Here’s a look at a few NBA betting matchups we’re circling on the calendar this coming week, including the Clippers at Spurs, Lakers at Celtics, and Cavaliers at Rockets.
Clippers at Spurs (7 p.m. ET)
The Clippers face their first real road test in 2017 when they travel to San Antonio to take on the Spurs Tuesday night. L.A. has played all but one game away from the Staples Center, winning a nail-biter 104-103 at Portland nearly two weeks ago. The Clippers squared off against the Lakers at the Staples Center in the season opener, officially a “road” game on the NBA schedule.
The Clippers won 98-87 as 1.5-point underdogs in its last trip to San Antonio in April. It’s one of six straight Pacific Division victories at the AT&T Center, most coming by the Warriors. The Spurs, in fact, have dropped seven straight SU and ATS to the division when not favored by double digits or more. Expect the line to be within a few points here. Lean the Clip. The Spurs are searching for answers with Kawhi Leonard injured and cannot overcome top-tier Western Conference opponents without the one-time Finals MVP.Wednesday, November 8
Lakers at Celtics (8 p.m. ET)
This classic rivalry sees the Celtics enter with the best scoring defense in the NBA, allowing just 93.8 points per game. As of Sunday, Boston has not yielded more than 95 points in seven straight contests. This is bad news for a Lakers team better on offense than defense.
Since 2016, L.A. is 9-22 ATS on the road when held to fewer than 108 points. The squad is not gritty or talented enough on defense to keep it competitive when held in check scoring-wise. The Lakers allow 113.2 on 48.7 percent shooting in this situation at an average 9.2 line on the oddsboard. Lay whatever the number with Boston and lean ‘under’ the total.Thursday, November 9
Cavaliers at Rockets (8 p.m. ET)
As of Sunday, the Cavaliers are 4-5 SU with a -5.2 points differential. Yikes. Even if claiming overwhelming victories over the Hawks and Bucks early in the week, look for oddsmakers to spot Cleveland points on the board at the Rockets Thursday night. You know what that means, so adjust your NBA picks accordingly: lean the Cavs with their backs to the wall.
Cleveland tends to rise to the challenge in this spot since LeBron James returned in 2014. When road underdogs against any team other than the Warriors, it is 11-9 SU and 14-6 ATS if King James logs minutes. The Cavs are beating a +3.9 average spread by 8.1 points per game. They topped the Wizards 130-122 as 3.5-point pups in this spot last Friday.Friday, November 10
Magic at Suns (10 p.m. ET)
No matter the results against the upcoming Celtics and Knicks matchups, the Magic will enter Phoenix Friday night with a winning record after a red-hot 6-3 start. Expect the Suns to be up for the challenge. They have covered 11 straight at home against winning Eastern Conference foes dating back to last January. All but two visitors have failed to reach their projected team total in this spot with scoring drying up in the desert. The West Coast time change and travel likely proves a factor. The Magic have a day’s rest in-between after hosting New York at Amway Center.