NBA Straight Betting Odds & Stats for October 28

There are seven games on the NBA betting slate today. With the season just beginning, thirty teams are set to compete for an NBA title. If you're looking to bet on the NBA, I will discuss the straight betting odds, statistics, information, trends, and my best predictions. The matchups today will air on NBA TV and local markets.  If you are looking to bet on the NBA, here is some information to know.

Full slate and odds:

Knicks (+124) @ Pelicans (-148) O/U 224
Grizzlies (-112) @ Wizards (-108) O/U 228
Bulls (-125) @ Pistons (+105) O/U 214.5
76ers (-166) @ Raptors (+140) O/U 214
Pacers (+124) @ Cavaliers (-148) O/U 224
Heat (+164) @ Timberwolves (-198) O/U 218
Jazz (+185) @ Suns (-225) O/U 224

Cavaliers -3.5 (-110)

The Indiana Pacers (1-0) finished 35-47 last season, and made several acquisitions in the off season to bolster their roster. Indiana signed veteran Bruce Brown on a two year deal, and acquired Obi Toppin from the New York Knicks. Additionally, Tyrese Haliburton and Aaron Nesmith agreed to five and three year extensions with the franchise. Tonight they will matchup against a Central Division rival, Cleveland Cavaliers on the road.

The Pacers made a statement in their opening 143-120 win over the Washington Wizards. Ranking first in offensive efficiency, the Pacers had eight players with points in double figures, including three from the bench. They finished the night shooting 52.3 percent from the field, and 46.5 percent from long range. I will say, they did play the Washington Wizards, who are projected to be one of the worst performing teams, and have the worst odds to win an NBA title.

For the Cleveland Cavaliers, they are 1-1 on the season, including a 108-105 loss against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Max Strus joining Cleveland in free agency was huge, along with the resining of Caris LeVert. Led by Donovan Mitchell, this is an extremely talented core, which includes Darius Garland, Evan Mobley, Isaac Okoro, and Strus.

While the Pacers scored 145 points on the Washington Wizards, they allowed Kyle Kuzma to score 25 points. Darius Garland is officially out for tonights game, which LeVert should be able to suit up in the starting slot. Tyrese Haliburton is also listed as questionable for the Pacers with an illness.

Why the Cavaliers will cover

With such a small sample size with the season just getting underway, this is a slightly risky pick, especially given the injuries. Dating back to last season, Cleveland won the series 3-1, in which Indiana covered in three of them. This a Cavaliers team who had just 10 losses at home last season, and Indiana who finished 15-26 on the road.

Although there aren't many statistics to base my decision of off, the Pacers will keep things close, especially with Allen out with Garland. If Halliburton can't suit up for tonight's game, I will be slightly more confident in my decision. Cleveland is the the superior defensive team, and Donovan Mitchell should feast tonight against the Pacers who rank 15th in defensive rating.

If you're betting on the NBA, it's a slight risk, however, Cleveland money line at home is the best play. They finished the top defensive team last season (109.9), and finished in the top eight offensively.

Season Statistics & Betting Trends

*Includes 22-23 season*

Indiana Pacers

  • Indiana Pacers: 2-3 in their last 5 games.
  • 3-7 in their last 10 games.
  • ATS Record: 1-0-0
  • O/U Record: 1-0-0
  • 3-2 ATS in their last 5 games.
  • 4-6 ATS in their last 10 games.
  • O/U is 4-1 in the last 5 games.
  • O/U: 6-4 in the last 10 games.
  • 1st in Offensive Rating (128.8)
  • 15th in Defensive Rating (109.1)
  • 1st in Points Per Game (143)
  • 1st in Pace: 110.50
  • Opponent Points Per Game: 120 (25th)
  • Three-Point Percentage: 37.5 % (17th)
  • Rebounds Per Game: 45 (T-9th)
  • Indiana ATS won last 5 games:  OKC (+6), Cleveland (+13),New York (+9.5), Washington(-4.5)

Season Statistics & Betting Trends

Cleveland Cavaliers

  • Cleveland Cavaliers: 1-4 in their last 5 games.
  • 4-6 in their last 10 games.
  • ATS Record: 0-2-0
  • O/U Record: 1-1-0
  • 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games.
  • 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 games.
  • O/U is 1-4 in the last 5 games.
  • O/U: 2-8 in the last 10 games.
  • 20th in Offensive Rating (107.4)
  • 12th in Defensive Rating (107.8)
  • 13th in Points Per Game (107.8)
  • 15th in Pace: 102.25
  • Opponent Points Per Game: 110.5 (T 12)
  • Three-Point Percentage: 33 % (17)
  • Rebounds Per Game: 43
  • Cavaliers ATS won last 5 games:  Orlando (+5.5), New York (-6)

Head-to-head stats: Indiana Pacers vs. Cleveland Cavaliers

Season Matchups: 2022-2023

Game 1: Cleveland 118, Indiana 112 (Indiana +8, Over 222.5)
Game 2: Indiana 135, Cleveland 126 (Indiana +3.5) Over 225.5
Game 3: Cleveland 122, Indiana 103 (Cleveland -3.5, Under 227.5)
Game 4: Cleveland 115, Indiana 105 (Indiana +13, Under 231)

  • Cleveland won the season series 3-1
  • Indiana average points last 10 games: 106
  • Cleveland average points last 10 games: 104

Raptors vs. 76ers U 214 Points (-110)

The Philadelphia 76ers suffered a season opening loss to the Milwaukee Bucks 118-117. Without James Harden, the 76ers leading scorer was Tyrese Maxey with 31 points, followed by Joel Embiid with 24 and Kelly Oubre Jr. with 27. Having played against a top team in the east, the Sixers finished 45.7 percent from three and over 50 percent from the field. Philadelphia Head Coach Nick Nurse will face his former team, who won the NBA Championship in 2019.

Considering Harden is out of the picture, the 76ers continue to show why they will be a force in the East. The Toronto Raptors are 1-1 on the season, including a heartbreaking 104-103 loss against the Chicago Bulls. With the loss of Fred VanVleet, the Raptors starting lineup consists of Dennis Schroder, Jacob Poeltl, Scottie Barnes, O.G. Anunoby, and Pascal Siakam. For a team that ranks first in defense (99.8), the Raptors rank 29th in offensive efficiency (101).

Why the under will hit tonight

In the loss, Toronto struggled on offense, shooting only 25 percent from deep. Scottie Barnes led all team scorers with 22 points, and Siakam with 18. Playing with grit and heart, the Raptors defensive has kept them in games, although turnovers were an issue last game. They will now face a Philadelphia team that ranked third in total offensive (117), and eighth in defense (112.7) in 2022-2023. Last season, the 76ers won the regular season series, 3-1, in which the under hit two of four games.

If you're betting on the NBA, I am fairly confident on the under, as both of these teams have shown out defensively. The Raptors are 0-2 against totals, and the 76ers 1-0. In the last ten matchups between these two teams, the under hit six of ten games, including once on their home floor. Having finished 14-27 on the road last season, Toronto has proven they aren't efficient at the free throw line, shooting under 70 percent through two games.

It's unknown whether the 76ers will get 27 points from Kelly Oubre Jr. and 20 points from Tobias Harris. The Raptors were held to under 100 points against the Timberwolves, and barely passed over 100 against Chicago. The under is the best play here.

Season Statistics & Betting Trends

Toronto Raptors

*Includes 22-23 season*

  • Toronto Raptors: 2-3 in their last 5 games.
  • 5-5 in their last 10 games.
  • ATS Record: 2-0-0
  • O/U Record: 0-2-0
  • 3-2 ATS in their last 5 games.
  • 6-4 ATS in their last 10 games.
  • O/U is 3-2 in the last 5 games.
  • O/U:5-5 in the last 10 games.
  • 29th in Offensive Rating (101)
  • 1st in Defensive Rating (94.3)
  • 29th in Points Per Game (100)
  • 5th in Pace: 99.8 (22)
  • Opponent Points Per Game: 99 (3)
  • Three-Point Percentage: 32.4 (18)
  • Rebounds Per Game: 50 (8)
  • Toronto ATS won last 10 games: Miami (-6), Charlotte (-15.5, -15.5), Milwaukee(-4), Minnesota (-1), Chicago (+1)

Philadelphia 76ers

  • 76ers: 2-3 in their last 5 games.
  • 5-5  in their last 10 games.
  • ATS Record: 1-0-0
  • O/U Record: 1-0-0
  • 3-2 ATS in their last 5 games.
  • 5-3-1 ATS in their last 10 games.
  • O/U is 2-3 in the last 5 games.
  • O/U: 5-5 in the last 10 games.
  • 12th in Offensive Rating (112.5)
  • 18th in Defensive Rating (112.4)
  • 8th in Points Per Game (117)
  • 17th in Pace: 104.5
  • Opponent Points Per Game: 118 (21)
  • Three-Point Percentage: 45.7 (3)
  • Rebounds Per Game: 39 (29)
  • Philadelphia ATS won last 10 games: Brooklyn (-2), Boston (+10.5, +1, +8),Milwaukee (+6)

Head-to-head stats: Raptors vs 76ers.

Season Matchups: 2022-2023

Game 1: Toronto 119, Philadelphia 109 ( Toronto +1, O 212.5)
Game 2: Philadelphia 112, Toronto 90 ( Philadelphia +3.5, U 215)
Game 3: Philadelphia 104, Toronto 101 OT ( Toronto +6, U 219.5)
Game 4: Philadelphia 117, Toronto 110 (Philadelphia -4, O 223.5)

  • Philadelphia won the season series 3-1
  • Raptors average points last 10 games: 105
  • 76ers average points last 10 games: 109

Chicago Bulls ML (-125)

The Chicago Bulls decided to run it back after their loss to the Miami Heat in last year's play in tournament. At 1-1, the Bulls had an exhilarating 104-103 victory over the Raptors last night. They remain 0-2-0 against the spread, and 1-1 versus totals this season.

The Detroit Pistons have a youthful young core, consisting of Cade Cunningham, Jaden Ivey, amongst others. Cunningham was out most of the season last year, in which the Pistons were swept by the Bulls, 4-0. With the addition of Thompson and Cunningham, Detroit definitely poses a threat to the Bulls tonight. The Bulls are 10-0 in their last ten meetings, and 8-2 against the spread.

The x-factor will be if Zach LaVine suits up tonight, who's listed as probable with a back injury. With his health in question, this could be a risk pick for NBA bettors. A top 5 defense through two games, the Pistons will face a Bulls team with a solid core around LaVine and DeRozan. Last year Detroit finished as the worst team in the east at 17-65, and will face a Bulls team that finished 40-42.

If you're betting on the NBA, the Bulls have won their last 15 matchups, and tonight won't come easy for Detroit. With LaVine underperforming this season, Chicago has managed to stay afloat. It's hard for me to fade Chicago, especially given their previous matchup statistics.

Season Statistics & Betting Trends

*Includes 22-23 season*

Chicago Bulls

  • Chicago Bulls: 3-2 in their last 5 games.
  • 6-4 in their last 10 games.
  • ATS Record: 0-2-0
  • O/U Record: 1-1-0
  • 2-3 ATS in their last 5 games.
  • 6-4 ATS in their last 10 games.
  • O/U is 2-3 in the last 5 games.
  • O/U: 5-5 in the last 10 games.
  • 27th in Offensive Rating (100)
  • 14th in Defensive Rating (108.6)
  • T 27th in Points Per Game (104)
  • 25th in Pace: 99.09
  • Opponent Points Per Game: 113.5 (17)
  • Three-Point Percentage: 24.7 (30)
  • Rebounds Per Game: 47 (11)
  • Bulls ATS won last 10 games: Charlotte (-11.5), Memphis (-2), Dallas (+2), Detroit (-8), Toronto (+6)

Detroit Pistons

  • Detroit Pistons: 2-3 in their last 5 games.
  • 2-8 in their last 10 games.
  • ATS Record: 2-0-0
  • O/U Record: 0-2-0
  • 3-2 ATS in their last 5 games.
  • 6-3-1 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.
  • 22nd in Offensive Rating (104.9)
  • 5th in Defensive Rating (99.5)
  • 22nd in Points Per Game (106.5)
  • 17th in Pace: 101.50
  • Opponent Points Per Game: 101 (4)
  • Three-Point Percentage: 33.9 (16)
  • Rebounds Per Game: 44.5 (8)
  • Pistons ATS won last 10 games: Milwaukee (+11.5), OKC (+9.5), Miami (+13.5), Indiana (+6.5), Miami (+9.5), Charlotte (+4.5)

Head-to-head stats: Bulls vs. Pistons

Season Matchups: 2022-2023
Bulls won the season series 4-0

Game 1: Chicago 132, Detroit 118 (Chicago -7.5, 0ver 230.5)
Game 2: Chicago 126, Detroit 108 (Chicago -7.5, under 236)
Game 3: Chicago 117, Detroit 115 (Detroit +7, over 233)
Game 4: Chicago 103, Detroit 81 ( Chicago -8, under 221)

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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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