The NBA tips off on Tuesday with a blockbuster double-header and we have expert betting predictions for both games.
Starting the action is Golden State vs. Brooklyn and Wednesday’s action concludes with the Clippers vs. Lakers, which sees last season’s champions do battle against their Los Angeles rivals.
We’re in for a huge season of NBA and what better way to start?
NBA Betting Picks
Golden State Warriors vs. Brooklyn Nets @ Barclays Center
The Golden State Warriors were nearly unbeatable a few years ago, but they look two steps backwards last season. They got unlucky with injuries and that luck didn’t change in the off-season.
Klay Thompson going down before the season started was a massive blow for the Warriors, who will now be in rebuilding mode for most of the 2020/2021 season.
Steph Curry should have a massive season with the second-best scorer sitting on the sidelines and he is good enough to win games on his own. However, taking on a talent-packed Nets outfit won’t be easy.
The Nets also faced a tough situation last season, which saw new recruit Kevin Durant on the sidelines throughout. Kyrie Irving was also on the sidelines, but they still did enough to make the playoffs and look dangerous.
Durant is coming off a serious leg injury, so most punters are expecting him to start the season off slowly. However, he has had plenty of time to practice and he’s a champion player.
The same goes for Irving, who was given time to recuperate after picking up some niggling juries. If Irving and Durant are at their best, we think the Nets could win the Eastern Conference.
The supporting cast for the Nets is more impressive than Golden State. Brooklyn is a deep team and that will likely be a huge factor in the shortened season.
Bookmakers have the Nets as $1.33 favourites and the Warriors get seven points in the handicap betting market. We are not surprised by the line, but it’s hard to know what the teams will deliver in the first game of the season.
However, we have confidence in the Nets and although the game could be close until halftime, Brooklyn should pull away in the second half.
Bet: Brooklyn Nets –7
LA Clippers vs. LA Lakers @ STAPLES Center
The 2020 champions kick off their title defense against the dangerous Clippers, who held onto their star players from last season.
The Lakers are the favourites to win back-to-back NBA Championships and when you have LeBron James and Anthony Davis in your team, that’s hardly surprising.
However, the Clippers are a team that starts better out of the gates and they could test the champions on Opening Day. With Kawhi Leonard and Paul George staying with the team despite a disappointing end to last season, it’s now or never for this team.
If they don’t win the NBA title this year, expect to see either Kawhi or George opt-out of their contract. But, it’s all about this season and they have enough chemistry to make it work.
More consistency will be needed from Paul George, who has a tendency to disappear throughout the season. He should be out to make a statement and silence any criticism that comes his way.
Standing in their way are the Lakers, who didn’t get any weaker in the off-season. They have much of the team from earlier this year and despite James getting older, he is still playing in beast mode.
We expect the Lakers to go deep into the playoffs this season, but we don’t think they will win the title. It’s up for grabs this year and they might take a step backwards.
Therefore, we fancy the Clippers to take the opening game of the season. They often start the season well and it could take the Lakers a few games to recover from the quick start.
Bookmakers are giving the Clippers every chance to win at $2.20 and although slightly shorter than expected, punters are still getting value odds.
Bet: LA Clippers to win
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