After a three-game slate on Tuesday marked the official return of the NBA, basketball bettors get more options on Wednesday with nine games on the board.
One of Wednesday’s most intriguing matchups is the Memphis Grizzlies visiting the Los Angeles Clippers.
Memphis and Los Angeles finished fourth and fifth respectively in the Western Conference last season, which set the stage for an exciting seven-game series that the Clippers took in seven games. After meeting 10 times in 2012, these two up-and-comers in the Western Conference have started to build a rivalry, and both would love to kickstart their 2012/13 season with a win.
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Los Angeles held the 6-4 SU and 6-3-1 ATS advantage over the Grizzlies last year and seven of the 10 games went UNDER the posted total at 5Dimes.
Both of Thursday’s games should be very interesting as the Brooklyn Nets host the New York Knicks and the San Antonio Spurs host the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Bragging rights in the Big Apple will be on the line in Brooklyn’s home opener against the Knicks. The Nets are just 1-6 SU and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games against the Knicks, but with the addition of Joe Johnson and an excited new fan base around them the Nets are hoping to turn things around in this rivalry series.
The Nets were just 9-24 SU at home last season and will be expecting a much more hostile environment for visiting teams with their new home crowd in Brooklyn. Amare Stoudemire will not play for New York as he is out for at least six weeks with a knee injury he suffered this preseason.
The San Antonio Spurs had won 20 straight games (16-3-1 ATS) last season, including two against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Conference Finals, before losing four straight to the Thunder to be eliminated from the playoffs.
The Spurs will try to exact some revenge in San Antonio on Thursday where the Spurs are 18-2 SU and 16-3-1 ATS at 5Dimes in their last 20 home games.
Oklahoma City will try to shake off the shock of the James Harden trade and win its fifth straight game both SU and ATS over San Antonio. The Thunder are 0-3 SU and ATS in their last three road games with three road losses to the Heat in the NBA Finals last season.