NBA Tips – 10th December

Simmons and LeBron clash for the second time this season and the rookie will be looking to bounce back after The King had his way in their first showdown.

1. LA Lakers @ Charlotte (11:05am)

The Lakers showed character and a touch of class in a road win in Philly while the Hornets loss at home to the Bulls yesterday is simply unacceptable. This will be a stern test for the Hornets. They are 2-8-1 ATS in their last 11 following defeat and have a 7-12 record in their last 19 when on a back to back. Dwight Howard has his second 20/20 game of the season in the loss to the Hornets but he is yet to hit his season averages when on the second of a back to back. This young LA side has a growing number of weapons with a handful of players able to step up on any given night. It was Ingram in Philly and we have often seen Kuzma, Randle and KCP come up big. The Lakers are 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Charlotte and The Wolf is giving them every chance at the outright win.

Tip: LA Lakers +5.5 ($1.92)

2. Philadelphia @ Cleveland (12:05pm)

Cleveland’s win streak came to an end in Indiana and they will look to get on a new run when they host a 76ers outfit that was stunned at home by the Lakers. The 76ers performance was a classic example of a young team not turning up to compete and taking their opponents lightly. That attitude gets punished on a nightly basis in the NBA and you can be sure there will not be a repeat of that in Cleveland – after all, The King dropped 30 points and collected 14 boards in the Cavs 22 point win in Philly. There is some positive news for the 76ers – the Cavs have STRUGGLED backing up in recent time. Why the capitals… The Cavs have lost 4 of their last 5 and 18 of their last 27 when backing up the following day. In addition they are 6-20-2 ATS in their last 28 at home! Conversely the 76ers are 20-8 ATS in their last 28 travels and that has The Wolf tipping them at the line.

Tip: Philadelphia +6 (1.92)

3. Houston @ Portland (2:05pm)

The Wolf doesn’t know how it is possible but the Rockets could be one of the most underrated teams in the NBA. Despite a 19-4 record (best in the West), a 8 game win streak and a win over the Warriors they are still somehow $11 to win the Championship. The scary part… they have been blowing teams off the court and still have a lot of improving to do. Right now The Wolf says they are on track to win the West which would mean home court advantage in a potential 7 game series against the Warriors. The Wolf says that the false notion that the Rockets are simply a 3-point shooting teams will start to disappear over the coming weeks. They rank 7th in opponents ppg and 5th in defensive efficiency. It doesn’t stop there. They are also 3rd in opponent shooting percentage which is bad news for a Portland side shooting 43.9% from the field (27th). The Rockets are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 road games and 7-0 ATS in their last 7 against West opponents. The Blazers will be the next teams to witness just how good the Rockets are!

Tip: Houston -10 ($1.92)

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