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NBA Best Bets and Betting Trends: Basketball Picks, Predictions, Odds to Consider on DraftKings Sportsbook for January 3

Julian Edlow provides NBA betting trends along with his best bets on DraftKings Sportsbook for January 3.

NBA: Milwaukee Bucks at Detroit Pistons Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Follow along on Twitter (@julianedlow) for any potential updates — things can always change with lineup moves leading up to tipoff. Here’s what jumps out to me on DraftKings Sportsbook.

All odds provided by DraftKings Sportsbook and all odds subject to change.


The NBA is in a wild place right now. It’s tough to place bets early in the day unless you feel very confident that COVID news will not change anything significant. For Monday’s card, I have my eye on a side and a prop in the early going.

Per usual, I’ll put everything official up on Twitter that I bet on personally. This is a betting guide for this NBA card, and anything I’ve actually bet will include a unit amount.


Best Bets

Detroit Pistons at Milwaukee Bucks

MIL 1H -9 (-115) — 2-units

I put this one out on Twitter on Monday morning, and we’ve seen some movement up to -9.5. I think playing it up to 9.5 is about my limit. This is similar to one of the Milwaukee 1H caps that I put out last week — just a very good 1H team that’s healthy going up against a bad team that’s missing key pieces.

The Bucks and Pistons have met two times this season, both in November. The first matchup was in Detroit while the Pistons were at full strength. That meant having vets like Jerami Grant and Kelly Olynyk in the lineup, both of whom are out on Monday. Meanwhile, the Bucks were down both Jrue Holiday and Khris Middleton, but had no issues — Milwaukee led 57-39 at halftime.

The second meeting was in Milwaukee, and the Bucks’ backcourt returned, but the Pistons did still have Grant. Despite being more competitive, the Bucks coasted again, taking a 64-52 lead into the locker room.

Middleton is questionable for this game for personal reasons. He already missed one game, and my expectation is that he’ll return, but his availability would only be gravy on this play. The Bucks are the second best 1H squad in the NBA at 24-14 1H ATS, including 12-6 1H ATS at home.


Houston Rockets at Philadelphia 76ers

Jalen Green OVER 16.5 Points (+100)

I haven’t locked this one in quite yet, but with the lineup news for Houston, it’s going to be tough to pass up on. My concern here Green being benched in a blowout, but he seems to have the potential to still play deep into the game, especially down so many pieces.

The handicap here is very simple. After a mess of a game the last time out for the Rockets, both Christian Wood and Kevin Porter Jr. are suspended for this game. That takes nearly 30 points per game off the floor, not to mention Eric Gordon and his 14.6 points are also questionable. That just leaves so much volume for the No. 2 overall pick, even if it’s on the road against a solid Philly defense.

Green’s already averaging 15.5 points, so tacking on just one point to his prop with this lineup seems very light. Over the last four contests, Green’s averaging 22.25 points, finishing on 20, 24, 16 and 29. The 29 points on New Year’s Day came in the game that Wood only played eight minutes off the bench and Porter played 16 minutes before leaving the game at halftime after an outburst. That’s very encouraging for Green’s outlook in this one.



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