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Thursday May 26

Dallas Mavericks vs. Golden State Warriors

Golden State seems to do this every round, that is give the opponent a win in an otherwise lopsided series before putting them away the next time out with relative ease. Look for that trend to continue as the Warriors go for another Gentleman's Sweep after losing 119-109 on Tuesday when Luke Doncic scored 30 points for the desperate Mavericks.

It snapped a nine-game winning streak in Western Conference finals games for Golden State and now it goes home where the Warriors have covered nine of their past 11 games. Dallas is 1-5 ATS its last six road games and 9-4 OVER its past 13 on the road and 12-5 OVER overall against teams with winning records.

Game 4 went OVER by 12 points as the teams combined to shoot nearly 50-percent overall. 14 of the past 20 meetings have soared OVER. Golden State lost to Memphis by 39 points in Game 5 when leading 3-1 in the conference semifinals and then blew out the Grizzlies in Game 6.

Look for a similar result tonight. Play the Warriors to cover, and take the OVER.

My Pick: Golden State -7 (-105)

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Past NBA Premium Picks

Denver at Los Angeles

March 2, 2024
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Premium Pick
Denver has beaten the Lakers seven times in a row, including that four-game sweep in last year's playoffs. The Nuggets have covered the number the past four meetings, including their 114-106 victory as a three-point favorite on Feb...

Portland at Memphis

March 1, 2024
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Premium Pick
It has been a tough start to the rebuild in Portland as the Blazers have just 15 wins on the season. They enter their game on the road tonight on a nine game losing streak, as well as a seven game ...

Dallas at Boston

March 1, 2024
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Premium Pick
The Boston Celtics have five straight tough games, and they begin tonight at home vs. Dallas. Boston comes in on a nine game winning streak, and has opened up a huge lead in the East for the top playoff seed. Dallas is 34...

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I love NBA underdogs. It's how I chose the name of my company, Wunderdog Sports. 

I'm constantly looking for great underdog betting opportunities. These often come when a team has something to prove and has an emotional advantage over their opponent, if not a statistical one. Teams that underestimate their opponents are ripe for an upset loss, and I excel at finding these opportunities throughout the NBA season.

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An important arrow in your NBA betting quiver is an understanding of what the public (and the pros) are doing. I use NBA consensus betting information as part of my handicapping approach. 

Blindly following (or fading) the rest of the bettors is never a profitable approach long term. We have to try to assess who the sharp bettors are on. And we need to know when it makes sense to follow the herd or go contrarian.

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My free computer picks are available for everyone to use and they predict the outcomes of every single 2023 NBA game. While useful, we must understand the limitations of computer picks. 

Computer picks don't take into account very important aspects of winning handicapping including injuries, motivation, historical trends, the betting public and human nature. 

For this reason, computer picks should not just be bet blindly. Other analysis is required to win.

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My NBA picks against the spread include both favorites and underdogs, each with a detailed explanation for why I am making that pick.

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Moneyline betting entails picking the winner of the game, regardless of the spread. If our team wins, we win, regardless of the margin of victory. 

Oftentimes, when there is no value on betting a team against the spread (because the oddsmakers have made a correct line), we can still find value on betting on a team on the moneyline. 

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I love betting NBA totals. When we wager on the total number of points scored by both teams, we don't care who wins. Rather, we only care about whether the total points scored by both teams will exceed or fall short of a number the oddsmakers have set.

Situations align in the NBA that tend to result in higher-than-expected scoring, or as is often the case, lower-than-expected scoring. The public tends to root for offense, so most of my NBA Over/Under picks are on the Under. While it can be more exciting to root for a lot of scoring, the most fun is had by cashing our NBA bets. 

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FAQ

What are free NBA picks?

Free NBA picks are predictions made by experts or professional handicappers on the outcomes of NBA games. These picks are offered to bettors and basketball fans who are looking for guidance on which team to bet on or which team is likely to win.

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What does "picks against the spread" mean in NBA betting?

"Picks against the spread" in NBA betting refers to predictions on which team will cover the point spread set by oddsmakers. The point spread is a handicap that aims to equalize the chances of both teams winning. When making picks against the spread, bettors will consider factors such as team performance, injuries, and previous matchups.

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What are NBA consensus picks?

NBA consensus picks refer to the most popular or widely favored picks among bettors or experts. These picks are aggregated from various sources and can give you an idea of the general sentiment or popular opinion on a particular game. However, it's important to do your own research and analysis before making a final decision.

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