NBA Betting: Daily Odds & Predictions for December 8

There are 13 games on the NBA slate, beginning at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. ET. With all of these teams out of contention for the NBA In-Season Tournament, there are several key matchups in the Eastern and Western Conference. Will the Celtics stay undefeated at home against the New York Knicks? Can Ime Udoka and the Houston Rockets grab their first victory on the road against the Denver Nuggets? Here you will find the NBA betting odds, stats, trends, player prop bets, and predictions for Friday, Dec. 8.

NBA Daily Game Odds for 12/8

*Odds courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook

  • Hawks (+310) @ 76ers (-9) (-395): O/U 234.5
  • Pistons (+400) @ Magic (-11) (-525): O/U 228.5
  • Raptors (-5.5) (-218) @ Charlotte (+180) : O/U 228.5
  • Knicks (+240) @ Celtics (-7) (-298): O/U 220.5
  • Wizards (+350) @ Nets (-9.5) (-455): O/U 240.5
  • Warriors (+130) @ Thunder (-3) (-155): O/U 236
  • Timberwolves (-6) (-218) @ Grizzlies (+180): O/U 213.5
  • Cavaliers (-2) (-118) @ Heat (-102): O/U 222
  • Bulls (-2.5) (-130) @ Spurs (+110): O/U 224.5
  • Rockets (+310) @ Nuggets (-9) (-395): O/U 221
  • Kings (-2) (-130) @ Suns (+110): O/U 235
  • Mavericks (-8) (-340) @ Trail Blazers (+270): O/U 231.5
  • Clippers (-7.5) (-290) @ Jazz (+235): O/U 225

NBA Bet #1: Philadelphia 76ers Moneyline

The Philadelphia 76ers (13-7, 7-3 home) will host the shorthanded Atlanta Hawks (9-11, 6-5 away) at home tonight. Coming off a 131-126 victory over the Washington Wizards, the 76ers are 5-5 in their last 10 games. Given Philadelphia is 13-7-0 against the spread, they couldn't cover a +11.5 spread margin against the Wizards.

Tonight, they face the Atlanta Hawks, who will be without All-Star Trae Young tonight. With a win/loss record of 3-7 in the last 10 games, Atlanta remains at below .500, and are 1-9-0 against the spread. While they haven't been to cover in five straight games, the Hawks have two straight losses, against the Brooklyn Nets, and the Milwaukee Bucks.

Overall, the 76rs have a win/loss record of 7-3 against the Hawks in their last 10 meetings. Having won the last four straight games, Philadelphia also covered the spread in every matchup. While the Sixers only have three losses on their home court, the Hawks remain above .500 on the road.

Over their last ten games, Philadelphia averages 120 points, while Atlanta is putting up 124. With just an 18 percent chance to win, the Hawks will desperately miss Young, who accounts for 22 percent of the total offense. While the Hawks have a strong backcourt with Murray and Young, they've struggled against solid teams, including the Bucks, Cavaliers, Celtics, Pacers, Sixers, and Knicks.

Why bettors can capture the 76ers Money Line tonight

In their second meeting of four matchups this season, the 76ers defeated the Hawks 126-116 back on Nov. 17. With Joel Embiid and Tobias Harris combining for 61 points, Tyrese Maxey added 19. With Trae Young leading the way for the Hawks with 22 points and 13 assists, Atlanta shot just 44.9 % from the field. Furthermore, the 76ers dominated on the boards, and had 32 assists on 43 shot attempts. Dejounte Murray finished the game just 5-16 from the field, and 3-7 from long range.

If you're betting on the NBA tonight, I would feel comfortable even taking Philadelphia -8.5. Not only do they have an excellent record at home, but they are also playing a shorthanded Hawks team, who have struggled, even when Young is in the lineup. While sending off John Collins was a blessing, Bogdanovic and Bey will need to step up off the bench. On paper, these two teams aren't comparable, as Philadelphia ranks 4th in total offense, and has Joel Embiid. With Hawks surprisingly putting up the 2nd most points per game (122.7), they haven't been able to secure vital wins.

While the Sixers have a +6.9-point differential, the Hawks have a +0.3. While Young's 30- and 40-point performances have simply not been enough to get this team over the hump, tonight they have another tough matchup. MVP candidate Joel Embiid is coming off a 50 point and 13 rebound game against the Washington Wizards. It's two of the best offenses, against Atlanta, who allows over 122 points a game. The Hawks defense simply hasn't been there and shouldn't be a problem for the 76ers tonight.


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Trae Young, G: OUT

Season Statistics & Betting Trends

*ATS-Against the Spread

Philadelphia 76ers

  • Philadelphia 76ers: 3-2 in their last 5 games.
  • 5-5 in their last 10 games.
  • ATS Record: 13-7-0
  • O/U Record: 13-16-1
  • 3-2 ATS in their last 5 games.
  • 5-5 ATS in their last 10 games.
  • O/U is 5-0 in the last 5 games.
  • O/U: 7-2-1 in the last 10 games.
  • 2nd in Offensive Rating (118.8)
  • 14th in Defensive Rating (120.1)
  • 4th in Points Per Game (120.7)
  • 16th in Pace: 99.98
  • Opponent Points Per Game: 113.8 (17th)
  • Three-Point Percentage: 37.5 % (9th)
  • Rebounds Per Game: 45 (9th)
  • Philadelphia ATS won last 10 games: Atlanta Hawks (-1.5), Brooklyn Nets (-3.5). Oklahoma City Thunder (-1.5), Los Angeles Lakers (-5.5), Boston Celtics (+5.5)

Atlanta Hawks

  • Atlanta Hawks: 1-4 in their last 5 games.
  • 3-7 in their last 10 games.
  • ATS Record: 5-15-0
  • O/U Record: 12-8-0
  • 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games.
  • 1-9-0 ATS in their last 10 games.
  • O/U is 2-3 in the last 5 games.
  • O/U: 6-4 in the last 10 games.
  • 5th in Offensive Rating (118.2)
  • 26th in Defensive Rating (117.9)
  • 2nd in Points Per Game (122.7)
  • 3rd in Pace: 103.24
  • Opponent Points Per Game: 122.4 (27th)
  • Three-Point Percentage: 37 % (10th)
  • Rebounds Per Game: 44.5 (12th)
  • Atlanta ATS won last 10 games: Washington Wizards (-9.5)

NBA Bet #2: RJ Barrett 18+ Points, Rebounds & Assists

Season Stats PPG: 18.9 | FG: 41.8 % | 3 PT: 38.2 % | FT: 85.3 % | REB: 3.9 | AST: 2.6 | STL: 0.5 | BLK: 0.2

The New York Knicks (12-8, 6-5 away) will matchup against the Boston Celtics (15-5, 9-0 home) on the road tonight. After being knocked out of the NBA In-Season Tournament, 146-122 by the Milwaukee Bucks, New York will face the Celtics for the third time this season. Down 0-2 against Boston, New York didn't have guard RJ Barrett last matchup due to a migraine. Averaging 24 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists in one game against Boston, Barrett will be back in the starting lineup tonight.

If you're betting on the NBA, Barrett has an average of 20.5 points, 6 rebounds, and 2.6 assists in 14 career games against Boston. Having played 15 games this season, the guard is putting up nearly 19 points a game, 3.9 rebounds, and 2.6 assists. In a Knicks team loaded with talent (Jalen Brunson and Julius Randle), Barrett has been a reliable scorer for the Knicks. Since he's dealt with injuries and missed some time, I chose 18+ alternative points, rebounds, and assists tonight. Although the odds aren't as great, he's hit over this prop 93 percent this season, 100 percent in the last 5 matchups, and 8 of the last 9 games.

Statistics courtesy of Props.Cash

Barrett performs well on the road

Tonight, he gets the Celtics, who allowed Bruce Brown and Bennedict Mathurin to hit over points, rebounds, and assists last matchup. Additionally, De'Anthony Melton, Jevon Carter, and Coby White all hit over their props in the shooting guard category against Boston. As far as road games go, Barrett averages 18.1 points, 2.7 assists, and 4.4 rebounds in 7 games on the road. On away games, the over for this prop has a hit rate of 100 percent in all 7 games.

There's no doubt the Knicks face a challenge tonight, given Boston has an elite defense. Allowing the 4th least points (108.1), the C's shut down passing lanes, and rank 8th in defensive rebounds allowed (32.4). With that said, if Kristaps Porzingis is able to suit up, he should pose a threat for New York, along with Al Horford off the bench. In his only game against Boston, he was 3-4 (75 %) from the floor against Jayson Tatum, and 2-3 (66.7 %) from the field versus Derrick White. Tonight, he will need to stay away from Porzingis, who held him to 1-7 (14.3 %) field goal percentage.

Why the over can hit against Boston

Josh Hart got the start for Barrett last matchup against Boston, and finished with 16 points, 3 assists, and 9 rebounds, on 6-12 (50 %) shooting. Coming off a 23 point, 1 assist, and 8 rebound performance against the Bucks, No. 9 is averaging 19 points, 6 rebounds, and 3.5 assists in two December games. Although that's a small sample size, Barrett has an 80 % hit rate when playing at least 28.6 minutes on the floor. So far this season, the guard averages 29.5 minutes of playing time.

I am fairly confident in this prop tonight, as I've altered it down, and he has a combined 29 points, rebounds, and assists against Boston in October. In two matchups last season against the C's, Barrett far exceeded the over on the prop with 43 and 24 points, rebounds, and assists in early 2023.

In his fifth season, all with the Knicks, Barrett is averaging his best three-point percentage (38.1 %) since the 2020-2021 season. Up and down last season, both his rebounds and assists are slightly down. However, with the spotlight on Jalen Brunson and Julius Randle, he might be the perfect play tonight.

NBA Bets #3: Karl-Anthony Towns OVER 6.5 Rebounds

Season Stats PPG: 21.8 | FG: 51 % | 3 PT: 42.6 % | FT: 90.2 % | REB: 9.1 | AST: 3.1 | STL: 0.9 | BLK: 0.8

The Minnesota Timberwolves (16-4, 6-3 away) will face the injury riddled Memphis Grizzlies (6-14, 1-8 home) on the road this evening. Coming off 5 straight wins, Karl-Anthony Towns and the Timberwolves will play Memphis for the second time in two weeks. With a 119-97 victory over Memphis, Anthony Towns is averaging 18 points, 1 block, 2 assists, and 8 rebounds in one game against them.

If you're betting on the NBA, Anthony Towns is putting up 21.8 points, 9.1 rebounds, and 3.1 assists in the 2023-2024 NBA season. Towns, a former member of the Utah Jazz, has an average of 19.8 points, 11.6 rebounds, and 3 assists in 26 career games against Memphis. While some have been critical of the KAT and Rudy Gobert experiment, Minnesota remains one of the best defensive teams in the NBA, and rank 7th in overall rebounds per game (45.5). In 20 games played this season, over 6.5 rebounds has an 85 % hit rate this season, 100 % rate in the last 5 games, and 80 % in the last 10. While the original line is at 8.5 rebounds, I altered it to 6.5.

Statistics courtesy of Props.Cash

Karl-Anthony Towns has a great matchup against Memphis

This evening, Towns gets the struggling Memphis Grizzlies, who rank in the bottom half in rebounds per game (42.7). Allowing nearly 44.5 boards per game, KAT will face Memphis, who allowed Jalen Duren and Jusuf Nurkic to grab a minimum of 9 rebounds. While Memphis has been fairly consisting in keeping Centers under their props, Isaih Stewart recently grabbed 7 boards against them on Dec. 6. The Grizzlies especially struggle on the defensive boards, and have a long injury list that includes Smart, Kennard, Clarke, and LaRavia is listed day-to-day. Most likely playing the 4, Towns will likely be matched up with Aldama, Jackson Jr, and Biyombo. In the last event against Memphis, KAT grabbed 8 defensive boards, and had non on the offensive side.

On the road again, Towns is averaging 24.2 points, and 9.4 rebounds in 9 away games this season. He's been just as efficient away from home, hitting over this prop 89 percent, and 9 out of the last 10 games. He's previously coming off a 7-rebound performance against the Charlotte Hornets, and 8 against the Grizzlies. Prior to grabbing just 6 boards against the New Orleans Pelicans, Anthony Towns have a consecutive streak of 6 games with over 6.5 rebounds. While Gobert will challenge him for rebounds, Memphis ranks 18th in defense against his position.

He's a floor spacer

While Gobert is mainly a defensive juggernaut, KAT is able to space the floor on offense, which sometimes limits his offensive rebounds. Given the Grizzlies are terrible in terms of defending on the glass, I like this prop tonight. In the last four games he's had 38 total rebounds in matchups against the Spurs, Hornets, Jazz, and Thunder.

You can choose to tail, fade, group these into a parlay, or play them straight out. I put no more than 1 unit on this bet.

BONUS BET Warriors vs. Thunder OVER 237 points

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Sara Jane Gamelli is a full-time Sportswriter at Ballislife, and Sports Content Creator on Twitch and TikTok. She has a focus on the NBA, WNBA, NCAA Basketball, and the NFL. Sara Jane currently resides in Connecticut/NYC area with her Cat and Dog. SJ has her undergraduate degree from the University of Connecticut in Economics, with a minor in business administration.


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