Best Bets: January 29th

Wednesday night went quite well with a 4-0 sweep of all picks. The overall record now stands at 12-5. Looking to keep this trend going, here are the best bets for tonight:

Hawks (-3.5) at Wizards

The Hawks enter this matchup against the Wizards after a well-fought 132-128 loss to the Nets in overtime. Before this loss, the Hawks had won four games out of their last five. Additionally, in their previous six, they covered the spread five times. 

On the other side, Washington has been able to get things going this season. They are on a three-game losing streak, failing to cover once and allow the second-most points per game at 120.2. They are decent offensively, scoring 115.7 per game on 46.3% shooting, but this does not make up for their defense. Atlanta’s defense, 12th overall, will be enough to stop the Wizards and secure the cover.

Nuggets (-4) at Spurs

Denver has been playing sound basketball lately. Over their last five, they have won every time and covered the spreads. They are a premier offensive force in the league, with Jokic and Murray leading the way. The Nuggets also rank third-best in the league in offensive efficiency. 

San Antonio has been respectable as of late, covering the spread four times out of their last six. They are coming off an impressive win in Boston, with LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMar DeRozan leading the way with 20 points apiece. They are in the middle of the pack defensively, allowing 110.6 points per game. It will be a back and forth game, but the Denver offense will give the boost needed to cover the spread.

Kings at Raptors UNDER 229 Points

The Raptors are trying to snap a two-game losing streak facing the Kings. Before their two most recent losses, Toronto had won five out of six. They find most of their problems on the offensive end, where they only average 110.3 on the third-worst shooting in the league at 43.6%. 

Sacramento is riding a two-game winning streak after dropping four straight. While Toronto struggles on offense, the Kings struggle mightily on defense. They have the worst defensive efficiency in the league and let up 120.4 points per game. 

Over Sacramento’s past five games in Toronto, the under has hit four times. Additionally, the total has gone under 8 out of 11 times these teams have met. With a combination of Toronto’s offense and Sacramento’s defense, the under is a quality bet.

Utah (-4) vs. Mavericks

January has been kind to Utah, only losing twice in 28 days. They have cruised to a 10-game win streak, covering the spread on each occasion and winning by an average of 14.4 points. Utah only allows 105.3 points per game and scores 116.4 on 47.8% shooting. With Rudy Gobert controlling the paint and Mitchell/Conley making plays around the perimeter, they are lethal. 

Dallas is still trying to find a rhythm as they gain players back from COVID. They have lost three straight and only covered two out of their last seven. The Mavs are in the middle of the pack in terms of offensive/defensive efficiency, averaging a pedestrian 109.3 points on 45.6% shooting. They allow opponents to score 110.2 per night, putting them at 19th in defensive efficiency. 

Dallas and Luka Dončić will be looking to avenge a 116-104 loss on Wednesday as they did not put up much of a fight. Still, look for Utah to come out strong and cover against a stagnant Mavericks team.

(Lines via BetMGM)

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