NBA Betting 1-27-17 – Free Picks

We have a full 10-game slate on the hardwood today. All our odds will be quoted from BetOnline (Full Review) and are accurate at the time of posting. However, be sure to line shop for the best price.

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Brooklyn Nets at Cleveland Cavaliers -15 Total: 226.5

The Nets travel to Cleveland to take on the Cavaliers on Friday evening. Both teams are looking to rebound after tough losses, where they held early leads.

To say it’s been a rough year for Brooklyn would be an understatement. The Nets dropped to 9-35 after blowing a lead to the visiting Heat on Wednesday night. They hold the worst record in the Eastern Conference and the entire NBA.

Cleveland is still first in the East, but they have been suffering from a slump themselves for several weeks now. The Cavaliers have lost six out of their last eight games, including an 116-112 defeat against the visiting Kings on Wednesday.

Nevertheless, they still have one of the best records in the NBA at 30-14. It was reported yesterday that New York tried to trade Carmelo Anthony for Kevin Love, but Cleveland management denied their offer.

Betting Odds

The odds opened at Cleveland -15.5, but have dropped to -15 at most sportsbooks since opening. Nearly 70 percent of wagers have come in on the Cavaliers so far. The total opened at 226 points and has moved just slightly to 226.5.

Prediction

I’ve been betting on Cleveland for the past week against mediocre or poor opponents, figuring that they would have a “blow up” game and destroy inferior opponents. So far, that hasn’t happened, but I am betting it happens tonight.

The Cavaliers won’t have any issues taking care of business tonight against the NBA’s worst team, and I expect them to win this by halftime. Brooklyn is going to have an extremely tough time scoring, and I expect Cleveland to be up by 20-30 points at halftime and hold onto that lead.

Pick: Cavaliers -15

Memphis Grizzlies at Portland Trail Blazers +1 Total: 207.5

The Grizzlies travel north to Portland to take on the Trail Blazers at the Moda Center on Friday evening.

Memphis is having another strong, but not quite elite season, which seems to be customary for them in the past few years. The Grizzlies last played on Wednesday against the visiting Raptors and put together a tough-fought 101-99 victory.

The Grizzlies’ record on the season moved to 27-20 on the season after the victory. They have a firm hold on the 7th playoff spot in the Western Conference. JaMychal Green and Chandler Parsons missed Wednesday’s game but are both expected to play tonight.

Portland is coming off two straight victories, but have won just two out of their last six contests. They last played on Wednesday, beating a visiting Lakers’ team 105-98 that is currently playing some of the worst basketball in the league.

Their 20-27 record has them knocking at the door on the West’s 8th seed, which is currently held by the Denver Nuggets. They’re just a game behind them for the final playoff spot in the conference.

Betting Odds

The game originally opened as a pk. Bettors have favored the Grizzlies in this one, which has pushed the odds to Memphis -1 at most bookmakers. The total has risen to 207.5 after initially opening 206 points.

Prediction

Portland is a tough team at home, but this is a tough matchup for them. I originally had an interest in the Blazers in this game, but my attention turned to Memphis after reports that they would be healthy again tonight and line movement began to favor them.

Offensively, they should have no problem scoring tonight and present a tough matchup for both Lillard and McCollum. They will have to contend with Tony Allen on the perimeter and Marc Gasol in the paint.

Lay the points on the road.

Pick: Grizzlies -1

Joseph Falchetti

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