NBA Betting 2-15-17 – Free Picks

We have a full slate of NBA action tonight with 14 games on the schedule. 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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San Antonio Spurs at Orlando Magic +10.5 Total: 206.5

The Spurs head to Orlando to take on the Magic, a franchise that just traded away one of their key pieces in a trade.

San Antonio continues their gold standard of basketball, even after the Tim Duncan era has ended. Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili are still on the roster, but it’s LaMarcus Aldridge and Kawhi Leonard who are running the show these days.

The Spurs are in the middle of an Eastern Conference road trip and have so far gone 3-1 against the East. They last played on Monday evening at Indiana, winning 110-106. San Antonio has the second-best record in the NBA at 42-13. They’re second in the Western Conference, only behind the NBA-leading, Golden State Warriors.

The Magic made news yesterday after trading power forward Serge Ibaka to the Raptors for Terrance Ross. Orlando beat the Heat handily on Monday Night by a score of 116-107. The win moved their record to 21-36 on the season.

It’s a lost year for the Magic (again). They’re far out of the playoff race at this point in the season, and they are playing for pride.

Betting Action

The Magic opened as +10.5 underdogs in this contest. However, despite 70 percent or more of wagers coming in on the visiting Spurs, the line has shifted to +10 and remained at +10.5 at others.

Prediction

Most might expect the Spurs to dismantle a team that just got rid of their best post defender, but I’m not sure that is the way it plays out. The Magic are not a good basketball team, but they are extremely athletic at the guard, and forward spots and some of the older Spurs may have trouble defending them.

The odds haven’t shifted much or at all at many bookmakers, despite heavy action on the Spurs. Often, after a trade, a team will play better as they rally around each other and with other guys looking to step up and fulfill bigger roles. I could see that happening here.

Pick: Orlando +10

New York Knicks at Oklahoma City Thunder -7 Total: 218

New York heads to Oklahoma City to take on the Thunder tonight.

The Knicks are back on the road after defeating the visiting Spurs on Sunday at Madison Square Garden by a score of 94-90. It’s been a rough few weeks for New York, aside from the victory. The front office and players have exchanged barbs, and Carmelo Anthony continues to be the subject of trade rumors.

New York is only three games out of a playoff spot with a 23-33 record. However, four other teams are fighting for that spot ahead of the Knicks. A playoff berth is unlikely, but they still have plenty to play for the rest of the year.

The Thunder started the season on a tear, but they have played increasingly worse basketball as the year has progressed. They have lost their last two games, with their latest defeat coming at Washington on Monday, a 120-98 defeat of the Wizards.

Still, Oklahoma City is a playoff team if the season ended today. They have a 31-25 record and essentially have a stranglehold on the seventh spot in the Western Conference. They have a 6.5 game lead over the eighth-seeded, Denver Nuggets.

Betting Action

The odds opened with the Thunder at -7.5. Betting action has been 50/50 so far on the sides, but the consensus line at most online sportsbooks is now Thunder -7.

Prediction

Some might see this as a blow-up spot for the Thunder after they dropped two road games, but I am not sure I am buying into that. Their defense has been increasingly weak in recent weeks, and they are far from the team they were earlier in the season.

There’s no one to stop Russell Westbrook on the Knicks, but as we’ve seen, time and time again, Westbrook having a big game doesn’t equal a Thunder victory. 7 points are just way too many in my mind, and I could see the Knicks winning this game outright.

Pick: Knicks +7

Joseph Falchetti

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