Jan 6th, 2013 by PJ LaFerla
For this Sunday, January 6, we will breakdown two matchups on the NBA betting board and offer you a free pick on the over/under total in each of the two games.
Below are the two games, with some betting facts and numbers associated with the matchups.
OKC Thunder @ Toronto Raptors
Great meets awful this Sunday, as the Oklahoma City Thunder take their game on the road for a matchup against the lowly Toronto Raptors, who will host the contest at the Air Canada Centre. The over/under total has been set to 199 points, but is the smart play to go over or under the number?
The Thunder have gone over the posted total in four of their last five overall. This comes as no surprise, as they are the second highest scoring team in the NBA, averaging 105.6 points per game. Meanwhile, the Raptors are good for about 97 points a night, but they have averaged 101 per game going back to their last five matchups.
Additionally, five of the last six meetings between these two teams have gone over the posted total when the game is being played in Toronto.
Free Pick: Over 199 Points
Washington Wizards @ Miami Heat
Another terrible team meets up with an elite squad tonight, as the Washington Wizards head to South Beach to challenge the reigning NBA Champions, the Miami Heat at the American Airlines Arena. The current over/under total has been set to 190 1/2 and we will advise on the smart direction to make your wager.
The Wizards are dead last in he NBA in points scored, averaging just 89.5 per game. They have stayed under the total in four straight games played on a Sunday. As for the Heat, they light up the scoreboard each night for an average of 103 points per game, which ranks 4th best in the NBA. Nine of Miami’s last 13 games have stayed under the posted total.
In head to head action, the total has stayed under the total in four of the last five meetings between these two teams.
Free Pick: Under 190 1/2 Points
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