Yesterday we went for it all, and earned Fantasy Alarm NBA Best Bet’s version of a triple double. Three double unit bets, and each of them were successful. Together the bets return on investment was over 4.5 units. This column is 13.5 units away from the goal of a forty unit profit during the NBA regular season. February is a transition month, as the All-Star week approaches. It will be a month with less NBA games, and several players resting prior to the break in an attempt to rest their body for the remaining third of the season. There are four games tonight and they happen to be great match ups. Two of them are nationally televised games, the first being THE rivalry of the NBA. The Los Angeles Lakers travel to TD Garden to play the Boston Celtics. The second game on TNT is the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Memphis Grizzlies. The two other matches are the Indiana Pacers at the New York Knicks, and the Philadelphia 76ers at Utah Jazz. There are three bets tonight, and in honor of yesterday’s ‘triple-double’ success, today’s article starts with a double unit wager.

NBA Best Bet Of the Night
Isaiah Hartenstein Over 9.5 Rebounds -110 MGM 2 Units

Welcome back, Isaiah Hartenstein. He has not been mentioned in NBA Best Bets lately because he has been injured and inconsistent. The New York Knicks host the Indiana Pacers in what should be a competitive Eastern Conference game. The Knicks will be without Julius Randle who dislocated his shoulder and Mitchell Robinson who has been out for a majority of the season. This paves the way for a great rebounder to have more minutes against a team that has several field goal attempts. OG Anunoby is listed as day-to-day which would make I. Hartenstein the only true big man available. Precious Achiuwa will play meaningful minutes regardless if OG Anunoby is a go or not. Hartenstein has covered this line in seven of his ten games played in January and those were with J. Randle. The Pacers do allow the fewest rebounds to centers in the Association, but still allow 52.3 rebounds per game on the road. The Knicks have been playing well and will lean on their front court against Indiana. I. Hartenstein was profitable last month and could play forty or more minutes tonight. Trust the seven foot center to control the paint.

Anthony Davis Over 11.5 Rebounds -110 MGM

Not one, not two, but three rebounding props tonight, and the last one is the first match on TNT. The Los Angeles Lakers play the Boston Celtics at TD Garden in what should be an amazing match. The Lakers and Celtics have won seventeen titles each, a combined thirty four NBA Championships which is 45% of all NBA Championships. They have met in the finals twelve times, and LeBron James has stated, no matter where I go it always seems like Boston is a team in my way. L. James has played one-hundred games against the Celtics in his career, and tonight is his 101. That is enough for a complete regular season, and every round of the NBA playoffs including the finals with three extra games. 

For Anthony Davis, he is on a short list of MVP candidates this year. He is listed as questionable but after taking the second of back-to-back games off, he will be ready to go against the Celtics. It is a 7:30 PM ET start time on TNT and he is the best center on the court… he could be the best player on the floor. A. Davis and L. James has been carrying the Lakers all season, and Anthony Davis’ role is to control the paint with great rebounding and defense. He has finally embraced the true role of a center, but still has the ability to score at an elite level. Davis is averaging 12.1 rebounds per game, the Celtics allow the tenth most rebounds to opposing centers, and he has covered this rebounding prop in seven of his last nine games. He will be all effort and should cover this prop again.

Simone Fontecchio Over 3.5 Rebounds -150 DK 1.5 Units

Simone Fontecchio’s rebounding line has been profitable for Fantasy Alarm. The Utah Jazz have been playing well and Fontecchio has been a reliable role player despite the return of Lauri Markkanen. Fontecchio has not played more than thirty minutes since January eighth, but he is averaging over twenty-three minutes per game, and over twenty-five in his last ten. He has been successful in three of the four bets placed at this line, and has covered this rebounding prop in eight of his last nine games. Philadelphia allows 52.3 rebounds per game, and as of now only one starter (Tobias Harris) is not listed as questionable or out. Backup Marcus Morris Sr. is listed as questionable as well. Paul Reed has been playing well in Joel Embiid’s absence, but Fontecchio is a forward and the Philadelphia 76ers allow the fifth most rebounds to small forwards. He earned seven the last time the Jazz played the 76ers, and has a great opportunity to get that many again tonight. A 1.5 unit wager returns an even unit back.