NBA Week Seventeen Betting Tips
The decision to turn 21.co.uk's online casino blog into a Sports and Casino blog has been more than justified with 21.co.uk’s success rate for NBA betting tips now just shy of 60%, which isn’t bad at all when you consider the surprises that have been thrown up at various points this season. Milwaukee Bucks and LA Lakers are still the high-flyers in the league, and this week we focus on their games against Indiana Pacers and Denver Nuggets respectively. We also take a look at Utah Jazz travelling south to take on Dallas Mavericks, while a second game in Texas sees San Antonio Spurs welcoming Oklahoma City Thunder. Finally, east meets west as Boston Celtics host LA Clippers with both in the top three of their respective Conferences. Read on for our previews and sports betting tips.
Utah Jazz @ Dallas Mavericks, Tuesday 11th February, 01:30 GMT
Dallas Mavericks go into this one at the American Airlines Center with a fair few things playing on their mind. Last week started off well, with a win at Indiana Pacers, before a home loss to Memphis Grizzlies and an agonising single-point defeat at Washington Wizards. Sunday night saw a 116-100 win over Charlotte Hornets, which will restore some positivity, but they’ll be understandably nervous ahead of entertaining a Jazz side that beat them by five points in a tense game just over a fortnight ago. That game saw the Mavericks crumble late on, having led for the majority, and they’ll need to be more ruthless this time around. To that end, they may need to rethink their three pointer reliance, and instead focus on their two-point play, particularly with Dorian Finney-Smith and Kristaps Porzingis’ rebound ability.
Utah Jazz have had to do it the hard way in their last two matches, but those wins against Portland Trail Blazers and Houston Rockets could prove crucial to earning a top four finish in the Western Conference in the long-term. In the short-term, those results will have filled the Jazz with confidence having been on a five game losing streak prior to them, and they know they possess the tools capable of dismantling the Mavericks. 7’1” Rudy Gobert is a significant piece of the puzzle at the back, as he limits the opposition attempts and polices the paint expertly, but they also have some clinical players at the other end, with Bojan Bogdanovic, Jordan Clarkson, and Donovan Mitchell all being solid performers. That said, we can see home court advantage giving the Mavericks the slight edge.
San Antonio Spurs @ Oklahoma City Thunder, Wednesday 12th February, 01:00 GMT
Oklahoma City Thunder were a side that were generally expected to make a last-ditch trade before the deadline in order to strengthen their playoff push, but none were forthcoming. There’s still every reason to be positive though, as their run of four wins was only ended by a single-point loss to Boston Celtics at the weekend, and they remain firmly on course to make the playoffs for a fifth consecutive season, and the tenth time in twelve years since they were rebranded as Oklahoma City Thunder from Seattle SuperSonics. Billy Donovan’s tenure has been exceedingly positive, and the team has coped well with Russell Westbrook’s departure, with Dennis Schroder, Chris Paul and Danilo Gallinari stepping up. They could be playing the Spurs at exactly the right time.
San Antonio Spurs are in freefall, as their statistics on both the offensive and defensive ends have sputtered, and their series of losses has left them facing a huge struggle to get back into playoff contention. Consecutive defeats at the Staples Center to both LA Clippers and LA Lakers were understandable, but thumpings at both Portland Trail Blazers and Sacramento Kings weren’t exactly on the cards, and now their final two games of this series of six fixtures on the road are also a concern. Colorado is the destination on Tuesday morning, to face Denver Nuggets before this tie, and another loss could be soul-destroying. Gregg Popovich needs to get the wider roster supporting DeMar Rozan and LaMarcus Aldridge, as its only those two posting any stats of real note. We think this game will come too early though, although the spread is fairly large.
Milwaukee Bucks @ Indiana Pacers, Thursday 13th February, 00:30 GMT
The sudden drop-off in Indiana Pacers’ form over the last two weeks is one of life’s great mysteries. Across the entirety of the 2019 leg of the season, they had a 15-3 record at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, while now it stands at 18-9, with four of those six losses coming in their four most recent home games. If you also add in the loss at Toronto Raptors, the Pacers are on a five game losing streak, something they haven’t experienced since the end of 2017. Suddenly, their home game against Brooklyn Nets to begin the week could be a slog, and the away tie at the lowly New York Knicks over the coming weekend isn’t even close to a formality, given that the same opposition were the ones that kick-started this Pacers slump. The Bucks in this form will be a terrifying prospect.
Milwaukee Bucks have been playing some incredible basketball, with the trip to San Antonio Spurs and the home clash with Denver Nuggets in January proving the only blights on the picturesque landscape that they have created so far in 2020. In truth, it’s hard to see the Bucks slipping up at all in February, with only the journey north to face Toronto Raptors in a couple of weeks’ time looking to be a real test, but they know better than to underestimate the opposition. Giannis Antetokounmpo looks set to be the MVP this season, but Khris Middleton and Eric Bledsoe have also been crucial to early success. With all of that and more in their roster, the Bucks have a real chance of winning the NBA Championship, and they’re likely to blow the Pacers away as a statement that they’re the dominant force in the NBA in 2020.
LA Lakers @ Denver Nuggets, Thursday 13th February, 03:00 GMT
Shortly after the Bucks and Pacers get underway, Denver Nuggets will be hosting one of the other biggest sides in the league this season. The Nuggets have already shown that they can cause an upset on more than one occasion this year, but also specifically in this fixture, having won 128-104 shortly before Christmas when they made the journey to California. They’re now unbeaten in three at the Pepsi Center, while successive wins on the road against Utah Jazz and Phoenix Suns have put them in good stead for the visit of San Antonio Spurs and the Lakers before the All-Star break. Those latter two games are also notable for seeing Jamal Murray post the highest points with 31 and 36, eclipsing the talismanic Nikola Jokic. Both of them will need to be on top form ahead of this tricky tie.
In the early part of the season, LA Lakers looked phenomenal, and sides were terrified of the thought of facing them. December saw a slight slump, but for the first two weeks of January it seemed to be sorted, as they cruised to a nine game winning streak. Since then however, they’ve not won more than two in a row, with Orlando Magic, Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers, Portland Trail Blazers, and Houston Rockets all getting the better of them. Part of that can obviously be attributed to the morale issues following tragic recent events, but from a purely game-focus perspective, they’ve not been as unrelenting in their attacking approach. Anthony Davis and LeBron James continue to post incredible points tallies, but we don’t see this being a huge win for the Lakers, despite the fact that prediction cost us last week as they faced the Spurs. A points prediction looks safer than the alternatives though.
LA Clippers @ Boston Celtics, Friday 14th February, 01:00 GMT
The reverse of this game saw Los Angeles Clippers win by 107-104, and Boston Celtics will be keen to reclaim the bragging rights. They’re in a great position to do so, having arrested their January downturn by winning seven on the bounce, and ten of their past eleven. While Marcus Smart has been balancing his roles of defense with play-acting that was so extreme it could have won an Oscar, the likes of Kemba Walker, Jayson Tatum, and Gordon Hayward have been formidable on the offensive end. Following their single-point win away at Oklahoma City Thunder, the Celtics are in a great position to consolidate a home advantage position for the playoffs, and wins against Houston Rockets and the Clippers would send a real message to their Eastern Conference competitors.
Fresh from handing Cleveland Cavaliers their worst home loss in their history, LA Clippers continue their efforts to leapfrog Denver Nuggets and stay within touching distance of their neighbours, LA Lakers, in the Western Conference. Despite the disappointment of not coaxing Darren Collison out of retirement, the Clippers’ roster is full of enough talent to see them continue their challenge, and with a playoff berth practically guaranteed they can begin to approach each game in a more considered manner. This is a tactic that could see them win in Philadelphia against the 76ers on Wednesday, which would assert their threat to the traditional “big teams”. Whatever happens in the long run, Doc Rivers has brought genuine competitiveness back to the Clippers, and they will push the Celtics all the way at TD Garden.
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