Betting is a huge part of sports whether we participate in it or not.
Las Vegas dictates the methods in which we bet. You have prop bets (will Player A or Player B start in Tuesday’s game?), specific player bets (how many points will Player A score in the first half?), futures (which NBA team will win the Western Conference?), etc.
The most common amongst betting websites is the over/under method of betting or betting against the spread. With a large slate of games set for today, I’ll be taking a gander with the the spread.
If you’re looking for where to find the over/under or spread numbers, you can head to Bovada, Sportsbook, etc. on your desktop or use your cell phone to search for mobile NBA odds under the same name. Each site serves the same purpose, just under separate brands.
Here are my picks for the three best matchups on tonights NBA schedule which includes a rematch of the Western Conference finals and Josh Smith versus his former team part dos.
The number in the parenthesis is the teams’ record against the spread.
Atlanta Hawks (8-4-0) at Detroit Pistons (5-6-0)
Favorite: Pistons (-4.5)
Coming into tonight the Pistons have the second worst defensive rating in the NBA. That wasn’t planned in the blueprint when Joe Dumars assembled this team together in the summer. Combine that with their predictable offensive struggles and you’ve a dilemma. Two days ago the Atlanta Hawks defeated Detroit 93-85. With no change in Detroit and Lou Williams getting back into game shape I expect a similar outcome.
Brooklyn Nets (4-7-0) at Minnesota Timberwolves (8-5-0)
Favorite: Timberwolves (-6.5)
Brooklyn has struggled against the spread this season due to the team faltering under every set of expectations placed upon them this season. With injuries plaguing everyone that matters on this team not named Joe Johnson, Brooklyn’s chances of stopping Minnesota is awfully low. Did I mention that the corpse that is Kevin Garnett has to guard Kevin Love? You see where I’m going here.
San Antonio Spurs at Memphis Grizzlies
Favorite: Spurs (-1.5)
If not for a four-game win streak from the Memphis Grizzlies this spread would be higher. But the San Antonio Spurs have the Grizzlies number like no other team in the league. Despite Zach Randolph‘s “resurgence” the Spurs have the personnel to limit what Memphis’ does best: thrive in the paint. San Antonio, including the playoffs, has won the last five over Memphis. I expect that trend to continue tonight.