I still can’t tell if all the hubbub around the Manhattan’s newest Asian star is well founded, or purely based on racial biases. Either way, it’s fun and the sudden revival of New York is making Pro Basketball betting even more interesting than it has been.
Now that football is over, you can now faithfully turn your full attention to the Pro Basketball betting side of things. Lines aren’t released until within 24 hours of the matchup, so I had to go with some imaginary lines for these games, which I didn’t list because that would be cruel. Read on and you’ll get the idea. Enjoy and best of luck.
New York Knicks over MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES
Lin-sanity is sweeping through the entire league as the kid from Harvard who nobody thought was any good is rolling with three 20+ point performances. Is there anything more exciting about Saturday night besides Asian Jeremy Lin going up against Spanish Ricky Rubio?!
Well I would hope so, but my life sucks so this is pretty much going to make my weekend meaningful. Lin has been an absolute dynamo against guys much more athletic than him, mostly because he plays very intelligently. He’s setting great pick and rolls with Tyson Chandler and the Knicks are 3-0 SU and ATS with him starting at point.
What’s even more astonishing is that the underachieving Knicks are 4-2 SU and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games, most of which have been without Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire. Should that make you worry? Nope! In fact, it’s the opposite. The oddsmakers can’t give the Knicks a crazy line because they’re on the road, missing their two best players and featuring a relative unknown at point guard. Bet Knicks hard on Saturday night. You never go wrong with Harvard grads (and not just because this one is Asian).
ATLANTA HAWKS over Miami Heat
Everyone who has read my basketball articles knows how I feel about the Hawks. They’re built to fail. On top of that they’re streaky. Before going 1-3 SU and ATS in their last 4 games, they went 5-1 SU and 4-1-1 ATS. Not the best numbers overall, and certainly not in that order.
Despite how I feel about Atlanta, this game is about making an intelligent bet. Miami is one of the worst teams on the road in terms of sports betting, which is weird to think because they should get better lines away from home. This season, Miami is just 4-8 ATS when travelling, and are just 2-2 SU and 1-3 ATS in their last 4 road trips.
You tell me which team is a better bet: the team that continually doesn’t cover on the road, or the team that’s streaky at best and just covered and won their last game. If you took the second option, you just bet on the Hawks. I know. It’s a jagged pill to swallow.
BOSTON CELTICS over Chicago Bulls
Boston is who we thought they’ve been for several years: big team in big games. They’re on a 9-1 SU tear right now, and though that’s led to a 6-4 ATS record, some of that can be explained. Cleveland (which covered twice against Boston recently) plays a lot harder than we expected them to.
Yet the Celtics almost always reserve their best for the best competition, and they don’t get more monumental than matchups with teams like Chicago. The Bulls are a solid 7-3 SU in their last 10 games and also 6-4 ATS during that run, but this is a team that is still trying to move on from a Derrick Rose first, foremost and all the time mentality.
Carlos Boozer isn’t playing like he can. Joakim Noah hasn’t been the Tasmanian Devil of high energy forwards lately. Rip Hamilton is touch-and-go, and same goes for the usually steady scorer, Luol Deng. I don’t know what to make of the Bulls from a basketball or a betting standpoint. They’re a team that wins games on the backs of one of the best players in the game.
The truth of the matter is that Rondo, KG and Allen are going to play well against what the Bulls have to offer, and Chicago has no answer for Paul Pierce, who drops in to sixth gear in games like this. Trust me, I’ve gone against Boston enough this year in the BetUS Basketball betting section of the sportsbook to know when to play them and an opponent like Chicago is right in their wheelhouse.