Can the Grizzlies scare the Nuggets away?
After a fine start which saw them hold the best record in the NBA, the Memphis Grizzlies have been a little tamer of late, incurring three of their total of five losses during a five-game stretch which has seen them fail to exceed 83 points on successive occasions.
That could leave them feeling a little vulnerable when they visit Denver on Friday night where the Nuggets are a highly potent 5-1 so far this season. The hosts come off a horrible loss in Minnesota where turnovers were a major factor in their demise. It’s maybe a factor of their young squad that they’re so much better at home and they’re 1.95 to beat Memphis on a small handicap of -1.5. Even with neither team firing on all cylinders, have a look at taking over the points line of 195.5 at 1.91.
The Houston Rockets have the leakiest defence in the NBA and it was only in their 99-93 victory over Washington earlier this week that they broke a three-game skid that saw them cough up an average of 121.3 points. The Boston Celtics might not have the most high-powered offense but they’re very capable of punishing any lapses.
They’re coming off an overtime win at Dallas and while their ageing squad might love to limit their court time, the Celtics are 6-2 this after one day’s rest. So they look great value at 2.25 to blow up the Rockets in regulation.
One team which is getting blown away regularly is the Toronto Raptors, whose injury list has bordered on the epidemic. Andrea Bargnani, Kyle Lowry and Landry Fields are all out of tonight’s clash with Dallas. So it’s worth a punt on the Mavericks on a handicap of -5.5 at 1.93.
Bet of the Day: Take the Celtics over the Rockets at 2.25.