NBA Betting 1/24/17 – Free Picks
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San Antonio travels to the Air Canada Center to take on the Raptors this Tuesday night. The Spurs are dealing with several injuries, but have kept up their winning ways, despite the injuries to many stars.
They took care of the Nets easily last night, winning by a score of 112-86 to improve their record to 35-9. The Spurs have the second-best record in the West, behind the Warriors. They may still be without Ginobili and Parker tonight, but Kawhi Leonard is expected to return.
Toronto is playing some of their worst basketball of the season. They are currently in the middle of a 3-game losing streak, but they still are second in the Eastern Conference with a 28-16 record. The Raptors last played on Sunday evening, losing 115-103 to the visiting Suns.
San Antonio opened as -3 favorites. These odds have moved to -3.5 after significant action on the Spurs. The total opened at 209 points but has dropped significantly to 206 at most spots.
Toronto is a strong team at home, but the Spurs are just so excellent on the road, and they can do it without their key pieces, as well. The Raptors poor play isn’t likely to bounce back with San Antonio coming to town.
Playing without DeMar DeRozan is also going to hurt them offensively. San Antonio can make it hard to put points on the board, and you have to worry about this Raptors’ offense with their reliance on Lowry to do all the passing and scoring tonight.
Pick: Spurs -3.5
Minnesota Timberwolves at Phoenix Suns -1.5 Total: 214.5
The Wolves heading to Phoenix to face the Suns isn’t a marquee game on tonight’s schedule, but I think the game between the two young squads offers a solid betting opportunity.
The Timberwolves first season under new head coach, Tim Thibodeau, has been a disappointment. Many had high hopes for the team before the season, but they have fallen short with just a 16-28 record as we approach the All-Star Break.
Minnesota has also been the subject of trade rumors as of late, with point guard, Ricky Rubio, being in the center of such talk. He tweaked his calf in a start against the Clippers and then missed the Timberwolves’ 111-108 victory over the visiting Nuggets on Sunday. However, he is expected to be back in the starting lineup tonight.
The Suns have won back-to-back games against some decent competition and away from home. They beat the Knicks on Saturday at the Garden and followed that up with an 115-103 win over the Raptors at the Air Canada Centre.
Phoenix has played better lately, but they’re still one of the worst teams in the Western Conference. They’re only a game better than the Lakers in the conference for the bottom spot with a 15-29 record.
Minnesota opened as a -1 road favorite. Betting action has been split 50/50 for the most part between both sides, but Phoenix is -1.5 favorites at most sportsbooks currently. The total has risen quite a bit since opening at 211 points. It now stands at 215.5 or 215 points.
The Suns should take this game easily. It’s a matchup they can win on the offensive side of the ball, and with the Wolves currently caught up in trade rumors, this is a strong spot for Phoenix at home. They’ve been much better on their home court, winning 8 of 12 at home versus 7-17 on the road.
Pick: Suns -1.5