NBA Tip-Off Opening Line Report

The NBA officially tips off in less than two weeks, so let’s take a look at the early line moves and betting trends data for the slate of Christmas Day games.

Team Betting % Open Current Notes
Heat 72% pk -3 Bettors have already forgotten last season with 72% of spread bets taking visiting Miami, moving the line a full three
points.
Mavericks 28% pk +3
Bulls 40% +3 +3 The line has yet to move as everyone waits to see if the Lakers can land Dwight Howard.
Lakers 60% -3 -3
Clippers 64% +2 +1.5 Not surprisingly, public action is on the Clippers and Blake Griffin, dropping the Warriors to a 1.5-point favorite.
Warriors 36% -2 -1.5
Celtics 53% -1 pk A day after opening, this game moved to a pick, and, with the even spread betting, has not moved since.
Knicks 47% +1 pk
Magic 36% +7 +7.5 With uncertainty surrounding Howard, public bettors are wary to take Orlando on the road, even though it’s the biggest spread of the Christmas Day games.
Thunder 64% -7 -7.5

* Betting Percentages reflect Sports Insights’ NBA Betting Trends.
** Opening and Current Lines from 5Dimes.

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