NBA betting market report: Daily picks, advice Friday 12/17


Welcome to the daily NBA betting market report, your source for analysis on the betting lines for the day in professional hoops. For updates throughout the day follow me on Twitter, or check out The Edge daily at 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT.

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Market Report for Friday, December 17th

Happy Friday folks! We’ve got a decent slate of action tonight, but COVID and injuries have muddied the waters quite a bit. Make sure to monitor those injury reports and Twitter feeds to get the most up to date information. For those who use it, here’s a link to a list of NBA writers to help you out.

*Indicates team is on the second leg of a back-to-back

**Lines are opening numbers

Miami Heat (-3, 209) at Orlando Magic

Jimmy Butler is still out tonight and Tyler Herro is questionable, but that has not stopped the market from jumping on the opening number here. Herro missed the Heat’s win over Philadelphia on Wednesday, so monitor those reports heading into this contest. Overall, the Heat have done a decent job of staying afloat despite the rash of injuries, going 4-5 SU and ATS with a -3.7 net rating since losing Butler and Adebayo. Their problem has been an offense that is averaging 109.3 points per 100 possessions, but the floor could be raised due the opponent tonight. Orlando is 1-13 SU/6-7-1 ATS in its last 14 games with the worst net rating in the league (-12.2) and defense that is allowing 115.3 points per 100 possessions. The Magic have injury concerns of their own as well, as Cole Anthony, Mo Bamba and Gary Harris are all questionable to play. Anthony is the most impactful piece here. With him on the floor the Magic see their net rating improve by a whopping 19.1 points per 100 possessions! If bettors are to back the underdog Anthony will need to be on the floor.

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