NBA Picks August 6: Heat versus Bucks headline action

The NBA is in the midst of the eight-game playoff seeding schedule. There are plenty of key  games in store for Thursday, August 6.  The Heat versus Bucks in an Eastern Conference battle highlight play.

Miami Heat versus Milwaukee Bucks

Miami enters the game fourth in the Eastern Conference taking on the top-seeded Bucks. Milwaukee has a +28 to +17 advantage on the Power Ranking Indicator, however the Heat have taken both games in the season series. Neither team has been trending well lately, “average” for Miami and “average down” for Milwaukee on the Team Strength Oscillator. The teams are trending on opposite sides of the “over/under” line, so it’s best to avoid that bet. Both teams have performed consistently with their “favorite/underdog” status according to the Team Volatility Oscillator. Expect the Bucks to get their first win of the season over the Heat in a tight game.

New Orleans Pelicans versus Sacramento Kings

Both teams enter 11th in the Western Conference with slim playoff hopes. The Pelicans have a +16 to +8 advantage on the Power Ranking Indicator and “average” versus “dead” on the Team Strength Oscillator. The “over/under” is not a wise bet in this match up, according to the Totals Predictor. Both teams have shown considerable stability at +18 to +12 on the Team Volatility Oscillator. The Pelicans won the first meeting between the teams this season and I expect much of the same this time around.

Indiana Pacers versus Phoenix Suns

Indiana comes in trying to hold on to the 5th seed in the Eastern Conference and the Suns are all but out of it, 13th in the West. The Pacers won the first meeting between the teams and hold a +21 to +15 advantage on the Power Ranking Indicator. The Suns are trending better at the moment, “burning hot” versus “average” on the Team Strength Oscillator.  Both teams have been stable, performing according to their “favorite/underdog” status indicates. Expect a high scoring game, so bet the over and look for the Pacers to win comfortably.

Los Angeles Clippers versus Dallas Mavericks

At second in the Western Conference, the Clippers are in good position for a deep playoff run. The Mavericks are 7th and look to hold on to a playoff berth. Los Angeles has a +23 to +16 advantage on the Power Ranking Indicator and “average up” versus “average down” on the Team Strength Oscillator. The “over/under” bet is a toss-up in this game with teams trending on opposite sides of the line. Los Angeles has been performing more consistently in accordance to their “favorite/underdog” status. Already leading in the season series 2-1, look for the Clippers to pull away in the fourth for another victory.

Portland Trailblazers versus Denver Nuggets

Currently 10th in the Western Conference, this game is crucial for Portland against the third-seeded Nuggets. Denver holds a commanding 3-0 season series lead and have a +19 to +10 advantage on the Power Ranking Indicator. Both teams can put up big numbers, so look for a high scoring game with the “over” being the best bet. The Trailblazers are +29 on the Team Volatility Oscillator versus +19 for Denver, but both teams showing good stability. Denver will narrowly escape with a win, all but ending playoff hopes for Portland.

Los Angeles Lakers versus Houston Rockets

The Lakers enter with the top record in the Western Conference and the Rockets are fourth. The teams have split the season’s two meetings with the Lakers having a narrow +29 to +24 edge on the Power Ranking Indicator. Houston has been the hotter team lately at “burning hot” versus “average down” on the Team Strength Oscillator. The “over/under” is far from a sure thing according to the Totals Predictor, so best to avoid that bet. Both teams are performing consistently according to their “favorite/underdog” status. The Lakers will likely be a slight favorite, so go with them to hold off the Rockets in a close game.

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