NBA Best Bets – 12/23/22

Raptors @ Cavilers

Donovan Mitchell is averaging 30 points per game. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

The Cavs are a short favorite hosting the Raptors, and Toronto has been terrible on the road this season, posting a record of 4 – 12. Worse than that is their record of late; they have lost six of their last seven straight up and five of their last seven at the spread.

Cleveland is a game out of first place in the Eastern Conference, and they need to win games like this if they want a top seed come playoff time.

This is the easiest play on the board, take the Cavs to dominate.

Cleveland -4.5 (-110)

Donovan Mitchell has been on a heater, and he should continue to dominate tonight against a weak defense.

Donovan Mitchell Over 26.5 Points (-113)

Grizzlies @ Suns

Chris Paul is averaging 12/5/9 this season. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Wevers-USA TODAY Sports

The Western Conference is extremely tight. The top five teams all have 19 wins; the Grizzlies and Suns represent two of those five teams.

Memphis is coming off two tough losses, but overall they have been tremendous despite battling injuries to multiple starters.

Ja Morant has looked incredible, and he offers great value at (+3000) to win the MVP. His stats are not far off from the rest of the pack, and he hasn’t been healthy for a portion of this season.

As for Phoenix, they have been taken on a plethora of injuries and have been extremely hot and cold. They are coming off an embarrassing loss against Washington, and after this game, they visit Memphis next week. They certainly won’t win that win, so they need to steal one here at home.

Phoenix +3 (-110) & Over 226 (-110)

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