There are only three unbeaten sides left in the NBA, and all three are in action tonight.
In the Eastern Conference, the Chicago Bulls defend their undefeated record against the New York Nicks.
While across in the Western Conference, the Golden State Warriors and Utah Jazz defend their respective 0’s against Memphis Grizzlies and the Houston Rockets, respectively.
|2021/22 NBA Championship Winner Betting|
|Los Angeles Clippers||+1800||+2000|
|Golden State Warriors||+900||+900|
The early betting favorites to win the 2021/22 NBA Championship are the Brooklyn Nets.
With three defeats to their name already this season, it hasn’t been the start the Nets expected.
But this hasn’t affected their standing with the top basketball gambling sites.
BetOnline and BetUS both make Steve Nash’s team their +250 betting favorites on the Moneyline.
Their closest betting rivals are the LA Lakers. The sportsbooks marginally differ on Frank Vogel’s team. BetOnline has them at +400, with BetUS pricing them up at +450 second favorites.
There’s still a long way to go in that market though, so instead, let’s take a look at tonight’s fixtures and get ourselves some NBA picks.
Two of the top early runners in the Eastern Conference meet. The Bulls are 4-0 this season, while the Knicks are 3-1.
Of the three fixtures I’m looking at tonight, this is the closest one in the betting on the Moneyline and handicap spread.
The Bulls are giving the Knicks a +1.5 start with BetUS, which isn’t much in Basketball. The Moneyline is also quite tight, with the Bulls just sneaking favoritism.
So far this season, the Bulls haven’t had the most difficult of starts.
Two wins over the bottom side of the Eastern Conference, the Detroit Pistons, slightly mask their top-of-the-table status.
Odds of +4000 to win the NBA Championship outright suggest that punters and sportsbooks alike aren’t convinced at this early stage.
As for the Knicks, they’ve had a more difficult start, but still not a great one.
At the moment, they are 3-1. The one defeat came at the hands of the Orlando Magic, who sit 13th with a 1-3 record.
The Knicks also needed overtime to beat the Boston Celtics in one of their three wins.
This is a match that could go either way. The total points spread looks a little on the low side to me. So my betting pick is for over 214.5 in the total points market.
These two sides sit at opposite ends of the Western Conference. The Jazz has a 3-0 record, while the Rockets are 1-3.
The Moneyline points to a win for the Jazz, but at odds of -405 with BetOnline, there is little value here.
The only way to go here is with the points spread, set at 9 in favor of the Rockets.
So far this season, the Jazz have won by margins of 12, 9, and 21 points. The 9 was in their only away match.
As for the Rockets, they’ve lost by margins of 10, 10, and 18.
Both teams’ results suggest the handicap spread is right on the money and could go either way.
The Rockets’ defeats haven’t come at the hands of any of the big boys. And although the same can be said about Utah’s wins, I wonder what will happen when Houston faces one of the top sides.
So for this match, I’m taking Utah Jazz to win on the handicap for my betting pick!
The Warriors sit on top of the Western Conference with a 4-0 record. The Grizzlies are down in 8th with a 2-2 record.
Another point to take into consideration here is this is the Grizzlies’ second match in 2 days.
They lost 116 to 96 against the Portland Trail Blazers less than 24 hours ago.
BetOnline gives the Grizzlies 5.5 points on the points spread, and I think they will struggle to cover that.
As for the Warriors, their 4-0 record is impressive, with wins over the LA Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers included.
Also, in their last two matches, they have beaten Sacramento Kings by 12 points (119-107) and Oklahoma City Thunder by 8 points (106-98), both wins coming with larger margins than tonight’s spread.
Therefore I’m taking the Warriors to beat the spread tonight and win on the handicap.
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