Another set of exciting NBA games is about to get underway, and it’s a day sports betting fans can’t afford to miss as the top teams from the Western Conference return to action.
While the Houston Rockets, Oklahoma City Thunder, and San Antonio Spurs will all aim to continue their hot starts to the season, the Golden State Warriors will look to pave their way back to the top of the online gambling ladder.
Philadelphia 76ers @ Toronto Raptors (October 22, 07:30 GMT+8)
Jonas Valanciunas had a brilliant display in their opener against the Bulls, and he will need to replicate his performance if he wants to lead the Raptors to another win. Of course, DeMar DeRozan, Kyle Lowry, and Serge Ibaka are still there, but the Sixers’ depth—with Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid leading—isn’t something they can underestimate. With that in mind, I believe Philly can win on +8.50 @ 2.03.
Dallas Mavericks @ Houston Rockets (October 22, 08:00 GMT+8)
With two straight losses and their prized rookie Dennis Smith Jr. absent, Dallas don’t have much chance of winning this fight against their Texas rivals. Houston might be frustrated with the injury to Chris Paul, but it should only provide James Harden more opportunity to showcase his MVP-calibre skills.
Indiana Pacers @ Miami Heat (October 22, 08:00 GMT+8)
Both sides will be without their best players, with Hassan Whiteside out for the Heat and Myles Turner for the Pacers, so this battle will undoubtedly be a feisty affair between their backcourt players. I like the odds of Miami though considering Indiana weren’t able to beat them during their two visits at American Airlines Arena last year. Go for the Heat -9.50 @ 1.91.
San Antonio Spurs @ Chicago Bulls (October 22, 08:00 GMT+8)
If there is one positive the Bulls got from their issue with Bobby Portis and Nikola Mirotic, it is that Lauri Markkanen had the opportunity to get significant playing time. However, the 20-year-old rookie can’t really help them much when they host the Spurs who remain strong despite the absence of All-Star forward Kawhi Leonard. If you’re punting, choose San Antonio -9.50 @ 1.93.
Orlando Magic @ Cleveland Cavaliers (October 22, 08:00 GMT+8)
Who’s beating the Cavs in the East? It’s obviously not the Magic who didn’t even survive the Nets. Cleveland will certainly miss Derrick Rose’s production, but LeBron James is considered the best basketball player in the world for a reason.
Detroit Pistons @ New York Knicks (October 22, 08:00 GMT+8)
No matter how talented Porzingod is, he just can’t lift the Knicks alone. On the other hand, although the Pistons lost to the Wizards the last time out, I like what Tobias Harris, Andre Drummond, and Reggie Jackson have shown so far. That being said, overcoming a -2.00 handicap that pays 2.02 should be attainable for Detroit.
Golden State Warriors @ Memphis Grizzlies (October 22, 08:00 GMT+8)
The Warriors got their season going with a hard-fought win against the Pelicans, and that should keep them confident when they visit Memphis. Marc Gasol and Mike Conley will make life hard for the Dubs; nonetheless, it’s unlikely Golden State will let another W get away.
Portland Trail Blazers @ Milwaukee Bucks (October 22, 08:30 GMT+8)
Milwaukee have the future of the NBA in Giannis Antetokounmpo, but is the ‘Greek Freak’ enough to stop the explosion of Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum? This one should be a closely-contested affair, especially with the two teams entering their third game in four days. However, playing at home should give the Bucks the advantage. Go for Milwaukee -3.50 @ 1.97.
Oklahoma City Thunder @ Utah Jazz (October 22, 09:00 GMT+8)
Russell Westbrook aka Mr. Triple-Double is back. This time, however, he has super friends scoring 20-plus points alongside him.
There’s no doubt Oklahoma City’s ‘Big 3′ will be tested against Utah’s solid defence, but the Jazz shouldn’t pose much of a challenge as they lack a legitimate scoring threat. Considering all these, choosing the Thunder -5.00 @ 1.95 is the best move to make.
Sacramento Kings @ Denver Nuggets (October 22, 09:00 GMT+8)
After winning against Dallas, Sacramento will look to build on the momentum they got when they face the Nuggets. Nevertheless, Denver should be a tough nut to crack as they will be motivated to get their first win at home and of the season.
Not to mention that the home team have the rest advantage over the Kings.
Phoenix Suns @ L.A. Clippers (October 22, 10:30 GMT+8)
What are the odds of the Suns losing to another Los Angeles team in back-to-back games? Well, Phoenix surely won’t like their chances when they fight the Clippers at Staples Center. After all, the Clips seem to be playing just well in the post-Chris Paul era with Patrick Beverley and Milos Teodosic manning the floor.
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Disclaimer: Odds are correct at time of publish.