NBA Best Bets of the Week Feb 22nd-28thJosh Bailey
There are some great NBA games on which to bet in the final week of February. My best bets start this Wednesday when San Antonio travels to Sacramento to take on the Kings. My second best bet happens a day later on Thursday, February 25, when Houston travels to the Great Northwest to battle the Portland Trailblazers.
Golden State travels to Oklahoma City to battle the Thunder in the week’s ABC highlight game. Can Oklahoma City, who battles Golden State tough in the first game between these two, turn the tables on the league leading Warriors? I give my opinion below!
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A Closer Look At The NBA’s Best Bets of the Week Feb 22nd-28th
San Antonio at Sacramento
When: Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 10:30 pm ET
These two haven’t hit the court against each other since November of 2015. In that game, San Antonio dominated. They beat the Kings 106 to 88. Since the All-Star Break, the Spurs’ defense hasn’t been nearly as dominant as it was before the All-Star Break. The Clippers scored 105 against San Antonio in a 105 to 86 LAC win on Feb. 18. On Feb. 19, the L.A. Lakers scored 113 versus the Spurs in a 119 to 113 Spurs win.
Sacramento is one of the highest scoring teams in the NBA. The Kings average 107.2 points per game. They give up 109.1, which is why Sacramento is 23 and 31 straight up to start the week. Whatever is ailing San Antonio shouldn’t preclude the Spurs from beating the Kings on Wednesday night. I like San Antonio straight up.
Pick: San Antonio
Houston at Portland
When: Thursday, Feb. 25 at 10:30 pm ET
On paper, this looks like a tough matchup. Both have excellent, high-scoring, point guards leading their teams. Portland’s Damian Lilliard averages 25 points per game. He dishes 7.3 assists per game. The Rockets’ James Harden averages 28 points per game. He dishes 7 assists on average per matchup.
But, Portland has dominated Houston in the last two battles. On Feb. 6, Portland beat Houston 96 to 79 in a game where Houston was favored by 5 points. The Trailblazers forced Harden into 10 turnovers in that game. 4 days later on Feb. 10, Portland beat Houston again. This time, Portland won 116 to 103. The problem for Houston is that they can’t stop Portland no matter what style of game they attempt to play. Fast or slow, Portland appears to have Houston’s number.
Golden State at Oklahoma City
When: Saturday, Feb. 27 at 8:30 pm ET
After a 105 to 137 embarrassing loss to Portland on the road on Feb. 19, the Golden State Warriors bounced back with a big 115 to 112 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Feb. 20. To start the week, Golden State has a fantastic 49 and 5 straight up record.
The last time that Oklahoma City played the NBA’s best team, they cut the lead to 2 to 4 points in the fourth quarter before losing 108 to 116. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook were unstoppable in that game. I expect both Durant and Westbrook to really be unstoppable in this matchup since the Thunder take on the Warriors at home on Feb. 27. I like OKC to add another loss to Golden State’s sterling record.
Pick: Oklahoma City