It is a new week, and that means it is a new me. This past weekend was a tough one for my wallet. In fact, it was the worst weekend of my gambling life. The good news is that it is over, and I will never be that bad again.
The board is not that great tonight for both the NBA and the NHL. There are only three games in the NHL tonight, so we will stay away from hockey and focus on the three-best bets in the NBA.
If basketball is not your thing, please make sure to check out our 'Monday Night Football' best bets for tonight. Anyway, let's go pick out some winners.
As always, please remember to gamble responsibly.
*Odds via FanDuel Sportsbook
NBA Best Bets:
Toronto Raptors at New York Knicks
The Raptors have one of the league's best defenses this season as they rank fifth in points per game (99.7), third in opponents' rebounds per game (50.4), and second in opponents' points in the paint per game (39.7).
Toronto enters this game on a three-game winning streak, and rookie Scottie Barnes has been very good during the streak. In their last three games, Barnes is averaging 20 points and 9.3 rebounds per game, and the offense is scoring 108.3 per game. For an offense that has been fairly pedestrian to start the season, these last three games have been a welcoming sight for a team with no real expectations this season.
While the Raptors' identity is defense, they will have their hands full with the Knicks tonight. New York's offense is averaging 117 points per game, and they are the league's best team at making three-pointers with 16.7 made threes per game. The Knicks defense is not horrible, but New York currently has the 21st ranked defense in the NBA.
Although the Knicks are the better team, the Raptors offense has been hot lately. The defense will show up and make life hard for the Knicks. The question is, can the offense stay hot? Well, against a hit-or-miss defense in New York, the Raptors have the advantage tonight.
Pick: Raptors +7 (-110)
Denver Nuggets at Memphis Grizzlies
I am not exactly sure why the Nuggets are an underdog in this game, but as a gambler, I am not mad about it.
Denver is 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games and 4-6 in their last 10 games SU, but they are still playing good basketball right now. The Nuggets are second in field goal percentage (48%), fourth in effective field goal percentage (54.3%), and Denver is the best two-point shooting team in the NBA (59.5%).
The defense is also one of, if not the best in the league. Teams are scoring 96.8 points per game and are only making 36 shots per game. Memphis is a team that is on the come-up, but the Grizzlies have lost three out of their last four, and the defense is 29th in opponents' points per game (117).
The Grizzlies have covered in six out of the last 10 matchups against Denver, but I just do not see a path for Memphis to outscore Denver tonight. The Grizzlies have the worst adjusted defensive net rating in the league, and the offense has gone a little flat over the past four games.
There is just way too much value with the Nuggets tonight, so we will take them on the moneyline.
Pick: Nuggets ML +102
Chicago Bulls at Boston Celtics
The Celtics have struggled on offense this season, and there is just no consistency. Even though Boston is a threat to go on an offensive explosion at any time, the Bulls have the sixth-best defensive rating in the NBA at 99.3, and they are only allowing 98.8 points per game.
Boston has been close to breaking through a couple of times this season as they have gone to overtime in three out of their six games this season, but in order to win tonight, they have to find something consistent on offense. The Celtics could rely on Jayson Tatum, who is averaging 26.7/9.2/3.8 to start the season, but his effective field goal percentage has dropped to .450.
Chicago is 4-12 ATS in their last 16 against the Celtics, but they are 5-1 ATS this season, and Boston has only covered twice in six games this season. I like the Celtics upside with Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and Marcus Smart, but until Boston proves they can dominate on offense, I have to ride with the Bulls on the road.
Pick: Bulls +2.5 -110
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