NBA Best Bets – 2/7/23

Minnesota @ Denver

Ish Smith has seen some significant minutes with Denver dealing with so many injuries. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

After hosting the Nuggets on Sunday, the Timberwolves head to Denver to play them once again.

The Timberwolves gave Denver the work on Sunday, but they were essentially playing the Nuggets G-League team, as Michael Porter Jr. was the only starter who played in that game. Denver’s usual starting five are all probable today, so this will be a much different game than the one we saw Sunday.

Denver at home, fully healthy, has been one of the most profitable combinations in the Association this year.

It’s not fun betting on large spreads, but it worked out for us yesterday in Chicago, so we’ll try again today.

Denver -9 (-110)
1H Denver -5.5 (-110)

OKC @ Los Angeles

Anthony Davis is averaging 27/12 this season. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

The Thunder hit the second leg of their West Coast trip, and they will try to avoid being the team LeBron sets the scoring record against.

LeBron is 35 points away from Kareem, but he is questionable tonight. I’ve been saying for weeks that he would break the record on February 9th, and he has set himself up beautifully for that. This plays out one of two ways. He has an average game tonight, puts up 30, and breaks the record within the first five minutes of the Bucks game, or he sits tonight and puts up 40+ on the Bucks.

LeBron cares deeply about his legacy, and it would be so anticlimactic for him to set the record against OKC. There was never a chance he would have one of the most significant moments of his career come against the sub .500 Thunder.

Bettors can expect a big game from AD and company, as they will need to get their shots in tonight, as they will not see the ball much against the Bucks. The LeBron-less Lakers smash tonight.

LeBron Under 32.5 Points (-110)
Anthony Davis Over 27.5 Points (-125)
Anthony Davis Over 12.5 Rebounds (+100)
Lakers -6.5 (-110)

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