NBA Betting: Complete Betting Guide & Odds for Week 1

NBA Betting: Complete Betting Guide & Odds for Week 1

Written by on July 29, 2020

After months of waiting, the NBA regular season continuation is finally upon us. With an eight game schedule to round out the season, and playoff seeds on the line, there will be some highly contested games. With 22 teams in the “bubble”, and the possibility of 18 teams making the playoffs, teams will be fighting for not only higher seeds, but possibly their playoff lives. Let’s take a closer look at the upcoming games of week 1 so you can make your bets against their NBA odds.

Complete Betting Guide to NBA Week 1

For all of you bettors out there, here is an analysis of some of the opening week’s top games and their betting lines.

July 30th – Utah Jazz vs. New Orleans Pelicans (-2)

The Jazz have already clinched a playoff spot and could possibly even move up from the fourth seed to the third. New Orleans is currently in a three-way tie for the 9th playoff spot, 3 ½ games behind the 8th seeded Memphis Grizzlies. New Orleans has one of the easier schedules, and will need to win as many games as possible to have a shot at the playoffs. This should be a good opening game for both teams.

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Los Angeles Lakers (-4 ½)

These two teams are the top two teams in the Western Conference. Many predict that these two will meet in the Western Conference finals. The Lakers have all but clinched the #1 seed, but the Clippers will need to play well, as the Nuggets are only 1 ½ games behind them for the #2 seed. Will the Lakers come out and try to make a statement, or will they play it safe?

July 31st – Memphis Grizzlies vs. Portland Trailblazers (-2)

Portland is one of the three teams tied for the ninth playoff spot in the West. Led by Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, Portland will be firing on all cylinders, trying to work their way up in the Western Conference standings to get to the 8th seed. Memphis has one of the toughest schedules remaining, and will be in for a fight in this one.

Boston Celtics vs. Milwaukee Bucks (-4 ½)

Milwaukee currently owns the best record in the NBA, and have been a dominant force. They have been the top defensive team in the league. They’ll face off with the Boston Celtics, who are currently the #3 seed in the Eastern Conference playoff standings. Boston is one of the most versatile teams in the league, and matches up well with the Bucks. The big question will be how the Bucks will handle the eight game regular season. Will they come out playing their starters and then rest them late in the season, or will they play lax early and gear up for the playoffs late?

August 1st – Philadelphia 76ers (-6) vs. Indiana Pacers

The Pacers and Sixers have identical records, but the Pacers currently hold the tiebreaker, and hold the fifth seed. The Pacers have some huge question marks headed into the continuation of the regular season. Will Victor Oladipo play? Will Domantas Sabonis’s foot heal in time to play in some of the restart games? The Sixers are one of the most talented teams in the league, but haven’t played like it this season. If Joel Embiid plays with passion and enthusiasm, the Sixers can be a dominant force. Either of these teams would rather play the Miami Heat than the Boston Celtics, so they both will be fighting hard for the victory. Looks for the Sixers to come out of this one on top.