NBA Picks: Pair of Totals Offer Value in Tonight's Games

Jordan Sharp

Friday, January 9, 2015 2:44 PM GMT

We have a ton of better NBA odds to choose from tonight. I have found two more valuable NBA Picks, and I am releasing them to you free of charge!

Bulls vs. Wizards
In a game that I am personally attending tonight, the Wizards play host to the Bulls at the Verizon Center. The NBA Odds have the Bulls as slight +1 underdogs, but I am more focused on the total, which sits right at 195 points. These two teams don’t like each other very much after the Wizards beat the short-handed Bulls in the playoffs last season, and after the Bulls won the first meeting, but blew a game against the Jazz at home this past Wednesday, I’m not sure which Bulls team will show up.

However most of the time the Bulls play up or down to their competition, and Wednesday was a perfect example of that. Now against a tough team, and a potential playoff foe, the Bulls’ defense will be on point. The Wizards on the other hand should do the same. Washington ranks 5th in the NBA right now with only 97 points per game given up, and if these two teams play this like a playoff game, the total should go under with relative ease.

The Bulls easily cashed the under against the Jazz after only scoring 77 points, their lowest of the season. After cashing the over for three games in a row before that Jazz game, the Bulls should get back to winning the under. The Bulls are much better cashing the under on the road this season at 11-6-1, and as an away underdog they are 6-2 cashing the under this season. With one day off in between games this season, the Wizards are 13-5 cashing the under, and I see it happening again tonight.

NBA Pick: UNDER 195 at The Greek

 

Magic vs. Lakers
One of the final games on the slate tonight is the Magic and Lakers from Staples Center. Both of these teams will be looking at this game as a winnable one, and the NBA Odds have the Lakers as -3 favorites, with a total of 201 ½. While I am tempted to take points with the Magic here, I think a better wager might be the total, which sits just over 200 points. Neither one of these teams are good defensively, and with a total this low, the over looks like a great play.

Orlando has cashed the over in four of their last six games, and with Nikola Vucevic manning the middle, the Lakers will have every hard time stopping him when he gets in the paint too deep. On the wing for the Magic, Tobias Harris is also going to give whoever is trying to defend him fits, and he should have a very big game tonight against the likes of Nick Young and Ryan Kelly.

Kobe Bryant should have a big game as well. The Magic have very little in regards to wing defenders, and after a dud of a game on Wednesday coming off rest, Bryant should have shaken off the rust, and should be back in rhythm for the Lakers. All in all, the total of 201 ½ is just a point or two too low, and the over is the way I’m closing out Friday’s NBA Picks.

NBA Pick: OVER 201 ½ at 5Dimes