NBA Best Bets: Wednesday, Feb. 9
We have a six-game slate of NBA action Wednesday night.
This includes the Tyrese Haliburton-less Kings, who will seek to bounce back after a 20-point loss to the T-Wolves in the second of back-to-back games. The National TV broadcast on ESPN tonight will showcase some of the best teams in the East and West, battling to improve or protect their current playoff standings. Charlotte will try to break out of a five-game losing streak on the road in Chicago while the Utah Jazz will host Stephen Curry and the Warriors tonight.
Best Bets of the Night
Game: Toronto Raptors at Oklahoma City Thunder (Over / Under: 205 points)
Las Vegas is expecting this to be a rather low-scoring game. I think OKC and Toronto will easily exceed 205 points of total scoring tonight. The Raptors have won six games in a row and scored at least 106 points in each of those contests. Although the Thunder are without their best scorer in Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Tre Mann has taken over and has scored his fair share of buckets. Mann is not close to as efficient as SGA, but he’s helped OKC score at least 96 points in each of the last six games. 205 points is a very small total between two NBA teams in general. Toronto hits 100-110 points of offense on most nights. Although OKC is the lowest-scoring team in the association averaging 101 PPG this season, they should tally at least 95-100 points against the Raptors tonight. Toronto is averaging 108.4 PPG this season. Therefore, if the Thunder can tally 100 points tonight on their home floor, this game should easily exceed the total.
The Pick: Over 205 Points (-110)
Game: Chicago Bulls at Charlotte Hornets (-2)
This Eastern Conference showdown is sure to be an entertaining game and a very high-scoring affair. The Over / Under is set at 237 points (which we will not touch at all). The two-point spread indicates how close of a game this is set to be. Charlotte has lost five games in a row, and I do not think they have a chance to break that losing streak at the Spectrum Center tonight. Besides Lonzo Ball and Alex Caruso who remain out indefinitely, the Bulls have Nikola Vucevic, Zach LaVine, and DeMar DeRozan all available for tonight’s game. Coby White has done a great job of filling in for Lonzo Ball. In contrast, the Hornets are lacking serious depth at the forward position tonight. Gordon Hayward, Cody Martin, and Jaden McDaniels are all out for tonight’s game. While Lamelo Ball, Terry Rozier, and Miles Bridges should all play tonight, the Hornets will be without some much-needed muscle. Vucevic should have a big night taking into consideration Charlotte’s lack of depth among power forwards. Mason Plumlee should be his biggest challenge in the paint, and Vuc should easily win that matchup. Don't forget that the Bulls have the highest cover percentage against the spread as favorites.
The Pick: Chicago Bulls -2 (-110)
Game: Minnesota Timberwolves at Sacramento Kings (+9)
Although the Kings didn’t win last night, our suggestion to pick Sacramento to defend the homecourt was published before the blockbuster trade which featured Tyrese Haliburton and Domantas Sabonis. This news unquestionably had an impact on Sacramento’s game. Mixed feelings for players like fans at the Golden 1 Center made the upset pick we suggested simply impossible. The Kings were annihilated by the T-Wolves for a final score of 134 - 114. Sacramento is in a state of disarray as far as its basketball is concerned. The massive deal which sent Domantas Sabonis and Justin Holiday to Sacramento in exchange for Tyrese Haliburton, Tristan Thompson, and Buddy Hield to Indiana is serving as an incalculable source of distraction for members of the Kings' organization. Especially since the newly acquired Domantas Sabonis will likely not be available for the Kings tonight, the Timberwolves should blow them out again and win by at least nine points. There has been too much change and off-the-court shenanigans for the Kings to protect the home floor like I thought they could before the trade took place yesterday. In addition, the Timberwolves are at full strength while the Kings will likely be without Marvin Bagley III and Richaun Holmes for tonight’s contest.
The Pick: Minnesota Timberwolves -9 (-114)
Same Game Parlay of the Night
Game: Golden State Warriors at Utah Jazz (-2.5)
With all the trades that have taken place over the last few days, the Warriors and the Jazz are two teams that have managed to stay away from all that buzz. Feel free to take these props on their own, mix and match them, or take them all for the biggest potential win tonight.
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Prop #1: Stephen Curry, Over 25.5 Points+ (-112)
Klay Thompson will not be active for tonight’s contest between the Warriors and the Jazz. Stephen Curry should do a majority of the scoring and have a huge night. He’s only scored more than 30 points in two of his last 10 games. Steph has been in somewhat of a slump as of late which has affected his season totals. He is averaging 25.7 PPG on 42.2% shooting from the field, the latter of which is a career-low average. While Curry shot 40.5 FG% in five games he played in 2019 before sustaining a season-ending injury, Steph has never shot below 45% from the field in any season of his thirteen years in the league. Curry should easily score at least 26 points tonight without Klay Thompson in the rotation.
Prop #2: Andrew Wiggins, Over 17.5 Points (-104)
For the same reason as Stephen Curry, Andrew Wiggins will likely score more than 17.5 points tonight. He has scored 12 points and 15 points in his last two contests respectively, which is well below his season average of 18.1 PPG. However, he should certainly take a few of the shots Klay Thompson will not be taking tonight. Like Curry, I think Wiggins hits the over in points tonight especially after having two back-to-back relatively low-scoring nights.
Prop #3: Royce O’Neale, Over 6.5 Points (-122)
Since Joe Ingles' season ended last week with a torn ACL, Royce O’Neale has maintained his 30+ MPG. However, he’s scored six points in each of his last two contests and missed his points prop on both of those nights. This evening, he only needs to score one more point to cash this prop. In the game that preceded his two six-point nights, O’Neale recorded 15 points in 34 minutes. I expect him to produce at least 10 points of offense tonight in a tightly contested battle.
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As you can see, Goff is averaging 46 more yards per game at home in 2022 entering Week 16. Vegas may try to trick you when Goff is on the road after coming off a massive home game but by using our tool, you won’t be fooled.
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At home, Brady is averaging a whopping 307.3 passing yards and has hit the over in six of seven games heading into Week 15.
On the road, while his average line is only two yards fewer (271.2 to 269.2), he has a 1-5 O-U record and is only averaging 239 passing yards per game.
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France vs Argentina World Cup Final Betting Preview: Can Lionel Messi Capture That Elusive World Cup Title?
Picking up where they left off in 2018, the French National Team led by 23-year-old Kylian Mbappe have found their way back into the finals as they look to be the first back-to-back World Cup Champions since Brazil’s dominant runs in 1958 and 1962. Standing between that incredible feat for the defending champions is Argentina, who currently have their superstar, Lionel Messi, in top form. Messi is finding ways to create passes no one can see and he’s done it multiple times, assisting three goals (tied for the most) throughout the tournament. The legend is also scoring goals of his own and is tied with Kylian Mbappe (5 goals) for Golden Boot honors in this year’s World Cup. Regardless, soccer fans around the world are in for a treat on Sunday at 10:00 AM EST as two of the best players in the world face each other for their country’s World Cup glory.
After winning Group D, France defeated Poland in the Round of 16, England in the quarterfinals, and a strong Morocco team in the semis to advance to the Final. On the other side of the bracket, Argentina won Group C and dispatched Australia in the Round of 16. Messi and the Argentinians were then tested in the quarterfinals, needing a penalty shootout to defeat the Netherlands after blowing a late two-goal lead. Finally, Argentina played perhaps their best match of the tournament against Croatia in the semi-finals, winning 3-0. Now the stage is set for a blockbuster finale between two powerhouses featuring some of the top players in the world.
Note (from FanDuel Sportsbook): No team will play at home during Qatar's World Cup. For betting purposes, FanDuel explains that: “Home Team refers to the team listed first, Away Team refers to the second team listed.”
Argentina (-104) vs. France (-112)
Argentina Keys To Victory
Lionel Messi has played incredibly for Argentina throughout this World Cup. He is leaving opposing defenders in the dust, taking on multiple players at once, dragging them away from his teammates, which is opening up the field for his fellow goal scorers. Every time Messi has the ball at his feet, there seems to be more than one threat. Messi is playing just as well as he always has in 2022. He’s served his team as a playmaker and as a goal-scorer in Qatar. He’s also had some help from Manchester City forward Julian Alvarez who’s scored a handful of goals in this World Cup (including two in Argentina’s decisive victory over Croatia). If Alvarez and Messi are able to link up while on the attack, the depleted French defense and midfield could be in for some trouble.
France Keys To Victory
One of the biggest headlines heading into this World Cup Final is the return of French striker Karim Benzema. The Real Madrid star and winner of this year’s Ballon D’Or hurt his hamstring in one of France’s first practices soon after arriving in Qatar. He flew back to Madrid where he immediately completed his recovery work which was set at three weeks from the time of injury. Right now, Benzema is flying back to Doha and could be starting for France in the final. At the moment, France’s HC Didier Deschamps has declined to comment on whether or not he will be including KB9 in the starting lineup. France’s ball movement has been excellent throughout the tournament, but their key to victory against Argentina will be efficient defense. Over the last few games, France’s defense seems to have slowed down. Not only will they need to stop Messi, but they will need to turn defensive stops into counterattacks. Mbappe and Olivier Giroud (four goals thus far in the tournament) will need to be electric on offense and test the Argentinian keeper. Antoine Griezmann may be an x-factor for France as he has three assists in this World Cup and was inches away from scoring against Morocco.
It’s only fitting that Lionel Messi will finally hoist the World Cup trophy in his last World Cup match. Expect him to score a goal and lead his team to victory in a tightly contested battle.
The Pick: Argentina (-104)
World Cup Final Best Prop Bets
Kylian Mbappe: To Score Or Give Assist (+100)
Mbappé has been relatively quiet over France’s last few games. Still, he is the main wing on France’s team who is capable of breaking down defenses through his skillful technique and ridiculous speed. He currently is tied with Messi for the most goals in the 2022 World Cup. If he isn’t able to score in this game, then expect him to at least make an assist. For France to win this one, the 23-year-old will need to have a big game.
Lionel Messi: Anytime Goalscorer (+190)
Messi has stepped up his performance big time this World Cup. If you have watched Argentina play in this tournament, you know how crucial of a role Messi has played in the team’s success. He is tied for the most goals in the tournament with Mbappe and has a great chance of putting the ball in the net at some point during Sunday’s big match. This is a particularly great prop to target since Messi takes all of Argentina’s penalty shots and has converted four-of-five throughout the tournament.
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Calling every sports fan across the globe! The best month for all things sports is here: December. NFL and CFB are getting into the thick of things — I mean, we are finally not seeing Alabama and Clemson in the CFP, not to mention both the NBA and NHL are underway and college basketball just tipped off!
Despite all of these different sporting events going on, the World’s biggest Sporting event is down to the Semifinals, the World Cup.
Although Soccer is the World's most popular sport, it still struggles to gain support in the US. However, every 4 years Soccer takes the country by storm and this year, and these last few games are going to be amazing.
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