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1-1 last night.
We tipped the Over 217.5 points in the Phoenix Suns versus Los Angeles Clippers game, only to see the total land at 218. We called it right with the Clippers putting up a huge number in 130, but the Suns didn’t do much to keep up with only 88 points. Just enough for the win though.
We were also on the Oklahoma City Thunder -4 at the Utah Jazz. The Jazz were playing their third in four nights and we expected them to be tired, but it was the Thunder who came out sluggish. Only scoring 34 points in the first half, they weren’t able to make this game competitive. We’ll be keeping an eye on the Jazz as they have proven us wrong more than once thus far this year.
Today we have three games to choose from and tips for two of them so let’s get right into that.
Atlanta Hawks vs Brooklyn Nets Betting Tips:
Two teams that won’t make the playoffs this year face off in an afternoon match-up that should feature some real fireworks. Both teams have played two games thus far with the Nets allowing 130 points per game and the Hawks allowing 110 points per game. These are not good defenses and they will each need to score to make this game competitive.
Brooklyn has shown they are capable of doing that thus far. They put up 131 in the opener against Indiana and 126 against Orlando. They place at a quick pace so there will be lots of opportunities for buckets. They will definitely do their part to fill it up in this one.
Atlanta is a bit more of a wildcard, but they should benefit from playing the Nets. They put up 117 in the opener, but then only 91 against the Hornets. Charlotte should be one of the better defensive teams in the Eastern Conference this year so that isn’t all that surprising. Expect a big bounce back tonight.
In case you couldn’t tell, we hate the defenses and love the offenses in this one. Over 220 is our play here.
Minnesota Timberwolves vs Oklahoma City Thunder Betting Tips:
We often like to look at who is playing their third game in four nights to get a judge on how a team might perform. The Thunder are doing exactly that tonight and that could cause them to play a bit sluggish. We still think the talent level is there, but they might be running at like 90-95% effectiveness. Just something that we keep an eye on.
With or without the rest, we really like their defense this year. In the two games they’ve played, they are yet to allow 100 points in a game. Paul George, Steven Adams and Andre Roberson are elite defenders that hide the shortcomings of their superstar teammates, Carmelo Anthony and Russell Westbrook. This team will shut you down.
The same can be said about Minnesota. They held Utah under 100 their last timeout and have shown to be improving on defense. Tom Thibodeau wouldn’t have it any other way and with Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson on board to show the young people the way, this defense should only improve as the season progresses.
We are digging the Under 211.5 in this one. These defenses are for real and the Thunder’s travel may help the Wolves D a little bit more.