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Free NBA Picks Thursday 8/13/2020 and Opening Line Report
by Jason Radowitz - 8/12/2020
The NBA is approaching postseason action, but there’s still a mess at the bottom of the West when it comes to playoff seeding. All the Trail Blazers and Grizzlies need to do is win their games on Thursday. If they don’t, and the Phoenix Suns or San Antonio Spurs are able to get wins, things can change in the bubble quickly for the play-in game between the 8th and 9th seed in the West. Here’s are my thoughts on August 13’s slate in the NBA.
Free NBA Picks Wednesday 8/12/2020 and Opening Line Report
by Jason Radowitz - 8/11/2020
We’re getting closer to the NBA playoffs in the bubble. As we wait for the playoffs, many teams are beginning to rest starters and prepare for the postseason, making sure everyone is healthy. When betting these last few regular season games, make sure to look at injury reports or late scratches as they’re starting to come in fast. Here are Wednesday’s leans in the NBA.
Free NBA Picks Tuesday 8/11/2020 and Opening Line Report
by Jason Radowitz - 8/10/2020
The NBA bubble has been extremely exciting. We’ve seen the Brooklyn Nets defeat the Los Angeles Clippers and the Milwaukee Bucks without their entire normal starting lineup. We’ve also seen the Phoenix Suns show the exact potential that the team has going into next season. However, the Suns are undefeated in the bubble and have a legitimate chance of making it into the playoffs. The bubble is full of surprises. Which surprises will we see on Tuesday’s slate?
Free NBA Picks Saturday 8/8/2020 and Opening Line Report
by Jason Radowitz - 8/7/2020
Saturday’s NBA action features five interesting matchups. The undefeated (in the bubble) Phoenix Suns will take on the Miami Heat, while the Mavs will take on the Bucks, looking to find any answers defensively after starting 1-3 in the bubble. Here are the early leans for Saturday, August 8, in Orlando.
Free NBA Picks Friday 8/7/2020 and Opening Line Report
by Jason Radowitz - 8/6/2020
Friday’s main event features a potential Eastern Conference finals matchup between the Celtics and the Raptors. The Bucks, 76ers and Pacers will have things to say about that statement, but it’s no surprise that the showdown between the Celtics and Raptors will take the primetime spotlight. Here are the leans for Friday’s NBA action in the bubble.
Free NBA Picks Thursday 8/6/2020 and Opening Line Report
by Jason Radowitz - 8/5/2020
The NBA will have six more games for Thursday’s slate. One of the matchups taking place will be between two undefeated bubble teams in the Indiana Pacers and Phoenix Suns. We’ll also have a game between two struggling bubble teams in the Dallas Mavericks and the Los Angeles Clippers. Both of these teams are desperate for a second win. Meanwhile, the Blazers are healthy and facing a Nuggets team that isn’t nearly as healthy. The Blazers have been where the Nuggets have been health wise, so they’re not feeling sorry. Here are the leans for August 6 in the NBA.
Free NBA Picks Wednesday 8/5/2020 and Opening Line Report
by Jason Radowitz - 8/4/2020
The NBA will feature six more games on their slate for Wednesday. Games begin at 2:30 p.m. EST, and we’ll get a couple exciting matchups, including Chris Paul going up against LeBron James. The Thunder have been one of the NBA’s hottest teams this season. The young squad, led by Paul, will take on the potential champions in the Lakers, who are led by LeBron James. There’s a reason this game is on at 6:30 EST on ESPN. Here are the leans for all six games in the NBA.
Free NBA Picks Tuesday 8/4/2020 and Opening Line Report
by Jason Radowitz - 8/3/2020
We’re a couple games into the NBA restart, and it’s been so much fun. The NBA has done an impressive job with their bubble and hasn’t had to worry about safety of their players much like all of the other leagues have had to. They’ve added fans on zoom around the arena and have really just made the NBA restart enjoyable. There are some exciting match-ups and games that could make or break a team’s playoff hopes. Here are the leans for NBA’s slate on August 4.
Free NBA Picks Saturday 8/1/2020 and Opening Line Report
by Jason Radowitz - 7/31/2020
In the first two games of the NBA restart, the average point differential was just two points. The Lakers defeated the Clippers by two points and the Jazz defeated the Pelicans by two points. Early on, it looks like we’ll see some close and tightly contested games that should really excite viewers around the world. Maybe it’s time to think about betting on the underdogs early in this re-start. Here are the early leans for Saturday’s NBA slate.
Free NBA Picks Friday 7/31/2020 and Opening Line Report
by Jason Radowitz - 7/30/2020
The NBA season is back after a long pause due to the Coronavirus outbreak. The NBA will be playing their games in Orlando, where they’ve built a bubble to prevent the spread of the virus between their players and staff. With protocols in place, the NBA is finally able to finish their season and then move into the playoffs with a different playoff picture set-up. There are some big names and faces that have opted out of the season, including basically the entire Nets roster.
2020 NBA Championship Odds and Expert Predictions
by Chris Vasile - 7/8/2020
The NBA season is set to resume at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando on July 30. Of course, there will be no fans in attendance and the remaining seven or eight games will be used for playoff seeding purposes. Once those games are complete, the playoff picture will be set, and the remaining 16 teams will fight it out in a four-round tournament for the NBA Championship.
Expert NBA Handicapping for July Return
by Doug Upstone - 6/8/2020
Congrats to the NBA, like the NHL, players and owners trusted each other and figured out a way to save their season during these unprecedented times. The NBA had talked a lot about shaking things up with somewhat radical ideas, but in the end, they went down a good path.
Free NBA Picks Wednesday 3/11/2020 and Opening Line Report
by Jason Radowitz - 3/11/2020
Wednesday's NBA slate features plenty of exciting basketball. The 76ers and Heat will look to protect home-court advantage against lower tier Eastern Conference teams, while the Jazz and Thunder duel it out in the middle of the West Standings. The Pelicans and Kings will also square off as both teams are tied at 28-36 each. We'll also get the Mavericks welcoming the Nuggets to Dallas, where they'll look to turn things around after two straight losses. Here are the early leans for March 11's action.
Free NBA Picks Tuesday 3/9/2020 and Opening Line Report
by Jason Radowitz - 3/9/2020
The NBA features nine games on Tuesday's slate, with some exciting games taking place. The Celtics will face the Pacers in an exciting duel between two premier Eastern conference teams, while the Magic and Grizzlies will play against each other while looking for potential playoff seeds in the bottom of their respective conferences. The Nets won their first game without Kenny Atkinson but now they'll travel all the way to Los Angeles and play the Lakers. Here are the early leans for March 10.
NBA Playoff Predictions With Seed Analysis
by Dan Rosenman - 3/9/2020
In this article I examine the race for the NBA playoffs in both conferences. The Top 4 seeds are predicted, and a deep dive into each team is provided. This includes players to watch, injuries and schedule analysis. This information can be used by sports handicappers to get an edge when formulating their analysis.
Free NBA Picks Saturday 3/7/2020 and Opening Line Report
by Jason Radowitz - 3/6/2020
There are only six games on the NBA slate for Saturday, but we've got an intriguing matchup between the Grizzlies and the Hawks as two young studs take the floor to compete against each other. Also, the Kings will take on the Trail Blazers in a game that could help the winner move closer to a playoff spot in the West. Here are the early leans for March 7 NBA action.
Free NBA Picks Friday 3/6/2020 and Opening Line Report
by Jason Radowitz - 3/5/2020
Friday night NBA features some of the most intriguing matchups of the season. The headliner is the last night ESPN game between the Bucks visiting the Lakers in a Giannis vs. LeBron match-up. We'll also get to watch last year's Rookie of the Year play the likely Rookie of the Year this season. Luka Doncic vs. Ja Morant will be extremely fun as we'll get to watch the new faces of the NBA in action. Here are the early leans for the 10-game slate on Friday.
Free NBA Picks Thursday 3/5/2020 and Opening Line Report
by Jason Radowitz - 3/4/2020
There's a small slate of NBA games on Thursday night. We've got two games on TNT, including the most exciting matchup between the Clippers and the Rockets. A healthy Clippers team is fun, and it'll be interesting to see how the Rockets choose to defend the Clippers with such a short lineup. The 76ers have blown two leads against the Lakers and the Clippers, and they'll now face the Kings, who are 7-3 in their last 10 straight up. The Raptors and 76ers have a ton of injuries, and that could affect the outcome of these games. Here are the early leans for March 5 in the NBA.
Free NBA Picks Wednesday 3/4/2020 and Opening Line Report
by Jason Radowitz - 3/4/2020
The NBA has some interesting matchups to look forward to on Wednesday. Luka Doncic will face off against Zion Williamson, while the Pacers will put their 4-game winning streak on the line against a Milwaukee Bucks team that got destroyed against the Miami Heat at home. The Heat will also stay home and put their three-game home win streak to the test against the Orlando Magic, who could be without Aaron Gordon for an extended time. Here are the early leans for Wednesday's NBA betting lines.
Free NBA Picks Tuesday 3/3/2020 and Opening Line Report
by Jason Radowitz - 3/2/2020
We're another week into the NBA and the storylines are getting more intriguing daily. The Nets are visiting the Celtics and this was a spot where Kyrie Irving was supposed to return to TD Garden and dominate the Celtics. Kyrie's done for the year. The Clippers are playing the Thunder. Paul George will return to Chesapeake Energy Arena where there will be lots of boos in the crowd when he touches the ball. Then we've got the 76ers visiting the Lakers. Three of the four biggest stars in that game could be sidelined. Here are the early leans for March 3 in the NBA.
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