We have betting picks and predictions for three of the best NBA games played this Monday, February 16 2021.
Our NBA Tuesday preview looks at 76ers vs. Jazz, Heat vs. Clippers and Nets vs. Kings.
Punters get value odds, so include the following selections in your NBA multi bet this week.
NBA Betting Picks
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Utah Jazz @ Vivint Smart Home Arena
Utah is regarded as the best team in the Western Conference and with a record of 21-5, it’s tough to disagree.
The Jazz currently rides a lengthy winning streak, which continued with an impressive 129-115 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday. It was a statement win for this team, which also defeated Boston by 14 points last week.
They currently have an 11-2 record at home and with Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert and Mike Conley all humming, Utah will be tough to beat.
Philadelphia hasn’t been as electric as it was to start the season, but it’s capable of producing the win. The 76ers are 18-8 after dropping games three of their last five games.
Losses to Portland (x2) and Phoenix is cause for concern, but one player not dropping in form is Joel Embiid. The centre is averaging 29.4 points per game with 10.9 rebounds, he just needs help from Ben Simmons on the offensive front.
The 76ers are good enough to beat Utah, but we expect the Jazz’s winning run to continue.
Bet: Utah Jazz to win
Miami Heat vs. Los Angeles Clippers @ STAPLES Centre
Los Angeles is going about its business in good fashion despite some recent losses. The Clippers lost to Brooklyn, Boston and Sacramento before beating Minnesota on Friday.
It was a much-needed victory for the Clippers, who were without Paul George. His loss puts pressure on Kawhi Leonard to do most of the scoring, but he’s capable of handling the load.
Leonard is averaging 26.5 points per game on 50.5% shooting. It’s an impressive statistic and he’s one of the best two-way players in the NBA.
Miami has been battling injuries this season, but the 11-14 record isn’t where they expected to be. The Heat has looked better in recent times, scoring four consecutive wins, so that bodes well.
The Heat haven’t been playing the top-level opposition, so playing the Clippers will be a good test. Wins came over Washington, New York and Houston, so facing Los Angeles is a big rise in class.
If the Heat get hot from the three-point line, they can beat any team. With Paul George out for the Clippers, this could allow Miami to score a rare win over a top Western Conference team.
Bet: Miami Heat to win
Brooklyn Nets vs. Sacramento Kings @ Golden 1 Centre
Given the talent on the court for the Brooklyn Nets, they won’t be overly happy with the 15-12 record.
The Nets lost three consecutive games to Toronto, Philadelphia and Detroit, before beating Indiana 104-94 on Friday.
Not having Kevin Durant didn’t help, as he had to sit out due to health and safety protocols. However, he’s back on court now and that should help Brooklyn defensively.
The Nets are one of the worst teams defensively, giving up 117.5 points per game. That is only one point less than what Sacramento gives up, and it doesn’t come close to being as talented.
The Kings are 12-13 and De’Aaron Fox has been an incredible player this season, but the Kings have been unable to stop the opposition from scoring.
They give up 118.4 points per game, but the defense has picked up recently. During its three-game winning streak over Boston, Denver and the Clippers, Sacramento gave up an average of 112 points.
If that team turns up on Tuesday, it’s good enough to beat the Nets. Brooklyn owns just a 4-7 record on the road, but with Durant back in the team, they should take the win.
Expect bookmakers to have the Nets as favourites, but punters could get value odds.
Bet: Brooklyn Nets to win
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