Five Things To Know Before You Bet On Sixers Vs. Pacers At NJ Sportsbooks

The Philadelphia Sixers face the Indiana Pacers in their first matchup in the NBA restart. Here are five things you should know before you place that bet.

Here come the chameleons.

As the Philadelphia Sixers make their NBA return Saturday against the Indiana Pacers, bettors are backing the homecourt model — a league-best 29-2.

They have ignored Philly’s 10-24 road mark and made them 6-point favorites at FanDuel and DraftKings on the neutral court in Orlando, Fla. 

By Thursday afternoon, the line had dropped to 5.5 at both sportsbooks.

There is Philly Fever in the NJ sports betting world.

DraftKings Sportsbook reports that the Sixers have taken the second-most championship money, 16%, at odds of 20-1. Only the Los Angeles Lakers, the league favorite at +240, have more action, 33%, than the Sixers.

“I see bets come through on a daily basis and recently the Sixers are taking more than any other team,” said Johnny Avello, the director of race and sportsbook operations for DraftKings. “This is the healthiest they have been. The team was not gelling before, but with so many players back, maybe now they have a second chance to win.

“They are very talented.”

So how will the first game of the Sixers restart play out? Here are five things to look at. (Odds as of 7 p.m. ET July 30.)

Aug. 1 Game (Moneyline)DraftKingsFanDuelPointsBet
Philadelphia 76ers-230-235-236
Indiana Pacers+190+205+185

1. No home court advantage + no fans

This is a neutral court, and these teams have the same record, 39-26.

In theory, the line at NJ online sportsbooks should be much closer. There is a premium built into the line that the Sixers are going to advance another level.

2. High moneyline for Sixers vs. Pacers

The Sixers have a high moneyline task, too.

They are -230 at DraftKings and -235 at FanDuel Sportsbook.  That’s a lot for a six-point game.

The Pacers are +190/+205, and there will be bargain hunters.

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3. Watch the totals

The over-under for total points was 211.5 at DraftKings, 212 at FanDuel. That has since shifted to 216 at FanDuel, 211.5 at DraftKings.

The oddsmakers have an uncanny way of being right around the totals number.

Seems a little low if you think the Sixers will hit their outside shots with their tall players. Not unreasonable a total if you believe the players have been off for four months, and they won’t be sharp.

Watch the earlier games to get a barometer of whether the shooters are on.

Guess-timate? It won’t take them long to get comfortable, maybe a couple of games.

4. The Sixers are healthy for NBA restart

Easily the most perplexing team in the league before the shutdown, the Sixers have a chance to start healthy and fresh in Orlando.

And Tobias Harris isn’t shy about trumpeting the Sixers’ championship aspirations or the fact that the chemistry was way off previously. Reconciling those things is critical immediately, especially for Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons.

Simmons pronounced himself healthy after a four-month rehab process from a bad back. A Simmons at 100% does put Philadelphia on another level.

5. Pacers key offense won’t be playing

Damontos Sabonis is the heart of the Indiana offense. But he won’t play.

Sabonis, who leads the Pacers with 18.5 points and 12.5 rebounds, also averages five assists. But a plantar fasciitis flare-up prompted him to leave the team. He may not be back at all.

If you liked that Sixers -6 line, hopefully, you got it. The line moved to 5.5 at DraftKings and will likely shift again before Saturday.

Looking back to previous Sixers-Pacers games

The three previous games between the teams were entertaining.

The best may have been the first. In November, the Sixers nudged the Pacers 119-116 at home. That’s the only time that Simmons, Embiid and Harris were in the lineup for the Sixers in this rivalry.

Embiid had 32 points, Harris notched 22, and Simmons had 15.

In December, the Pacers got even on their home floor, beating the Sixers 115-97. Sabonis had 23 points and T.J. Warren 21 for the Pacers. The Sixers did not have Embiid, who, at 25, is working on his third consecutive 20-point, 10-rebound average for a season.

They did not have him the next time either, a 101-95 setback in January on the road. But Simmons had 24 points, Harris notched 23, and Josh Richardson stepped up with 23.

There are interesting variables to read into all three games. They indicate that a fully healthy Sixers team is a little better than the Pacers. For the first since 1984-86, the 76ers are going for their third consecutive .600-plus season.

The odds of this game reflect that.

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Eight out of the last 10 games before the NBA suspended its season involved a team scoring first but losing.

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Flyers, Eagles, Sixers, Or Phillies: Which Team Has The Best Chance At A Championship?

The Flyers, Phillies, and Sixers will all be back in action by this weekend. The Eagles kick off in September. The odds of a championship run vary for each.

Which Philadelphia sports team is most likely to bring a trophy home this year?

The question gains relevance for two reasons. One, the Flyers, Sixers, and Phillies will have resumed their seasons as of the upcoming weekend, while the Eagles are never off the betting radar.

And two, all of the teams are good.

Let’s rank title chances with personal analysis and odds at major NJ online sports betting apps, including DraftKings and FanDuel. All odds are as of July 28.

The Philly team with the best chance of a title may not be the team that immediately comes to mind.

Flyers: Can they win the Stanley Cup in 2020?

Stanley Cup OddsDraftKingsFanDuelFox BetPointsBetSugarHouseBetMGM
Philadelphia Flyers+1000+1100+1100+1050+1000+2500

Bet you didn’t know the Flyers were THE hottest team in the entire NHL before the COVID-19 shut down in March.

They had a 9-1 run, advanced to 89 points, and had joined the league’s elite. They went almost a month without losing a game.

Only the Tampa Bay Lightning, Boston Bruins, Colorado Avalanche, and Vegas Golden Knights have shorter odds than the Flyers.

Philadelphia has the same odds as the St. Louis Blues, the defending Stanley Cup champions, at FanDuel Sportsbook. Over at BetMGM, the Blues have the higher odds.

Still, Flyers are in the top 10 for a Stanley Cup run.

This is a young team that improved dramatically on defense this season and has magic with first-year head coach Alain Vigneault. He piloted the New York Rangers to the Cup finals in 2014 and his teams historically enjoy a first-season spike.

The Flyers have four 20-goal scorers in Travis Konecny, Sean Couturier, Claude Giroux, and Kevin Hayes. Goaltender Carter Hart is capable of leading this team all the way to the Stanley Cup.

What might deny them? The team does not have a prolific individual scorer and backup goalie Brian Elliott is too big of a dropoff.

Uncertain intangible? The puck has not been dropped in nearly five months.

Good intangible? The Flyers are a strong team at home and away. That should carry over into a neutral site, such as Toronto, where they will play all their Eastern Conference post-season games.

The Flyers are on the right track to win their first Stanley Cup since 1974-75. Is this the time or are they still a year away?

Eagles: Can the Birds make a return to the Super Bowl?

Super Bowl OddsDraftKingsFanDuelFox BetPointsBetSugarHouseBetMGM
Philadelphia Eagles+2000+1900+2000+2000+2000+2000

DraftKings Sportsbook has the Eagles and Sixers at roughly the same odds to hoist a championship trophy.

I lean to the Eagles ahead of the Sixers because they have a Super Bowl triumph and two playoff appearances in the last three seasons.

This is an elite December team and had quarterback Carson Wentz not been injured early in the playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks last year, they may have advanced to the next round.

The team has discipline and character. It is strong at the tight-end position. The Eagles need a power back, a marquee receiver, and stability at quarterback.

Wentz continues to tease Eagles backers, but he hasn’t been the same in his last two seasons back from injury. And now that his playoff injury from last year is on the ledger, his durability is a major question mark.

So is his mobility, without which his passing will suffer. Wentz is not on the level of a Patrick Mahomes or Jimmy Garoppolo, the quarterbacks from February’s Super Bowl.

Nonetheless, he manages a game well. Wentz has nearly three touchdowns per interception over his four-year career. That’s an exceptional ratio. He’s done this without a stellar wide-receiving group.

If the Eagles keep him healthy and supply protection in the form of a running game and breakout receiver, they will become a Super Bowl threat again.

Sixers: What are the odds they’ll be 2020 NBA champs?

NBA Finals OddsDraftKingsFanDuelFox BetPointsBetSugarHouseBetMGM
Philadelphia 76ers+2000+2000+1800+2000+2000+2500

Will the real Sixers please stand up?

The Sixers have a 39-26 record broken into two startling sections as they prepare for the end-of-season games and the post-season in Orlando, Fla.

At home, they are the best team in the NBA. How about 29-2? That’s better than the Los Angeles Lakers and Milwaukee Bucks, the +250 co-title favorites at DraftKings. That’s better than the Los Angeles Clippers, the next best at BetMGM, +325.

Yet the Sixers are 20-1 at most NJ sportsbooks for a championship because of two words: the road.

There, they are worse than the non-playoff bound New York Knicks, who are 21-45 overall, just 10-23 on the road.

Go figure the contrast: better than the Lakers, worse than the Knicks.

Philadelphia will probably land between its home and road extremes at the neutral site. On a given night, they can beat anyone and should be fully healthy now. But can they do it often enough?

This Sixers rise and fall with the outside shooting of its players. This is a tall team that plays away from the basket.

The Sixers have stars. Joel Emblid averages 23.4 points a game. Ben Simmons clicks at 58% field-goal percentage and averages 16.4 per game. He declared himself 100% healthy after a four-month rehab for his ailing back. Tobias Harris chips in more than 19 points a game.

Matisse Thybulle can get scorching hot off the bench in a hurry.

A prevailing sentiment before the mid-March shutdown was that if the Sixers could steal a road game in a playoff series, they would capture that series. Even for a championship.

This team may be a year or so away from their best performance, but their theme song “Here Come the Sixers” is appropriate. They’re coming.

Phillies: To be or not to be at the 2020 World Series?

World Series OddsDraftKingsFanDuelFox BetPointsBetSugarHouseBetMGM
Philadelphia Phillies+3000+3200+3000+2500+3000+2500

Excitement reigned when the Phillies signed Bryce Harper before last season. And they became the talk of the baseball world at 33-22 early last year.

But their bullpen failed miserably, and this team ran out of gas. They finished 81-81, or 11 games under .500 for roughly two-thirds of the season.

Nothing indicates they will rise much beyond .500, despite the heavy amount of over 31.5 season-wins backers at New Jersey sportsbooks for the 60-game season.

Off-season pickups this year included manager Joe Girardi, who will elevate the team. Didi Gregorious will help at shortstop and Zack Wheeler was a good pitching pickup, but this team needed a Gerrit Cole.

There are some nice pieces to this team, but they don’t all fit together. The Phillies need more speed at the top of their order and a lights-out closer.

This is a reasonably good team, but probably not good enough.

Sixers, Nets Join NBA’s 22-Team Restart: Here’s How The Odds Shape Up

The NBA is back! The 22-team restart plan includes the local faves 76ers and Nets. NJ sportsbooks were quick to post title odds; here’s how they look.

At long last, New Jersey online bettors see relevant NBA Championship odds at varied sportsbooks for the first time in three months.

The NBA sparked that dynamic Thursday by announcing a July 31 return, bringing futures wagering back into the spotlight at NJ online sportsbooks.

The season is expected to run until the second week of October, and 22 teams are involved.

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Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando will be the single site for a campus for all games, practices, and housing for the remainder of the season, the league said in a statement.

Books in New Jersey began posting odds Thursday afternoon and evening.

Sixers and Nets odds at NJ sportsbooks

The Philadelphia 76ers are +2700 to win the NBA title at FanDuel, +2500 at PointsBet and BetMGM.

The Brooklyn Nets are +6000 at FanDuel and PointsBet and +5000 at BetMGM.

Not much is different at the top though. The Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers are the top three across the board.

At FanDuel, the Bucks are +240 with the Lakers at +270 and the Clippers at +340.

PointsBet has the Bucks at +250, the Lakers at +275 and the Clippers at +350.

BetMGM posts the Bucks at +240, the Lakers at +275, and the Clippers at +350.

Conference championships for most teams are 40%-50% of their price for winning it all.

There is consistency across the books, with the Houston Rockets, Boston Celtics and defending champion Toronto Raptors in the +1200 to + 2500 range.

There are also wrinkles, with the Nets being only +5000 (50-1) at BetMGM and PointsBet labeling a longshot for the ages with the Washington Wizards at +100000 (1000-1). Even that’s generous.

Jumping back into NBA betting

Sportsbooks took a mixed view of whether to post NBA futures right away.

The new format will take crowds and home-field advantages out of the mix. Perhaps teams like the Celtics and Sixers should be shorter priced.

FanDuel nonetheless jumped right into the fray, posting its odds with 22 teams. More books on Thursday joined them.

“We’re comfortable with where we’re at on the futures market,” a FanDuel source told NJGamblingSites. “That’s not going to change much right now.”

True, but one book displayed pragmatic paranoia.

Kevin Durant: The X factor in the NBA restart

Because the season was extended, speculation abounds about the potential return of Nets superstar Kevin Durant.

He is not supposed to play this year because he’s been rehabbing a ruptured Achilles suffered during the NBA Finals last year.

But what if he DOES play?

Taking no chances, Caesars Sportsbook on Wednesday lowered Brooklyn’s championship odds from 750-1 to 60-1.

It’s one of the largest odds drops ever for a maybe.

Durant is synonymous with gambling. The Nets rolled the dice with him, signing Durant to a four-year $164 million contract last July.

They knew the former league MVP and member of two Golden State Warriors championship teams probably couldn’t play this year. They signed him anyway.

Durant, when healthy, is transformative. He would make the Nets serious contenders if he could play all year. He has looked good in workouts while rehabbing.

But would he rush back? We shall see.

NBA restart: how it works

So how does the NBA restart season work?

Eight games will conclude the regular season. Play-in games for the last playoff spot will occur if needed. A post-season with 16 teams — eight from the Eastern and Western conferences — ensues.

The 2019-20 season will conclude with a traditional playoff format with best-of-seven series in the first round, conference semifinals, conference finals, and the NBA Finals.

The season would end around Oct. 12.

The NBA is planning to have uniform, daily testing for the coronavirus within the Disney campus environment, sources told ESPN.

If a player tests positive for the virus, the league’s intent would be to remove that player from the team to quarantine and treat individually — and continue to test other team members as they play on, sources indicated.

Where the Sixers and Nets stand

Once the campaign launches, the Sixers and Nets illustrate two of the major nuances of the resumption format.

Philadelphia is guaranteed a playoff spot, tied for fifth in the Eastern Conference with the Indiana Pacers. The Bucks, Toronto Raptors, Boston Celtics and Miami Heat hold down the first four spots.

The Sixers and Pacers are only two games out of fourth place and that would normally mean a shot at snaring first-round homecourt advantage in the playoffs. But that’s less important now because the league will play in one location.

Everybody is playing in Orlando, even the Magic.

The Nets occupy the seventh playoff spot, half a game ahead of the eighth-place Magic.

The Washington Wizards, who are 5.5 games outside of the final playoff spot, are the only Eastern Conference non-playoff conference team invited to participate in the resumption. The Knicks, at 21-45, are out.

The Nets and Magic clinch the final two spots unless the ninth-place Wizards practically run the table.

Any play-in tournament with the No. 8 and No. 9 teams occurs only if the ninth seed finishes the regular season within four games of the eighth-place team.

In that case, the ninth-seeded team would have to beat the eighth seed twice in order to get in. The Wizards are 24-40 and unlikely to pull off that miracle in the East.

That is more conceivable in the West.

The Western Conference features the Lakers, Clippers, Denver Nuggets and Utah Jazz as the top four teams.

The Oklahoma City Thunder, Rockets, Dallas Mavericks and Memphis Grizzlies hold the next four spots.

Is Atlantic City Really Being Considered To Host The NBA Playoffs?

Atlantic City is rumored to be a potential NBA playoff site for a 16-team tournament. It sounds crazy, and that’s why we are talking about it.

The word is that the NBA playoffs could end up being a 16-team, single-site tournament.

And, believe it or not, Atlantic City is being discussed as a potential site.

New York Post article mentions Jersey Shore, along with several other cities, including Las Vegas and Orlando. 

Sound crazy? Do we even know what it means in today’s world?

Since there aren’t any professional sports taking place right now, this is the perfect time to talk about it.

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Atlantic City still waiting on the NBA

With Atlantic City casinos currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, welcoming the NBA would do wonders for Jersey Shore.

The current shutdown is the longest in AC history, and it’s expected to continue for several more weeks. Of course, that means there will no NBA in Atlantic City, or anywhere else for that matter until the country opens back up.

The league has yet to share an official statement regarding how and when NBA games will return.

Will teams finish the regular season? If so, how many more games will be played?

What will the exact playoff format be?

Will fans be allowed to attend the games?

The NBA and the other professional sports leagues have never faced these questions before.

NBA playoffs in Atlantic City, Las Vegas or Orlando?

On paper, Atlantic City seems like the most unlikely destination for an NBA postseason tournament.

The Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas is home to the NBA Summer League and UNLV basketball games. Plus, the 2007 All-Star Game was played there.

The Amway Center in Central Florida is home to the Orlando Magic. That would give home-court advantage to a franchise holding down the Eastern Conference’s No. 8 seed. That doesn’t seem fair.

AC, on the other hand, is neutral turf.

Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall has hosted several basketball events. This includes last month’s Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference men’s and women’s basketball tournaments. It was abruptly cut short when the NCAA decided to cancel the remainder of the 2019-20 season.

The Atlantic 10 previously held its postseason tournament in AC before moving it to Brooklyn.

Boardwalk Hall can hold more than 14,000 fans.

In terms of hotel rooms, the Las Vegas Strip has more room inventory. In AC, the nine casino-hotels alone could provide more than 15,000 rooms for teams, league executives and fans.

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NBA playoff betting handle would be huge

Think about the potential boost an NBA event of this magnitude could do for the NJ sports betting industry.

As long as the social distancing rules are loosened, the eight retail sportsbooks would be filled to capacity. Even if bettors wager using one of the 17 mobile apps, those who can’t get tickets at the arena will be looking for a gathering place to watch and bet on the NBA games.

Would it reach Super Bowl betting levels? More than $54 million was wagered on February’s Big Game.

Unlike college basketball tournaments, NBA betting on NJ-based events is permitted. And with this being a multi-day event, the Garden State could potentially crush previous records.

This is not an April Fools’ joke

Yes, today is April Fools’ Day.

As crazy as the NBA playoffs taking place in Atlantic City sounds, no disclaimer is needed.

The leagues are considering all options at this point.

Just talking about this gives us hope that the NBA will resume sometime soon.

Fox Bet Customers Can Double Down On The Philadelphia 76ers Tonight

Will the 76ers will score 76 points or more against the Pistons tonight? If so, Fox Bet has a welcome offer for new NJ sports betting customers.

The Philadelphia 76ers are averaging 109.4 points per game.

That number is an important one for new Fox Bet NJ customers. The sportsbook operator is rolling out a double your money welcome offer for tonight’s game against the Detroit Pistons.

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Even in the last four games, with all-stars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons missing from the lineup, Philly averaged 119 points per game.

The final score does not matter.

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Fox Bet + 76ers betting options

Since Philly scores 76-plus points regularly, the sportsbook operator will not be making this a daily offer.

However, Fox Bet has several other NBA wagering options.

Confident bettors can take the Sixers -12 points. Philly is a league-best 28-2 at home. Detroit is 20-45 and out of the playoff conversation.

Plus, Embiid is questionable for a possible return.  The Sixers’ moneyline is the safer play for those who are hesitant about the point spread.

Overall, the Sixers are 38-26, good enough for sixth in the Eastern Conference standings. Wagering on them to win the Atlantic Division is highly unlikely to pay out this season.

The defending NBA champion Toronto Raptors are 46-18 and have clinched a playoff spot. Plus, they have an eight-game advantage over Philly.

The team’s 10-24 mark away from the Wells Fargo Center isn’t helping.

The Milwaukee Bucks are 53-12, making them the favorites to win the conference.

In terms of odds to win the East, the Sixers remain in the mix:

  • Bucks -188
  • Raptors +650
  • 76ers and Boston Celtics +700
  • Miami Heat +900

And Philly’s odds to win it all are +2200.

Sure, there is some value, but the chances of doubling the money are slim.

The odds of the 76ers putting up at least 76 points against the Pistons, however, are pretty good.

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76ers And Other NBA Teams Could Make Christmas More Merry for New Jersey Bettors

New Jersey sportsbooks enticing bettors with holiday cheer and plenty of action on a full schedule of NBA Christmas Day games.

NBA Christmas Day games are some of the most-hyped of the regular season each year. That applies from perspectives of both bettors’ and fans’ interests.

The Philadelphia 76ers are among the 10 teams that will be in action on Wednesday, December 25. Their game has the smallest spread of the five at some New Jersey legal sportsbooks.

We compare the action of the most popular games at four New Jersey sports betting apps:

Breaking down NBA Christmas Day odds

Many of the legal mobile sportsbooks in New Jersey have action available on Philadelphia’s home game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Christmas Day. Those include:

SportsbookSpreadMoneylinePoint total
DraftKingsMIL +0.5 -110
PHI -0.5 -110
MIL -109
PHI -109
O 222.5 -109
U 222.5 -109
FanDuelMIL -2.5 -120
PHI +2.5 +100
MIL -148
PHI +126
O 220.5 -105
U 220.5 -115
Fox BetMIL +4.5 -250
PHI -4.5 +205
MIL -150
PHI +125
O 219.5 -118
U 219.5 -105
SugarhouseMIL -3 -112
PHI +3 -109
MIL -137
PHI +116
O 220.5 -108
U 220.5 -113

Some of the books have an equally narrow spread on the battle of Los Angeles, slated for later on Wednesday. Clippers-Lakers lines look this:

SportsbookSpreadMoneylinePoint total
DraftKingsLAC -1.5 -110
LAL +1.5 -110
LAC -125
LAL +106
O 223.5 -112
U 223.5 -109
FanDuelLAC +2.5 -120
LAL -2.5 +100
LAC +110
LAL +128
O 222.5 -120
U 222.5 +100
Fox BetLAC +1.5 -105
LAL -1.5 -118
LAC +105
LAL -125
O 222.5 -118
U 222.5 -111
SugarhouseLAC +2 -109
LAL -2 -112
LAC +104
LAL -124
O 223.5 -108
U 223.5 -113

The day’s first game, featuring the defending champion Toronto Raptors and the Boston Celtics, also has a tight spread. Those odds right now are:

SportsbookSpreadMoneylinePoint total
DraftKingsBOS -2.5 -112
TOR +2.5 -109
BOS -113
TOR +117
O 213.5 -113
U 213.5 -108
FanDuelBOS -3.5 +100
TOR +3.5 -120
BOS -150
TOR +128
O 213.5 -105
U 213.5 -115
Fox BetBOS -3.5 -105
TOR +3.5 -118
BOS -154
TOR +135
O 212.5 -118
U 212.5 -111
SugarhouseBOS -3 -112
TOR +3 -109
BOS -148
TOR +125
O 213 -112
U 213 -108

A game that fails to live up to the hype it received preseason because of the injury to New Orleans rookie Zion Williamson is next in the largest spread. The breakdown of this contest goes:

SportsbookSpreadMoneylinePoint total
DraftKingsNOP +9.5 -110
DEN -9.5 -110
NOP +390
DEN -500
O 219.5 -113
U 219.5 -108
FanDuelNOP +9.5 -110
DEN -9.5 -110
NOP +360
DEN -460
O 218.5 -110
U 218.5 -110
Fox BetNOP +9.5 -110
DEN -9.5 -110
NOP +380
DEN -550
O 218.5 -111
U 218.5 -111
SugarhouseNOP +9.5 -110
DEN -9.5 -110
NOP +390
DEN -500
O 218.5 -113
U 218.5 -108

In terms of another game that looked better on paper when the schedule came out, this contest bears an appropriate spread for how one-sided it could be. This 2018-19 Western Conference Finals rematch shakes out this way:

SportsbookSpreadMoneylinePoint total
DraftKingsHOU -10 -110
GSW +10 -110
HOU -560
GSW +430
O 228.5 -113
U 228.5 -108
FanDuelHOU -11 -110
GSW +11 -110
HOU -700
GSW +520
O 226.5 -110
U 226.5 -110
Fox BetHOU -11.5 +100
GSW +11.5 -120
HOU -900
GSW +600
O 226.5 -118
U 226.5 -111
SugarhouseHOU -11 -110
GSW +11 -110
HOU -770
GSW +575
O 226.5 -113
U 226.5 -108

The books have had their say on all of these contests. Do their opinions line up with the background information? In some ways, yes, not so much in others.

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How to bet the 76ers’ and other games

It’s hard to bet against a Milwaukee team that has won 27 of its 31 games and features a Giannis Antetokuonmpo that has added a 3-point shot to his game.

It’s similarly difficult to bet against a 76ers team that has been tough as nails to conquer on their home court. Defensively and on the boards in Philadelphia, the 76ers are especially efficient.

That’s why there’s essentially no spread on this contest and the moneylines aren’t attractive either. The smart money is on the non-traditional bets.

DraftKings has a line of +275 on a moneyline/total parlay, taking the 76ers and either the over or the under of 222.5. Sugarhouse mirrors that with +290 on the 76ers and the under on the same point total.

FoxBet offers +425 on Philadelphia winning by 1-5 points. FanDuel will pay out +470 if 76ers center Joel Embiid scores the game’s first point.

In the first game of the day, the line is a little surprising. Toronto will be without Marc Gasol, Norman Powell, and Pascal Siakam while Gordon Hayward is eligible to return for Boston.

Unless Kyle Lowry can have the game of the season to this point, it’s difficult to see where the Raptors will find the offense to compete with the Celtics, complete with not only Hayward possibly but Enes Kanter as well.

Several books have alternate spreads with Boston winning by a more comfortable margin. Those lines look attractive.

The same could be said for the mid-day game, Houston at Golden State. Given the Warriors’ defensive struggles, alternate spreads on a bigger Rockets win are similarly enticing.

In the first evening game, the status of Lakers forward LeBron James is still uncertain. It’s inadvisable to make any bets that his play could influence until that becomes more certain.

If James can contribute, however, it’s easy to make a case for his team prevailing in this one. The Lakers have already dropped one game to the Clippers this season and losing to them again could create a mental advantage for the Clippers going into the postseason.

For the nightcap, copy and paste the sentiment on the Rockets-Warriors game here. New Orleans has been horrible defensively and the Nuggets could see season-highs on offense in this game.

NBA Christmas Day 2019 offers some opportunities for New Jersey sports betting customers to make their holidays merrier. The onus is on the players and teams to cooperate with those hopes.