Essential betting tidbits for Christmas' NBA action

Dec 24, 2013 |
Essential betting tidbits for Christmas' NBA action
After you open your presents, there are five NBA games to enjoy this Christmas.
Photo By - USA TODAY Sports
After you open your presents, there are five NBA games to enjoy this Christmas.
Photo By - USA TODAY Sports
Here at Covers, we want to wish you a Merry Christmas and what would be a better gift from us to you, than a stocking stuffed full of all the best NBA betting tidbits for Wednesday's action.

Chicago Bulls at Brooklyn Nets (-3, 188)

The Bulls have not only struggled to win games since Derrick Rose went down with yet another knee injury, they have struggled to keep games close. They are just 4-11 SU and ATS without Rose in the lineup.

Brook Lopez's foot injury really hurt the Nets. Including the game Lopez got injured, the Nets are averaging just 32.6 total rebounds per game.That is four less than the worst rebounding team in the NBA.

Oklahoma City Thunder at New York Knicks (+8, 200)

The Thunder sport an impressive 8-5 mark ATS on the road this season. But recent visits to Madison Square Garden haven't been kind to the Thunder, who haven't covered in their last four trips there.

The Knicks already rank 25th in the NBA in scoring at 95 points per game and could be without their best player. Carmelo Anthony is questionable with a sprained ankle, he is averaging 26.3 points per game.

Miami Heat at Los Angeles Lakes (+8.5, 206.5)

It's crazy to think, but LeBron James may be getting better. He is shooting a ridiculous .599 from the floor this season and leads the Heat in scoring (25.4), rebounds (6.9) and assists (6.6) per game.

If you were told in October that Nick Young would be the leading scorer for the Lakers at this point in the season, you probably would have laughed. Don't. He is, at 15.6 points per game.

Houston Rockets at San Antonio Spurs (-7, 209)

If the Rockets want to be included in the list of elite teams in the West, they will have to improve at the defensive end of the floor. Of all the current playoff teams they allow the most points per game at 102.4.

The Spurs are not surprisingly 22-6, but have had a bit of trouble against top competition. Their last three losses have come against the Thunder, Clippers and Pacers and all have been by more than 10 points.

Los Angeles Clippers at Golden State Warriors (-2, 205)

The Clippers are looking for their sixth win in a row Wednesday. They have scored 113.6, while only giving up 98.2 points per game during their current win streak.

It's hard to beleive the Warriors would be the eighth seed in the Western Conference if the playoffs started today. Their last four losses have been by four points or less.

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