Here are our expert’s picks for the top bets for the NBA games tonight.
San Antonio Spurs (+14.5, 239.5) vs Dallas Mavericks
The Spurs lost to the Mavericks 126-125 at home Dec. 31, covering as a 7-point underdog. The Mavericks went over in 5 of their last 7 games leading up to the All-Star break, and they are going against the defense that ranks last in opponents’ 3-point field goal percentage (39.4%) and opponents’ field goal percentage (50.9%).
The Spurs also should want to push the pace, ranking 7th in the league. The tempo should be quick, and G Luka Doncic should be able to have his way against the Spurs defense.
We like Over 239.5.
Golden State Warriors (+4.5, 238) vs Los Angeles Lakers
The Golden State Warriors are currently ninth in the West, a dreadful 7-22 road record. The Los Angeles Lakers have fallen to 13th in the West, but they’ve been decent at home with a 14-14 record at crypto.com Arena.
Golden State have gone 5-5 over their last 10 games before the All-Star break, their defense has allowed 121.1 points on 49.9% from the field and 37.3% from deep. The Lakers will challenge them with their own offense, which averages 117.0 points per game (7th in the NBA) on 48.2% efficiency (10th in the NBA).
Both teams will be missing key players, but the Warriors project to be more depleted in this matchup. Given this game is in Loa Angeles, which will carry a great home court advantage in this situations than many, we like the Lakers.
Los Angeles Lakers -4.5.