NBA Tips – 6th February

With the Super Bowl won and done we return to regular proceedings in the NBA. The new look Clippers host Dallas while the Boogieless Pelicans will continue to turn to Anthony Davis.

NBA Feature Previews

1. Portland @ Detroit (11:05am)
The Pistons have welcomed the additions of Blake Griffin with open arms and a 3-0 record since the trade has the front office licking their lips with excitement. It may be a small sample but 113ppg in that stretch is significantly higher that their season average of 103ppg. Their offensive efficiency, floor percentage and ability to get to the free throw line will all increase with Blake in the lineup. Look for the Pistons to really exploit their paint presence. The Blazers have ranked in the top 5 of defensive efficiency for most of the season which will make this a real test for the Pistons. The Wolf says the Blazers are getting a lot of respect here. They are backing up after a real battle against Boston meaning we should see the Pistons run the floor – something the Blazers almost refuse to do. Wolfy likes what he has seen from the Pistons and will be riding them in this one.
Tip: Detroit -2 ($1.92)

2. Washington @ Indiana (11:05am)
The Cavs are battling and the door is open for several teams in the East to grab home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. The absence of John Wall was supposed to hurt the Wizards but they clearly didn’t get the memo. They are 4-0 both straight up and ATS in their four games without him which includes wins over the Raptors and Thunder. The Wolf said that Beal’s assist numbers would rise with Wall out and they have done just that. He is averaging 7 per game in a 4 game stretch – almost double his season average of just 4. The Wizards are 8-0 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Indiana and we would be silly not to follow them in here.
Tip: Washington +2 ($1.92)

3. Dallas @ LA Clippers (2:35pm)
Wolfy told us that the Clippers will not be tanking and they certainly aren’t. They acquired several pieces in the Griffin trade. Tobias Harris can ball and Bradley is a lock down defender. The return of Gallinari from injury is yet another positive and provides them will all-important 3-point shooting. In a very open Western Conference they will remain in playoff contention – even if they trade DeAndre Jordan and Lou Williams. What we have seen though is a more controlled offence. The Under is 4-0 in their last 4 with the Teodosic/Bradley backcourt not exactly the most dynamic. The Under is also 8-2 in the Mavs last 10 and 7-0 in their last 7 when on 1 days rest. The Mavs have reached 100 points in just 1 of their last 7 making the Under a great bet to finish off the day.
Tip: Under 212.5 points ($1.91)

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