NBA Betting Preview for February 12, 2014

NBA Betting Preview for February 12, 2014

The NHL is on a long winter break–even their website has been rededicated to Olympic hockey coveragewith news and game previews. Pro hockey won’t resume until late this month (February 24th and 25th to be exact) so that means that basketball has taken center stage for sports betting enthusiasts. Both pro and college basketball will be on the board for Wednesday though the NBA will also be taking a break this weekend for the annual All Star Game. In this post we’ll take a look at some of the top games and best betting options for Wednesday’s NBA card:

MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES AT ORLANDO MAGIC: The Grizzlies won by 9 at home in late December, just barely managing to cover the -8′ point spread. Memphis is definitely the better team but current form favors the Magic. Orlando has won and covered 4 of their last 6 games while Memphis has lost 3 of 4 SU and 4 of 5 against the spread. The Grizzlies miss Mike Conley badly (he’ll be out for this game) and at the moment the game is ‘off the board’ for wagering. If a number gets posted we’ll be taking a look at the home underdog. Note that Memphis has gone ‘Under’ the total in 12 of their last 14 games pending the outcome of Tuesday’s matchup with Washington.

DALLAS MAVERICKS AT INDIANA PACERS: Intriguing matchup. Pacers are now the favorite to win the NBA title at some sportsbooks but at first glance this price seems a bit high. Then again, Pacers pounded the Mavs by double digits in two games last season and they’re likely better now than they were then. Dirk Nowitzki left last night’s game for the Mavericks but later returned and is expected to play here. Our numbers have the Pacers winning by 9 in a game that just barely goes ‘Over’ the total.

ATLANTA HAWKS AT TORONTO RAPTORS: Both teams are kind of hard to figure. Hawks have been up and down all year but have lost three straight both SU and ATS. They played reasonably well in those losses, however. Raptors were a pointspread machine after sending Rudy Gay packing and had covered 14 of 18 before going 0-2-1 ATS in their last three games. Pointspread looks about right but I’d rather back the home team. Strange sidebar–when teams play uptempo against the Hawks they do very well. Atlanta is 14-5 ATS in games against opponents averaging more than 99 PPG. Best play may be ‘Over’ the total.

CHARLOTTE BOBCATS AT BROOKLYN NETS: Nets one of the biggest disappointments in the NBA while the Bobcats are really coming together. Al Jefferson is playing as well as any power forward in the game at the moment and Charlotte goes after it on the defensive end. No clue why Brooklyn favored by 7′. Bobcats are the play.

SACRAMENTO KINGS AT NEW YORK KNICKS: Neither team likes to play defense but the Knicks have more offensive weapons. Then again, New York has been capable of laying an egg against anyone this season. Look to play this one ‘Over’ the total.

DENVER NUGGETS AT MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES: Both teams banged up and missing key contributors. Denver misses Ty Lawson more than anything. Kevin Love should be enough to get the T-Wolves the outright win but Denver should be able to keep it competitive.

PHILADELPHIA 76ERS AT UTAH JAZZ: Sixers have been terrible of late losing back to back games by 30+ points. Jazz definitely a step down in class from the Clippers and Warriors but Utah plays tough at home and is very competitive on most nights despite a lack of top flight talent. Sixers just aren’t competitive at the moment. We’ll lay the price with the hard trying home team.

PORTLAND TRAILBLAZERS AT LA CLIPPERS: At first glace this is a huge price to be laying against a classy Portland team but the Blazers are off a huge game against Oklahoma City while the Clippers are rested. Both teams like to go at it uptempo so the ‘Over’ might be the play.