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Lakers vs. Wizards NBA Point Spread Pick from Teddy Covers: February 2nd 2017

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Washington Wizards
NBA Point Spread Pick: Washington -11 (February 2nd 2017)

Throughout their 15-0 SU, 14-1 ATS run at home over the past eight weeks, the Wizards have been an under-the-radar moneymaker.  And there’s absolutely no reason to jump off this profit train until we’ve seen legitimate evidence that the markets have caught up with Washington’s improved play.  So far, the markets haven’t made the appropriate adjustments…..

Washington wasn’t very good in November, opening the season with eight losses in their first ten games.  They weren’t much better in their next ten games, going 5-5 SU, including losses to the likes of Orlando and Miami.  On the heels of last year’s disappointing campaign, that was all the betting markets needed to see – Washington’s power rating was set in near bottom feeder range, a below average NBA team.

The results don’t lie.  Since that 7-13 SU & ATS start, Washington is 21-7 SU, 22-6 ATS – the best SU record in the East and the best pointspread record in the league.  The Wizards don’t get many national TV games, they’re not a well-respected franchise after decades of futility, and the betting markets, quite frankly, have been sleeping on the Wizards throughout this impressive turnaround.

Now rested and ready (the Wizards are 3-7 SU on the second night of back-to-backs, lacking depth, but 25-13 SU in their other 38 games), I’m expecting another strong effort from the Wizards tonight
These are the quotes of a ‘bet-on’ team.  Bradley Beal: “We’re a totally different team.  In every way.

Our confidence, our swag as a team. Everything is a lot better.”  More Beal: “I think the joy that we have, the fun that we have is amazing. It’s positive in there and we want nothing but the best for one another. There is great camaraderie, and we just take it all on the floor.”

Head coach Scott Brooks: “That means we’re doing something good the last two months. Guys are playing well. We’re very confident, but we’re not overconfident. We understand that we’ve got to keep plugging along and playing for each other.”  I have NO hesitation continuing to ride the best moneymaker in the league.

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The Lakers are likely to be playing without Julius Randle(pneumonia) again tonight.  And LA is the opposite of Washington in one key regard.  The Lakers opened up the season 10-10 in their first twenty games, setting the baseline betting market power rating for this team a good notch or two too high.  Since that time, they are 7-24; every bit the bottom feeder they were last year.

LA is coming off a rare win, knocking off the Nuggets on Tuesday.  Following their last 11 SU victories, LA is 1-10 SU, 3-8 ATS in their next game, consistently letting down off a strong performance.  I’m not expecting max effort or execution from this last place team as they open their East Coast road trip tonight.  Take the Wizards.

76ers vs. Spurs NBA Betting Odds & Pick from Larry Ness: February 2nd 2017

Philadelphia 76ers vs. San Antonio Spurs
NBA Betting Pick: SA -15 points (February 2nd 2017)

The set-up: Only the 42-7 Golden State Warriors own a better record than the 37-11 San Antonio Spurs but six of the Spurs’ 11 defeats have come to sub-.500 teams (not typical for a Popovich-coached team). The Spurs will look to avoid a similar slip-up tonight, when the 18-30 Philadelphia 76ers visit AT&T Center.

An 18-30 record may not seem like much but the 76ers have shown a great deal of improvement this season, after they won just 10 games last year. In fact, they finished January with a 10-5 record, their best month since going 13-4 in January 2012. However, rookie of the year favorite Joel Embiid (20.2 & 7.8) didn’t make the trip to Texas. He suffered a bruised left knee Jan. 20 and hasn’t played in six of the past seven games. Forward Ersan Ilyasova (15.3 & 6.1) has played very well alongside of Embiid and Jahlil Okafor (11.5 & 4.7) has been solid but far from as good as the team had hoped. Of course, the entire league is hoping that last year’s No. 1 overall pick, Ben Simmons, just could make his first appearance after the All Star break. However, as we’ve seen before, Philly will not rush their young stars onto the court.

The Spurs ended a two-game slide on Tuesday with a 108-94 home win over OKC. Kawhi Leonard (25.6 & 5.8) scored 36 points and grabbed eight rebounds but the Spurs’ bench also played a big role. After San Antonio had squandered an 18-point lead over an ‘ugly’ seven-minute stretch, the Spurs’ reserves responded by outscoring OKC 15-2 and once the starters returned, the Thunder had no answer. Aldridge (17.7 & 7.2) plays like an All Star but the team’s terrific depth and balance which makes it so good. Seven players contribute between 6.3 and 11.7 PPG. Pau Gasol (11.7 & 7.9) has been the leader of that group but will be out until March with an injury but expect that the 7-0 Dedmon will get more time, after averaging 4.8 & 5.8 on about 16 MPG, so far.

This is a brutally tough spot for Philly, playing on back-to-back nights AND without Embiid. With all hands on deck, the 76ers are averaging only 100.8 PPG (25th) on shooting 44.1% shooting (26th). Meanwhile, the Spurs rank second in both points allowed (99.2) and opponents’ FG percentage (44.5%). Throw in the fact that the Spurs have won 10 straight against Philadelphia and have won 11 consecutive home games  them. Lay the points.

Syracuse Orange vs. NC State Wolfpack Basketball Betting Pick: February 1st 2017

Syracuse Orange vs. NC State Wolfpack
Basketball Pick: NC State Pk -110 odds (February 1st 2017)

I’ll gladly back the Wolfpack at a pick’em at home against the Orange. NC State is primed for a big effort here after an ugly 25-point loss at Louisville, which wasn’t a big surprise off that surprising upset win at Duke. I think we are going to see Syracuse suffer a similar letdown here, as they hit the road off a 82-72 win at home over Florida State. The big key here is the Orange are simply not the same team on the road. In fact, Syracuse hasn’t won a single game all season away from home, as they are 0-7. On the flip side of this, the Wolfpack are 11-2 at home. NC State is also 21-10 ATS in their last 31 games after a loss, while the Orange are a mere 8-18 ATS in their last 26 after winning 2 or of their last 3. Syracuse is also 0-6 ATS in their last 6 road games against a team that’s shooting 45% or better from the field. Take NC State!

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