NBA Best Bets – 10/22/22

Ja Morant is averaging 42/4/9 through his first two games. Mandatory Credit: Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports

Memphis Grizzlies @ Dallas Mavericks

After giving Houston the work last night, the Grizzlies head north a couple of hundred miles to take on the Dallas Mavericks.

Ja Morant set a franchise record by recording 83 points through their first two games. This man is going to be a problem in the NBA this year. After winning Most Improved Player last year, he appears to have taken another great step this offseason. He seems to be more of a leader, and though it’s early, his defense also looks better. Last season, the Grizzlies were the worst team defensively when Ja was on the court but the best when he was off. That was going to have to change if he wanted to become an MVP-caliber player.

The Grizzlies are now 2-0, taking on the 0-1 Mavericks. Dallas suffered a tough loss in Phoenix, as they had a 17 points lead at halftime, but they look to pick up their first win in this home opener.

The Mavericks are a six-point favorite, which is surprising to see, given how the Grizzlies are playing. It’s worth noting that Memphis was 7-7 when playing on back-to-back nights last year, but it’s so early in the season they should be unaffected.

Bettors can expect a tight game; picking a straight-up winner would be challenging, but six is way too many points. It’s an easy play taking the Grizzlies with the points.

The under is also a great play, as it’s 0-4 in the last four meetings between these two teams. In those four games, they never even came close to 220 points.

Memphis +6 (-110) & Under 219.5 (-110)
Paul George recorded a double-double in his first game of the season. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

LA Clippers @ Sacramento Kings

This is another spread that jumps off the page. The Clippers beat the Lakers by 6 in their first game, and the Kings lost to the Trail Blazers by seven in their home opener. However, the Clippers are just a three-point favorite tonight. John Wall and Kawhi Leonard will be unavailable tonight, but they shouldn’t need these two to beat the Kings by a bucket.

The Clippers are loaded, strong, and looking to win their first conference title. While the Lakers did not look great in that game, John Wall and Kawhi Leonard came off the bench — they didn’t even start. LA is going to be unstoppable once they’re fully healthy.

The Kings made a lot of moves in the offseason and are probably worse than they were last year, having lost Donte DiVincenzo, Justin Holiday, and Damian Jones. So unless one of these draft picks pops off, the Kings will be competing for the number one draft pick once again.

LA -3 (-110) & Under 224.5 (-110)

 

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