NBA Betting Tips For December 29, 2016

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    6 NBA games tonight for Thursday, December 29th, 2016. All of the odds below are provided by Bovada, click here for updated odds. The NBA betting picks will be split between my picks and the numbers picks. Remember, it’s up to you to use this information or not at your own risk.

    Miami Heat vs Charlotte Hornets Prediction

    NBA Team Average Stats

    Miami Heat (Record: 10-22)

    • Points Per Game: 104.2
    • Field Goal %: 44
    • 3 Point %: 34
    • Free Throw %: 66

    Heat Away: 5-10, Hornets Home: 10-6

    Charlotte Hornets (Record: 18-14)

    • Points Per Game: 113
    • Field Goal %: 44
    • 3 Point %: 36
    • Free Throw %: 77

    *- Average points per game are over the last 5 games.

    Miami Heat vs Charlotte Hornets Odds

    Date: Thursday, December 29th, 2016
    Time: 7pm EST
    Venue: Spectrum Center – Charlotte, North Carolina
    Moneyline Odds: MIA +245, CHA -290
    Spread Odds: MIA +7 (-115), CHA -7 (-105)
    Over/Under Odds: 204 (-110)

    Picks by the numbers: Charlotte ML, Hornets -7, Over 204

    Heat vs Hornets Against The Spread

    Heat ATS: 16-16, ATS on away games 9-6
    Hornets ATS: 15-16-1, ATS at home games 8-8
    Head-to-head ATS: 5-5, Over/Under 3-7

    Yes, both these teams suck so far this season. However, over half of the Hornets victories were at home. Half of the Heat victories are during away games but I don’t see them pulling off a victory against Charlotte tonight. Miami are known to keep a game close and fight for the win so I am unsure who will cover the spread tonight but I can see this game going over 204 total points.

    My Pick: Over 204


    Oklahoma City Thunder vs Memphis Grizzlies Prediction

    NBA Team Average Stats

    Oklahoma City Thunder (Rec: 20-12)

    • Points Per Game: 112.8
    • Field Goal %: 46
    • 3 Point %: 33
    • Free Throw %: 72

    Thunder Away: 8-6, Grizzlies Home: 12-7

    Memphis Grizzlies (Record: 20-14)

    • Points Per Game: 105.4
    • Field Goal %: 42
    • 3 Point %: 33
    • Free Throw %: 78

    *- Average points per game are over the last 5 games.

    Oklahoma City Thunder vs Memphis Grizzlies Odds

    Date: Thursday, December 29th, 2016
    Time: 8pm EST
    Venue: FedExForum – Memphis Tennessee
    Moneyline Odds: OKC +115, MEM -135
    Spread Odds:OKC +1½ (-110), MEM -1½ (-110)
    Over/Under Odds: 199 (-110)

    Picks by the numbers: Oklahoma City ML, Thunder +1, Over 199

    Thunder vs Grizzlies Against The Spread

    Thunder ATS: 17-15, ATS away 7-7
    Grizzlies ATS: 17-17, ATS home 10-9
    Head-to-head ATS: OKC 6-4, Over/Under 6-4

    All the stats point to Thunder winning tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies. Since this is the first meeting this season, I can’t really trust the stats. I don’t want to blindly pick a winner and be completely wrong. The only thing I am sure of is taking the over 199 total score. I believe this is the safe bet for tonight as both teams are high scoring teams.

    My Pick: Over 199


    Boston Celtics vs Cleveland Cavaliers Prediction

    NBA Team Average Stats

    Boston Celtics (Record: 19-13)

    • Points Per Game: 113
    • Field Goal %: 45
    • 3 Point %: 35
    • Free Throw %: 80

    Celtics Away: 12-7, Cavaliers Home: 16-2

    Cleveland Cavaliers (Record: 23-7)

    • Points Per Game: 109
    • Field Goal %: 46
    • 3 Point %: 40
    • Free Throw %: 76

    *- Average points per game are over the last 5 games.

    Boston Celtics vs Cleveland Cavaliers Odds

    Date: Thursday, December 29th, 2016
    Time: 8pm EST
    Venue: Quicken Loans Arena – Cleveland, Ohio
    Moneyline Odds: BOS +220, CLE -260
    Spread Odds: BOS +6½ (-110), CLE -6½ (-110)
    Over/Under Odds: 216 (-115)o, (-105)u

    Picks by the numbers: Boston ML, Celtics +6.5, Over 216

    Celtics vs Cavaliers  Against The Spread

    Celtics ATS: 19-13, away ATS 14-5
    Cavaliers ATS: 15-14-1, home ATS 10-7-1
    Head-to-head ATS: 5-5, Over/Under 3-7

    Celtics vs Cavaliers is a 4 game series this season. In game 1, Cleveland won 128-120 at home over Boston. Tonight’s game is also in Cleveland, I expect to see more of the same from both teams. Honestly, I don’t care who wins this game as I will be going with the over 216 total score tonight.

    My Pick: Over 216


    Philadelphia 76ers vs Utah Jazz Prediction

    NBA Team Average Stats

    Philadelphia 76ers (Record: 7-23)

    • Points Per Game: 101.2
    • Field Goal %: 44
    • 3 Point %: 36
    • Free Throw %: 74

    76ers Away: 2-9, Jazz Home: 10-7

    Utah Jazz (Record: 19-13)

    • Points Per Game: 89.8
    • Field Goal %: 47
    • 3 Point %: 36
    • Free Throw %: 77

    *- Average points per game are over the last 5 games.

    Philadelphia 76ers vs Utah Jazz Odds

    Date: Thursday, December 29th, 2016
    Time: 9pm EST
    Venue: Vivint Smart Home Arena – Salt Lake City, Utah
    Moneyline Odds: PHI +975, UTAH -2100
    Spread Odds: PHI +14.5 (-115), UTAH -14.5 (-105)
    Over/Under Odds: 195 (-115)o, (-105)u

    Picks by the numbers: Philadelphia ML, 76ers +14.5, Under 195

    76ers vs Jazz Against The Spread

    76ers ATS: 15-14-1, away ATS 5-6
    Jazz ATS: 16-15-1, home ATS 8-8-1
    Head-to-head ATS: 5-5, Over/Under 5-5

    In the first of a two-game series this season, the Jazz beat the 76ers 109-84 in Philadelphia. Tonight, they’re playing in Salt Lake City. The recent stats show that 76ers are averaging 101 points a game and Utah are only averaging 89 points a game. Will we see the roles from the first game reverse tonight? I don’t know but I have to take a chance here and say that the 76ers will cover the spread.

    My Pick: 76ers +14.5


    Toronto Raptors vs Phoenix Suns Prediction

    NBA Team Average Stats

    Toronto Raptors (Record: 22-9)

    • Points Per Game: 107
    • Field Goal %: 47
    • 3 Point %: 39
    • Free Throw %: 81

    Raptors Away: 11-4, Suns Home: 5-9

    Phoenix Suns (Record: 9-23)

    • Points Per Game: 111
    • Field Goal %: 44
    • 3 Point %: 34
    • Free Throw %: 76

    *- Average points per game are over the last 5 games.

    Toronto Raptors vs Phoenix Suns Odds

    Date: Thursday, December 29th, 2016
    Time: 9pm EST
    Venue: Talking Stick Resort Arena – Phoenix, Arizona
    Moneyline Odds: TOR -450, PHO +325
    Spread Odds: TOR -9 (-105), PHO +9 (-115)
    Over/Under Odds: 224 (-110)

    Picks by the numbers: Phoenix ML, Suns +9, Under 224

    Raptors vs Suns Against The Spread

    Raptors ATS: 20-10-1, away ATS 11-4
    Suns ATS: 14-18, home ATS 6-8
    Head-to-head ATS: Suns 7-3, Over/Under 7-3

    This is a hard pick for me. The Suns record is bad this season but they fight for every win. So even if the Raptors win this game Phoenix just might cover the spread. But then I think about how the Raptors could just blow out the Suns. I am so unsure on this game so I will go with under 224 and hope the defense will keep this a low scoring game.

    My Pick: Under 224


    Dallas Mavericks vs Los Angeles Lakers Prediction

    NBA Team Average Stats

    Dallas Mavericks (Record: )

    • Points Per Game: 100.8
    • Field Goal %: 43
    • 3 Point %: 34
    • Free Throw %: 79

    Mavericks Away: 3-14, Lakers Home: 7-8

    Los Angeles Lakers (Record: )

    • Points Per Game: 104.2
    • Field Goal %: 45
    • 3 Point %: 35
    • Free Throw %: 78

    *- Average points per game are over the last 5 games.

    Dallas Mavericks vs Los Angeles Lakers Odds

    Date: Thursday, December 29th, 2016
    Time: 10:30pm EST
    Venue: Staples Center – Los Angeles, California
    Moneyline Odds: DAL +155, LAL -175
    Spread Odds: DAL +4 (-105), LAL -4 (-115)
    Over/Under Odds: 206 (-110)

    Picks by the numbers: Los Angeles ML, Mavericks +4, Under 206

    Mavericks vs Lakers Against The Spread

    Raptors ATS: 14-18, away ATS 7-10
    Suns ATS: 16-18-1, home ATS 7-7-1
    Head-to-head ATS: Mavericks 7-3, Over/Under 3-7

    The first of 4 game series this season. The Mavericks won 109 – 97 against the Lakers in Los Angeles on November 8th. The total score was 206. I believe the Lakers want some revenge on their home floor. So my pick is the Los Angeles Lakers moneyline.

    My Pick: Los Angeles Lakers ML

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