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Free NBA Picks Wednesday, January 15 and Opening Line Report
by Jason Radowitz - 1/14/2020
Wednesday's NBA slate has some real good action between the Nets and 76ers, Spurs and Heat along with that Raptors and Thunder. The 76ers and Heat are almost impossible to defeat at home, while the Raptors look to upset the Thunder on the road. Let's get right to it!
Free NBA Picks Tuesday, January 14 and Opening Line Report
by Jason Radowitz - 1/13/2020
Tuesday's slate features six games, with the most exciting matchup coming from Brooklyn between the Nets and the Jazz. Kyrie Irving is back from the injury list and helped the Nets to their first win since December 21, while the Jazz are riding a nine-game winning streak without Mike Conley and potentially Donovan Mitchell. Also, the Rockets will travel to Memphis to take on the Grizzlies, who are on a five-game winning streak. Will the Rockets snap the streak? Here are the early leans.
Free NBA Picks Saturday, January 11 and Opening Line Report
by Jason Radowitz - 1/10/2020
In the seven-game slate for Saturday's NBA action, the main game that NBA fans around the world will watch will be the Thunder at home against the Lakers. It remains unclear whether Anthony Davis will be playing in this game, but after the Thunder's recent performance against the Rockets and recent play overall, things are getting interesting in Oklahoma City. Here are the early leans for Saturday's action.
Free NBA Picks Friday, January 10 and Opening Line Report
by Jason Radowitz - 1/9/2020
In Friday's 10-game slate, the Knicks and Pelicans are on national television. I guess that sums up the quality of these 10 games. However, quality or not, there are still decisions to be made and also money to be made. The Nets are looking to stop the bleeding after losing seven straight games, while the Jazz and Lakers look to continue their long winning streaks. Here are the previews and early leans for Friday's action.
Free NBA Picks Thursday, January 9 and Opening Line Report
by Jason Radowitz - 1/8/2020
There's a four-game slate for Thursday's NBA action featuring a couple potential deep playoff matches between the Celtics and 76ers and the Rockets vs the Thunder. Both Joel Embiid and Russell Westbrook will be questionable for this game but will likely play. This will be Westbrook's return to Oklahoma City after the trade with the Rockets in the off-season. Here are the early leans for Thursday's action.
Free NBA Picks Wednesday, January 8 and Opening Line Report
by Jason Radowitz - 1/7/2020
There are nine games on the slate for Wednesday's NBA action. Seven of the nine games on the slate feature at least one team that won't have a chance at making the playoffs this year. The two exciting games to watch will be the Heat against the Pacers and the Nuggets against the Mavericks. For the other seven games on the slate, the job of picking teams against the spread just got a little harder. Can the poor teams cover, or will the dominant teams blow the bad teams out? Here's the early lean for January 8.
Free NBA Picks Tuesday, January 7 and Opening Line Report
by Jason Radowitz - 1/6/2020
There are six games on the NBA slate for Tuesday, January 7. The Oklahoma City Thunder will put their five-game winning streak on the line against the Nets, who will put their five-game losing streak on the line. The Lakers are also on a five-game winning streak, and they'll play the Knicks at home looking to make it six straight. Check the early leans for Tuesday's slate to see which picks should already be penciled in.
Free NBA Picks Saturday, January 4 and Opening Line Report
by Jason Radowitz - 1/3/2020
There's no more college football on Saturday and there's only a couple of NFL Playoff games. Basketball is about to take over Saturdays between college and the NBA. The NBA slate has 11 games with some pretty intriguing matchups. The Nets are favorites against the Raptors at home, while the Pacers are single-digit favorites on the road against the Hawks. Here's the early lean for the 11 games on the slate.
Free NBA Picks Wednesday, January 1 and Opening Line Report
by Jason Radowitz - 12/31/2019
Happy New Year! Most people will be watching the New Year's 6 Bowls in College Football, but for the diehard NBA fans, there's four New Year's Day basketball games to bet on featuring Carmelo Anthony's return to the Garden as a Trail Blazer. Also, the Lakers and Bucks are dealt low-tier teams to begin their 2020 run. The question is if the Lakers and Bucks will be able to cover such hefty spreads. Here's the early leans for the first NBA games in the year 2020.
Free NBA Picks Tuesday, December 31 and Opening Line Report
by Jason Radowitz - 12/30/2019
There's a seven-game slate in the NBA for New Year's Eve, including intriguing matchups like the 76ers against the Pacers and Nuggets against the Rockets. The Celtics and Clippers will be playing teams with long losing streaks, while the Warriors and Spurs project to have a lot of scoring. Make sure to get your bets in for the early games as the 76ers/Pacers and Celtics/Hornets start at 3pm EST. Here's the early lean for the seven games on New Year's Eve.
Free NBA Picks Saturday, December 28 and Opening Line Report
by Jason Radowitz - 12/27/2019
Saturday NBA basketball has a 14-game slate, with a couple back-to-backs for some teams. This week the NBA has seen some of the craziest upsets of the season. After the holiday, things are going to start trending back to the way they were. The Lakers have lost four straight games, and realistically, that won't happen again. Furthermore, the Nets shot historically bad yesterday, allowing the Knicks to claim New York for a day or two.
Free NBA Picks Friday, December 27 and Opening Line Report
by Jason Radowitz - 12/26/2019
The Cavaliers, Warriors, and Thunder are on winning streaks coming into Friday's NBA slate. The 76ers and Celtics are coming off big-time wins, while the NBA's best team in the Bucks take on the worst team in the NBA in the Hawks. There's some interesting matchups to say the least. Here's the breakdown and early lean for Friday's games.
Free NBA Picks Saturday, December 21 and Opening Line Report
by Jason Radowitz - 12/20/2019
Saturday football is back. However, if you're a real NBA junkie, that won't matter. There are nine games on the Saturday slate, with most teams playing a second game on a back-to-back. Usually, I will always take the team with more rest. However, there are games with both teams playing a second game on the back-to-back. It's a fun slate with east vs. west games. Here's the early preview on the games.
Expert NBA Handicapping: Which West Teams Could Sneak into Playoffs?
by Trevor Whenham - 12/20/2019
Things have changed so much in the NBA in recent years that much of what we had grown to believe was a fact of life is changing right in front of our eyes. Case in point - the bottom of the Western Conference playoff race. For a long time now, it has been the East that is ridiculously top-heavy and which allowed terrible teams into the postseason in the bottom spots, giving top teams a virtual first-round bye. In the West, meanwhile, we saw very good teams - teams that would have been deep into it in the East - not even making the playoffs in the West.
Betting the Golden State Warriors: Any Value after Fall from Top?
by Trevor Whenham - 12/20/2019
I don't know that I have ever seen anything like what is happening to the Golden State Warriors right now. They played in the NBA Finals this spring, and did so despite all sorts of distractions, the passage of time, and horrible injury luck. And that appearance came at the end of a stretch that made them the NBA team of my lifetime - and I'm not that young.
Free NBA Picks Thursday, December 19 and Opening Line Report
by Jason Radowitz - 12/18/2019
Thursday's slate includes four games featuring potential NBA Championship teams and a huge western conference showdown. The Lakers will travel to Milwaukee to face the Bucks with both records at 24-4. NBA fans across the world are hoping Anthony Davis will be healthy in time for this one. The Clippers and Rockets will face off against each other as well. The Rockets have been forgotten in the west coast with the Lakers and the Clippers taking over the division.
Free NBA Picks Wednesday, December 18 and Opening Line Report
by Jason Radowitz - 12/17/2019
As the NBA season progresses, we have many questions that need answers. Isaiah Thomas of the Wizards is starting to play like Boston Isaiah Thomas. If Thomas can keep this up, Thomas and Beal could become a top backcourt in the league. I'm not sure if you've noticed, but the Cavaliers are actually three-point favorites against the Hornets. Yes, the Cavs are favorites, but how? The 76ers are still undefeated at home. Just like the Heat were a week ago. Will they end the 76ers streak? There are so many questions. I'm here to predict the answers.
Free NBA Picks Tuesday, December 17 and Opening Line Report
by Jason Radowitz - 12/16/2019
We've got six games for Tuesday's slate. All but one game is an east vs. west game. On the spread, I have the East taking home the crown. The Pacers should stay in their game against the Lakers at home, while I project the Hornets and Nets to also take wins against the spread.
Free NBA Picks Saturday, December 14 and Opening Line Report
by Jason Radowitz - 12/13/2019
Many teams will be playing their second game of a back-to-back from Friday's matchups. Usually I'd always recommend to take the more rested teams, but there's some exceptions in this article. My readers wouldn't trust me if I took the Cleveland Cavaliers over the Milwaukee Bucks going off or well rested or not rested. I wouldn't trust myself, either. Due to many teams playing on Friday, many lines haven't been released yet. Here are my picks for Saturday's basketball slate.
Free NBA Picks Friday, December 13 and Opening Line Report
by Jason Radowitz - 12/12/2019
Friday night basketball features nine NBA basketball games, including a big game between the Miami Heat and Las Angeles Lakers. The Lakers have been extremely good on the road, losing just one game in the first 12 games, while the Heat are undefeated at home. The Heat's home record was tested by the Hawks, but somehow the Heat found a way once again. This time, I don't think Miami will find a way against LeBron and the Lakers. Will Heat fans welcome him back with open arms or shower him with boos in another return to South Beach? Here are my predictions for Friday's slate.
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