NBA Week Ten Betting Tips
Our week nine NBA tips weren’t the hottest they’ve been so far, but we’re hoping that Christmas week is more favourable. In honour of the festive period, our resident tipster is going to preview all five games that are being played on Christmas Day and Boxing Day this year, so those UK fans who are keen to watch some incredible basketball games and place a wager if they wish, can do so with the help of 21.co.uk’s top NBA betting tips. All five of these fixtures are huge games, with reigning champions Toronto Raptors hosting Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks travelling to Philadelphia 76ers, Golden State Warriors welcoming Houston Rockets, neighbours LA Lakers and LA Clippers going head-to-head, and Denver Nuggets entertaining New Orleans Pelicans.
Boston Celtics @ Toronto Raptors, Wednesday 25th December, 17:00 GMT
After overturning a 30-point deficit against Dallas Mavericks, Toronto Raptors will surely have looked at the week ahead and thought that the away trip to Boston Celtics this Sunday would be the toughest part of it. But that was before they lost 120-115 in overtime at Indiana Pacers. Their new assessment will suddenly be that this home tie is now a must-win fixture, as they know that the return leg at TD Garden will be incredibly tough, particularly if their injury problems persist - Pascal Siakam and Marc Gasol are huge misses for the Raptors.
Boston Celtics have had a little longer to prepare for this game, and will be confident of extending their three game winning streak that has seen them edge past Dallas Mavericks before demolishing Detroit Pistons and Charlotte Hornets. If they can get the win here, it could be a glorious week for them, as they take on Cleveland Cavaliers at home before also welcoming the Raptors in the return leg. It would be a great Christmas present to themselves if they could open up some daylight between the chasing pack in the Eastern Conference.
Milwaukee Bucks @ Philadelphia 76ers, Wednesday 25th December, 19:30 GMT
21.co.uk’s NBA season preview tipped Philadelphia 76ers to claim the title this year, so it’s fantastic to see them in the wider discussion. That said, they were unbeaten at home until last week, where Miami Heat and Dallas Mavericks both won at Wells Fargo Center, so they’re perhaps not as invincible at home as they would have liked. They won well at Detroit Pistons, but will need to be at their best if they’re going to register a win that would be a huge statement of their ability.
Milwaukee Bucks decimated Indiana Pacers on Monday morning, but the 76ers on the road are likely to prove a much sterner test. The biggest positive about the Bucks (and there are plenty of them) is that they are able to adapt their game plan depending on the opposition, but they rarely need to, as their Plan A is so ruthless. To have only lost one of the past 22 games is an incredible feat, and they’ll come into this game full of belief and confidence of extending their lead at the top of the Eastern Conference and that's belief we're taking and making the most of our extensive betting markets.
Houston Rockets @ Golden State Warriors, Wednesday 25th December, 22:00 GMT
The final game of Christmas Day sees Houston Rockets travel to Golden State Warriors, with the latter desperately trying to lift themselves from the foot of the Western Conference. Successive home wins against New Orleans Pelicans and Minnesota Timberwolves takes them to seven from 31, but with Houston Rockets, Phoenix Suns, and Memphis Grizzlies all turning up at Chase Center before 2019 ends, this could represent the beginning of another slump. With no return date set for Steph Curry, and Klay Thompson likely to miss the season, the Warriors’ hopes of making the playoffs are practically dead in the water.
Houston Rockets meanwhile continue to be something of a surprise package, although at 21.co.uk we thought they’d be challengers before the season started. Their 113-104 win at Sacramento Kings was their fourth in a row since their shock defeat at home to Detroit Pistons, and their sixth consecutive win on the road, having also taken out Phoenix Suns and LA Clippers over the weekend. James Harden will be itching to come up against a side that he’s fared well against in the past, looking to maintain his average of over 38 points per game - only Wilt Chamberlain has achieved that average over an entire NBA season.
LA Clippers @ LA Lakers, Friday 26th December, 01:00 GMT
The early hours of Boxing Day in the UK sees the two titans of Los Angeles come up against one another. LA Lakers slipped to a heavy 24-point defeat on home turf at the hands of Denver Nuggets on Monday morning, a third loss in a row, which means that only four teams currently have worse form across the whole of the NBA. The fact that the Lakers lost this fixture 112-102 on the opening day will also be gnawing away at them, as will knowing that both LeBron James and Anthony Davis are doubts for this clash.
LA Clippers also lost their most recent game, 118-112 at Oklahoma City Thunder, to leave them with a L-W-L-W-L record across their last five. The Clippers are statistically worse away from home, with an 8-8 record compared to their 14-2 record at Staples Center, but the fact that this “road” contest is actually at the stadium they share with the Lakers likely means that those statistics can be ignored. If Davis and James do miss out, Paul George and Kawhi Leonard are going to have a field day.
New Orleans Pelicans @ Denver Nuggets, Saturday 26th December, 03:30 GMT
Following on from their huge result at LA Lakers, Denver Nuggets travelled to Phoenix Suns on Christmas Eve, where they edged out a win by 2 points. They’ll be delighted to be back at home at the Pepsi Center for the next three games though, with New Orleans Pelicans, Memphis Grizzlies, and Sacramento Kings all posting a win percentage of 40% or less. The Nuggets have won each of the last seven, and the Lakers’ poor form won’t have gone unnoticed, meaning their poised to capitalise and stake a claim for top spot in the Western Conference.
New Orleans Pelicans have largely been amongst the whipping boys in the NBA this season, although that may have something to do with the fact that rookie and #1 pick Zion Williamson has yet to pull on a Pelicans jersey this season. They’ve lost 10 of their 12 games in December, although the two wins have been across their last three fixtures, with both coming on the road at Minnesota Timberwolves and Portland Trail Blazers. The Nuggets are of a higher calibre though, so if the Pelicans get a result here it would be a Christmas miracle.
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