NBA Best Bets: Wednesday, November 23

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

I’d be thankful if you ignored my season record thus far.

Layups: 2-Unit Plays
Two-Pointers: 1-Unit Plays
Three-Pointers: 0.75-Unit Plays
Half-Court Shot: 0.5-Unit Plays

Season Record: 6-10 (-5.8 units)


Jazz 1H -6.5 vs. Pistons (-110): It wouldn’t be a fun Thanksgiving without a little music. So it’s time to ride with one of the NBA’s hottest first-half teams — and the only franchise named after a musical genre. Utah is the best first-half ATS team in the league, and also an astounding 6-1 ATS at home. Detroit is on the second leg of a road back-to-back, making the math and numbers here favor the Jazz.

Celtics 1H -1.5 vs. Mavericks (-117): It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving if we didn’t make a bet on a team that’s only an hour from Plymouth Rock. It’s another bounce-back play here for a Celtics team coming off a rough loss in Chicago. Second, Boston is the NBA’s best first-half scoring team with more than 60 points averaged in the first half (sixth in the league in first-half ATS at home at 5-2). Boston is too good to have another sloppy game as they did on Monday against the Bulls, so in the spirit of Thanksgiving, let’s bet on them feasting in the first half.

Tyrese Haliburton Over 30.5 Points/Assists (-111): I’m thankful for our man Tyrese because he’s been playing wonderful basketball that has won me some money. But it’s really not even the points that he’s been getting, it’s the assists. Haliburton has been averaging nearly 11 dimes in the last ten games! He’s sharing as much as he’s scoring, so let’s bet on him to do both against a Minnesota team that struggles to stop point guards.

The T-Wolves give up the fourth-most points to opposing point guards and over eight assists a game. Tyrese should have no problem carving them up at home in a game with a high total and low spread. This game will likely be back and forth, meaning Haliburton’s usage rate should be sky-high.


Hawks -4.5 vs. Kings (-110): I’ve run out of Thanksgiving analogies — I just want to say I like the situation here for Atlanta. The Kings are on their third game in four nights and their second in a row on the road. The Hawks should be fully healthy and will simply outlast the Kings by the end of this game. The winning streak has to end at some point for the Kings, so why not in a tough spot tonight?

Hornets -5 vs. 76ers (-110): Another spot play here with the 76ers coming off a high-energy, high-adrenaline game against the Nets in which they unexpectedly won. I don’t think that’ll happen again, let alone on a road back-to-back for Philly. The 76ers shocked everyone as seven-point underdogs last night, and I don’t think they’ll be able to do the same.