The Bet: Knicks +1 (-110, Bet Online)
The 76ers have won eight straight games at Madison Square Garden and fifteen straight overall against the Knicks. The last time the Knicks beat the 76ers was April 2017, but that streak should end on Tuesday night.
The Knicks opened their season with a pair of impressive wins, beating Boston in two overtimes and blowing out the Magic. A step backwards against the Magic at home on Sunday will only push Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau to fire his team up for the 76ers.
The Sixers are famously missing their second best player, Ben Simmons, right now and star Joel Embiid has had a slowish start to his season. Embiid has not scored above 22 points yet this season and is yet to grab 10 rebounds.
Coach Thibs is going to play his starters 40 minutes in this contest if he needs to, this is a game the Knicks are just going to want more.
The Bet: Warriors -9.5 (-105, Bet Online)
You could make a good case that this game features the best team in the NBA through three games and the worst team in the league so far.
Golden State has run through the California trio of the Lakers, Clippers, and Kings already, covering in two of those games. Oklahoma City has already lost to the Jazz, Rockets, and 76ers by a combined 66 points.
The Warriors swept the Thunder last season and have covered in five straight games against Oklahoma City. The closest the Thunder have come to covering in a game this season was when they lost by 12 points to the 76ers as a +9.5 underdog. The Thunder have lost 12 of their last 13 games, dating back to last season and are 1-16 in their past 17 games against Western conference teams.
The Bet: Mavericks -11 (-110, Bet Online)
The mantle of best NBA team in Texas has been passed back and forth between these two teams and the Spurs over the last decade but right now that trophy is firmly in the hands of the Dallas Mavericks.
Dallas has had a rocky start to its season, being blown out by both the Clippers and the Hawks. The Rockets do have a win this season, against the Thunder, probably the worst team in the NBA, but Houston has also been demolished twice, by the Wolves and Celtics.
The Rockets have lost 8 straight road games dating back to last season, but here’s a weird stat: they are 7-1 in their last 8 games in Dallas. However, most of those games saw James Harden playing for the Rockets while this one will not.
After a pair of tough losses, Dallas did cover the -4.5 line in beating the Raptors 103-95. This line does feel a little high, but Dallas is the play here.
The Bet: Nuggets +7.5 (-110, Bet Online)
When was the last time the Denver Nuggets were +7 or larger underdogs in a regular season game? You would have to go all the way back to March 2 when Denver was a +8 ‘dog in Milwaukee. They won that game outright, by the way, by a score of 128-97. That was the only time all regular season Denver saw a +7 number, though they were +8.5 underdogs in Game 1 of the postseason in Portland.
These teams played one game in Utah last season and the Jazz won 127-120 as a -4.5 favorite on May 7. Denver started this season 2-0, beating the Suns by 12 as a -6 favorite and then beating the Spurs by 6 as a -7.5 home favorite.
This line is inflated because the Nuggets will be on a back-to-back and the Jazz will not. But Denver is at home to the Cavs and there’s a chance the Nuggets will be able to rest their key players during the fourth quarter. Either way it’s early in a long season, and 7 points is just too many to be giving a legitimate contender like Denver.