Bet the Washington/Charlotte Under 234 at BookMaker.eu
Things haven’t been running smoothly for the Hornets in recent weeks, and it has everything to do with the defense not playing up to snuff at that end of the court. In winning just two of its L/8 played games, Charlotte has surrendered an average of 126.7 points per game! With that, the over went on to cash five times. Because of it, the Hornets now find themselves tied with the Orlando Magic for second place in the Southeast Division. If Kemba Walker and company have any plans of participating in the postseason, it needs to start getting after it at the defensive end of the court.
The Wizards offense has been in high gear recently in scoring at least 125 points in three of its L/4 games. However, Charlotte is the better of these two teams and I have a feeling it shows just that in this the third meeting of the year between these division rivals. This is a major litmus test for the home team. If it’s to put an end to its two-game losing streak and create some more separation in the standings, it’s going to need the defense to rise to the occasion.
Bet the Toronto Raptors -4.5 at BookMaker.eu
Off successive defeats to the Detroit Pistons and Houston Rockets, I fully expect the Dinos to take to the Pelicans hardwood looking to get this three-game road trip started off on the right foot. New Orleans looks to be the perfect opponent to do that against with Anthony Davis and company nowhere near as decent as their 33-33-1 ATS record indicates. The team has amasses only three wins the 10 times it went off the NBA betting board dogged at home. While they covered the closing NBA odds in six of those matchups, I can’t help but think they get the best of what the Raptors have to offer in this spot. If that turns out to be the case, I just don’t foresee New Orleans having enough in the tank to hang for a full 48 minutes with Toronto looking to make a statement by not letting its foot off the gas.
The Raptors have dominated this series at betting sites in covering 14 of their L/16 visits to the Big Easy, and they’re no doubt ready for some positive regression in the road chalk role after failing eight of the L/10 times. Don’t overthink it; Toronto rolls!
Bet the Los Angeles Clippers -1.5 at BookMaker.eu
This is a tough spot for Russell Westbrook and company invading Tinseltown to face a hot Clippers squad off running up and down the floor with Damian Lillard and company the previous night. Los Angeles is currently the owner of the eighth and final playoff seed in the West. Though they got some breathing room with the Sacramento Kings 4-games back, I don’t expect them to take that buffer for granted. Oklahoma City had dropped five of six outright and failed to cover eight in a row leading up to that tilt with the Trail Blazers. OKC is on the road where it’s failed to win or cover four straight times, and it stood a bankroll killing 0-7 ATS versus Western Conference opponents with Thursday’s end result pending.
On the other side of the coin, the Clippers are the current owners of a three-game win streak and they’ve beaten the linemakers in all but one of their L/9 games. LA opened up a short 1-point favorite to sweep its season rivalry from the Thunder at the Staples Center, but was bumped up to -1.5 with some -2 on the board as well. I agree with the line move and expect LA to protect its house against what will no doubt be a fatigued Oklahoma City side.