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NBA Odds: Opening Lines For Return To Play

Kawhi Leonard trying to defend a charging LeBron James

After Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19 way back on March 11, the NBA is set to return to action in late July and it just so happens that Gobert and the Utah Jazz play in the opening game. They’ll be colliding with the New Orleans Pelicans when we finally have hoops back in our lives as we move toward crowning the 2020 NBA champion.

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Online sportsbook BetOnline has released odds for each of the games for the opening three days of the NBA’s reboot. In that opening game, the Jazz are 1-point underdogs to the Pellies while in the nightcap we have pick‘em odds in the battle of LA between the Clippers and Lakers.

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Thursday, July 30, NBA Odds

Utah Jazz vs New Orleans Pelicans Betting Odds
TeamSpreadTotal
Utah Jazz+1.0 (-110)O 222 (-110)
New Orleans Pelicans-1.0 (-110)U 222 (-110)

Odds as of June 27 at BetOnline

Los Angeles Clippers vs Los Angeles Lakers Betting Odds
TeamSpreadTotal
Los Angeles ClippersPK (-110)O 220 (-110)
Los Angeles LakersPK (-110)U 220 (-110)

Odds as of June 27 at BetOnline

Friday, July 31, NBA Odds

Orlando Magic vs Brooklyn Nets Betting Odds
TeamSpreadTotal
Orlando Magic-2.0 (-110)O 215 (-110)
Brooklyn Nets+2.0 (-110)U 215 (-110)

Odds as of June 27 at BetOnline

Memphis Grizzlies vs Portland Trail Blazers Betting Odds
TeamSpreadTotal
Memphis Grizzlies+1.0 (-110)O 224 (-110)
Portland Trail Blazers-1.0 (-110)U 224 (-110)

Odds as of June 27 at BetOnline

Phoenix Suns vs Washington Wizards Betting Odds
TeamSpreadTotal
Phoenix Suns-3.0 (-110)O 229.5 (-110)
Washington Wizards+3.0 (-110)U 229.5 (-110)

Odds as of June 27 at BetOnline

Boston Celtics vs Milwaukee Bucks Betting Odds
TeamSpreadTotal
Boston Celtics+5.5 (-110)O 218.5 (-110)
Milwaukee Bucks-5.5 (-110)U 218.5 (-110)

Odds as of June 27 at BetOnline

Sacramento Kings vs San Antonio Spurs Betting Odds
TeamSpreadTotal
Sacramento Kings-2.5 (-110)O 218.5 (-110)
San Antonio Spurs+2.5 (-110)U 218.5 (-110)

Odds as of June 27 at BetOnline

Houston Rockets vs Dallas Mavericks Betting Odds
TeamSpreadTotal
Houston Rockets-1.5 (-110)O 226 (-110)
Dallas Mavericks+1.5 (-110)U 226 (-110)

Odds as of June 27 at BetOnline

Saturday, August 1, NBA Odds

Miami Heat vs Denver Nuggets Betting Odds
TeamSpreadTotal
Miami HeatPK (-110)O 216.5 (-110)
Denver NuggetsPK (-110)U 216.5 (-110)

Odds as of June 27 at BetOnline

Utah Jazz vs Oklahoma City Thunder Betting Odds
TeamSpreadTotal
Utah Jazz-2.0 (-110)O 216 (-110)
Oklahoma City Thunder+2.0 (-110)U 216 (-110)

Odds as of June 27 at BetOnline

New Orleans Pelicans vs Los Angeles Clippers Betting Odds
TeamSpreadTotal
New Orleans Pelicans+5.5 (-110)O 226.5 (-110)
Los Angeles Clippers-5.5 (-110)U 226.5 (-110)

Odds as of June 27 at BetOnline

Philadelphia 76ers vs Indiana Pacers Betting Odds
TeamSpreadTotal
Philadelphia 76ers -4.0 (-110)O 214 (-110)
Indiana Pacers+4.0 (-110)U 214 (-110)

Odds as of June 27 at BetOnline

Los Angeles Lakers vs Toronto Raptors Betting Odds
TeamSpreadTotal
Los Angeles Lakers-3.0 (-110)O 217 (-110)
Toronto Raptors+3.0 (-110)U 217 (-110)

Odds as of June 27 at BetOnline

Los Angeles Clippers vs Los Angeles Lakers

I’m liking the UNDER 220 points when the Hallway Series moves from the West Coast to the East Coast. I anticipate things could be played at a bit of a slower pace without the crowds to hype up the players, while the deafening silence could be an asset as players try to communicate defensively.

In the three meetings between these squads already this season, the total has gone UNDER 220 points in each with an average combined score of 115.3.

Houston Rockets vs Dallas Mavericks

While I’m digging the UNDER in the late game of Friday’s slate, I expect the OVER 226 to come through 24 hours later with two offensively talented squads coming together for their first games since the pandemic began. Houston and Dallas linked up once in the regular season, in late January, playing to a combined score of 249, with James Harden leading the charge, dropping 35 points with 16 boards.

Kristaps Porzingis also buried 35 in the losing effort, while 2019 NBA Rookie of the Year Luka Doncic was absent from the Mavs lineup due to an ankle injury.

New Orleans Pelicans vs Los Angeles Clippers

I have listed a couple of totals plays that I like at first glance, so why not have a pick on a side? I’m looking at the Pellies +5.5 against the Clippers on Sunday. These two teams met three times earlier this year, with LA winning two of those meetings, though the Clips lost one on the road and the second meeting in New Orleans was a narrow three-point win.

The biggest thing here is that the game will be on a neutral-site court and will be the first time that the Clippers see Zion Williamson, who as we know is a complete game-changer.