We’ve got a loaded NBA slate on the horizon today!
The Charlotte Hornets and New York Knicks have a noon EST tipoff, while the Blazers and Lakers don’t play until after 10:00 pm ET. There are plenty of games in between these time slots.
I’ve found my favorite two bets for the slate. Get those bets in, and let’s finish the weekend strong.
Sunday’s Best NBA Bets
Odds courtesy of FanDuel Sportsbook | All wagers are for 1 unit
Miami Heat vs. San Antonio Spurs
The Miami Heat are already without Tyler Herro and will potentially play tonight’s game without Jimmy Butler. Butler didn’t play in last night’s Miami win against the Hawks for personal reasons. Meanwhile, Tyler Herro suffered a Grade 2 ankle pain on Wednesday.
However, Miami is still on a four-game winning streak. They also still have Bam Adebayo, who just added 26 points and 17 rebounds for Miami in the win. Miami’s depleted, but guys like Jaime Jaquez Jr. and Josh Richardson will step up in Herro and Butler’s (potential) absence.
On the flip side, the Spurs have lost four straight games. The defense has allowed 120.6 points per 100 possessions while allowing a 58.8% effective field goal percentage. The only thing the Spurs have done well defensively is limiting foul shots. They should be fine on the defensive glass, but if Miami starts to drain good looks, the Spurs will be toast.
I’ll take the Heat at -1.5.
Bet: Heat -1.5 (-110)
Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Golden State Warriors
Anthony Edwards is currently listed as questionable due to an illness. While he’ll likely play, that’s not something to take lightly.
Edwards is Minnesota’s best player. He’s scored nearly 28 points per game and has helped the Timberwolves score an effective field goal percentage of 56%.
Minnesota doesn’t typically get to the foul line at a high rate. But the Warriors foul at a high rate. We could see Minnesota get to the line more.
On the other hand, the Timberwolves are the NBA’s best defense, holding teams to 101.2 points per 100 possessions. They’ve also held teams to a 48.3% effective field goal percentage. With the Warriors shooting an effective field goal percentage of 53.5%, as long as the Timberwolves are solid on the defensive glass, they’ll likely escape with a win on the road.
The Timberwolves rarely put players on the foul line. And while the Warriors earn over 30% of offensive rebounds, the Timberwolves, with Rudy Gobert, have allowed only 25.9% of offensive rebounds. As long as Edwards is healthy, I’ll take the Timberwolves +1.5.