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NBA Week Betting Preview

Now that every team has had two or three games to get back into the swing of things, NBA betting action should really start to heat up.

Three games will be played on Monday night, highlighted by a matchup between two playoff contenders as the Portland Trail Blazers visit the Chicago Bulls.

Portland is off to a red-hot 3-0 start (2-0-1 ATS) led by their star shooting guard Brandon Roy. Chicago, meanwhile, has started off 1-1 both SU and ATS this season. The Bulls have high hopes after a very active offseason. The UNDER (189.5 at Sportsbook.com) may be worth a look in this game; all three of Portland’s games this season have gone UNDER, and Chicago has a league-worst 3.5 three-pointers per game.

On Tuesday, we’ll get a chance to see both of the favorites to go all the way to the NBA Championship this season in home games; the Los Angeles Lakers and the Miami Heat.

Miami started their season off with a loss to Boston, but have since won three straight both SU and ATS. They host the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night, who are 1-2 both SU and ATS. This is another game worth considering the UNDER in; the total has gone UNDER in all four of Miami’s contests this year.

While it is risky to bet against a team as good as Miami at home, considering how popular they are and how bad Minnesota was last season, Minnesota will likely be getting a lot of points on the spread, and might be able to at least get a cover.

The Los Angeles Lakers host the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday, and both teams are off to hot starts. Los Angeles seems to have picked up where they left off last season, starting the season 3-0 SU and 2-1 ATS, while Memphis is off to a 2-1 start both SU and ATS.

Los Angeles’ ability to control the boards may make them the play in this one. The Lakers currently rank third in the league in rebounds while Memphis ranks last in rebounds allowed. With home-court advantage and potential domination in the rebound game, Los Angeles looks like a nice play.

Atlanta is currently the only undefeated team in the Eastern Conference, and they will try to keep it that way Tuesday night at Cleveland. While they are 3-0 SU, Atlanta is only 1-2 ATS; Cleveland is 1-2 both SU and ATS. Atlanta may be worth a play if the spread is reasonable; Cleveland is struggling early, and Atlanta has already shown that they can win on the road this season, where they are 2-0 (1-1 ATS).

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