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NBA Best Bets: NBA Picks and Betting Trends on DraftKings Sportsbook for December 29

Julian Edlow gives his best NBA bets and betting trends on DraftKings Sportsbook.

New York Knicks v Dallas Mavericks Photo by Tim Heitman/Getty Images

I’m not in love with Wednesday’s betting card when it comes to the NBA, but fortunately we have plenty of options when it comes to betting on DraftKings Sportsbook.

We have College Football Bowl Games on all day, and I tweeted out a couple of college hoops plays from a solid Wednesday card. While I may lay off the NBA card, there are still a couple of leans from one of the games I want to write up that I may potentially play myself. We also already have a lot of lines up for Thursday in the NBA, and a couple of games jump out to me there as well.

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Los Angeles Clippers at Boston Celtics

BOS -5.5 (-110) — 1.5-units

Celtics started this home stand with some duds, but are starting to make up for lost time and find their stride — now covering three straight and winning them all by double-digits. The Clippers handled the Celtics earlier this month out in Los Angeles, setting up a strong bounce-back spot for the C’s in the revenge game. We’ll see how the injury reports look, but this won’t be the best spot for the Clippers, coming off an improbable overtime win in Detroit and then traveling to Toronto for a back-to-back and getting another win. Good spot for Boston.


New York Knicks at San Antonio Spurs

NYK -4 (-110)

Winning a second-half bet on the Mavericks on Tuesday might be the most fortunate NBA bet I’ve ever won (they were trailing the Knicks by nine points with 33 seconds left and won by five in overtime). But now we’re seeing a really short number for the Knicks here in San Antonio.

R.J. Barrett will be out, and Jalen Brunson will probably be on the wrong side of questionable. But the drop-off to Immanuel Quickley and Quentin Grimes isn’t too steep. The Knicks will play those guys big minutes to fill in. I think backing New York in the first half or full game could be a nice spot. Stay tuned.

Update: in the end I wound up adding to the Celtics and working in the Knicks with a BOS/NYK moneyline parlay for 1-unit at +115.

Added 12/29: Quentin Grimes OVER 14.5 Points (-125) — 1-unit

As I mentioned, I got ver lucky to win my bet fading the Knicks on Tuesday. But one of the reasons the Knicks were so terrific for the first 47 minutes of that game was Grimes. No Brunson or Barrett on the floor, and Grimes was extremely aggressive, going for 33 points on 12-of-25 shooting (7-for-16 from downtown). I don’t really mind if Brunson plays on Thursday, but slight upgrade here if he does. More importantly, Barrett will remain out, and that’s the role Grimes should fill anyway.

We’re paying a bit of a premium here off a really good game, but the spot is worth it. The Spurs give up a ton of points and are awful defensively, especially against wings. San Antonio gives up a ton of open looks from downtown, and gives little resistance against scorers that attack the rim. Grimes comes into this one with plenty of confidence and should remain a huge piece of the offense.


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