Friday Night’s ESPN NBA Doubleheader is a doozy, featuring two games that feature toe-to-toe matchups that will offer some great basketball. I’m here to give you my best NBA sports betting tips for each game below. Check the book for the game lines on Friday morning.
Despite all the odds against them, Chicago continues to be one of the most resilient teams on the open market and I’ve been telling people to track them in my NBA betting tips for the past couple months. No team should be playing this well without their two best players. But that’s exactly how Chicago’s been rolling lately.
The Bulls have gone 6-2 SU and ATS since the All-Star Break, losing only to Miami and Brooklyn in recent matchups. This game will start a series of important home games against playoff caliber teams. After Memphis, Chicago has to deal with Miami, San Antonio and Houston. We’re about to find out how good Chicago actually is.
The truth is that Chicago can hang with anyone. They’re a tough, defensively minded team that gives up the second fewest points per game (92.3) and dominates the boards on both ends. The problem? Memphis does all of those things too.
Zach Randolph and the Grizzlies have been a huge bore in the NBA this season. They’re a relatively quite 5-2 SU and 3-3-1 ATS in the seven games since the break and it’s been hard to offer NBA betting tips on them because they’re so freaking predictable. And Memphis doesn’t seem to have the “it” factor. They’re not discernably tough and they don’t seem to have the mental resolve that has made them pretty dominant in years past. In short, they don’t wear opponents down like they used to.
This is going to be a war of attrition and in that department, Chicago has the edge. Memphis desperately needs a dynamic wing scorer and are floating through their existence with the same listless attack that has left them very vulnerable. They tend to be a pretty decent road team overall, but they’ve struggled in recent games against Washington, Oklahoma City, Charlotte and Orlando while away from home. I think Chicago gives them all they can handle as moderate home dogs on Friday Night’s ESPN NBA doubleheader betting matchup.
NBA Betting Tips: Take CHICAGO AT +3.5 or better
I really want to wax poetically about this matchup, but it’s a pretty easy call considering how morbid the Pacers and Rockets have been against the spread recently. I’ve been telling people to stay away from Indiana in my NBA betting tips recently, and their 6-1 SU run has been awesome but their 1-5-1 ATS record is certainly not. Unfortunately, Houston’s hasn’t been a reliable bet all season going a stiff 8-2 SU in their last 10 games with a even keel 5-5 ATS record to show for their efforts.
Fortunately, this line won’t be that big so you’re looking for a straight up winner and in that regard I prefer the Pacers from a sheer attitude standpoint. James Harden will have his hands full playing two-way ball against Paul George and while the absence of George Hill (shoulder) is alarming, I think that Roy Hibbert will come alive against Dwight Howard. The second half of Friday Night’s ESPN doubleheader will play out the same way it did the first time these two met, when Indiana routed Houston 114-81.