NBA Betting 2-24-17 – Free Picks

Tonight is the first large slate since the All-Star break. We went 1-1 yesterday, getting a late cover by the Pistons, but losing with Houston. 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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Washington Wizards at Philadelphia 76ers +7.5 Total: 216

Washington heads to Philadelphia to take on the Sixers in what will be the first game for both teams coming off the All-Star break.

The Wizards are playing some of the best basketball of the season. They come into tonight’s game with a four-game win streak. Washington is third in the Eastern Conference and is 13 games above .500 with a 34-21 record. They last played on Feb. 16th, taking care of the visiting Pacers by a score of 111-98.

The 76ers will be without Joel Embiid tonight and have parted ways with center, Nerlens Noel. At 21-35, they are far out of the playoff race, but they have had one of the better seasons in years in 2016-17. Before the break, they lost to the visiting Celtics on Feb. 15th.

Betting Action

Wagering action has been heavy on the Wizards, but so far, the line hasn’t moved much off the opener of -8. That is where the odds stand now across the board at online sportsbooks.

Prediction

Even without Embiid, I like the Sixers to show up tonight. Jahlil Okafor was surprisingly not deal at the deadline, even though, everyone in the league thought he would be leaving the City of Brotherly Love. He should get some confidence tonight that he has stuck around.

Furthermore, Philadelphia is considerably better at home than they are on the road and have kept games close, even with competitive teams for quite a while now. They are 8-19 away from the Wells Fargo Center, but 13-16 on their home hardwood.

Pick: 76ers +8

Dallas Mavericks at Minnesota Timberwolves -3 Total: 203.5

The Mavericks head to Minnesota to take on the Timberwolves, a team they’ve had plenty of success against in the past few years. The Wolves have won just one of their last nine games against Dallas.

The Mavs are still contenders in the tough Western Conference, despite a sub .500 record. At 22-34, they’re just three games behind the Denver Nuggets for the final playoff spot. They lost their previous two games before the All-Star break, last playing on Feb. 15th.

Minnesota isn’t out of the playoff race yet either. However, they will have to fight the Mavericks and several other teams to reach that 8th spot. They had a critical win before the All-Star break, beating the visiting Nuggets 112-99 at the Target Center to put their record at 22-35.

Betting Action

The odds opened with the Timberwolves as a -3.5 favorite. Despite heavy betting action Timberwolves, the odds have moved in the other direction to put the Wolves at -3. The total opened at 203 and has moved to 203.5 at most spots. Action on the total has been mostly even, with a slight majority betting on the over.

Prediction

The total in this one seems quite low. Some sportsbooks are still dealing 203 as well, so I would jump on that if you can and fire on the over. LaVine’s loss has hurt the Wolves offensively, but they’re still an excellent offensive team that should be able to put up points against the Mavericks without issue. The same can be said for Dallas, which is a much stronger team at home and is playing a below average team defensively in Minnesota.

Pick: Over 203.5

Joseph Falchetti

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