NBA Betting Tips For Tuesday, December 27, 2016

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    Today we have 4 NBA games for Tuesday, December 27th, 2016. As always the 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.

    Memphis Grizzlies vs Boston Celtics Prediction

    NBA Team Average Stats

    Memphis Grizzlies (Record: 20-13)

    • Points Per Game: 99.4
    • Field Goal %: 42
    • 3 Point %: 34
    • Free Throw %: 78

    Grizzlies Away: 8-6, Celtics Home: 6-6

    Boston Celtics (Record: 18-13)

    • Points Per Game: 111.4
    • Field Goal %: 45
    • 3 Point %: 35
    • Free Throw %: 79

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

    Memphis Grizzlies vs Boston Celtics Odds

    Date: Tuesday, December 27th, 2016
    Time: 7:30pm EST
    Venue: TD Garden – Boston, Massachusetts
    Moneyline Odds: MEM +220, BOS -260
    Spread Odds: MEM +6 (-105), BOS -6 (-115)
    Over/Under Odds: 201 (-105)o, 201 (-115)u

    Picks by the numbers: Boston ML, Celtics -6, Over 201

    The first game of this 2 game series between the Celtics and Grizzlies. Boston won 112-109 in overtime on the road in Memphis on December 20th. Both teams shooting percentage was down, Memphis 3-point shooting percentage were up, and both teams free throw shooting percentage were up.

    Tonight they will be playing in Boston and even though both teams are pretty at defense, both teams need to step up their offense if they want to win this game. Yes, Boston does average 111 points per game over the last 5 games. The Grizzlies are a defensive team, they win their games not just by outscoring their opponents but reducing the amount of points the other team scores.

    Grizzlies vs Celtics Against The Spread

    head to head the Grizzlies have won 6 of the last 10 games, 4-6 against the spread, and the over/under is 7-3. Knowing these two teams are high scoring teams despite both being defensive teams. The bookies dare set the over/under at 201. The safe bet is taking the over because you never know who will win with these teams head to head.

    My Pick: Over 201 at -105 odds


    Oklahoma City Thunder vs Miami Heat Prediction

    NBA Team Average Stats

    Oklahoma City Thunder (Rec: 19-12)

    • Points Per Game: 114.4
    • Field Goal %: 46
    • 3 Point %: 33
    • Free Throw %: 72

    Thunder Away: 7-6, Heat Home: 5-11

    Miami Heat (Record: 10-21)

    • Points Per Game: 105
    • Field Goal %: 44
    • 3 Point %: 34
    • Free Throw %: 66

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

    Oklahoma City Thunder vs Miami Heat Odds

    Date: Tuesday, December 27th, 2016
    Time: 7:30pm EST
    Venue: AmericanAirlines Arena – Miami, Florida
    Moneyline Odds: OKC -170, MIA +150
    Spread Odds: OKC -4 (-110), MIA +4 (-110)
    Over/Under Odds: 205 (-105)o, 205 (-115)u

    Picks by the numbers: Oklahoma City ML, Thunder -4, Over 205

    The first of 2 games between these teams on November 7th, the score was 97-85 Thunder victory in Oklahoma City. Tonight the game is in Miami, Florida. Both teams are averaging more points per game since then. Honestly, I agree with the stats on this game, OKC will win this game and I do believe they will cover the spread.

    Thunder vs Heat Against The Spread

    Over the past 10 games head to head they’re 5-5 and 5-5 against the spread as well. The over/under has been 3-7. Given the stats I won’t speak on the over/under but I do believe the safe bet here is taking OKC moneyline but I will be going with Thunder against the spread.

    My Pick: Thunder -4 at -110 odds.


    Houston Rockets vs Dallas Mavericks Prediction

    NBA Team Average Stats

    Houston Rockets (Record: 23-9)

    • Points Per Game: 115.2
    • Field Goal %: 47
    • 3 Point %: 38
    • Free Throw %: 75

    Rockets Away: 12-6, Mavericks Home: 6-8

    Dallas Mavericks (Record: 9-22)

    • Points Per Game: 99.2
    • Field Goal %: 43
    • 3 Point %: 34
    • Free Throw %: 79

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

    Houston Rockets vs Dallas Mavericks Odds

    Date: Tuesday, December 27th, 2016
    Time: 8:30pm EST
    Venue: American Airlines Center – Dallas, Texas
    Moneyline Odds: HOU -240, DAL +200
    Spread Odds: HOU -6 (-105), DAL +6 (-115)
    Over/Under Odds: 210 (-105)o, 210 (-115)u

    Picks by the numbers: Houston ML, Rockets -6, Over 210

    This is the 4th of the 4 game series this season between Houston and Dallas. The rockets lead 3-0, this should be an easy victory for the rockets tonight. The only question is will they cover the spread. Given that these teams can and do have close games, I would just go with the safe bet and take Houston Rockets on the moneyline.

    Rockets vs Mavericks Against The Spread

    Head-to-head in the last 10 games, the Rockets lead 7-3, 6-4 against the spread, and the over/under 4-6. Honestly, I couldn’t tell you the over/under for this game nor if Houston will cover the spread. I just believe that the Rockets will win the game against the struggling Dallas team.

    My Pick: Houston Rockets ML at -240 odds.


    Utah Jazz vs Los Angeles Lakers Prediction

    NBA Team Average Stats

    Utah Jazz (Record: 18-13)

    • Points Per Game: 90
    • Field Goal %: 47
    • 3 Point %: 36
    • Free Throw %: 77

    Jazz Away: 8-6, Lakers Home: 7-7

    Los Angeles Lakers (Record: 12-22)

    • Points Per Game: 105.8
    • Field Goal %: 44
    • 3 Point %: 35
    • Free Throw %: 78

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

    Utah Jazz vs Los Angeles Lakers Odds

    Date: Tuesday, December 27th, 2016
    Time: 10:30pm EST
    Venue: Staples Center – Los Angeles, California
    Moneyline Odds: UTAH -210, LAL +175
    Spread Odds: UTAH -5.5 (-105), LAL +5.5 (-115)
    Over/Under Odds:  205 (-105)o, 205 (-115)u

    Picks by the numbers: Los Angeles ML, Lakers +5.5, Under 205

    First off I am a huge Lakers fan, I could write up this piece how the Lakers will win this game. However, the Jazz beat the Lakers both games this season and this is the 3rd of 4 games. The games are always within 8 points. Maybe the Lakers got their act together and ready to show us some great defense come late in the 4th quarter.

    Jazz vs Lakers Against The Spread

    The Jazz beat the Lakers 7-3 of the last 10 games, 6-4 against the spread, and the over/under 5-4-1. The total score on average is 189, when these teams play head to head. So the safe bet is taking the under 205.

    My Pick: Under 205 at -105 odds.

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