NBA Best Bets – 1/13/23

Pelicans @ Pistons

CJ McCollum is averaging 31 points over his last five games. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

You’re tired of reading about them, I’m tired of writing about them, but you know what we’re not tired of? Free money.

The injury-ridden New Orleans Pelicans head to Detroit to take on the Pistons. The Pelicans have struggled without Zion and Ingram, but they have not been terrible. They are doing as expected, winning against bad teams and losing against good teams. Visiting one of the worst teams in the league today, they shouldn’t have any issues picking up the W.

New Orleans -5.5 (-110)

And, of course, the real money maker is CJ McCollum. He has nailed his point prop five games in a row and in six out of the last seven. Vegas refuses to move his line, so we will keep taking and cashing it.

CJ McCollum Over 26.5 (-110)

Nuggets @ Clippers

Denver Nuggets head coach Michael Malone has shocked the Association and led the Nuggets to the top spot in the West. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

The Denver Nuggets head to the Arena to take on the Clippers, who are, of course, without Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.

For reasons unbeknownst to me, the Clippers are a (-2.5) favorite hosting the number one team in the Western Conference.

The Nuggets enter play on a four-game winning streak and have won six of their last seven. LA defeated the Mavericks their last time out, but Kawhi played in the game. Prior to Dallas, the Clippers had lost six games in a row.

Jokic is questionable in this game, but we know questionable means probable. However, even if Joker does not play, the Nuggets should be able to handle this extremely inconsistent team.

Denver (+120)
Terance Mann Over 12.5 Points (+100)


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