NBA Best Bets – 2/9/23

Denver @ Orlando

Cole Anthony is averaging 12/5/4 this season. Mandatory Credit: Mike Watters-USA TODAY Sports

The Denver Nuggets continue their road trip with a stop in Orlando.

The Magic are having a terrible season by all measures. They have no chance at a Play-In game and almost no shot at landing a top-five draft pick. Their terrible mediocrity has them in the worst place possible. However, Orlando has some of the best lottery luck of any franchise in the Association, so there is always a chance.

As for today’s game, there is a surprisingly short spread as they host the number-one team in the Western Conference. Denver has an incredible record at home, but they have more losses than wins on the road. While there is little variance in Orlando’s home-road splits, Vegas thinks highly of the Magic today.

Orlando always seems to pull off wins when bettors least expect it, and while six points can be a challenging spread to bet, the Magic should be able to handle it. They will have the help of some of the most home-friendly refs in the NBA. Jacyn Goble is the Crew Chief in this one, and home teams are 35-25-3 ATS in games he officiates.

Orlando +6 (-110)

There has also been a heavy trend at the over for both of these squads, making for a solid play as well. The Nuggets have played six games in a row without hitting the under, the over is 5-0 in Magic’s last five home games against a team with a losing road record, and the over is 4-0 in the previous four meetings between these teams.

Over 233 (-110)

Milwaukee @ Los Angeles

LeBron James now has 38,390 career points. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The Lakers are falling apart, but they hope this recent trade can straighten things out.

Anthony Davis is clearly disgruntled, and LeBron’s top priority seemed to be passing Kareem, but maybe now that he has surpassed the Captain, he can return his focus to winning. There is no doubt that they are a better team with D’Angelo Russell, but will it be enough? If this new big three can learn to play together, it could be a lethal combo.

However, of those three, AD may be the only one on the floor tonight, and he has his work cut out against Giannis. Milwaukee is still chasing Boston in the standings, and they should have an easy win here today.

Milwaukee -6 (-110)
ALT Spread: Milwaukee -10.5 (+172)

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