NBA Weekend Best Bets looks at the Friday games this first weekend back after the All-Star Break. Bovada Vegas online betting sportsbook comes at us with the numbers on a large slate. With eight games, there features a little something for every bettor. On Friday night, we roll with the road underdogs in Brooklyn and New York as the games keep rolling along.
|Friday Night NBA Numbers|
|Chicago Bulls (-1)||-110||-110|
|New York Knicks||-110||-110|
|Washington Wizards (-2.5)||-110||-110|
NBA Weekend Best Bets want to turn to Brooklyn first. Look, long breaks often have strange effects. One of them has been that home teams could be rusty enough to pick our spots. The Brooklyn Nets, even without Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving (both traded), are a playoff caliber team. Do not expect the Nets to contend, but they can beat teams like the Chicago Bulls.
This exudes danger in the idea that Chicago lost six straight games heading into the All-Star Break. At some point, Chicago must turn these losses into wins. However, it seems the Bulls cannot put enough of a game together right now to turn the ship around. Frustration creeping in does not help; worse, Chicago has fallen two games behind the tenth seed in the East. It is getting early fast.
How does a team on a losing streak gain a spark? They make a trade naturally! Will this work, however? No one knows that answer. One thing is certain, and that is this. Jacque Vaughn coaches a team quite well, and this Nets team is not without talent. Yes, Mikal Bridges dropped 45 points before the break and may just be that player Brooklyn needs. Add in less drama and the Nets now have the pressure off of them completely.
So, NBA Weekend Best Bets uses this simple adage. Chicago keeps trying to find a spark and any sense of urgency. Brooklyn faces no such nerves and has a cushion to even avoid the play-in round. That margin is not high, but the Nets are better than most experts think. The Bulls take far too many quarters off and that concerns experts, fans, and bettors alike. Taking the Brooklyn Nets even outright is not a bad wager here.
Okay, the NBA Weekend Best Bets gives a like to the New York Knicks too. There looked to be a definite slump in Memphis’ play as the All-Star Break approached. Part of that was injury but part of that may have been the curse of the Shannon Sharpe incident. Whether anyone believes that is for another time. However, the Grizzlies did lose six of their final ten contests before taking a week off.
Surprisingly, most fail to remember that the Knicks are 17-12 on the road and have covered in ten of their past 15 contests away from Madison Square Garden. The theme here lies in the idea that this New York team has its inconsistencies. However, they seem to focus better on the road. It reminds us a little of a hockey team who plays in New Jersey. New York averages outscoring their opponents by more than three points a game when not at home.
Yes, Brunson is nailing his first year in New York, averaging almost 24 points per game, 6.2 assists, and almost four rebounds a contest. Over the past ten road games, that number creeps up above 25 per contest. Better yet, Brunson brings this team together for better or for worse. This is a team that beat Boston on the road and hammered Atlanta by 21 points before the break.
Frankly, those bettors could run with the over on Friday. NBA online betting sites from Vegas get the point as the number for Washington opened initially at 3.5 and backed off quickly to 2.5. There lies a possibility this number could slide further. Washington is average at home and barely above .500 (14-12). Although, they won consecutive games, the Wizards do not look as cohesive as the Knicks do lately. Roll with the Knicks to win on the road.
The NBA Weekend Best Bets wonder what may be next. Alas, showing the door to what may come by Saturday or Sunday is intriguing. For those wondering, the NBA holds kind of a balanced schedule for the next several days. Here are the slates again.
So, sprinkle in a few afternoon games and this creates some potential avenues to attack. Sunday gives us four contests from the matinee persuasion. There is even a Clippers-Nuggets clash very late on Sunday night. That expects to catch a few off guard. This figures to be the game of the weekend. Also, it will tell us, at VegasBetting, a lot about what some of the power teams do in this final stretch.
For NBA Weekend Best Bets, if the Clippers look motivated, maybe we have a potential challenger come playoff time against Denver. The problem with the West is that any team can come from out of almost nowhere. It would not take much for a Golden State, Phoenix, or even Memphis bouncing back. Records in the West create some concern for a bettor, but load management does more so. We need time to adjust ourselves.
Waiting for the NBA prop bets can take some time. Be patient for these numbers to come out hours before tip-offs. Good luck!
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