NBA Best Bets - August 5
Adam Ronis brings you his best bets for today's slate of games
San Antonio Spurs vs. Denver Nuggets, 4 p.m. ET
The Nuggets are coming off a win over the Thunder, getting a triple-double from Nikola Jokic and a breakout game from Michael Porter Jr., who had 37 points and 12 rebounds. Denver is one game behind the Clippers for the second seed in the Western Conference, while the Spurs trail the Grizzlies by two games for the eighth seed and are one-half game behind the Blazers for the ninth seed. The Nuggets will be without Gary Harris and Will Barton and Jamal Murray is listed as questionable. The Spurs have played very well in the bubble, falling just short by two points of beating the 76ers after defeating the Kings and Grizzlies. The Spurs have covered in all three games and will keep this one close.
PICK: Spurs +3.5
Orlando Magic vs. Toronto Raptors, 8 p.m. ET
The Magic opened play with double-digit wins over the Nets and Kings and were favorites yesterday against the Pacers and were handled easily, 120-109. They have to play on a back-to-back against one of the best defensive teams in the NBA. The Raptors have beat the Lakers and Heat. The Raptors are 24-1 this season when favored by five points or more and have beat the Magic three times. The Raptors are the better team and healthy.
PICK: Raptors -7
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Points and Assists Over 23.5
Dennis Schroeder has left the bubble for the birth of his child and Gilgeous-Alexander will have the ball in his hands more. Chris Paul will be the point guard when he's on the court, but Gilgeous-Alexander will run the point when Paul is off the floor. He did it for 13 minutes against Denver in the last game that went overtime. He had five fouls in that game and played 38 minutes. He had 24 points and two assists, shooting 6-for-13 from the field. The Lakers have had a difficult time defending guards and Gilgeous-Alexander should go over this number.