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November 15th, 2018 NBA Betting Tips

GraemeWritten by Graeme

A frustrating 1-2 last night.

The Cavs/Wizards game went as planned. That one felt great. I felt either the Cavs defense would step up or they’d be a bit fatigued being on the 2nd leg of a B2B and their offense wouldn’t. After a fast first quarter the game settled down a lot and it went under by four points.

An absolute shocker in Phoenix as the Suns thumped the Spurs 116-96. Spurs I don’t know what happened. I was feeling great after that second quarter then Suns came out and absolutely whooped them. Spurs defensively looked atrocious and that was just frustrating. Rudy Gay being out was an annoying one too as I was thinking with his second game back they’d get flowing.

Lakers/Blazers was what it was. Saw a trend with Tyson Chandler back and went with it and nope – way over. And a reminder that betting unders when a guy like LeBron James is on the court and can put up 40+ points on a whim is never a good idea ha. Figures that on the night I tip an under in a Lakers game LeBron is like “Oh cool I’m gonna have my best game in a Lakers jersey yet”.

The Butler era in Philly didn’t get off to a good start. I was at a bar on Saturday just after the trade went through and had some random person telling me that the Butler trade meant the “76ers are guaranteed the championship this year”. Okay buddy. I haven’t heard such ridiculousness since Vins tips on Monday.

Only three games tonight and the way the Warriors are right now, that’s one of those games where I just look at it and say:

Actually I feel that one about the Spurs game too ha.

Hawks vs Nuggets Betting Tips:

The Denver Nuggets are struggling going into this one. They have lost four straight. You’d think they’d be super up for this game but the point spread is a hefty one at 12.5.

Trae Young is coming off a bad game against the Golden State Warriors and he is someone I like to step up tonight. From everything I’ve read from that guy I think he takes that sort of thing personally and will be a standout tonight.

I do think the Denver Nuggets break out of their slump and win but even with Young having a bad game the Hawks got 103pts against the Warriors. I like them to make a game of this. Nuggets have been starting slow and looking tired early and I think Hawks can get off to a big fast start.

Hawks +12.5

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November 14th, 2018 NBA Betting Tips

GraemeWritten by Graeme

A 1-1 night last night and man – I’ll take it.

Late news came out that Draymond would be out for last nights game. That was disappointing as we had the Warriors obviously. As it is regardless of that and the situation with him and Durant the Warriors did a good job – it just wasn’t quite enough. They were up by 14 at one point but Atlanta just kept pushing them.

We won with the under in the Bobcats vs Cavaliers game and that one felt good. I called the Cavs defense stepping up and they did so with an excellent performance in a 113-89 win. That was nice to see and it’s always a good feeling when you’re able to get a win that way.

Let’s move onto tonight:

Cavaliers vs Wizards Betting Tips:

Obviously a bit concerned with the Cavs D being on a B2B but with their improvements in defence lately, and the way the Wizards are playing a more solid game with the foundation of Wall and Beal, I like this one to go under.

Wizards have strung two wins together and will be looking for a third. I do think they’ll get it but that they’ll have to work hard to get it and that the Cavs defense continues their progress. That or the Cavs offense doesn’t show up at all and fatigue is an issue and so they can’t hit triple points.

Under 218pts

Suns vs Spurs Betting Tips:

This is one where I am banking purely on a much better performance from a team and that is the San Antonio Spurs. They had a brutal outing in Sacramento. Even though they only lost by 5 points their shooting and turnover ratio was at its worst.

I have to think that Rudy Gay being back was a negative – sometimes that happens where a team just takes a bit to get back into the flow of things.

Home/road obviously isn’t an issue with the Spurs who are generally a beast on the road. They’re going up against the Suns who they beat 120-90 on the road on Halloween.

If Spurs are up for this they should walk all over them.

Spurs -5

Lakers vs Blazers Betting Tips:

This is one where I am reacting more to a recent trend than anything else. Since the signing of Tyson Chandler it’s changed the dynamic of the way the Lakers are playing. They have a solid backup in place for McGee and we’re seeing that difference on the court. Lakers have saw their last three games with Chandler playing go under and he is adding a lot to their defense.

Blazers are an excellent offensive team but their O/U isn’t going over either – 1-7 in the last 8 games and this one also looks like it should hopefully go under. I’m thinking more around the 218-220 point range.

Under 224.5

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November 13th, 2018 NBA Betting Tips

GraemeWritten by Graeme

Well last night was a night we’d like to forget.

We went with a rare 4 pick night. Those are always nerve-wracking to go with as you start thinking of the nightmare scenario of going 0-4. It’s funny as providing tips you actually don’t care as much if you go 1-3; there’s just something about that reverse sweep that’s crushing.

Unfortunately it happened.

We had Orlando Magic +7.5 and they lost by 8 points. Forget Aaron Gordon – that combo of John Wall and Bradley Beal stepped up again. We’re starting to see more and more solid performances from those two and if you’re a Wizards fan you have to enjoy that.

We had the Memphis Grizzlies +3.5 but the Utah Jazz beat them 96-88. It was a very disappointing performance from the Grizzlies who aren’t too shabby offensively. Honestly I was just glad when that game was over – it wasn’t a pretty game at all. We had the over in that one as well and it didn’t come close due to how bad both teams performed.

Finally we had Spurs -3 but in a night with a couple of upsets that happened here as the Sacramento Kings went toe to toe with them the entire game and came out 104-99 winners.

Let’s try and turn it around tonight. The 1-11 Cleveland Cavaliers hope to pull off their 2nd win of the season as they host the Charlotte Bobcats. The Denver Nuggets are also at home and look to end their 3 game skid as they host the Rockets. Finally the Warriors look to bounce back as they take on Atlanta.

Golden State Warriors vs Atlanta Hawks Betting Tips:

After the Warriors loss last night, I was blindly going to take them tonight to cover the point spread.

The Warriors are one of those teams where nothing else matters – if they want to run up the score and give a team a pounding they’ll do it. After losing to the Bucks they beat the Nets by 16. After losing to the Nuggers they beat the Suns by 20.

We saw the same thing a fair bit last year. Not all the time but I just can’t see the Hawks hanging with a motivated Warriors team. Yes Stephen Curry is out and that sucks as I was pumped to see him going up against Trae Young.

There’s some stuff to fear like Warriors being on a B2B and the Hawks defensive performances as of late but I still think Warriors just go to town on them.

Honestly the methodical pick is the Hawks to cover with ease but I like a big bounce back. Head vs heart and the heart wins out.

Warriors -13.5

Cleveland Cavaliers vs Charlotte Hornets Betting Tips:

The Cavs are stumbling a fair bit but I think we will see a solid defensive performance and a slower paced game tonight overall.

They’re missing players such as George Hill and Kevin Love and that’s a good thing because of the players they’re missing everyone except Kyle Korver rank lowest on their defensive rating.

Injuries are actually helping their defense and I like that to continue tonight.

Under 219 points

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November 8th, 2018 NBA Betting Tips

GraemeWritten by Graeme

First of all my apologies for the lateness of the tips today. I suck. Got caught up watching the UEFA Europa League action and completely lost track of time.

I usually love it when there are only a few games to analyze but sometimes it’s a problem as I’m always “Ah I can do it later” etc then time gets away from me.

It was a 1-2 night yesterday. The night started strong as we had the Detroit Pistons -1.5 and they got the win. It was a tight game but the Pistons showed the heart I expected and kept fighting and took it 103-96 with a big final quarter.

Unfortunately the Pacers lost to the 76ers. That was one where the 76ers didn’t WIN the game – the Pacers LOST it. Simple as that. Up until the last portion of the game they didn’t look like they cared. Couldn’t move the ball around. There was no rhythm to their offense. That was very frustrating and a rare game where I turned it off out of disgust.

We had Lakers -5 and unfortunately they won by 4. Nothing you can do there. Liked their defence in the 2nd half of the game but the first was bad and Rose was killer.

Today is a very tough night I find. I know I’m a bit late so just quick write-ups to benefit our European friends who may still be up late.

Suns vs Celtics Betting Tips:

Celtics have got hammered the last couple of games and I like their defense to tighten the hell up tonight. They’re one of the best defenses in the league and I think they step up against the Suns.

Suns offense generally struggles and this just seems like one of those 110-90 wins for the Celtics or something like that.

Suns are a team who admit they are a mess at the moment – don’t have the chemistry going or anything like that and I like the Celtics to take full advantage of that.

I’d love to take the Celtics with the spread but 9.5 is just awy too much in my opinion. Too many variables there. We’ll go with Under 214.5 Points.

Unfortunately that’s the only game I am tipping tonight. The rest of the games I just feel like I am forcing myself and can honestly see both sides of it in terms of who to bet.

Sorry again about the lateness

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November 7th, 2018 NBA Betting Tips

GraemeWritten by Graeme

It was a 0-1 night last night as the Blazers ran out 118-103 winners over the Bucks.

It was a deserved win for the Blazers behind a sensational performance from CJ McCollum. Couldn’t expect something like that with the way he has been playing but props to him for that. Some of the contested shits he took were ridiculous and that’s a big thing for the Blazers. 18 for 22 on 2pts outside the paint as well – crazy.

Bucks will have to pick themselves up as they go up against the Warriors. Some Bucks drama too with Giannis getting benched by Bud. Lot of heat for that but honestly the Greek Freak was getting sloppy.

It is what it is. We turn our attention to Wednesday, November 7th 2018 with 10 games on the board. Pistons try to stop their losing streak of 5 games in Orlando. The 10-1 Raptors head to Sacramento and the Lakers host the Timberwolves.

Good night of basketball coming up let’s see what we got:

Pistons vs Magic Betting Tips:

I like the Detroit Pistons to end their skid tonight with a win over the Orlando Magic.

Magic have been average at home. They struggle offensively here funnily enough and I think that will be the same deal against the Pistons.

Magic are riding a two game winning streak but I think that’s more due to a burst of motivation – I get the feeling Clfiford read them the riot act over their lack of energy and they brought it for those two back to back games. After a day off I think they’ll go back to the team they were. As it is they really didn’t look too hot against the Cavs.

Pistons have been unlucky on this streak. Losses to the Celtics, tight ones against the Nets and the Heat. I like them to bounce back strong and end the losing streak tonight.

Pistons -1.5

Pacers vs 76ers Betting Tips:

I think we’re getting some good odds for the Indiana Pacers who host the Philadelphia 76ers tonight.

76ers are struggling on the road. Pacers have had some recent tight ones at home with two losses to the Rockets and Blazers and a win over the Celtics.

Robert Covington has some lower back issues and while I think he will play I don’t think he’ll be 100%. The Pacers offense can generally go toe to toe with anyone and I also like their defense to limit Simmons and Embiid.

Pacers -2.5

Lakers vs Timberwolves Betting Tips:

Lakers had a good thing going until the Raptors came to town. Their 2 win streak was halted in a 121-107 thrashing from Toronto.

Lakers lost to Minnesota on the road just over a week ago but I think they’re improving and they’ll be coming to this one motivated.

First of all avenging the loss but second of all getting back on track after that loss to the Raptors. Against a Timberwolves team that is yet to win on the road this season as well and then of course have the issues with Jimmy Butler.

The Lakers defense is very slowly improving and I think we’ll see that here.

Lakers -5

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November 6th, 2018 NBA Betting Tips

GraemeWritten by Graeme

We made it three sweeps in a week last night as we went 3-0. After a poor October it’s nice to see November going well and I hope it continues.

We had the Oklahoma City Thunder -3.5 with the belief that with one team surging and one team regressing, that would continue here. To their credit the Pelicans battled hard but the Thunder opened both halves in a big way and deservedly got the win.

We had the Nuggets -2. Vin loves picking them due to the elevation. It really is a factor and the Nuggets have just been excellent at home too. Boston are an excellent team and they scared us initially with a big start where they went 34-19 in the first quarter. Nuggets however, backed by a tremendous performance from Jamal Murray, came back and got the deserved win and covered the spread in the process.

Finally we had Clippers -5 and they won by 11 points with a 120-109 victory. A great night and one that was nice was how convincing the victories were. Often you get wins of a point or two and hell it’s nice but we know luck/variance was on our side that time. So a real hell of a good night to have those three.

We turn our attention to November 7th, 2018 and just the four games. The Mavs look to turn their skid as they host the Wizards. Both teams only have two wins this season. The Bucks go to Portland in what should be a hell of a game.

Let’s get to it:

Bucks vs Blazers Betting Tips:

This is one of those games where you can come up with about 500 reasons as to why to bet one end of the point spread, and not bet the other.

So I am going with Bucks -1.5.

The Bucks are just an incredible team – we know that. We’re still at the stage of the season where everything is fresh too and they’re motivated to keep the wins going. I mean they only have one loss this season and that’s at TD Garden. That’s a brutal place to get a win but boy did they come close.

They bounced back from that with an absolute demoliton job on the Sacramento Kings and you have to think they’re going to come here motivated. Blazers aren’t a team they’re going to underestimate either.

Blazers have had an impressive season thus far but this is also a team that lost at home to the Lakers. They’ve got no-one to stop the Greek Freak.

Bucks out rank the Blazers in a lot of the key offensive stats and they have so much to them. Giannis is just going to run wild I think.

So bet that now.

That’s all I have for today. Vin is a big fan of Wizards/Mavs Over 225 if anyone is looking for additional action. Watching the way they performed against the Knicks though I’m slightly concerned that the Wiz defense is going to step up. Also concerned about the Mavs motivation although you have to hope being at home we’ll see a better performance from them. Also Dwight Howard is playing only his third game – not sure how he fits in and what that’ll change.

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November 1st, 2018 NBA Betting Tips

GraemeWritten by Graeme

It was an 0-1 night to end October after an absolutely scintillating performance from Derrick Rose. He was fighint back tears at the end and that’s understandable as it was an absolutely sensational performance from him. He set a career high record of 50 points and it was absolutely classic. One of those bets where it sucks hard to lose but man – you almost don’t mind it.

Sorry about the delay in tips today. One of those days where time just gets away from me. Work wise the end of the month/beginning of the month is always an insane time for me.

A lot of good action last night in the NBA. We saw a couple of games go to overtime. The Brooklyn Nets scraped a victory over the Detroit Pistons 120-119. Griffin did what he could there but it wasn’t enough for the Pistons.

The Bulls will feel hard done by as they couldn’t get it done at home. The Nuggets won 108-107. LeBron and his Lakers held off a big 4th quarter by the Mavericks to squeak a victory 114-113.

76ers vs Clippers Betting Tips:

The Philadelphia 76ers already have a pretty strong home/road split going with exactly 4 wins at home and 4 losses on the road.

I think that’s going to be a big factor in this game tonight and they’ll relish it. The thing is it looks worse than it is – losses to the Raptors, Bucks and Celtics on the road? That’s nothing. That’s expected. Sure they got blown out in all three of those games but still very tough battles.

They’ve been excellent at home and I think knowing their road results they’ll go into this one wanting the result that much more.

The LA Clippers are no pushover but they are coming off a very poor game where they turned over the ball 24 times. That’s going to weight heavy on them tonight and the 76ers don’t turn the ball over a lot.

Simmons and Fitz are going to be killing it with the rebounds tonight and I believe every team the Clips have beaten so far are below .500.

I like the 76ers to continue their perfect home form with a solid win. They’re not the best at covering the spread but I’ll take them to do so tonight. 76ers -5.5.

Pelicans vs Blazers Betting Tips:

I took the Blazers last time out against the Rockets and I’m feeling good about backing them again tonight even though it’s a big 8 point spread.

This is a team that stood up against the Lakers debut of LeBron James and whipped them 128-119. They took down the Spurs with ease at home too.

Every single player is performing well while the Pelicans are struggling. They’ve lost 3 in a row after a good start and you see that confidence fading. Their defense can’t do a thing to stop the points coming in despite the fact their offense has put in over 100 every game this season.

Blazers will also be motivated after that payoff sweep and I just see this one going Blazers way. Blazers -8.

Sorry again about the lateness of these picks.