NBA Best Bets – 12/8/22

Clippers @ Heat

After putting up single-digit point totals all season long, Nicolas Batum has 16 and 13 in his last two games. Mandatory Credit: Mike Watters-USA TODAY Sports

The Clippers cannot stay healthy. After Leonard, George, and Kennard finally returned from the IL, Terrance Mann, John Wall, and Marcus Morris are now out.

Leonard is also out tonight, but that is just because he doesn’t play on back-to-back nights.

All this has culminated in the Heat being a heavy favorite tonight despite Butler being questionable. 

Both teams have had plenty of problems early, and both teams have streaks where they look like they have things figured out, but the losses continue to rain in.

There is no telling who will win this game, but it should be close, and this spread is far too large. The Clippers with the points is a great play, as they may win outright.

Clippers +6 (-110)

The under is an excellent play as they are two of the lowest-scoring teams in the league and two of the best defenses. So while 213 points is an extremely low total in today’s NBA, both teams could finish will less than 100 points tonight.

Under 213 (-110)

Given the injuries, all the usage will fall on Paul George. He has had a slow start since returning from injury, but Miami will zero in on him as he will be the obvious go-to guy. Having only put up 30 total points in his two games back, his total today is far too high.

Paul George Over 22.5 Points (-110)

Rockets @ Spurs

Kevin Porter Jr. is averaging 19 points per game this season. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Rockets are a fun scrappy team. While they have a terrible record, they have a solid young core, and this team could be a force in the coming year.

While they have hit a bit of a rough patch, if you pick the right spots, they are an easy team to pick at the spread. This is a perfect example of that. While they have similar records, Houston is a far better team than San Antonio.

The over is also a great play, as the over has hit in the Rockets’ last four against teams with a losing record and in the Spurs’ last four against teams with a losing record. Plus, the over is 4-0 in these teams’ previous four meetings.

Rockets -1.5 (-110) & Over 229.5 (-110)




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