Can you believe the turn of events in the Women’s NCAA Tourn??….just kidding. On to some NBA action. And while the biggest news this week might’ve just been the Nets avoiding the worst record of all time, there are actually some decent games to lay a few bucks down on. Let’s break them down.
On Wednesday, Golden State meets newly crowned division leader Utah Jazz. The Nuggets have slipped so far after making such a convincing showing against the Lakers recently (although it feels like forever now). The reason I’m choosing this game, though, is because Golden State, while still only hovering around 20 wins, has just won a game and is victorious in 4 of their last 10. Average numbers, but enough to perk your eyes that there might be some life left in these guys. And the Warriors last win was on the road. The Jazz will likely get a convincing line of a dozen or more, and I’m going to take a chance on the Warriors, who average 5 more points per game than the Jazz and have held their last 2 opponents to 90 and 101.
On Thursday, the Nuggets look to right the ship as they host the TrailBlazers. Portland is a lock for the playoffs at this point, but could end up anywhere from the 6 to 8 seed. The Nuggets could theoretically jump up to the No. 2 seed, so there’s a realistic possibility of these two teams meeting in round 1. And I love these late season, playoff implication games. The competitors get all fired up for making statements, and it makes for great entertainment for the fans, and great scouting for the sports gambling community. Watch how each team handles pressure here, and whether Portland can bring any real threat to a conference road game that matters. Even if you don’t want to bet huge on this one, do yourself a favor and study the teams. Looks like the game will be on TNT, so everyone should be able to see it. The Nuggets will get a 5-7 point advantage, and it’ll be close, but ultimately I see them barely covering, and avoiding losing 3 games in a row. Denver puts up a whopping 107 ppg, and Portland sags at 98 – if the over/under is at 200 or more, I’d consider betting the under, as well. Emotionally charged games can often start off a little sloppy, so both teams might be playing catch-up with the scoreboard by halfway through the first quarter.