NBA Betting Picks & Predictions are back! Basketball has returned and I am here to breakdown every single matchup as well as give you the bet I am making.
NBA Betting Picks! My favorite daily article to write. Check out my 3 favorite NBA Player Props to bet on December 23rd here.
Note: I am using the lines set on the FanDuel Sportsbook.
26 Teams take the floor. That means we have 13 games to breakdown. Let’s get into my NBA Betting Picks.
Heat (-4.5) at Magic, O/U: 218.5
The reigning Eastern Conference Champs are back in action. They should win this game but that’s not what I am going to count on. Take the Under 218.5. The Magic aren’t capable of scoring that many points and they will need to shake off the rust.
Hornets (-2.5) at Cavaliers
LaMelo Ball’s debut! Sadly, it is on the road against a young Cavs team. Andre Drummond will be a problem as the Hornets don’t have a starting quality Center on their team. I think the Cavaliers win this. Take Cavs+2.5. I love LaMelo but it’s going to be a rough opening night for him.
Knicks at Pacers (-8), O/U 212
When this season wraps up, both of these teams will be in the bottom 5 for pace. They play very slow and can both go very cold. The O/U is set low for a reason. These teams won’t even combine for 200 points, let alone 212. Take the under and go watch a more entertaining game.
Wizards at 76ers (-7.5), O/U 229
Last year, if you bet the over in every Wizards game, you are likely rich. The Wizards play fast and play no defense. Do you think adding Westbrook will slow them down? Absolutely not. This over will hit easily. Russell Westbrook is also one of my favorite NBA player props to bet tonight. Check those out again here.
Bucks (-3.5) at Celtics, O/U 224.5
Giannis is back. This Celtics team is going to struggle out the gate. They will miss Gordon Hayward more than people think. Bucks win and cover this spread easily. I see a big game from Giannis, as the Bucks try to get back on track after a disappointing 2019-2020 playoffs run.
Pelicans at Raptors (-4), O/U: 228
The Tampa Raptors are here! I believe the Pelicans will be a surprise team, but it’s the Raptors. They have the length and talent to cover these Pelicans. They match up well against Zion and Ingram, the two primary scorers for the Pelicans. The Raptors will pull away in the 4th quarter and cover the spread.
Hawks (-1.5) at Bulls, O/U: 231.5
People are sleeping on this Hawks team. They greatly improved and they are one of the teams I think will make a big surprise this year. The Bulls are going to be bad. Hawks-1.5 in one of the easiest NBA Betting Picks that I can hand out. Later this year, this spread will be Hawks-6.5. Take advantage while Vegas calibrates.
Pistons at Timberwolves (-5), O/U: 223
If I had the luxury to skip a game, this would be it. But, alas it is called: ‘NBA Betting Picks: Every Game On The Slate’ for a reason, so I have to bet it. Sorry, I don’t make the rules. Eenie Meenie Miney Mo……. give me the Timberwolves. They have KAT, Russell, Anthony Edwards, just more talent than the Pistons. Timberwolves-5 is a lock. I promise?
Thunder at Rockets (-7.5), O/U: 224.5
Despite all the turmoil the Rockets are facing with Harden, it won’t matter. They get to play one of (if not THE) worst teams in the NBA. The Thunder are going to be very bad. The Rockets led by Harden, Wall and Wood takeover this game and win big.
Spurs at Grizzlies (-2.5), O/U: 231
Like I said in my NBA Player Props article, the Grizzlies, and more specifically Ja Morant, are going to be very good this year. The Spurs on the other hand will not be that good. The Grizzlies win this one easily off a big game from Morant. Grizzlies-2.5. Take it to the bank.
Kings at Nuggets (-8.5), O/U: 225.5
The Kings won’t be great this year. The Nuggets will return a blossoming Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr. Not to mention, they have Nikola Jokic. They are far more talented and have plenty of matchup advantages across the board. The Nuggets will win and cover. The Kings covered this spread in every game last year, which is why they can’t do it again. That’s how Vegas works.
10:10 & 10:40 Tipoff:
Jazz at Trail Blazers (-1.5), O/U: 229
The Trail Blazers addressed many areas of need this offseason and they are back healthy. The Jazz, on the other hand, didn’t do anything. The Blazers are at home and will win this game. It’ll be a high scoring affair so I like the over, but the Blazers will win this game when it is all said and done and cover the 1.5 points they need to.
Mavericks at Suns (-1), O/U: 236
The Bubble Suns! Sorry Suns, this isn’t the bubble anymore BUT I am still going to back you. Luka Doncic will do Luka things, but they are still missing Kristaps Porzingis, and ultimately, Luka can’t score every single point. I like the Suns to win this game and start off the CP3-era on a good note.
Those are my NBA Betting Picks for December 23rd. Our season record is 1-1 after the Warriors didn’t score any points last night to help our over. Let’s see how we do on the 13 game slate.