NBA Betting Lines Picks Tonight
Lines for NBA’s games on Dec. 13 come via TopBet. Always make sure to double-check these odds before submitting a wager, since they’re subject to change.
Oklahoma City Thunder (-1) at Indiana Pacers (+1)
Take A Chance On Oklahoma City
A lot of people will want to roll with the Indiana Pacers in this one, and that’s understandable. The Oklahoma City Thunder are sitting below .500, with a bottom-seven offense, and haven’t yet figured out how to finish off tight games while playing Carmelo Anthony, Paul George and Russell Westbrook together. The trio is shooting under 35 percent combined in crunch time for the season.
Indiana, meanwhile, is on pace for 50 victories this year and running out one of the league’s five most potent offenses. Victor Oladipo has a emerged as a tough-shot-making All-Star, he’s surrounded by a bevy of above-average three-point snipers, and the entire team knows how to be opportunistic in transition.
Still, the Thunder are not as bad as their record suggests. They’re better. They might even be elite. They rank second in points scored per 100 possessions and have a top-10 point differential in victories. Though they’re working off a Monday night loss, they did show they’re committed to moving the ball and installing a more egalitarian approach. And if they ever get their act together on offense, they’ll be one of the NBA’s best teams, bar none.
Plus, let’s not pretend Paul George won’t be playing with a little extra oomph against his favorite team.
The Pick: Oklahoma City Thunder (-1)
Charlotte Hornets (+12.5) at Houston Rockets (-12.5)
The Rockets Deserve Your Investment
Never mind the Charlotte Hornets’ onrush of injuries.
Indeed, Cody Zeller is out indefinitely with a torn meniscus. And sure, Nicolas Batum probably won’t be ready to rock as he continues to fight through an elbow problem. Head coach Steve Clifford is still away from the team as well while dealing with undisclosed health issues.
That stuff matters. And yet, it also doesn’t. Neither a healthy Zeller nor healthy Batum changes the fact that the Hornets remain too dependent on Kemba Walker. Like, way too dependent.
Consider this: They go from a plus-7.2 points per 100 possessions when he plays, to a minus-17.4 points per 100 possessions when he sits—a monstrous 24.6-point swing in the wrong direction.
Should we really have faith in them to cover a 12.5-point spread against a Rockets squad that is, on average, beating teams by 17.4 points per game at home since Nov. 15? No. No, we shouldn’t.
The Pick: Houston Rockets (-12.5)
Los Angeles Clippers (+1.5) at Orlando Magic (-1.5)
And The Winner Is…The Clippers
Super-duper dice roll alert!
The Los Angeles Clippers will be without Patrick Beverley, Danilo Gallinari and Blake Griffin when they travel to wage battle with the Orlando Magic. This shouldn’t spell good news when they’re 6-15 since their 4-0 start. But the Magic are struggling just as much, if not more, these days. They’re 3-13 since beginning the season 8-4 and dealing with just as many injuries as the Clippers.
Evan Fournier, Jonathan Isaac and Terrence Ross are surefire absences in Orlando, and Aaron Gordon has yet to be cleared for duty after going through the NBA’s concussion protocol. The Magic won’t have enough juice without him to pick up a victory—not even against the shorthanded Clippers.
Besides, the Clippers showed some moxie in their Monday night win over the Toronto Raptors. Milos Teodosic’s return restored some order to the offense, and DeAndre Jordan has helped settle down the defense with his aggressive rebounding and pick-and-roll disruption.
The Pick: Los Angeles Clippers (+1.5)
Memphis Grizzlies (+7.5) at Washington Wizards (-7.5)
Give The Wizards A ‘W’
Truth be told, the Washington Wizards would be the pick here even if John Wall wasn’t playing. Their offense hasn’t been pretty without him, but it’s been good enough when Bradley Beal is on the court. Head coach Scott Brooks has also dusted off an all-bench unit of Tomas Satoransky, Jodie Meeks, Kelly Oubre Jr., Mike Scott and Ian Mahinmi that is absolutely destroying opponents on a per-possession basis.
None of which bodes well for a Grizzlies squad with a 3-18 record over its last 21 tilts—especially when Wall is actually returning to the lineup from a knee injury.
By the by: During this 21-game stretch, the Grizzlies are being outscored by roughly seven points per game on the road. And that differential plummets to 9.1 when you remove their lone victory from the equation. So, yeah, we’re taking the Wizards with a fair amount of confidence.
The Pick: Washington Wizards (-7.5)
Milwaukee Bucks (+1.5) at New Orleans Pelicans (-1.5)
Sorry Anthony Davis, The Bucks Are Too Good
Don’t feel bad, New Orleans Pelicans fans. Your favorite team isn’t being penalized solely because Anthony Davis’ status is up in the air as he continues to deal with a groin injury.
The Milwaukee Bucks will be the pick even if he’s healthy.
If it’s any consolation to the people in New Orleans, this has more to do with the Bucks than the Pelicans. Though the latter’s defense has been absolutely horrid of late, the Bucks are just plain steamrolling opponents. They’re 11-4 with a top-10 point differential since acquiring Eric Bledsoe.
Three of these four losses, it must be noted, have come on the road, but those letdowns have come against the Portland Trail Blazers, Utah Jazz and Boston Celtics—strong home teams that have healthier and deeper rosters than the Pelicans do right now.
The Pick: Milwaukee Bucks (-1.5)
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