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Thursday: Denver Nuggets +5.5 ***3 UNIT BEST BET ALERT***. - 12/8

Wednesday: Pretty ugly game yesterday. The Magic have been playing great D lately and in their last 11 games had gone under 199 in 10 of 11. Go figure nobody plays any defense on either side and the game goes 240. Big card with lots of value today, we'll have multiple plays. Today's picks are Orlando Magic -1, Houston Rockets -13.5, Portland Trailblazers +1.5, LA Clippers +4. - 12/7

Tuesday: Orlando Magic/Washington Wizards UNDER 199. - 12/6

Monday: Philadelphia 76ers +4.5. - 12/5

Sunday: Sacramento Kings +2. - 12/4

Saturday: Miami Heat +6.5. - 12/3

Friday: Minnesota T-Wolves -1.5, Sacramento Kings +6.5 and Detroit Pistons +2.5. - 12/2

Thursday: Houston Rockets/Golden St. Warriors UNDER 231.5 points. - 12/1

Wednesday: Los Angeles Lakers/Chicago Bulls UNDER 209.5. One of our projection models shows that this game could possibly go under by as many as 20 points. We would never come out with a bold prediction as such, because with betting, anything can happen, but thought it was worth sharing. - 11/30

Tuesday: Milwaukee Bucks +7.5 and Magic/Spurs UNDER 195. - 11/29

Monday: Ever dug into a really good hamburger and you're chomping away and unexpectedly bite into a bone and wonder if your tooth busted in half? That's kind of what happened last night with Orlando. The Magic were a REALLY good hamburger catching the Bucks in a great spot where we expected them to have a very low scoring output. And then the bone, Frank Vogel, changes his starting lineup minutes before tip-off. Vucevic, Green and Payton ended up being Biyombo, Gordon and Augustin. BIG difference. It fouled up the team's chemistry and they flounded all game. Tough loss. Monday's play is the Washington Wizards at -5. - 11/28

Sunday: Orlando Magic +1. - 11/27

Saturday: Congrats on the big hit last night! Hopefully that will wipe the bad taste out of your mouth from Tuesday's debacle where we got creamed by bad beats. Today's card didn't turn up any advantage plays so we're going to take a pass. Enjoy your Saturday! - 11/26

Friday: Detroit Pistons +6.5 ***3 UNIT BEST BET ALERT*** - 11/25

Thursday: No games scheduled. - 11/24

Wednesday: Phoenix Suns +4. - 11/23

Tuesday: What a brutal day yesterday. T-Wolves up 13 going into the 4th quarter, get outscored 31-12 in the final frame and end up losing by 6. Towns was unstoppable yet Dieng and Lavine were launching up wild shots. Poorly coached game costs us an easy win. In Detroit, 80% FT shooter Caldwell-Pope clanks a free throw with seconds left to blow it for us. Washington wins by 5, while being outshot from the field, the three point line and the free throw line. Pretty crazy day. Today's pick is the New Orleans Pelicans +8.5. - 11/22

Monday: Wizards -8.5, Pistons +2, Timberwolves +1.5. - 11/21

Sunday: Sacramento Kings +3.5. - 11/20

Saturday: 76ers +3. - 11/19

Friday: Phoenix Suns/Indiana Pacers OVER 216.5 (we forecast 228+), Brooklyn Nets +9.5, Celtics +7.5, Blazers/Pelicans UNDER 215.5, Kings +8, Lakers +7. - 11/18

Thursday: Milwaukee Bucks +3.5. - 11/17

Wednesday: I sure hope you didn't watch the Nets/Lakers game yesterday. In the final seconds the Nets drove in for an uncontested layup and the guy lost the handle on the ball and it bounced off his leg out of bounds. One of the worst beats one will ever suffer as Randle had even backed off allowing the free-easy basket and we lose by a half point. That's NBA basketball! Believe it or not, we'll win that way sometime too. It all balances out. It's just rough when something like that happens. Wednesday's pick is the Indiana Pacers at +3.5. - 11/16

Tuesday: Brooklyn Nets +6.5. - 11/15

Monday: Detroit Pistons +1.5. - 11/14

Sunday: Passing. - 11/13

Saturday: Minnesota T-Wolves +4.5. - 11/12

Friday: Philadelphia 76ers +5. - 11/11

Thursday: Miami Heat on the money line at -140. - 11/10

Wednesday: Washington Wizards -1. - 11/9

Tuesday: Phoenix Suns +8. - 11/8

Monday: Golden St. Warriors -17. - 11/7

WELCOME BACK for another great season of NBA basketball! We'll be assessing teams, their style of play and team chemistry over the next handful of days. Once we have a good feel, we'll start making daily picks. Please set reminder to check back on Monday, November 7th!

Spurs Star Hangs'em Up: Tim Duncan Retires - 7/11

Sunday NBA Finals Championship Game 7 Pick: Posted gameday morning. - 6/19

Thursday NBA Finals Game 6 Pick: Cleveland Cavaliers on the moneyline at -130. - 6/16

Monday: With Draymond Green out, we're not really sure how this game will play out so we're taking a pass. - 6/13

Friday Game 4 Pick: Cleveland Cavaliers -2. - 6/10

Thursday: No games scheduled today. The NBA playoffs resume Friday. - 6/9

Wednesday NBA Finals Game 3 Pick: Cleveland Cavaliers -1. - 6/8

Sunday Game 2 Pick: Cleveland Cavaliers +6. - 6/5

Friday: No games scheduled. - 6/3

Thursday NBA Finals Game 1 Pick: Golden St. Warriors -6. - 6/2

Tuesday/Wednesday: No games scheduled. - 5/31 through 6/1

Memorial Day: Golden State Warriors -6.5 - 5/30

Saturday: Oklahoma City Thunder -3. - 5/28

Friday: Toronto Raptors +6. - 5/27

Thursday: Golden St. Warriors -7. - 5/26

Wednesday: Cleveland Cavs -10.5. Get on this quick as we expect the line to rise throughout the day. For those who are nervous about laying points this is a great game to get down on an open ended teaser. You can knock the number down 5 points (or more) and pair it up with something else down the road. This type of wager can be found at 5Dimes. - 5/25

Tuesday: OKC +1.5. - 5/24

Monday: Toronto Raptors +6. - 5/23

Sunday: Oklahoma City Thunder +3. - 5/22

Saturday: Toronto Raptors +5.5. - 5/21

Friday: No games scheduled. - 5/20

Thursday: Tonight's Raptors/Cavs spread of -12 offers absolutely no value. Toronto is a very unpredictable team on the road that can play well and lose by a bucket or get blown out and lose by 30. When situations like this arise, it's imperative that a bettor remain patient and take a pass. We get that many feel like they "need" action, but that approach prevents you from ever having a shot of beating his game long term. If you're a guy that absolutely has to get down on games each day, we recommend scaling your bet size down to 1/10th our normal bet. That way you still have something to root for while not wrecking your precious bankroll. Hitting the ATM or redepositing into your offshore account is miserable. Be smart and play it safe, only making a move when we feel that the advantage is on OUR side! - 5/19

Wednesday: Golden State Warriors -9. - 5/18

Tuesday: We'd like to see how these teams match up prior to taking a position. We're going to pass tonight. - 5/17

Monday: Golden St. Warriors -7.5. - 5/16

Sunday: Heat/Raptors UNDER 188.5. - 5/15

Saturday: No games scheduled. - 5/14

Friday: Congrats on last night's big win! We don't have a take on today's Raptors/Heat game. It really could go either way. With no advantage to be had, we're taking a pass. Enjoy your Friday! - 5/13

Thursday: Oklahoma City Thunder +1.5. - 5/12

Wednesday: Miami Heat/Toronto Raptors OVER 188.5 points. - 5/11

Tuesday: Rough beat last night with Portland blowing a fat lead and Curry catching fire. We think tonigt's OKC/S.A. line is right on and there is no value to be had, so we're stuck with having to take a pass. There's never any need to force the action! - 5/10

Monday Game 4: Portland Trailblazers +4.5. - 5/9

Sunday: Atlanta Hawks +5. - 5/8

Saturday: Portland Trailblazers +3.5. - 5/7

Friday: Spurs/Thunder UNDER 200.5 - 5/6

Thursday: Toronto Raptors -4.5. - 5/5

Wednesday NBA Playoffs Pick: Cleveland Cavaliers -7.5. - 5/4

Western Conference Semifinals Game 2: Portland Trailblazers +9.5. - 5/3

Monday Eastern Conference Semifinals Game 1: Cleveland Cavaliers -7. - 5/2

Sunday: Miami Heat -6. - 5/1

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How to Bet

Point Spread - The most basic of basketball wagers.

Moneyline - For those that simply want to bet on a team to win straight up.

Totals - Also known as an over/under. This bet has nothing to do with who which team wins or by how many. You're simply predicting if both teams points scored will exceed or fall short of the posted total.

Parlays - Multi-team wager where all must win in order to get paid. Big risk and big reward.

Teasers - Multi-team bet where you get to move the line a certain amount of points on each game. All teams must cover the teased point spreads to cash.

Pleasers - The opposite of a teaser. You're "giving" points away, making this bet a much tougher proposition to win.

Prop Bets - Wagers not having to do with which team wins the game or by how many. These usually pertain to wagers on individual players points scored, rebounds, assists, steals, etc.

NBA Futures - Bet on your favorite team to win their division, conference or the NBA Finals. A great bet for those looking to risk very little for a potentially large payoff.

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