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December 17th, 2017 NBA Betting Tips

VinWritten by Vin

A 1-2 record last night.

The Spurs did manage to grab a measure of revenge against the Mavericks as they grabbed the win, but the margin of victory wasn’t quite enough to cover the spread. San Antonio got off to a real sluggish start, scoring only 43 points in the first half and were down ten at the halfway mark. They came back and won, but were unable to cover the -9 spread.

Minnesota looked on their way to the win after a strong first half, but in the second half their defense completely failed them. They allowed just 42 points in the first half before letting the Suns explode for 66 in the second half. This team has had trouble finishing at times and this one cost them the game outright.

We did grab a win with the Cavaliers -8.5 over the Utah Jazz. This one was close as the final was 109-100, but a win is a win. LeBron James had his 60th career triple double in this one. He is simply amazing.

Let’s finish this weekend strong with our tips on today’s games.

Sacramento Kings vs. Toronto Raptors Betting Tips:

The Raptors have now won eight of their last nine games and have had some really impressive wins during this run. They beat the Nets by 120-87 just a few nights ago and last week they beat the Kings on the road 102-87. Toronto has been doing on both ends of the court and they are at home for this one.

The line is a bit high, but Toronto has shown that big lines aren’t a problem when they are locked in. We think they will be tonight and the Raptors -12.5 is a nice pick here.

Indiana Pacers vs. Brooklyn Nets Betting Tips:

Fans of defense should turn their eyes away from this one. These two teams love to score points, play at a fast pace and wait for their turn to get the ball back. These two teams played a game earlier this season with the final score of 140-131. That’s a lot of points.

The Nets play at the second highest pace in the NBA while the Pacers rank sixth in Offensive Rating. Both teams rank in the bottom half of the league. You know what that means, POINTS!

We’re taking the over 216.5 in this one. While 271 might not be repeatable tonight, we can easily see this one in the 220-230 range.

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Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Washington Wizards Betting Tips:

The Cavs got the win for us last night and are now 18-2 in their last twenty games. That is an insane run and LeBron James is having an amazing season thus far. This will be a back-to-back game with both Dwyane Wade and Tristan Thompson getting some scheduled rest, but LeBron James will be on the court and does anything else really matter?

Washington has had their struggles and missing John Wall for a period didn’t help them. They had eyes on the top seed in the East this year, but that already seems out of reach. John Wall is back, but he’s coming back slowly. On Friday against the Clippers he shot just 5-for-16 from the field. We think this Wizards team is good and will be watching them going forward, but not tonight.

The Cavs +2 are on fire right now and the Wizards are still figuring things out. This should be a good game, but ultimately the Cavs in a position where they are getting points is too good to pass up.