The NBA has scheduled a handful of games post Christmas that you need to bet on. Can Golden State beat Houston? Will Houston make it two in a row against the Spurs? What will happen when Atlanta visits the New York Knicks?
Find answers to those questions and more if you keep reading. Golden State battles Houston on Thursday, Dec. 31. The second game features Houston again as the Rockets travel to San Antonio. In the third best bet of the week, Atlanta takes on the Knicks in the Garden.
Post Christmas NBA Best Bets of the Week
Golden State at Houston
When: Thursday, Dec. 31
The Warriors go into the week with an incredible 24 and 1 record. Golden State is unbeatable straight up. But, when it comes to the spread, the Warriors are only 18-10-1. The last time that these two teams faced each other, Golden State beat Houston 112 to 92. The Rockets have been much better since that game. Houston averages 103.7 points per game, fourth in the NBA. The biggest issue for Houston is its defense. The Rockets allow a ridiculous 46% from the field. Golden State shoots 48% from the field on average. It’s tough to see Houston pulling out a win in this matchup.
Pick: Golden State
Houston at San Antonio
When: Saturday, Jan. 2
The Rockets beat the Spurs 88 to 84 on Christmas Day. It was a big win for Houston who needed to beat its biggest rival in order to impress the fans. Houston’s defense was terrific. It held the Spurs to 40.9% from the field and 26.3% from behind the three-point line. Was that the Spurs just going cold? Or, did Houston’s defense really play that well? The Rockets usually allow 105 points per game. San Antonio usually averages 48.3% from the field and close to 38% from behind the arc. The Spurs get their revenge.
Pick: San Antonio
Atlanta at New York Knicks
When: Sunday, Jan. 3
This should be an interesting game. At 20 and 12, Atlanta is a game ahead of Miami in the Southeast Division to the start the week. Atlanta beat the Knicks 117 to 98 on Dec. 26. The Hawks held Kristaps Porzingis in check. Porzingis only had 2 rebounds and 9 points. Porzingis averages 13.3 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. Porizingis should have a much better day on Jan. 3 than he did on the day after Christmas. If the Knicks stick to their inside game, that means Porzingis and center Robin Lopez contributing in addition to having Melo score and grab boards like he does every night, New York can win this.
Pick: New York