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C.J. McCollum
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NBA Best Bets to Make: 12/30

by Covers.com
Updated On: December 30, 2019, 5:41 pm ET

HAVING NUNN OF IT

The Heat put their five game winning streak on the line as they travel to Washington to take on the Wizards. The Heat have won five of the last six games in the head-to-head.

Miami's Kendrick Nunn has cooled down after a very hot start to his career. He has seen his playing time dip considerably along with his field goal attempts per game since the return of Goran Dragic. Expect that trend to continue, and take Under Nunn's points total of 14.5.

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NOT YOUNG ANYMORE

The Magic are 10.5-point favorites as they are set to host the Hawks. Despite such a large spread in the game, this is still the lowest game total of the night set at 208.5. The Hawks have lost 10 games in a row and have struggled to get any offense going without Trae Young in the lineup. 

The Hawks take on a Magic team surrendering the second-fewest points per game at home with 101.4. With the Hawks being held under 90 in two straight games, look for their offensive woes to continue and bet Under their team total of 99.5.

 

THE KAT CAME BACK?

The Timberwolves hope to get back Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins for today's matchup against the Nets. Both players are listed as questionable. The Timberwolves have won three straight in the head-to-head and have won 13 of the last 15 at home versus Brooklyn.

Both offenses have struggled lately with the Nets being held under 100 points in two straight games, and the Timberwolves held to 105 or fewer in five of their last six contests. Look for Minnesota to do just enough versus a Nets squad allowing 113.6 points per game on the road this season and back Minnesota on the 3.5-point spread.

 

OWNING THE HEAD-TO-HEAD

Portland has won the last 10 games in the head-to-head versus the Suns by an average score of 116-103. Throughout that stretch they have built up big halftime leads outscoring Phoenix 61-50. In those ten games the Blazers shot 47 percent from the floor and just under 41 percent from beyond the arc, connecting on 118 of 290 made 3-point shots.

With Phoenix getting burned by the 3-point shot all season, allowing opponents to shoot 37.5 percent from beyond the arc, look for Portland to use the deep ball to their advantage. Take Portland to cover the 5-point spread.

 

DOUBLING DOWN ON THE BLAZERS

The Blazers are averaging 57.6 first-half points per game at home and are coming off a game where they put up 64 points in the first 24 minutes versus the Lakers. The Suns on the other hand have gotten out to slow starts on the road this season averaging 54.1 points in the opening half. 

Expect the Blazers to enter halftime leading by a considerable margin. Take Portland on the first half spread laying 2.5-points.