We had our NBA winning streak snapped last night with the Jazz’s impressive road win at Charlotte, so we will do our best to get back on track today. It’s obviously an NFL Sunday, so less attention will be paid to today’s NBA games, but there are a few good ones on the schedule with some nice wagering opportunities.
So let’s take a quick look at a few of the highlights on today’s NBA schedule. And for my fellow true hoops fans – we are only a few days away from the NBA’s greatest non-playoff day; the Christmas feast of hoops from noon until midnight on Wednesday! Be sure to check back for some good Christmas Day coverage and plenty of Holiday picks.
Today’s Free Picks:
At the beginning of the year we made some nice profits waiting for Vegas and the public to catch up to how good and deep the Indiana Pacers were this year. Over and over I remarked that once the lines get to appropriate double-digits for most home games, then I’ll finally have some pause and cause to stay away. They finally arrived. Indiana is a 12 point favorite at home against a feisty Boston team. I’d be stunned if Boston beat them, but I have a hard time laying 12 in a regular season NBA game. So… true to my word, I’m staying away from this one. But Indiana is 18-8-0 ATS this season, so I still lean Indy.
Instead, for today’s official pick, let’s turn our attention to the 9:30 EST nightcap with two of the more entertaining teams in the NBA locking up for a fun game…
Minnesota Timberwolves at Los Angeles Clippers -5.5 (Total: 209)
You have to be enthused for any game with a total point line approaching 210 if you are a fan of wide-open high-scoring basketball. If the Wolves are going to steal a road win, they are going to have to play better defense than they have lately. They’ve only held one team under 100 points in their last ten games. Even more alarming, teams are shooting a ridiculous 47.5% from the floor against them, while they are shooting just 42.3% themselves. That’s not a sustainable recipe for success in the NBA.
The Clippers can score on just about anybody, but expect them to really thrive against the porous ‘Wolves defense tonight. I like Chris Paul to have a big assist night, finding teammates for dunks in transition and open jumpers in the half court. Yes, Kevin Love will notch a double-double and keep things interesting, but in the end I like the Clipps by double-digits tonight.