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Top 3 NBA Betting Picks for Friday, December 31st (2021)

by December 31, 2021
Russell Westbrook

Safety protocols, postponed games, and 10-day contracts. Nothing can compare to these last two weeks of the NBA season. With everything going on in the NBA this year, they recently set the NBA record for the most players to appear in a season. We have seen veterans like Greg Monroe, Joe Johnson, and Isaiah Thomas get another chance at the NBA. Kenneth Faried even signed a contract with the Nuggets G league affiliate. These changes have made betting on the NBA a circus that can create betting value if bettors pay attention to rosters. Let us look into the best betting value for tonight’s NBA games.  

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Miami Heat -3.5 -110 at DraftKings Sportsbook

Miami’s roster has been a turnstile this year. Multiple starters have sat out for extended periods, including star play Jimmy Butler. Through all of their injuries, they are 22-13 and continue to find ways to win. The Heat have a lot of depth in their lineup, and that depth allows them to thrive while players are sitting out. That is why they are on a four-game winning streak. During that streak, they are winning by an average of 12 points per game. The Rockets are struggling lately. They are on a five-game skid, and they are losing by an average of 16 points per game. This game is a perfect time to buy the Miami Heat with good betting value.

Memphis Grizzlies Moneyline  -250 at DraftKings Sportsbook

Ja Morant is back to his old self. There had been questions about Morant’s health when he initially returned from his injury. Now it is obvious he was getting back into playing form. Morant is averaging 29 points his last four games and has led the Grizzlies to a three-game winning streak. The Grizzlies have depth and youth. That means they can go deep into the fourth quarter and win games. That showed in the Lakers game the other night when they outscored the Lakers 26-16 in the fourth. The Grizzlies will continue to be hot if Morant stays healthy. Time for bettors to buy in on Memphis.

Russell Westbrook Over 9.5 Rebound -110 at DraftKings Sportsbook

There has been a lot of controversies over Russell Westbrook this season. Many people don’t think he is a good fit in LA, and that he is just trying to chase stats. Regardless of what you think about Westbrook, he has been a rebounding machine lately. He has gotten over 10 boards in four of the last five games. The Lakers are playing a smaller lineup without Anthony Davis. That means there are more opportunities for Westbrook to get rebounds. Even LeBron said he sees Westbrook putting in a lot of effort the last few games. Bettors should take advantage of Westbrook’s opportunities while the Lakers have multiple big men sitting out. 

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