NBA Best Bets – 12/19/22

Magic @ Hawks

Paolo Banchero is averaging 22/7/4 this season. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

The incredible Orlando Magic head to Atlanta to take on the Hawks.

The Magic are rolling through the NBA and shocking everyone. The Magic opened the season with a record of 5 – 20.

They have now ripped off six wins in a row and have been an awe-inspiring team. In this streak, they have knocked off the Celtics in back-to-back games as well as the Raptors twice in a row. Between those sets of games, they went to Atlanta, so the Hawks are the third team Orlando is trying to defeat twice in this stretch.

What makes this a great play is not only how hot Orlando is but also how poorly the Hawks have been playing.

Atlanta has lost five of their last seven games straight up and at the spread. Given these streaks, there is no reason for the Hawks to be such a heavy favorite.

Orlando +240

The rookie Paolo Banchero has been leading this team; he has been unreal and is well on his way to a Wilt Chamberlain Trophy (-700).

Banchero has been averaging 23 points in this streak, but his rebounds have been inconsistent. However, taking on an Atlanta team that is incredible at missing shots, he should have a double-double here.

Paolo Banchero Over 27.5 Points + Rebounds (-114)

 

Hornets @ Kings

LaMelo Ball has averaged 27 points since returning to the lineup. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

For those that missed the NBA Rundown, Tyler and I are going against Spread and his Sacramento Kings.

The Kings have been a terrific team this year. They are second in the league in scoring, but they have the perfect letdown spot here hosting Charlotte.

This is LaMelo Ball’s fourth game back, and whenever a player of his caliber misses the beginning of the season, a team starts to find their groove without him. However, now that he is back, they have to reconfigure how things will go, as he will take more shots than anyone and guys struggle when their usage is taken down.

So the Hornets have been an easy team to fade, but they’ll bump things up a notch here.

The margin by which Charlotte is losing has shrunk as the team has become more comfortable with Ball in the lineup. So there is no shot the Kings will win by double-digits.

A win is possible here, but a cover is guaranteed. The Kings will overlook this team, and the Hornets want a statement win.

Charlotte +10 (-108) & Over 240 (-110)

 

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