The first games on my NBA Betting Cheat Sheet for this week are on Thursday, January 14. Lebron James leads the Cleveland Cavaliers into battle against San Antonio this Thursday. Another game on Thursday has Los Angeles taking on Golden State and Sacramento battling Utah. Cleveland continues its Texas road trip on Friday when the Cavs take on James Harden and the Rockets in Houston. Keep reading for my top ATS, Over/Under and Moneyline plays for the week!
NBA Free ATS Picks Jan 11th-17th
Cleveland at San Antonio
When: Thursday, Jan. 14 at 8:00 pm ET
Analysis: The Spurs have won 7 games in a row to start the week. San Antonio averages a terrific 103.6 points per game while holding its opponents to 89.7 points per game on average. The Spurs are 16 and 6 ATS at home while Cleveland is 7-11-1 ATS on the road. Everybody is healthy for San Antonio. It’s hard to see Cleveland having much of a chance against the spread in this one.
Pick: San Antonio
Los Angeles Lakers at Golden State
When: Thursday, Jan. 14 at 10:30 pm ET
Analysis: The last time that these two teams met, Golden State made short work of the Lakers. The Warriors had a 10 point lead by half time. They ended up beating the Lakers 109 to 88 in L.A. Golden State held L.A. to 31.9% from the field and 23.8% from the three-point line. The Lakers are 10 and 13 ATS on the road to start the week while Golden State is 9 and 8 ATS at home. I can’t see Golden State beating the Lakers by less than 20 points in this game.
Pick: Golden State
Miami at Denver
When: Friday, Jan. 15 at 9:00 pm ET
Analysis: Denver is a terrible team. The Nuggets average 98 points per game while allowing an average of close to 103 points per. Denver is 5-11-1 against the spread at home. They face one of the top defensive teams in the NBA on Friday in the Miami Heat. Heat guard Dwayne Wade is listed as probable for Miami’s game on Monday night against Golden State. He should definitely play against Denver on Friday. I see Miami winning this game and covering the spread.
NBA Game Total Over/Under Picks Jan 11th-17th
Sacramento at Utah
When: Thursday, Jan. 14 at 9:00 pm ET
Analysis: Sacramento averages 106.5 points per game. The Kings shoot 46% from the field. The problem is that the Kings allow 108.6 points per game on average. The over is 8-11-1 in the Kings’ games so far this season. Utah allows 96.7 points per game. The over is 7 and 12 in Utah games this season. I’m going under.
New York at Memphis
When: Saturday, Jan. 16 at 8:00 pm ET
Analysis: Both of these teams play decent defense. New York’s defense allows 99 points per game. Memphis’ defense allows 98.5 points per game. Since both teams allow less than 100 points per game on average, I’m expecting the total be too low. The over is 10-8-1 in Memphis home games this season. I like over the total in this.
Dallas at San Antonio
When: Sunday, Jan. 17 at 7:00 pm ET
Analysis: Dallas and San Antonio have played some classic games over the years. Both squads really step it up in this rivalry. The last time that these two teams faced off the score ended up 88 to 83 in favor of San Antonio. That game took place in Dallas. I don’t expect a similar type game to take place in San Antonio since the Spurs offense usually ratchets it up at home where the over is 12 and 10 to start the week while Dallas’ defense steps it up on the road where the over is 11 and 10 to start the week. I’m going over.
NBA Straight Up Moneyline Picks Jan 11th-17th
Cleveland at Houston
When: Friday, Jan. 15 at 8:00 pm ET
Analysis: Houston has won 3 in a row to start the week since losing 4 in a row. The Rockets beat Cleveland 105 to 103 in overtime on March 1, 2015, the last time that they faced the Cavaliers. That Rockets team was much better than this Rockets team. This Rockets team is still trying to find an identity while the Cavs go in to the week having won 7 games in a row. Cleveland could stub its toes on Thursday against the Spurs before coming back on Friday to beat Houston straight up.
Portland at Philadelphia
When: Saturday, Jan. 16 at 7:30 pm ET
Analysis: The 76’ers might get kicked out of the NBA if they continue losing the way that they’ve been losing. Philly is just horrible. But, they’ve peppered a few wins, 3 to be exact, among all of the losses in their last 10 to start the week. There is some talent, not a lot but some, on the 76’ers’ roster. Plus, Portland has gone 2 and 4 straight up in their last 6 to start the week. I expect the 76’ers to add a win over the Blazers to their almost unbelievably bad win-loss record on Saturday.