Ten games tip off in the NBA tonight, highlighted by the Raptors-Sixers matchup which could be a preview of the Eastern Conference Finals. But we're going to focus on a former Raptor with one of our betting tips, as DeMar Derozan heads home to L.A to take on the Lakers. We're here to bring you the must-read notes from around the Association to help you make the best NBA wagers.
Favorable matchup for DeRozan
The Los Angeles Lakers enter tonight's game with the San Antonio Spurs as one of the worst teams in the Association at defending opposing shooting guards. The Lakers allow an average of 24.5 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 5 assists a contest to opposing two-guards.
This is a great matchup for DeMar DeRozan, who enters today averaging 24 points a game with 5.6 rebounds, and six assists. He is at his most efficient when aggressively attacking the rim and getting to the free throw line, where he is a career 82 percent shooter. Take Over his points, rebounds, and assists total.
Shutting down point guards
Point guard D.J. Augustin looks to be in a difficult matchup as his Orlando Magic take on a Nuggets defense allowing opposing point guards to score only 18.2 points on 39 percent shooting. For a player attempting only 7.7 shots per game, it will be difficult to put points up versus a stingy defense.
Last year, in the one meeting between these two where Augustin played, he shot one of six from the floor, including zero of four from beyond the arc in what ended up being a 14-point blowout. Expect similar results today and back the Under on his point total.
Bad offense meets good defense
The Nets enter today’s game against the Thunder ranked 26th in the Association in shooting percentage from the field. That number is even lower over their most recent three games at 40.5 percent. It will be difficult for them to put up points on a Thunder defense holding opponents to the second-best shooting percentage in the Association at 44.1. In addition, Oklahoma City is coming off a performance where it held Detroit to 33 percent shooting for the game.
Oklahoma City has not been lighting up the scoreboard this season, averaging 111 points a game, just a shade better than Brooklyn's 108.6. The Under is a good bet in this matchup at 221.
Detroit has been on fire winning seven of their last ten games, including five of the last six. The Pistons take on a well-rested Bucks team who played their last game on December 1st.
Detroit has historically struggled when playing Milwaukee winning only two of the last seven games, and only one of the last eight on the road versus the Bucks. Over their last three games in the head-to-head, the Pistons were held to 40.5 percent shooting. The average score between these two teams in those games was 101.6 to 96.6, for Detroit. With the Under hitting in seven of the last ten meetings in the head-to-head, take Under the total of 227.5.
The Hornets have only managed one win over their last eight road games, and head to Minnesota to take on the Timberwolves who have been great at home (10-4 SU).
The Timberwolves' Karl Anthony Towns' should be in for a big game versus a Hornets team surrendering 23.8 points per game on 52.9 percent shooting and 16.5 rebounds to opposing centers. With the Hornets giving up 12.1 offensive rebounds on the road, Towns should capitalize on extra chance opportunities and rack up the stats on put backs. Take his Over 38.5 on points, rebounds and assists.