NBA 12/20

Teaser of the Day: Phoenix -1.5/Dallas -5.5

The Knicks could play the game of their life, but they still don’t have the firepower to hang with Goran Dragic, Bledsoe, Gerald Green, and company.  Dallas can score the lights out and there’s simply no way San Antonio isn’t absolutely exhausted after two triple over time games.  We don’t even know who will be on the court for the Spurs tonight.  That bench isn’t as deep without Kawhi Leonard and Patty Mills on the roster.  Lock city teaser of the day.  You can bankroll this one.

Dallas -10.5 vs. San Antonio:
See above.

Pelicans -5 vs. Portland:

Portland’s the better team, but they’re coming off a 7 quarter marathon against the Spurs.  There’s no way there’s not some weak legs here.  Not to mention, the Blazers are down Batum and Robin Lopez.  An already short bench gets even shorter.  Expect Anthony Davis to own LaMarcus Aldridge, mainly due to fatigue.  New Orleans takes this one 101 – 93.  Don’t mess with the over/under, as both teams can really score and the Pelicans can really struggle at times.

Atlanta +5 @ Houston:

Sheer value all over this one.  Give the star power to Houston in Harden and Howard.  Give team depth and better ball movement to the Hawks.  Dwight Howard’s nothing more than a dunk machine inside.  He has little to no post moves.  Paul Milsap and Al Horford should not only get their 18 and 10 each, but they have the ability to limit Howard.  Jeff Teague and Kyle Korver provide too much for a bad Houston defense to defend.  Even if Atlanta doesn’t win, there’s sheer value in the Hawks.  We’re riding the Hawks train this season.  Mike Buddenholzer has made us believers, and there’s a lot of money to be made on them.

Utah @ Charlotte Over 192:
It’s a little dangerous when you’ve got two teams that have played so many games over the past few days.  At this point, though there’s vengeance for both teams to consider.  Al Jefferson will definitely want to show his old team they should have given him his payday, and the Jazz bigs will want to prove their worth.  In a hotly contested game, we think there’s too many easy buckets for both teams.  Charlotte wins 100 – 98.

Denver -3.5 vs. Indiana:
Absolutely love this pick.  Guard play wins in the NBA and the Nuggets have it in spades over the Pacers.  Back to back will mean absolutely nothing when you have more speed and team depth.  Not to mention the Pacers are coming into the mile high city.  We know Indiana’s bigs will have trouble adjusting to that altitude.  Big man play does not win these games in the NBA when the other team has superior guard play.  Nuggets win walking away 110 – 91.

Bucks +10.5/Under 211.5:
Absolutely love the under in this one.  The Clips not only come off a back to back, but they’re coming home from the mile high city where they were run ragged by the Nuggets.  Milwaukee is banged up and inconsistent on the offensive end already.  The under is a straight lock, especially with Milwaukee’s ability to block shots in the post.  With the fatigue set in we like the Bucks to cover the 10.5, as well.  How are you going to get up for Milwaukee after a tough loss in Denver?  Clips win, but in an ugly fashion.  Final score Clips 99 – Bucks 92.


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