Top NBA Betting Games of the Week (Dec 5-11)

Posted by Peter Boysen on December 5, 2016 in

The Cleveland Cavaliers have hit an unexpected road bump, dropping three in a row. Meanwhile, the Toronto Raptors are the hottest team in the East — and in the NBA — riding a six-game winning streak into this week. Atlanta got out to a decent 10-5 start but has dropped six in a row since then. The Portland Trail Blazers are learning that you can’t contend with just a pair of guards, no matter how good those guards are — and the New Orlean Pelicans’ Anthony Davis is probably wishing he could go and join them. Let’s take a look at the top NBA games for you to bet on this week, as well as the rest of our online betting odds.

Top NBA Betting Games of the Week (Dec 5-11)

Tuesday: Phoenix at Utah (9:00pm ET)

The Utah Jazz (12-9) are still in the seventh spot in the West despite missing point guard George Hill (toe). He should either return for this game or against Golden State on Thursday, but the Jazz have still played well, especially on defense, without him. Gordon Hayward has been a beast for the Jazz, particularly at home, where he averages 23.1 points per game. He put up 32 on Denver on Saturday in the Jazz’s 105-98 win. The Suns (6-14) like to play a run-and- gun style but their shooters aren’t quite good enough to keep up the scoring pace they need, and their defense is atrocious. I take the Jazz here if I don’t have to give up more than 8 points to do it.

Friday: Miami at Cleveland (7:30pm ET)

The Cavaliers are in a bit of a funk, having dropped games in Milwaukee and Chicago and then taken a 19-point beating from the Los Angeles Clippers last week, and then they have a big test on Monday as they head up to Toronto. In that loss to Chicago, LeBron James saw his streak of games in which he scored 20+ points and dished out 10+ assists stop at 30, which was tied with Wilt Chamberlain for the longest in the recorded history of the NBA. James spoke after the game of the importance of Cleveland getting out of the “honeymoon” phase, feeling he team was playing entitled ball after winning a title and starting the season out so well. In come the Heat (7-13) who have won two of three, including road wins at Denver and Utah, two places that are tough because of the altitude. Hassan Whiteside put up 28 points, pulled down 16 rebounds and swatted five shots in Saturday’s loss in Portland, and if he shows similar hunger in the middle against the Cavaliers, that would challenge one of their few weak spots. Even so, I like Cleveland to use this game to get back on track. I’d pick the Cavs as long as I didn’t have to give up more than six points, and if Cleveland drops their fourth straight in Toronto, that line should be under six.