STIFLING SHOOTING GUARDS
The Pacers are surrendering just 101.8 points per game at home. They've been especially stingy against opposing shooting guards holding them to 15.3 ppg on 37.9 percent shooting. Today the Pacers are 9.5-point favorites as they host the Grizzlies.
Dillon Brooks is off to a good start this season, but has struggled versus some of the better defenses going 3-of-7 from the floor versus the Heat, 0-of-7 versus the Magic, and 0-of-5 versus the Nuggets. Expect the Pacers to keep Brooks in check and bet Under his points total of 12.5.
STEPPING UP FOR THE DEFENDING CHAMPS
The 76ers are 2-point road favorites as they travel to Toronto to take on the Raptors. Toronto have won 16 of the most recent 17 home games versus the 76ers, but will once again be without Kyle Lowry, Serge Ibaka, and Patrick McCaw. Despite all the injuries, the Raptors are still off to a perfect 6-0 start at home.
Toronto's Norman Powell has made the most of extended playing time logging no less than 15 points in each of his last four games. He has also found success from beyond the arc, connecting on twelve made 3-point shots throughout that stretch. Expect his success to continue today and bet Over his points total of 14.5.
WAGER ON WENDELL
The Blazers have struggled defending opposing centers this season allowing 23.4 points per game on 53.4 percent shooting and 15.5 rebounds a game. They are surrendering 49.2 points in the paint per contest. It just so happens that the Blazers opponents tonight, the Chicago Bulls, have excelled at scoring in the paint this season.
Expect big numbers out of Chicago's Wendell Carter Jr. who has logged a double-double in two of his most recent three games, and ten times already this season. Bet Over his points, rebounds, assists total of 23.5.
The Bucks have won five of their first six home games this season and put their seven-game wining streak on the line today against Utah. The visiting Jazz might be without Rudy Gobert who is questionable with an ankle injury.
The average score in the three most recent meetings between these two teams is 108-106 in favor of Utah. The Jazz have shot 42.8 percent from the floor in those games while holding Milwaukee to 40.4 percent shooting. Look for another low scoring contest and bet Under the game total of 223.
HAVE BRON, WILL TRAVEL
The Lakers are 5-point favorites as they travel to San Antonio to take on the Spurs. The Lakers have been one of the best teams in the league with a 14-2 record, and have won six of their first seven away games. The Spurs finally snapped their eight-game losing streak Saturday night versus the Knicks, but have given up 115 or more points in four of their most recent five contests.
With the Lakers averaging 114.9 ppg on 48.6 percent shooting on the road, expect them to put up enough points to cover against a Spurs team giving up 115.9 ppg in San Antonio. Take the Lakers as 5-point favorites.
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