NBA Betting 2-01-17 – Free Picks
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Minnesota Timberwolves at Cleveland Cavaliers -7 Total: 213
Cleveland is still the top team in the Eastern Conference, but they’re firmly amid a slump. The Cavaliers lost seven of their last 11 games, which has seen their once almost insurmountable lead in the East to shrink to just 2.5 games.
Their record fell to 32-15 after losing to a bad Mavericks team in Dallas on Monday. The game was close in the final minutes, but once again Cleveland’s defense failed them when they needed to get stops late in the game.
The Timberwolves are headed in the other direction. After a rough start to the season, Minnesota has come over the past month or so and have gone 5-1 over their last six contests. They’re also coming off a day’s rest like Cleveland, after beating the visiting Orlando Magic on Monday evening.
It’s still an uphill battle for the Wolves to get into the postseason, but they’re within striking distance with more than 30 games left. Their 19-29 record is just 2.5 games behind the 8th seeded Denver Nuggets.
Action has been heavy on Cleveland so far, with about 80 percent of wagers coming on the home team. The odds opened at Cavaliers -7 and haven’t moved off the number so far. The total opened at 213 points with betting action split 50/50, so far that number also has not moved yet.
While I do think Cleveland covers in this game, they’re a tough wager at – 7, with how poorly they have been playing. The Timberwolves can score points, and both teams don’t defend well. Both are giving up around 105 points per game and while I think they’re both going to be well-rested coming into this one – they will exert most of their energy on the offensive end. I would suggest jumping on this one early, as I think it is likely that the total rises as we get closer to tip.
Pick: Over 213
Chicago Bulls at Oklahoma City Thunder -3.5 Total: 207
The Bulls were thought to be contenders in the East before the season started and while they would make the playoffs if the season started today – their season has a disappointment. They head to Oklahoma City to face a Thunder team is coming off a loss last night.
Chicago is coming off several days of rest as they come into this game. They last played Sunday, where they hosted the 76ers and ended up notching a 121-108 victory. However, they’re still a game below .500 with a 24-25 record. Sunday’s win snapped a two-game losing streak.
Chicago is mostly healthy. They’ve had quite a bit of turmoil lately in their locker room. Even some of the smaller personalities on the team, such as forward, Taj Gibson, have weighed in the drama. He’s expected back in the lineup after missing the victory over Philadelphia.
Oklahoma City is playing a back-to-back after losing 108-84 at San Antonio last night. The Thunder have lost their last two games, and three out of their last six. Even though they are the 7th seed in the West, they are almost assured a playoff spot with their 28-21 record. They currently have a six-game lead on the 8th seeded Nuggets.
The Thunder will be without Enes Kanter for several more weeks after he punched a chair during a game against the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday.
The Thunder opened as favorites in this game at -4. Betting action has been close to even, but does favor OKC slightly. The odds have shifted to -3.5 and -3 since opening.
My favorite side of the evening. The Bulls are a lost team in everyone’s minds right now, but I think they may be closer in the locker room than most think. Either way, they can get it done out on the floor, even with turmoil behind closed doors, as they showed on Sunday evening.
Yes, it was the Sixers, but they won that game in convincing fashion. I’ll take this team getting points against a Thunder team coming off a game last night and missing one of their key big men.
Pick: Bulls +3.5