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NBA Handicap Betting Preview – Friday 18th November by @DavAulak

New York Knicks @ Washington Wizards – Verizon Center at 00:00

It has been a long time, but there are reasons to be excited about being a New York Knicks fan these days, mainly thanks to Kristaps Porzingis who looks like a Superstar in the making. He is only in his second year, but looks very comfortable around some big names in the Knicks starting rotation and Porzingis was once again the main man in the win over the Detroit Pistons.

Playing on back to back days is tough, but the Knicks are not the only ones in that situation with the Washington Wizards also having played on Wednesday. While the Knicks were winning, the Wizards were going down to the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday and injuries as well as a new voice at Head Coach are just slowing down a team that were expected to improve after last season’s failure to reach the Play-offs.

John Wall will be played on a back to back for the first time, but Bradley Beal looks set to be absent again and the Knicks are certainly capable of winning here and getting back to 0.500. There have been a couple of Defensive adjustments that have helped the Knicks win two games in a row and they should have the edge on the glass which can be important in games to separate close teams.

Washington have struggled on the Defensive end of the court and have had problems defending the three point arc which has to be a concern for them. The bench play has also been important for the New York Knicks and I am surprised they are being given the points in this one despite being just 2-7-1 against the spread in the last ten against the Wizards.

The Knicks are on the road where they have been blown out in their last two at Boston and Toronto, but Washington are not one of the better teams in the Eastern Conference at this moment. The Wizards should get better but they have lost three in a row and I don’t think they should be asked to cover this many points against a team in decent form like they are facing on Thursday.

Handicap Betting Pick: New York Knicks +3 Points at 2.07 with 188Bet 

 

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Kristaps Porzingis

 

Portland Trail Blazers @ Houston Rockets – Toyota Center at 01:00

I don’t think it is possible for me to know exactly how the Houston Rockets blew their chance to win at the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday. They missed so many open looks and James Harden struggled massively from the field, but I am going to back them on their back to back to cover against the Portland Trail Blazers.

Only going cold in the final six minutes prevented the Rockets from winning that game at Oklahoma City, but the Portland Trail Blazers have been having a really hard time Defensively. The Trail Blazers were blown out by the Chicago Bulls in their last game and have now allowed 105 points or more in five consecutive games.

One of the problems for the Trail Blazers has been their struggles when it comes to defending the three point arc and I can’t see Houston missing all their looks like they did on Wednesday. Portland have also been dominated on the glass and giving Houston second looks will only break down that three point Defense even more with the likes of Ryan Anderson, Eric Gordon, Trevor Ariza all able to join Harden in being effective from that range on a more usual day from the field.

The Trail Blazers don’t have the same depth as Houston and while Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum will have their moments, it might be tough to stay with the Rockets. Portland do have a 6-2 record against the spread in their last eight in Houston and have at least had a rest day between their last game and this one, but I think the Rockets will be focused to bounce back after blowing their game at the Thunder on Wednesday.

I think Houston are going to be able to score too many points for the Trail Blazers to stay with them as the Rockets have also been showing better signs Defensively. All of that should play in for a Houston win by around seven to ten points and I will back them to cover the points.

Handicap Betting Pick: Houston Rockets – 4.5 Points at 1.90 with Unibet

Prices correct at time of writing.

By @DavAulak.

 

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NBA Handicap Betting Preview – Tuesday 1st November By @DavAulak

Sacramento Kings @ Miami Heat – AmericanAirlines Arena at 23:30

Playing on a back to back is tough, but this is even more difficult for the Sacramento Kings as they are playing for the third day in four nights on the Eastern side of the United States. That is difficult as the Kings look to bounce back from a defeat at the Atlanta Hawks on Monday and this looks a very good opportunity for the Miami Heat to win their first home game of the new season.

This isn’t the Heat of a few years ago with all of the ‘Big Three’ either moved on or not able to play due to health issues. Losing Dwyane Wade will have been an even more bitter moment for the fans than when LeBron James decided to go home, while Chris Bosh looks like he will be forced into retirement with the Heat not happy to play him with the blood clot issues that have come up in each of the last two seasons.

Pat Riley is now constructing a new look roster and while they have some solid pieces in the likes of Hassan Whiteside and Goran Dragic, Miami don’t look a genuine contender to Cleveland in the Eastern Conference. Whiteside could be very important in this game as he looks for better than the cramping that affected him in the loss to the San Antonio Spurs and he will need his size to give DeMarcus Cousins all he can deal with.

Despite the record, Miami haven’t played badly defensively but instead are looking for a few more ways to score points. Dion Waiters has been attacking the rim but is looking for more contact to go to the line and I do like this spot for Miami to get rolling with some fatigue likely to be in the Sacramento legs.

The Heat have a 11-3 record against the spread when hosting Sacramento in recent seasons and I will look for them to win this by around 7-10 points to get off the mark at home.

 

Handicap Betting Pick: Miami Heat -3.5 Points at 1.82 with Pinnacle

 

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Hassan Whiteside

New York Knicks @ Detroit Pistons – The Palace at 23:30

After the way the Detroit Pistons were blown out by the Toronto Raptors in their opening game of the season, it was no wonder Stan Van Gundy was spitting feathers and looking for improvement across the board. He has gotten that in the last two games, particularly on the Defensive side of the court, and the Pistons are looking for three straight home wins.

Much of that is down to holding their last two opponents to 82 points and 83 points respectively, but this might be seen as a much bigger test for Detroit after the New York Knicks moved to 1-1 behind a 111 point effort against the Memphis Grizzlies. There are still some teething problems for the Knicks to improve upon, but the starters have offered some encouragement with their play.

A problem has still come defensively with New York lacking the depth behind the starting five and it has to be remembered that the Grizzlies almost recovered a huge deficit in their loss at Madison Square Garden. The Pistons might not expose some of the three point issues in this one without Reggie Jackson running the point, but they can dominate the glass with Tobias Harris and Andre Drummond and that has been a key to their successes so far this season.

Dominating the boards means having more second chance points, and also increases the pressure on the Knicks to make sure they are making the right percentage shots. Drummond’s size is also huge to prevent the likes of Derrick Rose making their penetrations into the paint and can give the Knicks some real issues unless they can get the big man into early foul trouble and limit his impact on the game.

This does look a good game and it is one the Knicks have enjoyed with a 16-6 record against the spread against the Pistons. I just feel the way Detroit are playing Defensively makes the difference, especially when the bench players are in the game, and the Pistons can come away with a win by around 6-8 points and earn the cover.

 

Handicap Betting Pick: Detroit Pistons -4 Points at 1.87 with Eastbridge Sports Betting Brokerage

Prices correct at time of writing.

By @DavAulak.

 

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NBA Handicap Betting Previews – Wednesday 13th April by @DavAulak

New York Knicks @ Indiana Pacers – Bankers Life Fieldhouse at 00:05

The New York Knicks have had another difficult season which has ended with the team being far from a Play Off calibre one. Rumours surrounding Carmelo Anthony’s future continue to dominate the back pages, while the lack of a First Round Draft Pick means Free Agency will be key for them.

Before all that, the Knicks need to hire a permanent Head Coach as Kurt Rambis continues to lead them on an interim basis following the firing of Derek Fisher. This off-season is going to be a big one for Phil Jackson to show the Knicks fans he is going to get this right in New York and the next Head Coach appointment is key to that.

The Knicks have continued to play hard and may be getting too many points against the Indiana Pacers who confirmed their Play Off spot last time out. That could easily see this young team just exhale following the pressure to get into the top eight in the Eastern Conference and that will make it tough for the Pacers to win this one by double digits as they are being asked to.

I do think Indiana will likely win the game as they look to finish with the Number 7 Seed in the East, but New York’s two defeats to them have come by a combined eight points this season. Only two of their last eleven games have seen the Knicks lose by more than nine points and I am going to back them to give it their all for their final game of the season and stay within this number.

Handicap Betting Pick: New York Knicks +9.5 Points at 1.91 with Pinnacle Sports

 

Brandon Jennings

 

Miami Heat @ Detroit Pistons – The Palace of Auburn Hills at 00:35

Both the Miami Heat and Detroit Pistons will be playing in the post-season beginning this weekend, but they still have some Seedings to sort out in the final two days of the regular season. The Heat are hoping to finish as high as Number 3 in the Eastern Conference, while Stan Van Gundy has made it clear he wants to finish Number 7 with the Pistons to underline a strong season.

That should mean a competitive game on Tuesday, but I think the well rested Detroit Pistons can get the job done and cover a small spread. They have been very strong at doing that at home this season and Detroit have won three in a row at home against the Miami Heat.

Both teams have shown some solid form to close the season, but I think it is hard to ignore the fact that Miami have been struggling on the road. That makes earning a home series in the First Round vital for them and perhaps the Heat are looking ahead to the game at Boston tomorrow night which could determine who hosts that potential First Round series between those teams.

Miami might be the team that can give Cleveland the most issues in the Eastern Conference, but I think it is going to be a tough task for them at Detroit. The Pistons are 7-2 against the spread when favoured by 3 points or fewer at home this season and I will back them to cover and keep the pressure on Indiana for the Number 7 Seed in the East.

Handicap Betting Pick: Detroit Pistons -2.5 Points at 2.01 with Matchbook

Prices correct at time of writing.

By @DavAulak.

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