After falling just short in a comeback against the Portland Trail Blazers in their opening home game, the Minnesota Timberwolves are back at home but are now the underdog. I am not convinced they should be even if this young team has been put through the ringer over the first few days of the season.
The Miami Heat certainly look like one of the better teams in the Eastern Conference, although still having some room to bridge to get closer to the Cleveland Cavaliers. They have a strong, experienced starting line up that will give the youthful Timberwolves plenty to think about, but Miami have not been a great road favourite to back in recent years.
In saying that, Minnesota haven’t exactly thrived as a home underdog, but the quick flip from a favourite to an underdog could work for a team that will want to prove themselves. Dwyane Wade is questionable for the game and Miami are on the road tomorrow night in Indiana too so they might be able to be caught by the Timberwolves in a bad spot here.
This is a small spread, but I do think Minnesota can come up as the dog.
HANDICAP BETTING PICK: Minnesota Timberwolves + 3.5 Points @ 2.02
Charlotte Hornets @ Dallas Mavericks – American Airlines Centre at 01:30
There is no doubt that the Dallas Mavericks are going to need time to gel together with a number of new faces joining in the summer. Wesley Matthews and Deron Williams are both banged up which means their minutes are restricted as is Chandler Parsons, but they are looking to bounce back from an opening home loss.
It does look a good game for the Mavericks to bounce back even if the Charlotte Hornets won their first game of the season last time out. However, I am not sure that game was something of a mirage and I still think the Hornets have some work to do.
They impressed in front of owner Michael Jordan, but this is the beginning of a road trip and Dallas have bounced back from two previous losses this season with impressive wins. They were outplayed by the Toronto Raptors in their home opener, but Dallas are better than they showed.
Dallas have won 11 in a row at home against Charlotte and only one of those wins have come by fewer than five points. I like the Mavericks to bounce back and beat Charlotte and cover the spread at home.
HANDICAP BETTING PICK: Dallas Mavericks – 4 Points @ 2.00
Prices correct at time of writing.
Odds provided by Eastbridge Sports Betting Brokerage.