The weekend is here and while we have our previews for the two big Conference Championship Games in the NFL taking place Sunday to come tomorrow, we are also going to bring you a selection of top sports betting tips for the action on Friday and Saturday.
There’s plenty to enjoy this weekend. Especially with a great selection of games in the NBA including a massive Eastern Conference matchup between the top two; the Philadelphia 76ers and the Boston Celtics.
Let’s now preview some of the key games in the NBA taking place over the next couple of days. Odds stated on the games were available at DraftKings Sportsbook at the time of writing.
NBA Fixtures and Tips
Indiana Pacers (-148) V Orlando Magic (+120)
The Indiana Pacers (8-6) have won 22 of the last 27 games with the Orlando Magic (7-8), splitting the last six but they come into this game on the back of a disappointing loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday.
After a solid 6-2 start, the Magic have also hit the skids of late, winning one of their last seven. A torn ACL to starting point guard Markelle Fultz against Cleveland on January 6th seeming to be the point at which their season started to slide.
The Magic’s talented and consistent center, Nikola Vucevic, has been in great form for the Florida team, averaging a double double (23.3 points, 10.8 rebounds) on the season so far, as well as hitting 42.6% of his three-point shots.
This will be a close one, but I expect the Pacers to get the job done.
Philadelphia 76ers (-195) V Boston Celtics (+160)
The second of two games between the Philadelphia 76ers (10-5) and the Boston Celtics (8-5) comes just a few days after a fourth quarter fightback by the 76ers saw them claim a 117-109 win. 76ers center Joel Embiid was the star of the show with 42 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists in leading the 76ers to a key victory.
That was the second defeat in a row for the Celtics, who will be pleased that leading point scorer Jayson Tatum is back from illness, although he is still listed as questionable for the game. Jaylen Brown has done a decent job in his absence, scoring 25.8 points and 5.8 rebounds and the Celtics also welcomed back point guard Kemba Walker this week too.
That said, it is still a big ask for the Celtics to get the job done against a team who steamrollered them in the fourth quarter on Wednesday. As such, I think the 76ers are set to complete a quickfire double over the Celtics in this one.
Los Angeles Clippers (-1115) v Oklahoma City Thunder (+700)
A win for the Clippers (11-4) would move them to 12-4, the same record as the Lakers in the Western Conference. Having won their last five games, they will head into this game with the Oklahoma City Thunder (6-7) in good form.
The Clippers recent record in this fixture is also strong, having won the last two meetings between the teams. They have strength all-round the team, being ranked 7th in points per game, 9th in points allowed, 4th in field goal percentage and first in three-point shooting.
They are also the best in the NBA from the free throw line at 83.6%.
The Thunder cannot match that level of consistency across their team and as such, it looks likely that it will be the Clippers celebrating their sixth win in succession on Saturday.
There are a number of other key games coming up from Friday through Sunday in the NBA, including:
Friday January 22
- Hornets v Bulls
- Pistons v Rockets
- Cavaliers v Nets
- Raptors v Heat
- Timbewolves v Hawks
- Spurs v Mavericks
- Kings v Knicks
- Suns v Nuggets
Saturday January 23
- Timberwolves v Pelicans
- Pistons v 76ers
- Nets v Heat
- Mavericks v Rockets
- Jazz v Warriors
- Bulls v Lakers
- Suns v Nuggets
- Pacers v Raptors
- Clippers v Thunder
Sunday January 24
- Magic v Hornets
- Celtics v Cavaliers
- Bucks v Hawks
- Spurs v Wizards
- Trail Blazers v Knicks
Remember, you can enjoy betting on all these NBA games this weekend, across many different markets with DraftKings Sportsbook.
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