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PHI 76ers Win -5.0MIN Timberwolves @ PHI 76ers

No team is happier to be home for the holidays than the Philadelphia 76ers. The Sixers just completed a 6-game road trip without superstar Joel Embiid and some of those without Tobias Harris. They ended the road trip 2-4. Finally, The Process is back. Joel Embiid has been listed as questionable for today’s game and looks to play; the question is, how much?

The Timberwolves are hitting the road after their long 5-game home-stand as they had their five-game winning streak snapped last night vs. the Charlotte Hornets. The Timberwolves are 9-10 ATS this season and 3-4 ATS when they are the road team. The Sixers are 10-9 ATS and 3-5 ATS at home.

These two teams have a little history. Karl-Anthony Towns, who grew up near the area, once got into a scuffle with Joel Embiid, and we know Sixers fans never forget. But, I expect with the return of Joel Embiid and with KAT coming into the building, the Wells Fargo crowd is going to be rocking a little more than usual. With the Timberwolves also on a back-to-back, I am willing to lay the 5 points here. Sixers cover.

*76ers -5 available at time of publishing. Playable at that number.*

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Over 216.0MIN Timberwolves @ PHI 76ers

These two teams are very evenly matched on the offensive side of the ball. The Sixers rank 16th in the NBA in points per game as they score 107.1. However, the Timberwolves have ranked one spot ahead of them as they are ranked 15th in the NBA, scoring 107.8 points per game. Crazy enough, on the defensive side of the ball, they are equal as well—the Timberwolves rank 16th in the NBA in points allowed per gamer at 106.3. The Sixers are one spot ahead, ranking 15th in the NBA by giving up 106.2 per game. The over is 7-12 for the both the Sixers and Timberwolves. I don’t love either side for the total, but it is a back-to-back for the Wolves so take the over; the Sixers should also play better at home.

*Over 216.5 available at time of publishing. Playable at that number.*

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BKN Nets Win -2.5PHX Suns @ BKN Nets

The Suns brought a 14-game winning streak into New York on Friday; their last loss was on October 27 — a month ago. It is a great run and they have had some adversity too with center Deandre Ayton missing some of those games. As a result, Jevale McGee has been huge for the Suns. In whatever role they need him (starter or reserve), he has stepped up. Phoenix definitely looks like it is capable of returning to the NBA Finals. A game against Brooklyn could be a good measuring stick. 

Brooklyn is on a 4 game winning streak heading into the weekend. The Nets are dealing with some injuries, but as long as Kevin Durant and James Harden are healthy they should be very good. Right now they are at the top of the Eastern Conference. Harden has picked up his game of late. He has double-doubles in his last 4 games. I like the move of DeAndre’ Bembry into the starting lineup. He is not the shooter Joe Harris is, but he is a better defender and can do a little of everything. 

This one opened with the Nets being -1 and then quickly moved to -2.5. Both teams are playing well and clearly, the market likes the stars of the Nets more than the team approach of Phoenix. While the Suns have been winning a lot, they are just 9-9 ATS for the season. This is just the third time they are underdogs this season and they are 1-1 SU/ATS in that role. One reason to fade a team on a hot streak like the Suns are on is that they are playing the night before in New York. With no rest, Phoenix is 0-3 ATS and it’s not like this team is playing Orlando on Saturday. Take Brooklyn.

*Nets -2.5 available at time of publishing. Playable to -3.5.*

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Over 220.5PHX Suns @ BKN Nets

When playing on back-to-back days, the Suns are 2-1 O/U. Their offense drops by 6 points per game but they give up almost the same on defense. They do have good depth, but with electric scorers like Durant and Harden so you do not want to be a step slow against the Nets. Brooklyn is on a run of 4 overs and the situation is such that I expect that run to continue on Saturday. They would prefer to play at a brisk pace anyway and they can lure the Suns into running with them. Take the over.

*Over 220.5 available at time of publishing. Playable at that number.*

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Matt Wiesenfeld
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ATL Hawks Win -4.5NY Knicks @ ATL Hawks

Tonight, the New York Knicks and the Atlanta Hawks will face-off at State Farm Arena. Both teams will be playing the latter half of a back-to-back set in this one. Yesterday, New York suffered a 21 points loss to the Phoenix Suns. R.J. Barrett and Julius Randle each played 31 minutes, but nobody else on the roster totaled more than 25 minutes on the court. Atlanta is fresh off of a 32-point victory over the Memphis Grizzlies. The large margin of victory led to nobody on the Hawks playing more than 29 minutes last night.

Simply, these are two teams trending in opposite directions of late. The Knicks have won only four of their last 10 contests, whereas the Hawks have won seven games in a row. In that span, New York has lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers (without Collin Sexton), Milwaukee Bucks (without Khris Middleton), Charlotte Hornets, Orlando Magic, Chicago Bulls (without Nikola Vucevic), and Phoenix Suns. During their winning streak, Atlanta has defeated the Bucks, Magic, Boston Celtics, Hornets, Oklahoma City Thunder, San Antonio Spurs, and Memphis Grizzlies–each of those victories coming by 10 points or more. There was a significant amount of talk early in the campaign about Trae Young’s alleged inability to play at a high level with the new rule changes. Yet, he is averaging a healthy 25.3 points and 9.1 assists as the calendar prepares to flip to December.

Though it is rarely talked about, the absence of Derrick Rose is a significant blow to the Knicks chances of winning on a given night. When he is on the floor, the Knicks rank in the 95th percentile in offensive efficiency and the 96th percentile in defensive efficiency, per Cleaning the Glass. When Rose is off of the court, New York ranks in the 17th percentile in offensive efficiency and the 7th percentile in defensive efficiency. If Rose is out again tonight, Atlanta is the strongest play on the market this evening for bettors. 

Hawks (-4) available at time of publishing. Playable to Hawks (-6)

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Under 217.5NY Knicks @ ATL Hawks

In New York’s last nine trips to the floor, their game totals have hit 215, 206, 212, 205, 202, 179, 200, 212, and 199. However, Atlanta’s last nine games have totaled 232, 230, 214, 220, 209, 240, 220, 201, and 208. Thus far in the new season, 52.7 percent of games featuring a team on no rest have hit the under. New York and Atlanta have combined to go 4-2 to the under when playing on no rest so far this fall. Take the under in this spot.

Under 218 available at time of publishing. Under 217.

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CHA Hornets Win -5.5CHA Hornets @ HOU Rockets

If it wasn’t for their loss at Atlanta a week ago, the Charlotte Hornets would have been on a 9-game win streak, instead they’ve won their 4 last games and 8 of their last 9 overall. Last night they had one of their best offensive games of the season and scored 133 points against Minnesota in a 18-point win. They were red-hot from the start and finished the game with 23 made threes on 40 attempts. Kelly Oubre Jr. in particular was impressive with 27 points in 27 minus as he drained 7 threes. As favorites they are 5-1 this season, however they could be shorthanded tonight with Miles Plumlee being questionable with a calf injury.

The Houston Rockets pulled off a shocker against the Chicago Bulls the other night 118-113 at home. It was just their 2nd win of the season and they are now 2-5 at the Toyota Center. Similarly to the Hornets, they were on fire from three-point land and drained 17 of 36 attempts with 8 of their players scoring in double-figures. And just like the Hornets they’ll be shorthanded tonight with their 2nd leading scorer Jalen Green sitting this one out with a hamstring injury. Losing such a big part of their offense is bound to hurt this team, even with him they’ve struggled a ton scoring the ball this season. In home games the Rockets have covered the spread just twice in 7 games.

Hornets have been very consistent this month, they’ve beaten the likes of Golden State, Washington (twice) and the Knicks as well. Tonight’s game is a start of a 4-game road trip and getting off to a winning start will be key as their 3 other games are way tougher. Let’s back the Hornets to cover here.

Charlotte -5.5 Point Spread is available at time of publishing. Playable at that number.

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Over 222.5CHA Hornets @ HOU Rockets

These two have combined to hit 40 three-pointers in the games they’ve played prior to tonight’s meeting. That isn’t really surprising considering they are the 1st and 2nd fastest paced offenses we have in the NBA currently. Charlotte’s games vs Western Conference teams have been high scoring more often than not, with 4 of the last 6 cashing on the over. In their last 3 games they’ve scored 116 points per contest and for the season only the Golden State Warriors average more per game. They are also one of the highest scoring road teams in the league with 110.2 points per game and after last night’s win over Minnesota they have the momentum on their side. If Plumlee doesn’t play here, that opens up their middle a bit, which should allow the Rockets to score over their season average. They were on fire against Chicago from downtown, hopefully they can follow that up with a solid performance vs Charlotte. Let’s back the over in this one.

Over 222.5 Total Points is available at time of publishing. Playable at that number.

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Filip Tomic
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DAL Mavericks Win -7.5WAS Wizards @ DAL Mavericks

The Washington Wizards were able to overcome the Oklahoma City Thunder on the road last night 101-99. Tonight, they will travel to take on the Dallas Mavericks who did not play yesterday and should be rested. The Wizards are 1-1 on the season on the second night of a back-to-backs and 5-5 overall on road games. The Mavericks on the other hand have been terrific at home, compiling a 6-1 which has helped them climb up to 4th place in the Western Conference. The Mavericks have also had positive news regarding Jalen Brunson. He had to leave their last game due to injury, but he was able to practice last night and has a good chance of playing. Considering he is averaging 15 points and 5 assists; he could be a huge boost to the offense.

The Wizards will have to figure out how to slow down the pair of Kristaps Porzingis and Luka Doncic here tonight. Porzingis has been terrific lately, managing 20 or more points in 6 straight games. Doncic has managed to do the same over the last 9 games. The Wizards leading scorer is Bradley Beal, but this year he has struggled to replicate his form from the last two season. Behind him they do not have a clear second option that could reliably give them 20 points a night, which could be the difference here. The rest of these rosters are mainly made up of solid defensive players so the scoring power of their stars could go a long way in deciding this game. Considering the Wizards are also dealing with fatigue, look for the Mavericks to be able to cover.

Mavericks -7.5 available at time of publishing. Playable at that number.

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Under 210.5WAS Wizards @ DAL Mavericks

To start off, the pace of this game should be rather slow, considering the teams rank 21st and 27th in that category respectively. On top of that, the Wizards are a strong defensive team, coming in at 7th in defensive rating whilst only being 21st in offensive rating. The combination of these factors has meant that they have not scored more than 105 points in any of their previous 10 games. They are not great from beyond the arc either, being second to last in 3-pointers made per game and 27th in 3-point percentage.

The Mavericks on the other hand can struggle for efficiency, with the team ranking in the bottom 10 in the league in true shooting percentage. Reason being is they do not create easy shots for themselves, ranking in the bottom 10 in the NBA in second chance points, fast break points and points in the paint. Overall, the under seems like the bet to make here.

Under 210.5 available at time of publishing. Playable at that number.

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NO Pelicans Win +13.0NO Pelicans @ UTA Jazz

These two teams played each other last night with a 3-pointer from Devonte’ Graham with 1.3 seconds left sealing a 98-97 road win for the Pelicans. Despite the result, the line of the game has hardly moved which could make the Pelicans another good bet here today. The Pelicans match up well with the Jazz. Jonas Valanciunas is able to match Rudy Gobert on the inside and keep him from dominating the boards. Josh Hart, Brandon Ingram and Herb Jones give the Pelicans 3 strong defenders that can switch onto anyone whilst Graham is able to space the floor. With Nickeil Alexander-Walker dropping to the bench, it gives the Pelicans someone in their second unit that can potentially match the scoring of Jordon Clarkson.

The Jazz struggled for points in part due to the underwhelming play of Donovan Mitchell. He has failed to reach the 20-point mark in each of his last 3 games, shooting under 30% in two of those games. With Mike Conley having not reached that mark since the first game of November, the backcourt struggles have really hindered the offensive flow of the team. That should continue here today. The Pelicans have won both games since introducing Jones to the starting lineup and the forward has helped them defensively, recording 7 steals since. He has the physical tools to make it tough for Mitchell tonight. Back the Pelicans.

Pelicans +13 available at time of publishing. Playable to Pelicans +12.

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Under 217.0NO Pelicans @ UTA Jazz

The teams combined for just 195 points last night and it is tough to see that drastically jump here. For the game to clear 218 the teams would need to combine for 54.5 points per quarter, but last night they were only able to clear this once. The Pelicans are one of the best teams at closing out defensive possessions in the league, ranking 7th in opponent second chance points. Considering the Jazz are also in the bottom 10 in the league in fast break points per game, there are unlikely to be many easy points available for the hosts here.

The Pelicans are not a great team from deep and are unlikely to rack up points that way. They are 27th in the league in 3-pointers made per game and 26th in 3-point percentage. They are also 27th in true shooting percentage and considering the Utah Jazz are top 10 in the league in defensive rating, the Pelicans are unlikely to put up big numbers here. Back the under tonight.

Under 217 available at time of publishing. Playable to under 215.5.

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