Today’s NBA Best Bets (Predictions for LaMelo Ball, Knicks-Jazz and Heat-Wizards)

We got off to a great start this week in the NBA’s Best Betting, as we had a 4-1 on Sunday.

Today we’re going to have a lot of trouble with bot lane, taking a bot and a favorite to protect the spread and we have a player assist option for LaMelo Ball at home against Toronto Raptors.

Let’s break down the options for February 7:

All odds courtesy of WynnBET Sportsbook.

New York Knicks vs. Utah Jazz: Knicks +7.5 (-110)

Utah has won head-to-head games since Donovan Mitchell returned to the squad, but center back Rudy Gobert (calf) will not be in this game. The Jazz have not played well without Gobert this season, but can they settle the business with a Knicks team that could be a seller on the trade deadline?

The Knicks aren’t good at basketball right now, but I think we are getting some value on them to cover in this game.

Utah has played 11 games without Gobert this season, going 3-8 in a row in those games. The Jazz beat the Brooklyn Nets by 23 points in their final game, but their other two wins without Gobert have come by just four.

I think that’s great for a Knicks team looking to go downhill and hit the basket with Julius Randle and RJ Barrett, and I discussed it on this morning’s episode of Bet & Breakfast.

The Jazz are 25th in the NBA in defensive ratings in their last six games without Gobert, a far cry from their 14th defense of the season.

I think New York slowed this game down and could hang around with Gobert absent from the Jazz defence.

Miami Heat vs. Washington Wizards: Heat -5.5 (-110)

Washington is just 2-8 in the last 10 and likely won’t have Bradley Beal (wrist) again in this match.

The Heat have a full load injury report, as Jimmy Butler, Tyler Herro, Caleb Martin and Max Strus all had Monday game problems.

Our Ben Heisler broke this bet on this morning’s Bet & Breakfast episode, and I’ll be chasing his pick tonight.

Miami has been dominant since finally having Bam Adebayo, Kyle Lowry and Butler back in the lineup, beating the San Antonio Spurs 17 and Charlotte Hornets 18 in their last two games.

The Wizards won 6-5 as the underdog this season, but I’m not on this team because it only consists of twice more than 15 of its most recent games.

There is some risk in using this lane before Butler or Herro is active, but I think the Heat and their No.6 defense will roll in this game.

LaMelo Ball OVER 18.5 points (-110)

LaMelo Ball hasn’t been able to erase this boundary in head-to-head games, but I think he and the Hornets do due to some offensively positive regressions, like I sketched in my poor choice of the day.

The Raptors have an average defense, placing 16th in the league this season, and the bright spot is that LaMelo has had plenty of chances to score in recent times.

Ball has crossed this line in six of his last eight games, and he’s making 16.6 shots per game this season. LaMelo will have a chance and I think we’re getting some value from this prop considering his season average is 19.6 points per game.

Find Peter Dewey’s entire NBA betting record this season here. Today’s NBA Best Bets (Predictions for LaMelo Ball, Knicks-Jazz and Heat-Wizards)

John Verrall

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