The NBA regular season is just about a month old and there has already been a shake-up between some of the top contenders and projected longshots in the early win/loss column. To help get you ready for all the action over the next four days NBA Betting Trends will take a closer look at some of the nationally broadcast matchups on the slate starting with an exciting double-header on TNT this Thursday night.
The Los Angeles Clippers are off to a 7-4 straight-up start through this past Tuesday night’s games and they are 6-5 against the spread. The total has gone OVER in eight of the 11 games. They will be on the road this Thursday for a Western Conference showdown against the 7-3 Oklahoma City Thunder. The Thunder have won their last two games SU but they are still just 4-6 ATS. Los Angeles will be on the road against Minnesota on Wednesday night while Oklahoma City remains idle.
The second game on TNT this Thursday pits the Chicago Bulls against the Denver Nuggets. The Bulls have overcome a shaky start to win their last five games as Derrick Rose continues to return to form. They are now 6-3 SU on the year but still under .500 ATS at 4-5 with the total staying UNDER in six of those nine games. The Nuggets have struggled out of the gate to a 4-6 SU start with a 5-5 record ATS. The total has gone OVER in seven of the 10 games.
ESPN will feature a double-header of NBA action this Friday starting with San Antonio on the road against Memphis. The Spurs have picked up where they left off last season with nine SU wins in their first 10 games. Despite the success on the court they have not been the best team to wager on with an even 5-5 record ATS. The total has stayed UNDER in seven of their first 10 games. The Grizzlies are one game over .500 so far at 6-5, but they have been even more costly to bet on with a 3-7-1 record ATS. San Antonio will host Boston on Wednesday night while Memphis squares off against Golden State on the road.
Friday’s second game on ESPN sends the Warriors on the road against the Los Angeles Lakers in a division matchup. Golden State is on top of the Pacific at 8-3 SU and riding a four-game winning streak heading into Wednesday night’s clash against the Grizzlies. It is 6-4-1 ATS and the total has gone OVER in eight of the 11 games. The Lakers are 5-7 SU on the year heading into this game. They have covered in six of their first 12 games and the total has stayed UNDER in seven of those contests.
Jumping ahead to Saturday, the Nuggets will be back in action at home against the Dallas Mavericks in a game that will be nationally broadcast on NBA TV. The Mavericks head into Wednesday’s game against Houston at 7-4 SU after winning their last two outings. They will play host to Utah on Friday night before making their way to Denver. Dallas is also 7-4 ATS this season with the total going OVER in seven of those games.
NBA TV will also broadcast Sunday’s Phoenix vs. Orlando game in a 6 p.m. tip at the Amway Center. The Suns are a surprising 5-5 SU and a profitable 8-1-1 ATS heading into Wednesday night’s game against Sacramento. They will be on the road against Charlotte before heading to Florida for Sunday’s game. The Magic have gone 4-6 SU (5-5 ATS) in their first 10 games. They will host Miami on Wednesday night as part of a home-and-home series that concludes with a road game against the Heat on Saturday.
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