durant and new recruit Blake Griffin, but that really doesn’t mean much considering the Nets lead the league in points by a considerable margin during the first half of the season.

You might remember, but the last time Brooklyn played on 4+ days rest was when they opened the season with a commanding 26-point win over the Warriors.

It’s doubtful they’ll put up that kind of margin against a healthier Celtics team, but the -3 still feels generous.

Tip: Back the Nets to Cover the Line (-3 Points) @ $1.90

New Orleans Pelicans Vs Minnesota Timberwolves

12:05pm, Smoothie King Center

NOP 105 - MIN 135

The Pelicans remain one of the more difficult sides to try and get a read on as we inch closer to the postseason, but I still feel pretty confident in them covering the -8.0 spread for a couple of different reasons.

Firstly, the Wolves have just been awful, plain and simple. Minnesota ranks top three in points allowed this season and 24th in points-per-game on the offensive end – two worrying stats against a Pelicans side that beat the Jazz last week.

Second, this is just a weird schedule spot for Minnesota.

The Wolves fly to New Orleans and then back home to Minnesota to face the Blazers on Sunday.

That’s a ton of travel for a team that is obviously tanking at this point, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see Zion Williamson dominate and the Pelicans winning big.

Tip: Back the Pelicans to Cover the Line (-8.0 Points) @ $1.90

Oklahoma City Thunder Vs Dallas Mavericks

1:05pm, Chesapeake Energy Arena

OKC 116 - DAL 108

The Mavericks were very impressive in their 11-point win over the Spurs yesterday, but this does shape as a difficult schedule spot as they now head straight to Oklahoma City on no rest.

Dallas has been an average team in the second game of a back-to-back this year winning only two of their six games so far, while I’d be surprised if Luka Doncic puts up another triple-double with the Thunder well rested.

Offensively, Oklahoma City has been awful recently, evident in the fact they rank dead last in points across their last 10 games.

At the same time though, the Thunder have the third-fewest points in the league during that same time span, so I’m backing OKC’s defence to do the talking here.

Tip: Back the Thunder to Cover the Line (+6.5 Points) @ $1.90

Thursday 11th March

Memphis Grizzlies Vs Washington Wizards

12:05pm, FedEx Forum

MEM 127 - SAS 112

Only two games on offer to kick-start the second half of the season, which makes betting pretty difficult.

The Grizzlies are laying -3 here against the Wizards, which at face value seems just about right considering Memphis only lost by a point to the Bucks last week.

Obviously Washington is a feisty side that has shown no trouble scoring points, but I do think they could be vulnerable on defence against a Grizzlies team that has averaged 112 points across their last 10 games.

Trends wise, the Grizz have been a good bet in these non-conference affairs going 8-6 overall, while this is also a weird schedule spot for the Wizards as they travel to Memphis and then back home to face the Sixers on Saturday.

That kind of travel has to mess with a teams head, so if you really want to bet today, play it safe with the Grizzlies outright.

Tip: Back the Grizzlies to Win @ $1.70

Friday 5th March

New York Knicks Vs Detroit Pistons

11:35am, Madison Square Garden

NYK 114 - DET 104

Say what you want about the Pistons, but they’ve been a money play on several occasions during the first half of the season.

The Knicks looked awful on Wednesday in their double-digit loss to the Spurs, and while they should appreciate getting back to the Garden, I think they’ll still have their hands full against a Detroit side riding the momentum of last night’s big win over Toronto.

The Pistons have covered the line in six of their seven games on no rest this year, largely due to the fact they’ve averaged 113 points.

With the Knicks potentially missing Derrick Rose, Detroit looks a good bet to at least keep it tight.

Tip: Back the Pistons to Cover the Line (+4.5 Points) @ $1.90

Memphis Grizzlies Vs Milwaukee Bucks

12:05pm, FedEx Forum

MEM 111 - MIL 112

Few different reasons to like Memphis here.

Firstly, the Grizz have been on a real tear of late winning six of their last 10, which includes back-to-back wins over the Rockets and a very resilient Wizards team.

Second, Memphis has been a great bet in non-conference games going 8-5 overall against the spread.

Lastly, this is also just a weird schedule spot for the Bucks. After losing to the Nuggets by 31-points in Milwaukee on Wednesday, they now travel to Memphis for this brief one-game stint on the road before flying to Atlanta for the All-Star Game.

All in all, give me the Grizzlies +6.

Tip: Back the Grizzlies to Cover the Line (+6 Points) @ $1.90

New Orleans Pelicans Vs Miami Heat

12:30pm, Smoothie King Center

NEW 93 - MIA 103

Wouldn’t be surprised if we get some points here with both sides looking to close out the first half of the season on a high note.

The Pelicans came up four points short of the Bulls yesterday, which sets up two of the most profitable betting plays of the entire season.

The total has gone over in all five of New Orleans’ games on no rest this year, while it’s also gone over in 14 of their 19 games following a previous loss.

Miami has plenty to play for themselves as they look to atone for a shocking 14-point loss to the Hawks on Tuesday.

It’s worth monitoring the injury report here with Bam Adebayo and Jimmy Butler still day-to-day, but if both suit up, this one should be high scoring.

Tip: Over 224 Total Points @ $1.90

Thursday 4th March

Orlando Magic Vs Atlanta Hawks

12:05pm, Amway Center

ORL 112 - ATL 115

The Magic have lost four straight, so this isn’t one I feel overly confident about, but I do think they could at least keep this game close.

The Hawks were impressive last night in their 14-point win against the Heat, but they’ve typically been an awful side to bet on in the second game of a back-to-back playing to a 1-4 record overall.

Cam Reddish and Clint Capela are both listed as questionable to play, which evens things up a little against this injury riddled Magic side.

Orlando has covered in seven of its last 10 games against Atlanta, and with a rest advantage, they might add to that number.

Tip: Back the Magic to Cover the Line (+3.0 Points) @ $1.90

Minnesota Timberwolves Vs Charlotte Hornets

12:05pm, Target Center

MIN 102 - CHA 135

The Hornets are probably one of the safest plays on today’s slate for a number of different reasons.

Minnesota, the worst team in the NBA, has lost eight straight games heading into this one as they (hopefully) tank their way to the No. 1 pick in next year’s draft.

Charlotte, meanwhile, is looking to bounce-back from a loss to the Blazers on Tuesday, which as you might already know, has been a particularly strong betting play all year.

The Hornets are 11-6 against the spread following a previous defeat, while there’s also good news on the Gordon Hayward front with the star big man probable to play through a wrist injury.

Charlotte’s offence has been an absolute delight to watch this season, and they should have no trouble piling on points against one of the worst defences in the league.

Tip: Back the Hornets to Cover the Line (-3 Points) @ $1.90

Wednesday 3rd March

Boston Celtics Vs Los Angeles Clippers

11:35am, TD Garden

BOS 117 - LAC 112

Tough couple of games coming up for the Celtics to close out the first half of the season.

After coming back from the death to beat the Wizards by a point on Monday, they now get the Clippers and the Raptors heading into the All-Star break.

The Celtics are a defensive train-wreck this year, evident in the fact they just gave up 46 points to Bradley Beal.

The Clippers are also looking to bounce-back from a loss to the Bucks on Monday – a huge positive if you’re a fan of trends.

Los Angeles has played to a league-best 8-3 record against the spread in this scenario, and providing Kawhi and Paul George suit up, they should have no trouble adding to that number.

With Jaylen Brown still on the injury report for the Celtics, the -3.5 spread about the Clips looks safe.

Tip: Back the Clippers to Cover the Line (-3.5 Points) @ $1.90

San Antonio Spurs Vs New York Knicks

12:35pm, AT&T Center

SAS 119 - NYK 93

Rough day yesterday, so hopefully the Knicks can get us back on track.

I’m still confident the Spurs are a playoff team, but after last night’s rough loss to the Nets, I really can’t get them anywhere close to -4.5 favourites ahead of the All-Star break.

San Antonio has been awful in the second game of a back-to-back this year playing to an 0-4 record overall.

Averaging just 109 points across their last 10-games, the Spurs offence has fallen off a cliff recently – a worrying sign against a surprisingly solid Knicks defence.

You might not know it, but the Knicks have allowed the fewest points in the league so far, while they’ve also been a steady betting play on the road this year covering in 10 of their 18 games.

Now ranked fourth in the East, the Knicks are easily one of the better value bets of the day.

Tip: Back the Knicks to Cover the line (+4.5 Points) @ $1.90

Tuesday 2nd March

New Orleans Pelicans Vs Utah Jazz

Tuesday March 2, 12:05pm

Smoothie King Center

Kind of surprising to find the Jazz laying only -6.5 here against the Pelicans.

Utah bounced back from a disappointing loss to the Heat on Saturday to annihilate the Magic 24 hours later – a worrying sign for a New Orleans side that leads the league in points allowed across their last 10 games.

The Pels are stacked with defensive talent from top to bottom, so there’s really no excuse for Stan Van Gundy’s side to be giving up large chunks of points.

Utah, meanwhile, has averaged the third-most points across that same 10-game span, while their incredible 25-9 record against the spread speaks for itself.

Tip: Back the Jazz to Cover the Line (-6.5 Points) @ $1.90

Portland Trail Blazers Vs Charlotte Hornets

Tuesday March 2, 2:35pm

Moda Center

This should be a fun game between two of the most exciting sides in the league.

The Blazers are always tough to tip against at home, but they do look vulnerable after losing four straight games to the Wizards, Suns, Nuggets and Lakers on the road.

The Hornets, on the other hand, roll into the Moda Center fresh from a nail-biting one-point win over the Kings last night that saw P.J. Washington put up a career-high 42 points.

Charlotte has dominated some of the top defensive sides this season and judging by Portland’s troubles on defence over the last two weeks, I wouldn’t be surprised if we see a similar story unfold.

The Hornets have also been a fantastic bet in the second game of a back-to-back covering in five of their seven games.

Even with Gordon Hayward and Cody Zeller still listed as day-to-day, I’m happy to take the Hornets to cover a very generous spread.

Tip: Back the Hornets to Cover the Line (+7.5 Points) @ $1.90

Monday 1st March

Boston Celtics Vs Washington Wizards

Monday March 1, 11:05am

TD Garden

More than happy to fade the Celtics here with Jaylen Brown listed as questionable.

Aside from injuries, Boston has easily been one of the most underwhelming sides in the first half of the season as they continue to battle defensively.

The Wizards, on the other hand, are one of the hottest teams in the league right now having just knocked off the Blazers Lakers, Nuggets and Wolves in their last five games.

Washington’s win over Minnesota last night was impressive to say the least, and the fact they’ve gone 5-3 against the spread on no rest is also encouraging.

With Boston struggling to defend and Bradley Beal doing as he pleases, the +6.5 about the Wizards is pretty generous.

Tip: Back the Wizards to Cover the Line (+6.5 Points) @ $1.90

Minnesota Timberwolves Vs Phoenix Suns

Monday March 1, 1:05pm

Target Center

No real shock to find the Suns favoured by double digits here against the worst team in the league.

Phoenix has been almost unstoppable of late winning eight of their last 10 games, largely due to the fact they’ve averaged the second-most points in the league during that time frame.

On the flip side, Minnesota has allowed an average of 118 points across their last 10, which not surprisingly, ranks fourth in the league.

With the Suns facing a couple of tough games against the Lakers and Warriors before the All-Star break, they should sense the importance of a win here against an inferior opponent.

The fact the Wolves are also playing the second game of a back-to-back makes this a rather safe play.

Tip: Back the Suns to Cover the Line (-10.5 Points) @ $1.90

Sunday 28th February

Orlando Magic Vs Utah Jazz

Sunday February 28, 12:00pm

Amway Center

Another day, another bet on the Jazz.

Utah gets another favourable matchup here against the struggling Magic, a team that just lost by a whopping 37 points to the Nets on Friday.

You could argue the Jazz are an even better team than Brooklyn right now and they certainly have the runs on the board to prove it.

Aside from their outstanding 26-6 record overall, Utah has posted a 24-8 record against the spread – a number no other team even comes close to matching.

This is also the second game of a back-to-back for Quin Snyder’s side, which again stacks up nicely for the Jazz based on the trends.

Utah has covered in four of their five games in this situation so far, and with Aaron Gordon still missing for Orlando, it’s hard to see them coming up with any real answer to this loaded lineup.

Tip: Back the Jazz to Cover the Line (-9.5 Points) @ $1.90

Brooklyn Nets Vs Dallas Mavericks

Sunday February 28, 12:30pm

Barclays Center

It’s always worth monitoring the injury report whenever the Nets are involved, but if Kyrie and James Harden both suit up, I don’t think it would surprise anyone if this game went well over the total.

The Nets and Mavericks have both averaged the top five most points in the league across their last 10 games, and you only have to look at the talent on each roster to know both sides are capable of scoring fast.

Brooklyn has been on an absolute tear of late and there is no denying they are the team to beat with the Lakers nursing their wounds.

Dallas, meanwhile, has fallen well short of expectations this year, largely due to their struggles on defence.

Dallas ranks fourth in points allowed during that same 10-game span, so all things considered, the Nets should have no trouble racking up the points.

Tip: Over the Points Total

Saturday 27th February

Chicago Bulls Vs Phoenix Suns

Saturday February 27, 11:05am

United Center

I’ve been a big fan of what the Bulls have been able to accomplish recently, but a game against the red-hot Suns does look a little beyond them right now.

While Zach LaVine continues to ball out, it’s worth remembering the Bulls have enjoyed a fairly easy strength of schedule over the last couple of weeks with games against the Pistons, Kings, Rockets and Wolves.

The Suns, on the other hand, have averaged the second-most points across their last 10-games and shouldn’t be short on motivation after losing in controversial fashion to the Hornets on Thursday.

In case you didn’t know, Phoenix has been a superb bet on the back of a loss this year covering in seven of their 10 games.

With Lauri Markkanen and Otto Porter still on the sidelines for Chicago, it will take much more than a monster night for LaVine to get the job done here.

Tip: Back the Suns to Cover the Line (-5.5 Points) @ $1.90

Memphis Grizzlies Vs Los Angeles Clippers

Saturday February 27, 11:35am

FedEx Forum

The Clippers lost an absolute shocker last night to the Grizzlies by double digits, but I’m backing them to bounce-back here for a couple of different reasons.

Firstly, there’s no way Memphis shoots anywhere close to 60% from three for the second night in a row, and it seems equally unlikely that Tyus Jones is going to come off the bench and deliver another 20-point performance.

Secondly, the Clippers have been an outstanding bet when playing on no rest covering in all five of their games this year.

Better year, the Clips have posted a a league leading 7-3 mark against the spread following a loss, so providing Kawhi and Paul George both suit up, there’s plenty to suggest they should be winning this one comfortably.

Tip: Back the Clippers to Cover the Line (-7.5 Points) @ $1.90

Friday 26th February

Brooklyn Nets Vs Orlando Magic

Friday February 26, 11:35am

Barclays Center

This really should be a game the Nets win comfortably based on what we’ve seen from them in the last couple of weeks.

It wouldn’t surprise me if Kyrie Irving sits this one out with a game against the Mavericks ahead on Sunday, but so long as the red-hot James Harden takes the court, I pretty confident in the Nets winning big.

Despite losing to the Pistons on Wednesday, the Magic have been a little more competitive thanks to some big games from Nikola Vucevic, but still, this game basically boils down to the league’s best offence taking on one of the league’s worst.

When you factor in Orlando’s 5-10 record on the road this year, the -7.5 point spread actually looks pretty generous.

Tip: Back the Nets to Cover the Line (-7.5 Points) @ $1.90

Milwaukee Bucks Vs New Orleans Pelicans

Friday February 26, 1:35pm

Fiserv Forum

Big fan of the over here for a couple of different reasons.

The Pelicans are one of only two teams in the league without anybody on the injury report, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise to learn that they’ve averaged a league-high 123.6 points across their last 10 games.

Milwaukee has also been putting up big numbers after suffering back-to-back losses to Toronto last week.

The Bucks have averaged 121.7 points across three consecutive wins over the Thunder, Kings and Wolves, largely thanks to a pair of 30-point games from Giannis.

Last but not least, the Pels are playing the second game of a back-to-back here after staving off the Pistons last night.

All four of New Orleans’ games on no rest have gone over this season, so all in all, this should be a high-scoring game.

Tip: Over 240 Total Points @ $1.90

Thursday 25th February

Atlanta Hawks Vs Boston Celtics

Thursday February 25, 11:35am

State Farm Arena

There isn’t a whole lot to like about this Celtics side following yet another heartbreaking loss to the Mavs last night, but they could still be worth a play against this injury riddled Hawks team.

As I type, John Collins, Cam Reddish and De’Andre Hunter are all listed as day-to-day, leaving the Hawks short on some serious talent in the front court.

Perhaps more importantly, though, the Hawks are playing on no rest.

Atlanta lost a thriller to the Cavs last night by a single point, and based on their 0-5 record so far in the second game of a back-to-back, things aren’t about to get any better.

Tip: Back the Celtics to Cover the Line (-3.5 Points) @ $1.90

New Orleans Pelicans Vs Detroit Pistons

Thursday February 25, 12:05pm

Smoothie King Center

Some good insurance on the Pistons here as they look to keep the momentum rolling following yesterday’s big win over the Magic.

Detroit has already proven to be a profitable play in the second game of a back-to-back this year covering in seven of their nine games, a trend that is pretty tough to ignore going against this struggling Pelicans side.

While New Orleans just beat Boston, it’s worth remembering they were down 24 points at one point.

With Steven Adams less than 100%, I really don’t think there’s much separating these two sides right now.

Tip: Back the Pistons to Cover the Line (+11.5 Points) @ $1.90

Utah Jazz Vs Los Angeles Lakers

Thursday February 25, 2:05pm

Vivint Arena

Fascinating game this one with the Jazz all the way out to -8.5 favourites against the defending champs.

Like I’ve said before, I’ll continue to back Utah until proven otherwise, particularly against an out of sorts Lakers team that looks completely lost without Anthony Davis.

The Jazz kept things interesting against the Hornets on Tuesday through the first three quarters before pulling away to a 22-point win.

When you couple that with Los Angeles’ inability to close out games in the fourth quarter over the last two weeks, you have to like Utah in this spot.

Tip: Back the Jazz to Cover the Line (-8.5 Points) @ $1.90

Wednesday 24th February

Dallas Mavericks Vs Boston Celtics

Wednesday February 24, 11:30am

American Airlines Center

Bit of a pick’em game here between two sides desperately trying to keep their heads above water.

Dallas is playing on no rest following last night’s win over the Grizzlies, while Boston is looking to forget all about Monday’s abysmal performance that saw them blow a 24-point lead to the Pelicans.

With the Celtics an even .500 and the Mavericks fighting for life in the West, you’d be pretty brave to back either of these sides head-to-head right now.

That said, the stats and the trends do suggest we might be in for a high-scoring game.

Dallas has allowed the fourth-most points in the league over their last 10 games, while the Mavs also rank second offensively during the same time span.

As for the Celtics, Boston has seen nine of their 14 games go over the total following a previous loss.

Brad Stevens’ side shouldn’t be short on motivation after Monday’s embarrassment, so there’s a high chance the scoreboard gets a workout here on both ends.

Tip: Over 230.5 Total Points @ $1.90

Toronto Raptors Vs Philadelphia 76ers

Wednesday February 24, 11:30am

Amalie Arena

We’ve got some good insurance on offer here for the Raptors to extend their winning streak to five.

After a horrid stretch to start the season, Nick Nurse’s side has turned things around to leapfrog the Celtics in the East and improve to 16-15 overall.

The Raptors polished off the Sixers 110-103 on Monday thanks to a pair of 20-point performances from Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet, as well as a handy 14-point fourth quarter from Chris Boucher.

Even with Ben Simmons back in the line-up, Philly still had no answer for the Raptors down the stretch as they shot just shy of 50% from the field.

Even worse, the Sixers have won just five of their last 25 games when it comes to avenging a loss against an opponent. With Toronto red-hot and Philly struggling on the road, the Raps +2.5 looks safe.

Tip: Back the Raptors to Cover the Line (+2.5 Points) @ $1.90

Tuesday 23rd February

Utah Jazz Vs Charlotte Hornets

Tuesday February 23, 1:05pm

Vivint Arena

Healthy double-digit spread here, but it’s one I feel pretty confident in the Jazz covering.

Utah saw its 11-game winning streak snapped on Saturday with a four-point loss to the Clippers, but if you’ve been paying attention, you’ll know the Jazz have been the best side to bet on against the spread all year.

Watching the Jazz spread the ball around this season has been a joy to watch, not that you need to remind the Hornets.

Utah pounded Charlotte 138-121 when they met three weeks ago, adding to their six-game winning streak over the Hornets dating back to 2018.

Obviously, the Hornets have been a little feistier in recent weeks, but the fact they haven’t won in Utah since 2006 also makes them hard to like in this spot.

Tip: Back the Jazz to Cover the Line (-12 Points) @ $1.90

Phoenix Suns Vs Portland Trail Blazers

Tuesday February 23, 1:05pm

Phoenix Suns Arena

The Suns have been on a tear in recent weeks winning eight of their last ten games, but I do think the Blazers are being undervalued here laying +6.5 on the road.

Talent wise, Phoenix has a significant edge with Portland still nursing a bunch of injuries, but that hasn’t stopped the Blazers from keeping pace with the Suns in the West.

A win here would pull the two sides even at 19-11 in the standings, meaning this is a significant game for both sides approaching the All-Star break.

Also working in Portland’s favour is the fact they lost to the Wizards on Sunday.

Losing to Washington isn’t something to celebrate, but the fact the Blazers have covered in seven of their nine games following a previous loss certainly is.

Factoring in Portland’s strong 10-5 record on the road and the fact they’ve averaged the second-most points in the West this season, and suddenly the Blazers look a worthwhile play.

Tip: Back the Blazers to Cover the Line (+6.5 Points) @ $1.90

Los Angeles Lakers Vs Washington Wizards

Tuesday February 23, 2:05pm

STAPLES Center

The bookies have set a 226-point line for this game, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it falls short.

The Lakers have failed to surpass 100 points in their last two games against the Nets and Heat, while the trends suggest a similar story might unfold again on Tuesday.

Six of LA’s eight games after a loss have gone under the total this season, a trend that might continue so long as Anthony Davis is on the sideline.

The Wizards, led by the league’s leading points scorer Bradley Beal, are always good for a high-scoring game, but it’s worth noting they rank 23rd in the league in points scored on the road this year.

Tip: Under 229 Total Points @ $1.90

Monday 22nd February

New York Knicks Vs Minnesota Timberwolves

Monday February 22, 11:05pm

Madison Square Garden

The Wolves have lost four straight, but they have been playing some hot basketball of late to suggest this game should be plenty of fun.

That said, I’m with the Knicks to cover coming off a handy four-day break.

New York has been outstanding this year with 2-3 days rest, winning and covering in four of their five games.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Minnesota keeps this tight, but after folding in the fourth quarter against the Bucks and Raptors, we might see a similar story unfold.

Tip: Back the Knicks to Cover the Line (-3 Points) @ $1.90

Milwaukee Bucks Vs Sacramento Kings

Monday February 22, 1:05pm

Fiserv Forum

Not overly enthused about a double-digit line considering how unpredictable the Bucks have been of late, but I do think they are a good chance at covering against this ice-cold Kings side.

Sacramento has lost six straight now after falling short to the Bulls in a thriller yesterday.

The end to this road trip can’t come quick enough for Luke Walton’s side, but unfortunately, the trends suggest they could be in for another rough night up in Milwaukee.

The Kings have been awful on no rest this year playing to an abysmal 1-4 record overall.

With the Bucks well-rested, and perhaps more importantly healthy, they look a good bet to win big.

Tip: Back the Bucks to Cover the Line (-10 Points) @ $1.90

Sunday 21st February

Chicago Bulls Vs Sacramento Kings

Sunday February 21, 1:00pm

United Center

Should be a fun one here between two sides that continue to flirt with the eighth seed in their respective conferences.

While the Kings are always a dangerous side, I’m leaning towards the Bulls for a couple of different reasons.

Firstly, the Kings have been average on the road this year winning only five of their ten games, but perhaps more importantly, they’ve allowed an average of 117 points to opponents over the last two weeks.

The Bulls, on the other hand, have been tight defensively during the same time frame, while they’ve also found their mojo offensively thanks to the league’s sixth-leading scorer, Zach LaVine.

Also working in Chicago’s favour is the no rest factor.

The Bulls are 4-2 in the second game of a back-to-back, a record that continues to grow.

Tip: Back the Bulls to Cover the Line

Saturday 20th February

Memphis Grizzlies Vs Detroit Pistons

Saturday February 20, 11:00am

FedEx Forum

Sticking to my guns here and backing the Pistons to cover a fairly generous line.

I’ve said this several times already this season, but Detroit has been a very profitable betting play following a previous loss covering in 11 of their 17 games so far.

The Pistons lost by three to Chicago on Thursday, but it’s easy to forget this same side has beaten the Nets, Celtics and Pelicans over the last two weeks.

The Grizzlies, on the other hand, have lost six of their last 10 as the injury list continues to grow.

Tip: Back the Pistons to Cover the Line (+5.5 Points) @ $1.90

Milwaukee Bucks Vs Oklahoma City Thunder

Saturday February 20, 12:00pm

Fiserv Forum

The Thunder are basically trying to lose right now, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they at least kept this game against the Bucks somewhat close.

Having now lost six of their last 10 games, Milwaukee has fallen off a cliff recently.

Last night’s game against the Raptors was ugly to say the least, and it’s becoming more and more obvious that Mike Budenholzer just doesn’t have the depth or enough consistent shooters to rely on.

From a betting perspective, the Bucks have been ordinary in the second game of a back-to-back playing to a 2-2 record straight-up.

I don’t love this Thunder team, but a double-digit spread is hard to pass up.

Tip: Back the Thunder to Cover the Line (+11 Points) @ $1.90

Friday 19th February

Los Angeles Lakers Vs Brooklyn Nets

Friday February 19, 2:05pm

STAPLES Center

Only three games to choose from today, but the good news is we’ve got a pretty fun one between the Lakers and Nets to look forward to.

After the Lakers struggled to get by the Timberwolves on Wednesday with Anthony Davis out of the lineup, I really can’t get them anywhere close to -3 favourites here – especially with Kyrie Irving confirmed to play.

Instead, playing it safe on the over looks the go.

Fourteen of Brooklyn’s 17 games have gone over following a day off, while the Lakers have also seen the majority of their home games finish in a similar result.

Not surprisingly, Brooklyn has averaged over 120 points per-game so far, and the Lakers aren’t far off at 113. Those two numbers combined bring the 230 total well into play.

Tip: Over 230 Points @ $1.90

Thursday 18th February

Minnesota Timberwolves Vs Indiana Pacers

Thursday February 18, 12:05pm

Target Center

This might be the first time all year I’ve actually tipped the Wolves, and while they haven’t been winning a ton of games, they have been playing some pretty inspired basketball of late.

Fifteen lead changes took place between the Lakers and Wolves yesterday, with Minnesota actually leading the reigning champs at half time.

That alone is a huge sign of improvement, but perhaps the best part is the Wolves have been a steady bet in the second game of a back-to-back covering in three of their five games so far.

The Pacers, on the other hand, have been a tricky team to get a read on lately and I can’t get them anywhere close to -6.5 favourites.

Indiana has lost to the Bulls. Nets, Jazz, Pelicans and Bucks to start the month, which isn’t a huge surprise when you consider they’ve averaged only 110 points over their last 10 games – the same number as Minnesota.

Tip: Back the Wolves to Cover the Line (+6.5 Points) @ $1.90

Washington Wizards Vs Denver Nuggets

Thursday February 18, 12:05pm

Capital One Arena

Big fan of the over here between these two sides.

Despite a massive first half from Nikola Jokic yesterday, the Nuggets still managed to lose by double digits to the Celtics in Boston.

The good news is nine of Denver’s 11 games off a loss have gone over the total this year, which matches up well against this high-scoring Washington offence driven by the NBA’s leading point scorer, Bradley Beal.

Tying everything together, the Wizards have also allowed an average of 117 points to opponents across their last 10 games, so there’s a good chance this one heads north on the scoreboard.

Tip: Over 231.5 Total Points @ $1.90

Los Angeles Clippers Vs Utah Jazz

Thursday February 18, 2:05pm

STAPLES CENTER

You’d do well to bet on this game as early as possible, because if Kawhi is indeed a late scratch, I wouldn’t be surprised if the line gets out closer to -5.5.

In case you didn’t know, Utah has been a powerhouse over the last two weeks. I could talk about their depth, their scoring, or just the fact that they’re dialed in like crazy, but the simple fact of the matter is this: the Jazz are 21-7 against the spread this year.

This is obviously their toughest test in a while, especially if Kawhi plays, but even if they do go on to lose, I’d probably feel okay about it based on the value we’re getting.

Tip: Back the Jazz to Cover the Line (-2.0 Points) @ $1.90

Wednesday 17th February

Milwaukee Bucks Vs Toronto Raptors

Wednesday February 17, 12:05pm

Fiserv Forum

Might be in for a points-fest here if recent stats are anything to go by.

The Bucks and Raptors have both averaged over 120 points in their last 10 games, which ranks first and fourth respectively in the league.

Defensively, both sides rank Top 10 in points allowed during the same time frame, so there’s plenty to suggest the over could be in play.

I can’t really get the Bucks anywhere close to -5.5 favourites either, making this the only play I feel somewhat confident in.

Tip: Over 234 Total Points @ $1.90

Phoenix Suns Vs Brooklyn Nets

Wednesday February 17, 2:30pm

Phoenix Suns Arena

I think the bookies are being pretty generous here favouring the Suns by only -2 against the Nets.

Brooklyn just won big against the Kings in Sacramento last night, but they’ve been a tough team to trust in the second game of a back-to-back playing to a less-than convincing 3-3 record.

The Suns have had a day off following their 19-point win over the Magic on Sunday, and I’d imagine they’ll be pretty eager to cap off this home stand with a win before they head to New Orleans and Memphis.

Phoenix has been the best side to bet on this year as the home favourite playing to a 9-2 record against the spread.

With Kevin Durant and Iman Shumpert both on the sidelines, give me the Suns to cover.

Tip: Back the Suns to Cover the Line (-2 Points) @ $1.90

Tuesday 16th February

Washington Wizards Vs Houston Rockets

Tuesday February 16, 11:05am

Capital One Arena

This is one of the rare occasions where you can bet on the Wizards with some kind of confidence.

Houston has lost five straight with Victor Oladipo and a handful of bench guys out of the lineup, while the Wiz are still riding the highs of an upset win over the Celtics last night.

Washington has been a sneaky good bet in the second game of a back-to-back covering in four of their six games so far, and I wouldn’t be surprised if that trend continues against a Rockets team that ranks 25th in points scored over their last 10 games.

Houston destroyed the Wizards when they met two weeks ago, but with Oladipo questionable and Washington back on their home court, the -1.5 looks about right.

Tip: Back the Wizards to Cover the Line (-1.5 Points) @ $1.90

Utah Jazz Vs Philadelphia 76ers

Tuesday February 16, 1:00pm

Vivint Arena

Could not be more impressed with Utah right now.

The Jazz have rattled off four double-digit wins over the Pacers, Celtics, Bucks and Heat to move a game clear of the Lakers in the West, so it’s no real surprise to find them laying -6.5 here against the Sixers.

Philly, on the other hand, has lost back-to-back games to the Blazers and Suns as their struggles continue on the road.

With the Jazz posting a 12-2 record at home and Joel Embiid listed as questionable to play, Utah looks safe enough to play.

Tip: Back the Jazz to Cover the Line (-6.5 Points) @ $1.90

Los Angeles Clippers Vs Miami Heat

Tuesday February 16, 2:05pm

Staples Center

Siding with the Clippers here after obliterating the Cavs yesterday by double digits.

Obviously, Miami is a much tougher test, but the fact Kawhi Leonard was rested means there’s a good chance he plays through injury in the second game of this back-to-back.

In case you didn’t know, the Clippers are a perfect 4-0 in this situation against the spread, while they also beat the Heat only two weeks ago in Miami by four.

The Clips were without Leonard and George on that occasion, so I’d expect the line to get out a little further if Kawhi does play.

Lasttly, Tyronn Lue’s side has averaged 116 points across their last 10 games, which is significantly higher to the Heat’s total of 103 during the same time frame.

All in all, the Clips are capable of picking up where they left off yesterday.

Tip: Back the Clippers to Cover the Line (-5.5 Points) @ $1.90

Monday 15th February

Oklahoma City Thunder Vs Milwaukee Bucks

Monday February 15, 12:05pm

Chesapeake Energy Arena

We could be in for some points here with both teams looking to bounce-back from losses on Saturday.

The Bucks have been up and down during this road trip losing back-to-back games to the Suns and Jazz, while the Thunder continue to venture wayward having now lost six of their last 10.

The total has gone over in five of Milwaukee’s eight games following a loss and nine of Oklahoma City’s last 14.

Despite their troubles in the win column, the Bucks lead the league in points across their last 10 games, so this one could be a bit of a thriller.

Tip: Over 228.5 Total Points @ $1.90

Phoenix Suns Vs Orlando Magic

Monday February 15, 1:05pm

Phoenix Suns Arena

I tipped against the Suns yesterday and paid the price, but I’m definitely on board with them here as heavy double-digit favourites against the Magic.

Orlando is still in the midst of a serious injury crisis with Aaron Gordon on the shelf and Evan Fournier, Cole Anthony, Al-Farouq Aminu, James Ennis and a few others all listed as questionable.

The Suns, meanwhile, come in having won five straight, and they’ve also been an outstanding bet in the second game of a back-to-back covering in five of their six games.

These double-digit spreads are always a little nerve-racking, but since this is basically one of the best defensive teams against one of the worst, the Suns do look a good bet to cover.

Tip: Back the Suns to Cover the Line (-10.5 Points) @ $1.90

Sunday 14th February

Phoenix Suns Vs Philadelphia 76ers

Sunday February 14, 7:00am

Phoenix Suns Arena

I’m taking Philly in the early window after suffering a rare loss to the Blazers on Friday in Portland.

The Sixers have slipped to 7-6 on the road, so this play does come with some risk, but I’m still willing to fade the Suns based on the fact Philly has played to a 4-2 record against the spread this year following a previous loss.

Tip: Back the 76ers to Cover the Line (-1 Point) @ $1.90

Atlanta Hawks Vs Indiana Pacers

Sunday February 14, 11:30am

State Farm Arena

The Pacers have been a tough side to trust over the last few weeks, but I’m with them so long as the line stays close to -1.5.

Aside from the fact Indiana has won eight of their last 10 games against Atlanta, the Hawks are also playing on no rest after facing the Spurs at home last night.

Typically, this scenario has been high profitable as the Hawks have played to an ugly 0-4 record in the second game of a back-to-back.

Indiana has been a relatively steady play covering in six of their 11 games on the road this season, so this feels less risky than it might seem.

Tip: Back the Pacers to Cover the Line (-1.5 Points) @ $1.90

Saturday 13th February

Boston Celtics Vs Detroit Pistons

Saturday February 13, 12:00pm

TD Garden

We could be in for a surprisingly high-scoring game here between the Celtics and Pistons.

The Celtics dismantled Toronto at home last night by 14 points, and they’ve typically gone on to put up big numbers in the second game of a back-to-back with the total going over in three of their four games.

When you think of high-scoring teams, you don’t often think of Detroit, but the over has actually been an outstanding bet when the Pistons play on the road.

The total has gone over in nine of Detroit’s 14 road games so far, while they’ve also shown a real tendency to bounce-back from a previous loss – which is great news following Thursday’s blowout to the Pacers.

With Boston almost back to full health, this could be a thriller.

Tip: Over the Points Total

Utah Jazz Vs Milwaukee Bucks

Saturday February 13, 1:05pm

Vivint Arena

There are a number of different reasons to like the Jazz in this spot.

Aside from the obvious fact Utah has lost only two games at home all year, they’ve also won five straight coming in.

The Bucks, meanwhile, haven’t won against the Jazz on the road since, wait for it… 2001.

Sometimes teams with an incredibly dominant home record aren’t that profitable against the spread, but that hasn’t been the case with the Jazz at all this season.

Utah has covered in eight of their 11 games as the home favourite, so even though these “Finals Preview” type games sometimes make me nervous, I feel pretty confident in the Jazz getting the job done.

Tip: Back the Jazz to Cover the Line (-1.5 Points) @ $1.90

Sacramento Kings Vs Orlando Magic

Saturday February 13, 2:00pm

Golden 1 Center

Hard to find many positives when it comes to the Magic right now.

Last night’s loss double-digit loss to the Warriors was ugly, and they aren’t about to find things any easier heading straight to Sacramento to face a Kings side that has won seven of its last 10.

Injuries have largely been to blame for Orlando’s drop off in performance as Aaron Gordon, Evan Fournier, Michael Carter-Williams and Al-Farouq Aminu all remain on the shelf.

The Kings, meanwhile, are one of the healthiest sides in the league, so they should be winning this one comfortably, much like they did against the Magic only two weeks ago.

Tip: Back the Kings to Cover the Line (-6.5 Points) @ $1.90

Friday 12th February

Boston Celtics Vs Toronto Raptors

Friday February 12, 11:30am

TD Garden

Happy to fade the Raptors in this spot despite their double-digit win over the Wizards last night.

Toronto has been awful on no rest this year losing all three of their games, while the Celtics have had their number of late winning four of their last five meetings.

Boston is also looking to rebound from an awful West Coast road trip that saw them lose four from five.

I know the Celtics haven’t been particularly convincing at all this year, but with most of their stars back on the court, this -4.5 line feels just about right.

Tip: Back the Celtics to Cover the Line (-4.5 Points) @ $1.90

Detroit Pistons Vs Indiana Pacers

Friday February 12, 12:00pm

Little Caesars Arena

Bit of a difficult slate for a Friday, so I’m going to play it safe and just take the Pacers outright at the current quote.

Indiana came up 10 points short to the Nets yesterday, but they’ve typically bounced back well in the second game of a back-to-back winning three of their five games.

Detroit is hands down the worst team in the league right now, but after beating the Nets earlier in the week, I’m just a little wary of backing Indiana to cover -3.

Tip: Back the Pacers to Win @ $1.68

Thursday 11th February

Washington Wizards Vs Toronto Raptors

Thursday February 11, 11:05am

Capital One Arena

The Wizards held on for a thrilling four-point win over the Bulls on Tuesday, but I’m tipping their luck runs out here against what has been a pretty dominant Raptors team of late.

Toronto has averaged 116 points across their last 10 games, which obviously spells bad news for a Washington side that ranks third in points allowed during the same time frame.

The Wizards have also won back-to-back games only once all year, while the Raptors have covered in four of their last five.

Tip: Back the Raptors to Cover the Line (-5 Points) @ $1.90

Brooklyn Nets Vs Indiana Pacers

Thursday February 11, 12:05pm

Barclays Center

There’s no way I’m touching Brooklyn at the line anytime soon after yesterday’s meltdown against the Pistons, but I do think we could be in for a high-scoring game here if the trends are anything to go by.

Like the Nets, the Pacers haven’t been a particularly consistent team, but they have put up over 110 points in three of their last four games.

Better yet, the Pacers are also playing on three day’s rest, which is huge considering the total has gone over in all three of their games in this same situation.

As for the Nets, Brooklyn has averaged 114 points in the second game of a back-to-back, while the total has also gone over in three of their five games on no rest.

To top it all off, these two sides both rank Top 10 in points allowed across their last 10 games, so I’d be surprised if this isn’t high scoring.

Tip: Over 235 Total Points @ $1.90

Wednesday 10th February

Utah Jazz Vs Boston Celtics

Wednesday February 10, 2:00pm

Vivint Arena

I wrote earlier in the week how vulnerable the Celtics are on these West Coast road trips, so I really don’t think this is a particularly favourable spot for them with Jaylen Brown questionable to play.

The Jazz have won nine of their last 10 and are also riding a four-game winning streak as they return home for this four-game stand.

Better yet, Utah has lost only twice all year at home, which spells big trouble for a Celtics team that is now an even .500 on road.

The Jazz have covered in 14 of their last 16 games, making them a pretty good bet to cover here against a Celtics team that seems to be missing a gear.

Tip: Back the Jazz to Cover the Line (-4.5 Points) @ $1.90

Portland Trail Blazers Vs Orlando Magic

Wednesday February 10, 2:00pm

Moda Center

Taking the Blazers to add to Orlando’s misery as they return off a two-day break.

The Magic were destroyed in the second game of a back-to-back against the Bulls last week, which really didn’t come as a surprise when you factor in how terrible Orlando has been defensively of late.

The absence of Evan Fournier, Aaron Gordon and Michael Carter-Williams has contributed to the Magic ranking seventh in the league in points allowed across their last 10 games.

Portland, meanwhile, is coming off a loss to the Knicks on Sunday – setting up one of the more profitable betting plays of the entire season.

The Blazers have played to a league-best 6-2 record in this scenario, and they should be adding to that record against this half-strength Magic team.

Tip: Back the Blazers to Cover the Line (-4.5 Points) @ $1.90

Tuesday 9th February

Chicago Bulls Vs Washington Wizards

Tuesday February 9, 12:05pm

United Center

The Bulls have been one of my favourite betting plays this year, but I’m happy to take them on with the Wizards laying +4.5.

Chicago has been dealt a serious injury blow with Lauri Markkanen now joining Otto Porter and Wendell Carter Jr on the sidelines with a shoulder injury.

The Wizards were hammered by double digits last night against the Hornets, but they’ve typically been a decent betting play on no rest covering in three of their five games so far.

With the Bulls missing some key pieces, there really isn’t as much separating these two sides as the market suggests.

Tip: Back the Wizards to Cover the Line (+4.5 Points) @ $1.90

Phoenix Suns Vs Cleveland Cavaliers

Tuesday February 9, 1:05pm

Phoenix Suns Arena

Like the look of the Suns here after storming home to a nine-point win over the Celtics last night.

Phoenix has won six of its last 10 games, while the Cavs have lost three straight to the by double digits to the Clippers and Bucks.

Cleveland’s defence has been horrible all season and they certainly look pretty suspect against a Suns team that has not only won four from five when playing on no rest, but also averaged 114 points a game.

Tip: Back the Suns to Cover the Line (-6 Points) @ $1.90

Monday 8th February

Los Angeles Clippers Vs Sacramento Kings

Monday February 8, 7:00am

Staples Center

Not a great deal of value on this early Super Bowl Sunday slate, so I’m happy to just play it safe with the Clippers to continue their dominance against the Kings at home.

Los Angeles has won 12 of its last 14 against Sacramento dating back to 2017 and I can’t imagine them having any trouble putting up points here against the second-worst defensive side in the league.

In case you still aren’t convinced, the Clippers have also covered in five of their six games against division opponents this year.

Tip: Back the Clippers to Cover the Line

Sunday 7th February

Orlando Magic Vs Chicago Bulls

Sunday February 6, 11:00am

Amway Center

Wouldn’t be surprised if we get another high-scoring game here with the Magic and the Bulls squaring off for the second night in a row.

Both sides combined for over 100 points in the first half alone yesterday, which sort of surprised me considering the Magic are missing a few key players.

Either way, the total has gone over in three of Orlando’s four games on no rest while both side have also averaged over 110 points in the second game of a back-to-back.

Tip: Over 224.5 Total Points @ $1.90

Philadelphia 76ers Vs Brooklyn Nets

Sunday February 6, 12:00pm

Wells Fargo Center

Definitely worth keeping an eye on the injury report with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons both listed as questionable, but I do like the Sixers to cover if both are given the green light.

The Sixers are coming off a rare double-digit loss at home to the Blazers on Friday with Simmons out of the lineup, so I think they’ll be fired up to bounce back here in this potential Conference Finals preview.

The Nets are also playing on no rest, which has typically been a problem for them this year winning only two of their four games so far.

Even without fans, home-court has been a huge advantage to filly this year losing only twice at the Wells Fargo Center. The Sixers are also 4-1 against the spread vs division opponents, so there’s a bit to like here providing their two top stars play.

Tip: Back the 76ers to Cover the Line (-2.5 Points) @ $1.90

Saturday 6th February

Orlando Magic Vs Chicago Bulls

Saturday February 5, 11:05am

Amway Center

Taking the Bulls to cover here against the Magic providing the spread stays somewhere close to -2.

Chicago lost the second game of their back-to-back to the Knicks on Thursday, but as I’ve said several times this season, the Bulls have been a very profitable betting play following a loss covering in seven of their nine games.

Orlando has lost four straight as they wrap up their home stand this weekend, which isn’t a surprise given Aaron Gordon, Mo Bamba, Al-Farouq Aminu and Michael Carter-Williams still remain on the sidelines.

Otto Porter remains a game-time decision for the Bulls, but considering they’ve won seven of their last 10 against the Magic, they look a good bet to bounce back.

Tip: Back the Bulls to Cover the Line (-2 Points) @ $1.90

Brooklyn Nets Vs Toronto Raptors

Saturday February 5, 11:35am

Barclays Center

Could be in for a high-scoring game here with both the Nets and the Raptors playing on two days rest.

Brooklyn has put up 120 points or more in four of their last five games, while the total has gone over in four of Toronto’s last five.

Defensively the Nets have been horrible on the other end averaging 127 points against in their last 10. The Raptors, on the other hand, rank eighth during the same time span.

It looks as though James Harden and Kyrie will suit up at time of publish, so we could be in for an offensive onslaught based on the way these two teams are playing of late.

Tip: Over 242.5 Total Points @ $1.90

Los Angeles Clippers Vs Boston Celtics

Saturday February 5, 2:05pm

Staples Center

The Celtics are a funny side to try and get a feel for at the moment, which is why I’m leaning towards the Clippers here as the -4 favourites.

After just scraping home the Warriors mid-week, the Celtics fell by five to Sacramento on Thursday, a team that has allowed the second-most points in the league.

These West Coast road trips have typically been a problem for Boston over the years and things might only get worse if Jaylen Brown sits out with a knee injury.

So long as Kawhi or Paul George takes the court, the Clips look a good chance to run away with this one.

Tip: Back the Clippers to Cover the Line (-4 Points) @ $1.90

Friday 5th February

Atlanta Hawks Vs Utah Jazz

Friday February 4, 11:35am

State Farm Arena

We could be in for a low-scoring game here as the Hawks and Jazz get together for the second time.

Utah pounded Atlanta by double digits a fortnight ago, but the two sides combined for only 208 points.

The total for today’s clash has been set at 226, which I think looks a little high given Trae Young and De’Andre Hunter are both unlikely to play.

Atlanta is also coming off a loss last night to the the Mavericks, which again, points towards a low-scoring game based on the trends.

Nine of Atlanta’s 10 games have gone under the total following a previous loss, so all in all, I think this looks a relatively safe play.

Tip: Under 226 Total Points @ $1.90

Houston Rockets Vs Memphis Grizzlies

Friday February 4, 1:05pm

FedEx Forum

Happy to have a play on the Grizzlies here laying -3.5 at home to the Rockets.

Memphis let me down on Wednesday in their double-digit loss to the Pacers, but they’ve typically been a good bounce-back bet this season covering in four of this six games following a previous loss.

The Rockets have a bunch of injury questions heading into this game, while it’s worth noting Victor Oladipo has already been ruled out with a quad injury.

Getting back to their home court off a three-game road trip should be a huge morale booster for Memphis and the fact they’ve had two days off between games is also a big plus.

Tip: Back the Grizzlies to Cover the Line (-3.5 Points) @ $1.90

Thursday 4th February

Cleveland Cavaliers Vs Los Angeles Clippers

Thursday February 4, 12:00pm

Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse

Taking the fairly obvious play here on the Clippers following last night’s four-point loss to the Nets in Brooklyn.

The Clips have been a fantastic betting play after a loss covering in four of their five games so far, while they’ve also gone a perfect 3-0 against the spread in the second game of a back-to-back.

Providing at least Kawhi or Paul George plays, they should prove too much for a Cavs team that still ranks 29th in points-per-game.

Tip: Back the Clippers to Cover the Line (-9.5 Points) @ $1.90

Wednesday 3rd February

Brooklyn Nets Vs Los Angeles Clippers

Wednesday February 3, 11:35am

Barclays Center

Feels as though we’re in for a high-scoring game in this potential Finals preview.

The Nets and the Clippers both rank top five in points across their last 10-game span, while the Nets have also allowed 124 points or more in three of their last four games.

James Harden is probable to play with a thigh injury and the Clippers come in relatively healthy with only Nicolas Batum and Patrick Beverley on the injury report.

Six of the last 10 games between these two sides have gone over the total, so buckle your seat belts.

Tip: Over 242.5 Total Points @ $1.90

Indiana Pacers Vs Memphis Grizzlies

Wednesday February 3, 12:05pm

Bankers Life Fieldhouse

In case you missed it, the Grizzlies have won seven straight, so I’m really not sure how they’re +4.5 underdogs here against a pretty average Pacers side on the road.

Memphis polished off the Spurs 133-102 yesterday and they’ve typically been a fantastic bet in the second game of a back-to-back.

The Grizz are a perfect 2-0 in this situation, while the Pacers on the other hand, are looking to break a two game losing streak.

All signs point towards Ja Morant playing through his ankle issue, so I’m more than happy to take Memphis here with some decent insurance.

Tip: Back the Grizzlies to Cover the Line (+4.5 Points) @ $1.90

Tuesday 2nd February

Chicago Bulls Vs New York Knicks

Tuesday February 2, 12:05pm

United Center

The Bulls have been one of the most surprisingly consistent teams against the spread this year, particularly on the back of a loss.

Chicago lost an absolute heartbreaker on Sunday against the Blazers thanks to Damian Lillard’s buzzer-beater, but the good news is they’ve covered in six of their eight games this year following a loss.

This is also a tricky spot for the Knicks playing on no rest after losing to the Clippers by 14 points yesterday.

The Knicks have typically struggled for points in the second game of a back-to-back this year, so I’m with this dangerous looking Bulls side to bounce back.

Tip: Back the Bulls to Cover the Line (-4 Points) @ $1.90

Cleveland Cavaliers Vs Minnesota Timberwolves

Tuesday February 2, 12:05pm

Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse

This looks a good spot for the under with these two cellar dwellers playing on no rest.

The Wolves won 109-104 yesterday in a back-and-forth game, but I highly doubt they are going to get 23 points out of rookie Anthony Edwards for the second night in a row.

Cleveland, meanwhile, has been struggling for points all year ranking second-last in the league, which largely explains why three of their four games on a back-to-back have gone under the total.

There’s a good chance this one turns out equally as close, but 218 points is a little too high in my opinion.

Tip: Under 218 Total Points @ $1.90

Milwaukee Bucks Vs Portland Trail Blazers

Tuesday February 2, 12:05pm

Fiserv Forum

Worth monitoring the status of Giannis Antetokounmpo here, but even if he does play, I still like the Blazers to cover laying +10.

To be fair, Portland needed a last-second buzzer-beater to put away the Bulls on Sunday, but they’ve typically been an outstanding bet as the away underdog covering in three of their four games so far.

The Bucks, on the other hand, lost by eight to the lowly Pelicans three days ago. They also rank top five points allowed across their last 10-games.

Backing against double-digit favourites has been very profitable this year, so give me Portland to at least keep it close.

Tip: Back the Blazers to Cover the Line (+10 Points) @ $1.90

Monday 1st February

Washington Wizards Vs Brooklyn Nets

Monday February 1, 11:05am

Capital One Arena

Bit of a tricky slate to start the week, but I do think we’re in for a high-scoring game here between the Wizards and Nets.

James Harden has already been ruled out with a thigh injury, but the numbers still suggest this one should go over.

Both the Wizards and the Nets rank top three in points allowed across their last 10-game span, while the two sides have also seen over 60% of their games go over the total this season.

Tip: Over 245.5 Total Points @ $1.94

Sunday 31st January

Boston Celtics Vs Los Angeles Lakers

Sunday January 31, 12:00pm

TD Garden

Not sure what kind of spread we’ll have between these two rivals as I type on Friday, but I feel pretty comfortable backing the Lakers providing it isn’t anything crazy.

Los Angeles lost a shocker on Friday to the Pistons with Anthony Davis out. From a betting perspective, though, this actually comes as good news considering the Lakers have won four of their last five games after a loss.

The Celtics have been a little up and down with Jayson Tatum in and out of the lineup and I’m fully expecting Davis to be back for this one.

Tip: Back the Lakers to Cover the Line

Saturday 30th January

Orlando Magic Vs Los Angeles Clippers

Saturday January 30, 12:00pm

Amway Center

No Kawhi and no Paul George proved no problem last night for the Clippers in their win over the Heat, so I’m happy to have them here at +2 against the Magic.

The Clips have gone 2-0 against the spread so far in the second game of a back-to-back and they’ve also won 10 straight over Orlando dating back to 2015.

The Magic, meanwhile, are in a world of hurt having won just two from their last 10.

The absence of Michael Carter-Williams and Al-Farouq Aminu is really starting to take its toll and you could easily argue they don’t deserve to be favourites in this game.

Tip: Back the Clippers to Cover the Line (+2.0 Points) @ $1.90

Oklahoma City Thunder Vs Brooklyn Nets

Saturday January 30, 12:05pm

Chesapeake Energy Arena

These two sides both make me nervous against the spread, but I am a fan of the Over here if recent stats are anything to go by.

In their last 10-games, the Thunder and the Nets both rank Top 10 in points allowed, so it’s no surprise to find the bookies setting a huge 230.5 points total.

The Nets also lead the league in points-per-game during that same 10-game span, while all of their last five road games have gone Over.

Tip: Over 230.5 Total Points @ $1.90

Friday 29th January

Phoenix Suns Vs Golden State Warriors

Friday January 29, 2:05pm

Phoenix Suns Arena

The Warriors have won six from their last 10 and they look to have a good shot at adding to that record with Devin Booker ruled out for the Suns.

Phoenix has lost back-to-back games without their star playmaker in the lineup, while they’re also playing against a Warriors team that just won by double-digits against the Wolves yesterday.

Golden State has averaged over 120 points in the second game of a back-to-back, a pretty worrying sign considering Phoenix’s offensive rating drops by over 13 points without Booker on the court.

Tip: Back the Warriors to Cover the Line (+1.5 Points) @ $1.90

Thursday 28th January

Charlotte Hornets Vs Indiana Pacers

Thursday January 28, 11:00am

Spectrum Center

The Hornets came up short to the Magic on Tuesday, but the good news is they’ve been a pretty kind bounce-back play all year.

Charlotte has gone 5-3 against the spread following a previous loss, a trend that read favourably against this questionable looking Pacers side.

Indiana has been up and down ever since last month’s blockbuster trade and I think they may struggle in the paint with Domantas Sabonis still listed as questionable with a knee injury.

The Hornets remain one of the healthiest teams in the league right now, so the chances of them keeping this game close seem relatively high.

Tip: Back the Hornets to Cover the Line (-1.5 Points) @ $1.90

New Orleans Pelicans Vs Washington Wizards

Thursday January 28, 1:05pm

Smoothie King Center

Wouldn’t be surprised if we see a high-scoring game between these two struggling sides today.

The Wizards were obliterated last night by the Rockets in Houston, and this quick trip to New Orleans really doesn’t bode well for a team that has allowed the most points in the league.

On the other side, the Pelicans have allowed the seventh-most points in their recent 10-game stretch, while there’s also some serious trade talks heating up now with the team slumping to a 5-10 record.

The total has gone over in all three of Washington’s games this season in the second game of a back-to-back, so I’m happy to back that trend to continue.

Tip: Over 226.5 Total Points @ $1.90

Wednesday 27th January

Utah Jazz Vs New York Knicks

Wednesday January 27, 1:05pm

Vivint Arena

The Knicks are the only double-digit underdogs on today’s slate and I think they look a decent bet to cover.

New York looked dead and buried two nights ago against the Blazers before fighting back in the fourth quarter to cover +5.5.

The Jazz, on the other hand, have lost only two games at home this year, so I’d be surprised if the Knicks were to actually win this game.

That said, Tom Thibodeau’s side has covered in six of their 10 games as an away underdog this season, while they’ve also played to an identical record in their last 10 games against Utah.

You mightn’t know it, but the Knicks have allowed the fewest points in the league, so this is a pretty generous spot from the bookies.

Tip: Back the Knicks to Cover the Line (+11.5 Points) @ $1.90

New Orleans Pelicans Vs Washington Wizards

Thursday January 28, 1:05pm

Smoothie King Center

Could be in for a high-scoring game here between the Pels and Wizards if the stats are any indication.

You probably won’t be surprised to learn Washington leads the league in points allowed this year, while the Pelicans haven’t fared much better ranking fourth in the same department across their last 10 games.

The Wizards were blown out by the Rockets yesterday in Houston, and again, while that doesn’t come as a surprise, it does lend itself to one of the more profitable trends this year.

All three of Washington’s games have gone Over the Total when playing on no rest, so all things considered, the scoreboard could be in for a workout here.

Tip: Over the Points Total

Tuesday 26th January

Orlando Magic Vs Charlotte Hornets

Tuesday January 26, 11:00am

Amway Center

The Magic have been awful recently, so I really can’t have them laying +2.5 against the Hornets in the second game of this back-to-back.

Charlotte got the better of Orlando yesterday winning by three thanks to a monster buzzer-beater from Gordon Heyward.

It was a nervous watch for anyone on the Hornets, but I’m happy to side with Charlotte again based on their strong record when playing with no rest.

So far this season the Hornets have covered in three of their four games in this scenario, which spells trouble for a Magic side still missing Aaron Gordon.

The Hornets, meanwhile, are one of the healthiest teams going around at the moment, evident in the fact they’ve covered in seven of their last nine games.

Tip: Back the Hornets to Cover the Line (+2.5 Points) @ $1.90

Cleveland Cavaliers Vs Los Angeles Lakers

Tuesday January 26, 12:05pm

Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse

Looks a good spot for the Lakers as LeBron returns to Cleveland for the first time this season.

The Lakers are coming off two comfortable wins over the Bucks and Bulls over the last few days, while the Cavs were just obliterated by the Celtics on Monday in a 38-point massacre at the Garden.

Cleveland has thrown a spanner in the works a few times this season thanks in large part to their surprisingly sturdy defence. Still, the Cavs rank dead last in points-per-game this year, so I really can’t see them matching this juggernaut Lakers team.

LA has covered in six of its last seven games and each of their last five on the road. Double-digit spreads are always a little nerve-racking, but this one seems relatively safe.

Tip: Back the Lakers to Cover the Line (-10 Points) @ $1.90

Dallas Mavericks Vs Denver Nuggets

Tuesday January 26, 12:35pm

American Airlines Center

Dallas has owned Denver’s number recently and I think they could be worth something small here laying +1.5.

The Mavs won by seven when these two sides met a fortnight ago, while they’ll also be looking to atone for a shock upset loss to the Rockets on Sunday.

Dallas has been a great bet in this spot covering in 17 of their last 22 games following an upset loss as a favourite.

It’s a quirky stat, but sometimes trends like those are worth backing.

Tip: Back the Mavericks to Cover the Line (+1.5 Points) @ $1.90

Monday 25th January

Portland Trail Blazers Vs New York Knicks

Monday January 25, 2:05pm

Moda Center

Considering some of the names on the injured list, the Blazers have done extremely well to keep their head above water.

That said, I’m with the Knicks to cover laying +4.5 against the spread.

New York has been a steady play as the away underdog this year, while they’ve also gone 6-1 against teams with a winning record this season.

Before Saturday’s loss to the Kings, the Knicks dominated the Celtics, Magic and Warriors all in succession and I really don’t think there’s as much separating these two sides as the current market suggests.

Tip: Back the Knicks to Cover the Line (+4.0 Points) @ $1.90

Sunday 24th January

Phoenix Suns Vs Denver Nuggets

Sunday January 24, 1:00pm

Phoenix Suns Arena

This back-to-back two-game series between the Suns and the Nuggets should be a telling one as we start to get a clearer understanding of the contenders in the West.

I’m writing this before the two sides play on Saturday, but I do like Phoenix in this spot providing they have their full set of stars on the court.

The Suns have been a very strong bet this year on no rest playing to a perfect 3-0 record both head-to-head and against the spread.

Phoenix has also lost only one game at home at time of publish, so I like the Suns here straight-up if we get some value.

Tip: Back the Suns to Win

Saturday 23rd January

Indiana Pacers Vs Orlando Magic

Saturday January 23, 11:30am

Bankers Life Fieldhouse

This should be an interesting game between two fringe contenders in the East, but it’s typically been a matchup the Pacers have enjoyed more of in recent times.

Indiana has won three straight over Orlando as they look to bounce-back from Thursday’s narrow loss to Dallas.

The Pacers have been a pretty steady bet in this spot going 3-2 overall following a previous loss, while I also have huge question marks around this Magic side after fighting back from a double-digit deficit two days ago against the lowly Wolves.

Indiana would probably feel better with Caris LeVert on the court, but I still think they are a very dangerous side post James Harden trade – especially against a Magic team that ranks third-last in points scored this year.

Tip: Back the Pacers to Cover the Line (-2.5 Points) @ $1.90

Toronto Raptors Vs Miami Heat

Saturday January 23, 11:35am

Amalie Arena

Tough game to get a feel for with so many faces missing, so it does look a good spot if you’re a points bettor.

The Heat pulled off an upset against the Raptors when they met on Thursday which came as a bit of a surprise with Jimmy Butler, Tyler Herro and Avery Bradley still missing.

All three are unlikely to play again in Game 2, while the Raptors have equal concern for Pascal Siakam after pulling up sore with a groin injury earlier in the week.

The total has gone under in each of the last three games between these two sides, so I’m backing that trend to continue.

Tip: Under 218.5 Total Points @ $1.90

Friday 22nd January

Milwaukee Bucks Vs Los Angeles Lakers

Friday January 22, 11:35am

Fiserv Forum

This is another tough day with only a few games on the slate, but I’m happy to take the Bucks head-to-head here against the Lakers at home.

Both teams are looking to bounce-back from losses on Tuesday, something each team has managed to do consistently all year.

There really isn’t much separating these two sides in terms of trends and stats, other than the fact the Lakers haven’t won in Milwaukee since 2017.

You can probably take this with a grain of salt, but the injury report also has LeBron down as questionable with a left ankle sprain and Anthony Davis as probable with his pretend injury.

Either way, the Bucks were a great play last year winning eight of their ten games on two-three days rest, while they’ve also won seven of their last ten against the Lakers.

Tip: Back the Bucks to Win @ $1.87

Thursday 21st January

Cleveland Cavaliers Vs Brooklyn Nets

Thursday January 21, 11:00am

Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse

There’s still no official confirmation as to whether or not Kyrie Irving will make his return on Thursday, but even without him I’d still feel confident in Brooklyn covering.

To their credit, the Cavs have been outstanding defensively this year allowing the second-fewest points in the league, but I just don’t think they have the offensive firepower to keep up with star-studded Nets outfit.

Brooklyn made pretty short work of the Magic in James Harden’s debut, while they also showed tremendous fend off the Bucks for a two-point win on Tuesday.

The Nets have covered in seven of their last 10 against Cleveland, and if Irving is confirmed to play, you can expect this line to reach double digits before tip off.

Tip: Back the Nets to Cover the Line (-9.5 Points) @ $1.90

Atlanta Hawks Vs Detroit Pistons

Thursday January 21, 11:35am

State Farm Arena

The Pistons are a tough team to find confidence in, but I do think there’s some good value on offer here with Detroit at +5.5 against the Hawks.

Dwane Casey’s side lost by six against the Heat on Tuesday, however, it’s worth noting Detroit led at the end of the first before outscoring Miami in the fourth quarter.

Better yet, the Pistons have been a phenomenal betting play against the spread this season covering in five of their eight games following a previous loss.

Atlanta has a long list of injuries that now features a new addition in Danilo Gallinari.

The big man has already been ruled out for this game, while the likes of Cam Reddish and Trae Young are also dealing with nagging problems.

Despite their 3-10 record, the Pistons have covered in sic of their last nine games, so I like them to at least keep this tight.

Tip: Back the Pistons to Cover the Line (+5.5 Points) @ $1.90

Golden State Warriors Vs San Antonio Spurs

Thursday January 21, 2:05pm

Chase Center

My final play of the day will be on the Spurs as the +1.5 underdogs against the Warriors.

Golden State’s double-digit comeback against the Lakers on Tuesday was a thing of beauty, but I think the bookies are overlooking the fact San Antonio has not only won six of its last eight games, but also covered in five of their last seven against the Dubs.

The Spurs aren’t doing anything crazy on either side of the ball, but I do think they’ve done extremely well to hold four of their last five opponents to less than 105 points.

DeMar DeRozan and Patty Mills lit it up on Tuesday against the Blazers, so it’s always worth backing teams when they’re hot like this.

Tip: Back the Spurs to Cover the Line (+1.5 Points) @ $1.90

Wednesday 20th January

Denver Nuggets Vs Oklahoma City Thunder

Wednesday January 20, 1:05pm

Pepsi Center

Bit of a tricky day with only two games on offer, making the Thunder the safest play laying +9.5 against the Nuggets on the road.

Oklahoma City has enjoyed a nice little three-day break after their game against the Sixers was cancelled on Monday, so they should be fit and firing here against a Nuggets team coming off a loss to the Jazz.

The Thunder have already covered in five of their six games as an away underdog this year, which comes as no surprise when you factor in their equally impressive 5-1 record on the road this year.

Denver, om the other hand, has lost two of its last three, so you could argue the current spread is a little generous.

Tip: Back the Thunder to Cover the Line (+9.5 Points) @ $1.90

Tuesday 19th January

Memphis Grizzlies Vs Phoenix Suns

Tuesday January 19, 9:00am

FedEx Forum

We’re starting to reach a point in the season where the trends are worth paying attention to, so with that in mind, I’m looking to play on the Suns here laying -3 against Memphis.

Phoenix suffered a loss to the Wizards last week before three of their following games were postponed due to the COVID protocol.

So far this year the Suns have covered the line in all three of their games following a previous defeat, and they appear to have a good chance of keeping that record intact against a Grizzlies side missing Jonas Valanciunas.

Phoenix should also be hungry to get a win on the board after losing three of their last five before the schedule was disrupted.

Memphis is a tough out, but I think the bookies have this right.

Tip: Back the Suns to Cover the Line (-3 Points) @ $1.90

Toronto Raptors Vs Dallas Mavericks

Tuesday January 19, 11:30am

Amalie Arena

We’ve got some great insurance on offer here with the Mavericks as the +4 underdogs against Toronto.

Despite Luka Doncic’s triple-double last night, the Mavs somehow managed to lose to the Bulls, but I am willing to give them a second chance based on the fact they covered the line in eight of their thirteen games last year as an away underdog.

Toronto, on the other hand, has steadied the ship with back-to-back wins over the Hornets.

Those victories were nice – especially at home – but it’s hard to read too much into a couple of close wins over a rebuilding team.

In case you still aren’t convinced though, Dallas has also covered in five of its last six games on the road.

The Mavs typically bounce-back well from a loss, so I’m happy to have them here on no rest.

Tip: Back the Mavericks to Cover the Line (+5 Points) @ $1.90

Monday 18th January

Sacramento Kings Vs New Orleans Pelicans

Monday January 18, 1:00pm

Golden 1 Center

The Kings and the Pelicans are both hoping to bounce-back from a loss on Monday and it wouldn’t be surprising if we see a bunch of points up on the board.

Sacramento is a little battered and bruised with Hassan Whiteside and Marvin Bagley listed as questionable, but there’s a good chance we see both suit up with the Kings having two days off before Thursday’s game against the Clippers.

If that’s the case, there shouldn’t be any shortage of points here when you consider the Kings rank Top 10 in points-per-game this season.

Eight of the last 10 games between these sides have also gone Over, so I’m happy to have a rare play on the Total.

Tip: Over 226 Total Points @ $1.90

Sunday 17th January

Brooklyn Nets Vs Orlando Magic

Saturday January 16, 10:00am

Barclays Center

All eyes will be on the Nets on Sunday as James Harden makes his debut in black and white.

It’s highly unlikely we see Kyrie Irving take the court with ‘The Beard’ and Kevin Durant, but even so, the Nets should be able to put the Magic away comfortably if they hit their stride nice and early.

I said this earlier in the season, but the Magic have typically been awful in the second game of a back-to-back.

Last year Orlando played to a league-worst 1-10 record in this situation, and it’s hard to see them backing up a big game in Boston on Saturday with a win against this star-studded lineup.

Tip: Back the Nets to Cover the Line

Saturday 16th January

Boston Celtics Vs Orlando Magic

Saturday January 16, 11:30am

TD Garden

Tough to know if this game will go ahead for sure, but if it does, I think the Magic could be worth a look laying +4.5.

Boston has already ruled out Kemba Walker and Jayson Tatum for this game, while Jaylen Brown also remains questionable as he continues to go through medical protocols.

The Magic have concerns of their own with Evan Fournier ruled out and both Michael Carter-Williams and Aaron Gordon both day-to-day.

Even so, it sounds like the latter two will play on Saturday, so the Magic should have an advantage with Boston missing several of its starts.

Tip: Back the Magic to Cover the Line (+4.5 Points) @ $1.90

Milwaukee Bucks Vs Dallas Mavericks

Saturday January 16, 11:40am

Fiserv Forum

It’s interesting to find the Mavericks laying +6.5 here on the road against Milwaukee.

The Bucks have won three straight over the Cavs, Magic and Pistons, but this shapes up to be an entirely different test against one of the best defences in the league.

Not only has Dallas allowed the second-fewest points so far this season, they’ve also allowed the second-lowest three-point percentage against.

If you’ve watched the Bucks at all this year you’ll know they rely heavily on shots from three, so this could be a matchup problem for Mike Budenholzer’s side.

The Mavs have also won two of their last three games against Milwaukee, which includes a win at the Fiserv Forum last season.

Dallas has typically been a great play as the road underdog over the last two years, so I’m with the Mavericks all the way.

Tip: Back the Mavericks to Cover the Line (+6.5 Points) @ $1.90

Friday 15th January

Philadelphia 76ers Vs Miami Heat

Friday January 15, 11:00am

Wells Fargo Center

It’s difficult to get a good feel for this game with so many players still out injured or on the COVID list, but I’m not sure the Sixers deserve to be -10.5 favourites after only three points separated these two sides on Wednesday.

The Heat will likely go without Jimmy Butler and a handful of others, while the Sixers could potentially welcome back Ben Simmons from a knee injury.

On paper, Philly looks a lot closer to full strength after defeating Miami earlier in the week, but I just can’t get past the Heat’s 15-8 record over the last two years when it comes to avenging a loss against an opponent.

This is also an interesting spot for the Sixers with a back-to-back road slate ahead this weekend against the Grizzlies and Thunder.

With that in mind, there’s a good chance Doc Rivers chooses to limit Simmons’ minutes, so don’t be surprised if this turned out closer than the spread suggests.

Tip: Back the Heat to Cover the Line (+10.5 Points) @ $1.90

Toronto Raptors Vs Charlotte Hornets

Friday January 15, 11:30am

Amalie Arena

The Hornets were the victim of an 11-point loss to the Mavericks on Thursday, but I do think this is a winnable bounce-back game for James Borrego’s side.

Charlotte has covered the line in two of its three games so far when playing on no rest, while this Raptors team has left a lot to be desired ever since the season started.

Aside from the fact Toronto has lost its last two games by no more than a point, the Raptors have also been awful at “home” this year winning only one of their three games at Amalie Arena.

After missing Thursday’s game, the Hornets should be boosted by the return of Gordon Hayward, while they also matchup well defensively against a Raptors team that has struggled to find points from mid-range.

Tip: Back the Hornets to Cover the Line (+8 Points) @ $1.90

Thursday 14th January

New York Knicks Vs Brooklyn Nets

Thursday January 14, 11:35am

Madison Square Garden

The Knicks have endured a pretty awful stretch losing three-straight to the Thunder, Nuggets and Hornets, but I do think they are being undervalued in this spot laying +5.5 against the Nets at home.

Brooklyn is once again in the spotlight due to Kyrie Irving’s disappearance, and to make matters worse, they now head to the Garden on no rest after battling out a win against the Nuggets last night.

The Nets are 0-2 on the season in the second game of a back-to-back and there’s also equal concern surrounding the status of Kevin Durant and Caris LeVert.

There’s a good chance this line changes before tip-off, but the current spread looks pretty handy if you can get in nice and early.

Tip: Back the Knicks to Cover the Line (+5.5 Points) @ $1.90

Phoenix Suns Vs Atlanta Hawks

Thursday January 14, 1:05pm

Phoenix Suns Arena

The Suns will be looking to bounce-back from their blowout loss to the Wizards on Tuesday when they face off against the hapless Hawks.

Atlanta’s early start to the season went from bad to worse earlier in the week with Bogdan Bogdanovic suffering a knee fracture, an injury that leaves the Hawks at a serious disadvantage on both ends of the court.

The Suns, meanwhile, come into this game relatively healthy with only a couple of names on the COVID list.

Phoenix has already proven itself to be a great bet this year playing to a perfect 3-0 record on the back of a loss, while they’ve also been one of the toughest teams to score against ranking seventh in fewest points allowed.

Tip: Back the Suns to Cover the Line (-5.0 Points) @ $1.90

Wednesday 13th January

Brooklyn Nets Vs Denver Nuggets

Wednesday January 13, 11:35am

Barclays Center

The Nets have been very difficult to get a read on this year, but they do represent some value as the underdog against the Nuggets at home.

Kyrie Irving is set to miss his fourth consecutive game due to personal reasons, but there was still plenty to like about Kevin Durant’s 36-point double-double against the Thunder on Monday.

The Nets have had no trouble scoring points this year, but it might come as a surprise to learn they’ve also held teams to the third-lowest field-goal percentage in the league so far.

Denver relies heavily on mid-range shots, so I think the Nets could pose a bit of a matchup problem for Michael Malone’s side.

This has been a long East Coast road trip for the Nuggets over the last five days and I wouldn’t be surprised if they underestimate this Brooklyn team ahead of their return back to Denver.

Lastly, Brooklyn also finished last season with a strong 7-3 record against the spread as the home underdog, making them a good bet with some insurance at the line.

Tip: Back the Nets to Cover the Line (+1.5 Points) @ $1.90

Oklahoma City Thunder Vs San Antonio Spurs

Wednesday January 13, 12:05pm

Chesapeake Energy Arena

Oklahoma City has been a fantastic betting play against the spread this year and I’m happy to back them laying +2.5 against the Spurs at home.

San Antonio lost an absolute shocker against the Wolves on Monday and they find themselves at a disadvantage here with DeMar DeRozan ruled out for personal reasons.

For those keeping track, the Thunder are 6-3 against the spread so far, but on a quirkier note, they are 13-1 following a three-game road trip.

With the Spurs also facing a tough back-to-back slate against the Rockets in the days ahead, I’m tipping their minds might be elsewhere with their top points scorer absent from the court.

Tip: Back the Thunder to Cover the Line (+2.5 Points) @ $1.90

Tuesday 12th January

Charlotte Hornets Vs New York Knicks

Tuesday January 12, 11:05am

Spectrum Center

A week ago the Knicks were one of the most exciting teams in the league to bet on, but they’ve since reverted back to their old ways with two blowout losses to the Thunder and Nuggets over the last three days.

New York was no match for Denver yesterday in their 25-point defeat, and while the Hornets are more on their level of competition, it’s difficult to see the Knicks turning things around on no rest.

Last year the Knicks finished 2-8 overall in the second game of a back-to-back, which is hardly a recipe for success against the red-hot LaMelo Ball and Gordon Hayward.

The Hornets, much like the Knicks were a week ago, have been extremely exciting to watch in three consecutive wins over the Hawks and Pelicans.

Charlotte has also won seven of its last 10 games against the Knicks, so I’m backing them to add to New York’s woes.

Tip: Back the Hornets 1-10 @ $2.70

Washington Wizards Vs Phoenix Suns

Tuesday January 12, 11:05am

Capital One Arena

Bradley Beal has been putting up some monster numbers for the Wizards over their last few games, but I still can’t have them here against a Suns team that just took care of the Pacers on Sunday.

Phoenix has allowed the second-fewest points in the league so far, while the Wizards, on the other hand, have scored the second-fewest offensively.

You don’t have to be a genius to work out that doesn’t bode well for Washington, and with Russell Westbrook already ruled out with a quad injury, things only begin to look worse.

Tip: Back the Suns to Cover the Line (-5.5 Points) @ $1.90

Monday 11th January

Minnesota Timberwolves Vs San Antonio Spurs

Monday January 11, 12:05pm

Target Center

DeMar DeRozan and the Spurs put on a show yesterday in their overtime win over the Wolves and I’m happy to back them to make it a clean sweep in this back-to-back.

Minnesota looked much-improved with Karl-Anthony Towns back in the lineup, but unfortunately they won’t be afforded the same luxury with the big man already ruled out of this game with a wrist injury.

KAT’s absence obviously leaves the Wolves at a serious disadvantage, and it appears the bookies haven’t reacted accordingly by leaving the Spurs as -3.5 favourites.

The Wolves have allowed the second-most points in the league at this point, while the Spurs have hit a real purple patch with wins over the Clippers and Lakers prior to yesterday’s victory.

San Antonio have also won 16 of their last 20 games against Minnesota, a record they should be adding to against this half-strength Wolves side.

Tip: Back the Spurs to Cover the Line (-3.5 Points) @ $1.90

Sunday 10th January

Charlotte Hornets Vs Atlanta Hawks

Sunday January 10, 11:05am

Spectrum Center

The Hornets got the better of the Hawks on Thursday with an eight-point win, and while the revenge angle might seem tempting, I’m sticking with this young Charlotte side to cover once again.

The Hawks have enough talent on their roster to beat just about anybody, but with some off-court drama going on between Trae Young and John Collins, I’m really not sure where their heads are at right now.

Atlanta has also relied primarily on the three-point shot this year, evident in the fact they rank eighth in three pointers attempted.

Charlotte, on the other hand, has been one of the toughest sides to shoot against from outside the arc, as the Hawks found out the hard way earlier in the week.

Last but not least, the Hornets have also covered in six of their last 10 against Atlanta, so I’m happy to play on Charlotte here.

Tip: Back the Hornets to Cover the Line (+4.5 Points) @ $1.90

Dallas Mavericks Vs Orlando Magic

Sunday January 10, 12:35pm

American Airlines Center

The Mavericks came away with a huge win over the Nuggets on Friday and I’m happy to back them to keep that momentum rolling.

Dallas has now won back-to-back games over Houston and Denver, and although this Magic side has been one of the surprise packets of the early season, they do appear to be at a disadvantage playing on no rest.

Orlando was awful in the second game of a back-to-back last year finishing a league-worst 1-10 overall.

With a tough game scheduled against the Rockets on Saturday, the Mavs should be winning this on fresh legs.

Tip: Back the Mavericks to Cover the Line (-7 Points) @ $1.90

Saturday 9th January

Los Angeles Lakers Vs Chicago Bulls

Saturday January 9, 2:00pm

Staples Center

Tipping the Bulls against this almost unbeatable Lakers team might seem completely ridiculous, but I do think Chicago has shown plenty of fight recently to warrant a look at +7.5.

The Bulls young core has really stepped up over the last week with wins over the Mavericks and Blazers prior to Thursday’s narrow loss to the Kings.

Obviously this is a much tougher task, but with the Lakers coming off a hard-fought game against the Spurs on Friday, Billy Donovan’s up and coming side might just surprise a few people.

Zach LaVine and Coby White have proven a real handful of late, and considering LeBron and Anthony Davis are still less than 100%, I give Chicago a fighting chance.

Tip: Back the Bulls to Cover the Line (+7.5 Points) @ $1.90

Sacramento Kings Vs Toronto Raptors

Saturday January 9, 2:00pm

Golden 1 Center

This +4.5 line about the Kings at home really stands out against a struggling Raptors side that has managed to win only once all season.

At 4-4, Sacramento has been a frustrating spread play themselves, but nobody can deny how fun this team is with Tyrese Halliburton already standing out as the steal from this year’s draft.

De’Aaron Fox is questionable to play this game with a hamstring injury, but after Halliburton went off for 15 fourth quarter points in his absence against the Bulls on Thursday, the Kings seem to be in good hands.

The Raptors really haven’t shown much at all this season and with a few tough games still ahead on this road trip, I really can’t get them anywhere close to -4.5 favourites.

Tip: Back the Kings to Cover the Line (+4.5 Points) @ $1.90

Friday 8th January

Brooklyn Nets Vs Philadelphia 76ers

Friday January 8, 11:35am

Barclays Center

This is a pretty tough slate for a Friday, so I’m looking to play it safe with just the one bet.

The new-look Nets have been fun to watch so far this season, but the loss of Spencer Dinwiddie has really left Brooklyn looking vulnerable when it comes to securing boards.

Philly, on the other hand, currently holds the best record in the league at 7-1, while they’ve also been one of the hardest teams to secure rebounds against allowing the ninth-fewest in the league.

If you’ve been keeping count, you’ll also know the Sixers have won three straight over the Nets by double digits, and if they can control the boards and continue to shoot lights out, they should be adding to that record.

Tip: Back the Sixers to Cover the Line (-2.5 Points) @ $1.90

Thursday 7th January

New York Knicks Vs Utah Jazz

Thursday January 7, 11:35am

Madison Square Garden

The Knicks are a little battered and bruised right now, but they do look a good bet to cover currently laying +6 against the visiting Jazz.

This East Coast swing really hasn’t gone to plan for Utah after being blown out by the Nets last night in Brooklyn, and things might only be about to get worse against a Knicks side riding a two-game winning streak.

New York did exceptionally well to hold Victor Oladipo in check on Sunday before an equally impressive win against the Hawks two days later.

Normally we’d be making fun of the Knicks by this point in the season, but they have been sneaky good defensively this year allowing the sixth-fewest points-per-game.

The Jazz, on the other hand, remain a mystery.

Donovan Mitchell put up 31 last night against the Nets, but they still managed to lose by double digits.

On short rest against a confident Knicks side looking to make another statement, take New York to keep it tight.

Tip: Back the Knicks to Cover the Line (+6.5 Points) @ $1.90

Milwaukee Bucks Vs Detroit Pistons

Thursday January 7, 12:05pm

Fiserv Forum

The second game of these doubleheaders have been a huge trap for punters so far, but betting on the Bucks to cover another double-digit line against the hapless Pistons does feel relatively safe.

Milwaukee pummelled 125-115 when they met on Tuesday, largely thanks to a season-high 43-points from Giannis.

If you’ve been keeping track, the Bucks have now won eight straight games over the Pistons dating back to 2018, seven of which have come by a double digit margin.

Blake Griffin hasn’t been all that great this year, not that anyone was expecting anything from Detroit.

A win over the Celtics earlier in the week was fun, but beating this well-oiled Bucks machine is an entirely different beast.

Tip: Back the Bucks to Cover the Line (-13.5 Points) @ $1.90

Phoenix Suns Vs Toronto Raptors

Thursday January 7, 1:05pm

PHX Arena

W’ve got a pretty generous line on offer here between one of the league’s best teams and one of the worst.

There’s been absolutely nothing to like about the Raptors so far this season, and while they were an extremely strong play in non-conference games last year, it’s very difficult to see them outscoring this red-hot Suns side.

I wrote on Tuesday about Toronto’s dependance on the three-point shot against the Celtics, and as predicted, they were handed a 12-point loss.

Defensively, the Suns have been the toughest team to score against from three this year, so the Suns -3.5 looks a strong play.

Tip: Back the Suns to Cover the Line (-3.5 Points) @ $1.90

Wednesday 6th January

Memphis Grizzlies Vs Los Angeles Lakers

Wednesday January 6, 11:05am

FedEx Forum

The Lakers manhandled the Grizzlies by 14-points when they met on Monday, so all things considered, the -9 spread is pretty generous.

Ja Morant’s absence has really made life difficult on both ends for Memphis and they aren’t about to find things any easier against the fifth-highest scoring team in the league.

All signs point towards LeBron, Anthony Davis and the rest of the supporting cast suiting up for this game, which obviously spells bad news for a Grizzlies side that ranks Top 10 in points allowed.

The Lakers should also sense the importance of this game to close out their road trip, and based on how many blowouts we’ve seen across the league so far, I’m happy to take them to win big.

Tip: Back the Lakers to Cover the Line (-9 Points) @ $1.90

Denver Nuggets Vs Minnesota Timberwolves

Wednesday January 6, 12:05pm

Pepsi Center

The Wolves have fallen in absolute heap with Karl-Anthony Towns out injured and it’s very difficult to see them keeping this game close.

Denver defeated Minnesota 124-109 when they met on Monday, largely thanks to a massive 36-point game from Jamal Murray.

The Wolves currently rank fourth in the league in points allowed, but perhaps more importantly, they also haven’t won a game in Denver since 2017.

Tip: Back the Nuggets to Cover the Line (-12 Points) @ $1.90

Tuesday 5th January

Toronto Raptors Vs Boston Celtics

Tuesday January 4, 10:30am

Amalie Arena

The Celtics really had their hands full on Monday in their narrow two-point win over the Pistons, but I’m still happy to back them to cover the line here ahead of their trip to Tampa on no rest.

Last year Boston was a very steady bet in the second game of a back-to-back covering the line in seven of their 10 games, while they’ve also played to the same record against the Raptors over the last few years.

Toronto has only managed to beat the Knicks this season, so it’s fair to say this is a pretty big test for Nick Nurse’s side.

Boston has also been a tough side to shoot against from three this season, another worrying side for a Toronto side that has relied heavily on the perimeter shot. All in all, happy to take the Celtics on this occasion.

Tip: Back the Celtics to Cover the Line (+5.0 Points) @ $1.90

New Orleans Pelicans Vs Indiana Pacers

Tuesday January 4, 11:00am

Smoothie King Center

Both the Pelicans and the Pacers will be looking to improve to 5-2 on Tuesday when they meet in New Orleans.

This should be a very telling game between two of the top defensive sides in the league, but I do think the Pelicans have a matchup advantage here as they continue to dominate around the rim with Zion Williamson and Steven Adams on the floor.

You might not know it, but the Pels have allowed the fewest field goals in the league and the third-fewest points.

The Pacers are definitely capable of challenging this young side, but after a flat performance against the Knicks on Sunday, this shapes up to be a pretty big test.

Tip: Pelicans to Win & Under 217.5 Total Points @ $3.35

Monday 4th January

Golden State Warriors Vs Portland Trail Blazers

Monday January 4, 11:35am

Chase Center

The Warriors host the Blazers for the second time in three days this morning hoping to make up for their 21-point loss on Saturday.

While the Dubs have shown some improvement with Draymond Green back in the lineup, it’s still pretty difficult to get on board with the Warriors as the +4.5 underdogs in this spot.

Golden State has allowed the most points in the league through the first few weeks, while the Blazers’ offence continues to toll ranking ninth in the league in points-per-game.

Damian Lillard had himself a 34-point game when these two sides met two days ago on 60% shooting from three.

All things considered, the -4.5 about Portland is pretty generous here.

Tip: Back the Blazers to Cover the Line (-4.5 Points) @ $1.90

Sunday 3rd January

New Orleans Pelicans Vs Toronto Raptors

Sunday January 3, 10:35am

Smoothie King Center

The Pels and the Raptors meet for the second time this season playing on a few days rest.

These two sides actually met in their season-opener down in Tampa, a game the Pelicans won quite comfortably 113-99.

New Orleans have already proven themselves to be a handful this season playing to a 3-2 record, largely thanks to some big performances from Steven Adams.

Statistically the Pelicans and the Raptors rank towards the bottom of the league in points-per-game, but where I think New Orleans holds an advantage is on the defensive side of the ball.

The Pels have allowed the second-fewest points in the league through the first few weeks of the season, so with some rest to their advantage, they look great value here with some insurance.

Tip: Back the Pelicans to Cover the Line (+1.5 Points) @ $1.90

Saturday 2nd January

Milwaukee Bucks Vs Chicago Bulls

Saturday January 2, 10:35am

Fiserv Forum

After shooting a record 29 three’s in a blowout win over the Heat on Wednesday, the Bucks responded with a disappointing loss to that same Miami team a day later on Thursday.

Whacky results like that seem to be the trend this season, but from a betting perspective, this sets up one of the most profitable plays of the last few seasons.

Since 2018 the Bucks are 33-16 against the spread following a previous loss, so there’s plenty to suggest this might be a rough game if you’re a Bulls fan.

To make matters worse, the Bulls haven’t won in Milwaukee since 2017, so this one could get out of hand rather quickly.

Tip: Back the Bucks to Cover the Line

Friday 1st January

Toronto Raptors Vs New York Knicks

Friday January 1, 10:35am

Amalie Arena

The Raptors remain winless on the season and I think they are being way overvalued here against the 2-2- Knicks.

Toronto’s new home away from home in Tampa Bay is clearly messing with them mentally, and with the Knicks coming off a convincing nine-point win over the Cavs on Wednesday, the +9 on offer against the spread looks great value.

New York was a sneaky good play last year against division opponents covering in nine of their 15 games.

The Raptors, meanwhile, are 1-5 ATS in their last six games, so this spread seems way off in my opinion.

Tip: Back the Knicks to Cover the Line (+9 Points) @ $1.90

Thursday 31st December

Brooklyn Nets Vs Atlanta Hawks

Thursday December 31, 10:35am

Barclays Center

The Nets have lost back-to-back games heading into Thursday’s tilt against the 3-0 Hawks, but it’s still no surprise to find them favoured -6.5 against the spread.

After sitting out the second game of Tuesday’s doubleheader, the Nets are set to welcome back Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant into the lineup after the pair was rested in the loss to the Grizzlies.

We saw both players explode with huge double-digit games on Opening Night against the Warriors with rest on their side, so I’m tipping we see another show from two of the league’s most exciting players.

Trends wise, the Nets have also covered the spread in seven of their last 10-games against the Hawks, while Brooklyn has also allowed the third-fewest points-per-game in the league so far.

Trey Young and the rest of the Hawks’ offence has looked hot, but when you consider they’ve only played Chicago, Memphis and Detroit, this shapes up to be an entirely different test.

Tip: Back the Nets to Cover the Line (-6.5 Points) @ $1.90

Boston Celtics Vs Memphis Grizzlies

Thursday December 31, 10:35am

TD Garden

This could be the safest bet of the day for a number of different reasons.

Firstly, the Grizzlies haven’t won at the Garden since 2013, and secondly, Ja Morant won’t be on the court.

Memphis actually did extremely well to beat the Nets on Wednesday after Morant left the court, but you have to keep in mind Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving were also sitting on the sidelines.

The Grizzlies won’t have the same luxury against a Celtics outfit that is playing on no rest following a five-point win over the Pacers yesterday.

In case you missed it, Boston was a great play in the second game of a doubleheader last year covering in seven of their 10 games, and with home-court advantage, I’m backing the Celtics to continue that trend.

Tip: Back the Celtics to Cover the Line (-10.5 Points) @ $1.90

Wednesday 30th December

Detroit Pistons Vs Golden State Warriors

Wednesday December 30, 10:05am

Little Caesars Arena

There’s been absolutely nothing to like about the Warriors so far this season, but I do think they represent a good betting play as the -3.5 favourites against an equally awful Pistons team.

Detroit has lost each of its opening three games by eight points or more and they are also playing on no rest after coming up short to the Hawks yesterday.

Last season the Pistons finished 1-10 playing on no rest, which was tied for the worst record in the league alongside the Magic.

The Warriors, or more specifically, Steph Curry, should be fired up to win this game after just scraping home against the Bulls on Monday.

With a chance to improve to an even .500 ahead of Draymond Green’s return later in the week, I’m with the Dubs to get the job done.

Tip: Back the Warriors to Cover the Line (-3.5 Points) @ $1.90

Oklahoma City Thunder Vs Orlando Magic

Wednesday December 30, 11:05am

Chesapeake Energy Arena

I’m happy to be with the Thunder for the second day in a row following their brave one-point loss to the Jazz yesterday.

Much like they did last year, OKC has proven themselves to be a frisky opponent through two games and I actually think the short rest could work to their advantage here.

Last season the Thunder finished 8-3 against the spread when playing on no rest and an equally impressive 15-11 against opponents from the Eastern Conference.

There’s no denying the Magic have been the surprise packets after opening the season a perfect 3-0, but when you throw in the fact the Thunder have also won eight of their last 10 against Orlando, I wouldn’t be surprised if OKC keeps this tight.

Tip: Back the Thunder to Cover the Line (+5.5 Points) @ $1.90

Tuesday 29th December

Oklahoma City Thunder Vs Utah Jazz

Tuesday December 29, 11:05am

Chesapeake Energy Arena

The Thunder put on a real show in their season-opener against the Hornets on Sunday and I really think they are being hard done by here laying a very generous +9 at home against the Jazz.

Utah has opened the season 1-1 with a win over the Blazers and a loss to the Wolves, and although Trevor Ariza will miss this game for OKC due to personal reasons, I really can’t get Utah anywhere close to the current spread.

Last year the Thunder were a safe bet against division opponents when they covered the spread in nine of their 13 games, while they’ve also been an outstanding play against Utah covering in eight of their last 10.

With a slight rest advantage, I’m happy to take OKC to at least keep this close.

Tip: Back the Thunder to Cover the Line (+9 Points) @ $1.90

Sunday 27th December

Memphis Grizzlies Vs Atlanta Hawks

Sunday December 27, 8:00am

FedEx Forum

The Hawks were simply outstanding in Thursday’s opener against the Bulls thanks to a 37-point performance from Trey Young, but I do think this sets up as a potential trap game against the Grizzlies.

While Memphis was on the receiving end of a blowout loss against the Spurs to start the season, Ja Morant was just as impressive with his 44-point performance.

Last year when these two sides got together we saw fire between Young and Morant, but the Grizzlies typically came off best winning both games by wide margins.

It’s also worth noting the Hawks haven’t won in Memphis since 2017, so I’m happy to take the Grizz with some insurance here at the line.

Tip: Back the Grizzlies to Cover the Line

Saturday 26th December

Miami Heat Vs New Orleans Pelicans

Saturday December 26, 2:00am

AmericanAirlines Arena

It’s still super early, but already this feels like an instant classic in the making.

The Heat surprisingly lost their season-opener to the Magic on Thursday, which from a betting perspective, actually comes as good news.

Miami was an outstanding bet last year following a loss playing to a league-best 27-8 record against the spread.

Obviously this Pelicans lineup is a tough out with Steven Adams injected into the middle and there was a lot to like about New Orleans in their dominant win over the Raptors.

Still, Miami has a lot to feel good about despite their loss to Orlando.

Jimmy Butler finished with a career-high seven steals, while Bam Adebayo had himself a 25-point double-double.

We saw the Heat bounce-back time and time again last year, so if they can get some more production out of Tyler Herro, they should be winning this.

Tip: Back the Heat to Cover the Line

Milwaukee Bucks Vs Golden State Warriors

Saturday December 26, 5:30am

Fiserv Forum

The Bucks were outclassed for most of their opener against Boston on Thursday, but I fully expect them to make a statement here against this half-strength Warriors outfit.

Draymond Green’s absence really made life tough defensively for the Dubs in their loss to the Nets earlier in the week, and with the big man sidelined again with a foot injury, it’s tough to imagine Golden State keeping Giannis in check.

The Bucks looked a little out of sorts against the Celtics, but I think they’re worthy of a mulligan.

Thanks to how often they play eachother, Boston always plays Milwaukee tight, while the Warriors simply don’t have that same advantage.

These two sides have met only once in the last two seasons, so I’m with Milwaukee to dominate.

Tip: Back the Bucks to Cover the Line

Thursday 24th December

Boston Celtics Vs Milwaukee Bucks

Thursday December 24, 10:35am

TD Garden

It’s always worth looking for a bit of an upset early in the season, but I don’t know if we’re going to see one in this primetime blockbuster.

There’s absolutely no doubt Milwaukee is the team to beat again in the East after adding Jrue Holiday, Torrey Craig and D.J. Augustin to the lineup, and although the Celtics are always tough to beat on their home court, I’m just not sure who’s going to be able to stop Giannis in the paint.

With Gordon Hayward gone, Boston is severely lacking a big man that can control the interior, which should give the reigning MVP free run.

Throw in the fact Kemba Walker is still a long way from returning from a knee injury, as well as the absence of Boston’s other big man Tacko Fall, and you have the makings for what could be a very big (and impressive) Bucks win.

Tip: Back the Bucks to Cover the Line (-3.5 Points) @ $1.90

Minnesota Timberwolves Vs Detroit Pistons

Thursday December 24, 11:05am

Target Center

Outside of another Top 10 draft pick, nobody is really expecting much from the Pistons this year. Having said that though, I do think Detroit is being undervalued in their season-opener against the Wolves.

Minnesota should be a fun team to watch this season with No. 1 overall pick Anthony Edwards in the fold, but it’s likely it takes another month or so before this team really clicks into gear under second year coach Ryan Saunders.

The Wolves went 1-2 during the preseason, while the Pistons showed plenty of fight with a couple of wins over the Knicks and Wizards.

Derrick Rose and Blake Griffin both looked good during their limited minutes, which could pose a problem for a Wolves team that gave up the third-most points in the league last year.

When you factor in Detroit’s 8-2 record against the spread in their last 10 games vs Minnesota, the +4.5 suddenly looks a pretty good bet.

Tip: Back the Pistons to Cover the Line (+4.5 Points) @ $1.90

Wednesday 23rd December

Brooklyn Nets Vs Golden State Warriors

Wednesday December 23, 10:05am

Barclays Center

The Warriors have won eight of their last 10 games against the Nets, but I’m not sold on them pulling off any kind of crazy upset to open the year.

Steve Kerr’s side will likely take the court missing Draymond Green on Wednesday, meaning the bulk of the scoring will rely heavily on Steph Curry, Eric Paschall and Andrew Wiggins.

That trio alone is obviously capable of putting up numbers, but it still leaves the Dubs looking relatively thin on talent compared to the Nets starting lineup of Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Caris LeVert and Joe Harris.

There is plenty of hype surrounding this high-paid Brooklyn outfit, especially since we’ve had to wait over a year to watch Durant and Kyrie team up.

The Nets cruised to a pair of victories during the preseason, and with the Warriors missing several key defenders like Green and Klay Thompson, this star-studded lineup should prove too much in the end.

Tip: Back the Nets to Cover the Line (-7 Points) @ $1.90

Los Angeles Lakers Vs Los Angeles Clippers

Wednesday December 23, 1:05pm

Staples Center

The Lakers and the Clippers will meet for the first time since July on Wednesday as Kawhi and LeBron take the court in the second game of the doubleheader.

The Lakers have made short work of their rivals on the last two occasions and it is no real surprise to find Frank Vogel’s side as the slight favourites.

While preseason form can be taken with a grain of salt, it’s fair to say the defending champs are in midseason form after rattling four consecutive wins – one of which came against this same Clippers team earlier in the month.

Anthony Davis in particular has been outstanding during exhibition games, much like he was last year leading the Lakers to the highest field-goal percentage in the league.

This is obviously a big game for the Clippers though, and while they will need to produce their absolute best, I’m sticking with them to at least keep things close.

With new head coach Tyronn Lue at the helm, don’t be surprised if we see the Clippers look a little different right from the get-go.

The Clips also have the added rest advantage that the Lakers don’t have after playing through to their championship only two months ago.

With a two-point head start, I’m with the Clippers to make a statement.

Tip: Back the Clippers to Cover the Line (+2.5 Points) @ $1.90

Monday 12th October

Miami Heat Vs Los Angeles Lakers

Monday October 12, 9:35am

Game 6 - LAL Leads 3-2

The Lakers have a second chance to secure the trophy on Monday after losing Game 5 on a missed three-point shot from LeBron over the weekend.

Jimmy Butler managed to keep the Heat alive for the second game in a row with a huge 35-point performance, while Miami as a whole was simply outstanding from three shooting over 40%.

The Heat will need to be equally efficient from beyond the arc if they are to force a Game 7, but as the odds suggest, it’s difficult to see that happening.

Despite coming up short on Saturday, the Lakers still controlled the offensive glass and managed to shoot over 45% from the field.

We also haven’t seen Los Angeles play two bad games in a row at all during this year’s playoffs, so with Anthony Davis fit to play after suffering a foot injury, the title should be coming home to Tinseltown.

Tip: Back the Lakers to Cover the Line (-6 Points) @ $1.90

Saturday 10th October

Los Angeles Lakers Vs Miami Heat

Saturday October 10, 11:00am

LAL Leads 3-1

The Lakers have their fingerprints on the Larry O’Brien Trophy as they attempt to wrap up the long-winded 2020 season with another decisive victory on Saturday.

LeBron James finished only two assists shy of a triple-double in Game 4 on Wednesday, so it’s no real surprise to find the Lakers laying -7 to put this series to bed.

Heat fans, like they have all series, are left sweating on the health of Bam Adebayo as the star centre continues to struggle through neck pain.

By all accounts, it appears Goran Dragic is likely to spend the game on the sidelines, which leaves the bulk of the work in the hands of Jimmy Butler and Tyler Herro again.

Both players played exceptionally well in Game 4, but it still wasn’t enough to take down the Lakers’ star-studded lineup.

Two of the last three games have gone Under the Total now, so with the Heat lacking their usual depth and production, it’s likely we see the Lakers win the title in a low-scoring game.

Tip: Back the Lakers to Win & Under 216.5 Total Points @ $2.35

Wednesday 7th October

Miami Heat Vs Los Angeles Lakers

Wednesday October 7, 11:00am

LAL Leads 2-1

The line has firmed considerably for Game 4 on Wednesday following Miami’s, or should we say, Jimmy Butler’s, monster Game 3 win earlier in the week.

Los Angeles are laying -7.5 at the line, which is a little shorter than the -9.5 we were offered for Game 3 of the series.

It appears we won’t know any more about Bam Adebayo’s status until game time, which makes betting on this game a little tricky as the Heat try and even things up.

Typically speaking, the Lakers have been a below average bet at the line following a previous loss covering in only 10 of their 22 games this season, so I’m finding it tough to find any confidence in LA covering the spread.

That said, it’s also difficult to bank on another 40-point performance from Jimmy Buckets, especially against a Lakers team that hasn’t lost back-to-back games since August.

With a day off to reflect on what went wrong on Monday, the Lakers should take this one comfortably.

Tip: Half-Time/Full-Time: Lakers/Lakers & LeBron James Over 28.5 Total Points @ $2.50

Saturday 3rd October

Los Angeles Lakers Vs Miami Heat

Saturday October 3, 11:05am

LAL Leads 1-0

The Lakers ran away with a dominant Game 1 win on Thursday thanks to a monster 35-point game from Anthony Davis.

It certainly appears as though Los Angeles is well on its way to another title, but I’m not willing to write off the Heat just yet.

The Game 1 line was +4.5, and even though the Heat were thoroughly dominated, it’s still a little surprising to find the spread all the way out to +7.5 for Game 2.

Bam Adebayo was by far the biggest letdown on Thursday scoring only eight points, but the good news is he typically bounces back hard from a poor performance in the very next game.

Adebayo scored only 13 in Game 5 against the Celtics before a huge 32-point night in Game 6, so it’s doubtful we see him post anywhere close to Thursday’s totals. 

I also trust head coach Erik Spoelstra will make adjustments after getting a good look at the Lakers. He’s proven himself to be a defensive mastermind since the season resumed, so I’m sticking with the Heat to at least keep this closer.

Tip: Back the Heat to Cover the Line (+7.5 Points) @ $1.90

Thursday 1st October

Los Angeles Lakers Vs Miami Heat

Thursday October 1, 11:05am

NBA Finals Game 1

The 2020 NBA season will move one step closer to finally crowning a champion on Thursday when the Lakers and the Heat tango in Game 1 of the Finals from the Orlando bubble.

Los Angeles have opened as the -4.5 favourites in the market after winning Game 5 decisively against the Nuggets, while the Heat once again find themselves in the underdog role despite three very convincing series wins over Indiana, Milwaukee and Boston.

LeBron James is making his 10th Finals appearance, but I do think Jimmy Butler and company have a good chance of spoiling the party.

Miami has been extremely kind to punters in the underdog role covering in 12 of their 15 games since the playoffs began, largely due to their lockdown defence that caused many problems for two of the league’s top offensive teams, the Bucks and Celtics.

Erik Spoelstra’s side has held their opponents to an average of 107 points during the playoffs, while the Heat are averaging over 112 down the other end.

The Lakers have been notorious low starters during the postseason this year, so with all that in mind, the line looks mighty generous.

Tip: Back the Heat to Cover the Line (+4.5 Points) @ $1.90

Monday 28th September

Miami Heat Vs Boston Celtics

Monday September 28, 9:35am

Game 6 - MIA Leads 3-2

The Celtics extended the series on Saturday with a 13-point win as they now find themselves -3 favourites to force a Game 7.

Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum were outstanding in Game 5 combining for 45 points, but I really think Miami are being undervalued here.

The Heat had a complete meltdown in the third quarter that cost them on Saturday, something I’m certain Erik Spoelstra would have addressed during their day off.

It’s also doubtful we see Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo struggle to make shots for the second game in a row.

The pair both finished just 5-of-11 from the field with less than 20-points in Game 5, largely due to Boston’s strong perimeter defence.

Fortunately for Heat fans, Miami have been outstanding after a previous loss playing to a league-best 23-8 record against the spread.

This game should be very close, so I’m taking Miami with some insurance on offer.

Tip: Back the Heat to Cover the Line (+3 Points) @ $1.90

Sunday 27th September

Los Angeles Lakers Vs Denver Nuggets

Sunday September 27, 11:05am

Game 5 - LAL Leads 3-1

The bookies are clearly factoring in Denver’s freakish record when facing a 3-1 deficit on Sunday.

The Nuggets were +6 underdogs in Game 4, but they’ve since opened at +4.5 with their season on the line.

Anthony Davis was the deciding factor last Friday with a huge 34-point performance, but it’s difficult to bank on a repeat with AD currently listed as questionable with an ankle injury.

The Nuggets have been a consistently good bet following a previous loss this year going 21-11-3 against the spread, so I’m with them to extend this series a little further.

Nikola Jokic, who put up only 16 points in Game 4, has consistently bounced-back throughout his career following a performance of 20-points or less in the playoffs, so I’m willing to bet we see a much-improved performance from Denver as a whole.

Tip: Back the Nuggets to Cover the Line (+4.5 Points) @ $1.90

Player Performance: Nikola Jokic Over the Points Total

Friday 25th September

Denver Nuggets Vs Los Angeles Lakers

Friday September 25, 11:05am

Game 4 - LAL Leads 2-1

The Nuggets managed to get one back against the Lakers in Game 3 thanks to a career-high 26-point night from forward Jerami Grant.

Despite winning by eight points, Denver still find themselves at +6 in the market heading into Game 4, which is largely due to LA’s outstanding record following a loss.

The Lakers are 14-7 straight-up in this scenario, which makes them a good bet to respond after shooting horribly from three during Wednesday’s game.

Los Angeles very rarely shoot less than 30% from beyond the arc, while it’s highly unlikely the Nuggets receive another big performance from Grant.

This is a fairly big line to cover in a playoff game, but with a day off to regroup, I’m with the Lakers all the way.

Tip: Back the Lakers to Cover the Line (-6 Points) @ $1.90

Thursday 24th September

Miami Heat Vs Boston Celtics

Thursday September 24, 10:35am

Game 3 - MIA Leads 2-1

Miami appear to be a little undervalued in the market heading into Game 4 on Thursday.

The Heat were outclassed by the Celtics and Brad Stevens’ adjustments in Game 3, but if there’s one thing Miami have been all season, it’s consistent following a previous loss.

Erik Spoelstra’s side is a league-best 22-8 against the spread in this scenario, so I’m happy to have the Heat at +3 to at least keep this close.

Miami’s biggest problem on Sunday was their inability to score points from three.

The Heat shot just 27% from beyond the arc, which is highly uncharacteristic for a team that has been one of the most efficient from downtown during the playoffs.

With a few days off to regroup, I expect Miami to respond.

Tip: Back the Heat to Cover the Line (+3 Points) @ $1.90

Wednesday 23rd September

Denver Nuggets Vs Los Angeles Lakers

Wednesday September 23, 11:05am

Game 3 - LAL Leads 2-0

The Lakers moved one step closer to the Finals on Monday thanks to Anthony Davis’ buzzer-beater in Game 2.

Not surprisingly, the Lakers are being favoured heavily to go ahead 3-0 in the series, meaning you’ll need to search hard for value in the market to make a profit.

The bookies set the Total Points Line at 215 for Game 2, and we’re getting a similar line here with only 214.

Even with Davis and Nikola Jokic putting up 30 points each, the Total still went Under on Monday, so there’s a good chance we see a similar outcome here.

The Total has now gone Under in eight of Denver’s last 10 games and four of LA’s last five, so stick with what’s working.

Tip: Under 214 Total Points @ $1.90

Player Performance: Nikola Jokic Under 24.5 Total Points @ $1.87

Monday 21st September

Los Angeles Lakers Vs Denver Nuggets

Monday September 21, 10:35am

Game 2 - LAL Leads 1-0

Rest served the Lakers well heading into Game 1 as they handed the Nuggets a 12-point loss.

The two sides combined for 240 points on Saturday, so it is a little surprising to find the Total Points Line set at only 215.5 heading into Monday’s Game 2.

LeBron James is set to play through his groin injury alongside Rajon Rondo, so there’s a good chance we’re treated to another high-scoring game with Denver looking to bounce back.

The last three meetings between these two sides have all gone Over the Total, so I’m happy to stick with the trends.

Tip: Over 215.5 Total Points @ $1.90

Sunday 20th September

Miami Heat Vs Boston Celtics

Sunday September 20, 10:35am

Game 3 - MIA Leads 2-0

The Heat held on for a five-point win over the Celtics in Game 2 on Friday, but for whatever reason, they still find themselves as the underdog heading into Game 3.

Boston certainly left a lot to be desired defensively in the second half after once again blowing a double digit lead. That being said, I’m happy to side with the market here and back the Celtics to respond.

Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown got into a pretty heated argument in the locker room following Game 2, which might just be enough to motivate the entire lineup to knuckle down and focus on the job at hand.

The Celtics have also listed Gordon Hayward as questionable for Game 3, but since the series is basically on the line, I wouldn’t be surprised if he plays.

Aside from the players on the floor, plenty of pressure is also on Brad Stevens to adjust schematically, something he’s done time and time again during this year’s playoffs.

We’ve seen several teams blow 2-0, and even 3-0 leads during the postseason, so I don’t think the Celtics are done just yet.

Tip: Back the Celtics to Cover the Line (-3 Points) @ $1.90

Saturday 19th September

Los Angeles Lakers Vs Denver Nuggets

Saturday September 19, 11:05am

Game 1

The Lakers have enjoyed six days to prepare for the Conference Finals after disposing of the Rockets 4-1 last Sunday.

Denver, on the other hand, surprisingly won Game 7 quite comfortably against the Clippers on Wednesday as they try and carry some of that momentum over on short rest.

The Nuggets are laying +7 here, but I can’t have them against a well-rested Lakers side.

Denver’s biggest strength during the playoffs has been their three-point shooting, but I don’t think that will challenge Los Angeles based on the way they shutdown James Harden during the Semi’s.

The Nuggets were also enormous on the boards in Game 7 against the Clippers, but again, the Lakers have allowed the fewest rebounds to opponents of any team that qualified for the postseason.

This series could very easily go the distance, but I’m with LA to make a statement nice and early.

Tip: Back the Lakers to Cover the Line (-7 Points) @ $1.90

Friday 18th September

Boston Celtics Vs Miami Heat

Friday September 18, 9:05am

Game 2 - MIA Leads 1-0

The Heat have captured the early momentum in this series thanks to Bam Adebayo’s overtime block in Game 1, but that hasn’t stopped the bookies from siding with the Celtics to bounce back on Friday.

I tend to agree with the market based on Boston’s resiliency during their seven game series against the Raptors.

Brad Stevens tends to do his best strategic work following a previous loss, and the Celtics’ 17-8-2 record against the spread following a defeat reflects that.

Boston also allowed Miami to shoot close to 45% from three during Game 1, which is very uncharacteristic.

The Celtics have typically been one of the best defensive sides around the perimeter all series, so I’m backing Boston to get back on track here.

Tip: Back the Celtics to Cover the Line (-2.5 Points) @ $1.90

Wednesday 16th September

Boston Celtics Vs Miami Heat

Wednesday September 16, 8:35am

Game 1

This should be a fascinating series between two of the league’s top defensive teams.

The Celtics and the Heat both held the Raptors and the Bucks to under 100 points in their series clinching wins last week, so I’m leaning towards the Under in Game 1 with a very generous Total on offer.

Miami’s biggest strength this year has been on the glass where they’ve allowed the second-fewest rebounds to opponents during the playoffs.

The Celtics, on the other hand, have been an elite team on the perimeter holding teams to under 31% from three.

Six of the last 10 games between these two sides have fallen Under the Total including each of the last three.

With rest on their side and both coaches having plenty of time to prepare, I expect we’ll see a fairly composed game.

Tip: Under 209.5 Total Points @ $1.90

Player Performance: Jayson Tatum Under 26.5 Total Points @ $1.83

Los Angeles Clippers Vs Denver Nuggets

Wednesday September 16, 11:05am

Game 7

A date with the Lakers awaits Wednesday’s Game 7 winner, and judging by the market, it’s a foregone conclusion.

The Nuggets are +7.5 underdogs in betting despite forcing another decider on Monday with a 111-98 win.

Denver shot over 54% from the field and close to 50% from three, which didn’t come as a surprise considering the Clippers have struggled to defend against top shooting sides for most of the year.

Backing another 30-point double-double from Nikola Jokic might be a bit of a stretch, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he puts up another big game with Denver’s season on the line.

The Nuggets will hold bad memories of last year’s Game 7 loss to Portland in the Semi’s, a result they’ve likely been stewing on all year.

If the defence can limit the Clippers from beyond the arc like they did in Game 6, they should be right in this.

Tip: Back the Nuggets to Cover the Line (+7.5 Points) @ $1.90

Player Performance: Nikola Jokic Over 32.5 Points/Assists @ $1.87

Sunday 13th September

Los Angeles Lakers Vs Houston Rockets

Sunday September 13, 10:00am

Game 5 – LAL lead 3-1

The Rockets have fallen into a heap during the last two games of this series and it’s very difficult to see them keeping this series alive.

James Harden struggled mightily in Game 4, while the absence of some key bench players isn’t making life any easier for head coach Mike D’Antoni.

The biggest win for the Lakers during this series has been on the boards.

Anthony Davis and Lebron James helped themselves to a combined 27 rebounds on Friday, which in turn created plenty of opportunities for LeBron to finish just one board shy of a triple double.

The Lakers have now covered in each of their last three games against the Rockets, so with a chance to close this series out and gain some added rest heading into the Conference Finals, I’m with LA all the way.

Tip: Back the Lakers to Cover the Line (-6.5 Points) @ $1.90

Saturday 12th September

Toronto Raptors Vs Boston Celtics

Saturday September 12, 11:15am

Game 7 – Series Tied 3-3

One of these two sides will advance to the Eastern Conference Finals on Saturday in what is shaping up to be one of the games of the year.

The Raptors forced a decider with their hard-fought double OT win on Thursday, but that hasn’t stopped the bookies from siding with the Celtics as the -3.5 favourites.

Boston has been a great bounce-back bet all year going 16-8-2 against the spread following a previous loss.

That said, I am wary of Toronto’s constant ability to come up big in the clutch – much like they did in Game 3 and Game 6.

The Under has been a very safe play during this series as both sides continue to throw out different looks defensively.

The off-court battle between Nick Nurse and Brad Stevens has been just as fascinating as the action on the court, but after giving up 33 points to Kyle Lowry and 23 to Norman Powell on Thursday, I do expect the Celtics to adjust like they did in Game 5.

The Total has gone Under in six of the last 10 games between these two sides, so even with the Points Line dropping down to 204, I’m happy to side with a low-scoring game.

Tip: Under 204 Points @ $1.90

Friday 11th September

Houston Rockets Vs Los Angeles Lakers

Friday September 11, 9:15am

Game 4 - LAL lead 2-1

Game 4 of this series should be a telling one after the Lakers raced away with a comfortable 10-point victory over the Rockets in the fourth quarter on Wednesday.

Both sides combined for 214 points in Game 3, so I’m a little curious as to why the Points Line has been set at 220.5 for Friday’s meeting.

James Harden and LeBron James both had over 30-points in Game 3 but the two sides both fell short of covering the Total.

This has become an emerging trend between these sides with four of the last five games going Under, so I’m backing this one to be low scoring yet again.

Tip: Under 220.5 Total Points @ $1.90

Thursday 10th September

Boston Celtics Vs Toronto Raptors

Thursday September 10, 8:35am

Game 6

Much like the Heat yesterday, I’m with the Celtics to close out their series against the Raptors.

Brad Stevens matched Toronto’s defensive pressure beautifully in Boston’s 111-89 blowout win on Tuesday and I really don’t think the Raptors have enough healthy pieces to rebound.

Serge Ibaka was seen in a walking boot yesterday, so it’s highly doubtful Toronto’s star centre plays in Game 6.

Kyle Lowry is also less than 100% with an ankle injury, while Fred VanFleet continues to turn in hot and cold performances from game to game.

The Celtics know the Heat are waiting for them in the Conference Finals, so I think they’ll be eager to get this over with to ensure they have a couple of days’ rest.

With Jaylen Brown coming up with 27-points in Game 5 and Jayson Tatum putting a double-double, they should do just that.

Tip: Back the Celtics to Cover the Line (-3 Points) @ $1.87

Wednesday 9th September

Milwaukee Bucks Vs Miami Heat

Wednesday September 8, 8:30am

Game 5

The Heat had a prime opportunity to sweep the Bucks on Monday with Giannis Antetokounmpo leaving the game injured.

Unfortunately, Miami went on to lose 118-115 in overtime, but I do think that was the kind of performance the Heat can build on with the Greek Freak listed as questionable once again.

Miami has been a terrific bet on the back of a previous loss this year going 21-8 against the spread.

They’ve also been terrific defending around the perimeter, so I highly doubt we’ll see Khris Middleton shoot anywhere close to 42% from three-point land again.

The Bucks are no doubt a formidable opponent with or without Giannis, but after scoring 40 points in the third quarter of Game 4, I’m with Miami to advance.

Tip: Back the Heat to Cover the Line (-2.5 Points) @ $1.90

Tuesday 8th September

Toronto Raptors Vs Boston Celtics

Tuesday September 8, 8:35am

Game 4

We’re all squared at 2-2 heading into Tuesday’s Game 5 as this series becomes increasingly more difficult to try and tip.

Raptors head coach Nick Nurse has really stifled the Celtics over the last two games by employing his usual “junk” style defence style to limit Jayson Tatum, which has really left Boston looking a little one-dimensional at times.

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens is more than capable of coming up with a quick answer to that problem though, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he deploys his own defensive strategy to limit Pascal Siakam and Kyle Lowry, who both combined for 45-points in Game 4.

With all this in mind, we should see another low scoring game on Tuesday.

The Total has gone Under in each game so far during this series and I expect both teams to take a conservative approach with everything even again.

Tip: Under 212 Total Points @ $1.90

Denver Nuggets Vs Los Angeles Clippers

Tuesday September 8, 11:00am

Game 3

The Clippers came up nine points short to the Nuggets in Game 2 on Sunday and currently find themselves favoured by a similar margin heading into Tuesday’s Game 3.

A -9 line is always a little intimidating in a playoff game, but I do think Los Angeles are a good bet in this spot with Nikola Jokic currently questionable to play with a wrist injury.

Kawhi Leonard was particularly quiet in Game 2 finishing with only 13 points to his name.

The last time Kawhi finished with less than 20 (also against the Nuggets back in February) he went on to put up 30 in his very next game against the Sixers.

Los Angeles have also been the best side to bet on following a previous loss this year playing to a 20-5 record, so I’m with the Clips to take control of this series.

Tip: Back the Clippers to Cover the Line (-9 Points) @ $1.90

Monday 7th September

Miami Heat Vs Milwaukee Bucks

Monday September 7, 5:30am

The Heat can close out this series with a sweep following their monster 15-point win over the Bucks in Game 3 on Saturday.

Miami has dominated this series defensively both on the glass and around the perimeter, which has left Milwaukee’s offence looking rather one-dimensional at times.

To add to the growing criticism off the court surrounding Giannis, the Greek Freak is also nursing an ankle sprain and is currently listed as questionable.

Milwaukee are finally listed as the underdog for the first time in this series, but they haven’t shown any kind of backbone to suggest they can overcome the 3-0 deficit.

If Giannis does sit, I can’t see Brook Lopez and Khris Middleton overcoming Jimmy Buckets, Bam Adebayo or Tyler Herro, who has been listed as probable with a hip injury.

Tip: Back the Heat to Cover the Line (-2 Points) @ $1.90

Sunday 6th September

Boston Celtics Vs Toronto Raptors

Sunday September 6, 8:35am

The Celtics outclassed the Raptors in Game 3 on Friday only to come up short right on the final buzzer to a clutch O.G. Anunoby three-point shot.

Boston have been a very steady bet all season on the back of defeat, so I’m happy to stick with them to bounce-back here laying +1.

The Celtics have covered in over 68% of games following a previous defeat this season, and judging by the way they controlled the boards on Friday, they should be keeping this one very tight once again.

Tip: Back the Celtics to Cover the Line (+1 Point) @ $1.90

Saturday 5th September

Milwaukee Bucks Vs Miami Heat

Saturday September 5, 8:35am

The Bucks showed some signs of life on Thursday and were unlucky to miss out in the dying seconds.

Whether Jimmy Butler was fouled or not is up for discussion, but I do think Game 2 was a performance Milwaukee can build on to claw their way back into this series.

After being dominated on the boards during Game 1, the Bucks reversed the trend on Thursday to make life difficult for the Heat.

Giannis and Khris Middleton also had themselves a game finishing with over 20-points each, so I feel like head coach Mike Budenholzer might have a feel for where Miami are weak defensively now.

For what it’s worth, the Bucks are also 11-8 against the spread on the back of a loss, so there’s a bit to like here.

Tip: Back the Bucks to Cover the Line (-5 Points) @ $1.90

Friday 4th September

Boston Celtics Vs Toronto Raptors

Friday September 4, 8:35am

The Celtics find themselves as the underdogs yet again heading into Game 3 against the Raptors.

Boston has been absolute money so far during this series winning the opening two games, and I’m happy to side with them again to go up 3-0.

Toronto’s backcourt was awful in Game 2 as they shot just 40% from the field and less than 30% from three.

Kyle Lowry, who is still nursing an ankle injury, shot just five of his 16 attempts, while Fred VanFleet wasn’t any better finishing 8-of-22.

Marcus Smart has been huge defensively for the Celtics around the perimeter and I really think they’ve got the Raptors figured out. With Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown controlling things down the other end, I’m happy to be on Boston.

Tip: Back the Celtics to Cover the Line (+1 Point) @ $1.90

Thursday 3rd September

Milwaukee Bucks Vs Miami Heat

Thursday September 3, 8:35am

The Heat were quite simply outstanding in Game 1 of this series on Tuesday, and much like the Celtics against the Raptors, I really don’t understand why Miami are +5 underdogs at time of publish.

Jimmy Butler came up huge with a playoff high 40-point game, while Bam Adebayo wasn’t far off a triple-double.

I wrote on Tuesday about Miami’s dominance on the boards during the playoffs and they did not disappoint by holding the Bucks to only 34 boards.

Giannis was particularly quiet posting less than 20 points for the first time in the playoffs, and with all of their stars back to full health, there’s nothing to suggest the Heat can’t replicate that performance.

Miami has covered in each of its last five games, so I’m with the Heat to at least come close.

Tip: Back the Heat to Cover the Line (+5 Points) @ $1.90

Houston Rockets Vs Oklahoma City Thunder

Thursday September 3, 11:05am

We’re faced with another difficult Game 7 on Thursday in what has quite easily been one of the most unpredictable series in recent memory.

The Thunder forced an extra game on Tuesday in their four point win, but rather than back one of these sides at the line, I’d prefer to just keep it safe in the Player Performance market.

My eyes are on Russell Westbrook here to atone for his up and down performance in Game 6.

Westbrook turned the ball over seven times in the loss, which is largely out of character for a guy that normally has pretty solid handles.

Russ has been MIA for most of this series, but he showed some real signs of life on Tuesday with 17 points.

It’s worth noting the Rockets have averaged only 11 turnovers a game during the postseason, so I’m backing Westbrook to bounce back in a big way.

Tip: Russell Westbrook Over 20.5 Points @ $1.95

Wednesday 2nd September

Toronto Raptors Vs Boston Celtics

Wednesday September 2, 7:35am

The Celtics have opened as the underdog for Game 2 despite a very convincing Game 1 win over the Raptors.

Boston have allowed the lowest three-point percentage to opponents this year, so it was no real surprise to watch the Raptors shoot less than 30% from downtown on Monday.

I think the Raptors are in some real trouble if that trend continues, especially with Kyle Lowry still battling his way through an ankle injury and Pascal Siakam coming off a very quiet performance.

The Celtics are also 12-8 at the line against division opponents this year, so I’ll happily take them to go up 2-0 in the series.

Tip: Back the Celtics to Cover the Line (+1.5 Points) @ $2.00

Denver Nuggets Vs Utah Jazz

Wednesday September 2, 10:35am

It’s hard not to side with the Nuggets in Game 7 following Jamal Murray’s stunning 50-point performance on Monday.

The Nuggets came up big in all areas in Game 6 shooting over 50% from the field and beyond the arc, while I also like them in this spot with a little more experience to their name in winner-take-all scenarios.

Denver won a Game 7 against the Spurs in the first-round last year before losing to the Blazers in a similar scenario during the Semifinals.

The Nuggets are also 13-1 against the spread in the bubble, so all signs point towards Denver advancing.

Tip: Back the Nuggets to Cover the Line (-1 Point) @ $1.90

Tuesday 1st September

Milwaukee Bucks Vs Miami Heat

Tuesday September 1, 8:35am

The Bucks have opened as the -5.5 favourites ahead of Game 1 and I’m more than happy to take them on.

Milwaukee dominated the Magic on the glass during the first round, but they are about to meet their match against a Miami side that has allowed the fewest rebounds to opponents during the playoffs.

The Heat also have a couple of extra rest days to their advantage to go along with an impressive 6-4 record at the spread against Milwaukee in their last 10 games.

Miami have also won two of their last three against the Bucks and are 12-3 against the spread vs Central Division opponents this year.

Tip: Back the Heat to Cover the Line (+5.5 Points) @ $1.90

Oklahoma City Thunder Vs Houston Rockets

Tuesday September 1, 11:05am

Game 6 is a do-or-die for the Thunder, so we should see something special from Chris Paul.

CP3 managed only 16 points during Sunday’s blowout loss in Game 5, but it’s worth remembering he was benched for most of the fourth quarter as the game got out of hand.

Paul has scored 20 points or more in three of the five games during this series so far, so with rest on his side, I think this is a good bet.

Tip: Chris Paul Over 20.5 Points @ $1.87

Monday 31st August

Toronto Raptors Vs Boston Celtics

Monday August 31, 3:05am

It’s interesting to find the Celtics as the underdog ahead of Game 1 after sweeping aside the Sixers with ease in the first round.

To their credit, the Raptors were equally impressive in their series sweep over the Nets, but I really think Toronto are vulnerable in this spot with Kyle Lowry still nursing an ankle injury.

Both sides have enjoyed over a week off, so like the line suggests, this should be close.

The Celtics do have a slight edge though in terms of trends having covered in two of their last three games against the Raptors.

Boston have also been the second-best side to bet on this year in games against division opponents going 11-8 against the spread.

After Kemba Walker dropped 32 against Philly in Game 4, I like the Celtics to pick up where they left off.

Tip: Back the Celtics to Cover the Line (+2.5 Points) @ $1.90

Dallas Mavericks Vs Los Angeles Clippers

Monday August 31, 5:35am

This series has been wild to say the least, but it appears the Clippers are well on their way to a series win with a handful of Dallas’ top stars questionable to play in Game 6.

Kristaps Porzingis is out for the remainder of the season with a torn meniscus, while Tim Hardaway Jr, Luka Doncic, Dorian Finney-Smith and Trey Burke all remain questionable with their own respective injuries.

Aside from Patrick Berverley, the Clippers remain relatively healthy, so it’s tough to see the Mavericks coming close in this scenario.

Dallas were torn apart in Game 5 losing 154-111, so all things considered, the -10.5 line is rather generous.

Tip: Back the Clippers to Cover the Line (-10.5 Points) @ $1.90

Sunday 30th August

Milwaukee Bucks Vs Orlando Magic

Sunday August 30, 6:05am

The Bucks can close things out on Thursday morning and I’m with them all the way.

Milwaukee were a good bet to cover the -13.5 line in Game 4 and I think they look a safe option again currently laying -14 against a half-strength Magic side.

Orlando fans likely realise their season is close to over, especially with Aaron Gordon a big question mark ahead of Game 5 with a hamstring injury.

Michael Carter-Williams is set to miss another game with a foot injury, while Evan Fournier’s poor form of late doesn’t help matters.

Nikola Vucevic has really been the only saving grace for the Magic so far, but after Giannis fell just two assists shy (again) or a triple-double on Monday, it’s hard to see them keeping this one close.

Tip: Back the Bucks to Cover the Line (-13.5 Points) @ $1.90

Houston Rockets Vs Oklahoma City Thunder

Sunday August 30, 8:35am

This series has turned into a real headache for NBA bettors as the Rockets and Thunder continue to jostle.

OKC won Game 3 in overtime 119-107, so I think they are being a little undervalued here currently laying +3 on Thursday.

Like I said last week, Houston has actually played better with Russell Westbrook on the sidelines, but I bet they wish they wish he was available on Monday after the Thunder blew things out in overtime.

Westbrook has been ruled out for Game 5, while the Thunder are set to field a healthy side.

OKC has been a superb bet as the underdog this year going 29-13 against the spread, while the Rockets are 12-17 ATS following a previous loss.

Tip: Back the Thunder to Cover the Line (+3 Points) @ $1.90

Wednesday 26th August

Los Angeles Clippers Vs Dallas Mavericks

Wednesday August 26, 11:00am

I normally try and steer clear of the margin when it comes to the NBA, but it looks a safer bet than the line with the series currently tied 2-2.

The Mavs have really held their own so far behind some brilliant performances from Luka Doncic, but I have to side with the trends in this one and take the Clippers.

Los Angeles has been one of the best sides to bet on this year following a previous loss going 21-3 straight-up and 19-5 against the spread.

You can’t rule out another freakish performance from Doncic in Game 5, but it’s also easy to forget that the Clips came back from a 93-85 deficit at the end of the third on Monday to force OT.

Los Angeles also posted over 30 points in three quarters during Game 4, while I’m also factoring in the health of Kristaps Porzingis, who remains questionable with a sore right knee.

Doncic and Trey Burke are also hobbled, so I think this is a good bounce-back spot for Doc Rivers’ side.

Tip: Back the Clippers 1-10 @ $2.70

Tuesday 25th August

Orlando Magic Vs Milwaukee Bucks

Tuesday August 25, 3:35am

Double digit lines are always a little intimidating, but you have to like the Bucks in Game 4 with Aaron Gordon currently listed as questionable for the Magic.

Milwaukee were dominant in their blowout Game 3 win shooting 45% from three and over 55% from the field.

Shooting wise, the Magic haven’t been terrible, but they’ve battled on the boards during this entire series and it’s difficult to see them coming up with a sudden answer.

Giannis wasn’t far off a triple-double on Saturday, while the Bucks have now covered in six of their last 10 games against Orlando.

Tip: Back the Bucks to Cover the Line (-13.5 Points) @ $1.90

Miami Heat Vs Indiana Pacers

Tuesday August 25, 8:35am

The Heat can advance to the second round to face either the Bucks or Magic with a win on Tuesday against the Pacers.

Miami has been dominant during this entire series with Indiana struggling through injury, and I think they look a good bet here currently laying -6.5 to close it out.

The Heat won Game 1 by double-digits and have since gone on to win Games 2 and 3 by nine points respectively.

Tyler Herro was particularly impressive on Sunday putting up 20 points off the bench, while it’s also become fairly obvious that the Pacers just don’t have the depth to compete with Miami from beyond the arc or on the defensive glass.

For what it’s worth, the Heat are 14-3 against the spread vs Central Division opponents this year.

Jimmy Butler is one of the fiercest competitors in the game and so is head coach Erik Spoelstra, so I’d be very surprised if the Heat aren’t fired up for this one.

Tip: Back the Heat to Cover the Line (-6.5 Points) @ $1.90

Monday 24th August

Philadelphia 76ers Vs Boston Celtics

Monday August 24, 3:05am

I’ve been with Boston the whole way during this series and they have not disappointed.

As expected, the Celtics won Game 3 comfortably on Saturday 102-94 thanks to a couple of 20-point performances from Kemba Walker and Jaylen Brown.

I hate to sound like a broken record, but the Celtics have now covered the line in nine of their last 10 games against Philly, so I think they are another great bet currently laying -8 points.

Philadelphia has clearly given up and it appears even superhuman performances from Joel Embiid aren’t enough to overcome Boston’s depth.

Brad Stevens will really sense how important a sweep is moving further into the playoffs, so I’m with the Celtics to put this series to bed.

Tip: Back the Celtics to Cover the Line (-8 Points) @ $1.90

Los Angeles Clippers Vs Dallas Mavericks

Monday August 24, 5:30am

This is by far one of the toughest series to get a feel for as the Clippers and Mavericks continue to trade blows.

Los Angeles holds a 2-1 advantage following their win on Saturday, but I really don’t think there is as much separating these two sides as the current line suggests.

Dallas’ downfall in Game 2 came during the second quarter where they allowed 45-points.

A star-studded team like the Clippers can do that to anyone, but I was impressed by the way the Mavs bounced back in the second half with back-to-back quarters of over 30 points.

Luka Doncic also had himself a quiet game by his usual standards, so there’s a chance we see Dallas bounce back here.

The Mavs are 21-11-1 against the spread following a previous loss, so I like them to keep it close.

Tip: Back the Mavericks to Cover the Line

Sunday 23rd August

Oklahoma City Thunder Vs Houston Rockets

Sunday August 23, 8:05am

The Thunder have been a huge disappointment during the playoffs following what was a very successful regular season.

OKC’s interior defence has been exposed against the Rockets and I really can’t see them coming up with an answer down 0-2 in the series.

The Rockets put forward a real team performance on Friday with James Harden, Eric Gordon and Daniel House all sharing the points, while it also appears Houston are running more efficiently with Russell Westbrook on the sidelines.

Three points is pretty generous when you consider the Rockets have won the first two games by double digits, so I’m with Houston to really stamp their authority in Game 3.

Tip: Back the Rockets to Cover the Line (-3 Points) @ $1.90

Saturday 22nd August

Philadelphia 76ers Vs Boston Celtics

Saturday August 22, 8:35am

There’s nothing to suggest the Sixers can win even one game during this series.

Joel Embiid came up with a huge 34-point performance in Game 2 on Thursday, but it still wasn’t enough to stop the Celtics from winning by 27 points.

Boston’s depth is immense and it is clearly causing some serious problems for Sixers coach Brett Brown.

Philly shot just 23% from beyond the arc in Game 2, which come as no surprise against a Boston side that allowed the second-lowest three-point percentage to opponents during the regular season.

The Celtics have now covered in eight of their last 10 games against Philly, so until the Sixers show significant improvement, I’ll continue to bet against them.

Tip: Back the Celtics to Cover the Line (-5 Points) @ $1.90

Friday 21st August

Indiana Pacers Vs Miami Heat

Friday August 21, 3:05am

It sounds as though Victor Oladipo will play in Game 2, so I’m happy to give the Pacers a second chance despite being burned by them earlier on Wednesday.

The Pacers have been a pretty consistent bounce-back bet this year going 17-11-0 against the spread following a previous loss.

Indiana are also 11-1 this season at the line after losing by 10-points or more.

The Pacers put up a pretty strong fight without Oladipo in the second half before the Heat eventually ran over the top of them with 32-points in the fourth.

It’s worth remembering Indiana held a six-point lead at the end of the first before Oladipo suffered an eye injury, so I’m willing to bank on his inclusion being the difference on Friday.

Tip: Back the Pacers to Cover the Line (+4 Points) @ $1.90

Portland Trail Blazers Vs Los Angeles Lakers

Friday August 21, 11:05am

The Blazers walked away with a very comfortable upset win over the Lakers on Wednesday and there is certainly nothing stopping them from going up 2-0 in this series.

A win clearly meant more to Portland and it was reflected in the second half as the Blazers outscored Los Angeles 43-37.

I thought the Lakers showed a real lack of hustle in the dying stages and their offence really looked stagnant at times.

Alex Caruso and LeBron James both opted for pull-up three’s with plenty of time remaining late in the fourth, while on the other end, Damian Lillard simply handled business in another dazzling 34-point performance.

LeBron and Anthony Davis both remain less than 100% for Game 2, while the Lakers may be without Rajon Rondo again.

The fact Portland managed to win Game 1 with LeBron having a triple-double is a scary sign to say the least.

This +6.5 line looks might generous in my opinion, so I’m happy to have Portland to at least keep it close.

Tip: Back the Blazers to Cover the Line (+6.5 Points) @ $1.90

Thursday 20th August

Denver Nuggets Vs Utah Jazz

Thursday August 20, 8:35am

It was a bit of a nervous watch for those who took the Nuggets to cover Game 1 on Tuesday, but Denver eventually got the job done in overtime with a 10-point win.

I’m looking to double up on the same bet again based on the way the Nuggets performed offensively.

Denver shot over 50% both from the field and three-point range, which certainly came in handy after Donovan Mitchell entered the record books with his 57-point performance.

It’s also likely Mike Conley misses his second straight game after rejoining the bubble yesterday.

He’s in a four-day quarantine, so it’s doubtful we see him back before Game 3, which does leave the Jazz short defensively.

Last but not least, the Nuggets are also 12-2 against the spread vs division opponents this year, so there’s plenty to suggest they can grab a stranglehold on this series.

Tip: Back the Nuggets to Cover the Line (-4 Points) @ $1.90

Boston Celtics Vs Philadelphia 76ers

Thursday August 20, 8:35am

Game 1 between these two sides was pretty back and forth, although it mightn’t seem that way when you look at the final score.

Philly’s game plan was a little perplexing as Joel Embiid attempted only 15 shots in 37 minutes on the floor, and despite grabbing the lead in the third quarter, the Sixers were eventually run off their feet in the final term as the Celtics put up 34-points.

Boston were dealt a bit of a blow after the game with Gordon Hayward ruled out for four weeks with an ankle sprain.

His presence on both ends of the floor will be missed, but I don’t think it’s as big a deal as it’s being made out to be.


The Celtics are 14-6 in games without Hayward in the lineup this year to go along with an equally impressive 7-3 record against the spread in their last 10-games vs Philadelphia.

Boston has the wood over Philly, so I like them to win Game 2 just as comfortably as they did on Tuesday.

Tip: Back the Celtics to Cover the Line (-4.5 Points) @ $1.90

Wednesday 19th August

Indiana Pacers Vs Miami Heat

Wednesday August 19, 6:05am

This has turned into a bit of a rivalry ever since TJ Warren and Jimmy Butler went at it back in January.

I’m crossing my fingers that Butler, Victor Oladipo and Bam Adebayo all suit up for this game, because if they do, I think we might be in for a bit of a shootout.

The Total has gone Over in six of the last 10 games between these two sides.

Both teams also rank inside the top six in three-point shooting percentage this year.

Tip: Over 216 Total Points @ $1.90

Houston Rockets Vs Oklahoma City Thunder

Wednesday August 19, 8:35am

The Thunder have been a safe bet at the line for most of the season and I quite like them in this spot with Russell Westbrook missing for the Rockets.

Houston were torn apart by the Sixers last week without Westbrook, and although James Harden is more than capable of putting up 40+, I still think this is a significant absence for the Rockets on both sides of the ball.

The Thunder also have the wood over Houston in terms of recent history.

OKC has won seven of the last 10 games between these two sides and has covered in each of their last five.

Tip: Back the Thunder to Cover the Line (-1.5 Points) @ $1.90

Tuesday 18th August

Denver Nuggets Vs Utah Jazz

Tuesday August 17, 3:35am

The Nuggets have lost three straight heading into Game 1 against the Jazz on Tuesday, but I’m still with them to open this series with a win.

Mike Conley will be absent from the Utah starting five due to the birth of his child, which leaves the bulk of the Jazz offence firmly in the hands of Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert.

Both players are capable of putting up points of course, but I think Conley’s absence leaves Utah at a disadvantage when it comes to matching up with Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray.

The Nuggets should also feel good about themselves knowing they’ve won each of their last three games against the Jazz.

Combine that with Denver’s 9-5 record against the spread vs opponents from the same division, and you have yourself a seemingly safe bet at the line.

Tip: Back the Nuggets to Cover the Line (-4.5 Points) @ $1.90

Boston Celtics Vs Philadelphia 76ers

Tuesday August 17, 8:35am

I think the bookies are being pretty generous with the current 5.5 line on offer.

The Celtics have had three days off to prepare for their first-round matchup with the Sixers, a team they’ve typically held the wood over during the playoffs in recent years.

Brad Stevens says Kemba Walker is fit and firing, while Gordon Heyward should also be back to full health after missing last Thursday’s game against the Wizards.

Bubble life has been pretty kindto Boston, while the Sixers have been up and down like a yoyo.

Philly won big over the Rockets on Saturday, but with Joel Embiid less than 100 per cent and Ben Simmons missing from the side, you have to like the Celtics in this spot.

Boston are also 6-4 against the spread in their last 10 games against Philly, so I like them to kick off this series with a comfortable win.

Tip: Back the Celtics to Cover the Line (-5.5 Points) @ $1.90

Sunday 16th August

Portland Trail Blazers Vs Memphis Grizzlies

Sunday August 16, 4:35am

The scenario here is fairly simple: if the Blazers win, they advance to the playoffs. If the Grizzlies win, we head to another ‘win or go home’ game on Monday.

Although the stakes are high, I’m with the Blazers here.

Portland’s remarkable comeback against the Nets on Friday was something to behold, and I’d be very surprised if Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum don’t lay it all out on the line again on Sunday.

You could say the same for Ja Morant and Jonas Valanciunas in the Grizzlies’ win over the Bucks, but with only two wins since the season resumed, it’s fair to say the bubble life has been much kinder to Portland so far.

The Blazers have also covered in two of their last three games against the Grizz, so give me the more battle-hardened playoff team in this huge contest.

Tip: Back the Blazers to Cover the Line (-5.5 Points) @ $1.90

Saturday 15th August

Indiana Pacers Vs Miami Heat

Saturday August 15, 6:00am

Betting on the Heat following a previous loss has been one the top betting plays this season, so I’m looking to load up on them here in this crucial matchup against the Pacers.

Miami lost by only a point to the Thunder on Thursday, which is great news considering the Heat have covered in 20 of their 27 games following a previous defeat.

There were strong signs for Miami with Tyler Herro and Goran Dragic putting up decent numbers while Jimmy Butler is starting to return to full health following a foot injury.

The Pacers have proven themselves a tough out this year, but with Victor Oladipo, T.J. Warren and Myles Turner a little battered and bruised too, I like the Heat in this spot to keep it close.

Tip: Back the Heat to Cover the Line

Friday 14th August

Orlando Magic Vs New Orleans Pelicans

Friday August 14, 11:05am

I very rarely bet on the Under, but I think this is about as safe as it gets with a handful of stars missing on both teams.

The Pelicans have nothing left to play for, so it’s no real surprise to see Zion Williamson, Brandon Ingram and Jrue Holiday listed as out for Friday’s game.

Orlando, on the other hand, have clinched a spot in the playoffs and are also choosing to play it safe by resting Aaron Gordon, Evan Fournier and Michael Carter-Williams.

The Total has gone Under in eight of the last 10 games between these two sides, so I’d be surprised if we get a bunch of points.

Tip: Under the Total

Brooklyn Nets Vs Portland Trail Blazers

Friday August 14, 11:05am

This is a “win or go home” type scenario for the Blazers and I’m really not convinced they should be -9.5 favourites.

To their credit, Portland have played exceptionally well since the season resumed, but with the Nets already having clinched a spot in the playoffs, I wouldn’t sleep on Brooklyn trying to spoil the party and build some momentum.

Reports also surfaced yesterday stating that CJ McCollum has been playing through a fracture in his lower back.

He’ll likely tough it out on Friday, but considering he hit just 2-of-14 during Wednesday’s win over the Mavericks, I’m not convinced he can contribute much in this dire situation.

The Nets are also 2-1 against the spread in their last three games against Portland and 6-1 in their last seven against Western Conference opponents, so I like the Nets to cover what appears to be a very generous line.

Tip: Back the Nets to Cover the Line (+9.5 Points) @ $1.90

Thursday 13th August

Miami Heat Vs Oklahoma City Thunder

Thursday August 13, 10:00am

This is a pretty tricky day for NBA bettors, so I’m happy to keep it simple by playing on the Thunder.

Oklahoma City are 3-3 since play resumed and are coming off a blowout loss to the Suns on Tuesday.

From a betting perspective, the Thunder have been fairly consistent following a previous loss playing to a 15-11 record, while they’ve also covered the spread in six of their last 10-games against the Heat.

Miami have a few injury concerns to address which I think makes them very vulnerable over the coming weeks.

Kendrick Hunn and Kelly Olynyk are both 50/50 to play, while Jimmy Butler remains less than 100% with a foot injury.

The Thunder, meanwhile, could potentially welcome Danilo Gallinari, Nerlens Noel and Steven Adams back into the side after missing Monday’s game against Phoenix, so I think they stand a good chance to bounce back.

Tip: Back the Thunder to Cover the Line (-4 Points) @ $1.90

Wednesday 12th August

San Antonio Spurs Vs Houston Rockets

Wednesday August 12, 4:05am

The Spurs are laying +4 here against the Rockets and I think it’s worth getting on nice and early before the line firms.

Houston has already ruled James Harden out for this game in favour of playing him on Thursday against the Pacers, and while Russell Westbrook returning is a plus, I still think the Spurs can win this or at least come close.

San Antonio has won three of its five games in the bubble which includes wins over three serious Western Conference opponents, the Grizzlies, Jazz and Pelicans.

The Spurs are also 8-4 against the spread vs division opponents this year and 5-2 in their last seven games, so there’s plenty to like.

Tip: Back the Spurs to Cover the Line (+4 Points) @ $1.90

Memphis Grizzlies Vs Boston Celtics

Wednesday August 12, 7:10am

Life has been pretty miserable inside the bubble so far for the Grizzlies with only one win from five games to their name.

The Celtics, meanwhile, can make it four on the trot on Wednesday after defeating the Magic in overtime earlier in the week.

Boston has consistently put up 120-points or more in four of their five games since the season resumed, which doesn’t really bode well for a Memphis team that has allowed the ninth-most points to opponents this year.

The Celtics also hold a league-best 17-10-1 record against the spread vs non-conference opponents, so I’m with Boston to get the job done here.

Tip: Back the Celtics to Cover the Line (-4 Points) @ $1.90

Tuesday 11th August

Milwaukee Bucks Vs Toronto Raptors

Tuesday August 10, 8:40am

I think the Raptors are being a little undervalued here with +5.5 on offer.

Toronto have proven themselves genuine contenders since the season resumed by winning four of their five games, which includes a double-digit win over the Grizzlies on Monday.

The Bucks, meanwhile, have hardly been their usual selves.

Milwaukee remains with only one win to their name in the bubble after coming up short to the Mavericks on Sunday.

Toronto are 8-2 when playing on no rest, while they’ve also covered in two of their last three games against the Bucks.

All in all, this line looks too generous to ignore.

Tip: Back the Raptors to Cover the Line (+5.5 Points) @ $1.90

Indiana Pacers Vs Miami Heat

Tuesday August 10, 10:05am

The Pacers have been tough to fault winning four of their five games since the season resumed, but I do like the look of the Heat here as they begin to return to full strength.

Jimmy Butler is a chance to return from a foot injury, while Goran Dragic could be cleared to play with a similar problem.

The Heat are also coming off a loss to the Suns on Sunday, which works out quite well from a betting perspective.

Miami have been the second-best side to bet on at the line following a previous loss covering in 19 of their 26 games.

Tip: Back the Heat to Cover the Line (-2.5 Points) @ $1.90

Monday 10th August

Portland Trail Blazers Vs Philadelphia 76ers

Monday August 10, 8:35am

The Blazers fell five-points shy of the Clippers on Sunday, much to the delight of Paul George on Twitter.

Our bookies are obviously siding with Portland to bounce-back against the understrength Sixers, but I actually like Philly in this spot to cause an upset.

They’ll be without Ben Simmons for the foreseeable future, but that didn’t stop the Sixers from defeating the Magic on Saturday.

Portland have also played to a 3-8 record in the second game of a back-to-back this year and a sub-par 19-19 record following a previous loss, so the trends suggest they don’t always handle this situation well.

With Hasaan Whiteside potentially sidelined and Damian Lillard’s mind potentially elsewhere, take Philly to keep it close.

Tip: Back the Sixers to Cover the Line (+3 Points) @ $1.90

Sacramento Kings Vs Houston Rockets

Monday August 10, 10:05am

I was burned by the Kings a couple of times last week, but I still think they are a good bet here against the Rockets with Eric Gordon and Russell Westbrook both on the sidelines.

Sacramento have had a day off to regroup from Saturday’s double-digit loss to the Nets, while the Rockets are looking to pick up where they left off on Friday against the Lakers.

Unfortunately, Houston’s offensive rating drops by five points when Gordon and Russ aren’t on the court. The Kings are also 6-2-1 against the spread in their last nine games played on a Sunday, for whatever it’s worth.

Tip: Back the Kings to Cover the Line (+4.5 Points) @ $1.90

Sunday 9th August

Phoenix Suns Vs Miami Heat

Sunday August 9, 9:30am

Massive game this with the Suns resuming the season undefeated and all.

Phoenix has been impressive in all three of their wins over the Wizards, Mavericks, Clippers and Pacers, but I do think the Heat standout as a good chance to knock the Suns back a peg.

Miami lost by 14-points against the Bucks on Friday, which actually can be seen as a positive in this instance.

The Heat hold a very sturdy 19-6 record against the spread following a previous loss, while there’s also a chance Jimmy Butler returns from injury after missing a couple of games with a sore right foot.

Tip: Back the Heat to Cover the Line

Saturday 8th August

Sacramento Kings Vs Brooklyn Nets

Saturday August 8, 7:10am

The Kings picked up their first win since the season resumed yesterday in 15-point blowout over the Pelicans, and I’m happy to side with them here to keep the good times rolling.

Sacramento have been a pretty consistent betting play against the spread in the second game of a back-to-back covering in seven of their 10 games this year.

The Nets, on the other hand, were on the opposite end of a blowout loss against the Celtics on Thursday with several of their stars missing in action.

Jarrett Allen and Jamal Crawford are both likely to miss Saturday’s game, so I’m happy to have something on the Kings.

Tip: Back the Kings to Cover the Line (-3.5 Points) @ $1.90

Washington Wizards Vs New Orleans Pelicans

Saturday August 8, 10:10am

To be perfectly honest, the Wizards never really deserved to make it into the Bubble, so it’s no real surprise to see them at 0-3 since the season resumed.

Washington faces another uphill battle again on Saturday as they take on a Pelicans side looking to bounce back from a blowout loss to the Kings on Friday.

New Orleans has been a really strong play in this situation playing to a 7-2 record against the spread on no rest.

Despite yesterday’s result, there was still plenty to like about the play from Jrue Holiday and Zion Williamson, so I’m happy to have them here with only a -6.5 point line.

Tip: Back the Pelicans to Cover the Line (-6.5 Points) @ $1.90

Friday 7th August

Denver Nuggets Vs Portland Trail Blazers

Friday August 7, 10:10am, VISA Athletic Center

The bookies are clearly factoring in Portland’s unbeaten start to bubble life, but I really don’t think there is as much separating these two sides as the current market suggests.

Denver were enormous yesterday in their six-point win over the Spurs as Michael Porter Jr and Nikola Jokic combined for 55-points.

The trends also suggest the Nuggets can go on with it and claim back-to-back wins.

The Nuggets are 8-2 when playing on no rest this year, while they’ve also covered in eight of their 12 games against division opponents.

Tip: Back the Nuggets to Cover the Line (+4.5 Points) @ $1.81

Los Angeles Lakers Vs Houston Rockets

Friday August 7, 11:10am, The Arena

The Lakers failed to put up any kind of fight in their 19-point loss to the Thunder on Thursday, but I do think this is a very favourable spot for them to bounce back.

Los Angeles owns an impressive 11-4 record following a previous loss this season, while they also hold a league-best 7-1 record against the spread when playing on no rest.

LeBron James finished with only 19 against OKC. Anthony Davis also had a quiet one shooting just 3-of-11 from the field.

With Dwight Howard potentially back in action off the bench, I fully expect the Lakers to bounce-back here.

Tip: Back the Lakers to Cover the Line (-1.5 Points) @ $1.95

Thursday 6th August

Orlando Magic Vs Toronto Raptors

Thursday August 6, 10:10am, VISA Athletic Center

The Magic fell 11-points short of the Pacers on Wednesday and I really don’t think they are much of a chance in this game either.

Orlando played to a lousy 1-9 record in the second game of a back-to-back before the season was paused, which obviously spells potential disaster here against a Raptors side that has pulled off a pair of hard-fought wins over the Lakers and Heat in the Bubble.

The Magic will likely go without Michael Carter-Williams and potentially James Ennis after both players suffered minor injuries against Indiana.

All in all, this should be a comfortable win for Toronto.

Tip: Back the Raptors to Cover the Line (-6 Points) @ $1.90

Boston Celtics Vs Brooklyn Nets

Thursday August 6, 11:05am, The Arena

I tipped the Heat to cover against the Celtics yesterday, but I’m back on board with Boston here as they look to bounce-back.

Brad Stevens’ side has been one of the safest betting plays on the back of a previous loss playing to a 13-7-2 record, while the Celtics have also covered in six of their nine games when playing on no rest.

After defeating the Bucks yesterday there is no denying the Nets are a tough out – especially in the Florida bubble. Brooklyn has typically struggled in the second game of a back-to-back though winning only two of their nine games, so I like the Celtics here with plenty working in their favour.

Tip: Back the Celtics to Cover the Line (-9.5 Points) @ $1.90

Wednesday 5th August

Milwaukee Bucks Vs Brooklyn Nets

Wednesday August 5, 3:40am, VISA Athletic Center

The Bucks were upset 116-120 against the Rockets on Monday, and from a betting perspective, that’s a huge positive.

Prior to the pandemic, Milwaukee posted a solid 8-4 record following a previous loss against the spread, while the Bucks are also 22-3 coming off an upset loss as the favourite over the last two seasons.

With the Nets missing some key contributors in the likes of Joe Harris and Caris Levert, I think the Bucks are a great bet here to win big.

Tip: Back the Bucks to Cover the Line (-17.5 Points) @ $1.90

Miami Heat Vs Boston Celtics

Wednesday August 5, 8:40am, HP Field House

The Heat were one of the top sides to bet on following a previous loss right before the season was paused, so I’m happy to back that trend on Wednesday when they take on the Celtics.

Miami lost only narrowly to the Raptors yesterday, but their 18-6 record against the spread following a previous loss is hard to ignore.

The Celtics, on the other hand, have played some tough games themselves against the Bucks and Blazers over the last four days, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see them struggle with a Heat side well known for causing upsets.

Tip: Back the Heat to Cover the Line (+3.5 Points) @ $1.90

Tuesday 4th August

Utah Jazz Vs Los Angeles Lakers

Tuesday August 4, 11:10am, The Arena

In terms of rivalries, this one has been fairly one sided in favour of the Lakers this season.

Since the resumption of play, both of these sides have gone 3-2 but the Lakers have dominated this season series winning both matches by a combined 34 points.

There really is only one side to back in this one and it just comes down to how much you expect LeBron James and company to win this one by.

After a loss to the Raptors over the weekend this one could get ugly and a Lakers cover seems like a fairly safe play with a single digit line.

Back the Lakers to Cover -6 @ $1.90

Monday 3rd August

Phoenix Suns Vs Dallas Mavericks

Monday August 3rd, 11:10am, VISA Athletic Center

The Mavs will have revenge on their mind today after they blew what appeared to be a comfortable win in their restart game against the Rockets.

Dallas held a 10-point lead over Houston at half-time before going on to lose by four in overtime, which, as it turns out, might be a good thing from a betting perspective.

The Mavs consistently covered the line following a previous loss before the season was paused playing to a 19-7-1 record.

After Kristaps Porzingis put up 39 on Saturday alongside Luke Doncic’s 28, I don’t think they’ll be short on motivation in this game.

Tip: Back the Mavs to Cover the Line (-6 Points) @ $1.90

Sunday 2nd August

Oklahoma City Thunder Vs Utah Jazz

Sunday August 2nd, 5:30am, The Arena

Teams that played to a winning record on the road before the season was paused seem to already have an added edge inside the Florida bubble.

With that in mind, the Thunder represent good value here as they restart their season against a Jazz side playing on only a days’ rest following their close call against the Pelicans on Friday.

Oklahoma City played to a 20-11 record on the road before the season was paused, while they also posted a 7-4 record against division opponents.

With almost equal value on offer head-to-head and at the line, I’m playing it safe by taking the Thunder to win outright.

Tip: Back the Thunder to Win @ $1.80

Indiana Pacers Vs Philadelphia 76ers

Sunday August 2nd, 9:00am, VISA Athletic Centre

Putting the above theory into practice, I’m going to take a stab at the Pacers to at least keep their restart game close against the Sixers.

Philly are a very interesting side to keep an eye on moving forward. The Sixers were awful on the road before the season was paused, so it remains to be seen if they relish the hub-life, or if the lack of hometown support completely throws them off.

Either way, the Pacers were a great side to bet on at the line on the road earlier in the year playing to a 19-13-1 record.

The potential absence of Victor Oladipo is of some concern, but with Joel Embiid less than 100%, I still like the Pacers in this spot.

Tip: Back the Pacers to Cover the Line (+5.5 Points) @ $1.90

Saturday 1st August

San Antonio Spurs Vs Sacramento Kings

Saturday August 1st, 10:05am, Visa Athletic Center

I quite like the look of the Kings in this spot with a few stats working in their favour.

You can take this one with a grain of salt, but since 2015, the Kings are 10-2 against the spread following a break of four days or more.

Better yet, Sacramento also posted an impressive 7-2-1 record against the spread in their final 10-games before the season was paused, while they’ve also covered in six of their last 10 against the Spurs.

With DeAaron Fox returning back to full strength and the rest of the lineup fit and healthy, the Kings look a good bet to make a statement.

Tip: Back the Kings to Cover the Line (-2.5 Points) @ $1.90

Dallas Mavericks Vs Houston Rockets

Saturday August 1st, 11:05am, ESPN Wide World of Sports Arena

Big fan of the Mavericks here with only the -1 point line to cover.

The hub situation just feels like something Luka Doncic will take in his stride, and it’s been more than evident in his scrimmage play over the last week.

The Mavericks are also one of the more healthy teams in the competition with Kristaps Porzingis, Boban Marjanovic, Seth Curry and J.J. Barea all slated to play in Saturday’s opener.

Houston’s star duo of James Harden and Russell Westbrook speaks for itself, but the Rockets are a much different team without Eric Gordon, who looks set to miss this game after spraining his ankle earlier in the week.

Dallas were also an exceptional side to bet on in road games before the season was paused.

While this is technically a neutral court, the Mavs covered in 20 of their 32 games away from home last year and also went 9-4 against division opponents.

Tip: Back the Mavericks to Cover the Line (-1 Point) @ $1.90

Friday 31st July

New Orleans Pelicans Vs Utah Jazz

Friday July 31st, 8:35am, HP Field House

The Pelicans and the Jazz tip-off the remainder of the season from Walt Disney World on Friday in what should be a fairly close contest between two familiar Western Conference foes.

Zion Williamson remains a game-time decision for the Pelicans after only clearing quarantine earlier in the week, while the Jazz are just about at full strength with Donovan Mitchell healthy alongside the usual supporting cast of Mike Conley, Joe Ingles and Rudy Gobert.

The uncertainty of Zion’s status makes this a tricky game to bet on, but I do think the Jazz are great value to cover the line.

Utah has won seven of its last 10 games against New Orleans and are also 6-4 against the spread during that time frame.

Trends are fairly meaningless after such a lengthy and break and all games being played on a neutral court, but with a full-strength side against a potentially Zion-less Pelicans team, the Jazz are a good bet to at least keep it tight.

Tip: Back the Jazz to Cover the Line (+2.5 Points) @ $1.90

Los Angeles Lakers Vs Los Angeles Clippers

Friday July 31st, 11:05am, ESPN Wide World of Sports Arena

Kawhi Leonard hasn’t looked his usual self in scrimmage games over the last week, so it’s no real surprise to find the Clippers as the heavy outsiders on Friday.

Los Angeles are also missing Montrezl Harrell and potentially Patrick Beverley, while Lou Williams’ off-court antics have sent him into quarantine for 10-days.

The Lakers are far from healthy themselves with LeBron nursing his usual groin injury and Anthony Davis questionable to play with the eye injury he sustained right before the season was paused.

Fortunately, the Lakers have tremendous depth to fall back on and a very convincing 25-14-1 record against the spread vs conference opponents.

Tip: Back the Lakers to Cover the Line (-4.5 Points) @ $1.90

Thursday 12th March

Philadelphia 76ers Vs Detroit Pistons

Thursday March 12th, 10:00am, Wells Fargo Center

We finally get some good news on the Joel Embiid front with the star center a chance to play after practicing on Tuesday.

With or without Embiid though, something would have to go dramatically wrong for the Sixers to mess up here at home.

Philly is coming in off three days’ rest after a rough Western road trip that saw them win only one from four, but even with so many struggles on and off the court, the Sixers have still managed to win 14 straight games at home.

Speaking of streaks, the Pistons have lost four on the trot – which included a double-digit loss to the Knicks at the Garden on Monday. Most importantly though, the Sixers are 9-1 against the spread over the last three seasons vs Detroit, so this long -11.5 line is worth taking on.

Tip: Back the Sixers to Cover the Line (-11.5 Points) @ $1.90

Oklahoma City Thunder Vs Utah Jazz

Thursday March 12th, 11:00am, Chesapeake Energy Arena

There’s some real form around this game that has me declaring it as the safest play of the day.

The Thunder are laying -2.0 here at home hoping to extend their winning streak to four. OKC earned a big win over the Celtics on Monday and have since enjoyed two days off to recuperate.

Utah, meanwhile, comes in off a home loss to the Jazz on Tuesday with another crucial Western Conference game ahead on Saturday against the Pelicans.

The Jazz played four games on the road last week before hosting Toronto, and now jump back on the road for this single game. That’s a tough ask for a team that has won only five of their last 10, but even more so when you factor in Utah hasn’t won in Oklahoma City since 2010.

Things only look better when you factor in Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is set to return to action after missing the game against Boston. With an 8-3 record in division play this year, the Thunder look a good bet.

Tip: Back the Thunder to Cover the Line (-2.0 Points) @ $1.90

Dallas Mavericks Vs Denver Nuggets

Thursday March 12th, 11:00am, American Airlines Center

I was wrong on the Mavericks against the Spurs, but this is a chance to bounce-back as they host the Nuggets at home.

Despite what the scoreboard suggests, Dallas were in control for most of the game in San Antonio before they fell away in the fourth quarter.

Not to worry though, because the Mavericks have been an outstanding betting play following a loss this year going 18-7-1 against the spread and 20-6 straight up.

I also think this is an interesting spot for Denver following Tuesday’s big win over the Bucks. The Nuggets now hit the road for three games across five days with the Spurs and Lakers to follow.

With no injuries to report, I also like Dallas’ 5-1-1 record ATS vs opponents from the Northwest Division. Chances are the Mavs were a little distracted yesterday with this primetime game on the cards, so I like them here to get one back.

Tip: Back the Mavericks to Cover the Line (-1.5 Points) @ $1.90

Wednesday 11th March

San Antonio Spurs Vs Dallas Mavericks

Wednesday March 11th, 11:00am, AT&T Center

The Spurs and the Mavs are back in action on Wednesday after meeting only a fortnight ago in San Antonio.

Gregg Popovich’s side will hold home-court advantage again, but just about everything is pointing in Dallas’ favour here with LaMarcus Aldridge sitting out for the seventh game in a row.

The Mavs won by six-points in their last meeting with Aldridge also missing time. San Antonio has gone 4-9 without their big man this season, explaining their free-fall in the Western Conference standings.

Speaking of the standings, this is also a big game for the Mavs with a chance to move even with the Rockets for the sixth seed. Dallas will play again on Thursday in a primetime battle against the Nuggets, so they should sense the importance of a win here.

Last but not least, it’s worth noting this is a division game – which again favours the Mavs. Dallas has gone 9-3 against the spread in this situation and 12-4-1 as the away favourite, so side with the visitors.

Tip: Back the Mavs to Cover the Line (-3.5 Points) @ $1.90

Chicago Bulls Vs Cleveland Cavaliers

Wednesday March 11th, 11:00am, United Center

This might turn out to be the worst game all season, but that won’t stop me from playing on the Cavs at +4.

Not that you need any more reasons to fade the Bulls, but with Zach LaVine ruled out with a left quad injury, I really don’t think there’s as much separating these two teams as the current market suggests.

To be fair, the Cavs will go without Kevin Porter Jr, Tristan Thompson and Darius Garland themselves, but I think Cleveland’s recent wave of momentum should see them put up a fight.

The Cavs have won back-to-back games over the Nuggets and Spurs, while the also hold a few handy trends in this spot.

Cleveland is 7-5-1 against the spread in division play and 4-1 in their last five games played in Chicago, so take the Cavs with some insurance on offer.

Tip: Back the Cavs to Cover the Line (+4.0 Points) @ $1.90

Golden State Warriors Vs Los Angeles Clippers

Wednesday March 11th, 1:30pm, Chase Center

The Clippers are laying -10.5 here on Wednesday as they look to bounce-back from Monday’s primetime loss to the Lakers.

For the record, there is a high chance Los Angeles rests some of their stars with a couple of big games ahead next week against the Mavericks and Nuggets. But with the Warriors also missing Draymond Green and potentially Steph Curry due to the flu, it’s hard to see this game going any other way.

Like a handful of the other games on today’s slate, this is also a divisional matchup – which well and truly favours the Clips.

Los Angeles has covered in six of their 11 games against fellow Pacific Division opponents, while their 14-5 record following a previous is also pretty convincing.

Tip: Back the Clippers to Cover the Line (-10.5 Points) @ $1.90

Tuesday 10th March

Denver Nuggets Vs Milwaukee Bucks

Tuesday March 10th, 12:00pm, Pepsi Center

The absence of Giannis Antetokounmpo could seem a little scary here, but I have played on the Bucks before when he’s been out of the lineup and seen some success.

For the record, Milwaukee is 5-2 without the Greek Freak this season, while they’ve also been one of the best teams to bet on in the second game of a back-to-back and after a loss.

As I tipped yesterday, the Bucks came up short against the Suns in Phoenix, but the good news is they’ve gone 7-2 ATS on no rest and 7-3 following a previous loss.

If you throw in Denver’s less than convincing 10-12-0 record ATS in non-conference games, the +5.5 on Milwaukee seems pretty generous.

Tip: Back the Bucks to Cover the Line (+5.5 Points) @ $1.90

Utah Jazz Vs Toronto Raptors

Tuesday March 10th, 12:00pm, Vivint Smart Home Arena

Fred VanFleet and Marc Gasol won’t take the floor on Tuesday against the Jazz, but I still like the look of the Raptors with a few trends working in their favour.

Firstly, this is the second game of a back-to-back for Toronto after beating the Kings in Sacramento on Monday. The Raptors have gone 6-3 straight-up this season on no rest, while they’ve also covered in five of their last six road games in Utah.

Second, this is also a bit of a look-ahead spot for Nick Nurse’s side with the Raptors off until Sunday’s game against the Pistons. The Jazz, however, take on the Thunder in a crucial Western Conference showdown on Thursday, so it wouldn’t surprise me if they bypass this game or seem a little distracted.

Tip: Back the Raptors to Cover the Line (+5.5 Points) @ $1.90

Monday 9th March

Phoenix Suns Vs Milwaukee Bucks

Monday March 9th, 9:00am, Talking Stick Resort Arena

You should be able to get the Suns with a bit of insurance here at the line as they prepare to play the final game of this long home stand.

Phoenix has won only two of their last 10 at Talking Stick, but this is the first game of a back-to-back for the Bucks – which has proven very kind over the last fortnight or so.

Milwaukee has a big game on Tuesday against the Nuggets in Denver, so there’s every chance they overlook (and underestimate) the Suns with a potential Finals preview ahead.

Tip: Back the Suns to Cover the Line (+5.5 Points) @ $1.90

Sunday 8th March

Detroit Pistons Vs Utah Jazz

Sunday March 8th, 11:00am, Little Caesars Arena

The +8 line on Detroit looks a little generous here when you factor in the recent schedule for both sides.

Utah is playing on no rest after visiting the Celtics in Boston yesterday, while the Pistons are fresh from a two-day break after losing to the Thunder on Thursday.

The Jazz have gone only 3-4 against the spread on no rest this year, compared to Detroit’s much more impressive 6-4 record with 2-3 days off.

The Pistons aren’t a team to get excited about – especially with only two wins from their last 10 home games. The chances of them winning this are slim, but they have played to a 13-9 record ATS in non-conference games this year, which suggests to me they could keep this close.

Tip: Back the Pistons to Cover the Line (+8 Points) @ $1.90

Memphis Grizzlies Vs Atlanta Hawks

Sunday March 8th, 12:00pm, FedEx Forum

These two teams failed to live up to the hype when they met on Tuesday, but the rematch should be exciting with Ja Morant and Trae Young going at it for a second time.

The Grizzlies won by 39-points last time out, and I’m think they’ll get the job done in similar fashion here at home.

Both sides are playing the second game of a back-to-back, which favours Memphis heavily. The Grizzlies have covered six of their nine games on no rest this year, compared to a Hawks team that has gone only 2-9 straight up.

This is also a bit of a tricky travel spot for the Hawks as they fly from Washington DC to Memphis.

With the Grizzlies also holding an impressive 9-4 record as the home favourite against the spread, they should get the job done.

Tip: Back the Grizzlies to Cover the Line (-5.5 Points) @ $1.90

Saturday 7th March

Minnesota Timberwolves Vs Orlando Magic

Saturday March 7th, 12:00pm, Target Center

The bookies have the Magic as -2 favourites here on the road in Minnesota as they look to snap their three-game losing streak.

Orlando is a team that always makes me a little nervous on the road, but the trends suggest the Magic are a good bet following their very honourable three-point loss to the Heat on Thursday.

Steve Clifford’s side has covered in five of its last six games and 10 of their last 12 on the road in Minnesota. Perhaps more importantly though, the Magic have also gone 6-3 ATS as the away favourite this year.

Minnesota’s two-game winning streak means they should be full of confidence, but it’s worth noting those wins came against a tired Pelicans team and the Bulls at home. This is a much tougher task against a team looking to clinch the eighth seed in the East.

Tip: Back the Magic to Cover the Line (-2 Points) @ $1.90

Dallas Mavericks Vs Memphis Grizzlies

Saturday March 7th, 12:30pm, American Airlines Center

Luka Doncic and J.J. Barea are both questionable for the Mavs on Saturday, but I still like the look of them laying -8 at home.

This is a pretty crucial divisional game for both sides as they find themselves sitting seventh and eighth on the ladder. The Mavs do hold a 6.5 game advantage over the Grizzlies, but a win here could see them leapfrog the Thunder for fifth.

Dallas has been exceptional in division playing going 8-3 against the spread. They’ve also covered in two of their last three games against the Grizzlies and, for what it’s worth, six of their last nine played on Friday.

Sitting at an even .500, Memphis will know how important this game is to their playoff chances.

The bad news is, this is also the first game of a back-to-back with a rematch between Trae Young and Ja Morant scheduled on Sunday, so their minds could be elsewhere.

Tip: Back the Mavericks to Cover the Line (-8 Points) @ $1.90

Friday 6th March

Houston Rockets Vs Los Angeles Clippers

Friday March 6th, 12:00pm, Toyota Center

This is another one of those 50/50 primetime games where you could really argue for either side, but I’ll stick with the Rockets here at -1 as they look to bounce-back from Tuesday’s loss to the Knicks.

Houston has covered in three straight games against the Clippers, while they also won by nine-points against Los Angeles at home back in November.

There aren’t any big names on the injury report for either side at time of publish, so there’s no reason this game shouldn’t live up to the hype as a potential playoff preview.

The other point of good news is the Rockets come in off the back of two days’ rest. Houston has covered in six of their 10-games in this scenario, compared to a Clippers side that has played to a less than convincing 3-7 record straight-up as the away underdog.

It might also be worth looking ahead at the schedule if you aren’t fully convinced in the Rockets. The Clippers face the Lakers in afternoon game on Monday, so there’s every chance their mind might be elsewhere.

Tip: Back the Rockets to Cover the Line (+1 Point) @ $1.90

Sacramento Kings Vs Philadelphia 76ers

Friday March 6th, 2:00pm, Golden 1 Center

This is probably one to go easy on considering how fickle the Kings can be, but I still like them here at home in a game that holds plenty of importance for both teams.

Sacramento has suddenly burst into the playoff conversation with seven wins from their last 10-games to find themselves only 3.5 back from the Grizzlies. The Sixers, meanwhile, have slowly slid into the sixth seed due to the absence of Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid.

This West Coast swing has already been unkind for Philly losing to the Clippers and Lakers earlier in the week. Brett Brown’s side was competitive in both games, but the fact you have to rewind all the way back to 2015 to find their last win in Sacramento makes me a little nervous for this one.

Kings bettors should also feel pretty good knowing Sacramento has covered in three straight games against the Sixers. Throw in an impressive 6-1 record ATS in their last seven games overall, and it’s easy to see the Kings extending their winning streak to four.

Tip: Back the Kings to Cover the Line (-5 Points) @ $1.90

Thursday 5th March

Detroit Pistons Vs Oklahoma City Thunder

Thursday March 5th, 11:00am, Little Caesars Arena

The Thunder are getting -5.5 here and I think it’s a little on the generous side considering their 8-1 record against the spread this season in the second game of a back-to-back.

Oklahoma City received a harsh reality check yesterday losing by double-digits to the Clippers, but I’m tipping they won’t spend too long dwelling on their shortcomings as they look to kick off this three-game road trip on the right foot.

The Pistons, on the other hand, come into this one with only three wins from their last 10 home games. The Thunder are relatively healthy with no names on the injury report following Wednesday’s game, so they should bounce-back strongly in this one.

Tip: Back the Thunder to Cover the Line (-5.5 Points) @ $1.90

Milwaukee Bucks Vs Indiana Pacers

Thursday March 5th, 11:00am, Fiserv Forum

I spoke on Tuesday about the Bucks looking ahead to this game as a possible reason to back the Heat.

Not surprisingly, Miami won that game in blowout fashion, but Milwaukee does deserve your attention in this spot as they look to bounce-back as -11 favourites.

The Bucks have been a very strong betting play all season covering in six of their eight games following a previous loss. They’ve also won their last three home games against the Pacers by double-digits and covered in six of their last seven against Indiana at the Fiserv Forum.

Victor Oladipo is currently a game-time decision as he battles right knee soreness, while the only notable name on the Bucks’ injury report is George Hill.

With the Bucks returning home briefly ahead of their trip to LA on Saturday, they should sense the importance of a win here.

Tip: Back the Bucks to Cover the Line (-10.5 Points) @ $1.90

Minnesota Timberwolves Vs Chicago Bulls

Thursday March 5th, 12:00pm, Target Center

I like the look of the Bulls here on the road in Minnesota as they look to build on their upset win over the Mavericks at home on Tuesday.

Winning back-to-back games is something the Bulls have accomplished only three times all season, but considering Chicago took down a Western Conference contender with Zach LaVine out of the lineup two days ago, they should be up for the fight here against an understrength Wolves side.

To their credit, Minnesota also comes into this game having just pulled off an upset in New Orleans yesterday against the Pelicans. Unfortunately for Wolves fans however, Ryan Saunders’ side has managed to win only two of their eight games on no rest this season.

These two sides met earlier in January with the Bulls winning 117-110 in Chicago. That result actually holds some significance considering the Wolves are also 2-9 this season revenging a loss vs an opponent.

Tip: Back the Bulls to Cover the Line (+1.5 Points) @ $1.90

Wednesday 4th March

Boston Celtics Vs Brooklyn Nets

Wednesday March 4th, 11:30am, TD Garden

Boston fans have had this game circled on their calendar for a very long time, but unfortunately, they’ll need to direct their boos for Kyrie Irving elsewhere with the former Celtic out for the season following shoulder surgery.

Celtics fans will probably have other issues on their mind however following Sunday’s overtime loss to the Rockets. The loss snapped Boston’s eight-game unbeaten run at the Garden, but I still think there were plenty of positives to take away from the result.

Jaylen Brown’s game-tying shot with the clock running out really showed the character of this team with Kemba Waler on the sidelines. The good news is Walker is now set to return from his five-game absence on Wednesday, which only strengthens Boston’s case to bounce back.

The Celtics have simply been outstanding following a loss this season going 12-5 against the spread and 11-6 straight up. This also happens to be a divisional game for these two sides – a scenario that hasn’t favoured Brooklyn at all this season with only five wins from 14 games.

Last but not least, this is the first game of a back-to-back for the two sides with the Celtics facing the Cavs on Thursday and the Nets hosting the Grizzlies. Considering this is the fourth game in a row Brooklyn has played on the road, take Boston to win this convincingly.

Tip: Back the Celtics to Cover the Line (-6.0 Points) @ $1.90

New Orleans Pelicans Vs Minnesota Timberwolves

Wednesday March 4th, 12:00pm, Smoothie King Center

Nothing about the Wolves fills me with confidence right now, but I am willing to have a little something on them here sporting a double-digit spread.

This is the first game of a back-to-back for these two sides with the Wolves hosting the Bulls on Thursday and the Pelicans traveling to Dallas to face the Mavericks in primetime. You don’t have to be a genius to realize that New Orleans might be a little distracted with a pivotal Western Conference game only 24 hours later, especially considering that game will mark their third primetime slot in less than a week.

Looking ahead, this is also a very brief road spot for the Wolves before they return home to the Target Centre for a three-game stint. Karl-Anthony Towns’ absence has left Minnesota very short on scoring, but with a 7-3 record against the spread in their last 10-games against the Pelicans, I’m willing to take the Wolves to at least keep this game somewhat respectable.

Tip: Back the Timberwolves to Cover the Line (+11.5 Points) @ $1.90

Tuesday 3rd March

Miami Heat Vs Milwaukee Bucks

Tuesday March 3rd, 11:30am, American Airlines Arena

This could turn out to be a potential Eastern Conference Finals preview between the first and fourth seed.

On one hand, you have Milwaukee playing on no rest after beating the Hornets in Charlotte on Monday, and on the other, you have a Miami side sporting a 25-4 record at home laying +4.5 as the underdog.

The Bucks have been a near-perfect 7-1 against the spread in the second game of a back-to-back, but I’m willing to go the opposite way here and back the Heat with a little insurance on offer.

Firstly, the Heat are 19-9-1 against the spread with home-court advantage and 2-1 as the home underdog. Perhaps more importantly though, Miami has covered in seven of its last 10 games against the Bucks – including a five-point win in Milwaukee back in October.

This is also a bit of a look-ahead spot for Milwaukee as they prepare to face the Pacers at home on Thursday and the Lakers in LA on Saturday. All in all, I think the well-rested Heat are good value.

Tip: Back the Heat to Cover the Line (+4.5 Points) @ $1.90

San Antonio Spurs Vs Indiana Pacers

Tuesday March 3rd, 12:30am, AT&T Center

Three wins from their last 10 games has the Spurs in a real jam as they continue to slide down the standings.

San Antonio is playing its final game of a three-game home stand laying +2.5 here, but the Pacers represent the value as the more in-form side.

Indiana has won three games on the trot over the Hornets, Blazers and Cavs respectively, and while none of those victories are anything to get too excited about, the Pacers do have a few trends working in their favour here.

For one, LaMarcus Aldridge has been ruled out for the Spurs, again leaving them short on their second-highest points scorer. San Antonio is 3-3 this season without Aldridge in the lineup, making life even tougher for head coach Gregg Popovich.

The Pacers have also covered in three of their last four games against the Spurs and, perhaps more impressively, are 5-1 ATS in their last six games played in San Antonio. Considering this is the first of a back-to-back for the Spurs, take Indiana to extend their winning streak to four.

Tip: Back the Pacers to Cover the Line (-2.5 Points) @ $1.93

Monday 2nd March

New Orleans Pelicans Vs Los Angeles Lakers

Monday March 2nd, 12:00pm, Smoothie King Arena

LeBron James put up 40-points on the Pelicans when these two sides met last Wednesday, so I’m willing to back the Lakers in this spot to lay down another beatdown.

This will be the second game of a back-to-back for Los Angeles, which spells good news considering they’ve gone 6-1 against the spread on no rest. The Pelicans, meanwhile, come in having won only five of their last 10 home games.

Zion Williamson gave the Lakers plenty of trouble last week, so it remains to be seen how Los Angeles guards him a second time around. Either way, the Lakers will be know if they win this game on the road they have a lengthy six-game home stand to look forward to, so they shouldn’t be short on motivation.

Tip: Back the Lakers to Cover the Line (+1.5 Points) @ $1.90

Sunday 1st March

Memphis Grizzlies Vs Los Angeles Lakers

Sunday March 1st, 12:00pm, FedEx Forum

This is the first game of a back-to-back for the Lakers, so I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if they overlook the Grizzlies with another primetime showdown against Zion Williamson and the Pelicans ahead on Monday.

Memphis is getting +6.5 here, and as most people already know, the Grizzlies have been an outstanding betting play going 17-12 against the spread at the Forum this season.

The Lakers can afford to drop a game sitting 5.5 games above the Nuggets, so with LeBron James nursing a sore groin, I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if Frank Vogel gives him a night off or seriously limits his minutes.

Also on the injury report for the Lakers are Anthony Davis and Danny Green, while the Grizzlies come in relatively healthy. The last two games between these two sides in Memphis have been decided by five-points or less, so the +6.5 looks pretty generous.

Tip: Back the Grizzlies to Cover the Line (+6.5 Points) @ $1.90

Boston Celtics Vs Houston Rockets

Sunday March 2nd 12:30pm, TD Garden

This is another one of those scenarios where you could argue the Rockets deserve to be favourites, but with this game being played in Boston, I have to take the -1.5 about the Celtics.

The Rockets have won five straight games coming in and will certainly hold fond memories of the TD Garden after beating Boston at home this time last year. On the flip side though, the Celtics come in fresh from a very impressive four-game road trip that saw them earn wins over the Wolves, Blazers and Jazz, with an honourable two-point loss to the Lakers thrown in between.

Boston has already ruled out Kemba Walker for this game due to a knee injury, but that shouldn’t worry Celtics fans considering Jayson Tatum’s amazing form of late.

Both teams also come in sporting two days rest, which also works in Boston’s favour considering they’ve gone 5-2-1 against the spread in this scenario.

The Celtics have played to a 16-8 record ATS in non-conference play this year and are also a perfect 5-0 in their last five games against a Western Conference opponent. This should be a playoff like atmosphere in Boston and I expect Brad Stevens’ side to get the job done.

Tip: Back the Celtics to Cover the Line (-1.5 Points) @ $1.90

Saturday 29th February

Atlanta Hawks Vs Brooklyn Nets

Saturday February 29th, 11:30am, State Farm Arena

The Nets might standout a little here laying -2 on the road, but I do think this is another one of those scenarios where you’ll find the bookies have it right.

For starters, Brooklyn is 8-2 against the spread vs the Hawks over the last three seasons while they’ve also covered in seven of their last eight games played in Atlanta.

Both teams come into this game fresh from a loss, but it’s the Hawks who have a lot more to worry about with Trae Young questionable due to illness. DeAndre Bembry and Damian Jones are also on the injury list for Atlanta, so stick with Brooklyn to pick up a much-needed win with the Magic breathing down their neck.

Tip: Back the Nets to Cover the Line (-2.0 Points) @ $1.90

Memphis Grizzlies Vs Sacramento Kings

Saturday February 29th, 12:00pm, FedEx Forum

The Kings represent enormous value here on the road in the second game of a back-to-back.

Sacramento fell four points shy against the Thunder on Friday, but their 6-2 record against the spread on no rest suggests they should be able to keep this game somewhat close.

Memphis has been one of the toughest teams to face at home twinning nine of their last 10, so I’m certainly not confident in the Kings actually winning outright. That said, Sacramento has covered in four of its last five and six of its last eight on the road, making the +4 about the Kings seem a little on the generous side.

Tip: Back the Kings to Cover the Line (+4 Points) @ $1.90

Friday 28th February

Philadelphia 76ers Vs New York Knicks

Friday February 28th, 11:00am, Wells Fargo Center

I don’t mind the look of the Knicks in this spot as they head to Philly to play the second game of a back-to-back.

New York failed to fire on Thursday losing by six-points to the Hornets, but Mike Miller’s team has typically proven to be a handful against Philly this year losing by six points or less in all three of their meetings.

The Sixers are also playing the second game of a back-to-back here after losing in more ways than one to the Cavs yesterday. Joel Embiid suffered a shoulder injury early in the first quarter and has already been ruled out for this game as he undergoes an MRI.

Also working in the Knicks favour here is their outstanding 9-3 record against the spread in division play. Throw in a 4-1 record ATS in their last five games against Philly, and you have the makings for a very valuable bet.

Tip: Back the Knicks to Cover the Line

Oklahoma City Thunder Vs Sacramento Kings

Friday February 28th, 12:00pm, Chesapeake Energy Arena

It’s slim pickings on Friday with only four games to choose from, but it might be worth having something small on the Thunder here at home.

Sacramento comes in riding a three-game winning streak with victories over the Grizzlies, Clippers and Warriors, but this shapes up as a rough look-ahead spot for Luke Walton’s side.

This is the first game of a back-to-back for the Kings with a trip to Memphis ahead on Saturday, so I’m tipping they might be a little distracted considering they are now three games into their road trip.

The Thunder will also have a bit of a point to prove here at home after squeaking out a less than convincing overtime win against the Bulls on Wednesday. The good news is OKC has covered in 11 of their last 16 games overall, while they’ve also gone 4-1 straight-up against opponents from the Pacific Division.

Tip: Back the Thunder to Cover the Line (-6.5 Points) @ $1.87

Thursday 27th February

Charlotte Hornets Vs New York Knicks

Thursday February 27th, 11:00am, Spectrum Center

The Hornets look a real chance here at home laying +1 against the Knicks.

This is the second game of a back-to-back for Charlotte, and while there wasn’t a whole lot to like during Wednesday’s 39-point loss to the Pacers, I feel like the Hornets will recognise the importance of this game knowing they face the Raptors, Bucks, Spurs, Nuggets and Rockets all in the coming week.

James Borrego’s side has been one of the more profitable betting plays in this scenario going 7-3 against the spread. Charlotte will also feel pretty good about themselves knowing Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina is doubtful to play with a groin injury.

As much as this is a favourable spot for the Hornets, it’s also a tough one for New York. This is the first game of a back-to-back for the Knicks with a trip to Philly looming on Friday, so I expect them to be a little distracted here.

Last but not least, the Knicks haven’t won in Charlotte since December 2018, which explains the Hornets’ 6-3 record against New York in their last nine meetings. All things considered, take Charlotte to give their home fans something to get excited about.

Tip: Back the Hornets to Cover the Line (+1.5 Point) @ $1.90

San Antonio Spurs Vs Dallas Mavericks

Thursday February 27th, 12:30pm, AT&T Center

Apologies to Spurs fans, but everything lines up for a big Mavericks victory here.

Dallas is laying -5.5 on the road in San Antonio hoping to build on Tuesday’s blowout victory over the Timberwolves.

The Mavs have covered in seven of their last 10-games against the Spurs, but what really stands out to me is their impressive 7-2 mark ATS in division play.

San Antonio will also go without LaMarcus Aldridge for this game, leaving them without their second-highest scorer as well as their most dominant rebounder. The Spurs are 2-2 without Aldridge in the lineup this year, which spells trouble against a Dallas side that has won six of its last 10 games on the road.

Luka Doncic says he’s still far from 100%, but considering the Mavericks are a perfect 6-0 ATS in their last six games on the road in San Antonio, this looks too good to pass up.

Tip: Back the Mavericks to Cover the Line (-5.0 Points) @ $1.91

Wednesday 26th February

Toronto Raptors Vs Milwaukee Bucks

Wednesday February 26th, 11:30am, Scotiabank Arena

You might look at this game and wonder how the Bucks – fresh from an overtime win against the lowly Wizards on Tuesday – are favoured by -1.5 in Toronto.

Often the bookies get these kinds of games right though, so I’m willing to back Milwaukee and their highly impressive 6-1 record against the spread when playing on no rest to do the talking.

There’s no getting around the fact the Bucks were awful in the second half against Washington, but I do think it was partly because their minds were on this quick trip north to Toronto.

The Raptors are also without Marc Gasol and Norman Powell for this game, leaving them short two key bench players against a relatively healthy Milwaukee side. With the Bucks having already clinched a playoff berth, they should have a real point to prove now against the second seed Raptors.

Tip: Back the Bucks to Cover the Line (-1.5 Points) @ $1.90

Portland Trail Blazers Vs Boston Celtics

Wednesday February 26th, 2:00pm, Moda Center

I thought the Celtics showed some real balls on Monday in their two-point loss to the Lakers at Staples.

Boston came very close to pulling off an upset with Kemba Walker missing from the lineup, a true testament to the coaching ability of Brad Stevens as well as the genuine talent Jayson Tatum possesses.

The Celtics will now have a chance to atone for that loss, and although Kemba will be missing again on Wednesday, I think Boston are good money laying -5 with Damian Lillard also missing for the Blazers.

The Celtics have covered in six of their last nine games against an opponent in the Northwest Division. They are also 14-8 in non-conference games, and perhaps most importantly, 11-5 following a previous loss.

Tip: Back the Celtics to Cover the Line (-5.0 Points) @ $1.90

Golden State Warriors Vs Sacramento Kings

Wednesday February 26th, 2:30pm, Golden 1 Center

There’s no side in the NBA that makes me more nervous than the Kings, but this is a spot I feel pretty confident about.

Sacramento is -5.0 against Golden State on the road in a game they simply need to have if they are going to make some kind of miraculous push for the eighth seed.

The good news is the Kings are a perfect 6-0 against the spread in their last six road games against Golden State, while Luke Walton’s side has also gone 7-4 ATS in division games this season.

There hasn’t been a whole lot to like about the Dubs ever since the D’Angelo Williams and Andrew Wiggins swap. Golden State has won only once in their last 10 home games and are also sporting a six-game losing streak.

With Wiggins battling a leg contusion and Draymond Green also questionable to play with a pelvis injury, the Kings look a good play.

Tip: Back the Kings to Cover the Line (-5.0 Points) @ $1.90

Tuesday 25th February

Philadelphia 76ers Vs Atlanta Hawks

Tuesday February 25th, 11:00am, Wells Fargo Center

The Hawks have proven themselves to be a handful since the beginning of the month, so I think they present well laying +8.5 in Philadelphia.

Atlanta is riding the coattails of back-to-back wins over the Heat and Mavericks at home, and although the Sixers have looked almost unbeatable at home this year, I do think they look a little low on confidence following an overtime win over the Nets and a blowout loss to the Bucks last week.

Ben Simmons won’t suit up for this game and his timetable to return from a back injury is still up in the air.

The Hawks, meanwhile, come in relatively healthy boasting a convincing 6-3 record against the spread in their last nine games against the Sixers.

Like I said, winning in Philly is always tough, but the Hawks have typically found a way to keep things close covering in eight of their last 11 visits.

Tip: Back the Hawks to Cover the Line (+8.5 Points) @ $1.90

Washington Wizards Vs Milwaukee Bucks

Tuesday February 25th, 11:00am, Capital One Arena

This one could backfire, but all the trends suggest the Wizards are a good bet hosting the Bucks.

Milwaukee comes in with eight wins from their last 10-games, but there’s something to be said for Washington playing on no rest.

The Wizards have been a near-perfect betting play in the second game of a back-to-back covering in six of their seven games this season.

Washington is also 8-4 against the spread in their last 12 games at home, and for what it’s worth, 6-1 in their last seven played on a Monday.

Milwaukee is obviously the team to beat in the East, but they will play this game without Brook Lopez. Considering the double-digit line and home court advantage, it’s worth having something small on the Wizards to keep this close.

Tip: Back the Wizards to Cover the Line (+13 Points) @ $1.90

Monday 24th February

Chicago Bulls Vs Washington Wizards

Monday February 24th, 11:00am, United Center

Backing the Bulls has been extremely difficult over the last few weeks as Jim Boylen’s injury depleted side continues to find new ways to either blow a handy lead or not show up at all.

I wouldn’t blame you for not feeling overly confident in Chicago, but the Bulls do present as a fairly decent head-to-head bet on Monday if you can get them at a decent price.

Chicago is playing the second game of a back-to-back here after hosting the Suns on Sunday. Like it or not, the Bulls are still in the race for the eighth seed in the East with time quickly running out – so Chicago will sense the importance of this three-game home stand.

The Bulls have also played to a very respectable 6-2 record straight-up when playing on no rest this year, while the Wizards, on the other hand, have won only three of their last 10-games on the road.

Tip: Back the Bulls to Win @ $2.10

Sunday 23rd February

Miami Heat Vs Cleveland Cavaliers

Sunday February 23rd, 12:00pm, American Airlines Arena

There is currently no line set for this game at time of publish, but it’s safe to say it will be somewhere firmly in the double-digit range.

With that in mind, I can’t go past the Heat here as they look to improve on their league best 17-7-1 mark against the spread at home.

Erik Spoelstra’s side pounded the Cavs 124-100 when they met in Miami back in November and they’ve not surprisingly covered the spread in all of their last three games against Cleveland.

This is also the second game of a back-to-back for the Cavs after playing the Wizards in DC yesterday. Considering the travel, as well as Cleveland’s shocking 3-6 when playing on no rest, this one seems like a no-brainer.

Tip: Back the Heat to Cover the Line (-13 Points) @ $1.90

Utah Jazz Vs Houston Rockets

Sunday February 23rd, 1:00pm, Vivint Smart Home Arena

I like the Rockets with a little +2.5 insurance here as they prepare for a massive Western Conference game against the Jazz.

It’s typically pretty fiery when these two teams get together, especially with Russell Westbrook’s recent history against the Jazz fans in Utah. Therefore, I fully expect Houston to be highly motivated for this one as they look to slice the deficit between themselves and the Jazz to only one game in the standings.

Mike D’Antoni’s side won 126-117 when these two met in Utah back in January, and that was without Westbrook and James Harden in the lineup.

The Rockets are also 6-3 against the spread as the away underdog this year, while the Jazz are playing the second game of a back-to-back after facing the Spurs yesterday.

Houston, on the other hand, comes in having just beaten the Warriors by 30-points on Friday, so it’s worth backing them to give the Jazz all they can handle.

Tip: Back the Rockets to Cover the Line (+2.5 Points) @ $1.90

Saturday 22nd February

New York Knicks Vs Indiana Pacers

Saturday February 22nd, 11:30am, Madison Square Garden

Spread bettors will be hoping the Knicks can keep up their strong pre-All-Star Game form when they host the Pacers on Saturday.

New York closed out the first half of the season with a 4-1-1 record against the spread in their final six games and they should feel pretty good about facing a Pacers team that has won only three of their last 10 games.

Elfrid Payton is the only name of note on the injury report for New York, meaning they should field a nearly full-strength side. The Knicks lost by only a point when these two sides met at the Garden back in December and have also covered in their last three games against the Pacers, so I like the +5.5 insurance here.

Tip: Back the Knicks to Cover the Line (+5.5 Points) @ $1.93

Minnesota Timberwolves Vs Boston Celtics

Saturday February 22nd, 12:00pm, Target Center

I like the Celtics in this spot as they look to kick off their four-game road trip with a win in Minnesota.

The -6.5 line might seem a little long, but you have to factor in Karl-Anthony Towns’ absence. Minnesota is 6-12 this season without KAT in the lineup, and although the addition of D’Angelo Russell should keep them competitive, there are a handful of stats working in Boston’s favour.

Brad Stevens’ side has won its last three games in Minnesota with their last loss at the Target Center coming all the way back in 2016. Boston is also 8-2 against the spread in their last 10-games against the Wolves and 6-0 in their last six.

With a trip to the Staples Center to face the Lakers on Monday followed by a visit to Portland and Utah, the Celtics will sense the importance of a win against a much weaker opponent and I fully expect the scoreline to reflect that.

Tip: Back the Celtics to Cover the Line (-6.5 Points) @ $1.92

Friday 21st February

Detroit Pistons Vs Milwaukee Bucks

Friday February 21st, 11:00am, Little Caesars Palace

The 13-point line probably says it all, but this really isn’t a good spot for the Pistons.

Detroit opens the second of their season at home to the Bucks on Friday looking to snap a four-game losing streak. The final few months of the season should be pretty bleak for the Pistons after trading away Andre Drummond at the deadline, and although these double-digit spreads can sometimes appear a little daunting, I fully expect the Bucks to dominate.

Milwaukee is building on another handy three-game winning streak with eight wins from their last 10 road games. Mike Budenholzer will also welcome back Giannis Antetokounmpo into the lineup after missing Milwaukee’s last two games against the Kings and Pacers due to the birth of his child.

The Bucks have covered in nine of their last 10-games against the Pistons and are also 14-9 against the spread as the away favourite this year. With Giannis well-rested, I’d be very surprised if this is anything less than a Bucks blowout.

Tip: Back the Bucks to Cover the Line (-13 Points) @ $1.90

Chicago Bulls Vs Charlotte Hornets

Friday February 21st, 12:00pm, United Center

The Hornets are laying +5.5 in Chicago, which looks good value considering there isn’t as much between these two sides as the market suggests.

Charlotte closed out the first half of the season winning back-to-back games over the Pistons and Timberwolves, and it’s fair to say the Bulls fall into the same category in terms of class.

Chicago is still in the conversation for the eighth seed in the East, but their current six-game losing streak has made life tough. There’s also bad news on the injury front regarding Kris Dunn, Otto Porter, Wendell Carter Jr and Denzel Valentine – all of whom have bene ruled out for this game.

The Hornets are 13-3 against the spread in their last 16 games against Central Division opponents and 6-4 against the spread in their last 10-games against the Bulls. All things considered; this line seems very generous.

Tip: Back the Hornets to Cover the Line (+5.5 Points) @ $1.90

Friday 14th February

New Orleans Pelicans Vs Oklahoma City Thunder

Friday February 14th, 12:00pm, Smoothie King Center

OKC lost by eight to the Spurs on Wednesday, and as a result the bookies are laying the Thunder +2 against the Pelicans.

The Thunder have covered in 12 of their 21 games after a loss this season, but the trend really worth paying attention to is their 17-4 mark as the away underdog.

Zion Williamson has played as advertised scoring 20-points in five consecutive games, but I do think there is a bit of a talent gap between these two sides. The Thunder have won three straight over the Pelicans and are also 9-1 in their last 10 road games, so back OKC to at least keep this close.

Tip: Back the Thunder to Cover the Line (+3.5 Points) @ $1.90

Thursday 13th February

Indiana Pacers Vs Milwaukee Bucks

Thursday February 13th, 11:30am, Bankers Life Fieldhouse

The Bucks are without Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kyle Korver and George Hill for this game, but I’m still willing to back them to cover as underdogs.

Milwaukee showed it isn’t just a one-man band on Tuesday beating the Kings by double-digits with Giannis missing. You might be surprised to learn the Bucks are a perfect 4-0 this season without the Greek Freak, while the Bucks are also 1-0 against the spread as the away underdog.

Indiana has been awful over the last fortnight losing six straight to the Knicks, Mavs, Raptors (twice), Pelicans and Nets. The Pacers are in real danger of falling away in the East, while Victor Oladipo’s struggles aren’t helping matters.

In case you need further convincing though, the Bucks are 8-3 against the spread vs division opponents this year. With the pressure on the Pacers to perform at home, I like Milwaukee to make things even more difficult.

Tip: Back the Bucks to Cover the Line (+1.5 Points) @ $1.90

New York Knicks Vs Washington Wizards

Thursday February 13th, 11:30am, Madison Square Garden

The Wizards head to the Big Apple as +2.5 underdogs on Thursday only 24 hours on from their 12-point win against the Bulls.

Washington has quietly won five of their last 10-games right in time for the All-Star break, and I do like them in this spot against a Knicks team playing on two days rest.

New York have been money recently winning four of their last five, but a recent illness has swept through the locker room leaving a handful of Michael Miller’s key bench players listed as questionable on the injury report.

The Wizards, meanwhile, have typically been a more efficient team playing on no rest than they have been with a day in between games. Washington is averaging 119 points in the second game of a back-to-back, while they also hold a very convincing 5-1 record against the spread in this scenario.

Last but not least, the Wizards are 10-5 against the spread in the last 15 games against New York. This should be a close game, but I like Washington with some insurance.

Tip: Back the Wizards to Cover the Line (+3.0 Points) @ $1.93

Wednesday 12th February

Washington Wizards Vs Chicago Bulls

Wednesday February 12th, 11:00am, Capital One Arena

The Bulls find themselves sitting 10th in the Eastern Conference ahead of All-Star weekend, putting them in prime position to make a late playoff run in the second half of the season.

Games like this one against the Wizards have often been Chicago’s downfall, but I can’t understand why the Bulls are over the $2.00 mark straight up.

Jim Boylen’s side has lost five straight games ahead of their trip to Washington, but the Bulls have been a steady team to bet on as the away underdog against the spread. So far Chicago is 11-8-1 in this scenario, while they’ve also covered the spread in their last three games against Washington.

If you’re game, you could take the Bulls head-to-head, but it might be worth taking the insurance the +2.5 line has to offer. The good news is Zach LaVine is back in the lineup after suffering neck spasms, so I fully expect the Bulls to put in a competitive performance.

Tip: Back the Bulls to Cover the Line (+3.5 Points) @ $1.90

Houston Rockets Vs Boston Celtics

Wednesday February 12th, 1:30pm, Toyota Center

The Celtics have been a consistent bet in this spot as the away underdog and I’m happy to back them sporting +2.5 on the road in Houston.

Boston came through with the goods on Monday in a huge one-point win over the Thunder. There have been some injury concerns for Brad Stevens heading into Wednesday’s game, but it appears Jaylen Brown and Gordon Hayward are good to go.

The Rockets, on the other hand, have been a nervous play recently losing back-to-back games to the Suns and Jazz. Eric Gordon is also listed as out for this game with a bruised shin, leaving the unpredictable duo of James Harden and Russell Westbrook in charge of the scoring.

Going back to my original point, the Celtics are 8-3 as the away underdog against the spread this year and 11-7 in non-conference games. With Boston’s winning streak building, don’t be surprised if they extend it to seven.

Tip: Back the Celtics to Cover the Line (+2.5 Points) @ $1.90

Tuesday 11th February

Detroit Pistons Vs Charlotte Hornets

Tuesday February 11th, 11:00am, Little Caesars Arena

The Hornets are in the midst of a five-game losing streak, but I’m still willing to back Charlotte laying +3.5 in Detroit.

There isn’t as much between these two as the market suggests, and the Hornets certainly have a strong track record against the Pistons that makes me think this could be close.

In their last 10 meetings against Detroit, Charlotte has covered the spread eight times and gone 9-1 straight up. The Pistons are also likely to go without Derrick Rose and Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, leaving them short two key bench players against a fairly healthy Hornets side.

Tip: Back the Hornets to Cover the Line (+3.5 Points) @ $1.90

Los Angeles Lakers Vs Phoenix Suns

Tuesday February 11th, 2:30pm, Staples Center

The Suns were a little frisky on Saturday handing the Rockets a 36-point loss.

Sometimes Phoenix can be a great upset bet, but I don’t expect any kind of magic to happen here in LA.

The Lakers come into this game relatively healthy and well-rested following a five-point win over the Warriors on Sunday. Los Angeles has endured a few hiccups at home recently, but even with the line at -12, the Lakers still look the goods with a few trends working in their favour.

Frank Vogel’s side is 7-3 against the spread in their last 10 games against the Suns and 8-2 straight up. You have to rewind all the way back to 2017 to find Phoenix’s last win in LA, while DeAndre Ayton’s ankle injury could also make life tough on Tuesday.

Tip: Back the Lakers to Cover the Line (-12 Points) @ $1.90

Monday 10th February

Oklahoma City Thunder Vs Boston Celtics

Monday February 10th, 7:30am, Chesapeake Energy Arena

Monday’s seven game slate is very tough to pick, so I’m happy to keep it simple and back the Celtics on the road.

Currently there’s no line set at time of publish, but I do expect it to be somewhere around 1.5-points given the winning form these sides are in.

On one hand, the Thunder sport a 16-10 record at home, while the Celtics are 14-10 on the road.

The one difference that separates these two teams in terms of trends is Boston’s four-game winning streak against the Thunder. Brad Stevens’ side won has also won three of its last five trips to Oklahoma City and six of their last 10 road games, a record that suits them well heading into this two-game road trip.

Tip: Back the Celtics to Cover the Line (+1 Point) @ $1.90

Sunday 9th February

Detroit Pistons Vs New York Knicks

Sunday February 9th, 11:00am, Little Caesars Arena

Detroit has been a terrible team in the second game of a back-to-back this year winning only one of their eight games.

The Knicks are the early outsiders at +1.5, a line that looks very generous considering the Pistons are now scraping the bottom of the talent barrel following the trade of Andre Drummond.

New York has also found some form following last weeks chants at the Garden to sell the team. The Knicks have won three games on the trot against the Pacers, Cavs and Magic, largely due to the exciting play of Julius Randle.

The Knicks will be without Marcus Morris after his trade to the Clippers, but I’m still willing to back them on the road. New York is 8-2 against the spread in their last 10-games, a trend that has proved very profitable over the last fortnight.

Tip: Back the Knicks to Cover the Line (+1.5 Points) @ $1.90

Sacramento Kings Vs San Antonio Spurs

Sunday February 9th, 2:00pm, Golden 1 Center

Sacramento hasn’t been the kindest place to the Spurs in recent years, which makes me think the +2.5 about the Kings is a good bet.

San Antonio hasn’t won on the road against the Kings since January 2018, while their recent 4-6 away from home also leaves a lot to be desired.

The Kings are playing on short rest here after hosting the Heat on Saturday. Sacramento continues to frustrate fans and punters alike with their inconsistent play, but the Kings have been a steady bet against the spread in the second game of a back-to-back.

Sacramento has covered in five of their seven games in this situation and are also a perfect 3-0 against the spread in their last three games against the Spurs. All the trends point in the Kings’ favour here, so I’m happy to take the line with a little insurance.

Tip: Back the Kings to Cover the Line (+2.5 Points) @ $1.90

Saturday 8th February

Boston Celtics Vs Atlanta Hawks

Saturday February 8th, 11:30am, TD Garden

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – successful NBA betting is all about riding the hot hand.

The Celtics are exactly that having won five games in a row ahead of Saturday’s tilt with the Hawks. During that time Brad Stevens’ side is 5-0 against the spread, making the -9 on the Celtics a worthwhile play.

Behind a 16-9-1 record, Boston has been the second-best team to back at home against the spread. The Celtics have also been the second-best team to back following a day off, going 21-11-1.

Atlanta has lost six straight games to Boston dating back to 2018 – which was also the last time they won in Boston. Trae Young and Jeff Teague are both battling minor injuries, while coach Lloyd Pierce will also be short on a handful of key bench players like DeAndre Bembry and Cam Reddish.

The Celtics haven’t lost at the Garden since January 18, so all in all, take Boston to win comfortably.

Tip: Back the Celtics to Cover the Line (-9 Points) @ $1.90

Sacramento Kings Vs Miami Heat

Saturday February 8th, 2:00pm, Golden 1 Center

You’d do well to jump on the Kings as early as possible here with Jimmy Butler looking doubtful to play with a right shoulder strain.

Sacramento is laying +1.5 at home against a Heat team currently below .500 on the road.

Miami kicked off their West Coast swing with a double-digit loss to the Clippers on Thursday, and while I don’t expect this game to be quite so one-sided, there is every chance the Kings keep this close.

The last time the Heat won in Sacramento was all the way back in 2017, and since then, the Kings have covered the spread in two of their last three games against Miami.

Kings fans can also rest easy knowing the injury report is free from any big names for a change. With Butler doubtful and Tyler Herro also ruled out with right ankle soreness, I’ll take Sacramento.

Tip: Back the Kings to Cover the Line (+1.5 Points) @ $1.90

Friday 7th February

New York Knicks Vs Orlando Magic

Friday February 7th, 11:30pm, Madison Square Garden

The Magic have been dreadful in the second game of a back-to-back this year, which makes me think the Knicks are a worthwhile bet laying +3.0 at home.

Orlando put up a fight on Thursday against the Celtics in Boston before going on to lose by 16-points. Steve Clifford’s side has played to a 1-7 record on no rest this year, while their 2-4-2 record against the spread isn’t much better either.

New York has been quite the opposite (at least recently) going 7-2 against the spread in their last nine games. RJ Barrett is again questionable to play with a right ankle injury, but with the Knicks having won three straight, it’s worth taking them to at least keep this close.

Tip: Back the Knicks to Cover the Line (+3 Points) @ $1.90

Milwaukee Bucks Vs Philadelphia 76ers

Friday February 7th, 12:00pm, Fiserv Forum

I touched on this game a little more in my Primetime Preview, but in case you missed it, the Bucks look good money here laying -9 at home.

The Sixers are in shambles after losing three straight blowouts to the Hawks, Celtics and Heat respectively. Philly is struggling to find any chemistry on the court, while a lack of perimeter shooting is also starting to cost Brett Brown’s side against opponents they should be beating.

From a betting perspective, the Bucks have been money against opponents from the Atlantic Division going 5-2 against the spread. In case you hadn’t already heard, Milwaukee is also a near-perfect 23-3 at home, making this a very safe play.

Tip: Back the Bucks to Cover the Line (-9 Points) @ $1.90

Thursday 6th February

Detroit Pistons Vs Phoenix Suns

Thursday February 6th, 11:00am, Little Caesars Arena

The Suns are looking to snap their three-game skid on Thursday against the Pistons in a game between the two 11 seeds in each conference.

Detroit have been one of the toughest teams to watch over the last two weeks winning only three of their last 10-games. That being said, the Pistons do hold a perfect 8-0 record against the spread over the last five seasons vs Phoenix, making the +2.5 about Detroit very enticing.

The Suns haven’t won in the Motor City since 2014 and are also playing their third consecutive game on the road. The Pistons, meanwhile, handed the Nuggets a five-point loss on Monday, so it’s worth backing them to at least put up a fight in this one.

Tip: Back the Pistons to Cover the Line (+3.0 Points) @ $1.90

Brooklyn Nets Vs Golden State Warriors

Thursday February 6th, 11:30am, Barclays Center

D’Angelo Russell has been a hot trade topic this week, but there’s only one thing that will be on his mind here: beating his former team.

Russell returns to the Barclays Center for the first time since being traded to the Nets in the Kevin Durant package last offseason. Considering the Warriors are also riding a two-game winning streak, I think the +8.0 about Golden State is more than worth backing.

The Warriors have won twice already during this four-game road trip with wins over the Cavaliers and Wizards. Brooklyn has gone 5-5 in their last 10 home games, but there are a number of other trends worth paying attention to.

Golden State is 4-0 straight-up over the Nets dating back to 2017. All of those wins came during the glory years, but the Warriors are 6-3 against the spread in their last nine games.

With Russell’s return being the motivating factor and the Nets again playing without Kyrie Irving, take the Warriors to keep this close.

Tip: Back the Warriors to Cover the Line (+8.0 Points) @ $1.90

Wednesday 5th February

New Orleans Pelicans Vs Milwaukee Bucks

Wednesday February 5th, 11:30am, Smoothie King Center

The Bucks have lost only twice since the beginning of the New Year, but I’m still willing to back the Pelicans laying +6 at home.

Milwaukee is arguably the best team in the league right now, but even the best of the best have their weak points.

The Bucks spend a lot of time defending the paint, which often leaves them vulnerable on the perimeter against good three-point shooting teams. The Nuggets managed to exploit that weakness on Saturday in their 13-point win, and I fully expect New Orleans to do the same.

The Pelicans rank fourth in three-point shooting percentage this year, while Alvin Gentry’s team can also hold their own in the paint now that Zion Williamson is in the lineup.

Finally, New Orleans has quietly been one of the best betting plays as the away underdog this year going 7-3 against the spread. All things considered; this could be a memorable night for the Pels.

Tip: Back the Pelicans to Cover the Line (+6 Points) @ $1.92

Houston Rockets Vs Charlotte Hornets

Wednesday February 5th, 12:00pm, Toyota Center

The Hornets head to Houston on Wednesday looking to not only undo their three-game losing streak, but also 16 seasons worth of bad juju.

Charlotte hasn’t won in Houston since 2004, making this road trip even more daunting following Tuesday’s 12-point loss at home to the Magic.

The Rockets are laying -13.5 here, and while that might seem a little generous for a team that consistently finds new ways to either 1. blow a lead or, 2. not show up at all, I’m still willing to back Houston to win this game comfortably.

Russell Westbrook has been ruled out for this game due to a mysterious left thumb injury, but that might actually work out in Houston’s favour. Recently the Harden-Westbrook chemistry just hasn’t been there, so with Russ out of the picture, don’t be surprised if we get the very best of ‘The Beard’.

Harden has averaged 25.9 points in 14 starts against Charlotte, while the Rockets are also an impressive 19-4 against the spread in their last 23 games in the month of February.

Tip: Back the Rockets to Cover the Line (-13.5 Points) @ $1.92

Los Angeles Lakers Vs San Antonio Spurs

Wednesday February 5th, 2:00pm, Staples Center

I gave a detailed analysis of this game in my Primetime Preview, but here’s the shorter version.

The Spurs come into this game on no rest after going toe-to-toe with the Clippers last night. From a betting perspective, this is good news considering Gregg Popovich’s side is 4-1 against the spread on no rest this season.

Los Angeles obviously has a lot going on emotionally, and as we saw on Saturday against the Blazers, these double-digit lines are a little ambitious right now.

The Lakers have handed the Spurs a pair of losses already this season, but San Antonio typically hasn’t wasted any time when it comes to revenge. Over the last two seasons Popovich’s side is 42-16 against the spread when it comes to revenging a loss against an opponent, so take the Spurs to keep this close.

Tip: Back the Spurs to Cover the Line (+11.5 Points) @ $1.90

Tuesday 4th February

Cleveland Cavaliers Vs New York Knicks

Tuesday February 4th, 11:00am, Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse

The Knicks head to Cleveland on Tuesday hoping to pick up where they left off in Sunday’s 13-point upset over the Pacers.

New York is laying only +1.5 here, which stands out as a serious value play considering the Cavs are riding a three-game losing streak.

No one would blame you for feeling a little unsure of this bottom cellar Eastern Conference clash, but the Knicks do have a few trends in favour that might make you think otherwise.

The Knicks have been a quietly strong betting play this year with a day off in between games, covering in 20 of their 33 games so far. New York is also 6-2 against the spread in their last games and 4-2 in their last six played during February, so take the Knicks to win (or at least come close).

Tip: Back the Knicks to Cover the Line (+1 Point) @ $1.90

Indiana Pacers Vs Dallas Mavericks

Tuesday February 4th, 11:00am, Bankers Life Fieldhouse

You’d do well to play on the Pacers here as they look to bounce-back from a blowout loss to the Knicks.

Indiana managed only 85 points against New York in a night they’d probably rather forget. But when I look back at the box score, it’s hard to say the Pacers did a whole lot wrong.

Victor Oladipo had an off night going just 2-from-14 from the field. Malcolm Brogdon was also quiet with only eight points and seven rebounds, meaning Sunday’s loss was simply a case of bad luck.

The good news is the Pacers are 10-7 against the spread this year following a previous loss and 4-1 in their last five home games against the Mavericks.

Dallas now prepares for its third consecutive game without Luka Doncic, who will occupy the sidelines alongside Seth Curry and potentially, Kristaps Porzingis.

Those three are notable outs for the Mavericks, so take the Pacers to win this one comfortably.

Tip: Back the Pacers to Cover the Line (-4 Points) @ $1.90

Monday 3rd February

Toronto Raptors Vs Chicago Bulls

Monday February 3rd, 7:00am, Scotiabank Arena

The Bulls head to Toronto on Monday laying +10.5 in the midst of a two-game losing streak.

Chicago has been one of the most frustrating teams to bet on (and watch) this season, but I still think the double-digit line here is a little generous considering who’s on the injury report for the Raptors.

Toronto will go without Marc Gasol and Norm Powell, while Rondae-Hollis Jefferson’s ankle injury only complicates matters for coach Nick Nurse.

The Bulls have their own injuries to worry about with Kris Dunn on the sidelines nursing a knee injury. Even so, Chicago has played to a 10-7-1 record as the away underdog this year, which suggests they could at least keep this game close.

Tip: Back the Bulls to Cover the Line (+10.5 Points) @ $1.90

Sunday 2nd February

Sacramento Kings Vs Los Angeles Lakers

Sunday February 2nd, 2:00pm, Golden 1 Center

The Lakers are back in action on Sunday in the second game of a back-to-back, this time looking to down the Kings on the road.

Los Angeles has won three games on the trot against the Kings, but it’s their impressive record playing on no rest that has me backing the Lakers here.

Frank Vogel’s side holds a perfect 6-0 record in the second game of a back-to-back straight-up, while against the spread, the Lakers are also an impressive 5-1.

Tip: Back the Lakers to Cover the Line (-7 Points) @ $1.90

Saturday 1st February

Brooklyn Nets Vs Chicago Bulls

Saturday February 1st, 11:30am, Barclays Center

A win here is equally important for both teams as they continue to fight it out for the eighth seed in the East.

Brooklyn currently sits on top behind a less than impressive 20-26 record, while the Bulls are hot on their heels at 19-31.

Neither team has looked particularly convincing over the last fortnight, but the trends do suggest the Nets are the side to back after handing the Pistons a 10-point loss on Thursday.

Chicago, meanwhile, continues to find new ways to throw away games. The Bulls held a lead over the Pacers in the fourth quarter on Thursday before losing in overtime 115-106.

Zach LaVine has been the only bright point for the Bulls of late and although he’ll be full of motivation after being snubbed from the All-Star Game, I’m still backing the Nets to win big here.

Brooklyn is 7-1 straight-up over the last three seasons against Chicago and 6-2 against the spread.

Tip: Back the Nets to Cover the Line (-5 Points) @ $1.90

Los Angeles Lakers Vs Portland Trail Blazers

Saturday February 1st, 2:30pm, Staples Center

This will mark the Lakers’ first game since the tragic death of Kobe Bryant, and it wouldn’t be the least bit surprising to see them pile on the points in his honour.

The Lakers have had six days off to get their heads straight for this game, although we should see plenty of emotion pre-game. I’m fully expecting a stirring tribute to Kobe to act as a motivator for LeBron James, even though the Blazers have held their own this week winning back-to-back games.

Anthony Davis is questionable to play with a glute injury, while Carmelo Anthony has been ruled out for the Blazers.

Portland’s win over the Rockets on Thursday was very impressive, but their over-reliance on outside shots from the perimeter won’t work against the Lakers. Los Angeles has allowed the sixth-lowest three-point shooting percentage against opponents this year, while the Lakers are also 6-3 against the spread over the last season vs Portland.

All things considered; this should be a very moving Lakers win in blowout fashion.

Tip: Back the Lakers to Cover the Line (-12 Points) @ $1.90

Friday 31st January

Denver Nuggets Vs Utah Jazz

Friday January 31st, 2:30pm, Pepsi Center

Donovan Mitchell’s 31-point effort against the Spurs on Wednesday still wasn’t enough to see the Jazz over the line.

The loss marked Utah’s second in a row this week as they now prepare for a very difficult Nuggets side looking to bounce-back from a loss to the Grizzlies.

Denver will again go without Jamal Murray, who is set to miss his eighth straight game with an ankle injury. Paul Millsap will join Murray on the sidelines, making the Jazz a worthwhile bet to bounce-back with a win.

Utah has won three of its four games on no rest this year and also owns a perfect 3-0 record against the spread in their last three games vs Denver. Four of the last five games between these two sides have been decided by 1-10 points, so you bet this one turns out somewhat close.

Tip: Back the Jazz to Cover the Line (+1.5 Points) @ $1.92

Los Angeles Clippers Vs Sacramento Kings

Friday January 31st, 2:30pm, Staples Center

This should be a very emotional scene at the Staples Center on Friday and I’m fully expecting the Clippers to play lights out ball in honour of Kobe.

Los Angeles comes into this game on four days rest after Wednesday’s blockbuster against the Lakers was postponed. Already this year the Clippers are 8-3 against the spread when they have two or more days off, while the injury report also suggests Doc Rivers’ side should be tough to beat.

Paul George is set to make his return to the lineup for the first time since January 5 alongside Patrick Beverley, who has missed three games with a groin injury.

Things also look bleak for the Kings when you factor in yesterday’s 20-point loss to the Thunder. Sacramento has played to a 2-4 record straight-up on no rest this year, so take the Clippers to win comfortably.

Tip: Back the Clippers to Cover the Line (-11.5 Points) @ $1.92

Thursday 30th January

San Antonio Spurs Vs Utah Jazz

Thursday January 30th, 12:00pm, AT&T Center

All signs point towards the Jazz winning big on Thursday in San Antonio.

Utah heads into this game looking to make amends for their eight-point loss to the Rockets on Tuesday, and with LaMarcus Aldridge set to miss his second straight game for the Spurs, it’s difficult to see this one playing out any other way.

The Jazz haven’t played Gregg Popovich’s side since February last year, but they should also feel confident knowing they’ve won two of their last three meetings against San Antonio.

Utah has quietly won eight of their last 10 games on the road, which adds up for a big win against a Spurs side that has lost three games in a row.

Throw in Utah’s 9-6 record against the spread as the away favourite, and you have the makings of a very safe bet.

Tip: Back the Jazz to Cover the Line (-4 Points) @ $1.92

Sacramento Kings Vs Oklahoma City Thunder

Thursday January 30th, 2:00pm, Golden 1 Center

Oklahoma City could move within a game and a half of the sixth-place Mavericks in the standings – the same team the Thunder lost to on Tuesday.

Fortunately, Oklahoma City has enjoyed a day off to reflect on what went wrong, and from a betting standpoint, I’m more than happy to bet on Billy Donovan’s side bouncing back.

The Thunder have covered the spread in in 11 of their 19 games following a previous loss this year as they prepare to welcome back Chris Paul into the lineup. OKC will go without Terrance Ferguson for this game, however there are a number of other trends pointing in their favour.

You might not know it, but the Thunder have been the most profitable side to bet on as the away underdog this year, going 16-4 against the spread and perhaps more importantly, 9-1 straight-up in their last 10 games on the road.

The Kings, meanwhile, have managed only two wins from their last 10 home games, making this 1-point line well worth taking on.

Tip: Back the Thunder to Cover the Line (+1 Point) @ $1.90

Wednesday 29th January

Miami Heat Vs Boston Celtics

Wednesday January 29th, 12:00pm, American Airlines Arena

Miami will be hoping to add to its outstanding 21-2 home record on Wednesday as they host the visiting Boston Celtics on no rest.

The Heat won comfortably 113-92 over the Magic yesterday in a game dominated by 22-year-old sensation Bam Adebayo. The youngster posted his third triple-double of the season and figures to wreak havoc on a Boston side looking to bounce-back from a loss to the Pelicans on Monday.

Betting on these top conference clashes can sometimes be tricky, but I’m confident the Heat can get the job done here. Miami has played to a league-best 16-6-1 record against the spread at home, and it also appears the bookies aren’t factoring in Boston’s injuries at time of publish.

Enes Kanter and Jayson Tatum are both listed as out on the injury report, while Marcus Smart is also battling a right ankle sprain. Considering the Heat are only laying -3.0, it’s worth jumping on this one in a hurry.

Tip: Back the Heat to Cover the Line (-1.5 Points) @ $1.93

Memphis Grizzlies Vs Denver Nuggets

Wednesday January 29th, 12:00pm, FedEx Forum

The Grizzlies have won eight of their last 10 home games to secure the eighth seed in the Western Conference, but what people aren’t talking about is their strong record against the spread vs conference opponents.

Playing to an 18-11-1 record, Memphis has been the second-best side to bet on against fellow Western Conference teams. The Nuggets are one of the toughest teams to face in the league, but I’m happy to take the +1 the bookies are offering.

Denver heads into this game without Jamal Murray – leaving Michael Malone minus one of his key starters – and Paul Millsap – who is one of the Nuggets’ most productive bench players.

Memphis has covered in eight of its last 11 games and is also 14-12 against the spread at home. All things considered, take the Grizzlies here.

Tip: Back the Grizzlies to Cover the Line (+1 Point) @ $1.90

Tuesday 28th January

Miami Heat Vs Orlando Magic

Tuesday January 28th, 11:30am, American Airlines Arena

Miami has been almost untouchable at home this season so it’s worth backing the Heat to bounce-back from Saturday’s five-point loss to the Clippers.

The Heat are nursing a few injuries at the moment with Kendrick Nunn and Goran Dragic both listed as questionable for this game. The good news is Bam Adebayo is set to go with right ankle soreness, making Miami a very strong bet laying -6 points.

Erik Spoelstra’s side has played to a league-best 11-2 record against the spread following a previous loss, while the Heat’s 8-2 record on 2-3 days’ rest isn’t too shabby either.

Orlando also heads into this game riding a three-game losing streak with losses to the Thunder, Celtics and Clippers at home. Considering the Magic are only 8-15 on the road this year, take the Heat to make a statement.

Tip: Back the Heat to Cover the Line (-6 Points) @ $1.87

Chicago Bulls Vs San Antonio Spurs

Tuesday January 28th, 12:00pm, United Center

The Bulls will open as the home favourite for only the 16th time all season against the Spurs.

LaMarcus Aldridge’s injury is a big reason why, but I’m still willing to back San Antonio in the second game of a back-to-back.

Gregg Popovich’s side lost by four points to the Raptors yesterday in an emotional night for DeMar DeRozan and the entire team. The good news is the Spurs are 3-1 against the spread playing on no rest this year and 13-10-1 following a previous loss.

The Bulls head into this game following an impressive win over the Cavs on Sunday. Zach LaVine has been outstanding over the last few weeks, but keep in mind, the Bulls often find a way to lose close games at home.

With that in mind, take the Spurs laying a generous +2 here.

Tip: Back the Spurs to Cover the Line (+2 Points) @ $1.90

Monday 27th January

New York Knicks Vs Brooklyn Nets

Monday January 27th, 10:00am, Madison Square Garden

The fourth crosstown rivalry of the season tips off on Monday between two teams seriously struggling for form.

Even with Kyrie Irving back in the lineup, the Nets have still managed to win only two of their last 10-games at time of publish to sit just seven games clear of the Knicks in the Atlantic Division.

New York won by two points when these two sides met on Boxing Day and considering how disorganized the Nets look on the court right now, it wouldn’t be the least bit surprising to see them keep this game close at home.

The Knicks have been the second-best team to back against the spread vs division opponents this year, covering in seven of their 10-games. With bragging rights to play for, take the home side here.

Tip: Back the Knicks to Cover the Line

Sunday 26th January

Cleveland Cavaliers Vs Chicago Bulls

Sunday January 26th, 12:00pm, Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse

The Bulls are starting to make things a little interesting in the bottom half of the East as they keep the pressure on the eighth seed Nets.

Chicago will need to be at its best on Sunday playing on no rest following Saturday’s game against the Kings. The good news is the Bulls have an easy game in hand against a struggling Cavs side riding a six-game losing streak.

This game doesn’t hold much weight as far as the Central Division is concerned, but the trends do suggest we could be in for some points.

Betting on the Over when the Cavs are playing division opponents has been one of the most profitable betting plays this year, coming through in seven of 10 games. These two sides have also combined for an average of 231 points across their last two meetings, so take this one to be high scoring.

Tip: Over the Points Total

Saturday 25th January

Detroit Pistons Vs Memphis Grizzlies

Saturday January 25th, 11:00am, Little Caesars Arena

Memphis continues its Eastern Conference road trip in Detroit hoping to bounce-back from a very forgettable performance against the Celtics on Thursday.

The Grizzlies failed to show up in Boston as Brad Stevens’ side handed them a 24-point loss. Ja Morant struggled all night finishing with only two points, but the good news is Memphis now has a chance to turn things around.

Detroit will welcome Andre Drummond back into the lineup after receiving dental work on Friday. The Pistons are coming off a win to the Kings earlier in the week, however the trends suggest the Grizzlies are the side to bet on here.

Over the last three seasons, Memphis has covered the spread in six of their last eight games against Detroit and, perhaps more impressively, have covered in 10 of their 11 games when playing at Little Caesars Arena.

Tip: Back the Grizzlies to Cover the Line (+1.5 Points) @ $1.90

Miami Heat Vs Los Angeles Clippers

Saturday January 25th, 12:00pm, American Airlines Arena

This cross-conference showdown should tell us all we need to know about the Clippers moving forward.

In hindsight, this game also shapes up as a potential Finals preview, but from a betting perspective, how can you go against Miami’s outstanding 20-1 record at home this season?

The Heat continue to answer every test thrown their way, and although it might seem a little extreme, it’s almost insulting to find Miami laying +2.0 in this game.

This season alone the Heat have covered the spread in both games where they’ve opened as the home underdog. If you want to rewind a little further though, Miami is also 9-4 since 2018 in this same scenario.

Jimmy Butler, Goran Dragic and Kendrick Nunn are all listed on the injury report for the Heat with minor injuries. The Clippers, meanwhile, will go without Paul George and Patrick Beverly, so take the Heat in this one.

Tip: Back the Heat to Cover the Line (+2.0 Points) @ $1.92

New Orleans Pelicans Vs Denver Nuggets

Saturday January 25th, 12:00pm, Smoothie King Center

We’ll receive our second taste of Zion Williamson on Saturday as the Pelicans battle the Nuggets at home.

Despite losing by four to the Spurs, Zion’s 22-point performance brought the house down in his long-awaited debut.

Apparently, it also sold the bookies on the Pelicans moving forward as they are currently laying -4 against Denver.

The Nuggets do come into this game following a 16-point loss to the Rockets, but that line looks a little generous for me considering Michael Malone’s side is still sitting fourth in the West at 30-14.

Playing on the Nuggets following a loss this year has also been highly profitable. Denver has gone 7-3-3 against the spread in this scenario, while they’ve also played to a 3-3-1 record as the away underdog.

The Pelicans do have a bright future ahead with a stacked roster of pure scorers. Considering New Orleans looks intent on limiting Zion’s minutes though, don’t be surprised if his on again-off again spurts disrupt some of the chemistry on the court.

Tip: Back the Nuggets to Cover the Line (+3 Points) @ $1.90

Friday 24th January

Cleveland Cavaliers Vs Washington Wizards

Friday January 24th, 11:00am, Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse

Only 2.5 games separate these two cellar dwellers in the Eastern Conference – not that anyone is counting.

Washington heads to Cleveland on short rest after losing to the Heat by five on Thursday, a result that actually works in our favour here.

The Wizards have been a strong betting play on no rest covering the spread in four of their five games. The Cavs, meanwhile, come into this game riding a serious five game losing skid after being blown out by the Knicks 106-86 on Tuesday.

Much like they were last season, the Wizards are one of those weird teams that actually average more points on no rest than they do with a game in between. Nothing about this will be pretty – or even fun to watch – but take the Wiz to get the job done.

Tip: Back the Wizards to Cover the Line (+1 Point) @ $1.90

Portland Trail Blazers Vs Dallas Mavericks

Friday January 24th, 2:30pm, Moda Center

Mavericks bettors will be looking for a bounce-back performance in this game after Dallas blew a lead against the Clippers on Wednesday.

The good news is the Mavs have typically atoned for their losses this season covering the spread in 10 of their 15 games following a previous defeat. Dallas is laying only -1 on the road here, which looks a little over the odds considering how banged up the Blazers are.

Hassan Whiteside, CJ McCollum, Zach Collins and Jusuf Nurkic are all listed on the injury report for Portland. The Blazers rank 18th in average points-per-game this month, and things might only get worse with a handful of their stars out.

Dallas has covered the spread in six of its last seven games and ranks seventh in points this month. All signs point towards the Mavericks covering.

Tip: Back the Mavericks to Cover the Line (-1 Point) @ $1.90

Thursday 23rd January

Orlando Magic Vs Oklahoma City Thunder

Thursday January 23rd, 11:00am, Amway Center

Thunder bettors will be hoping OKC can make do without Steven Adams on Thursday should the big man miss this trip to Orlando with a sprained ankle.

The Thunder looked just fine without Adams on the court against the Rockets on Tuesday winning 112-107, which makes the visitors worth backing laying +1 on the road.

Oklahoma City has been a punters best friend this year as the away underdog, covering the spread in 14 of their 18 games so far. The Magic, meanwhile, come into this game with only one win from their last three after losing to the Clippers and Warriors on the road last week.

Orlando has averaged the sixth-fewest points so far this month, which compared to the 10th placed Thunder, doesn’t really cut it. Oklahoma City has won four of its last five games over the Magic and ais also 11-2 in their last 13 games played during the month of January, so take the Thunder in this one.

Tip: Back the Thunder to Cover the Line (+1.5 Points) @ $1.90

Toronto Raptors Vs Philadelphia 76ers

Thursday January 23rd, 11:00am, Scotiabank Arena

The Sixers head north riding a four-game winning streak, which could be a little misleading if you haven’t been paying attention.

Many thought Philly would take that extra step forward this season and develop into a real top contender, but with Joel Embiid out injured and pressure beginning to mount on potential trade options, the panic button is quickly being pushed.

The Sixers are still a legitimate playoff team, but they’ll meet their match in Toronto against the division leading Raptors in a rematch of last year’s Eastern Conference Semi-Finals.

In case you hadn’t heard, the Sixers haven’t won in Toronto since 2012, which explains the +6 line on offer as the Raptors also hope to extend their winning streak to five.

Toronto is 5-3 against the spread vs division opponents this year, so take the Raptors to cover and add to the Sixers’ woes.

Tip: Back the Raptors to Cover the Line (-6 Points) @ $1.92

Boston Celtics Vs Memphis Grizzlies

Thursday January 23rd, 11:30am, TD Garden

The Celtics remain a little battered and bruised ahead of their home game against Memphis, but I’m still happy to back them laying -7 to get the job done at home.

Kemba Walker is probable to play with left knee soreness, while the verdict on Jaylen Brown is less certain as he plays through a right ankle sprain. Even so, history suggests the Grizzlies should struggle in this one considering their last win in Boston came all the way back in 2013.

Memphis has thrown a real spanner in the works of the Western Conference, reclaiming the eight seed behind a 20-23 record. The Grizzlies have won only five of their last 10-games on the road however, making this is a big ask in a very tough environment.

The Celtics are 9-5 against the spread vs non-conference opponents this year and 4-0 straight-up against the Grizzlies over the last three seasons. These longer lines can sometimes be a bit daunting, but with the Celtics averaging the fifth-most points at home this year, it should be safe.

Tip: Back the Celtics to Cover the Line (-7 Points) @ $1.92

Wednesday 22nd January

Dallas Mavericks Vs Los Angeles Clippers

Wednesday January 22nd, 12:30pm, American Airlines Center

The Clippers will be hoping for a much more convincing performance on Wednesday against the Mavericks after surviving a very close scare against the Pelicans earlier in the week.

Paul George is set to miss his sixth straight game due to a hamstring injury, leaving the bulk of the scoring firmly in the hands of Kawhi Leonard and Lou Williams – both of whom scored 30-points in the win over New Orleans.

Led by Luka Doncic’s 35-points, the Mavericks extended their winning streak to four on Saturday against the Blazers. There’s still no word on Kristaps Porzingis, but Dallas looks slightly undervalued in the market here with home court advantage.

So far, these Western Conference showdowns have been tough to pick, but the Mavs certainly have a lot more going for them right now.

Dallas holds an 16-8 record against conference opponents, while they’ve also averaged the sixth-most points in the league this month.

Considering George isn’t a factor and the Mavs have also won six of their eight games after 2-3 days rest, it’s worth taking Dallas outright here.

Tip: Back the Mavericks to Win @ $1.83

Tuesday 21st January

Minnesota Timberwolves Vs Denver Nuggets

Tuesday January 21st, 12:00pm, Target Center

The Nuggets head to Minnesota hoping to bounce-back from a disappointing loss to the Pacers at home on Monday.

Denver has surprisingly opened as the underdogs against the struggling Wolves – a team that has won only three of their last 10 games.

The Nuggets will go without Paul Millsap and Jamal Murray for this game, but I’m still happy to back them to win this outright. Denver has won five of their seven games on no rest this season, leaving the visitors looking seriously undervalued at their current price.

Tip: Back the Nuggets to Win @ $2.40

Portland Trail Blazers Vs Golden State Warriors

Tuesday January 21st, 2:00pm, Moda Center

Only one win from their last 10-games tells you all you need to know about the Warriors.

With Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and D’Angelo Russell all on the sidelines, it comes as no surprise to learn that Golden State has averaged the fewest points in the league this month.

The Warriors have been a team to avoid all year, but they have been a consistent side to play on when it comes to betting the Under.

12 of Golden State’s 22 road games so far have all gone Under the Total, and while it might seem like the Warriors would fare better against teams with a losing record, the Total has also hone Under in 19 of their 25 games against teams below .500.

Tip: Warriors Under 107.5 Total Points @ $1.88

Monday 20th January

San Antonio Spurs Vs Miami Heat

Monday January 20th, 7:00am, AT&T Center

Back to back losses leaves the Spurs in need of a big win if they hope to keep up with the eighth-place Grizzlies, and I’m happy to back them to do just that on Monday.

San Antonio allowed the Hawks to come back from an 11-point three quarter deficit to win on Saturday, however from a betting perspective, that actually plays as good news.

The Spurs are 12-8-1 following a previous loss this season and they won’t be short on motivation as they prepare to face the Heat for the second time in five days.

Miami got the better of Gregg Popovich’s side on Thursday in a hard-earned six point victory, but again, the Spurs have also been a strong betting play when it comes to revenging a loss against a previous opponent, going 25-8.

Tip: Back the Spurs to Cover the Line

Sunday 19th January

Boston Celtics Vs Phoenix Suns

Sunday January 19th, 11:00am, TD Garden

The Celtics have been a rough play of late for punters as they continue to struggle for points in the fourth quarter.

As most expected, Boston lost to the Bucks on Friday by five points, but there were plenty of positives for Brad Stevens to take away from the game.

Kemba Walker put up a casual 40 points against the league’s best defence, while Marcus Smart also stood out with a season-high 24.

Boston has been an outstanding betting play so far this season following a previous loss. The Celtics are 8-4 in this scenario against the spread, tying in nicely with their 11-8-1 record at home.

Tip: Back the Celtics to Cover the Line (-7.5 Points) @ $1.90

Houston Rockets Vs Los Angeles Lakers

Sunday January 19th, 12:30pm, Toyota Center

The Lakers have had a day to reflect on their loss to the Magic at home on Thursday in preparation for this huge Western Conference showdown against the Rockets.

Houston comes into this game on two days rest after losing to the Blazers on Thursday, and although the Lakers have sit atop the conference, I’m still happy to take the Rockets here with home-court advantage.

Anthony Davis looks likely to miss another game with a lower back injury, while the Lakers could also go without Rajon Rondo.

Houston, on the other hand, enters this game with a relatively clean bill of health with only Austin Rivers ruled out with a thumb injury. The Rockets have also gone 6-2 against the spread this season on 2-3 days’ rest, so take Houston to cover a very slim line.

Tip: Back the Rockets to Cover the Line (-1.5 Points) @ $1.92

Saturday 18th January

Oklahoma City Thunder Vs Miami Heat

Saturday January 18th, 12:00pm, Chesapeake Energy Arena

Backing against the Heat on the road this season has already developed into a steady betting play.

Miami has won only 10 of its 21 games away from home this year, so I’m more than happy to side with the Thunder laying -1.

Oklahoma City comes into this game fresh from a loss to the Raptors on Thursday. It was a rare slip up at home from the Thunder, but it might work out in our favour here when you factor in OKC’s strong record following a previous loss.

Billy Donovan’s side has covered the spread in 10 of their 17 games following a previous defeat this year, while the Thunder have also gone 8-5 against non-conference opponents.

The Heat have won only four of their last 10 games on the road and could also be without star rookie shooting guard Tyler Herro in this one. Miami’s defensive rating has dropped by 2.2 points with Herro off the court this year, so play on Oklahoma City to cover this very slim line.

Tip: Back the Thunder to Cover the Line (-1 Point) @ $1.90

San Antonio Spurs Vs Atlanta Hawks

Saturday January 18th, 12:30pm, AT&T Center

The Spurs head back home on Saturday with revenge on their mind after losing to the Hawks 108-100 back in November.

Fortunately, San Antonio has been a steady betting play when it comes to revenging a loss against a previous opponent. Over the last two seasons the Spurs have gone 25-7 in this scenario, making the -8.5 spread a fairly risk-free play.

The Spurs continue to flirt with the eighth seed in the West at 17-22, which makes this game even more important as they try and find some form heading into the All-Star break.

Losing to the Heat in Miami on Thursday mightn’t seem like the greatest form guide with such a long line on offer, but the Spurs have also been a strong play following a previous loss this season.

Again, San Antonio is 12-8-1 against the spread in this situation, while it’s also worth noting the Hawks have allowed the second-most points to opponents on the road this season.

Tip: Back the Spurs to Cover the Line (-8.5 Points) @ $1.90

Friday 17th January

New Orleans Pelicans Vs Utah Jazz

Friday January 17th, 12:00pm, Smoothie King Center

The Pelicans have been one of the best sides to bet on this season if you can catch them when they’re hot.

Laying +4.5 against the Jazz at home, I’m happy to take New Orleans to cover on Friday with a handful of trends well in their favour.

The Pelicans have won seven of their last 10-games, but when you dig a little deeper, New Orleans also comes into this game on four days’ rest.

Alvin Gentry’s side is 5-2 against the spread when they’ve had 2-3 days rest between games, while they’ve also come through with a similar 5-3 record as the home underdog.

There’s no denying the Jazz are one of the top three teams in the West right now, however I do think Utah could struggle for points here considering they are playing their third straight game on the road.

Last but not least, the Pels can also feel pretty good about their chances considering Jahlil Okafor, Derrick Favors and potentially even Brandon Ingram are all a chance to play through injury.

Tip: Back the Pelicans to Cover the Line (+4.5 Points) @ $1.90

Los Angeles Clippers Vs Orlando Magic

Friday January 17th, 2:30pm, Staples Center

Thursday was a strange one in the NBA as the Magic added to a long list of upsets with a win over the Lakers.

Orlando still has plenty of work to do if they wish to make the playoffs for the second season in a row, but even after downing the championship favourites yesterday, I’m still having a tough time believing they can make it 2/2 on this West Coast road swing against the Clippers.

Los Angeles heads into this game feeling fresh after defeating the Cavs on Wednesday. We still won’t see Paul George on the court due to a hamstring injury, but his absence certainly didn’t stop the Clippers from piling on the points in a huge double-digit win over Cleveland.

The Magic have been an awful side in the second game of a back-to-back going 1-5 straight-up.

Orlando has also won only four of their last 10 road games, so roll with the Clippers to enjoy another big victory.

Tip: Back the Clippers to Cover the Line (-11.5 Points) @ $1.93

Thursday 16th January

Miami Heat Vs San Antonio Spurs

Thursday January 16th, 11:30am, American Airlines Arena

Miami heads back home on Thursday following a tough three-game road trip that saw them lose back-to-back games to the Nets and Knicks.

The Heat have quietly been one of the best betting plays following a previous loss though, which makes the -5 about Miami look great value.

Against the spread in this situation, the Heat have covered in nine of their 11-games and are also a league-best 7-2 on two-three days rest.

San Antonio have proven themselves a handful over the last fortnight with six wins from their last 10-games, but their one-point win over the Raptors in Toronto on Monday left a lot to be desired.

Also going in Miami’s factor here is their outstanding 17-1 record at home. The Heat haven’t lost to San Antonio at home since 2017, whilst perhaps more importantly, also hold an equally impressive 13-2 record against the spread vs Southwest Division opponents.

Tip: Back the Heat to Cover the Line (-5.5 Points) @ $1.92

Minnesota Timberwolves Vs Indiana Pacers

Thursday January 16th, 12:00pm, Target Center

The Pacers are really starting to make some noise in the fifth seed, most recently defeating the Sixers 101-95 on Tuesday to improve to 25-15.

Indiana’s only real casualty at the moment is Domantas Sabonis, who is currently being listed as questionable on the injury report with left knee soreness. The Wolves, meanwhile, look set to go without Karl-Anthony Towns for the 15th straight game due to a left knee sprain.

I’ve been betting against the Wolves over the last month with KAT on the sidelines and it’s proven more than profitable.

Minnesota is averaging close to 4.5 points less per 100 possessions with Towns missing, making it extremely difficult to see the Wolves putting up much of a fight against a Pacers defence that has allowed the seventh-fewest points on the road this year.

From a trend’s perspective, Indiana has also been the second-best team against the spread this year going 16-9-1 with a day off in between games. With KAT’ status still up in the air, don’t overcomplicate this one.

Tip: Back the Pacers to Cover the Line (-2.5 Points) @ $1.92

Oklahoma City Thunder Vs Toronto Raptors

Thursday January 16th, 12:00pm, Chesapeake Energy Arena

These two sides find themselves at opposite ends of the spectrum right now in terms of wins and losses.

Toronto still sits fourth in the East behind a 25-14 record, but the Raptors have lost four of their last 10-games as they prepare for a red-hot Thunder side looking for a big win at home.

Oklahoma City rebounded nicely to their blowout reality check against the Lakers on Sunday to hand the Wolves a double-digit defeat two days later. Now, the NBA’s most exciting underdog story looks to make a big statement against the defending champs.

Billy Donovan’s side has held Toronto’s number in recent seasons winning seven of the last 10 meetings. The Thunder are also 4-1 against the spread vs the raptors over the last three years, making the -2 about OKC look like a great bet.

Tip: Back the Thunder to Cover the Line (-2 Points) @ $1.90

Wednesday 15th January

Milwaukee Bucks Vs New York Knicks

Wednesday January 15th, 12:00pm, Fiserv Forum

A three-point win over the Heat on Monday was something worth celebrating, but the fun might stop there for the Knicks as they travel to Milwaukee.

Milwaukee manhandled the Knicks 123-102 when they met at the Garden back on December 21st, which explains the whopping -16.5 spread set for this game.

Mike Budenholzer’s side has been battling through injuries of late but has still managed to rank eighth in points scored across their last 10-games. The Knicks, meanwhile, have won only four of their last 10 and are also missing forward Marcus Morris.

With the Bucks well-rested and sporting a three-game winning streak, it’s worth taking Milwaukee to cover here.

Tip: Back the Bucks to Cover the Line (-16.5 Points) @ $1.92

Los Angeles Clippers Vs Cleveland Cavaliers

Wednesday January 15th, 2:30pm, Staples Center

The Cavs kicked off their two-leg tour on Tuesday with a blowout 29-point loss to the Lakers ahead of Wednesday’s game against the Clippers on no rest.

Cleveland is laying a whopping +14.5 spread against one of the championship favourites, but like they have done all season, the Clippers are taking this opportunity to rest some of their injured stars against a team they should beat rather easily.

Paul George has already been ruled out for this game due to a hamstring injury, while it wouldn’t be the least bit surprising to see the Clippers leave Kawhi Leonard and his injured knee on the sidelines.

Los Angeles has plenty of talent to still win this game without their top two scores, but I’m not so sure the Clippers can cover a double digit spread like this one.

The Cavs are a respectable 3-3 in the second game of a back-to-back this season and are also coming off a pair of victories over the Pistons and Nuggets prior to the Lakers loss on Tuesday.

If you throw in the fact the Clippers have also allowed the sixth-most points in the league over their last 10-games, you can certainly build a compelling case for the Cavs keeping this close.

Tip: Back the Cavs to Cover the Line (+14.5 Points) @ $1.92

Tuesday 14th January

Boston Celtics Vs Chicago Bulls

Tuesday January 14th, 11:30am, TD Garden

The Celtics brought their three-game losing skid to a halt on Sunday with a whopping 35-point win over the Pelicans at hom –  reminding everybody just how dangerous they are at the Garden this season.

With the visiting Bulls coming to town on Tuesday, it isn’t the least bit surprising to find Chicago as +10 underdogs.

Now sitting 10th in the East, the visitors have won only three of their last 10-games due to some serious struggles in the fourth quarter.

Things only look worse for the Bulls when you factor in Lauri Markkanen is now dealing with a sprained left ankle. Zach LaVine has been carrying the load for Chicago over the last week, but it’s difficult to see a one-man show bringing down Boston at home.

The Celtics are 14-9-2 against the spread following a previous win and 10-7-1 at home. Boston has also covered in eight of its last 10-games against the Bulls, so take Brad Stevens’ side to win big for the second game in a row.

Tip: Back the Celtics to Cover the Line (-10 Points) @ $1.90

Minnesota Timberwolves Vs Oklahoma City Thunder

Tuesday January 14th, 12:00pm, Target Center

There are a number of reasons to back the Thunder as they look to bounce-back from their loss to the Lakers on Sunday.

Oklahoma City were handed a 15-point defeat with LeBron James and Anthony Davis sidelined, but the good news is the Thunder have been one of the best teams to back after the loss this season, going 9-7 against the spread and 10-6 straight-up.

Minnesota also comes into this game after losing by double-digits to the Rockets on Sunday. The bad news for the Wolves though is Karl-Anthony Towns looks set to miss his 14th straight game with a left knee sprain – leaving the home side seriously short on scorers.

I tipped against the Wolves last week when KAT missed time and it has consistently turned into a worthwhile betting play. The Thunder have also been the best side to back against the spread on the road this year, so I’m happy to side with Oklahoma City returning to form.

Tip: Back the Thunder to Cover the Line (-2 Points) @ $1.90

Monday 13th January

Denver Nuggets Vs Los Angeles Clippers

Monday January 13th, 12:00pm, Pepsi Center

It’s a must-watch Western Conference showdown on Monday morning as second and third go at it in Denver.

The Nuggets go into this game on short rest after playing the Cavs on Sunday, while the Clippers head to Colorado after taking on the Warriors at home on Saturday.

Los Angeles is a little banged up right now with Paul George nursing a hamstring injury. The star forward sat out Friday’s game at home to rest, meaning the Clippers should be at full strength for their tilt against the Nuggets.

The Clippers have been one of the best sides to back following a day off this season, going 15-6 straight-up. The Nuggets, meanwhile, are yet to take on this new-look LA side, making the championship favourites worth betting on.

Tip: Back the Clippers to Win

Sunday 12th January

Boston Celtics Vs New Orleans Pelicans

Sunday January 12th, 11:00am, TD Garden

The Pelicans head to Boston on short rest on Sunday hoping to pick up where they left off yesterday against the Knicks.

New Orleans has been a fantastic betting play on no rest all season long, and until we see otherwise, I’m more than willing to back Alvin Gentry’s side to deliver against the spread.

The Pelicans are a near-perfect 6-1 against the spread in this scenario, largely due to the fact they average 113.7 points in the second game of a back-to-back.

I tipped this same bet last Sunday when the Pelicans played the Kings and they came through with the goods winning 117-115. New Orleans has averaged just shy of 115 points over their last 10-games, which should leave the Celtics with their hands full as they continue to struggle in the fourth quarter.

Tip: Back the Pelicans to Cover the Line

Oklahoma City Thunder Vs Los Angeles Lakers

Sunday January 12th, 12:00pm, Chesapeake Energy Arena

The Thunder have been the biggest surprise story so far – evident in Friday’s blowout victory over the Rockets in Russell Westbrook’s return to Oklahoma City.

While a win over a fierce Conference rival is always worth celebrating, the Thunder now need to turn their attention towards the championship favourites with the Lakers coming to town.

Los Angeles has won six straight games at time of publish and look almost unbeatable even with Anthony Davis on the sidelines. That being said, I am willing to back Chris Paul and the Thunder to at least keep this game close.

Paul showed he still had plenty left in the tank against the Rockets finishing with 17-points, knocking down mid-range jumpers with ease. The Lakers are one of the better defensive sides in the competition, but with Davis missing, Paul might find the same space available again on Sunday.

Oklahoma City has covered the spread in five of their seven games as the home underdog. The Thunder are also 3-0 against the spread in their last three games against the Lakers, so take OKC to make another statement.

Tip: Back the Thunder to Cover the Line

Saturday 11th January

Memphis Grizzlies Vs San Antonio Spurs

Saturday January 11th, 12:00pm, FedEx Forum

The Spurs head to Memphis on a days’ rest hoping to extend their winning streak to three after back-to-back wins over the Bucks and Celtics.

San Antonio is surprisingly laying a +1 line against the Grizzlies despite covering the spread in their last five road games.

Memphis, meanwhile, will be hoping to extend its winning streak to four after earning handy wins over the Clippers, Suns and Timberwolves in succession. The Grizzlies have unfortunately covered the spread in only 10 of their last 20-games at home though, so I think these odds look a little generous in Memphis’ favour.

The Spurs have been a quietly strong team on the road this year ranking eighth in points-per-game, although you wouldn’t know it judging by their 5-11 record away from home.

Even so, the Spurs are still 4-2 against the spread vs division opponents, so with a very slim line to cover, take San Antonio to keep on rolling.

Tip: Back the Spurs to Cover the Line (+1 Point) @ $1.90

New York Knicks Vs New Orleans Pelicans

Saturday January 11th, 11:15am, Madison Square Garden

There’s nothing more than bragging rights on the line between these two cellar dwellers, but that doesn’t mean this game isn’t worth betting on.

The Pelicans have rediscovered some of their mojo with seven wins from their last 10-games – all in time for Zion Williamson to return and maybe even make a playoff push.

The Knicks, on the other hand, have lost four straight games and sit second from the bottom in the East. That said, the trends, as well as the injury report, suggest there is money to be made on New York.

New Orleans will go without their second-leading points scorer Jrue Holiday for this game due to an elbow strain. That leaves Brandon Ingram in charge of scoring, who is also nursing a less severe injury of his own.

Read into this what you will, but the Pelicans have been a rough betting play on Friday nights over the last two seasons. New Orleans has covered in only two of their 18 games on Friday night, while the Knicks are 5-2 in their last seven.

The Knicks have faced a rough schedule of late losing their last three games to the Clippers, Lakers and Jazz. This matchup is more on their level though, making the +5.5 about New York look well over the odds with home-court advantage.

Tip: Back the Knicks to Cover the Line (+5.5 Points) @ $1.92

Friday 10th January

Philadelphia 76ers Vs Boston Celtics

Friday January 10th, 11:00am, Wells Fargo Center

Game 3 between the Sixers and Celtics gets underway from Philly on Friday in what is shaping up to be a very serious heavyweight duel.

Boston is laying +2.5 on the road hoping to earn their first win over the Sixers this season, but with two of the best betting plays in action, I’m more than happy to back Brad Stevens’ side to cover.

The Celtics lost 129-114 to the Spurs at home yesterday in a game they’d probably rather forget. Kemba Walker was ejected in his first game back following illness, but with a 6-3 record against the spread following a previous loss this year, don’t be surprised if Boston at least keeps this game close.

Celtics fans can also rest a little easier knowing Joel Embiid will be absent from this game with a finger injury.

Philly has gone 3-4 this season without Embiid on the court, leaving the Celtics and their 3-2 record against the spread on no rest a worthwhile play.

Tip: Back the Celtics to Cover the Line (+2.5 Points) @ $1.92

Detroit Pistons Vs Cleveland Cavaliers

Friday January 10th, 11:00am, Little Caesars Arena

The All-Star break can’t come quick enough for the Pistons as they now look ahead without Blake Griffin.

Detroit has slumped all the way down to 10th in the Eastern Conference with only three wins in their last 10-games, but that isn’t to say the Pistons aren’t capable of scoring some points against a disgruntled Cavs outfit.

There is plenty of turmoil going on in Cleveland right now between Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson and most of the roster. Not surprisingly, the Cavs have lost five straight games and are now long +7 outsiders on the road in Detroit.

The Total has gone Over in 11 of the Pistons’ 16 home games so far, which spells bad news for a Cleveland team that has allowed the seventh-most points on the road this season.

The Total has also gone Over in five of Detroit’s last six games at home, so take the Pistons to put up some points.

Tip: Pistons Over 113.5 Total Points @ $1.92

Oklahoma City Thunder Vs Houston Rockets

Friday January 10th, 1:30pm, Chesapeake Energy Arena

Russell Westbrook was rested during the Rockets’ win over the Hawks on Thursday in preparation for his long-awaited return back to Oklahoma City.

A standing ovation expected for the Thunder’s all-time leading scorer, but I also think the Rockets might spoil the party.

Houston has covered in six of its last nine games and can also feel pretty confident after James Harden dropped 41-points last night.

The Thunder, meanwhile, are without Danilo Gallinari and Nerlens Noel for this game, leaving them looking a little thin on the bench.

Tip: Back the Rockets to Cover the Line (-2.5) @ $1.92

Thursday 9th January

Boston Celtics Vs San Antonio Spurs

Thursday January 9th, 11:00am, TD Garden

The Spurs have opened as +6.5 underdogs in Boston as they hope to move one step closer to a .500 record.

San Antonio has won only five of its last 10-games, but the trends suggest Gregg Popovich’s side could prove a handful having covered the spread in five of their last seven games.

The Celtics roll into this one looking to rebound from a five-point loss to the Wizards on Tuesday, but that might be easier said than done if Kemba Walker misses his fourth straight game due to illness.

Also on the injury report is centre Daniel Theis and rookie Romeo Langford, leaving the Celtics a little thin on bench depth.

None of that fills me with confidence against a Spurs side that ranks eighth in points-per-game on the road this season, especially against a Spurs team looking for revenge after losing to the Celtics by 20-points back in November.

Avenging a previous loss has been the Spurs’ specialty, though. San Antonio is 36-14 against the spread in this scenario over the last two seasons, so take the visitors to give Boston all they can handle.

Tip: Back the Spurs to Cover the Line (+7.0 Points) @ $1.93

Dallas Mavericks Vs Denver Nuggets

Thursday January 9th, 11:30am, American Airlines Arena

There are only two games separating these two sides in the Western Conference standings, however it’s clear the bookies have factored in each team’s home and away record when shaping the market.

The Mavericks have opened as -3 favourites behind their 11-8 record at home, while the Nuggets find themselves as underdogs with just 10 wins from 17 road games.

At first glance it might appear as though the line is a little generous in Dallas’ favour, but this is one of those cases where the bookies might know something we don’t.

The Mavs will go without Kristaps Porzingis as he looks set for a return later in the week. That should open things up for Nikola Jokic in the paint, but if the Nuggets continue to struggle on defence, this could turn into another edition of the Luka Doncic show.

Denver has allowed the third-highest field goal percentage to opponents over their last 10-game span. With Doncic coming in off his fourth consecutive 30-point game and the Mavs also sporting a 12-7 record against the spread vs conference opponents, take Dallas to win this comfortably.

Tip: Back the Mavericks to Cover the Line (-3 Points) @ $1.92

Golden State Warriors Vs Milwaukee Bucks

Thursday January 9th, 2:00pm, Chase Center

Giannis Antetokounmpo is being listed as probable for Thursday’s game at the Chase Center, which is good news for spread bettors looking to play on this double-digit line.

The Bucks lost 126-104 to the Spurs on Tuesday, but if you’ve bet on Milwaukee before, you’ll know playing on them after a loss has been one of the most profitable plays over the last two seasons.

So far Milwaukee has covered in four of its five games in this scenario and it appears extremely unlikely that the Warriors pull off an upset.

Golden State has already ruled out D’Angelo Russell for this game due to a right shoulder injury, leaving the bulk share of the scoring firmly in Draymond Green’s hands.

The Bucks are yet to lose back-to-back games this year, making the case for a Milwaukee blowout even more compelling.

In case you’re not convinced though, Mike Budenholzer’s side has averaged 119 points in games following a previous loss this year, a total the Warriors should struggle to match without their top stars on the floor.

Tip: Back the Bucks to Cover the Line (-13.5 Points) @ $1.88

Wednesday 8th January

Brooklyn Nets Vs Oklahoma City Thunder

Wednesday January 8th, 11:30am, Barclays Center

A seven-point loss to the Sixers saw the Thunder’s five-game unbeaten streak come to an end on Tuesday, but I’m still willing to bet on OKC bouncing back.

The Thunder have been an outstanding play against the spread on no rest, covering in all five of their games so far. Oklahoma City has also been the best team to back on the road, covering in 13 of their 18 games this season.

The Nets are laying +2 with home-court advantage after losing 101-89 to the Magic yesterday. Brooklyn has now lost seven of its last 10-games to slump to 16-19 in the East, while the Nets have also played to a less than convincing 6-9 record against non-conference opponents.

Oklahoma City has won its last two games against the Nets and has also allowed the third-fewest points to opponents on the road this year. With plenty of stats in their favour, take the Thunder here.

Tip: Back the Thunder to Cover the Line (-2 Points) @ $1.90

Memphis Grizzlies Vs Minnesota Timberwolves

Wednesday January 8th, 12:00pm, FedEx Forum

The Grizzlies and the Timberwolves have found some form over the last week winning back-to-back games respectively ahead of Wednesday’s meeting in Memphis.

There isn’t as much separating these two sides as the market suggests, but the potential omission of Karl Anthony-Towns makes it almost impossible to back the Timberwolves.

The Grizzlies are 2-1 as the home favourite against the spread this season and perhaps more importantly, lead the league in points scored so far this month.

Minnesota, on the other hand, has allowed the fifth-most points on the road this year and has also lost two of its last three games to Memphis. With Towns questionable and the Grizzlies clicking on offence, take the home side to win this somewhat comfortably.

Tip: Back the Grizzlies to Cover the Line (-3.0 Points) @ $1.92

Tuesday 7th January

Washington Wizards Vs Boston Celtics

Tuesday January 7th, 11:00am, Capital One Arena

The Celtics return to action on Tuesday hoping to extend their winning streak to four against the struggling Wizards.

Washington has been a rough watch all season winning only 11 games, but like we saw on Sunday against the Nuggets, the Wizards are capable of an upset here and there.

The Celtics will go without Kemba Walker for the third straight game due to illness, leaving Boston looking a little over the odds as -8.5 favourites.

On one hand, it’s tempting to back the Wizards to keep this game close, but I’m happy to take the Overs in this one. Close to 62% of Washington’s games against conference opponents have gone Over, while more importantly, seven of the last eight games between these sides have also gone Over.

Even with Kemba on the sidelines, the Celtics still rank Top 10 in points over their last 10-games. With all things considered, take this one to be high scoring.

Tip: Over 226 Total Points @ $1.90

San Antonio Spurs Vs Milwaukee Bucks

Tuesday January 7th, 12:30pm, AT&T Center

The Spurs and the Bucks meet for Game 2 in San Antonio following Milwaukee’s nine-point win at home.

Mike Budenholzer’s side will be eyeing the All-Star break with Giannis Antetokounmpo still struggling through a mild back injury, one that makes me fancy a potential Spurs upset with home-court advantage.

San Antonio is laying a +7.5 line, which looks a little high for a team that has won two of its last three home games.

The Spurs have also been an outstanding betting play when it comes to revenging a loss against an opponent. San Antonio is 24-7 against the spread in this scenario, while the Spurs also rank third in average points scored across their previous 10-game span.

Tip: Back the Spurs to Cover the Line (+7.5 Points) @ $1.92

Monday 6th January

Phoenix Suns Vs Memphis Grizzlies

Monday January 6th, 12:00pm, Talking Stick Resort Arena

Tenth plays 11th in the Western Conference on Monday as the Suns and the Grizzlies both aim to win their 15th game of the season.

Memphis comes into this one fresh from a season-defining upset over the Clippers on Sunday, while the Suns are also riding a slight wave of momentum following an eight-point win over the Knicks on Saturday.

It just so happens that the Grizzlies are 3-2 against the spread on no rest this year, which makes the +6 line look a little ambitious. Memphis took care of the Suns 115-108 when they met only a fortnight, while the Grizz are also 6-1 against the spread against opponents from the Pacific Division this season.

I can’t completeley ignore the odds though, which leaves me no other choice but to tip a very rare Same Game Multi. The Suns are 17-5 when it comes to avenging a loss against a team that previously beat them, so with some strong trends in favour of both sides, it’s worth taking a punt on some value.

Tip: Back the Suns to Win & the Grizzlies to Cover the Line (+6 Points) @ $5.00

Sunday 5th January

Sacramento Kings Vs New Orleans Pelicans

Sunday January 5th, 2:00pm, Golden 1 Center

This remains one of the top betting plays of the season and, until proven otherwise, I’ll continue to back it.

The Pelicans roll into Sunday’s game on no rest following their trip to the Staples Center to face the Lakers on Saturday. New Orleans still sits second-last in the West at time of publish, but with a four-game winning streak in hand, things are starting to look up.

There is also the added promise that Zion Williamson will make his official regular season debut sometime in the near future. We won’t see the No. 1 overall draft pick during this road trip, but Zion’s inclusion should motivate his teammates.

Perhaps more importantly though, the Pelicans hold a near-perfect 5-1 record against the spread on no rest this year. Considering the Kings remain battered and bruised in the midst of a serious eight-game losing streak, take New Orleans to Cover.

Tip: Back the Pelicans to Cover the Line (+3.5 Points) @ $1.92

Saturday 4th January

Washington Wizards Vs Portland Trail Blazers

Saturday January 4th, 11:00am, Capital One Arena

The Wizards and the Blazers square off in Washington on Saturday in a cross-conference showdown.

There is plenty at stake for Portland heading into the All-Star break as they try and turn their 14-21 record around, while the Wizards also have plenty of work to do if they wish to avoid slipping further down the Eastern Conference standings.

The Blazers have lost five games in a row, so there certainly isn’t as much between these two teams as the market suggests. Portland has also played poorly on the road all year winning only six of their 18-games so far, but the good news is, the Blazers still might put up a big total in Washington.

Over their most recent 10-game span, the Wizards have allowed the most points to opponents in the league. The Blazers, meanwhile, have averaged just under 110 points-per-game on the road this year, and could also rest a little easier knowing Bradley Beal is questionable with a sore right leg.

Carmelo Anthony is also grabbing headlines for all the right reasons after scoring a season-high 26-points against the Knicks on Wednesday. Considering the Total has gone Over in 11 of the Blazers’ last 12 games against an opponent from the Southeast Division, it’s worth taking Portland to score big.

Tip: Blazers Over the Points Total

Houston Rockets Vs Philadelphia 76ers

Saturday January 4th, 12:00pm, Toyota Center

There hasn’t been a lot to like about the Sixers recently, but I can’t help but think this is a slight overreaction on the bookies’ part.

Philly has opened as +4.5 underdogs on the road in Houston hoping to snap their three-game losing streak. Joel Embiid’s left knee injury has been the cause of the Sixers’ recent slide, but all reports suggest Philly’s star center will play on Saturday.

Houston has won seven of its last 10-games to move only half a game behind the third-place Clippers in the West. That said, Houston’s sub-par 8-8 record against the spread at home this year is tough to trust.

Likewise, the Sixers’ 6-10-2 mark on the road also leaves a lot to be desired, making the Total the safest play in this one.

The Total has gone Under in 10 of Houston’s 13 games against non-conference opponents this season. You’ll also be pleased to learn that the Total has gone Under in four of the Rockets’ last six games against Philly, so with Embiid less than 100% as well as Eric Gordon, take this game to be low scoring.

Tip: Under 228 Total Points @ $1.90

Friday 3rd January

Minnesota Timberwolves Vs Golden State Warriors

Friday January 3rd, 12:00pm, Target Center

It’s tough to get too excited about a bottom four clash in the Western Conference, but from a betting perspective, the Warriors do look good value as +3.5 underdogs.

Golden State hit a very brief purple patch a fortnight ago winning four straight games. That winning streak featured a nine-point victory over the Wolves on Christmas eve, which then led to wins over the Rockets and Suns.

The Dubs have come spiraling back to earth losing back-to-back games, but considering the Wolves are playing on no rest following Thursday’s dismal performance against the Lakers, there’s nothing stopping Golden State from keeping this close.

Minnesota holds a 1-3 record straight-up on no rest this year, while the Dubs are surprisingly 5-1 against the spread in their last six games. Considering there is nothing more than bragging right son the line, take the Warriors to Cover.

Tip: Back the Warriors to Cover the Line (+3.5 Points)

San Antonio Spurs Vs Oklahoma City Thunder

Friday January 3rd, 12:30pm, AT&T Center

You hate to call a game at the start of January a must-win, but a victory here could hold huge playoff implications for either side.

The Thunder currently sit seventh in the West behind an 18-15 record, trailed closely by the Spurs at 14-18.

Both teams come into Friday’s game in the midst of a winning streak, but when you factor in OKC’s 6-9 record on the road this year, to me the safest bet appears to be on the Spurs.

San Antonio has really shifted intro stride over the last fortnight averaging the second-most points during their recent 10-game span. Again, just like their record states, the Thunder have struggled all year on the road averaging the second-fewest points.

The -2 line in favour of the Spurs also looks bang on when you consider San Antonio is playing at home. The Spurs have covered in five of their last seven games and are a perfect 6-0 when playing at home to the Thunder, so take Gregg Popovich’s side to close the gap a little more on their conference rivals.

Tip: Back the Spurs to Cover the Line (-2 Points) @ $1.92

Los Angeles Clippers Vs Detroit Pistons

Friday January 3rd, 2:30pm, Staples Center

No need to remind the Pistons that bad news comes in threes.

As if losing back-to-back games wasn’t enough, Detroit will now head into Friday’s game against the 24-11 Clippers minus Blake Griffin and Markieff Morris.

Both outs leave Detroit seriously thin at the power forward position, but the good news is it should see the Total on the Pistons go well Under.

It isn’t simply a case of bad luck that Detroit has won only two of its last 10-games. The Pistons have averaged the seventh fewest points in the league during that time frame, while they now prepare to face a Clippers team that has allowed an average of only 105 points to opponents at home this year.

The Total has also gone Under in the Pistons last nine road games played in January – just in case you need further convincing. With all things considered, this should be an ugly game if you’re a Detroit fan.

Tip: Pistons Under 105.5 Total Points @ $1.96

Thursday 2nd January

New York Knicks Vs Portland Trail Blazers

Thursday January 2nd, 11:30am, Madison Square Garden

Back to back wins has the Knicks as +4.5 point underdogs on Thursday as they travel back home to face a luckless Blazers team.

Portland’s run of late has been far from impressive losing four straight games to slump to the ninth seed in the West. The Blazers have struggled all year defensively allowing the eighth-most points to opponents, which makes me think this lukewarm Knicks team could give them a run for their money.

New York has covered the spread in two of its last three games against the Blazers, while the Knicks are also 6-3 in their last nine overall.

Portland has been a difficult team to bet on this year going 8-11 straight-up after a previous loss. Considering the Knicks hold a 6-4 record against the spread in non-conference games, it’s worth backing New York to deliver a close game.

Tip: Back the Knicks to Cover the Line (+4.5 Points) @ $1.92

Los Angeles Lakers Vs Phoenix Suns