For those of you who followed my popular “NFL Betting Tips” tab, the NFL season has sadly concluded. However, now I can focus on betting tips for the NBA! Unlike the NFL, where there are only 17 games to be played, the NBA season follows an 82-game schedule.
As a result, I can’t cover my tips for every single game. I will, however, be tackling certain games each week. If there’s a team you’d like me to cover, be sure to let us know!
Celtics versus Pacers:
The Boston Celtics are one of the three best teams in basketball right now. They’re 42-17, with arguably the top duo in the league this season between Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. This is the second time the Celtics have played the Pacers.
The first came back on December 22nd, which was a 5-point victory for the Pacers that time around. However, the Pacers have gone 2-8 in their past 10 games. Given the different directions these two teams are trending, I’ll take the Celtics -7.5 in this matchup.
I expect a heavy burden for Celtics star Jayson Tatum, who scored 41 in their previous matchup. I’m going with the over on Tatum’s points + rebounds + assists (O42.5). There are different sources on whether or not Jaylen Brown plays today, but if he does, I like his over on three points made (O2.5).
On the Pacer’s side of things, Tyrese Haliburton will be tasked with shouldering the scoring load for Indiana to keep pace (no pun intended). I’ll bank on Haliburton’s over on points (O19.5) and under on rebounds (U3.5).
Nuggets versus Cavaliers:
Nikola Jokic isn’t built for the All-Star game, but make no mistake, he’s the NBA MVP frontrunner this season. His all-around brilliance is a large reason why the Nuggets (41-18) stand atop the Western Conference. Averaging a triple-double as a big man (24/10/11), Jokic is up for a tough test against the Cavaliers frontcourt featuring Jarrett Allen and Evan Mobley. I think Jokic is up for the task. Give me his over on points + assists (O32.5).
His running mate Jamal Murray has come alive as of late, which luckily takes some of the burdens off Jokic. Give me the over on his rebounds + assists (O9.5).
On the Cavaliers’ side, Donovan Mitchell has been scorching as a borderline top-8 MVP candidate this season. He’s going to have to put up buckets against the team that technically drafted him. Mitchell was drafted by the Nuggets but immediately traded for Trey Lyles and Tyler Lydon (ouch and OUCH). I’ll take the over on Mitchell’s points (O27.5).
Evan Mobley is a future star, but he’s got his work cut out for him against Jokic. I’ll take the under on his points + rebounds + assists today (U29.5).
We’ll start out small with those two games today. Let us know what you think, if you like the player props, or if you’d rather see more traditional options (moneyline/spread/totals). Best of luck!