Even with the NFL Divisional Round kicking off today, there is still plenty of NBA action to sink your teeth into. Sixteen teams are on the hardcourt, highlighted by a rematch between the Spurs and Thunder after their double overtime thriller last Thursday night. We're here to bring you the must-read notes from around the Association to help you make the best wagers.
The Pistons have really struggled losing seven of their last eight games and rank towards the bottom in points per game at 106.9. Today, they travel to Los Angeles to take on the Clippers in a series they have struggled in, winning only one of the last seven on the road and posting a 2-12 record overall.
Both teams have failed to get key stops with the Clippers surrendering 114.3 points a game, and 109.8 for the Pistons. Despite their offensive troubles, this is a favorable spot for the Pistons to finally put up some points. Take Over 220 for the game total.
Taking advantage of missed shots
Both the Grizzlies and Heat rank in the top five in opponent points per game with the Grizzlies allowing 102.5 on 44.6 percent shooting, and the Heat at 105.6 on 43.8 percent. With both teams playing excellent defense, there should be a lot of rebounding opportunities for both sides.
The Grizzlies’ Marc Gasol enters today averaging 8.7 rebounds a game and has logged 16 games with 10 or more rebounds. Today, he is in a favorable spot versus a defense giving up an average of 14.9 rebounds per game to opposing center's. Take Over his rebounding total of 7.5.
Starting quick at home
The Timberwolves return home at a good time and have played their best basketball on their own court posting a 14-7 record. Today, they host a Pelicans team who have lost six of their last seven on the road, and have struggled in the head-to-head, winning only one of the most recent six games versus Minnesota.
Over the last 10 meetings, the Timberwolves have gotten out to fast starts and have entered halftime with a considerable lead averaging 62 points to the Pelicans 53. Back the Timberwolves on the first half total Over.
Getting quick redemption
The Spurs’ DeMar DeRozan has struggled mightily over his last two games, but that is very uncommon for a player averaging 22.5 a game along with 6.2 rebounds and 6.6 assists. He is coming off a 7-22 shooting night on Thursday versus the Thunder and uncharacteristically missed two good looks to win the game in regulation and then in the first overtime.
With the Thunder surrendering 24.1 points to opposing shooting guards’ and the poor shooting night fresh in DeRozan's memory, bet him to bounce back and take Over his points, rebounds, assists total of 34.5.
Pushing the tempo
With a game total set at 233.5 there should be a lot of points to go around as the Hornets travel to Sacramento to take on the Kings. Both teams defensively surrender more than 112 a game on at least 46 percent shooting from opponents.
Both teams like to play with tempo and should try to push the pace. Although the number is high, look towards taking the Over as it has hit in five of the most recent six meetings between these two, five of the last seven Hornets games overall, and 11 of the last 16 Kings’ games.