The struggling Portland Trail Blazers face a tough road test on Saturday as they visit the Boston Celtics. Portland will be playing their third game in four days and with no rest as they were in Philadelphia on Friday. The Celtics will be rested and ready as they have had two days off since playing New York on Wednesday. The Blazers have also lost 8 of the last 10 games in Boston. Let’s look at the matchup and NBA predictions.
The Dallas Mavericks will host the Utah Jazz at the American Airlines Center on Friday night in hope to take down the Jazz in the third try this season. The Jazz lead the season series with 2-0, with both wins coming at the Vivint Smart Home Arena. The game is scheduled to start at 8:30 PM ET.
The Golden State Warriors have been through a couple of emotionally-charged games in the past week, and they have come out of it smelling like a rose. But could a game against the Houston Rockets, suddenly a major contender in the Western Conference, be going to the emotional well once too often?
There is always going to be at least one game that really catches your attention on the betting card. It very well could be the game between the Toronto Raptors and the Charlotte Hornets on Friday night. The Hornets are lined as a pick ‘em at home, even though they have lost seven of the last eight games
The Indiana Pacers are road favorites on Friday night. Let that sink in for a minute. The Pacers, who have won a total of six road games all season while losing fourteen road games, are favored. Yes, the Pacers are playing the Lakers who are just 10-13 at home this season but the game is on ESPN and the Lakers will want to put on a good show at home. Let’s look at the matchup and NBA picks.
The Washington Wizards will look to take some of their home success on the road as they visit the New York Knicks on Thursday night on TNT. The Wizards have the second-most home wins in the Eastern Conference but they have the second-fewest road wins. They should have a chance to get a road win on Thursday against a New York team in disarray. Let’s look at the contest and NBA picks.
Five years ago, this would be a big game. On January 19, 2017, it’s more like a pillow fight. The Dallas Mavericks visit the Miami Heat on Thursday night with both teams sitting well below .500. Per the line for this game, assuming around two points for home court advantage in Miami, the Mavericks are rated slightly better than the Heat by the oddsmakers.
The Denver Nuggets are heading for another away game, this time in Texas where they’ll take on the San Antonio Spurs. They’ve won their last three games, against the Pacers and the Magic at home, and against the Lakers in Los Angeles 127-121, on Tuesday. On the other side, the Spurs are 3-2 in the last five games with some unexpected defeats against the Bucks at home and the Suns away. Their last game was also on Tuesday night when they emerged victorious against Minnesota, 122-114. The game is scheduled for Thursday, January 19th at 8:30 PM ET.
A high scoring game is expected on Wednesday night as the Oklahoma City Thunder visit former teammate Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors on ESPN. The Thunder are playing the fourth game of a six-game road trip that hasn’t gone well as Oklahoma City has dropped two of the first three. On the other side, the Warriors are coming off a big win against the Cleveland Cavaliers so some sort of letdown is possible. Let’s look at the matchup and NBA predictions.
The Indiana Pacers are off to a 3-game road trip hoping to finally win some games away from the Bankers Life Fieldhouse and find some consistency. On Wednesday night they will visit the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento where they will take on the Sacramento Kings. The Pacers are coming of a 98-95 win over the New Orleans Pelicans, while the Sacramento Kings came close to pulling an upset over the OKC Thunder, in the end losing with 118-122 at home. The game tip-off is scheduled for 10:30 PM ET.