NBA Bet Picks 12/22/20

Last Updated: Jan 8, 2021

NBA Bet Picks 12/22/20: The NBA season is back and we have two fantastic games to watch as the year begins. To get you prepared for these two games, here’s your guide to the best NBA Best Bets for 12/22/20, 2020 bets on PointsBet, an official betting partner of the NBA. (Odds and lines current as of Monday at 7 p.m. ET.)

NBA Bet Picks 12/22/20

Golden State Warriors +7.5 (-110) at Brooklyn Nets

  • 1 Unit: Win pays 1.91 Units

There is a lot to be excited about with this Brooklyn Nets team this season. We will see Kevin Durant on the floor for the first time since the 2019 NBA Finals and he will face his former team in the Golden State Warriors. Stephen Curry is back in the lineup after missing most of last season, and this will be the first time we get to see James Weisman on the floor for the Warriors.

However, Golden State getting 7.5 points here feels like too many. Brooklyn is ushering in a new head coach and a new starting lineup and will face a veteran team in the Warriors. Golden State has the shooting and defenders to put on Durant, which should allow this game to stay close.

This just feels like a game that will come down to the final possession or two, so take Golden State and the points on Tuesday night. If you are feeling extra bold, consider the Warriors on the moneyline (+240) as the first week of the NBA season tends to be a bit random.

Los Angeles Clippers (+125) at Los Angeles Lakers

  • 2 Units: Win pays 4.5 Units

Once again, the NBA season will kick off with a battle of L.A. The 2019-2020 NBA Championship Los Angeles Lakers are 2.5 point favorites in this game. The Clippers actually won the first meeting between these two teams last season and don’t be surprised if they pull off the upset once again.

Given the short time off from the NBA Finals to Game 1 of the 2020-2021 season, look for the Lakers to go deep into their bench and limit the number of minutes for centerpiece players like LeBron James and Anthony Davis. They know the regular season is about keeping James and Davis healthy, and they aren’t going to overwork them, especially not after playing just a few weeks ago.

Instead, take the Clippers’ moneyline here as they try to get to foul taste out of their mouths from their Western Conference semifinals loss to the Denver Nuggets.

Golden State Warriors at Brooklyn Nets: Under 231.5 (-105)

  • 2 Units: Win pays 3.91 Units

The game between the Warriors and Nets on Tuesday night will feature some of the best scorers in the NBA as Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving will all take the floor. While it wouldn’t be a surprise if all three of those players score over 30 points on Tuesday, look for the game itself to be a tad sloppy.

Early season games, especially with a shorten training camp schedule and limited preseason tend to be clunky. And with both teams having star players returning from injury, it wouldn’t be a surprise if there are some moments in this game with poor shooting .

With a point total of 230.5, take the under here as both teams try to find their rhythm on offense. Expect both teams to get into the 100s, but for the Under to ultimately hit on Tuesday night.

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Marcus Mosher

Marcus Mosher is an NFL analyst at The Game Day, residing in Erie, PA. He covers the NFL from a betting and fantasy perspective, producing written and video content. Marcus currently hosts multiple football-related podcasts and is a managing editor at USA Today’s Sports Media Group covering the Las Vegas Raiders. He has previously worked at The Athletic and Bleacher Report.

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