NBA Week Sixteen Betting Tips
In January, 21.co.uk had a fantastic week in regards to our online casino but we also had a fantastic Basketball betting tips as last week’s 21.co.uk NBA betting tips saw four out of five predictions come good, with only Utah Jazz’s loss against San Antonio Spurs costing us a perfect week. As a result, the Jazz have been ejected for a technical foul, although we have five other incredible games to cast our eyes over. Indiana Pacers welcome Dallas Mavericks, while LA Lakers look to begin a winning streak again as they host San Antonio Spurs. The Eastern Conference sees two huge contests with Boston Celtics going up against Orlando Magic, and Philadelphia 76ers travelling to Milwaukee Bucks. Finally, Phoenix Suns attempt to stay within touching distance of the Western Conference playoff places when they entertain Houston Rockets. Read on for our previews and betting tips.
Dallas Mavericks @ Indiana Pacers, Tuesday 4th February, 00:00 GMT
Indiana Pacers look set to qualify for the playoffs for the fifth season in a row, but they will still have ambitions of going one better and finishing in the top four for the first time since 2014. The likes of Miami Heat and Boston Celtics stand in their way, but if they can get results against the likes of the Mavericks then they’ll still be firmly in contention. That said, the Pacers are fresh off a frankly bizarre loss to New York Knicks in Indianapolis over the weekend, and it’s sure to have dented their confidence. Victor Oladipo has finally recovered from the knee injury that has seen him out of contention for over a year, but the Pacers look like they may be in the process of adapting their style to suit him.
By hook or by crook, Dallas Mavericks look like they’re going to make the playoffs for the first time since 2016, although recent form suggests they might not be able to do enough to dislodge the top four in the Western Conference. The Mavericks have built a large portion of their success on away form, having won 16 of 23 games so far, although the bulk of the losses have been at the homes of some of the teams in the NBA’s upper echelons. Luka Doncic’s ankle injury is hardly going to fill them with confidence ahead of a trip to Bankers Life Fieldhouse though, particularly given that they have only won one of their most recent five visits, but we can’t get the Knicks result out of our head.
San Antonio Spurs @ LA Lakers, Wednesday 5th February, 03:00 GMT
LA Lakers’ struggles may be a thing of the past, as they’re one win away from registering their most since 2013, and just five away from ensuring they have a win percentage upwards of 50% for the first time during the same period. If LeBron James wasn’t quite the answer to their prayers last campaign, Anthony Davis has been the catalyst to get the Lakers firing on all cylinders, and they look formidable. Two wins on the spin was slightly worrying, although the home loss to Portland Timberwolves was more about honouring the memory of Kobe Bryant than going all out for a result, so can arguably be disregarded. A win at Sacramento Kings has got them focusing on their performances again, and the Spurs are unlikely to be able to withstand them in top form.
San Antonio Spurs’ two home wins in a row against Utah Jazz and Charlotte Hornets have kept them fighting for a playoff berth, but they face a tough start to this week with two games at the Staples Center, against the Clippers on Tuesday morning before this clash with the Lakers. The other concern for the Spurs is that they’ve struggled on the road this season, and they are staring down the barrel of eight away games in a row between now and the end of the month. This could all spell disaster, if it ultimately leads to the Spurs missing out on the playoffs for the first time since 1997. While we may be getting ahead of ourselves, we can’t see them troubling the Lakers too much, although the spread is massive.
Orlando Magic @ Boston Celtics, Thursday 6th February, 00:30 GMT
Boston Celtics head coach, Brad Stevens, has seen his side go from strength to strength since his difficult first season in 2013, and they’re poised to challenge the Eastern Conference’s top sides until the very end of the campaign. That said, there are rumours that they’re still looking to bring in a body before Thursday’s trade deadline (with Detroit Pistons’ Andre Drummond consistently linked), in order to provide a shot in the arm to try and make it to the NBA Finals following an absence of a decade. A good win over Philadelphia 76ers over the weekend has taken their run to three, and they’ll be in fine fettle as the Magic arrive at TD Garden.
Much like the Celtics, Orlando Magic are also trying to expand their roster this week, with New York Knicks’ Dennis Smith Jr. looking most likely to arrive. This is all with the aim of clinging onto the playoff position that they currently hold, and that they fought so hard to earn last year, with the likes of Chicago Bulls, Washington Wizards, and Detroit Pistons circling like vultures. Five defeats in a row and seven across their last eight is cause for concern, with the Magic only scoring more than 100 points on two occasions during that spell, and the fact that one of those losses was 109-98 to the Celtics at Amway Center further points towards a arduous visit to Massachusetts.
Philadelphia 76ers @ Milwaukee Bucks, Friday 7th February, 01:00 GMT
If the LA Lakers are putting on some fantastic displays, then there are no superlatives that adequately describe the Milwaukee Bucks at the moment. Their win percentage of 85% at the time of writing would be the third highest in NBA history if they can keep it up until the end of the year, while Giannis Antetokounmpo looks firmly in line to be named MVP once again. A loss at home to Denver Nuggets wasn’t ideal, but a good win over Phoenix Suns across the weekend was the perfect response, and with what should be routine trips to New Orleans Pelicans and Orlando Magic, and a home game with Sacramento Kings to round of the week, the Bucks can afford to put an extra degree of focus into this clash.
We’ve mentioned it several times, but Philadelphia 76ers were our pick to win the Championship in our NBA season preview, and while a playoff spot is practically a guarantee at this stage, they’re not exactly pulling up trees. Two 3rd-placed finishes have preceded this campaign, but the 76ers face something of an uphill battle to clinch a similar position this time around, particularly if they’re going to continue performing so poorly on the road, having lost 17 of 26 games so far. With a trip to Miami Heat before this meeting, it could be a tough week for the 76ers, and they’re more likely to be eyeing their run of games at Wells Fargo Center that follow this tricky tie.
Houston Rockets @ Phoenix Suns, Saturday 8th February, 02:00 GMT
The final game of the 21.co.uk NBA betting tips this week sees Phoenix Suns vying to turn things around and make it into the playoffs for the first time since 2010. The various injuries to the roster are hardly the best preparation for a difficult week, although Ty Jerome, Ricky Rubio, Cameron Johnson, Aron Baynes, and Dario Saric could all be back in contention after the Suns’ run of away ties comes to an end at Detroit Pistons on Thursday morning. They’re in the unenviable position of having a losing record both at home and away, although worryingly their home form is significantly worse, which could be good news for the Rockets.
Houston Rockets are unlikely to settle for anything lower than a top four spot in the Western Conference, but they’re within a hair’s breadth away from Utah Jazz who sit immediately above them, and could conceivably be above them by the time they host the Jazz on Monday morning. James Harden is still top of the points-per-game charts this season, and if he keeps up his performances then they’ll keep the pressure on until the end of the campaign. Summer signing Russell Westbrook is also delivering key contributions, and the partnership that is being formed is formidable, something that is likely to see the Suns eclipsed in this fixture.
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