NBA Handicap Betting Preview – Thursday 10th November By @DavAulak

Minnesota Timberwolves @ Orlando Magic – Amway Center at 00:00

These two teams might be in the bottom half of the NBA in terms of what kind of quality they have on the roster, but both the Orlando Magic and Minnesota Timberwolves are expecting big improvements this season. They have made some moves to show improvement, but at the moment inconsistent results have been the feature of their early season form.

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Orlando have employed Frank Vogel to improve their results and Minnesota employed Tom Thibodeau and both of those Head Coaches have had success previously with the Indiana Pacers and Chicago Bulls respectively. Both are known for their Defensive Coaching, but it will take time for their new teams to really understand what the new voices in the locker room are going to want from them.

It is the younger Minnesota roster which is taking a little more time getting to grips with what Thibodeau wants from them and they have only held one team under 100 points so far this season. The Timberwolves have particularly struggled on the road and are playing in a back to back spot which is difficult especially as they heading home after this one.

Orlando can take advantage of that spot and they have played better at home for the most part. The concern has to be that the Magic are 0-2 against the spread as the favourite this season, but they are 5-1 against the spread against Minnesota at home and I do think Orlando are catching them at the right time in this one.

 

Handicap Betting Pick: Orlando Magic – 3 Points at 2.04 with Pinnacle

 

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Chicago Bulls @ Atlanta Hawks – Philips Arena at 00:30

The Atlanta Hawks came out fired up and motivated when they visited the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday, and they came away with an upset win on a night where Donald Trump had one of the biggest upset wins of the year.

Backing up emotional wins on a back to back is tough, but when you’ve invested as much as Atlanta have had into that win then it is even more difficult without the rest between games. They will have to bring the same intensity into this game as they take on the Chicago Bulls who have been inconsistent behind their new look roster.

The Bulls have a big game on Thursday night when they visit the Miami Heat for Dwyane Wade’s big homecoming, but you have to think they will come out in this one with something to prove. Chicago have had a couple of big wins at home, but the motivation has to be to show they can take that toughness on the road and take on one of the quality teams in the Eastern Conference.

They don’t have a good record in Atlanta in recent years, but Chicago can challenge the Hawks on the boards and that will give them a chance in this one. With the Hawks likely to struggle to bring the same intensity to the court as they had in Cleveland I can see the Bulls keeping this one close and taking the points looks to be the play.

The bench could be important for Chicago in this one and I like the Bulls here.

 

Handicap Betting Pick: Chicago Bulls + 3.5 Points at 1.92 with Unibet

Prices correct at time of writing.

By @DavAulak.

 

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NBA Handicap Betting Preview – Sun 6th March by @DavAulak

Detroit Pistons @ New York Knicks

The New York Knicks are coming in off a heart breaking loss to rivals the Boston Celtics and I think it will take something special to pick themselves up from that. The Play Offs look like they beyond the Knicks who have had two terrible months and now they host the Detroit Pistons who are just about hanging on to the Number 8 Seed in the Eastern Conference.

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The Pistons should be well rested, but they have not exactly encouraged their backers when set as the road favourite of 6 points or fewer. However that is cancelled out by how poor New York have been as the home underdog of 6 points or fewer plus the manner in which this team was beaten on Friday night.

That emotion is tough to ignore and I think it will be tough for New York to pick themselves up with little rest. I also think the Pistons are simply the better team who are about to embark on a very important part of their season and Stan Van Gundy should have them ready to get that run off to a good start.

Detroit have struggled at Madison Square Garden which includes a defeat here in December, but poor records can be snapped as Sacramento showed when winning at Dallas earlier this week. I think the fresher team will come out and put together a victory here and will back the Pistons to cover.

Handicap Betting Pick: Detroit Pistons -5.5 Points at 2.00 with Matchbook

 

Brooklyn Nets @ Minnesota Timberwolves

The Minnesota Timberwolves will point to a young core and next season as the time for them to make a significant push towards the Western Conference. That won’t change the fact that this season has been a disappointment and they are coming in off another game where the youngsters will have said they have learnt something.

Too many turnovers cost them against the Milwaukee Bucks, but they host a really average Brooklyn Nets team on Saturday and should be able to bounce back. That might especially be the case because of the effort Brooklyn put in last night to beat the Denver Nuggets on the road in Overtime.

The Nets would have put in a huge physical and emotional effort in that win and back to back games is tough enough without the need for travel as Brooklyn will have done for this game. All in all it is tough for them to back that up, although my concern has to be how poor Minnesota have been at home this season, especially as the home favourite.

However, this looks a very good spot for Minnesota to bounce back from their loss on Friday. Brooklyn are 3-3 straight up in their last six games during this long road trip, but I think the effort of Friday has a big impact here and I will back the Timberwolves to cover.

Handicap Betting Pick: Minnesota Timberwolves -4.5 Points at 1.77 with 888Sport

Prices correct at the time of writing.

By @DavAulak

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