NBA Handicap Betting Previews – Sun/Mon 8th/9th Nov by @DavAulak

LA Lakers @ New York Knicks – Madison Square Garden at 20:30

Both of these big market franchises are in the midst of a rebuild to try and turn them back into Championship material, but it has to be said that the New York Knicks look considerably further along than the LA Lakers.

Both sets of fans have to accept there will be a lot more downs than ups this season, but it can be tough to see a team lurch from one disaster to another. The Lakers at least snapped their winless start to the season by beating Brooklyn last time out and are facing a Knicks team off the back of three straight losses.

However, it is the Knicks who have generally been more competitive and they have had the more difficult schedule early in the season.

The New York Knicks are 4-0 against the spread in their last four home games against the LA Lakers and I think my team can win this one.

Handicap Betting Pick: New York Knicks -4.5 Points at 1.78

 

OKC

Oklahoma City Thunder

Phoenix Suns @ Oklahoma City Thunder – Chesapeake Energy Arena at 00:10

This is a big game for the Oklahoma City Thunder who are trying to get snap a three game losing run and I like them to do that against the Phoenix Suns.

This has been an inconsistent start to the season for the Phoenix Suns, but they have to expect that with some of the moves they have made in the off-season.

The Suns are a team that is solid to back as the road underdog and they have a decent record against the Oklahoma City Thunder going 5-2 against the spread in the last 7 meetings.

However, it has been some late collapses that haven’t helped the Thunder in recent games and controlling those should see them dominate this game and win by double digits.

Handicap Betting Pick: Oklahoma City Thunder -8.5 Points at 1.93

Prices correct at the time of writing.

Odds provided by Eastbridge Sports Betting Brokerage

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NBA Handicap Betting Previews – Sunday 8th November by @DavAulak

New Orleans Pelicans @ Dallas Mavericks – American Airlines Centre at 01:30

Neither of these teams have been playing to the level that they would have expected to be in the early portion of the season. The New Orleans Pelicans are dealing with a number of injuries which isn’t helping their cause, while the Dallas Mavericks are keeping some of their better players on limited minutes as they recover from injuries.

Even with those issues in mind, not many would have picked New Orleans as being 0-6 at this stage of the season after reaching the Western Conference Play Offs last season. They are also trying to pick themselves up from a narrow home loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Friday when rallying in the Fourth Quarter and that kind of effort for a short-handed line up could hurt on a back to back.

The Dallas Mavericks are looking for their first home win of the season having lost back to back games at the American Airlines Center. They have been shooting poorly in their last couple of games, but this is a Pelicans Defensive unit that haven’t had an easy time in shutting down opponents.

Dallas are 8-3 against the spread in their last 11 games against New Orleans, and while the Pelicans have been a decent pick in back to back games, they should come up short in this one.

HANDICAP BETTING PICK: Dallas Mavericks – 4.5 Points @ 1.85

 

Jason Kidd

Jason Kidd

 

Brooklyn Nets @ Milwaukee Bucks – BMO Harris Bradley Centre at 01:30

The Brooklyn Nets were expected to be one of the weaker teams in the NBA this season, but now the pressure is building on Lionel Hollins as they try and snap their winless start to the season. It doesn’t get any easier when they visit the Milwaukee Bucks who have won three in a row to get back to 0.500 and once again look a Play Off contender in the weak Eastern Conference.

Jason Kidd has led his team to a 4-1 record against Brooklyn since leaving that post as Head Coach and the Bucks are 4-0-1 against the spread in those games. With his team improving in recent games and earning an impressive win at Madison Square Garden on Friday night, Milwaukee have momentum behind them.

It had to have hurt the Nets in losing to the LA Lakers at home on Friday as they were favourites to win that and there is clearly something not right here. Bad moves in the off-season haven’t helped and the Nets will do well to reverse their 3-8 run against the spread in their last 11 in Milwaukee.

Both teams had tough games on Friday, but the winning feeling and the home advantage could be key for Milwaukee and I like the Bucks to cover.

HANDICAP BETTING PICK: Milwaukee Bucks – 5.5 Points @ 1.90

Prices correct at time of writing.

Odds provided by Eastbridge Sports Betting Brokerage.

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NBA Handicap Betting Previews – Friday 6th November by @DavAulak

Miami Heat @ Minnesota Timberwolves – Target Centre at 01:00

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

 

Karl-Anthony Towns

Karl-Anthony Towns

 

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.

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