We have betting picks and predictions for three of the best NBA games played this Friday.
2021 tips off in style with some quality NBA basketball games. We look at the Heat vs. Mavericks, Hawks vs. Nets, and Clippers vs. Jazz.
NBA Betting Picks
Miami Heat vs. Dallas Mavericks @ American Airlines Center
The Heat have struggled without Jimmy Butler and they will need to turn around a horrible performance against the Bucks.
They allowed an NBA record amount of three’s, which isn’t a record you want to hold. Miami was outclassed from the outset and it’s not about to get any easier.
Dallas hasn’t been overly fantastic to start the season at 1-2, but they are coming off an impressive 124-73 win over the Clippers last week.
The Clippers were without Kawhi Leonard, but the Mavericks never gave them a look-in after scorching away with a huge lead in the first half.
Scoring 113.7 points per game, the Mavericks are capable of blowing teams out of the water and that could be the case on Saturday. They rely heavily on Luka Doncic, but he’s a reliable shooter and proficient scorer.
Dallas has yet to play at home and that only helps their chances of beating Miami, who lost their only away game to the Orlando 113-107.
Without Butler in the mix, Miami doesn’t seem to have any direction. If Butler suits up for this game, expect a closer contest but for the Mavericks to still come out on top.
Bet: Dallas Mavericks to win
Atlanta Hawks vs. Brooklyn Nets @ Barclays Center
Atlanta has come out of the gates firing with three consecutive wins and Trae Young is making an early case for MVP.
Young has averaged 34 points per game to date and despite the Hawks picking up injuries, they have still beaten the Bulldogs, Grizzlies, and Pistons.
It’s not the strongest strength of schedule, but considering they don’t have Kris Dunn, Tony Snell, Clint Capela, and Danilo Gallinari, they have done amazingly well.
Brooklyn has also suffered some injuries, but they are expected to get Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving for this game on Saturday.
They sat against Memphis on Tuesday and the Nets almost got the job done, but they couldn’t come up with the big plays in overtime.
The Nets are a completely different team with the dynamic duo are on the court, so we are expecting a bounce-back performance from our NBA 2021 title pick.
Bookmakers haven’t released the betting lines for this game yet, but expect the Nets to be favourites of around 6-7 points.
Bet: Brooklyn Nets to win
LA Clippers vs. Utah Jazz @ Vivint Smart Home Arena
The Clippers rebounded from their horrendous loss to the Mavericks with a 124-101 win over the Timberwolves, so they could be back on track.
Not having Kawhi Leonard in the team is a worry and his status for this game is unknown, but he is expected to make a return shortly.
Los Angeles is 3-1 and a perfect 2-0 on the road, and it hasn’t been an easy start to their season. Apart from the loss to Dallas, they have beaten the Lakers, Nuggets and Timberwolves.
The schedule hasn’t been much easier for the Jazz, who are 2-1 after beating the Thunder by a point earlier this week. It was a tough victory and a real team effort.
Donovan Mitchell hasn’t been hitting his shots at a high frequency (32.3%), but he will only improve and Rudy Gobert has been a beast on the boards with 14.7 per game.
Utah is always tough to beat at home and we’re expecting an even split of money to come. However, we expect Mitchell to improve on his efficiency and the Jazz are capable of beating the Clippers with or without Leonard.
Look for value with the home side and they could see in the New Year with a victory over one of the best teams in the NBA.
Bet: Utah Jazz to win
After graduating from the University of Auckland (BA – English), Daryl was thrown into the world of sports and horse racing journalism.
Having worked as a racing journalist for two years, he decided to move into the online world of horse racing and sports writing. Coupled with his love of US sport, Daryl’s picks have been featured on various websites around the world and viewed by millions of readers. After years of honing his craft, Daryl became a professional punter in 2009 – with a focus on horse racing, NBA, NFL, and college sports. When he’s not working, Daryl tries to avoid making bogeys on the golf course.