• Every Friday, Danny H. will have a best bet article that runs in conjunction with our Today in Sports Betting podcast…

    Hey Hoop Ballers, Danny here. A slightly better Friday card this week, when we compare to last Friday’s strange lines. I found one I like a fair amount, and a few thoughts and leans for those that are building their knowledge base. Follow or fade, let’s have some fun!

    Miami Heat +1.5 @ New Orleans – I’ll try Miami as short dogs, hoping the line climbs to 2 or more.
    The Pels are not playing their best ball at the moment and are playing for the third time in four days, with the last being an overtime loss in Dallas. Teams need good depth to prevail in these tough schedule spots, something the Pels are lacking at the moment with JJ Redick sidelined. Miami seems to be out of their slump now that they have a near full roster again. They are on a 4 game win streak with two of them coming over the Bucks and Mavericks in convincing fashion. The Pelicans are much improved with Zion in the lineup, but are still just 2-7 against above-.500 teams since Zion’s return. With Iguodala, Dragic, Olynyk, and Jae Crowder coming off the bench the Heat have the deeper team and are in a better schedule spot, so I’ll take the better team in an underdog role.

    No prevalent lines for Celtics – Jazz or Memphis – Dallas but a few thoughts… with the Celtics missing Jaylen Brown and Gordon Hayward, the Jazz are definitely a consideration, already with short revenge assuming they’re underdogs.

    The Bucks are a lean near a pick em but not sure I want to fade the Lakers in this spot where the game means a little more to them and with two days to prepare.

    I also lean Memphis if initial line of 8 holds. Doncic is a half step behind his usual level of play with nagging thumb and ankle injuries.

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