WE had a rough end to the weekend and are more focussed than ever to bounce back and put money in your bankroll.
Here’s our best bets for the action ahead:
Sacramento Kings @ Washington Wizards
The Wizards have been somewhat unpredictable to start the season but what we do know is that when they’re hot they’re near unstoppable.
Sacramento has been as poor as predicted and this is one team that will not have the tools to slow down this Washington offence.
Their four-game homestead started with a whimper but they’ve since bounced back to cover a double-digit spread against the Lakers and Hawks. The Kings very much fit the mould of both those teams.
The visitors are averaging just 94.8 points per game on offence (ranked 29th in the league) and they’ve averaged just 92.2 points on the road. In fact, they’ve only managed to score over 100 points in four of their 12 games so far this season.
The last time these sides met the Wizards completely overran Sacramento on their home court in a 110-83 win – and that’s a very similar scoreline to what we’re projecting here.
Defence has been the focal point of their back-to-back wins and we’re expecting a similar intensity on that end of the court here. Offensively the home side should get whatever they want out of this Sacramento defence and it’s hard to see how they can keep within this line, even if it does seem large at first glance.
The Kings have failed to cover the spread in their last six straight road games and have covered just once in their last seven meetings against Eastern Conference opponents. More importantly, they are 0-4 against the spread in their last four visits to Washington, while the home team is 8-1 against the spread in the last nine meetings overall.
Look for John Wall and Bradley Beal to take this Sacramento backcourt to the cleaners in this one.
Tip: Washington Wizards -11.0 @ $1.90 (Crownbet)
Memphis Grizzlies @ Milwaukee Bucks
Two of the slowest playing teams in the league get ready to take to the court and we’re being offered a points total of 202.5?!
Memphis are currently 2-2 on their five-game road trip and while tired legs are a factor they’ll still have their defence first mentality when they head to Wisconsin.
The flailing form of Mike Conley has certainly contributed to the Grizzlies decline in recent weeks and he’ll have a hard time matching up against the Bucks newest acquisition, Eric Bledsoe.
While Bledsoe struggled offensively against the Lakers last time out he was still a handful guarding the perimeter and you can be certain he’ll again force Conley into tough shots from deep.
The length that Milwaukee possesses across the court is a huge reason why they rank so high defensively – especially at home. The Bucks are almost three points better defensively on their home court, which largely comes down to their ability to slow the tempo down to suit them as opposed to adjusting to what other teams are doing on their home court.
Memphis are all too inviting of executing a half court offence and will relish a slower game after the high-octane offence they faced in Houston last time out.
The Unders has cashed the last seven times these teams have faced off in Milwaukee, while the Bucks last four straight at home have also stayed Under the points total.
This line is way too high given the general pace this game will be played at – both sides rank in the bottom five for possessions per game and unless they both shoot above 55% there’s no foreseeable way this one eclipses the points total.
Tip: Under 202.5 points @ $1.91 (Centrebet)
Punter Problems NBA multi:
Washington Wizards -7.5