Last night’s NBA slate was a little on the sparse side as a large portion of the nation waited upon the Presidential Election results.
Well, it’s confirmed: Obama has been reelected. Our reward? A massive 13-game schedule from the Association. You’re going to need some help sifting through these if you want to make it out with your money intact.
Brooklyn Nets @ Miami Heat
Whilst early season hype is all too easy to hurl out there, it’s hard not to look at this season’s Heat team and think: ‘Wow, they’ve got something going on there.”
Save for a loss in New York, Miami (3-1, 3-0 home) has been red hot to open the season, averaging a 111.8 PPG. Take out that loss and the Heat is averaging 121 points. That’s something else.
Brooklyn (1-1, 0-0 road) will be faced with the unenviable task of trying to beat the Heat tonight. What’s more, the new-look side will need to win at AmericanAirlines Arena, where the home side remains unbeaten.
Brooklyn has more than enough to give the Heat some trouble, but few will back the NYC team tonight. While Miami doesn’t measure up in the low post, the sheer firepower on hand – not to mention the assists that are flying around in South Beach – means that the Heat will be hard to beat.
Odds: Miami (-9) enters as favorites. The over/under is 200.
Take: Miami – You won’t make a lot of money, but the Heat will get the job done. Take the Nets to cover the spread though; Miami seems as good at conceding points early as scoring. Take the over; both sides know how to put points on the board.
Denver Nuggets @ Houston Rockets
Hey, have you heard of that guy James Harden? He’s averaging 35.3 PPG for the Houston Rockets.
Harden has certainly raised a few eyebrows in his short tenure in Space City and it has Houston (2-1, 0-1 home) looking like a different team. The Rockets will host Denver (1-3, 0-3 road) tonight.
Whilst Harden and Houston have been making headlines, the Nuggets have gotten off to a tough start to the season, although part of that is to do with the number of road games the team is playing. The Nuggets – despite their record – have a whole heap of talent, and will more than likely be in the thick of things come playoff time.
Odds: Houston (-2½) is favored at home. The over/under is 206½.
Take: Denver – With Andre Iguodala added to the mix, Denver is a better team than last year and perhaps the best side Houston has faced yet. The Nuggets will be looking to jump on the momentum of last night’s win over Detroit. Take the under; whilst both teams can score in bunches, expect Denver to bring some defense to the table.
Los Angeles Lakers @ Utah Jazz
You’d have to have been living under a rock the size of Oquirrh Mountains to not know about the struggles of the Los Angeles Lakers (1-3, 0-1 road). A win over Detroit on Sunday deflected some attention, but all eyes will once again be on Kobe, Dwight, and Co. tonight.
Utah (1-3, 1-0 home) hasn’t fared any better than the Lakers this season, but of course the big difference is that much less expectation fell on the shoulders of the Salt Lake City side. Tonight offers an excellent opportunity to make a big statement, and get the season turned around. Actually, that goes for both sides.
The Lakers will still be without Steve Nash once again as he continues to rehab a (mildly) fractured leg. Steve Blake will deputize, and most likely watching what he says after the league fined him $25,000 for using profane language.
Odds: Utah (-1) is favored in this one. The over/under is 194.
Take: LA Lakers – How often are you going to get to bet on the Lakers as an underdog this season? Despite the panic that has engulfed much of Tinseltown, the Lakers have enough to win, especially against Utah. Take the total to go under.
Wednesday’s Full Schedule (Favorites highlighted)
Phoenix @ Charlotte (7 PM ET)
Washington @ Boston (7:30 PM ET)
Indiana @ Atlanta (7:30 PM ET)
Brooklyn @ Miami (7:30 PM ET)
Memphis @ Milwaukee (8 PM ET)
Philadelphia @ New Orleans (8 PM ET)
Denver @ Houston (8 PM ET)
Orlando @ Minnesota (8 PM ET)
Toronto @ Dallas (8:30 PM ET)
LA Lakers @ Utah (9 PM ET)
Detroit @ Sacramento (10 PM ET)
San Antonio @ LA Clippers (10:30 PM ET)
Cleveland @ Golden State (10:30 PM ET)