A very close 1-3 record last night.
Let’s start by talking about the Cavs -7.5 against the Philadelphia 76ers. This game ended up being won by Cleveland outright, but only by seven points. The sad thing about this one is that -7.5 was the highest this line got all day. If you placed the bet earlier in the day it was -6.5, if you placed it closer to start time it got down to -5. So, hopefully some of our readers can chalk this up as a win.
The Wizards -3 was a loss despite a valiant effort from them in the second half. Washington started sluggish, losing the first half 62-49 and simply weren’t able to come back from that. The early start on the West Coast could’ve had something to do with this.
We had Houston -10 on the road against Portland. They won the game handily, but not handily enough for our taste. The final score was 124-117. Houston absolutely blistered them in the fourth quarter with a 40-19 score in the frame.
Our big win was the scheduled loss as the Hawks covered easily against a very tired Magic team.
Toronto Raptors vs. Sacramento Kings Betting Tips:
The Raptors are one of only four teams in the NBA in the top ten of both Offensive and Defensive rating. The other teams are the Warriors, Rockets and Celtics; teams that nobody argues are among the elite in the NBA. So, where’s the love for the Raptors? They are an awesome team with some of the best depth in the league.
They face a lowly Kings team today who are in the bottom two of both Offensive and Defensive rating. Yes, you read that right. They are the second worst team in the league in both categories.
Honestly, this is one of those games where we are surprised the line isn’t even higher. The Raptors are in another class of basketball than the Kings. This is like a top college team taking on a division II also ran. Toronto -8.5 is an easy pick here.
Denver Nuggets vs. Indiana Pacers Betting Tips:
The Pacers are a problem to be dealt with in the NBA. They are 15-11 and what they are doing is working right now. Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis are a great pick and roll tandem and this team is really looking good. They ended the Cavs winning streak and currently sit at 15-11 on the year.
Denver is in a different boat right now. They are a really good team that was looking like a playoff contender, but then an injury to Paul Millsap happened. They looked like they were going to weather that storm, but then they lost Nikola Jokic and things have looked dire since. This is still an exciting squad with a bright future, but it’s hard to get too excited about them with those two guys out of the lineup.
The Pacers -5 are a strong play here today. They are at home where they play much better, Denver is just 4-9 on the road and the Nuggets will be without their best players. What’s not to like?