January 31st, 2019 NBA Betting Tips

Graeme & VinWritten by Graeme & Vin

Another winning night with the NBA Tips last night.

It was a nice and easy one too which I love. We had the Washingon Wizards +1 and didn’t even need the point. We didn’t need 10 points even as the Wizards dominated them winning 107-89.

Bradley Beal put in another excellent performance as did Jeff Green off the bench. Wizards are one of those teams that if they can just get consistent, can make the playoffs. They’ve got a lot of potential and it’s just sad that John Wall is out. He could be the difference between the team that can make the playoffs and maybe progress a round, to a team who will no doubt just be earning a participation award if they are there.

It was a bad game for the Indiana Pacers as their losing streak is extended to three.

The loss of Derrick Jones proved to be a big one for the Heat. I thought it would spur them on but that wasn’t the case at all as the Bulls came out fast. Dwayne Wade was out too though so glad we didn’t back them despite the schedule alert.

We move onto Thursday, January 31st and let’s say goodbye to January on a winning note. The big game is the Milwaukee Bucks vs the Toronto Raptors as well as the battle of LA. Warriors host Philly in what should be a hell of a game and the Pacers and Magic look to end losing streaks.

Honestly I haven’t been this pumped for a night of basketball in a long time. Lot of potentially great games out there. For the record Vin likes the Mavs over the Pistons as he feels they have got better on the road, and Pistons have no advantage. He also likes Raps a bit due to them being more of a regular season team. He also thinks Warriors will roll.

Pacers vs Magic Betting Tips:

This is a tricky one. I hate backing the Magic but I think until the Pacers find their way I’ve got to bet against them.

Pacers are in that spot where they are struggling to pick themselves up. They’ve list Victor Oladipo, Tyreke Evans is struggling with injuries and now they are on a back to back.

Magic have a losing record but man if things could just go their way. They lead the league for close games and are 13-17. Just a few more swing the other way and they’d be closer to .500.

Pacers are on a back to back and I think with the low energy they have right now, they won’t be up for that game tonight.

I’m going with Magic to end their streak tonight.

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January 30th, 2019 NBA Betting Tips

Graeme & VinWritten by Graeme & Vin

A 1-0 night last night as the Milwaukee Bucks duly delivered.

They continued their impressive bounce back streak and did it in great fashion. They came out firing against the Detroit Pistons to get an early lead then never looked back. Stuck with the Pistons the rest of the game and won by 10 points, giving us some points to spare.

Quite a good night of NBA action. I was glued to that Phoenix Suns vs San Antonio Spurs game and really thought the Suns were going to take it. That was harsh for the suns with Rudy Gay winning it at the buzzer for the Spurs. Suns seem to lose quite a few due to a buzzer beater.

Loved James Harden running out of bounds with 15 seconds left expecting that foul call ha. Props to the ref on that one. What a bitch move that was by him.

Busy night of NBA action on Wednesday, January 30th as we’ve got 8 games on the board.

Celtics host hte Hornets, Heat host the Bulls, Knicks look to end their 10 game losing streak at home to the Mavericks. That should be an interesting one.

Let’s see what I got tonight. The Chicago Bulls are a schedule aleart game unfortunately the Miami Heat will be playing without Derrick Jones. Personally I think that will spur the Heat on and they will cover the 10 point spread but I don’t feel confident enough to back it. Bulls are one of the lowest for 4th quarter points this season but Miami are practically tied with them so that’s an issue.

The Knicks +7 is also very tempting as the Mavs are brutal on the road. But the Knicks are brutal everywhere ha.

Indiana Pacers vs Washington Wizards Betting Tips:

The Indiana Pacers are on a bit of a skid at the moment having lost their last two games to the Memphis Grizzlies and the Golden State Warriors. They’re missing Victor Oladipo and that sucks hard for them.

Tyreke Evans may be out as well.

I’ve said it before – I love the way the Wizards can bond together at times. They put on stellar team performances. Look at the way the bench stepped up against the Cavs last night and actually made it a game.

Wizards saved themselves for this game and with the bench thriving, I like them to add to the Pacers misery and win outright. They’ve been solid ATS at home since Wall was out and I like them to take this one cleanly.

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January 29th, 2019 NBA Betting Tips

Graeme & VinWritten by Graeme & Vin

0-1 last night. We had the right team to win they just couldn’t cover the point spread.

We had the Denver Nuggets -6 and they actually went into the 4th quarter behind. It made for an exciting quarter however as the Nuggets finally woke up and went 35-15 in the quarter. Alas it just wasn’t enough. Piss poor performance from the Nuggets early on though which was disappointing to see.

It’s Tuesday, January 29th 2019 and we have 7 games on the board. Three busy days in a row actually to wrap up the month with 6 games on Thursday.

Cavs look to make it 2 in a row as they host the Wizards. Thunder look to continue their run as they take on Orlando.

Pistons vs Bucks Betting Tips:

The Milwaukee Bucks have been an incredible team all season on the bounce back. They’ve lost 13 games and bounced back each time. They often do that in a big way too by winning in double points.

The next few weeks will be big ones for the Bucks. They pop up on the schedule alert quite a few times in March. Three times actually and none of the other teams they face are in schedule alert situations.

They will be aware of that and so will want to do what they can over the next month. I like them to come out firing against the Pistons after that Thunder loss.

Detroit are stumbling and struggling and I just don’t think they will be able to turn things around.

I like Bucks to do what they do and get back on track. Their bounce back ability will give them confidence.

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January 27th, 2019 NBA Betting Tips

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A 1-0 record last night.

We took the Denver Nuggets last night over a injury hobbled Philadelphia 76ers team and they came through strong for us. Without Joel Embiid, the Sixers just had no answer for Nikola Jokic who finished with one of his best games of the season: 32 points, 18 rebounds and 10 assists over 34 minutes. This one was never really in doubt as the Nuggets won every quarter of the game in route to a 126-110 victory. Mason Plumlee, Malik Beasley and Monte Morris all scored in double figures off the bench.

With only one (big) game left in the NFL season, the NBA has taken over Sundays. There are nine games on the schedule today, but not a ton of marquee match-ups. Let’s take a look.

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Orlando Magic vs. Houston Rockets: I wanted to go with the Magic here, I realy did. The Rockets as currently constructed don’t have a ton of depth and rely heavily on their best player to have a great game. They are still a great team, but -8.5 is a lot of points for them to be laying. Orlando just doesn’t deserve it though. They are 1-5 over their past six games. Three of those losses have been decided by four or less, which is tough, but when they played a good team (Milwaukee) they lost by ten. Houston is closer to Milwaukee than Brooklyn and I just can’t pull that trigger here.

Toronto Raptors vs. Dallas Mavericks: I am always a big fan of a home underdog and I think the Mavericks getting +5 is nice, it’s just hard for me to go against the Raptors when everyone is healthy. Kyle Lowry and Kawhi Leonard are not listed on the injury report and they will be the two best players in this game. Toronto coming off a loss too so I expect them to come out strong here today. Any other team and I’d probably be for Mavs today, but not Toronto.

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Utah Jazz vs. Minnesota Timberwolves Betting Tips:

One of the harder things to do in the NBA is win two games in the same week against the same team. The Wolves and Jazz are playing a home-and-home and coming off of one where the Jazz won by four at home. Today they are laying four points on the road.

The Wolves have been playing solid basketball of late and are actually a pretty strong home team where they are 16-8 straight up.

I should note that the last game wasn’t quite as close as you’d think. The Wolves need a 33-16 fourth quarter to lose by that four point deficit. That said, I am always on the lookout for a good home dog and the Wolves seem to fit that bill.

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December 26th, 2018 NBA Betting Tips

Graeme & VinWritten by Graeme & Vin

A heads up that some of my write ups over the next week might be quite short.

Reason is that I am in Scotland on vacation for a couple of weeks.

Love the place but man they don’t care about NBA here at all. Should have seen the looks from my family when we were sitting around debating what to put on the TV after our Christmas dinner – and between some Christmas dancing special and Home Alone 2, I suggested the Rockets-Thunder game. Was like I was speaking a foreign language.

Anyway hope everyone enjoyed the games yesterday. It is Wednesday December 26th and we have a busy day on board.

Raptors vs Heat Betting Tips

Despite their recent run, the Miami Heat go into this as decent underdogs at 5 points.

They have three games in a row at home and you know they will want to go for maximum points. They are missing Goran Dragic still but doesn’t look to be that big a loss yet.

There’s a storyline going into this that the Raptors are ticked due to not playing on Christmas Day and will take their anger out on the Heat. I get that for sure and they thumped Miami last time but that was 10 points in Toronto and I think the Heat match up well with them and can keep it close.

I am good with Heat +5 here. Love what Wade has been doing for the Heat lately too.

Nets vs Hornets Betting Tips:

The Nets big win streak ended so I was happy to see them bounce right back with a win. Of course it IS the Suns not exactly the best team in the NBA but it was nice to have that game so they weren’t sitting around on Christmas raging about the losing game.

Hornets are a team still struggling for consistency. Nets meanwhile are that that spot where the team chemistry seems to be highest and they are all working together well.

I am going to back that to continue with Nets -2. Logo

December 25th, 2018 NBA Betting Tips

Graeme & VinWritten by Graeme & Vin

Christmas Day NBA action is an annual tradition. We have a lot of good games going on all day long.

It kicks off with the Bucks vs Knicks then we go to Thunder vs Rockets. We’ve got the 76ers and Celtics and Lakers vs Warriors, with the day wrapping up with Blazers vs Jazz.

With it being a festive day we thought rather than spending Christmas morning arguing over tips and what to bet we would just do individual opinions like we do for the NBA playoffs.

Let’s get to it:

Milwaukee Bucks -10 at New York Knicks

Vin: The Bucks have the highest Net Rating in the league and when they win, they win big. This is a big game for them as it’s their first time on Christmas Day since 1977 and definitely a “welcome to the elite” moment for the franchise. That said, the Bucks record as a road favorite isn’t pretty. They are 5-6 as a road favorite, 3-7 against the spread in those games. I like the Bucks to win here, but the huge amount of points is worrisome.

Graeme: Knicks are a team that often perform on Christmas Day. Even if they don’t – can we really see them getting blown out on the opening day? 10 points is a hell of a lot.. The 3pt conversion is a bit concerning though and a few of them can put this game out of reach. However I will go with the Knicks +10 at home to do the business and keep it within a couple of scores.

Oklahoma City Thunder at Houston Rockets -1.5

Vin: I went against the Rockets at home without Chris Paul last time out and that turned out to be a mistake, but I don’t think I was on the wrong path. This team will struggle without him and James Harden can do a lot, more than almost anyone, but he will get tired. Signing Austin Rivers will help and more Brandon Knight minutes will too.

Still, this is a tough match-up for this team. The Thunder have a great defense and the two superstars at all time offense will be hard for them. Look for a big Paul George game here as I’m not sure who on Houston can guard him. I like the Thunder here.

Graeme: Just like Santa Claus, Russell Westbrook shows up on Christmas Day. I can see people being concerned that with CP3 out the spread is just this – but that just makes it feel like a trap line to me. This is going to be a long night for Harden and he won’t be able to keep up. Just superior opposition and I like the Thunder here.

Philadelphia 76ers at Boston Celtics -4

Vin: This line is right on the money according to my system. Boston won on Sunday, but before that had lost three straight. While Philly has won three of their past four games. That said, this one is all about the home/road splits. Philly is 6-9 on the road for the season and just 5-10 against the spread. Boston should be rocking at home and I feel comfortable laying the four here.

Graeme: Home teams usually perform the best on Christmas Day. Now granted a lot of times the home team is the bigger favourite but c’mon Celtics at home and on Christmas Day? Yep Celtics -4 all day long.

Los Angeles Lakers at Golden State Warriors -8.5

Vin: This is a tricky one to me. The Warriors have been winning, but not by dominating and they have just a 8-10 against the spread record versus a 15-3 record overall. My system thinks the Lakers are a good bet here as the Warriors should only be favored by -5 or -6.

Still, this is Stephen Curry in the Oracle on Christmas Day. This crowd should be alive for that. The Warriors have won four of their past five while LA is losers of three of their past four. I can’t decide what to do here. My heart is screaming Warriors while my brain thinks the Lakers. Or maybe it’s my brain that wants the Warriors. Either way, I’m not quite sure.

Graeme: This just feels like too many points to give to a decent Lakers team. Add in the fact that we all know when LeBron wants to perform he performs and playing spoiler against the Warriors? Gotta be a big motivator. I’m on Lakers +8.5 all day here.

Portland Trail Blazers at Utah Jazz -6

Vin: The Jazz have had the toughest schedule in the league this year and have had one of the fewest home games in the league. The defense hasn’t been what we’ve come to expect, but they are still 7th in Defense Rating. They’ve only played 13 home games compared to 21 on the road. That seems criminal. Things should start getting better for the Jazz here and I really like them in this match-up. They walloped the Blazers by 30 last week on the road and Portland has also lost the games it should on the road, they are 4-9 as a road underdog this season. Jazz might be my favorite pick of the day.

Graeme: I mean I think you have to go with the Jazz here. Blazers are nothing special and barely beat the Mavs who were on a B2B. I just don’t see a revenge game win here. Portland have no D and that is an issue for them against a team like the Jazz. I’ve just got to think that the Jazz take it to them. Logo

October 25th, 2018 NBA Betting Tips

Graeme & VinWritten by Graeme & Vin

A 1-1 night last night with our loss being yet another bet that failed to cover by less than a score. This one was 0.5 points.

So have to take that as a good sign – we had Raptors -7.5 and they won by exactly 7. Frustrating to see but it means we’re not way off in our projections or anything and it’s just variance that will balance out.

We had a similar start to the year last year actually and it balanced out around February/March.

Our win was backing LeBron James & co to beat the Phoenix Suns and cover the 3.5 point spread. This was one where stats and metrics went out the window and it was more “LeBron ain’t going 0-4”. And he did not as the Lakers won with ease and a great performance from Lance Stephenson Jr. who put in an incredible performance which was nice to see.

Onto tonight. Sorry about the delay – me and Vin chatted this morning and then the day completely got away from me. Scary how that happens. I remember sitting down at 1pm to write these up and now it’s 4:37pm as I start this. Yikes.

Nuggets vs Lakers Betting Tips:

We backed LeBron last night but we are backing against him tonight as we are taking Nuggets -2.5.

I was happy seeing the Lakers performance last night and they looked good it has to be said. However they’re coming up against a Nuggets team who are firing on all cylinders.

Every single player on the Denver Nuggets team is performing extremely well and they have the team chemistry going. The Lakers do not. It’s that simple. The thing about the Nuggets? I think they can get even better. Their defense is doing an excellent job and I think there is a lot more to come from their offense. That’s scary and something that will get better as time goes on.

I look forward to tipping the Lakers a lot more on their ability down the road but for now I’ve got to go with Nuggets -2.5.

That’s the only tip of the night. Was very tempted by Blazers -3.5 or the under in that game but couldn’t pull the trigger.