NBA Daily Betting Guide: NBA Best Bets for February 8, 2022

NBA Daily Betting Guide: NBA Best Bets for February 8, 2022

Cole Paganelli
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The Brooklyn Nets react after a play against the Boston Celtics in a November 2021 NBA matchup.

A lot of exciting NBA action tonight! Let’s hop into betJACK’s Daily NBA Betting Guide!

Phoenix Suns @ Philadelphia 76ers (7 p.m.)

Favored Team and Spread: PHI -1

Total Points: 217.5

The Phoenix Suns will travel to the Wells Fargo Center to take on the Philadelphia 76ers in their East Coast trip. Center Joel Embiid has taken the NBA lead in scoring this season and is one of the top NBA MVP favorites as he is scoring 29.3 points, 10.9 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 1.5 blocks, and one steal per game.

Phoenix has been doing incredibly well offensively as the Suns are third with 113 points per game and leading the league with 47.9 percent from the floor. Phoenix are 3-0-1 Against The Spread in their last four games against Philadelphia so go with the Suns to cover.

Also, the over is 15-5-1 in their last 21 games against one another, so go with the over to hit here too.   

Boston Celtics @ Brooklyn Nets (7:30 p.m., TNT)

Favored Team and Spread: BOS -6.5

Total Points: 216.5

The Celtics are entering the Barclays Center on Tuesday, but the Nets are the bigger story here as they are on an eight-game losing streak, and it seems like James Harden (hamstring) will be out for this game, meaning the entire “Big 3” will be out for Brooklyn.

These defenses, as of late, are showing us the biggest difference as the Celtics are allowing 94.4 points in their last five games while the Nets are giving up 120.5 points in their previous four games.

Go with the Boston Celtics to cover the spread here and the under as if Harden is out; Brooklyn is going to struggle to hit their implied total.     

Indiana Pacers @ Atlanta Hawks (7:30 p.m.)

Favored Team and Spread: ATL -9.5

Total Points: 226.5

The Indiana Pacers have been struggling this season as they are on a three-game losing streak and are going to face the Atlanta Hawks. The Pacers have already traded away shooting guard Caris LeVert earlier this week, and both center Myles Turner and power forward Domantas Sabonis are on the trade block before Thursday’s trade deadline.

Point guard Trae Young has been playing incredibly well in his last nine games as he is averaging 27.9 points, 4.1 rebounds, nine assists, and 1.1 steals while shooting 39.8 percent from beyond the arc.

Go with Atlanta to cover the spread at home here as well as the over, as it hit in each of the previous five games against one another. 

Los Angeles Clippers @ Memphis Grizzlies (8 p.m.)

Favored Team and Spread: MEM -8

Total Points: 227

The Clippers will travel to the FedExForum to take on the Grizzlies in a Western Conference action as Memphis is 3-0 this season against them, with the last two games being by multiple digits.

Point guard Ja Morant has been doing incredibly well as of late as in his previous ten games; he is scoring 32.9 points, 6.3 rebounds, seven assists, and 1.2 steals per game in that stretch and should dominate in this game. The Clippers have a core of players that play well together and compete, but the level in competition will be too much here.

Go with Memphis to cover here as well as the over as these defenses have struggled in their last three games as the Clippers are allowing 123 points while the Grizzlies are giving up 115 points in that stretch of games.   

Houston Rockets @ New Orleans Pelicans (8 p.m.)

Favored Team and Spread: NO -8.5

Total Points: 229

The Houston Rockets are still trying to figure out how to be competitive and are on the road against the New Orleans Pelicans here. New Orleans is entering this game on a three-game winning streak and are taking on a tanking franchise right now.

Small forward Brandon Ingram has dominated in his two games against the Rockets this season as he is averaging 36.5 points, four rebounds, eight assists, one block, and two steals.

Houston does not have anyone that can stop him, so go with New Orleans to cover and win by double-digits but the under as it is 19-7-1 in their last 27 home games against Houston.  

Detroit Pistons @ Dallas Mavericks (8:30 p.m.)

Favored Team and Spread: DAL -11,5

Total Points: 213.5

The Detroit Pistons have been struggling but are playing in their fair share of close games as they take on the Dallas Mavericks here. Dallas has been one of the best defenses in the sport as they are third, giving up 103.5 points per game.

Small forward Jerami Grant has been playing well this season as a veteran leader as he is averaging 19.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.1 blocks, and one steal per game this season.

This Detroit team has been better than their record indicates as they are 4-1-1 Against The Spread in their last six road games against Dallas so go with the Pistons to cover a large number.

Also, go with the over as it hit in five of the previous seven games against one another. 

New York Knicks @ Denver Nuggets (9 p.m.) 

Favored Team and Spread: DEN -5

Total Points: 219.5

New York has been struggling, and power forward Julius Randle has been struggling a bit as of late as he is averaging 18.4 points, 9.2 rebounds, 5.6 assists, 0.7 blocks, and 0.9 steals in his last ten games, but the biggest problem is the fact he is averaging 4.1 turnovers and shooting 26.2 percent from deep in that stretch.

Denver has been playing incredibly well, and center Nikola Jokic should dominate here. The Knicks are 1-5 Against The Spread in their last six games against the Nuggets so go with them to cover the spread and the over to hit as it is 4-1 in the last five games between these teams in Denver. 

Milwaukee Bucks @ Los Angeles Lakers (10 p.m., TNT)

Favored Team and Spread: MIL -4.5

Total Points: 231

This will be the second and final matchup between two non-conference foes as Milwaukee picked up a 109-102 home win earlier this season. The Bucks are riding a three-game winning streak, and the Lakers are struggling as they are 2-3 in their last five games and have a Russell Westbrook problem right now.

Power forward Giannis Antetokounmpo has been dominant as of late as in his last nine games, he is averaging 30.3 points, 10.9 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 1.1 blocks, and 0.9 steals per game.

Go with the Bucks to cover the spread on the road and the under to hit as it has in each of the previous six games against one another. 

Orlando Magic @ Portland Trail Blazers (10 p.m.)

Favored Team and Spread: POR -3.5

Total Points: 225

These teams are both on a losing streak, and this should be a closer game than it has any reason to be.

Portland is still without point guard Eric Bledsoe (Achilles), small forward Nassir Little (shoulder), power forward Cody Zeller (knee), and point guard Damian Lillard (abdominal), and it will be difficult to compete, but Orlando is terrible this year.

With the recent news of CJ McCollum being traded away, I am hesitant to say now that Portland will cover the spread because McCollum is a massive talent and it's looking like the Blazers are headed for a long term rebuild behind the ever-electric Damian Lillard, however, I still wouldn't take the Magic on the moneyline but this matchup just got really interesting.

Minnesota Timberwolves @ Sacramento Kings (10 p.m.)

Favored Team and Spread: MIN -4

Total Points: 233.5

The Minnesota Timberwolves are on a four-game winning streak heading to the Golden 1 Center to take on the Sacramento Kings in a Western Conference showdown.

Point guard De’Aaron Fox (ankle) is a game-time decision in this game, and if he is unable to play, it will be difficult for them. It's without mention if you're a Kings fan that Fox's name is swirling on the trade block ahead of the Thursday deadline, so there's a few different avenues for him not to play at this juncture. The T-Wolves are depending on the production of center Karl-Anthony Towns as he is averaging 24.3 points, 9.6 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 1.2 blocks, and one steal per game so far this year.

Minnesota is playing well defensively as they are third, averaging 5.8 blocks per game this season. The Timberwolves are 3-0-1 Against The Spread in their last four games, so go with Minnesota to cover.

Also, go with the under as this number feels a smidge too high.

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