January 10 NBA Bets: Hop on favorable Raptors line

Last Updated: Jan 10, 2021

January 10 NBA Bets: NBA Tuesday is always fun to bet given the short slates, and 1/10/21 NBA Bet Tips NBA picks look like they’ll be wild with the small sample. With these tiny groups of games, your attention span can hyper-focus on the nationally televised games to make the sweat as intense as possible.

Today’s games were easy picks given that early-season odds are oftentimes wonky, with expectations sky-high in some places and slow to adjust elsewhere. The Bulls vs. Blazers and Jazz vs. Nets matchups provide good opportunities to take advantage.

All odds were obtained from PointsBet and are current as of Tuesday at midnight ET.

1/5/21 NBA Bet Tips

Toronto Raptors -2.5 (-115) vs. Golden State Warriors (-115)

Wager: 1 unit (win would pay 1.87)

The Toronto Raptors are slowly, but surely figuring out that their team is much better with a heavily utilized Chris Boucher. While Aron Baynes is not a bad player, he is just an odd fit in the frontcourt next to Pascal Siakam and Boucher’s fluidity, shot-blocking ability and shooting range are much more valuable.

The Warriors are looking better of late but it is on the back of Stephen Curry playing at a nuclear level. Toronto’s backcourt will cause trouble for him with no outlet for help. Andrew Wiggins and Kelly Oubre have been embarrassing. OG Anunoby and Norm Powell should have little trouble guarding the perimeter.

-2.5 is too low for a Toronto team figuring things out and with Kyle Lowry healthy/active.

San Antonio Spurs -3.5 (-115) vs. Minnesota Timberwolves

Wager: 1 unit (win would pay 1.87)

These two teams just played each other to overtime yesterday. Fatigue can be considered roughly equivalent on both ends and each has a major contributor out (DeRozan for Spurs, Towns for Wolves). The Spurs have much more depth to make up the loss in their backcourt relative to what the Wolves have in their front court.

Dejounte Murray, Lonnie Walker IV, Keldon Johnson and Patty Milles will be a handful for D’Angelo Russell and company to limit given that the Wolves have the worst defensive net rating in the NBA this season. Losing KAT is really the nail in the coffin. Both teams are going to score plenty today but the Spurs should be capable enough in taking a significant lead early. 3.3 jumped up from 2.5 recently but still be too low.

New York Knicks +5.5 (-110) vs. Denver Nuggets

Wager: 1 unit (win would pay 1.91)

Knicks-Nuggets OVER 213.5 (-115)

Wager: 1 unit (win would pay 1.87)

There probably is not much public belief in the Knicks just yet despite a record above .500. The Nuggets are coming off a game last night in Philadelphia and traveling for this back-to-back today. Despite a mediocre opponent in the 76ers backups which they dominated without a single starter hitting 30 minutes, the Nuggets will have more tired legs than the Knicks.

New York’s clunky backcourt of Elfrid Payton and R.J. Barrett will have a solid matchup against the smaller Jamal Murray/Gary Harris combo. With Michael Porter Jr. still out of action, Will Barton will remain the starter for Denver and that is a much more palatable matchup for the Knicks’ on the wing.

Nikola Jokic will be asked to shoulder a lot but should have the size advantage against either Julius Randle or Mitch Robinson. This edge is why it is probably better to take the points with New York rather than any money line action. 5.5 points is plenty of wiggle room for a low-key talented team playing cohesive ball.

The Over is a great bet because of the mismatch in the frontcourt for both ends. Jokic will not be able to contain the Knicks’ spark plug in Randle and Randle cannot defend much, if at all so if he’s the lone big on the floor, Denver will have their way inside. The Knicks’ defensive rating might be 5th-best in the league, but they are not built to handle a Jokic-led offense. The Nuggets’ 5th-worst defensive rating will bode well for the Knicks offense in return.

Kev Mahserejian is 7-4 (+6u) on his NBA betting picks in 2020-2021.

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Kev Mahserejian

Kev Mahserejian is an NFL/NBA/MLB analyst at The Game Day, residing in Los Angeles, CA. He graduated from the University of Southern California in 2017 and began creating sports content soon after. Kev currently writes fantasy and betting pieces while also hosting his podcast The Operating Room with various guests from the sports industry to discuss topics primarily regarding fantasy. He also writes for RotoBaller and is quite active on his Twitter @RotoSurgeon.

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