NBA bettors are getting excited as the regular season begins to get into the full swing of things. There are plenty of good games to bet today in the league and here are a few that you should be sure to watch and wager on today.
Minnesota Timberwolves 1-0 at Toronto Raptors 0-2
The Timberwolves notched their first win without the services of Ricky Rubio or Kevin Love, but they will go on the road today to the Great North to take on the Raptors where they have not won since 2004. Minnesota will need the type of team effort that they had in their opener, with every player in their starting five scoring at least eight points.
Minnesota’s depth will serve them well again today against the 0-2 Raptors with veterans Andrei Kirilenko and Brandon Roy. Look for the T-Wolves to pull out a road win against the struggling Raptors and cover the +3 point spread.
Phoenix Suns 1-1 at Orlando Magic 1-0
The Magic will be undermanned today as Hedo Turkoglu broke his hand in the season opener and is expected to miss at least a month. They will need another big performance out of “Big Baby” Glen Davis today, who scored 29 points in their win against Denver.
Phoenix is still getting used to playing without its leader, Steve Nash and is 1-1 on the season. The Suns have lost five of their last six against the Magic, but those games involved Dwight Howard, so expect them to have more success today even on the road. I like Phoenix with its new roster included Luis Scola to not only cover +1.5, but win outright today.
Atlanta Hawks 0-1 at Oklahoma City Thunder 1-1
The Atlanta Hawks lost in more ways than one in their season opener as Josh Smith injured his right ankle and will not play today against the Thunder. Of course, this will make an already tough road game tougher without their best player for the Hawks.
Meanwhile the Thunder are still getting used to life without James Harden, but should still have plenty of firepower to deal with the short-staffed Hawks. Look for OKC to take care of business at home at cover the -9.5 point spread today.
Detroit Pistons 0-2 at Los Angeles Lakers 0-3
Everyone in LA has been in panic mode since they lost their first game, so at 0-3 it’s a borderline crisis for the team that loaded up with All-Star talent during the offseason. To make matters worse, Steve Nash suffered a small fracture in his left leg and will be out for at least up to one week, including the game against Detroit today. Steve Blake will start in his place.
Despite the setbacks though, the Lakers should still have plenty of talent to beat the Pistons and there’s no good reason why they should start the season 0-4, which would be their worst start since 1957 when they were the Minneapolis Lakers. Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard are playing well and that’s about all they will need today. Take the Lakers to cover -8 points at home and get their first win.