NBA Week Five Betting Tips
A mere two points separated 21.co.uk’s basketball tipster from five perfect predictions in our NBA week 4 betting tips. This week, they’ll be hoping to go one step further as they cast a glance over some of the biggest games of the fifth week of the 2019-20 NBA Season. Boston Celtics are looking to retain top spot in the Eastern Conference, while Orlando Magic are vying to move up into the playoff positions. Elsewhere, in the Western Conference, Denver Nuggets and Houston Rockets clash in Colorado in the early hours of Thursday, which could prove to be a season-defining result in the long-term. Read on for all of our NBA week 5 betting tips.
Boston Celtics @ Phoenix Suns, Tuesday 19th November, 02:00 GMT
Phoenix Suns are certainly more than capable of causing an upset, as they’re hovering just outside the Western Conference’s top four, in spite of having played fewer games. The Suns have previously stunned LA Clippers, Philadelphia 76ers, and Brooklyn Nets, as well as pushing Denver Nuggets all the way in their single-point overtime loss. A hard-fought win here would start their week off perfectly, but it’ll be a tough ask.
That said, we were gearing up to preview this game with Boston Celtics looking to continue their incredible unbeaten run in the NBA, but that was blown out of the water following their 100-99 defeat at Sacramento Kings on Sunday night. We were also preparing ourselves to admit that our NBA season preview prediction that the Celtics may only finish sixth in the Eastern Conference was harsh, but we’ve seen in previous years how a couple of losses can completely turn a positive season on its head, so they’ll have to be alert in Arizona.
Golden State Warriors @ Memphis Grizzlies, Wednesday 20th November, 01:00 GMT
While we saw the Grizzlies having a difficult season, nothing could have prepared us for the fact that Golden State Warriors would be languishing at the foot of the Western Conference, with just two wins from their opening fourteen games. Injury has been the main issue for the Warriors, with Klay Thompson missing since the NBA Finals last season, and Steph Curry breaking his hand in their fourth game. Draymond Green and D’Angelo Russell missing at crucial points has also been a factor.
For Memphis Grizzlies, there arguably couldn’t be a better time to welcome the Warriors, and they could pick up points that they certainly wouldn’t have been anticipating at the start of the campaign. With the likes of Oklahoma City Thunder in their sights, there’s extra motivation for the Grizzlies to press for the win looking to move up the NBA table. We’d have to fancy them to bag the win here.
Orlando Magic @ Toronto Raptors, Thursday 21st November, 00:30 GMT
Toronto Raptors continue to try and make a move on the leaders in the Eastern Conference, but with the impressive form of Miami Heat and Milwaukee Bucks, they’re having a tough time of it. A defeat to Dallas Mavericks on Sunday night hasn’t helped matters, and the Raptors will need to recover quickly in a week that also sees them up against Charlotte Hornets and Atlanta Hawks. All three could prove to be a banana skin.
Orlando Magic have battled hard to make their way into the final playoff spot, but now they reach a crossroads in their campaign. Fighting too hard to close down the likes of Charlotte Hornets and Indiana Pacers above them could lead to fatigue and injuries. Not leaving 100% on the court could also cost them crucial points, and see Brooklyn Nets leapfrog them. We think they’ll go with the former option here, ahead of a packed schedule for the subsequent fortnight.
Houston Rockets @ Denver Nuggets, Thursday 21st November, 02:00 GMT
At 21.co.uk, we backed these teams to be the top two in the Western Conference at the end of the 2019/20 regular season, and so it’s delightful to see them pushing LA Lakers at this stage. This could arguably be the biggest game of the week, with Denver Nuggets having won six of their previous seven, only falling to defeat against Atlanta Hawks. With home advantage, they’ll certainly be confident, but they’ll also need to respect their opposition.
Houston Rockets have gone one step better than the Nuggets, winning every single one of their last seven games, to propel themselves to second in the table. They’ve all been good strong wins as well, with the 107-100 victory over Memphis Grizzlies being the closest margin. If the Rockets can get a big win against Portland Trail Blazers as well ahead of this clash, their confidence will be stratospheric, and they will fear no-one. This will be a tight, low-scoring game in our eyes though.
Atlanta Hawks @ Detroit Pistons, Saturday 23rd November, 00:00 GMT
Detroit Pistons had such a sprightly beginning to their season, it really seemed as if they were going to hover around the playoff places as expected. That was before they slumped to four successive defeats in the league, with Charlotte Hornets, Miami Heat, Minnesota Timberwolves, and Indiana Pacers getting the better of them. With three of their four wins coming at Little Caesars Arena, they’ll be slightly happier with this than their Thursday morning game at Chicago Bulls.
At 21.co.uk, we had the Pistons to sneak into the playoffs at the season’s end, with Atlanta Hawks just missing out. When they met on October 25th though, the Hawks claimed a crucial 117-100 road victory, although the hosts will have been aggrieved with the fact they played in Indiana the night before, whereas it was the Hawks’ first game of the season. This one will be a lot tighter in our eyes, and while we’re tempted to back Detroit Pistons to cover the -7.5 spread at odds of 21/20, we just can’t see many more points being scored than last time.
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