NBA Best Bets – 10/26/2022

Paolo Banchero is averaging 28/8/3. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Orlando Magic (+280) @ Cleveland Cavaliers (-350)

The Orlando Magic head to Ohio to take on the Cavaliers as they continue to look for their first win of the season.

The Magic have looked solid this year, but they have yet to be able to close out games and pick up a win, losing to Boston by six and Detroit by four.

Paolo Banchero has been a stud, averaging 23 points and eight rebounds. Some were skeptical, unsure if he could hold his own in the league, but he has looked great thus far. 10+ points and 10+ rebounds for the rookie is an excellent bet early in the season.

Paolo Banchero to Record a Double Double (+400)

The Cavilers changed up their team quite a bit in the offseason, acquiring Donavan Mitchell. Any change like that takes some getting used to. This happens every year when a team makes a major addition, everyone freaks out and thinks it’s a bust, but it just takes a while for the team to find their groove. By Christmas, the Cavs should have things figured out, but expect them to struggle in the meantime.

Orlando +8.5 (-110) & Over 214 (-110)
Damian Lillard is second in the league with 133 points. Mandatory Credit: Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Heat (-135) @ Portland Trail Blazers (+115)

Damian Lillard and The Trail Blazers are off to an incredible start this season, with a 4-0 record. Lillard himself is averaging 33.3 points per game and has recorded 40+ points in half of their games.

Damian Lillard Over 26.5 Points (-108)

The Heat have fallen on the other end of the spectrum and won just one of their first four games. This team has fallen quite a ways since being one win away from the Finals.

In defense of the Heat, they had a tough schedule to open the season; they had Chicago, Boston, and back-to-back games with Toronto. Now they’ve flown from South Beach to Portland to be severed yet another L.

The Trail Blazer are knocking down everyone in their path. Portland has faced a wider range of talent than the Heat, but they have taken care of business in every aspect. They are hot, and bettors should continue to ride with them until they are given a reason not to.

It’s disrespectful that the T Blazers are at home, facing a 1 – 3 team, and they are the dog. It’s a wild thing, but always take the points when they are offered.

Portland +2 (-110) & Under 219.5 (-110)



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