Could we see the first major trade of the new NBA season this week? The 76ers are trying to deal former No. 3 overall pick Jahlil Okafor. The Boston Celtics have their eyes on him but aren’t willing to give up a first-round pick since Okafor is set for free agency after the season. Stay tuned. Here are two interesting NBA betting matchups for this week: Bucks at Cavaliers and Timberwolves at Warriors. Be sure to check back at MyBookie for the latest NBA odds.
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Milwaukee Bucks at Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Odds & Game Info
When: Tuesday, 7 PM ET
Where: Quicken Loans Arena
TV: NBA TV
Stream: Watch NBA
Radio: 620 WTMJ (Milwaukee) / WMMS 100.7 FM (Cleveland)
NBA Betting Odds: TBA
Why Bet On Milwaukee?
Despite the great start to the season from MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Bucks are a game under .500 and on a three-game skid after a 105-96 loss at Detroit on Friday – perhaps those days off are just what this team needed.
Antetokounmpo scored 29 points with four rebounds, three assists, one steal and four blocks. Antetokounmpo’s usage rate has seen a downward trend and he’s not getting nearly as many points in the paint. In fact, he had at least 59.1 percent of his points come in the paint for each of his first four games, but he’s exceeded that number just once in his last five games.
Not only is Antetokounmpo leading the league in scoring with 31.0 points per game, but he’s doing efficiently as he ranks eighth in the NBA with a 60.0 field goal percentage on the season. Currently, Antetokounmpo is the only player in the NBA averaging over 15 points per game while shooting 60.0 percent or better from the field (next closest: Steven Adams 14.4 ppg/68.2%). Only four players in the league are currently shooting over 50.0 percent and averaging 25.0 points or more, including Antetokounmpo.
Why Bet On Cleveland?
Cleveland won the first game of the 2017-18 season series over Milwaukee, 116-97, on 10/20. Antetokounmpo led all scorers with 34 points while LeBron James led the Cavaliers with 24 points. Bucks guard Matthew Dellavedova spent his first three seasons in the NBA with the Cavaliers.
The Cavs have been one of the NBA’s big disappointments at 4-6 and are banged up. Kevin Love was forced out of Sunday’s game vs. the Hawks and taken to the hospital due to an illness. If Love can’t suit up here, expect to see more minutes for Channing Frye and Ante Zizic when the Cavs aren’t going small. The Cavs are already short-handed with Tristan Thompson (calf) out.
Meanwhile, point guard Derrick Rose will have a strict 28-to-31-minute restriction all season no matter how well he plays. Rose did not play well during Sunday’s loss to the Hawks, finishing with 10 points, three rebounds, one assist, one block and four turnovers in 20 minutes. He forced up a lot of bad shots.
Cleveland point guard Isaiah Thomas, acquired as part of the trade that sent Kyrie Irving to Boston, has been doing on-court workouts. The team announced before the season that it hoped he would return by January. Guard Iman Shumpert (sore right knee) will practice Monday for the first time since being injured Nov. 29. He could play Tuesday.
Minnesota Timberwolves at Golden State Warriors NBA Odds & Game Info
When: Wednesday, 10:30 PM ET
Where: Oracle Arena, Oakland
Radio: WCCO 830 (Minnesota) / 95.7 FM the Game (Golden State)
NBA Betting Odds: TBA
Why Bet On Minnesota?
The Wolves are really starting to play well; it took a little bit for everyone to get on the same page after landing Jimmy Butler in trade this offseason and free agents like Jeff Teague and Jamal Crawford. Of the 15 players who finished 2016-17 on the Wolves’ roster, only seven are back this season.
Karl-Anthony Towns notched the 121st double-double of his NBA career in Saturday’s victory over Dallas, passing Al Jefferson for 3rd place on the Wolves’ all-time list. The game was Towns’ 173rd in a Minnesota uniform; over the past 35 years, only Shaquille O’Neal, Tim Duncan and David Robinson have collected more double-doubles at the same juncture of their careers.
The Wolves and Warriors are playing for the first time this season but that’s not to say they don’t know each other well. That’s because they played twice in the preseason in China. Towns and Jimmy Butler had 16 points apiece and Tyus Jones ignited a game-ending 21-5 burst as the Wolves downed Golden State, 111-97, on Oct. 5 at the Shenzhen Universiade Center. Kevin Durant led Golden State with 20 points and Stephen Curry netted 14. In the second meeting, Curry scored 19 of his 40 points in the third quarter and Klay Thompson sank eight 3-pointers as part of a 28-point effort as Golden State pulled away to a 142-110 victory on Oct. 8 at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai. Andrew Wiggins led Minnesota with 19 points.
Last year, the Wolves were 1-3 vs. the Warriors. The March 10 victory was just the Wolves’ third in their last 19 overall vs. Golden State and also ended a 10-game series skid at Target Center.
Why Bet On Golden State?
The Warriors also are hitting their stride after a shaky start. They have won three straight entering the week. The Warriors are the only team in the NBA to score at least 100 points and make 10 or more 3-pointers in every game this season.
The Warriors have made at least 10 3-pointers in each of their games this season. Golden State is the only team in the NBA to accomplish that this season. Last season the Warriors had a streak of 14 games in which they made at least 10 3-pointers.
After averaging 18.4 turnovers per game in the 1st 7 contests, the Warriors have turned the ball over an average of 13.7 a game in the last 3 contests. The Warriors have dished out 30 or more assists on 7 occasions this season (6-1 in those games). Andre Iguodala leads the NBA in assists per turnover (10.33 ratio, 31 assists, 3 turnovers). Golden State’s three-game winning streak were all on the road and all by 19+ points. The last NBA team to do that was the Spurs, April 16-18, 2012.
The Warriors again lead the league in assists, having dished out 30 or more assists in seven of their 10 games this season (6-1 in those games). Last season, the Warriors posted a 49-1 record in games in which they had 30 or more assists. Prior to an earlier loss to the Rockets this year, the Warriors had won 37 straight games in which they recorded at least 30 assists. Under Steve Kerr (since 2014-15), the Warriors have a 120-7 (.945) record when they record at least 30 assists.
Expert Prediction & NBA Betting Picks of the Week
The Bucks keep the Cavaliers struggling, while the Warriors win a shootout against Minnesota, which still isn’t great defensively. Be sure to check for more NBA betting odds & lines before placing your picks this week!