Sixteen teams make their season debuts across the NBA Wednesday night, offering a massive slate of basketball betting action. Monique Vag dives into the NBA odds, giving her best bets and pick predictions – from sides and totals to team and player props.
In terms of possessions per game last season, the Cleveland Cavaliers ranked dead last in the NBA averaging 100 per game. The Orlando Magic, Cleveland’s opening opponent Wednesday, ranked 25th averaging 101.3 possessions per outing. These were also two of the lowest-scoring teams in points per game ranking in the Bottom 5, with Orlando averaging 106.4 points and the Cavaliers even lower at 104.5.
Not much has really changed for either roster in the offseason, and with both teams playing at a slow pace and not shooting the ball effectively in 2018-19, look into betting the game total Under 212.5.
LET THE KAT OUT OF THE BAG
The Brooklyn Nets were one of the worst teams defending opposing centers last season, allowing an average of 26.8 points on 52.3 percent shooting, along with 16.5 rebounds per game. Look for Minnesota Timberwolves big man Karl-Anthony Towns to build off his success from last season.
Towns averaged 24.4 points, 12.4 rebounds, and shot 40 percent from beyond the arc in 2018-19. Look for Towns to light up most statistical categories in the season opener. We prefer backing his rebounding total Over 12.5 as the points total is set a little too high on PointsBet.
D’ FOR THE THREE
With the Boston Celtics’ lacking size in their starting five, they will have to capitalize off ball movement and good spacing on the floor versus the Philadelphia 76ers Wednesday night.
Boston may have to lean on the 3-point shot in its season opener - a daunting task against a 76ers squad which ranked second in opponent 3-point percentage at 33.8 percent last season and allowed a low 10.3 made 3-point shots per game. Boston should struggle here, and we like taking its team total Under 103.5.
GORDON NO GOOD
In two of three regular season meetings versus the 76ers last season, Boston forward Gordon Hayward struggled to put up big numbers. Hayward shot 4 of 12 from the floor and contributed only five rebounds, zero assists and logged just 10 points through 25 minutes in their October 16 matchup.
On Christmas Day, Hayward shot 2 of 6 from the floor, 0 for 2 from beyond the arc and only contributed five points, one rebound and one assist through 28 minutes. Those struggles will continue Wednesday, so look at Under his points, rebounds, assists total of 21.5 on PointsBet.
BACK IN A BIG WAY
The Denver Nuggets return an NBA-high 12 players from last season's roster and that will come in handy going up against the Portland Trail Blazers Wednesday - a rematch of last year's Western Conference semifinals.
Denver's starting point guard Jamal Murray had an excellent postseason versus the Blazers, scoring 23 or more points in four of seven playoff games. He also filled up the stat lines, averaging six rebounds and 5.3 assists throughout that series.
Sizing up his season stats, Murray played his best games versus divisional opponents, averaging 20.1 points on 45.6 percent shooting from the floor, including 41.8 percent from beyond the arc versus the Northwest. Bank on a big shooting night from Murray and bet Over his points total of 20.5.