NBA Betting Tips For Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

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    Today we have 5 NBA games for Thursday, December 22nd, 2016. NBA betting tips will be split between my picks and the picks by the numbers. All of the odds below are provided by Bovada, click here for updated odds.


    Boston Celtics vs Indiana Pacers Prediction

    NBA Team Average Stats

    Boston Celtics (Record: 16-12)

    • Points Per Game: 102
    • Field Goal %: 45
    • 3 Point %: 35
    • Free Throw %: 79

    Celtics Away: 10-7, Pacers Home: 11-4

    Indiana Pacers (Record: 15-15)

    • Points Per Game: 101.4
    • Field Goal %: 45
    • 3 Point %: 35
    • Free Throw %: 81

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

    Boston Celtics vs Indiana Pacers Odds

    Date: Thursday, December 22nd, 2016
    Time: 7pm EST
    Venue: Bankers Life Fieldhouse – Indianapolis, Indiana
    Moneyline Odds: Boston -125, Indiana +105
    Spread Odds: Celtics -1.5 (-110), Pacers +1.5 (-110)
    Over/Under Odds: 210 (-110)

    My Pick: Under 210 (-110)
    Picks by the numbers: Boston Celtics ML, Pacers +1.5, Under 210

    This is the second of 3 games this season for a heads-up match between Celtics and Pacers. In the first game on November 12th, Celtics won on the road 105-99. Both teams are rested and coming into this game on their strong side. Celtics are great on the road and Pacers are great at home. Boston is coming into this game on a 3 game winning streak. I believe their winning streak will come to an end tonight.

    I’m sure the Pacers want revenge from that loss at home in the first game. My safe bet for this game is Under 210. Of course, you could always follow the picks by the numbers if you agree with the numbers.


    Golden State Warriors vs Brooklyn Nets Prediction

    NBA Team Average Stats

    Golden State Warriors (Record: 25-4)

    • Points Per Game: 114.2
    • Field Goal %: 50
    • 3 Point %: 38
    • Free Throw %: 78

    Warriors Away: 13-2, Nets Home: 6-7

    Brooklyn Nets (Record: 7-20)

    • Points Per Game: 109.4
    • Field Goal %: 44
    • 3 Point %: 33
    • Free Throw %: 78

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

    Golden State Warriors vs Brooklyn Nets Odds

    Date: Thursday, December 22nd, 2016
    Time: 7:30pm EST
    Venue: Barclays Center – New York City, New York
    Moneyline Odds: Golden State -1900, Brooklyn +900
    Spread Odds: Warriors -14 (-110), Nets +14 (-110)
    Over/Under Odds: 231 (-110)

    My Pick: Under 230
    Picks by the numbers: Golden State Warriors ML, Nets +15, Under 230

    Let’s face facts here, Golden State Warriors are going to win tonight’s game. However, the moneyline odds aren’t worth taking that wager. Most would take the Warriors -14 but this season the Brooklyn Nets put up a fight during home games and the Warriors don’t blow out teams as much as they do when playing home.

    This is hard for me to make a pick on the spread because it could go either way. So I will go with another safe bet tonight and pick the under 231. The Nets will put up a fight but I doubt it would push the total score past 231 points.


    Orlando Magic vs New York Knicks Prediction

    NBA Team Average Stats

    Orlando Magic (Record: 13-17)

    • Points Per Game: 114.4
    • Field Goal %: 43
    • 3 Point %: 34
    • Free Throw %: 71

    Magic Away: 8-7, Knicks Home: 10-4

    New York Knicks (Record: 15-13)

    • Points Per Game: 110.2
    • Field Goal %: 45
    • 3 Point %: 36
    • Free Throw %: 78

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

    Orlando Magic vs New York Knicks Odds

    Date: Thursday, December 22nd, 2016
    Time: 7:30pm EST
    Venue: Madison Square Garden – Manhattan, New York
    Moneyline Odds: Orlando +170, New York -200
    Spread Odds: Magic +5 (-115), Knicks -5 (-105)
    Over/Under Odds: 211 (-110)

    My Pick: Over 211
    Picks by the numbers: Orlando Magic ML, Magic +5, Over 211

    Honestly, I am not sure who’s going to win this game. Magic are 3-2 and Knicks are 2-3 in the last 5 games. When trying to do my best to make a profit to grow the bankroll. I will keep going with the safe wagers tonight. Both teams average 110+ points per game, so the safe bet for this game is the over 211.


    Los Angeles Lakers vs Miami Heat Prediction

    NBA Team Average Stats

    Los Angeles Lakers (Record: 11-20)

    • Points Per Game: 102
    • Field Goal %: 45
    • 3 Point %: 35
    • Free Throw %: 77

    Lakers Away: 5-13, Heat Home: 4-11

    Miami Heat (Record: 9-20)

    • Points Per Game: 106
    • Field Goal %: 44
    • 3 Point %: 33
    • Free Throw %: 66

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

    Los Angeles Lakers vs Miami Heat Odds

    Date: Thursday, December 22nd, 2016
    Time: 8pm EST
    Venue: AmericanAirlines Arena – Miami, Florida
    Moneyline Odds: Los Angeles +200, Miami -240
    Spread Odds: Lakers +5.5 (-105), Heat -5.5 (-115)
    Over/Under Odds: 212 (-110)

    My Pick: Lakers +5.5
    Picks by the numbers: Miami Heat ML, Lakers +5.5, Under 212

    Full discloser, I am a huge Lakers fan. Now that’s out of the way, let’s get into the details. Generally, these days taking Lakers against the spread is a safe bet. When they’re up in the 4th quarter, the Lakers don’t seem to know how to close out the game. When they’re losing they seem to know how to fight their way back into the game but still lose.

    I will be taking the Lakers against the spread because I honestly can’t tell if tonight will be the night my LA Lakers step up and take a victory or fall short to cover the spread. Either way, the bet will be a win even though the moneyline odds seem pretty good for a game against the Miami Heat.


    San Antonio Spurs vs Los Angeles Clippers Prediction

    NBA Team Average Stats

    San Antonio Spurs (Record: 23-5)

    • Points Per Game: 112
    • Field Goal %: 47
    • 3 Point %: 40
    • Free Throw %: 82

    Spurs Away: 15-1, Clippers Home: 10-4

    Los Angeles Clippers (Record: 21-8)

    • Points Per Game: 113
    • Field Goal %: 47
    • 3 Point %: 38
    • Free Throw %: 76

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

    San Antonio Spurs vs Los Angeles Clippers Odds

    Date: Thursday, December 22nd, 2016
    Time: 10:30pm EST
    Venue: Staples Center – Los Angeles, California
    Moneyline Odds: San Antonio -125, Los Angeles +105
    Spread Odds: Spurs -1.5 (-115), Clippers +1.5 (-105)
    Over/Under Odds: 204 (o -115, u -105)

    My Pick: Over 204
    Picks by the numbers: Los Angeles Clippers ML, Clippers +1.5, Over 204

    Both teams are having a great time over the past 5 games; Spurs on a 5 game winning streak and Clippers won 4 of the last 5 games. However, latest news says, Blake Griffin will be out for the next 3 to 6 weeks. Without Clippers forward Blake Griffin, I find it hard for the Clippers to win this game. But I am going with the safe bet picking the over 204 since both teams average over 100 points per game.


    Recap MrDeposit Picks

    • Boston Celtics vs Indiana Pacers – Pick: Under 210 (-110)
    • Golden State Warriors vs Brooklyn Nets – Pick: Under 231 (-110)
    • Orlando Magic vs New York Knicks – Pick: Over 211 (-110)
    • Los Angeles Lakers vs Miami Heat – Pick: Lakers +5.5 (-105)
    • San Antonio Spurs vs Los Angeles Clippers – Pick: Over 204 (-115)
    • 5 team parlay using picks above (+2439)
    • 5 team, 5 point teaser using picks above (+350)

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