With a win over the Los Angeles Clippers tonight, the Cleveland Cavaliers can set the record for best 17-game start in franchise history. Sportsbooks opened the Cavs as 5-point home favorites with a total of 212.5.
Earning a win and covering the posted point spread will be the goals for the Milwaukee Bucks when they hit take on the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday in pro NBA hoops betting action.
The Milwaukee Bucks will look to vanquish their hosts on Thursday, as they are 7-9 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Brooklyn Nets are 8-8-1 ATS. Milwaukee is 10-6 against the points scored total betting line, while Brooklyn is 12-5 versus the line.
Spectrum Center will feature Charlotte Hornets vs Dallas Mavericks action on Thursday as both teams try to pay off for those betting on NBA action.
Charlotte battles the Dallas Mavericks, currently with a 3-14 mark (6-11 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals betting, are 11-7 for the Charlotte Hornets and 7-10 for the Dallas Mavericks.
The NBA’s Pacific Division is the definition of the term “two-team race.” The Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers have been playing some lights-out basketball over the last month, as the Dubs (16-2) have a slight edge over the Clips (14-5) for the divisional lead as of November 30.
At BetOnline the Warriors remain -1000 chalk to win the banner, with the Clippers (+600), Los Angeles Lakers (+10000), Sacramento Kings (+20000) and Phoenix Suns (+50000) also available to wager on.
When Kevin Durant departed Oklahoma City for the Golden State Warriors this summer, the decision was bound to have a big impact on the Northwest Division. KD and the Thunder owned the Northwest for years, but it’s a wide-open competition now.
The San Antonio Spurs have owned the Southwest Division for seemingly forever, and the NBA’s model franchise is once again in the driver’s seat this season.
The Spurs, who sat atop the Southwest with a 14-4 record as of November 30, are heavy -1500 chalk to win the division at BetOnline. The Houston Rockets (+800), Memphis Grizzlies (+1800), Dallas Mavericks (+25000) and New Orleans Pelicans (+25000) round out the rest of the list.
In terms of competitiveness in the NBA, it’s hard to top the Southeast Division. The 2016-17 campaign is proving to be a tight race once again, but two teams have separated themselves from the pack according to oddsmakers.
The Charlotte Hornets are -120 favorites to claim the Southeast at BetOnline, while the Atlanta Hawks are right behind them at +120. The Washington Wizards (+1400), Miami Heat (+3300) and Orlando Magic (+4000) are all long shots at this point.
Since LeBron James departed South Beach and took his talents back to Northeast Ohio, the Central Division hasn’t been in doubt. It’s the same old story in 2016-17, as the Cleveland Cavaliers remain massive favorites to once again win the division.
BetOnline has the Cavs as -1500 chalk to garner the bragging rights, with the Chicago Bulls (+800), Detroit Pistons (+3300), Indiana Pacers (+3300) and Milwaukee Bucks (+10000) well back. Cleveland was -1100 prior to tipoff of the season.
The Atlantic Division has belonged to the Toronto Raptors over the last three years, and oddsmakers are expecting Canada’s lone NBA franchise to do it again this season.
At BetOnline, the Raptors are -140 favorites to win the Atlantic as the calendar turns to December. The Boston Celtics (+110), New York Knicks (+2000), Philadelphia 76ers (+25000) and Brooklyn Nets (+25000) are available at plus-money.
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