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NBA Betting Tip: Focus on Favorites in Game 82


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  • Player availability and motivation determines which teams are favored at the end of the NBA regular season.
  • Using Bet Labs, we share a profitable against-the-spread system for Game 82.

Two key factors oddsmakers consider when creating a line for an NBA game are player availability and team motivation. This can be difficult in the middle of the season, but at the end of the year it is pretty easy.

On Wednesday’s slate, the Detroit Pistons are 9.5-point favorites on the road against the New York Knicks (8 p.m. ET). Why? The Pistons are the current 8-seed in the Eastern Conference and need to win to make the playoffs.

The Oklahoma City Thunder are favored in Milwaukee (8 p.m. ET), this is just the second time the Bucks have been home underdogs this season. Why? Giannis, the MVP favorite, will not play.

The bookmakers don’t overthink it in the final games of the season and neither should bettors.

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