NBA Picks for July 31: Boston versus Milwaukee Headline Game

After more than four months away due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NBA is back for the home stretch before the playoffs begin. Six games on scheduled for July 31 with the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks highlighting the action.

Boston Celtics versus Milwaukee Bucks

The Celtics enter with a 43-21 record and take on the Bucks with the best record in the NBA at 53-12. The teams have split the two previous meetings this season. The Bucks are +26 on the Power Ranking Indicator, holding a narrow 3-point edge in that category. Both teams are “average” on the Team Strength Oscillator. Both teams are showing stability on the Team Volatility Oscillator at +23 and +45, respectively. The teams have been trending on opposite sides of the “over/under” line, so best to avoid betting on that. Look for the Bucks to take down the Celtics in a competitive game.

Orlando Magic versus Brooklyn Nets

This is a very evenly matched game with two Eastern Conference foes battling for a playoff spot. Orlando is 30-35 and +18 on the Power Ranking Indicator, while the Nets are 30-34 and +22.  On the team Strength Oscillator, Brooklyn is “average” and Orlando is “average down”. The Magic have performed more consistently according to their favorite/underdog status, as their +33 to +13 on the Team Volatility Oscillator indicates. Expect a high scoring game, so betting the “over” is a smart play. The Magic have taken the first two games between the teams this season, but expect the Nets to walk away with a win in a tight game.

Memphis Grizzlies versus Portland Trailblazers

Portland enters with a slim playoff chance at 29-37 and Memphis is a game under .500 at 32-33. The Grizzlies have a +17 to +13 advantage on the Power Ranking Indicator and “average” versus “average down” on the Team Strength Oscillator. Portland has been more consistently performing according to their favorite/underdog status. Avoid the “over/under” on this one since the teams are trending on opposite sides of the line according to the Totals Predictor. Look for Memphis to win this one and go ahead 2-0 in the season series.

Phoenix Suns versus Washington Wizards

Here’s another matchup in which both teams will struggle to make the postseason. The Suns are 26-39, while the Wizards have a 24-40 record. Neither team has been playing well, as their “ice cold up” and “ice cold down” status indicates.  The Wizards are slightly stronger on the Power Ranking Indicator at +9 to +5 and won the first meeting between the teams this season. Washington has also been more consistent, coming in at +22 on the Team Volatility Oscillator. Bet the “over” on this one and for a Washington victory.

Sacramento Kings versus San Antonio Spurs

In this Western Conference battle, the Kings enter play at 28-36 and face the Spurs, who have a nearly identical record of 27-36. In this extremely evenly matched game, the Spurs have a narrow +11 to +10 edge on the Power Ranking Indicator and both teams are +11 on the Team Volatility Oscillator. Neither team was playing well when play ceased, with the Kings at “average down” and the Spurs at “ice cold down” on the Team Strength Oscillator. Expect another high scoring game, so betting the “over” is a smart play. I think the Spurs will win but could take overtime to do so.

Houston Rockets versus Dallas Mavericks

Two Western Conference playoff teams tip-off in this one. Houston is 40-24 and the Mavericks are 40-27. Dallas has a + 17 to +15 edge on the Power Ranking Indicator. Dallas was hot when play stopped, at “burning hot” status, while the Rockets were struggling at “ice cold up”. Both teams are showing good stability according to the Team Volatility Oscillator. The Totals Predictor is showing that betting the “over/under” is probably not a good idea in this game. I think the Rockets will come out on top and take a 2-1 season series lead between the teams.

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