NBA Basketball Picks - Daily ATS Predictions
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The truth nowadays is that most teams have at least two stars, and most have three. If you're the Golden State Warriors, then you have five stars. Terry Stotts has his team rolling heading into Thursday's matchup.
This is Milwaukee's first game home after completing an exhaustive five-game road trip. Needless to say, the Deer are probably very happy about being back home where they are 25-5 SU this season. Despite the public stressing Milwaukee's two-game losing streak, this is the ideal scenario for the Bucks to bounce back with authority. They will do just that. Milwaukee will gallop all over the Pacers here and cover this number with little resistance.
The stock is low in Minnesota at the moment while Detroit has garnered a lot of attention in their present playoff run. Situationally, this is a prime spot for the Pistons to get tripped up. The Timberwolves will come into the Motor City and give the Pistons a scare on their own court if they don’t stage an upset outright. We’ll play it cool and take the points.
The 76ers will hone their home court advantage along with their physical presence on the boards to run the Magic right out of the City of Brotherly Love. This contest has mismatch written all over it and is the perfect venue for the Sixers to take out their frustration of Saturday's gut-wrenching loss. The Magic will not have an answer for Philadelphia's offense despite owning the fourth-ranked scoring defense in the NBA (106.7 points per game). The Sixers will have more possessions as a result of their rebounding edge, and their talent will take care of the rest. Philly will win this contest by a big margin.
Chicago will come in flat and the Hawks will make the most of it. This game will be a far different scenario for both teams as I expect Atlanta to take the Bulls wire-to-gate and win this one by decisive margins.
There is a trend in this series that the Away Team is 6-1 SU in the last seven meetings between both sides. Anyone that backs the Nets here will be banking on this narrative, but as we all know too well, these trends often set up backers for let-downs. The Heat are the fresher team, and they play better defense than their counterparts. This will be enough for the Heat to win and cover here with little resistance offered by the boys from Brooklyn.
The Pelicans hold just a 9-24 road record but did just play LeBron and the Lakers to the buzzer in their previous game. This game could go either way, but we're rolling with New Orleans in this game, as Phoenix just isn't playing to win at this point in the season.
Some of the sharper books in this market have still priced the Hawks half of a point ahead of the general trend across the market this resonates with us. After all, the Hawks had a practical blueprint for executing just over a month ago that delivered them a double-digit victory over their counterparts. We have to believe that the Hawks will implement this strategy again and see similar results. Even if it is less effective compared to the January 29th episode, Atlanta only needs a basket to win and cover here. We trust they will get it.
This is the first time the Knicks are the chalk in 2019. This is a direct by-product of the Knicks finding a groove at the worst time imaginable as many expected them to be tanking to get the number one pick in the draft lottery. Due to their present penchant for pulling upsets, Knicks takers find themselves in a zig-zag here which sets up the Cavaliers to be a true value play. New York will get back to what it has been doing all season long now that they are no longer the hunter but the hunted. Cavs pull the upset here if you want to call it that.
As long as the defense shows up for Utah, they should be able to pick up the win at home on Wednesday. ESPN's matchup predictor is giving the Jazz a 77.6 percent chance to win this game, as tipoff is set for 8 p.m. from the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City.
Situational betting is a strategy we look to utilize, and this scenario sets up as an ideal position for the Hornets to submarine the Rockets. We saw Houston come into Minneapolis before the All-Star break priced around the same number we see here, and the Timberwolves would go on to win the game by double digits. All this after Minnesota's stock was low and the Rockets were riding a hot hand. History will repeat itself in Charlotte with a Hornets team looking to reclaim their home court supremacy they are known for. Charlotte will get the job done, we'll play this one outright.
This game is a nationally televised fixture, and though neither team will be found in the NBA Finals this season, the potential for fireworks remains high. This game will a back and forth contest with perhaps many lead changes. As a result, we can expect to see New York come in under the number in what will be a hard-fought contest settled by a couple of baskets at most.
The Hornets have established a reputation as being a different team on their own court. Cultivating a strong sense of home-court advantage the Hornets can use this stage as an opportunity to bolster that acclaim by potentially upsetting a dynasty in their own yard. The Hornets will respond to their bitter defeat on Saturday by taking it to the champs and at the minimum give Golden State a scare.
It remains a mystery as to how Orlando responds to the upset they endured on Friday. On the flipside, Toronto is riding a seven-game win streak, and we will hop aboard as they are due for a cover given their lack of profitability as of late. This seems like the ideal scenario to back the Raptors as they are the better team and likely offered at the better price given how they have hurt their takers' pockets as of late. Toronto will cruise to an emphatic win.
We will go ahead and trade away the basket here to take the Suns outright on the Money Line. Though Phoenix has no true incentive to win this match we suspect that Atlanta’s accommodating defense will make it easy for the Suns to feel it is worth an earnest effort. Phoenix’s offense will find its stroke and end their losing streak at sixteen. The Suns get the W.
The last four games between these two sides were settled by a margin of five points or less. As a result of this trend, the Pelicans may look savory here with the points, but that is only a representation of the market's firmness that Indiana will handle its business. The Pacers will smother New Orleans from the get-go and take the Pelicans wire-to-gate in what could be a blowout win for Indiana.
Westbrook will begin the second half of his season with 24 triple-doubles to his name. He finished last season with 25 and had 42 of them when he won the MVP back in 2016-'17. The scary thing is that even though Russ is averaging 21.7 points, 11.2 rebounds and 11.2 assists per game, he's not even leading MVP votes for his own team. The 11.2 assists per game are enough to put him at first in the league this season, while he and George hold the No. 1 and No. 2 spot for steals per game. Tipoff is set for 8:30 p.m. from Chesapeake Energy Arena.
It always helps when you get two of your best ball-handlers back in the lineup, as LeBron is tied with Rondo for a team-high 7.6 apg. James is still the best player in the league averaging 26.8 points and 7.7 rpg, and will try and slow down the MVP candidate James Harden. Kyle Kuzma had stepped up big time in LeBron’s absence, as he is second on the team in scoring with 19.1 points per game. We’re rolling with the Lakers in this game and expect LeBron to get this team back in the playoff hunt starting with a win over Houston.
For those that feel bold, the Heat may actually be worth a look here on the Money Line (+225) as an upset could very well be in the making. Be that as it may, there are more than enough points on the table here for the Heat to cover as their smothering defense will afford them to chance to slow down Philly’s high-powered offense (115.9 points per game – 3rd in the NBA) and make this a four-quarter game.
The Trailblazers are going to need tremendous defense and other scorers to rise to the occasion to take down Steve Kerr's Warriors team. Curry and Durant both lead this team in scoring, as they get roughly 56 points a night between the two. You then have Thompson who averages 22.1 points a night, Cousins who averages 14.1 points, and then Draymond Green at the forward position. We're predicting this to be a pretty close game. The Trailblazers have played the Warriors close in their last two matchups. Portland enters this game with no injuries, as Andre Iguodala remains day-to-day for Golden State. Bet on Golden State to roll in this game.