NBA Odds & Dogs - OG Anunoby vs. Rookie Expectations
Will Raptors OG School Batum & The Hornets?
OG Anunoby fell to 23rd in the 2017 NBA draft because of a knee injury which scared teams away from the prospect. Instead of turning into a bust, OG has earned significant responsibility with Toronto, starting the last seven games as a big small forward.
Anunoby’s posted 8.4 PPG by shooting 62.2 percent from the field and 43.5 percent from the three-point line. His defense is ahead of schedule, resulting in a 12.6 net rating, ranking second on the Raptors in that category. Tonight, he’ll be matched against Charlotte vet Nicolas Batum, helping Toronto contain the Hornets main threat.
NBA Quick Picks:
NBA Odds Courtesy of Sports Interaction
- Charlotte Hornets at Toronto Raptors – Raptors Beat -7.5 Spread
- Miami Heat at New York Knicks – Knicks Cover +2 Spread
- Washington Wizards at Philadelphia 76ers – Wizards Cover +5 Spread
- Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Lakers – Warriors Beat -10.5 Spread
- Indiana Pacers at Houston Rockets – Rockets Beat -12 Spread
NBA Spreads: Dimes On The Line
Hornets at Raptors (Toronto -7.5)
Kemba Walker’s been a Raptors slayer over his career, averaging 18.8 PPG and 5.4 APG over 19 appearances, but he’ll be on the sideline with a shoulder injury. Instead, Charlotte will turn to Nic Batum to lead the offense, while Toronto will task OG Anunoby with guarding the savvy veteran. Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet will be able to cover for Delon Wright’s shoulder injury, giving the Raptors a huge point guard advantage.
Toronto’s 6-4 against the Hornets over their last ten meetings, covering a -7.5 spread only twice in that span. With Kemba on the mend, Charlotte won’t have the firepower needed to keep pace with the Raptors backcourt.
Heat at Knicks (New York +2)
Miami enjoys a 7-3 record against the New York Knicks over their last ten meetings, including a heartbreaking, 98-94 loss which helped eliminate the Heat from the 2017 playoffs. For tonight’s matchup, the Knicks will have Enes Kanter back in the lineup, while Miami’s Hassan Whiteside will play through knee issues.
New York has played well at home, earning a 9-4 mark, while the Heat play slightly better on the road, earning a 6-5 record. However, the Heat weren’t able to put the Cavs away after LeBron was tossed for the first time in his career yesterday. Miami’s also playing their second in two nights, so Porzingis and the Knicks should be able to cover an easy two-point spread.
Wizards at 76ers (Washington +5)
Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid will be game-time decisions for their latest meeting with Washington, while the Wizards will be without John Wall for another couple of weeks, making this one difficult to call. Since the 76ers will play again tomorrow, Ben and Joel are more likely to rest, which would give Washington the advantage. If Simmons or Embiid play, the 76ers should win. Double-check Philly’s lineup closer to gametime and wager accordingly.
Warriors at Lakers (Golden State -10.5)
Looks like Kevin Durant and Steph Curry will return to action against the Los Angeles Lakers, which makes this game as close to a lock as possible. Frankly, if either one of these two shows up, a 10.5 spread will be an easy target. Golden State has taken seven of the last ten against L.A., including a ridiculous 43-point victory early last season. The Warriors will win by four possessions or more, unless coach Kerr unexpectedly sits Curry, Durant, Green and Thompson.
Pacers at Rockets (Houston -12)
Over their last ten meetings, the Pacers have played the Rockets well, splitting the results down the middle. However, Houston’s amped up their production significantly this season, beating Indiana 118-95 on their home court earlier this month. The Rockets will play even better at home in Texas, and the duo of James Harden and Chris Paul remain nearly unstoppable. A 12-point win represents a huge gap for most teams, but Houston can produce a dozen in a couple of minutes, making this margin a strong pick on Wednesday.
Nutmeg Of The Night – High Risk/Reward
New York Knicks Beat Miami Heat Straight Up (+110)
Kristaps Porzingis can bomb away from deep and dribble-drive extremely well, matching up well against Hassan Whiteside, Miami’s massive interior presence. Whiteside’s experiencing knee difficulty, which will increase the level of difficulty for Hassan tonight.
The Knicks are tied with the Rockets for most home wins in the NBA, a surprising development to say the least. Miami’s a solid team, but they’ve been inconsistent early on in the season. Picking the Knicks to win increases the risk over the tiny spread, but you’ll also enjoy a superior payout.
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