NBA Tips – 24th February

The NBA returned with a bang yesterday! Freshness played it’s part with teams running up and down the floor at a rapid rate. Will we see much of the same today…

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1. Milwaukee @ Toronto (11:35am)
A run of 7 wins in their last 10 has seen the Bucks climb to 6th in the East but The Wolf says they are not in a position to challenge a Raptors side that has the best home record in the NBA at 24-4. Air Canada Centre has been a fortress this season and the Raptors will be looking to extend their current 7 game win streak. They are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 at home and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 against the Bucks. Furthermore, the Bucks do not play well when coming off an extended break going 2-9-1 ATS in their last 12 when on 3 or more days rest. The Raptors on the other hand are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 when in the same spot. The Wolf says the Raptors will win the battle of the paint and do so with ease. They are 5th in points in the paint this season while the Bucks are down in 17th defending the paint – and dropping. Toronto to claim a wire to wire win.
Tip: Toronto -7.5 ($1.92)

2. Minnesota @ Houston (12:05pm)
The Rockets have now won their last 10 and there can be little argument about them having the best record in the NBA. They have made good teams look bad and this looks to be the case yet again when they host the Timberwolves. The Rockets are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 against teams with a winning record and a very impressive 8-1 ATS in their last 9 when coming off 3 or more days off. The Wolf’s eyes light up even further when he sees what the T-Wolves have dished out in certain spots. They are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 against West teams and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 overall. Houston pounded the T-Wolves by 18 in Minnesota leading into the All-Star break and The Wolf is expecting a similar outcome in Houston.
Tip: Houston -8.5 ($1.92)

3. Dallas @ LA Lakers (2:35pm)
Dallas have won 9 of the last 10 between the two sides but that record will change over the next season as the two sides head in different directions. The Mavs have lost 8 of their last 10 while the Lakers are 12-7 in their last 19. The Lakers are a different side following the trade – in particular on defence. They have allowed 129ppg in their last 3 and that won’t be changing any time soon. Larry Nance was a fantastic rebounder while Clarkson provided the Lakers with some much needed perimeter defence. They get back neither with Isaiah Thomas and Channing Frye with the Mavs sure to expose them. Both teams run the floor when coming off extended rest. Over is 20-8 in Mavs last 28 and 33-16-2 in Lakers last 51 when on 3 or more days rest. Wolfy is very keen on the Overs.
Tip: Over 224 points ($1.91)

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