Last Updated: 2017-12-31
The NBA season is getting ready for a run to the playoffs as the New Year begins. Teams and players are getting healthy at the right time and this is a good time of year to take stock of just how good or bad a team is.
Over the weekend there were several big games that caught out attention.
On Friday it was the Washington Wizards who beat up on the Houston Rockets as they covered the spread by 20 points. On Saturday, the Detroit Pistons took down the San Antonio Spurs showing that they are a serious contender in the Eastern Conference. They won easily and covered the spread by an incredible 19 points making it an easy win for anyone that bet on Detroit. These games are easy to spot if you have the right information.
The NBA Betting sheet covers January 1st to January 4th. This provides an in-depth first-look for the NBA handicapper looking for an edge this week.
Not Concerned About Curry
After missing 11 games with an injury, the Golden State Warriors welcomed back Steph Curry to the lineup. He looked as though he had no rust as he put up 38 points and had to be dragged off the floor by his coach. Despite the big game and the 141 points, the Warriors did not cover. This only bolstered the betting system that a handicapper should fade teams who are returning key contributors to the floor. It has already been reported that Curry can play in back-to back games. That means he will suit up and play Wednesday night against the Dallas Mavericks and Thursday night in the big game at Houston against James Harden and the Rockets.
Passing On Portland
On Tuesday night the Cavs will host Portland and there is every reason to pass on Portland in this game. This will be the third game in four nights for the Blazers who will play the Chicago Bulls the night before. Before playing in Chicago, the Blazers played in Atlanta against the Hawks. So when they finally get to LeBron James and the Cavs they will be playing their second game in less than 24 hours and should be very tired. The Cavs will be returning home from a three game west coast trip where they lost every game. The Cavs will also have two days off before this game, giving them a significant edge with rest against a tired team.
Suns About to Set
The Blazers are not the only team in a calendar crunch over the next few days. The Suns are also playing three games in four nights and will be playing the second of a back-to-back set when they head to Denver to take on the Nuggets. Teams playing in Denver are always at a disadvantage but it only gets worse when you realize that the Nuggets had three days off leading up to this game.
Clippers Out For Revenge
The second game of the double header on Thursday night is the Oklahoma City Thunder heading to LA to take on the Clippers. In the last meeting the Clippers lost by nine points on the road. Paul George blew up in this game and put up 42 points as the Thunder snapped a four game losing streak. The Clippers lost that game against the spread as five point underdogs. It went over the total, and they will have a healthy Blake Griffin back in the lineup. This will be third game in a row at home for the Clippers and they are 18-15-1 ATS heading into this week overall and over .500 ATS at home. The Clippers could be poised for revenge in this game.
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