WE’RE coming off another clean sweep in the NBA and look to keep that momentum going.
Here’s our best bets for the action ahead:
Utah Jazz @ Houston Rockets
The Rockets, in the absence of Chris Paul, are looking like the team that thrived under Mike D’Antoni last season.
Back-to-back road wins on their Eat coast road trip outlined their return to the high-octane team we’ve learnt to expect in Houston – the side also covered the line in both those games.
More importantly though for the Rockets is that they’ve rediscovered their tempo on offence and are forcing teams to either stay with them or risk getting blown out early.
The Jazz meanwhile continue to impress and have shown they are capable of scoring consistently and at a higher tempo than what we’re use to seeing from them. They’ve won three of their last four and have seen the Overs hit in their past three straight games.
The reason being they’ve played teams that are running the court and forcing them to adapt, and it’s resulted in coach Snyder adjusting accordingly and getting his team to find easy buckets in transition as well.
A trip to Houston hasn’t always been a bad thing for the Jazz and they’ll know that in order to stay in the contest they’ll need to make buckets early and stay with the home side in an up-and-down game.
The Overs has cashed in Utah’s last five straight games against teams with a winning record, and is 5-1 in the last six meetings between these two teams.
The Overs has also cashed in four of the last five played in Houston and our projections are leaning heavily on this trend continuing with the Overs hitting almost 69% in tomorrow’s game.
Tip: Over 202.5 points @ $1.90
Charlotte Hornets @ Minnesota Timberwolves
To say the Hornets have impressed in the opening month would be a drastic understatement.
Steve Clifford certainly has his team playing a brand of basketball suited to the players he has – spacing the floor early, hitting the open man and letting his shooters knock down their jumpers.
Their fast-paced offence has certainly made it tough for teams to contain them, given they also have the paint presence of a rejuvenated Dwight Howard.
A trip to Minnesota will certainly be a test of their credentials but if their offence continues in the manner it has so far this season they should have no problem scoring against one of the worst ranked defences in the league.
The Timberwolves did well to hold New Orleans to under 100 points last time out, but it was only the the second time this season they’ve managed to do so.
They currently allow 111.6 points per game and are allowing opponents to shoot at a mammoth 50.3% from the field.
Offensively they are certainly rolling – averaging 109.5 point per game, which is great news when facing a team that does still allow 104.3 points per game on the defensive end.
The match ups across the court certainly mean that both offences will get the better of their opposites and that should drive this one well above the points total despite the number sitting slightly higher than we anticipated.
The Hornets have seen their last four straight games go Over the points total, while the T’wolves have seen their last six straight games against the Southeast division all go Over the total as well.
The Hornets have dominated this series against the spread and if they’re to keep it close against they’ll need to once again score upwards of 105 points – something they’ve managed five times already this season.
Grab the Overs in this one as both sides push for easy buckets against sub-par defensive matchups.
Tip: Over 216.5 points @ $1.91
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