NBA Best Bets – 12/14/22

Warriors @ Pacers

Despite his inconsistent play, Stephen Curry  is still averaging 30 points per game this season. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The Golden State Warriors roll into Indiana to take on the Pacers for the second time in as many weeks.

The Warriors have had some lackluster play as they try to return to full health. They have lost two of their last four and hold a .500 record of 14-14. They sit alongside Dallas at the bottom of the playoff standings but hope not to be there for long.

Indiana enters play with the same record as Golden State but with a far more optimistic outlook, as not many predicted they could be a playoff team this year.

The Pacers have lost three of their last five, with those two wins coming against Golden State and Washington. They will look to repeat that success against Steph Curry and company tonight as they try to improve back over .500.

However, picking against Golden State with a short spread is never advisable.

Golden State -1.5 (-110)

Steph Curry’s stat line has been unpredictable this month, as his point totals have ranged from 12 to 30. There isn’t even a correlation between wins and shooting percentage. This type of thing will need to change if the Warriors want to return to the top of the West.

I liked the (241) over the last time these two teams played, but it didn’t even come close to hitting (216). I have a hard time believing it will jump 23 points tonight, so bettors would be wise to take the under.

Under 239 (-110)

Timberwolves @ Clippers

Kawhi Leonard put up a season high, 25, against Boston. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The LA Clippers are coming off a fantastic win against the Boston Celtics. Fielding a fully healthy squad yields an unrecognizable Clippers team. Their 113-93 victory marks the first time a team has held the Celtics to under 100 points this season.

While some might see Minnesota as a letdown spot for the Clippers, I believe the win against Boston marks the beginning of an incredible winning streak. As a result, bettors shouldn’t plan on betting against the LA anytime soon.

Clippers -6.5 (-110)

Everyone knows the Clippers play at one of the slowest paces in the league, so with Minnesota coming to town, LA will need to control things to pick up the win. The under pairs nicely with a Clippers’ dub.

Under 223 (-110)

For those who think six and a half is too many points for LA to cover, parlaying the under with the moneyline (+148) is an excellent play.




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