There are just three NBA games slated for this final day of February action; so I have decided to provide you all with a quick snapshot for each of the matchups, which includes the odds, betting trends, a look at the over/under and a free pick. Los Angeles Clippers at Indiana Pacers Two elite NBA teams will meet in Indianapolis this evening, as the Pacers play host to the visiting Clippers, who are listed as +1 point underdogs in this matchup. While the Clippers are just 2-5 ATS in their last seven meetings versus the Pacers, they are a perfect 4-0 ATS in their last four games when going up against a team from the Central Division. However, the Pacers own a 4-0 ATS mark in their last four games played at home. The total has been posted at 189 points, but given the Pacers stellar and stingy defense, that number could be set a bit on the high side. That said, 11 of the last 15 meetings between these two teams have stayed under the total, including seven of nine in Indiana. Free Pick: Clippers +1 Philadelphia 76ers at Chicago Bulls The 76ers are listed as +7 point road underdogs against the Bulls tonight, but Chicago is just 7-22 ATS in their last 29 games played at the United Center. However, while Chicago has struggled at home covering the point spread, Philadelphia is only 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games played on the road and 1-4 ATS in their last five when facing a team from the Central Division. Both teams boast good defenses, which explains why the over/under total for the game is coming in a just 179 points. In head to head action, five of the last six meetings between these two teams have stayed under the posted total. Meanwhile, the Bulls are under in 26 of their last 37 games played at home. Free Pick: Over 179 Minnesota Timberwolves at Los Angeles Lakers The Lakers are double digit favorites at home tonight, as they are laying -10 points when they take on Minnesota at the Staples Center. However, while the the purple and gold are 4-1 ATS their last five matchups versus the T-Wolves overall, Minnesota is an impressive 5-1 ATS in their last six meetings with the Lakers when playing in Los Angeles. The total has been posted way up there at 205 points, but these two teams have eclipsed the number in five of their last six meetings. Additionally, Minnesota is over in six of their last eight games played on the road, while the Lakers are over in four of their last five games played at home. Free Pick: Minnesota +10 Follow us on Twitter @ bballbet PJ Laferla is a practicing freelance writer, professional handicapper, and the founder of SportsInput.com. If you are interested in hiring PJ Laferla for freelance writing or for winning picks against the spread, please submit all inquires to PJ@sportsinput.com.
The Milwaukee Bucks will be on the road this Wednesday evening, February 27, as they travel to Texas for a basketball betting matchup against the Houston Rockets that is set to take place at the Toyota Center, with tip off scheduled for 8:05 PM EST. The Oddsmakers are siding with the home team in this matchup, listing the Rockets as heavy -8 point favorites. As far as the total is concerned, a very high scoring affair is expected, which explains why the over/under is coming in at 218 1/2 points. The Milwaukee Bucks enter play tonight one game below .500 with a straight up record of 27 wins and 28 losses on the year. However, they are a decent road team against the spread, covering 16 of 27 contests during their travels this season. The Bucks are one the worst shooting teams in the NBA, as their 43.4 field goal percentage ranks 28th in the league. Meanwhile, the Houston Rockets come into this matchup with 31 straight up wins compared to 27 loses on the season. They own a stellar 18-9 ATS record when playing at home this season, while going 17-13 ATS when laying the chalk. The Rockets own the second highest scoring offense in the NBA, averaging 106.3 points per game, but their defense is next to last in the league, giving up an average of 103.5 per contest. Betting Trends Milwaukee is 0-4 ATS in their last four games played on a Wednesday and just 1-9 ATS in their last ten versus Southwest Division opponents. The Bucks are under in six of their last eight games played overall. Houston is a sterling 8-2 ATS in their last ten games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last five versus Eastern Conference opponents. The Rockets are over in four of their last five games played at home. Prediction While they play no defense, the Rockets have proved to be a machine on offense – not to mention they are tough to beat on their home court. For this reason, I am laying the chalk with the Rockets in this contest to beat the Bucks and cover the point spread. Rockets -8 Follow us on Twitter @ bballbet PJ Laferla is a practicing freelance writer, professional handicapper, and the founder of SportsInput.com. If you are interested in hiring PJ Laferla for freelance writing or for winning picks against the spread, please submit all inquires to PJ@sportsinput.com.