Today’s NBA card features four games of what should be closely contested matchups. With the lowest total of the night at 214.5 in the opener of Rockets and Thunder, and the highest in the late game of 241 in Bucks and Warriors, we should be in for another evening packed with offense and 3-point shots. We’re here to bring you the must-read betting notes from around the Association to help you make the best NBA wagers.
HUGE IMPACT OF POTENTIAL INJURIES
The Rockets look for their fourth straight victory to get back to .500 on the season as they travel to Oklahoma City to take on the Thunder who have won six straight games.
The Thunder enter today’s game scoring 111.4 points on 44.6 percent shooting and allow opponents to score 108.8. They are led by Russell Westbrook’s 48.9 percent from the field and 24.1 points per game. Pay attention to the injury report as he’s still on there and listed and questionable for today’s contest with an ankle injury. The biggest injury news on the Rockets sideline is Eric Gordon who is questionable with a leg injury.
The total has gone Under in 11 of Oklahoma City's last 15 games when playing at home against Houston and today looks no different in this contest. Take Under 214.5 for the full game total.
OUT OF HAND EARLY
The Celtics find themselves as 9.5 road favorites as they travel to Phoenix to take on the Suns. The Celtics are coming off a big loss to the Nuggets on Monday night where they allowed Jamal Murray to score 48 points. Unfortunately for the Phoenix Suns entering the contest scoring only 100.6 points per game isn’t going to cut it versus a Celtics team allowing only 101.3 points per game and playing some solid defense.
This game could get out of hand early. One of the biggest mismatches occurs in first half scoring with Boston allowing a league’s best 48.8 first half points, 20.9 in the first quarter. The Suns average the lowest first quarter points in the Association with 22.8 and 48.2 for the half. Look into taking the Celtics in a first half spread.
THE SUNS' BRIGHT SPOT
The Suns are as good as Devin Booker is shooting and unfortunately for him, the Celtics are only allowing opposing shooting guards to shoot 39.1 percent from the floor, contribute 20.4 points per game.
There is no reason to believe the Suns will be able to keep things close versus a Celtics defense that forces opponents into taking tough shots. Doubling down on a game total and taking the Under in the full game also looks like a profitable angle. With the total going Under in four of the last five games when Boston travels to Phoenix, and Boston’s under hitting in four of their last five overall, take Under the 215 as the Suns will likely be held to Under 100 in this contest.
INSIDE THE PAINT
The Los Angeles Clippers have won six of their first 10 games. They are led by Tobias Harris’ 53 percent field goal percentage and 21.3 points per game. As a team they are scoring 116.2 points per game at 47.5 percent from the field and surrender 109.8 points per game. Today they travel to Portland to take on the Blazers who enter averaging 117.3 points per game on 47 percent shooting, they are surrendering 107.4 points per game and have won two straight contests.
The Blazers are coming off a 118-103 home victory versus the Bucks. Confidence should be high for all players, especially CJ McCollum who posted a season high 40 points. The Blazers shot an incredible 52 percent from the field.
Blazers’ center Jusuf Nurkic looks to be in for a big night as he finds himself in a very favorable matchup. The Clippers are surrendering 28.1 points per game and allowing opposing centers to shoot 57.2 percent from the floor and accumulate 14.4 average rebounds per game. With the Clippers giving up 49.8 points in the paint per contest, look for the Blazers to target their big man inside and take his points, rebounds, and assists total Over.
The 8-2 Bucks travel to Golden State to take on the 10-1 Warriors in what projects to be a high scoring matchup with the total set at 241. Both teams enter atop the Association in points scored per game, with Milwaukee averaging 120 on 47.6 shooting and Golden State 123.5 on an astounding 51.9 percent shooting.
Bucks point guard Eric Bledsoe is coming off a 2-12 shooting performance, but despite that he’s still averaging 12.7 points per game and contributing offensively averaging 4.2 rebounds per game and 6.3 assists. Last year in their two meetings, he shot 8 of 16 from the floor including 3 of 5 from beyond the arc in the first meeting, then in their second contest shot 9 of 11 from the floor. The good thing about backing Bledsoe is even if he’s not shooting well, he’ll contribute to help orchestrate plays and make up for the lack of points through the assist game. Look into taking his total Over 23.5 as points in general should be easy to come by in this matchup.