The action never stops in the NBA and there were a stack of key games contested over the Christmas and New Year’s period.
The Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs and Cleveland Cavaliers have been the early pace-setters and at this stage they look the teams to beat in the NBA Championships, but there is still plenty of basketball still to be played.
As always there are a number of key games in the NBA throughout the week and we have picked the match-ups that we believe feature the best betting opportunities.
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Indiana Pacers vs Orlando Magic
This is set to be one of the tightest games of the weekend. The Magic have surpassed expectations this season, but they have dropped out of the top eight in the Eastern Conference following three straight losses, while the Pacers lost an overtime thriller to the Miami Heat. There really isn’t a great deal between these two teams, but the Magic will be more desperate to win this fixtures and represent a touch of value at $1.93.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs Memphis Grizzlies
The Oklahoma City Thunder suffered a surprise loss to the Sacramento Kings yesterday, but before that they had won four on the trot and they are playing great basketball this season. The Grizzlies have found a degree of their best form in recent weeks and they are never beaten by much, but the Thunder have too much talent right across the court and should be able to cover the line.
San Antonio Spurs vs Utah Jazz
There is no more consistent franchise in the NBA than the San Antonio Spurs and that has not changed this season. The Jazz have shown big signs of improvement this season, but they have a truly awful record against the Spurs and have won just 4 of their past 30 meetings. The Spurs have covered the line in 21 of their past 30 games and they look well-placed to do the same again tomorrow.
Charlotte Hornets vs Phoenix Suns
Neither of these teams are likely to be in the NBA Playoffs mix, but this is still an interesting game from a betting perspective. The Suns made a promising start to the season, but they have now lost nine games on the trot and couldn’t even beat the struggling Los Angeles Lakers. The Hornets are also staring down a losing streak, but they have faced some very tough teams and they look well-placed to return to winning form. The Hornets should win this game comfortably and the line of 2.5 points is not anywhere near enough.
Utah Jazz vs Houston Rockets
The Rockets ended their losing streak with a narrow victory over the Jazz yesterday afternoon and the teams will play again on Friday. This is a very tough ask for the Jazz as they face a tough encounter against the San Antonio Spurs tomorrow, while the Rockets have had a couple of days off. I expect the Rockets to record a much bigger win than they did earlier in the week and they are a great bet to beat the line.
Chicago Bulls vs Atlanta Hawks
This is easily the best game this week and will be a good indicator of where each team stands at this stage of the season. The Hawks have not hit the same heights of last season and they have been a fairly unstable betting proposition against the line, but the Bulls have been an absolute horror show for punters. There is legitimately nothing between these two sides and we are happy to back whichever side starts the game as an underdog.
Charlotte Hornets vs Los Angeles Clippers
The Los Angeles Clippers have bounced back from a flat start to the season to win six games on the trot and they look well-placed to continue that winning streak with upcoming games against the Portland Trail Blazers, Hornets and New Orleans Pelicans. The Clippers could put up a big score against the Hornets and they are a great bet to beat the line.