Free NBA Picks

Like any sport, the National Basketball Association is a beast of its own. However, there are ways to find some value and make more informed decisions in this sport, just like any other.

Key Numbers

The first step is to identify key numbers. Unlike the football, where three and seven are the most important betting numbers, and unlike hockey and baseball, where lines are always set at 1.5 and adjusted via juice, basketball is a much more fluidly moving spread. However, there are some key numbers. The most important to look for are four and seven. Four makes a game a two-possession game, and seven makes it a three-possession game. Late into games, seven is usually when the opposition will lay off the gas, and your favorite can feel good. However, in comeback scenarios, if there is still enough time on the clock, seven is when the opposition can really feel it, and the pressure begins to mount on the team with the lead. Seven is also the spread that results in a push the most, so if there is a number worth buying the extra half point in your favor, it would be seven.

Back to Backs

The NBA is cutting back on this because they know the effect on the players. However, favorite, or underdog, it does not matter, teams perform worse on back to back games. In the second game of back to backs in general, it is close to being a winning proposition to bet against that team blindly. However, when looking at the second game of back to back road games, they are close to being a 52% loser all-time. Before betting on or against a team, always look at where they were the night before. It does matter.

Home Court Advantage

It is also important to look at where they are actually playing. Home court advantage does matter, and it does add up over time. Given the air, and the quick in-and-out nature of the NBA schedule, it is no surprise that Denver and Utah historically have the best home-court advantages. Ruccous environments such as Golden State, Sacramento, and Indiana also feature strong home courts. This is important to note because if any of these teams are rolling at home, it is time to fire.

By BTB Staff
Jan 15, 2018 at 7:46

The Houston Rockets (30-11) will travel to Staples Center to clash with the Los Angeles Clippers (21-21). The game starts at 10:30 p.m. ET on Monday, January 15, 2018. Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Clippers ATS Odds Both teams were triumphant in their last game. The Clippers easily got past the Sacramento Kings 126-105, while … Continue reading Houston Rockets at Los Angeles Clippers Betting Prediction 01/15/18

By BTB Staff
Jan 15, 2018 at 7:46

The Toronto Raptors (29-12) and their sensational offense visit Philadelphia to take on the 76ers (19-20) and their stifling defense. The game can be seen on The Sports Network at 1 p.m. ET on Monday, January 15, 2018. Toronto Raptors vs. Philadelphia 76ers Betting Odds Both teams were beaten in their last game. The 76ers … Continue reading Toronto Raptors vs. Philadelphia 76ers Free Prediction 01/15/18

By BTB Staff
Jan 15, 2018 at 7:45

The Milwaukee Bucks (22-20) will travel to Capital One Arena to meet the Washington Wizards (25-18). The Wizards opened as 5-point favorites. The game’s Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 214 points and it will air on Fox Sports Net Wisconsin at 2 p.m. ET on Monday, January 15, 2018. Milwaukee Bucks at Washington Wizards … Continue reading Milwaukee Bucks vs. Washington Wizards Free Prediction 01/15/18

By BTB Staff
Jan 15, 2018 at 7:41

Expect a shootout when the Golden State Warriors (35-9), 4.5-point favorites, square off with the Cleveland Cavaliers (26-16) at Quicken Loans Arena. The game’s Over/Under (O/U) opened at 231 points and it will air on TNT at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, January 15, 2018. Golden State Warriors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Betting Odds In their … Continue reading Golden State Warriors at Cleveland Cavaliers Betting Prediction 01/15/18

By BTB Staff
Jan 15, 2018 at 7:40

The Oklahoma City Thunder (23-20) will be 11.5-point favorites at home in Chesapeake Energy Arena when they meet the Sacramento Kings (13-29). The game’s Over/Under (O/U) opened at 209.5 points and it can be seen on NBC Sports – California at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, January 15, 2018. Sacramento Kings at Oklahoma City Thunder … Continue reading Sacramento Kings at Oklahoma City Thunder Betting Prediction 01/15/18

By BTB Staff
Jan 15, 2018 at 7:39

The Memphis Grizzlies (13-28) will be 2-point favorites at home in FedExForum when they square off against the Los Angeles Lakers (15-27). The game’s Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 203 points and it will air on TNT at 5:30 p.m. ET on Monday, January 15, 2018. Los Angeles Lakers at Memphis Grizzlies ATS Odds … Continue reading Los Angeles Lakers vs. Memphis Grizzlies Betting Prediction 01/15/18

By BTB Staff
Jan 14, 2018 at 18:13

The Minnesota Timberwolves (28-16) and their sensational offense will be 5.5-point favorites when they welcome the Portland Trail Blazers (22-20) and their tremendous defense. The game’s Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 212.5 points and it can be seen on ESPN at 9 p.m. ET on Sunday, January 14, 2018. Portland Trail Blazers at Minnesota … Continue reading Portland Trail Blazers at Minnesota Timberwolves Betting Prediction 01/14/18

By BTB Staff
Jan 13, 2018 at 9:48

The Brooklyn Nets (16-26), 9.5-point underdogs, will travel to Capital One Arena to go head-to-head against the Washington Wizards (24-18). The game’s Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 215 points and it will air on YES Network at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 13, 2018. Brooklyn Nets vs. Washington Wizards Betting Odds Both teams … Continue reading Brooklyn Nets at Washington Wizards Free Prediction 01/13/18

By BTB Staff
Jan 13, 2018 at 7:24

The Oklahoma City Thunder (22-20), 2-point favorites, will travel to Spectrum Center to meet the Charlotte Hornets (16-24). The game’s Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 211.5 points and it can be seen on Fox SportsNet Oklahoma at 5 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 13, 2018. Oklahoma City Thunder at Charlotte Hornets ATS Odds In … Continue reading Oklahoma City Thunder at Charlotte Hornets Betting Prediction 01/13/18

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