A 10 game slate in the NBA today means plenty of money-making potential. There are some juicy lines, but best of all, there are some highly competitive and entertaining matchups that should provide fans and bettors alike with plenty to look forward to today. Here a just a few of the best games on the schedule and some winning picks.
Charlotte Bobcats 3-3 at Minnesota Timberwolves 5-2
At 3-3, the Bobcats have to be happy with their early season performance compared to last year, but they are also hungry to get better. They’ll have to tough task of playing at Minnesota, where no visitor has won yet this season.
The Timberwolves are off to a hot start without their best players, Ricky Rubio and Kevin Love, proving that their offseason acquisitions, including Brandon Roy, have added enough depth to keep them going for now.
The T-Wolves should get the job done tonight at home, expect the improved Bobcats to cover +7.5 on the road. Minnesota is just too banged up to beat up on any team right now.
Miami Heat 6-2 at Los Angeles Clippers 5-2
The Heat continue their title defense taking on a very good Clippers team, who has actually played better on the road than at home so far this season.
The Heat are getting solid production from the “Big Three”, with LeBron James leading the team in scoring, assists and rebounding. However, today James will go up against the team he has the lowest scoring average against, the Clippers. The Clippers have played well defensively against just about everybody, giving up 94.1 points per game. In contrast, the Heat are giving up more than 100.
The Heat are one-point favorites today, but I like the Clipps today at home. If they are able to limit James and not let him control the game, then they should grab the edge. Take LA in this one.
Memphis Grizzlies 5-1 at Oklahoma City Thunder 6-2
Since dropping the season opener, the Grizzles, winners of five straight, are off to their best start in franchise history, but their streak will be put to the test today as they take on OKC. The Thunder also have a five-game win streak on the line tonight.
Memphis has handled Russell Westbrook in the last four meetings, forcing him into under 35% shooting, but Kevin Durant is another story. Durant has a career average of nearly 30 points per game against the Grizzlies. Memphis is giving up 91.7 PPG so far this season, while the Thunder are allowing 92.
The teams matchup extremely well and it should be a very close game, which I would give the slight edge to the Thunder for the home court advantage. However, I do think Memphis will cover the +5.5 spread in a close loss tonight.