We look to a pair of late tips with our NBA picks tonight, as the Utah Jazz host the Golden State Warriors and Phoenix Suns visit the Portland Trail Blazers.
Which sides will give bettors a bankroll boost as action resumes on the hardwood?
Now that the All-Star Break is over, be sure to check out the updated NBA Championship Odds.
Golden State Warriors at Utah Jazz
The Utah Jazz went into the All-Star Break with back-to-back wins, capped off by Wednesday’s 97-93 victory as a two-point road dog over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Jazz center Al Jefferson notched 20 points and 11 rebounds for his fourth double-double in six games, while mate Alec Burks came away with seven of his squad’s 20 assists.
Golden State has dropped five straight contests both SU and ATS, finishing the stretch with last Tuesday’s 116-107 defeat as four-point home ‘chalk’ to the Houston Rockets. Warriors mates Stephen Curry and Jarrett Jack united for 49 points and 11 assists, while David Lee and Andrew Bogut grabbed 12 boards each.
Golden State handed the Jazz a 94-83 defeat as a 4 ½-point dog in December’s most recent duel between the foes, moving the Warriors to a 6-1 spread mark in their last seven meetings. Curry shot 4-of-7 beyond the arc, while he and his mates sank 19-of-20 free throws.
5Dimes.eu opened Utah as a 3 ½-point home favorite for Tuesday’s rematch, while first setting the ‘total’ at 202 ½. Do keep a close eye on the NBA odds boards, as early wagers favored Golden State and the OVER, moving the numbers to three and 203, respectively.
I am adding the Jazz to my two-team parlay, laying the short number. Utah has held visitors to 88.2 PPG in its last five home dates, while Golden State has given up 110.6 PPG in the team’s last nine road affairs.
The Jazz should look to pile on as much as they can in this spot with three days of rest looming, while Golden State could pack up early in this front end of a back-to-back spot. Look for Utah to get the money at a low premium, extending the Warriors’ 0-6 ATS slide in their last six matchups against clubs with winning records.
Parlay Pick: Utah Jazz -3
Phoenix Suns at Portland Trail Blazers
We have decided to stick with the NBA's Western Conference tonight, as we head to Oregon with our second pick. Portland returns home after going 1-5 ATS on a six-game road trip before the All-Star Break, ending the subpar span with Wednesday’s 99-63 defeat to the New Orleans Hornets. The Blazers were held to 32.4 percent field shooting, including a 2-for-17 mark from three-point land.
Phoenix has also been slumping, with a 2-5 spread record in its seven contests since the start of February. The Suns last saw action one week ago in Tuesday’s 91-85 road loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, with mates Luis Scola and Jermaine O’Neal both notching double-double’s after a combined 27 points and 24 boards.
Phoenix is 2-0 ATS in its pair of meetings with the Blazers, including a cashed ticket for the Suns as 4 ½-point road dogs in December’s 96-93 win for Portland. The Blazers outrebounded Phoenix, 45-32, while being edged in paint points by the Suns, 46-38.
The odds makers at 5Dimes.eu first listed Portland as a 5 ½-point favorite, with early NBA betting on the Blazers lifted the number a ‘hook’ to six. The ‘total’ was initially posted at 195 ½, dropping to 195 after UNDER wagers were placed.
For the second of my free picks, I am tailing the steam here on the home ‘chalk,’ looking for Portland to come back from its break with a bang. The Blazers have cashed at 3-1 ATS in their last four home dates, while Phoenix has been held to 91.7 PPG in its last 11 road contests.
Portland is in a spot to bounce back here, notching a 6-2 spread record in its last eight matchups that followed a contest of scoring 75 points or less. The Blazers have also fared well in longer layoffs, with a 3-1-1 ATS mark in their last five battles that came after three or more days of rest.
Parlay Pick: Portland Trail Blazers -6 (5Dimes.eu)[gameodds]5/218853/43/us[/gameodds]