NBA Betting: Heat walking wounded in Memphis



One winning streak will come to an end this evening when the Memphis Grizzlies host the Miami Heat, with both teams looking for a fifth straight win. Miami have injury concerns surrounding all-stars Dwayne Wade (illness) and Lebron James (knee). While James is expected to play this evening, Wade could miss a second straight game, forcing the likes of Chris Bosh and Ray Allen to step up offensively.

The Grizzles are 2-0 at home and forward Zach Randolph is recording a double-double in points and rebounds every game. With Rudy Gay fully fit again, Memphis are worth a punt to win at 2.10.

The Brooklyn Nets have not had the best of starts to the season, splitting their opening four games, but they have a chance to go above .500 in the standings when they take on the Orlando Magic. After opening the post-Dwight Howard era with a couple of surprising wins, the Magic have fallen to three straight defeats, including a 107-68 thrashing at home to the Nets on Friday night.

Orlando are struggling with injuries and while Jameer Nelson could make a return this evening following a hamstring problem, the Magic will be without both Al Harrington and Hedo Turkoglu for a while. As a result, Brooklyn Nets -7.5 on the handicap at 1.91 looks very tempting.

As the Los Angeles Lakers search for a new coach following the sacking of Mike Brown on Friday, they host a Sacramento Kings side who are winless on the road this season. Interim coach Bernie Bickerstaff was in charge on Friday evening as the Lakers routed Golden State 101-77. He’ll be in charge tonight and while it looks good for a Lakers win, two options worth considering are taking the Lakers with a -9.0 handicap or going under 191.5 total points, each priced at 1.91.

The Lakers are currently 5.50 to win the NBA finals, but if Phil Jackson returns for a third stint as coach, expect those odds to shorten considerably.

Bet of the day: Take the Brooklyn Nets on the handicap of -7.5 over the Orlando Magic at 1.91.