NBA action kicks into high gear this week
Baseball may have run its course for this year, but have no fear, sports bettors; hoops has arrived.
Teamed with the continuing football seasons there's still plenty to choose from on the betting boards. Here's a quick look at the next two days in sports betting.
Around the NBA Wednesday night;
In an interesting inter-conference matchup the Denver Nuggets are two-point underdogs at the Philadelphia 76ers (7 pm ET).
No. 1 overall draft choice Anthony Davis makes his NBA debut when his New Orleans Hornets host the San Antonio Spurs (8 pm ET). The Spurs were installed as early 6.5-point road favorites.
The Dallas Mavericks, coming off an opening-night upset of the supposedly vaunted Los Angeles Lakers, hit Salt Lake City to take on the Utah Jazz (9 pm ET). The Mavs, who beat LA without the services of Dirk Nowitzki, who's likely to miss at least the first month or so of this season after having knee surgery, were early eight-point underdogs vs. the Jazz.
In a rematch of a Western Conference playoff series from a last spring the LA Clippers were early four-point favorites over the Memphis Grizzlies (10:35 pm ET).
And the Lakers, maybe after taking some time out to practice their free-throw shooting, were early three-point favorites for their game in Portland vs. the Trailblazers (10:30 pm ET).
Then for its Thursday night national TV doubleheader the NBA first serves up an intra-city rivalry as the Brooklyn Nets break in their new $1 billion facility hosting the New York Knicks (7 pm ET, TNT). And for the nightcap, in a rematch of the Western Conference Finals of last season, the Spurs host the Oklahoma City Thunder (9:35 pm ET, TNT). In the early betting the Nets were favored by four points over the Knicks, and San Antonio was chalked at -3 over OKC.
Moving to football, the NFL offers up an AFC West bout Thursday night as the 3-4 San Diego Chargers host the 1-6 Kansas City Chiefs (8:25 pm ET, NFL Network). San Diego, which has lost three games in a row, was an early eight-point favorite over KC, which has lost four straight.
And the college football weekend begins Thursday with three games, highlighted by the ACC match between the Miami Hurricanes and Virginia Tech Hokies (7:30 pm ET, ESPN). In the early betting the 'Canes, who are tied for the lead in the ACC's Coastal Division, were two-point home dogs vs. the Hokies who lurk just a half-game back.