We won’t tempt fate, but things have certainly kicked in to gear after 4-1 over the past two nights. Several more bets tonight that will hopefully let us build on that.
Milwaukee Bucks @ Orlando Magic – (12.00am)
The one single problem with this Magic team is their in-experience preventing them from properly putting teams away when it comes it. That said, they’re fast and exciting and they’re winning games at home where they’ve 3-1. The Bucks are playing game 2 of a back to back after being destroyed in Miami last night and they’re generally struggling. Their defence tends to give them a shot but they aren’t scoring well enough, and Orlando have a decent defence of their own. The Bucks are 0-7 ATS against the Magic of late and 3-9 ATS IN Orlando. After beating the Nets and the Clippers, Orlando let themselves down with losses to teams like the Celtics and Hawks and I think that’ll field the motivation to get back on track and put this team away tonight.
New York Knicks @ Atlanta Hawks – (1.00am)
The Knicks 3 point shooting has been absolutely red hot and I think if they continue making their shoots tonight they’ll keep this game fairly close. The Knicks recent ATS record in this series and their performances on the back of a let down suggest they may be due a W this evening, but we’re being given a nice 5.5 point margin as they come in as road underdogs. The Knicks are not just 8-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings overall but 9-2 ATS in the last 11 meetings IN Atlanta. The seasonal stats coming in to this one definitely supports siding more with the Hawks, but I think Carmelo Anthony will be looking to bounce back tonight and the Hawks luckless run against a Knicks team they haven’t matched up to well may just continue. At a spread of +3, I wasn’t taking this bet, but I can’t say no to +5.5.
New Orleans Pelicans @ Utah Jazz – (2.00am)
This Pelicans team is one that is very un-rated. They became a force at home as the season went on last year (as the New Orleans Hornets) but now they really are capable of going in to another teams house and winning. They’ll be disappointed but motivation after last nights big loss to the Lakers, whilst the Jazz have made no signs of a turn around and have an 0-8 record. Anthony Davis struggled with foul trouble last night which sets us up nicely here, and the Pelican’s key player was rested and played only 25 minutes, so he should be pretty motivated to get back to putting up big numbers. Utah are killing themselves by turning the ball over nearly 19 times per game and the Pelicans are one of the best rebounding teams in the NBA right now. I can see lots of second chance points that’ll kill this Jazz team again tonight.
LA Lakers @ Denver Nuggets – (2.00am)
Nothing complicated about this pick. I said this Lakers team and doesn’t impress me too much, so let’s go against them in their current circumstances. The D has not been good and the presence of Dwight Howard (gone, now in Houston) and previous consistency of Metta World-Peace (gone, now in New York) has to be a reason. On top of that, the Lakers will be without Steve Nash with injury, and of course Kobe is out for pretty much the season. Gasol is gonna have to be the leader and pull together a mix of older rotation pliers and an inexperienced line-up with the likes of Hill and Henry. This LA team needs all the pieces of the puzzle to be at their best. Denver put up a good effort in Utah and won by 20, and although the Lakers have been finding a way, this is not a very big line in the thin air of Denver as this Lakers side plays game 2 of a back to back.
Orlando Magic -6 @ 1.93 with Pinnacle
New York Knicks +5.5 @ 1.80 with Pinnacle
New Orleans Pelicans @ 1.85 with Matchbook
Denver Nuggets -8.5 @ 1.83 with Pinnacle