On the whole excitement for the return of the NBA is unequivocal.  Over four months of inactivity was a bitter pill for fans to swallow.  Fortunately, the Association returns to the hardwood July 30.  Specifically, the restart format begins with an eight-game regular season.  After each team plays its eight betting NBA matchups the playoffs follow.  If the ninth-place team is within four games of the eighth-place team they meet in a preliminary round.  Following that will be the normal best of seven, 16 team playoffs.  The quarantined NBA “Bubble” in Orlando will host all 22 teams.

Now let’s take a look at the top matchups that will get the party started!

Los Angeles Clippers +1 vs. Los Angeles Lakers -1, O/U 217.5

Thursday, July 30, 9 p.m. ET, TNT  

These are the top two teams in the Western Conference.  First place belongs to the Lakers at 49-14 with just 27 losses to the spread.  Clippers fans see a 44-20 record to go with 35-29 against the spread.  In the last 11 basketball betting matchups between these teams the Clippers paid seven times.  And four of the last five games in this rivalry series went under the total.

Boston Celtics +4 vs. Milwaukee Bucks -4, O/U 214.5

Friday, July 31, 6:30 p.m. ET, ESPN  

At the beginning is the fact that the Bucks are dominating the Eastern Conference.  Milwaukee leads the East by 6.5 games with a record of 53-12.  In turn the Bucks are 36-29 against the spread.  Boston is 43-21 straight up with only 23 losses to the line.  To show the Celtics are one of the most profitable teams in the NBA board.  Milwaukee has covered the CashBet Sportsbook spread in four of their last six against Boston.  Three of the last four between these teams went under the total.

Miami Heat +2 vs. Denver Nuggets -2, O/U 210.5

Saturday, August 1, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN  

To be exact the Heat and Nuggets are two of the best defensive teams in the NBA.  Miami is fourth in the East at 41-24 straight up and 33-30-2 vs. the odds.  Denver is quietly third in the West at 43-22 straight up but with only 29 payouts.  Denver has beaten the sportsbooks three straight games against Miami.  Two of those three games went under the total.

Utah Jazz +1 vs. Oklahoma City Thunder -1, O/U 211

Saturday, August 1, 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN  

Of course, fans of team-oriented basketball will love this matchup.  Utah is fourth in the West at 41-23 straight up with only 30 covers vs. the line.  By contrast OKC is 40-24 straight up with just 24 losses to the spread.  Oklahoma City has covered seven of their last eight meetings with Utah.  Six of the last eight between these teams have gone under the total.

Philadelphia 76ers -3.5 vs. Indiana Pacers +3.5, O/U 213.5

Saturday, August 1, 7 p.m. ET 

Owing to the return of C Joel Embiid and G Ben Simmons from injury are the 76ers dangerous.  Philadelphia is sixth in the East at 39-26 with only 28 payouts.  In like manner did the Pacers have injury issues with G Victor Oladipo.  Indiana is fifth in the East at 39-26 straight up with just 28 losses to the line.  Indiana has gotten the cash in seven of their last 11 with the 76ers.  Eight of the last nine between these teams went under the total.

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In particular underdogs may bring value out of the gate.  Certainly, Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers getting a point brings appeal.  Consider that the Battle of Los Angeles is seen as even.  Miami has the defense to hang with Denver.  Further, the Nuggets have been a weak board value.  By reason of their tenacity and defense are the Celtics a live dog.  Boston has also proven its ability to get the cash.  Of great concern is the offense and skill factor after four-plus months off.

CashBet NBA Best Bets:  LA Clippers, Miami Heat, Boston Celtics