NBA preview: Four best picks from the NBA betting odds
It is another busy week in the NBA and once again we have dived deep into four marquee matchups to make our NBA predictions.
Here is an NBA preview of some of the best betting odds and tips in the next few days.
Milwaukee Bucks @ Cleveland Cavaliers (Wed)
Khris Middleton led Milwaukee with 30 points, and Brook Lopez finished with 28 points in the Bucks' 115-101 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night.
Giannis Antetokounmpo sat out with an ankle injury in the game.
In this matchup on Wednesday, the Bucks will definitely be giving the Cavaliers points in this basketball game.
How many points? It will depend on whether or not Antetokounmpo suits up or not.
Regardless, roll with the Bucks minus the points when making your picks on Wednesday.
The over/under should be set around 228 total points. Back the under in this matchup when making your NBA betting picks. I believe this will be a tight, low-scoring game.
Final score prediction: Milwaukee Bucks 110, Cleveland Cavaliers 90.
Houston Rockets @ Memphis Grizzlies (Wed)
James Harden finished with 31 points and 10 assists, and Clint Capela added 26 points and 11 rebounds for the Rockets in a 121-105 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night.
The Rockets have won 12 of 13 and have 10 wins in their last 13 road games.
In this game against the Grizzlies, I believe the Rockets will definitely make it four wins in a row in this matchup. So when making your NBA betting picks, be sure to back Houston and minus the points in this one.
When taking a look at these NBA betting odds, roll with the over in this one. I expect a high-scoring game between these two Western Conference teams.
Final score prediction: Houston Rockets 121, Memphis Grizzlies 111.
Miami Heat @ San Antonio Spurs (Wed)
The San Antonio Spurs (42-29) are winners of nine straight games, with their most recent victory coming against the defending NBA champions, the Golden State Warriors, at home on Monday night.
In that game, DeMar DeRozan scored 26 points, and LaMarcus Aldridge added 23 points and 13 rebounds in the win.
The victory put the Spurs at a season-best 13 games over .500 and they clinched their 22nd consecutive winning season, extending the franchise's own NBA record.
The Spurs last lost on Feb. 25 in a 101-85 defeat to the Brooklyn Nets.
The Spurs are giving the Miami Heat 6.5 points in this one, and I believe the Spurs will do their job and cover the spread, and come away with a win in this matchup.
Be sure to roll with San Antonio minus the points when looking at these NBA basketball betting odds.
Also, with the over/under set at 209.5 total points, feel confident taking the over in this matchup. I believe both teams will definitely combine to exceed the total in this basketball game.
Final score prediction: San Antonio Spurs 115, Miami Heat 105.
Dallas Mavericks at Portland Trail Blazers (Wed)
The Mavericks (28-42) beat the Blazers 111-102 in Dallas on Dec. 4, as Luka Doncic finished with 21 points and nine rebounds and he hit the baseline jumper in the final minute to clinch the win.
The Blazers answered by pulling out a 121-118 victory in overtime in Portland on Dec 23. Damian Lillard had 33 points and seven assists, and Doncic led the Mavericks with 23 points, 11 rebounds and six assists.
In their last meeting on Feb. 10 in Dallas, Doncic had 28 points, nine rebounds and six assists, and the Mavericks outscored Portland, 24-9, in the fourth quarter of a 102-101 Dallas victory.
The Blazers (43-27) will be without CJ McCollum for a second straight game. The shooting guard strained his left knee in a loss at San Antonio on Saturday night. McCollum's knee will be re-evaluated next week.
When looking at this basketball game, it's hard not to take into account that the Trail Blazers are a much better team than the Mavericks. The Blazers are giving Dallas 10 points in this matchup.
However, I believe backing the Mavericks in this one is the smart way to go when making your NBA picks.
The over/under is set at 217.5 total points. I believe it is wise to stick with the over in this matchup when making your pick.
The Mavericks and the points on the road and the over are the NBA betting picks in this one.
Final score prediction: Portland Trail Blazers 111, Dallas Mavericks 108.