NO MAGIC IN THIS OFFENSE
The Milwaukee Bucks travel to Orlando to take on the Orlando Magic as 4.5-point favorites. Defensively, the Magic have surrendered the second lowest points per game through their first four contests at just 93.8. Their opponents are shooting only 41.3 percent from the floor, and a league low 26.1 percent from beyond the arc. But offensively, they’re struggling to score, averaging a league low 95.8 on 39.5 percent shooting. With Orlando not shooting the ball efficiently and playing lights out defensively, the Under 215.5 is a great option.
PICKING UP THE SLACK
With no timetable for Blake Griffin’s return, Andre Drummond is picking up the slack for the Detroit Pistons and is off to a great start this season. The Pistons big man is averaging career high numbers in field goal attempts per game with 14.4, points at 21, rebounds at 17.4, and blocks at 2.0.
Today, he’s up against a Chicago Bulls defense surrendering an average of 24.7 points on 53.1 percent shooting to opposing centers, and a league high 18.9 boards. This one’s pretty simple: Bet Over Drummond's points, rebounds, assists total of 37.5.
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FLYING OUT OF THE GATES
Behind a great start to the season from Luke Doncic, the Dallas Mavericks have been flying out of the gates in games, averaging a league-high 66.2 first half points per contest. Today, they host a Los Angeles Lakers team who have been a little slower to get rolling thus far averaging 52.2 first half points.
But the Lakers make up for that on the defensive end, having surrendered an average of just 52 points first half points per game, while the Mavs sit at 58 in that category. That said, bet Dallas to get out to a quick start once again, and take them on the first half moneyline.
FINDING THE OPEN MAN
The San Antonio Spurs travel to Golden State to play the Warriors on the tail end of a back-to-back, coming off their first loss of the season to the Clippers. Golden State has really struggled this season and will be without Stephen Curry for an extended period of time with a broken hand. With no Curry, the Spurs are on the board as 7-point road favorites.
Maybe even more concerning than Curry’s injury is the Warriors defense. Golden State is getting burned by the extra pass allowing a league high 31.5 assists per game. The Spurs have shared the ball well averaging 25.3 assists a game and have been very efficient from the floor shooting the second highest percentage at 48.2, thanks in part, to the return of Dejounte Murray. The Spurs guard is back after sitting out all of last season with an ACL tear, and is off to a great start averaging 6.0 assists a game. With the Spurs shooting well and Murray orchestrating the offense, bet Over his assists total of 4.5.
NO CONCERNS ON A BACK-TO-BACK
Even though the Spurs are playing on a back-to-back, they’ll have success against that porous Warriors defense. As mentioned previously, the Spurs are shooting the ball well to start the season, resulting in them putting up an impressive 119 points a game.
The Warriors are giving up an average of 126.2 points per game and possess the league's highest shooting percentage for opponents from the floor, as well as from beyond the arc at 52.1 percent and 42.9 percent respectively. Bet San Antonio's team total Over 114.5.