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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 finally set to return to action on July 30 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 Bovada has released odds for each of the games for the opening three days of the NBA’s reboot. In the opening game, the Jazz are 2.5-point underdogs to the Pellies while in the nightcap we have the battle of LA between the Clippers and Lakers, with the Lake Show as 4.5-point favorites.

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Thursday, July 30, NBA Odds

Utah Jazz vs New Orleans Pelicans Betting Odds
TeamSpreadMoneylineTotal
Utah Jazz+2.5 (-110)+120O 225.5 (-110)
New Orleans Pelicans-2.5 (-110)-140U 225.5 (-110)

Odds as of July 30 at BovadaMatchup

Los Angeles Clippers vs Los Angeles Lakers Betting Odds
TeamSpreadMoneylineTotal
Los Angeles Clippers+4.5 (-110)+170O 216 (-110)
Los Angeles Lakers-4.5 (-115)-200U 216 (-110)

Odds as of July 30 at BovadaMatchup

Friday, July 31, NBA Odds

Orlando Magic vs Brooklyn Nets Betting Odds
TeamSpreadMoneylineTotal
Orlando Magic-7 (-110)-275O 211.5 (-110)
Brooklyn Nets+7 (-110)+225U 211.5 (-110)

Odds as of July 30 at BovadaMatchup

Memphis Grizzlies vs Portland Trail Blazers Betting Odds
TeamSpreadMoneylineTotal
Memphis Grizzlies+2.0 (-105)+120O 222.5 (-115)
Portland Trail Blazers-2.0 (-115)-140U 222.5 (-105)

Odds as of July 30 at BovadaMatchup 

Phoenix Suns vs Washington Wizards Betting Odds
TeamSpreadMoneylineTotal
Phoenix Suns-7.0 (-110)-280O 225.0 (-115)
Washington Wizards+7.0 (-110)+230U 225.0 (-105)

Odds as of July 30 at BovadaMatchup

Boston Celtics vs Milwaukee Bucks Betting Odds
TeamSpreadMoneylineTotal
Boston Celtics+5 (-110)+175O 219 (-110)
Milwaukee Bucks-5 (-110)-210U 219 (-110)

Odds as of July 30 at BovadaMatchup

Sacramento Kings vs San Antonio Spurs Betting Odds
TeamSpreadMoneylineTotal
Sacramento Kings-2.5 (-110)-140O 217.0 (-110)
San Antonio Spurs+2.5 (-110)+120U 217.0 (-110)

Odds as of July 30 at BovadaMatchup

Houston Rockets vs Dallas Mavericks Betting Odds
TeamSpreadMoneylineTotal
Houston Rockets+1.0 (-105)EVENO 227 (-115)
Dallas Mavericks-1.0 (-115)-120U 227 (-105)

Odds as of July 30 at BovadaMatchup

Saturday, August 1, NBA Odds

Miami Heat vs Denver Nuggets Betting Odds
TeamSpreadMoneylineTotal
Miami Heat+1.5 (-110)+105O 210.5 (-110)
Denver Nuggets-1.5 (-110)-125U 210.5 (-110)

Odds as of July 30 at Bovada

Utah Jazz vs Oklahoma City Thunder Betting Odds
TeamSpreadMoneylineTotal
Utah Jazz+1.0 (-110)EVENO 212 (-110)
Oklahoma City Thunder-1.0 (-110)-120U 212 (-110)

Odds as of July 30 at Bovada

New Orleans Pelicans vs Los Angeles Clippers Betting Odds
TeamSpreadMoneylineTotal
New Orleans Pelicans+4.5 (-110)+170O 225.5 (-110)
Los Angeles Clippers-4.5 (-110)-200U 225.5 (-110)

Odds as of July 30 at Bovada

Philadelphia 76ers vs Indiana Pacers Betting Odds
TeamSpreadMoneylineTotal
Philadelphia 76ers -5.5 (-110)-230O 212.5 (-110)
Indiana Pacers+5.5 (-110)+190U 212.5 (-110)

Odds as of July 30 at Bovada

Los Angeles Lakers vs Toronto Raptors Betting Odds
TeamSpreadMoneylineTotal
Los Angeles Lakers-4.0 (-110)-170O 214.5 (-110)
Toronto Raptors+4.0 (-110)+150U 214.5 (-110)

Odds as of July 30 at Bovada

Los Angeles Clippers vs Los Angeles Lakers

When the Hallway Series moves from the West Coast to the East Coast, I’m liking the original line UNDER 220 points, which has shifted down to 216. I anticipate things could be played at a bit 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 went UNDER 220 points in each one with an average combined score of 215.3.

Houston Rockets vs Dallas Mavericks

While I’m digging the UNDER in the late game of Friday’s slate, I expect the OVER 227 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 +4.5 against the Clippers on Saturday. 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.