- The Utah Jazz has (-120) odds on their -4.0 first-quarter line against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
- The San Antonio Spurs are -3.0-point betting favorites in the first half against the Orlando Magic.
- The Boston Celtics and New York Knicks have (-120) odds on the first quarter UNDER 54.0 points.
SALT LAKE CITY – The first full slate of NBA action is here and ready to be bet on. A handful of betting lines seem to stand out from the pack on Wednesday.
Utah Jazz Vs. Oklahoma City Thunder: First-Quarter Spread
The Utah Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder will play their first games of the season against one another on Wednesday night. Rather than betting the moneyline or laying the 12.5-point spread, it may be beneficial to take advantage of the generous first-quarter spread provided by legal betting sites.
Jazz Vs. Thunder First-Quarter Spread
- Utah Jazz -4.0 -120
- Oklahoma City Thunder +4.0 -110
Last season, the Jazz were the third-best team in the NBA in the first-quarter scoring margin at +2.8 points per game. On the other side, the Thunder were the second-worst unit at -3.2 points per game. Going deeper, Utah excelled on their home court with the best first-quarter scoring margin at home in the NBA at +5.0 points while Oklahoma City was the second-worst during road games.
With a 9:00 p.m. EST start time, the game can be seen with NBA League Pass.
San Antonio Spurs Vs. Orlando Magic: First-Half Spread
During the 2020 season, there was not a team in the league worse than the Orlando Magic in the first half. Those betting on the NBA can find the San Antonio Spurs as 3-point first-half favorites despite Orlando having a -5.9 first-half scoring margin last season.
Spurs Vs. Magic First Half Spread
- San Antonio Spurs -3.0 -110
- Orlando Magic +3.0 -110
The Spurs were by no means exceptional in the first half last season, but they did have a positive scoring margin of +1.0 point which should be good enough to overcome the clearly insufficient Orlando first-half product by more than a few points.
The game will start at 8:30 p.m. EST and can be seen on NBA League Pass.
Boston Celtics Vs. New York Knicks: First Quarter Total
The Boston Celtics and New York Knicks are in a great spot to have the UNDER hit in many different spots, one of which is the first-quarter total. The defense these teams played last season may not be sustainable but the current line does allow for some regression.
Celtics Vs. Knicks First-Quarter Total
- OVER 54.0 -110
- UNDER 54.0 -120
New York allowed the fewest-quarter points in the NBA last season with an average of 25.7 per game. New York also scored the fourth-fewest points in the opening quarter at 26.9.
Boston wasn’t much worse as they allowed 28.1 points per first quarter and scored just 27.5 points on average. Overall, the Knicks averaged 52.6 points per first quarter while the Celtics averaged 55.6 points. Given the matchup, the UNDER seems to be a fair play for sports bettors to take.
ESPN will have coverage of the game on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. EST.
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