My NBA betting cheat sheet for this week starts with games that start later on in the week giving you plenty of time to deposit and bet. Atlanta travels to Philadelphia to battle the worst team in the league. Will Philadelphia find a way to improve upon its 1 and 12 home record? Golden State is in action with a stunning 31 and 2 straight up record. Keep reading for my expert ATS, Over/Under and Moneyline picks in the NBA this week.
NBA Free ATS Picks Jan 4th – 10th
Atlanta at Philadelphia
When: Thursday, Jan. 7 at 7:00 pm ET
Analysis: The last time that these 2 teams met, on Dec. 16, 2015, Atlanta beat Philadelphia 127 to 106. Philadelphia is an awful team. What’s crazy is that as bad as Philadelphia is, the 76’ers have only a slightly losing record against the spread in away games. Philly is 11 and 12 in their away games to start the week while being 3-9-1 ATS at home. Yep. They play Atlanta at home on Thursday.
Utah at Houston
When: Thursday, Jan. 7 at 8:00 pm ET
Analysis: This should be a tight game between 2 teams that are much closer in terms of ability than one might think. Utah goes into this week having won 3 out of their last 4. Houston goes into the week having lost 5 out of their last 6. Although these 2 teams throw down on Jan. 4, the pick ATS for this Jan. 7 game is Utah, who is 8 and 7 ATS on the road and figures to be a bigger road dog in Houston than they should be due to the Rockets’ reputation.
Boston at Memphis
When: Sunday, Jan. 10 at 6:00 pm ET
Analysis: Boston’s road record is 10 and 5 against the spread. The Celtics are 18 and 15 to start the week. They’re 3 games above .500 to start the week. Memphis has an interesting 7 and 10 home record against the spread. The Grizzlies defense hasn’t played as well this season as it did last season. So far, the offense is terrible behind the three-point line at 31%. I’m backing Boston.
NBA Game Total Over/Under Picks Jan 4th – 10th
Los Angeles Lakers at Sacramento
When: Thursday, Jan. 7 at 10:30 pm ET
Analysis: The Lakers only average 96.7 points per game. But, the Lakers allow a ridiculous 105.7 points per game. Sacramento’s offense is fantastic. It averages 105.3 points per game. The Kings allow a 30th ranked 107.7 points per game. This one should be fun because nobody on either team really plays defense. Expect the Lakers and Kings to shatter the over.
Toronto at Washington
When: Friday, Jan. 8 at 7:00 pm ET
Analysis: Toronto has improved on the defensive end from this season to last season. The Raptors are allowing 96.9 points per game. That ranks Toronto 4th in the NBA in points allowed per matchup. Washington’s defense isn’t very good. It allows 103.8 points per game. Although Toronto has a shot of shutting down the Wizards, Washington has no shot of shutting down the Raptors. Expect Toronto to run and gun with Washington in this.
Golden State at Sacramento
When: Saturday, Jan. 9 at 10:00 pm ET
Analysis: This game should go over by a mile. Sacramento is going to be hard pressed to stop Golden State from scoring 120 in this matchup. Maybe, Steph Curry won’t play. Even if he doesn’t, Sacramento’s defense is so bad, GS should have a field day. Golden State beat Sacramento 122 to 103 on Dec. 28. Expect a similar score on Jan. 9.
NBA Straight Up Moneyline Picks Jan 4th – 10th
Miami at Utah
When: Saturday, Jan. 9 at 9:00 pm ET
Analysis: No team has taken charge in the Eastern Conference so far this season. Miami has a first place Southeast Division record of 20 and 13 to start the week. The Heat beat Utah 92 to 91 the last time that these two teams played on Nov. 12, 2015. I’m going with the Heat in this game. This is especially true since I’m likely to get odds on Miami on the moneyline. The Heat is the road team. They could be a slight dog.
Milwaukee at New York Knicks
When: Sunday, Jan. 10 at 7:30 pm ET
Analysis: Milwaukee beat the Knicks 106 to 91 on Dec. 5. Small forward Giannis Antetokounmpo might miss the Jan. 4 game against the Spurs due to having surgery on his teeth over the weekend. He should be okay for this Sunday game against the Knicks. Giannis had 17 points, dished 6 assists and grabbed 6 boards against the Knicks on Dec. 5. 4 of Milwaukee’s 5 starters scored in double-figures in the rout win. The same things should happen on Sunday.