There are 12 teams in action across the Association Thursday headlined Paul George making his Clippers debut and Kristaps Porzingis making his return to Madison Square Garden. Monique Vág brings you the best betting notes, props and predictions from around the league to help you win your wagers on the hardcourt.
FINDING THE OPEN MAN
The Milwaukee Bucks are the largest favorite of the night, laying 11.5-points as they host the Chicago Bulls. Chicago has only averaged 43.5 percent shooting from the floor, and 106.7 points a game. On the other hand, Milwaukee averages the highest points per game on its home court at 123.3 per contest.
The Bulls have been one of the better teams defending opposing point guards in terms of points per game but have struggled versus the extra pass giving up a very-high 7 assists per contest to that position. Look for Eric Bledsoe to build off his success orchestrating the offense and bet Over his assists total of 5.5.
The Dallas Mavericks get a shot at redemption as Kristaps Porzingis makes his return to Madison Square Garden to take on the New York Knicks as 7.5-point favorites. The Mavs lost 106-102 at home to the Knicks back on Nov. 8 and were not able to overcome the 36 first quarter points they gave up.
It was a shocking result considering the Knicks are the lowest scoring first-half team in the Association averaging 49.1 first half points per game. Tonight, they go up against the highest scoring first half team, as the Mavs are averaging 61.4 points. Look for Dallas to get out to another quick start and back them on the first half spread of 3.5-points.
The Los Angeles Clippers play on the tail end of a back-to-back when they visit the New Orleans Pelicans after falling 102-93 to the Houston Rockets last night. The Clippers are currently 6-point road faves over the 2-8 Pelicans and even better, Paul George is expected to make his season debut today. However, it is also likely Kawhi Leonard sits this one out for load management.
The Pelicans are one of the worst teams defending opposing point guards allowing an average of 29.3 points, 3.1 made 3-point shots and 9.5 assists per contest. The Clips’ Lou Williams has logged big minutes over the last six games and has attempted no less than 15 shots per game throughout that stretch. He's also been active on both sides of the ball and is in a position to thrive versus a weak Pels defense. Bet Over his points, rebounds, assists total.
EFFICIENCY AT ITS FINEST
The Phoenix Suns have won six of their first 10 games this season and they’ll look to make it seven-of-11 when they host the Atlanta Hawks as 7-point favorites.
Devin Booker is having a career high in shooting from the floor and is hitting an incredible 51 percent of his shots from beyond the arc. This is a great game for Booker to take advantage of a Hawks squad that is struggling with its perimeter defense, allowing 25.2 points, and 3.1 made 3-point shots to opposing shooting guards. Look for Booker to get hot and bet Over his points total of 26.5.
A HOT HALF
The Brooklyn Nets hope to improve on their 1-6 road record this season as they travel to Denver to take on the Nuggets, but will be in tough, currently listed as 9-point underdogs. To make matters worse, the Nets will be without Caris LeVert, but Kyrie Irving (shoulder) is upgraded to questionable for the contest. However, the Nets have had success in their last 10 games versus the Nuggets, winning seven outright.
The Nets average the second highest first half points per game with 59.4 and are coming off a game where they put up 68 in the first half against the Jazz on Tuesday night. Meanwhile, the Nuggets have been slow starters averaging 49.6 first half points per game. Look for Brooklyn to keep things close early on and bet them on the first half spread getting 5-points.
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