NBA Roundup – Dec. 11


The NBA has passed the quarter pole of the regular season and while it is clearly a two-team field in the Eastern Conference it remains a wide open race in the wild, wild Western Conference with nine teams boasting a winning record as of this past Tuesday night’s games.

The two teams at the top of the standings in the East faced-off against one another on Tuesday night with the Indiana Pacers grinding out a 90-84 victory over the Miami Heat as 3.5-point home favorites on BetAnySports’s closing line. The total stayed UNDER the 191.5-point closing line. The Pacers improved to 19-3 straight-up on the year with a profitable 16-6 record against the spread. The Heat fell to 16-6 SU and an even 11-11 ATS.

Indiana will play host to Charlotte this upcoming Friday night while Miami returns to action on Saturday at home against Cleveland. For complete lines for these games as well as all of this week’s matchups be sure to check BetAnySports’s board as the Best NBA Betting sites for US Players.

Some of the top games on this week’s NBA slate in the Western Conference pits Dallas at Golden State this Wednesday night on ESPN and Houston on the road against Portland as part of TNT’s Thursday night’s NBA double-header. The Mavericks are coming off an ugly 112-97 loss to Sacramento as 4.5-point road favorites this past Monday while the Warriors lost to Charlotte 115-111 on Monday as six-point favorites on the road. Golden State has been opened by BetAnySports as a 5.5-point home favorite against Dallas.

The Rockets are 15-7 SU on the year and holding down the fifth spot in the conference while the Trail Blazers remain the hottest team in the West at 18-4 SU on the year. Portland has gone 8-2 SU in its last 10 games and it is 16-6 ATS this year. Houston comes into Thursday night’s showdown with a 5-3-1 ATS record on the road while the Blazers have posted a 7-4 mark ATS at home.

The big news in the NBA over the past week has been the return of Kobe Bryant to the Los Angeles Lakers’ starting lineup. His return can only help a Lakers’ team that is trying to keep its head above the .500 mark, but so far the rust remains with nine points in last Sunday’s 106-94 loss to Toronto and 20 points in this past Tuesday’s 114-108 loss to Phoenix. Los Angeles stays on the road to play Oklahoma City this Friday night.

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