NBA Week Thirteen Betting Tips
It was all going so well in last week’s NBA betting tips on 21.co.uk, but it all swiftly fell apart with two surprise results towards the end of the week. We’re back this time with a few clashes that could be quite difficult to call, as some of the NBA’s biggest sides come head to head. Philadelphia 76ers and Indiana Pacers clash in downtown Indianapolis with the Eastern Conference playoff places growing increasingly tighter, as do Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks - the top two in the East. Memphis Grizzlies welcome Houston Rockets in the Western Conference, as they desperately look to hang on to a top eight spot, while elsewhere LA Lakers entertain Orlando Magic, while Miami Heat travel to Oklahoma City Thunder.
Philadelphia 76ers @ Indiana Pacers, Tuesday 14th January, 00:00 GMT
The most surprising thing about Indiana Pacers this season is that they’ve managed to stay in the challenge for the top tier playoff places in the Eastern Conference despite the lack of an out-and-out superstar player. That’s not to take anything away from their roster, if anything it’s a compliment, as they’ve been fantastic on defense whilst also hitting teams hard to secure wins. With a return for Victor Oladipo rumoured to be just around the corner after almost a year out with injury, the Pacers could make a real statement of intent with a win here.
While Philadelphia 76ers remain our pick to win the NBA Championship this year, there’s no denying that they have lacked consistency, and at times have slipped poorly. Their 109-91 capitulation at Dallas Mavericks won’t have helped confidence, nor will their continued shooting problems. Games on the road have hardly been the kindest, and given that they lost this exact fixture 115-97 just a fortnight ago, the 76ers slump could well continue. They built themselves on a strong defense, but they’re beginning to suffer on all areas of the court, something that needs addressing swiftly.
Houston Rockets @ Memphis Grizzlies, Wednesday 15th January, 01:00 GMT
While Memphis Grizzlies are a surprise package, for long periods it looked as if they’d only be a ‘banana skin’ team for the bigger sides, while being thwarted by opposition of similar calibre to themselves. However, five wins on the spin - away victories at LA Clippers and Phoenix Suns, before three straight home wins against Minnesota Timberwolves, San Antonio Spurs, and Golden State Warriors - have got them looking like serious playoff contenders. They’ve scored roughly 120 points in each of their last seven, with solid performances from Ja Morant, will have boosted confidence within the Grizzlies roster, and Taylor Jenkins will be a happy coach.
Houston Rockets are also playing unpredictable basketball from game-to-game. Road form seems to be their biggest bugbear, as they’ve registered defeats at sides well below their current level since Christmas, in the form of New Orleans Pelicans, Oklahoma City Thunder, and Golden State Warriors. The flip side is they’ve beaten Philadelphia 76ers and Denver Nuggets in that time frame as well. If Russell Westbrook continues his fine form, and James Harden picks up momentum after becoming the 45th player to break the 20,000 career points barrier last week, and in this weeks betting we're backing them to cause problems here.
Orlando Magic @ LA Lakers, Thursday 16th January, 03:30 GMT
Even those that have taken only a cursory glance at the NBA recently will know that LA Lakers are a team with high expectations. They’re hitting those at the moment, although there was a worrying period over Christmas as they lost four straight games, but since that abject run they’ve registered eight wins on the spin. Last time out at Oklahoma City Thunder they proved that the belief that they lack ability in depth is a myth, as they won without star players LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and Danny Green. They host Cleveland Cavaliers before this, which should be a walkover, and this tight-knit group of players look like having a good chance to meet their personal ambitions.
Orlando Magic’s own ambitions will at the very least consist of making the playoffs. They look on course to do so, but will need to ideally find a way to boost their win percentage to over 50%. Brooklyn Nets are tantalisingly within catching distance, but a degree of focus has to be given to the chasing pack, as Charlotte Hornets, Detroit Pistons, and Chicago Bulls battle it out to sneak into the playoff positions. That said, the Magic have played a few more games than the Hornets, and have a better record, but will still need to find consistency - in fact they haven’t won more than two in a row since the start of December. We can see them beating the excessive spread though.
Boston Celtics @ Milwaukee Bucks, Friday 17th January, 01:00 GMT
Milwaukee Bucks are the best team in the NBA, with a 35-6 record at the halfway stage. Looking into the specifics, they statistically have the best defense in the league, while also boasting the third best offense. With Giannis Antetokounmpo making all the right moves towards becoming MVP for successive seasons, and Khris Middleton and Eric Bledsoe hitting form after overcoming respective injuries, the Bucks look formidable. Assuming that they beat New York Knicks comfortably, they’ll have set themselves up for the somewhat tougher visit of the Celtics on Friday.
Boston Celtics, like several of the other teams 21.co.uk is looking at this week, have had some patchy form and strange results recently. They lost at Washington Wizards and Philadelphia 76ers, as well as succumbing to San Antonio Spurs at TD Garden, before crucifying New Orleans Pelicans 140-105 on Sunday. Jayson Tatum registered a personal record of 41 points in that clash, but it’s fair to say the roster has a couple of issues that may cost the Celtics in their title bid. They were looking unassailable a few weeks ago, but Miami Heat, Toronto Raptors, Philadelphia 76ers, and Indiana Pacers are now primed to capitalise on any slip ups. Much like Orlando Magic, we can see them beating the large spread.
Miami Heat @ Oklahoma City Thunder, Saturday 18th January, 01:00 GMT
Oklahoma City Thunder are currently 7th in the Western Conference, but if they match their form from the first half of the season they should make the playoffs. It’ll be interesting to see how they pick themselves up from a 15 point loss to a weakened LA Lakers side, as they travel to Minnesota Timberwolves and welcome the reigning champions, Toronto Raptors, to the Chesapeake Energy Arena before this meeting. They could be boosted if Nerlens Noel overcomes an ankle injury, as while the center isn’t known for scoring, he’s a crucial defensive presence, and is 13th on the list for average number of blocks per game.
Miami Heat’s franchise record of games played without registering consecutive defeats came to an end in surprising circumstances, as they lost 124-121 to New York Knicks on Sunday. While Jimmy Butler missed some late shots, it really shouldn’t have come down to that against one of the worst sides in the NBA. The Heat are currently 3rd in the Eastern Conference, but if they want to maintain that position they’ll have to overcome the San Antonio Spurs in Florida during the week. The Spurs have been a thorn in several team’s sides this campaign, and this first serious slump will be a test of Miami Heat’s integrity. In our eyes though, making the Heat the underdogs is a knee-jerk reaction that adds value.
Play Live Casino at 21.co.uk
Basketball isn’t our only focus at 21.co.uk, as we also have some of the best betting tips on the biggest horse racing and football events throughout the year. We’re also the place to visit for all casino card games; beginning with some of the best live casino variations of classic table games such as online Blackjack and online Roulette.