NBA Week Twelve Betting Tips
Happy New Year Everyone from everyone at the 21.co.uk online casino NBA week 11 provided some peculiar results, with Washington Wizards beating Miami Heat, Memphis Grizzlies mauling LA Clippers, and Atlanta Hawks seeing off Indiana Pacers. The kind of results make providing NBA betting tips incredibly difficult, but our resident tipster at 21.co.uk is going to try their best. All five games we’re focusing on this week feature playoff hopefuls, with Orlando Magic and Brooklyn Nets fighting it out in the Eastern Conference, and Memphis Grizzlies trying to pip San Antonio Spurs to 8th in the Western Conference. Elsewhere, Indiana Pacers host Miami Heat, Dallas Mavericks welcome Denver Nuggets, and our pick for 2020 success, Philadelphia 76ers, entertain Boston Celtics.
Brooklyn Nets @ Orlando Magic, Tuesday 7th January, 00:00 GMT
Orlando Magic haven’t found consistency so far this NBA season, and will need to up their game if they’re to convincingly make it to the playoff stage this time around. The likes of Charlotte Hornets, Chicago Bulls, and Detroit Pistons are lurking, waiting to undo the Magic’s hard work of last year that saw a “new dawn” heralded at Amway Center. Over the weekend, a huge 20-point win over Miami Heat was swiftly followed by a slump against Utah Jazz, so it’s hard to say exactly where the Magic find themselves as they come into this tie.
Brooklyn Nets have completely fallen apart since Christmas Day, losing five straight games, including a home court loss to the struggling New York Knicks. They’ve also lost five of their past six games on the road, with the only exception being an overtime victory over New Orleans Pelicans, and look in dire straits despite still sitting 7th in the Eastern Conference. It’s fair to say that Kyrie Irving’s shoulder injury has cost them dearly, with Spencer Dinwiddie doing his best to lift the team, but morale is low around the Nets at the moment, and in our online betting tips, we're backing it to get even lower.
Miami Heat @ Indiana Pacers, Thursday 9th January, 00:00 GMT
Prior to Christmas, Indiana Pacers looked as if they’d practically cemented a playoff position, having won fourteen out of eighteen games, and only one of the four losses coming at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. In the five games after December 25th however, they’ve lost four. While losses against Denver Nuggets and Miami Heat are understandable, losing to New Orleans Pelicans and Atlanta Hawks in their current form is a big concern, and if they were to struggle to win at Charlotte Hornets on Tuesday morning then they’d likely be in no frame of mind to fend off the Heat.
Miami Heat are a strange team at the moment. Across the past eight games, they’ve won all six at home, but lost heavily in the two on the road - 123-105 at Washington Wizards and 105-85 at Orlando Magic. Having beaten Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday, the Heat will have had more time to prepare for this encounter, as it’s their first of the week. Erik Spoelstra has likely had them intensely working on tactics and defense in the interim, and he’ll be hoping that pays dividends to put their away form back on track.
Denver Nuggets @ Dallas Mavericks, Thursday 9th January, 00:30 GMT
A quick glance at the hastily-assembled notes for our NBA season preview confirms that we had Dallas Mavericks down to miss out on a playoff place this year, and yet they’ve performed remarkably, capable of winning both home and away. That said, the Mavericks have seriously struggled for form over the past month, with their record since this time in December reading WLWLWLWLWWLLWL. They’ll need to up their game from their overtime loss to Charlotte Hornets, as they also welcome Chicago Bulls, LA Lakers, and Philadelphia 76ers to the American Airlines Center across the week.
While the Mavericks are a surprise, Denver Nuggets are meeting our (admittedly lofty) pre-season expectations as they sit 2nd in the Western Conference. While they’re ahead of Houston Rockets and LA Clippers by the finest of margins, they’ve fully deserved to be there, although their loss to Washington Wizards over the weekend will be a small cause for concern. Their trip to Atlanta Hawks ahead of this is likely to be draining, but it should be a straightforward win, and if they can avoid injuries they’ll be in high spirits as they rock up in Texas.
Boston Celtics @ Philadelphia 76ers, Friday 10th January, 00:00 GMT
Philadelphia 76ers are likely to make the playoffs, but not quite as convincingly as we thought at 21.co.uk. Our pre-season NBA betting tips had them to win the Championship this year, and while we didn’t think they’d be top of the Eastern Conference, we didn’t anticipate them being as low as 5th. The 76ers have one of the most jarring disparities between home and away form, but Wells Fargo Center is proving something of a fortress, with only Miami Heat and Dallas Mavericks victorious there in eighteen games. They’ve already beaten Boston Celtics twice this season as well, so should be confident despite four straight away losses.
Boston Celtics were always expected to make the playoffs, but there were huge question marks over how they would perform without Al Horford and Kyrie Irving, who both left in the summer. Bringing in Kemba Walker from Charlotte Hornets to offset the latter was shrewd business, but despite not signing an out-and-out replacement for Horford, the Celtics are flying in the league. A 75% win percentage from thirty-three games is astounding, although perhaps more astounding is the fact that only sees them second in the Eastern Conference. They’ll be looking to keep up their pursuit of Milwaukee Bucks here.
San Antonio Spurs @ Memphis Grizzlies, Saturday 11th January, 01:00 GMT
Memphis Grizzlies were our nod to finish bottom of the Western Conference, so apologies to fans of the Tennessee side, as they’re within a stone’s throw of a playoff place. As with many other teams, their main issue has been finding consistency but wins on the road at LA Clippers and Phoenix Suns have set them up for a good week. Minnesota Timberwolves and Golden State Warriors are the other two fixtures at FedExForum over the next few days, but both of those encounters - as well as this clash with Spurs - are winnable if the whole roster is firing.
You have to go back to 1997 to find the last time that San Antonio Spurs didn’t make the playoffs, although the last two seasons have been a lot tighter than previous years. 7th place was theirs in both of those campaigns, but this time around they’re struggling to hang onto 8th, with the Grizzlies joining the Timberwolves and Trail Blazers amongst the teams lying in wait. Poor away form and underwhelming home form means the Spurs face a monumental task to close down the Thunder above them, a task that would become harder with a loss in Memphis.
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