The defending champs hit the court for the first time in 2014 when the Miami Heat host the Golden State Warriors. Meanwhile the New York Knicks travel to San Antonio to face the Spurs.
We talk to Brad Kennedy of topbet.eu, about the betting action and where the odds could end up before tipoff.
Golden State Warriors at Miami Heat - Open: -4, Move: -4.5
The Warriors may be the NBA's hottest team having won six games in a row heading into South Beach to face the Heat, but the money has heavily sided with Miami, who have put up a not too shabby 8-2 record in their last 10 games. Miami will also likely be without Dwayne Wade for the game and bettors don't seem to mind that either.
"Eighty-three percent of the public money is on the Heat ATS. Miami opened as four-point faves, and that has since changed to -4.5," Kennedy told Covers. "Expect to see the spread continue to move in the same direction as the start of the game draws nearer."
The money on the total for this game is close to an even split, with the Under seeing slightly more action at 51 percent.
New York Knicks at San Antonio Spurs - Open: -11, Move: -11.5
Things don't get any easier for a Knicks team that has lost its last three games as they open a three game all-Texas road trip tonight in San Antonio, before heading to Houston and Dallas. And just as New York fans are starting to loss all faith in the Knicks season, so are bettors.
"As of writing this, there are still seven hours to go before the game, but at this point, not one bettor has taken the Knicks against the spread," Kennedy said.
Kennedy also expects this spread to move more in favor of the Spurs as gametime inches closer.