NBA Opening Night betting trends for each game today (How to bet Sixers-Celtics, Lakers-Warriors)

The NBA season has arrived!

The sports betting calendar has become much more exciting and crowded as the regular season runs almost daily from Tuesday October 18 to Sunday April 9, 2023.

As punters flock to their phones across the country to bet on tonight’s two games, as well as the rest of the options at the start of the season, many places will be offering betting trends on every game and game that can or not offer substantial impact on the game. Trends are exactly what they are meant to be: useful information that can help tie multiple ends together when trying to find opportunistic numbers on a bet.

For example, the Philadelphia 76ers travel to Boston tonight in Game 1 of the Opening Night doubleheader against the Boston Celtics, and per covers, Boston finished last season 23-11-3 in its last 37 meetings when playing on three or more days off. This number does not reflect a comparable result for the first game of the season when both teams are fully rested.

Conversely, under bets are 5-1 in Boston’s last six games between those two games. It’s a much more interesting trend to consider tonight, considering the Celtics had the second-best defensive rating in the NBA at home last year, facing a Sixers team that finished in the top 10 on the road in defensive note matter.

Let’s dive into each of the two matchups on the board tonight and see where we can use several key betting trends for each matchup to our advantage.



Remember that undertrend discussion from earlier? It turns out that we are sitting in a privileged position.

Going through Your best betsince 2019, conference games with totals ranging from 214 to 223 in the first five games of the NBA season, under bets are 47-22-5, reaching a clip of 68.1%.

The initial opening line for tonight was set by the books at 213.5, but has risen to 216.5. Regardless of whether the public or sharp people have increased this number, the under bets seem to follow the trend, as well as the data from these two teams.



The Warriors return to Chase Center in San Francisco to watch their 2021-22 NBA championship banner hoisted to the rafters.

Much will be said tonight about the game’s distraction, as well as opening night coverage, but that narrative simply isn’t true.

Where a team actually has a major advantage is in one specific period of play: the third quarter.

A season ago, the Warriors had the best third quarter stats in the following categories a season ago: defensive rating (100.9), net rating (+16.7), assist percentage (67.9 %) and effective field goal percentage (58.6%). They also ranked in the top 5 in offensive ratings in the third quarter a season ago.

I will gladly take their third quarter line at -2.5 (+100) to cover tonight at home.

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