The new NBA season kicked-off last week and there already have been some predictable blowouts to go along with a few stunning upsets. To help get you ready for the next four days of action starting with an exciting double-header on TNT this Thursday night, NBA Betting Trends will take a closer look at some of the more intriguing matchups on the slate.
The Los Angeles Clippers will make a pit stop in Orlando this Wednesday night to face the Magic before heading to South Florida on Thursday for a showdown against Miami. The Clippers started the season with an unexpected 116-103 loss to the Lakers as 9.5-point road favorites, but they quickly got things in gear with three wins both straight-up and against the spread in their next three games including an impressive 137-118 romp over Houston as five-point favorites at home. The total has gone OVER in all four of their games. The Heat crushed Chicago 107-95 in their season opener as five-point home favorites before taking a night off in a loss to Philadelphia and falling to Brooklyn 101-100 as four-point road favorites last Friday night. Since then, Miami has returned to form with victories over Washington and Toronto.
The second game on TNT this Thursday is a Western Conference clash between the Lakers and the Houston Rockets. Los Angeles has gone on to lose three of its next four games after beating the Clippers and the Rockets are off to a 4-1 straight-up start. Houston bounced back from Monday’s crushing defeat to the Clippers with a 116-101 thrashing of Portland on Tuesday as a two-point road underdog.
This Friday night the Cleveland Cavaliers and the surprising Philadelphia 76ers will face one another in the first of a home-and-home series that concludes on Saturday night in Cleveland. The Cavaliers head into Wednesday night’s road game against Milwaukee at 2-2 with solid victories at home against Brooklyn and Minnesota sandwiched around road losses to Charlotte and Indiana. The Sixers stunned Miami and Chicago as part of a 3-0 start to the season both SU and against the spread. They will face Washington on Wednesday night as two-point home favorites after losing to Golden State 110-90 this past Monday as seven-point underdogs at home.
The featured matchup on NBA TV this Saturday pits Indiana against Brooklyn in an early season showdown between the two of the top contenders to win the Eastern Conference. The Pacers are off to a perfect 4-0 start after beating Detroit 99-91 on Tuesday as one-point road underdogs. They will face Chicago on Wednesday night and Toronto on Friday night at home before heading on the road for Saturday’s game. The Nets are coming off a solid 104-89 victory over Utah as 9.5-point home favorites this past Tuesday to improve to 2-2 both SU and ATS. Brooklyn will be on the road against Washington this Friday night before returning home for Saturday’s clash.
There are just five games on Sunday’s schedule starting with San Antonio on the road against the New York Knicks in a 12 p.m. start at Madison Square Garden. The defending Western Conference champs are off to a 3-1 SU (2-2 ATS) start heading into Wednesday night’s game against Phoenix at home. The Spurs will also play host to Golden State on Friday night before heading east for Sunday’s game. New York has stumbled out of the gate with just one SU win in its first four games including a stunning 102-97 loss to Charlotte this past Tuesday as a 14.5-point home favorite. The Knicks will face the Bobcats again this Friday night on the road before returning home this Sunday.
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