Here are five matches over the next five days that I’ve logged as my best bets in the NBA. To check out the full board, head to the sportsbook for all the best lines and odds on round ball betting. Home team is in caps and lines are subject to change as usual.
This Week’s Best NBA Bets
UTAH JAZZ -3.5 over Boston Celtics (Monday at 9pm EST)
The Celtics are in the midst of a really rough road trip, where they’ve already dropped three straight games against the Suns, Lakers and Kings. At 0-3 SU and 1-2 ATS in those matchups, do you really trust them against Utah? I don’t love the Jazz ever but in this matchup they’re a cake walk play and are easily amongst the NBA’s best bets as home favorites against the Celtics tonight.
Toronto Raptors -3.0 over CLEVELAND CAVALIERS (Tuesday at 7pm EST)
I’ve been touting the Raptors quite heavily lately, and I’m not taking my foot off the pedal at all. They just beat Cleveland 98-91 last weekend as -8.0 home favorites, which was as bloated of a line as I’ve seen this season. Toronto is one of the NBA’s best bets when travelling and are 20-9 ATS on the road this season. Cleveland had an awesome seven-game cover streak snapped on Sunday in a blowout loss against the Wizards. That ride is over. Get on board with the road ripping Raptors this instant.
Houston Rockets over LA CLIPPERS (Wednesday at 10:30pm EST)
The Clippers are an unusually inconsistent bet for how great they are offensively. This is the second best scoring offence in the league, with 107.1 points per game, but they’ve also gone just 2-2 SU and 1-3 ATS in their last 4 games. A huge win over Oklahoma City on the road this weekend makes me believe that they’re ready to make an epic run with Chris Paul shaking whatever rust he had after resting with an injury.
Houston has actually been pretty damn unbeatable lately, going 9-1 SU over their past 10 games. That one loss, by the way, was a 99-102 defeat in overtime against the Warriors so there’s really no shame in that. The Rockets have built a great spread attack that reduces pressure on Dwight Howard, and players like the polarizing Howard are generally kryptonite for the high-flying Clippers. I love the Rockets here as a road dog, especially after a polished 7-3 ATS streak in those last ten games to boot.
MIAMI HEAT over New York Knicks (Thursday at 8pm EST)
I’ve blamed the Heat for coasting through the first half, but everything about their play since the All-Star break has screamed “repeat champion with an attitude”. They seem hell-bent on a mission, especially after they destroyed Chicago 93-79 with LeBron on the bench. The Heat have not-so-quietly surged as a commodity in the book so I’m willing to take a chance with them here as one of the NBA’s best bets while the oddsmakers go in to catch-up mode with them. They’re 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games and LeBron loves terrorizing New York. He’s done it his whole damn career. Enjoy the Heat now before the lines begin to get completely out of control.
Charlotte Bobcats over SAN ANOTNIO SPURS (Friday at 8pm EST)
I just have trouble getting a damn handle on these freaking Spurs. They silenced Portland and the Clippers recently on the road, and then lost 85-106 to the Phoenix Suns. They have a pretty patty cake schedule with Detroit on Wednesday and Charlotte in this game. The Spurs are 5-5 ATS overall in their last 10 games and 10-16 ATS at home. I continue to bet against them when they play on their own court against scrappy teams out to prove themselves. The Bobcats are also one of my favorite road betting teams at 17-9-2 ATS this season, and with a 7-2-1 ATS run in their last 10 games, there’s no way I can’t include as one of the week’s best bets in the NBA.