NBA Tips – 8th December

Ben Simmons hosts Lonzo Ball while the Thunder look to improve their road record in Brooklyn. The Wolf says it will not be easy for them…

1. LA Lakers @ Philadelphia (12:05pm)

The Lakers look to end a 5 game losing streak (1-4 ATS) but with a 2-8 road record The Wolf says they will play second fiddle to a Philly outfit that is making some serious noise in the East. The 76ers got the better of the Lakers at Staples Center in the infamous 46/15/7/7 game from Embid. His performance overshadowed another Simmons master class with the Aussie finishing 1 rebound shy of a triple/double. The Wolf says that the Lakers are in trouble. They are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 road games, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 when on 3 or more days rest and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 following a double digit loss. Conversely the 76ers are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 at home and 8-0 ATS in their last 8 when on 2 days rest. This is a real sweet-spot for them and The Wolf says the -7.5 start looks skinny to say the least.

Tip: Philadephia -7.5 ($1.92)

2. Oklahoma City @ Brooklyn (14:05pm)

The Thunder got out of jail at home to the Jazz to make it 3 in a row at home but we will be steering well clear of them as they go back on the road. The are 0-7 both straight up and ATS in their last 7 road games to go with 2-9 overall road record this season. We have seen how good they are coming out of the blocks but they are one of the worst 2nd half teams in the league. They are averaging just 49 points in the 2nd half this season and their second half average scoring margin of -3.8 in 2nd halves on the road ranks 26th in the NBA. The Nets average 57.8 points in the second half and are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 against West teams. Add to that they are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 and you have a start that is far too big. The Nets are a chance for the outright win!

Tip: Brooklyn +7.5 ($1.92)

3. Houston @ Utah (2:35pm)

Houston are legit! Their ability to score the ball is just something else. For all the talk about their 3-point shooting tactics people are quick to forget that they are destroying teams on both ends of the floor. In their current 7 game win streak they are holding their opponents to just 98.7ppg all while averaging 120.3ppg on offence. That equates to a average scoring margin of 21.6 – amazing! The Jazz have been doing some work of their own… 6-1 inn their last 7 and 7-0 ATS in that stretch. These are two teams at the peak of their powers and while the Rockets have MVP front runner James Harden on the floor the Jazz have a man that is quietly going about his business – Donovan Mitchell. There has been a boat load of rookie talk, most of it surrounding Simmons, but The Wolf has this to say… Forget about Lonzo because this kid Mitchell can BALL! He is averaging 4.5 made 3-pointers in his last 6, a stretch which includes 41 and 31 point performances. He is a lights out shooter, has tremendous hops, an amazing turn of foot and boy can he finish at the rim. This will not be a traditional, slow paced Jazz game. The Over is 6-0 in the Jazz last 6 against teams with a winning record and 4-0 in their last 4 against the Rockets. If they get going early they could really blow this total out of the park!

Tip: Over 208 points ($1.91)

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