NBA Best Bets 11/4/22

Miami Heat @ Indiana Pacers

The Heat are ninth in the Eastern Conference. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

The Heat interrupt their seven-game home stint with a quick trip to Indiana.

After a disappointing trip to California, where the Heat lost to Golden State and Sacramento, Miami welcomed the Warriors and Kings to FTX Arena, where they were able to exact their revenge. This improved Miami’s record to 4-5, but they are still just 2-7 at the spread.

Indiana’s season is going as expected, they are 3-5, and there has been nothing impressive about their play to this point. However, there is hope for this team as they may have future stars in Tyrese Haliburton and Bennedict Mathurin.

The Pacers acquired Haliburton from the Kings at the deadline last season. This is Haliburton’s third year in the league, and he has improved with each season. He currently leads Indiana in points, assists, and steals. His shooting capabilities pair well with Mathurin.

Mathurin, drafted with the sixth overall pick in this year’s draft, is right behind Haliburton, averaging 20 points a game.
So while the future may be bright for the Pacers, fans shouldn’t expect them to be playing in late April.

Indiana will give Miami a tough game tonight, but the Heat should cover as they are slowly returning to full form.

Miami -4 (-110) & Under 226.5 (-110)
Keldon Johnson (3) rebounds in the second half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at the AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports

LA Clippers @ San Antonio Spurs

Picking up back-to-back wins against the Houston Rockets, the LA Clippers are hoping they have things back on the right track as they head west to San Antonio.

The Spurs have been a bit of a surprise to open the season. After head coach Greg Popovich said no one should be betting on San Antonio, they have opened the season 5-3. They are currently fourth in the Western Conference.

The Clippers are the lowest-scoring team in the league, so it should be noted that their wins against the Rockets are not that impressive, as Houston is the second lowest-scoring team in the NBA. So it will be a stark difference playing a top-ten scoring team in the Spurs.

It’s wild that San Antonio is the dog, given how they are playing. The Clippers are a far better team on paper, but given how both teams have opened the seasons, the Spurs are an easy play.

San Antonio +4.5 (-110) & Under 225.5 (-110)




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