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The 4 Best NBA Betting Picks Today: Dwight Powell & Utah Jazz Spread | 1/17/22




This daily NBA betting article will examine the best betting picks and NBA player props each day. Using the Awesemo NBA Player Props Betting against Tool, bettors can maximize their profits and see the best bets with the highest expected return on investment . Also, bettors can use OddsShopper to find which sportsbooks are offering the best prices for these prop bets. There are 12 games on tap for today’s NBA celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, with half of those contests being played in the afternoon. The following are best bets for tonight’s 6-game main slate.

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Utah Jazz Spread (-4.5 Points) Over Los Angeles Lakers; Over 230.5 Points

Utah is clearly the superior team, as the Jazz have everyone available, with Rudy Gobert having returned from health and safety protocols last night after being out for 12 days. The Jazz are considerably better with Gobert in the lineup, posting a 28-10 record and a 14-point differential per 100 possessions. Moreover, Utah is the top offensive team in NBA, and they have played well on the road and against teams with a sub-.500 record. Meanwhile, the Lakers have lost three straight, with their last two being embarrassing setbacks at Denver and Sacramento as they continue to struggle mightily on the defensive end most of the season. Carmelo Anthony has missed the past few games with back trouble and is questionable tonight. The big question here is, can the Lakers backcourt stymie the Jazz backcourt on the offensive end? Utah’s collection of guards is the second-highest scoring backcourt in the league, while the Lakers give up the fourth-most point to opposing backcourts. There is a projected 7-point difference between Utah and Los Angeles. OddsShopper gives the Jazz a 57% chance of covering and an expected ROI of 6%.

OddsShopper also projects (233.7) that there will be a ton of points as the Lakers like to push the ball, and neither defense has been in top form lately. They both also have been pretty efficient offensively. Utah has produced a 56% effective field goal percentage, and they have allowed their opponents to comprise an effective field goal percentage of 54.1% over the last 10 games. Meanwhile, the Lakers have recorded a 55% effective field goal percentage offensively and a 55.2% effective defensive field goal percentage during this same stretch. Part of Los Angeles’ problem has been defensive rebounding, as their opponents have grabbed over 30% of all available rebounds on the offensive end the past 10 games and 28.2% of them for the season. This could again be a problem for the Lakers, as the Jazz are a top-10 offensive rebounding teams. OddsShopper gives the over a 55% chance of hitting and an expected ROI of 4%.

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Dwight Powell Under 7.5 Points & Under 4.5 Rebounds

Powell will come off the bench for the second consecutive time, as Kristaps Porzingis, and Maxi Kleber remain in the starting lineup for the Mavericks. Powell did not provide much production for the Mavericks anyways, as he averages 7.2 points and 4.6 rebounds in nearly 21 minutes of action. However, that does not mean he will not remain a valuable contributor.

Powell had an excellent game in his first foray as a reserve this year, totaling 6 points and five rebounds against the Magic on Saturday. But he only saw 13 minutes in a blowout win, with Reggie Bullock seeing more court time in the Mavericks frontcourt than him. Plus, the Thunder have done a pretty good job defensively against opposing centers. Powell is projected for 4.73 points, with OddsShopper giving the under a 73% chance of hitting and an expected ROI of 40%. He is also projected for 3.26 rebounds, with OddsShopper giving the under a 79% chance of hitting and an expected ROI of 62%.

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