NBA Betting Previews - January 28

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Don Shapiro
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These are your NBA betting previews for January 28, 2024.


Grizzlies vs. Pacers

This one opened at Indiana -10.5 and has since dropped to -9.5.  We get a number of just -4.84, indicating a pretty significant overlay. Both teams come into this one with plenty of rest.

Memphis has had the Pacers number of late, winning the last five.  Memphis has also won their last three games while Indiana has won half of their last ten.  The Grizzlies have actually won six of their last ten.

Indiana allowed 131 points — including 62 to Suns guard Devin Booker — on Friday.

The number here is desirable.  Three of the last four losses to the Pacers were by more than the current spread however and this is still not a team we particularly trust.

Suns vs. Magic

The Phoenix Suns opened as a -3.5 favorite in Orlando but the line quickly shot up to -5.5.  We actually have Orlando -0.87. 

The Suns may be 7-3 against the Magic but they are only 1-3 in the last four in Orlando.  That one win was by just three points.

Phoenix is in the middle of a multi-game road trip and got off on the wrong footing against Indiana to kick it off, this after winning seven straight games.

It's a hard pill to swallow backing Orlando here as they've dropped 7 of their last 9 games.

Bulls vs. Trailblazers

Chicago is in danger of going 0-3 in this abbreviated West Coast road trip.  Take away those two losses and Chicago is 12-7 over their last 19 games.

They've won the last three against Portland.

The Trailblazers have won three of their last six games overall.  Two of those were to teams with losing records (Houston and Brooklyn). Two of those losses were by double digits and six of their last seven losses were by double digits.  They will be hosting Philadelphia tomorrow night.

We get a number of Chicago -3.31. The actual number is -6.5 after opening at -7.

The Trailblazers, however, are playing with serious injuries once again.  A bunch of players are listed as day-to-day but we can't expect them to be at their best and it's a situation the Bulls will be looking to exploit. Shaedon Sharpe is still recovering from an abdomen injury, while Robert Williams (knee) III is done for the season.

The Bulls will miss Zach LaVine (ankle), Torrey Craig (heel), and Lonzo Ball (knee, out for the season).  This brings the number back closer to our own.  Best to sit this one out and consider Philadelphia for Monday.

- Don Shapiro,

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