We have betting tips for three of the best NBA games on Friday.
Our feature games include the Pacers vs Hornets, Lakers vs Celtics and Mavericks vs Suns, so kick off your weekend with some NBA action.
NBA Betting Picks
Phoenix Suns vs New York Knicks @ Madison Square Garden
The Phoenix Suns well and truly brushed off an average start by going on a lengthy winning streak.
They are looking for their 15th straight win, which is remarkable this early in this season. The Suns have won both games during this road trip against the Spurs and Cavaliers, and they’re eyeing another big win over the Knicks.
Scoring over 115 points won’t be easy against the Knicks, who have limited their opposition to under 110 points in their last five games. The stout defence is the main reason why the Knicks have a winning record, but it will need to be good against a red-hot Suns outfit.
We give the edge to the Suns, who are the more confident team. They dispatched the Denver Nuggets 126-97 last week, which followed consecutive wins over the Mavericks. There is plenty to like about that form going forward.
Bet: Phoenix Suns
Boston Celtics vs San Antonio Spurs @ AT&T Center
The Celtics are desperately needing a win and it could come against the hapless San Antonio Spurs.
Boston lost to Brooklyn 123-104 with home court advantage on Thursday. It was another poor effort from a team that looks out of ideas, but it’s not all bad news.
Jaylen Brown is working back from an injury and he will improve. Prior to the loss to the Nets, the Celtics had won three straight games against the Lakers, Thunder and Rockets, but they’re still searching for answers.
San Antonio is riding a disastrous losing streak, and the loss of Paddy Mills has the key. The Spurs have struggled for consistency and leadership, and despite having Gregg Popovich as a coach, their season looks done already.
It should give the Celtics a good chance to get back on track. They came out with no effort against the Nets, so the coach should have ripped into them. Punters should expect a much more focused effort, and the Spurs shouldn’t put up much of a fight.
Punters should get value odds with the visitors.
Bet: Boston Celtics
Portland Trail Blazers vs Golden State Warriors @ Chase Center
It took a big second half effort, but the Golden State Warriors continued their golden run with a win over the 76ers on Thursday.
It didn’t come easy after trailing by double digits, but the 16-2 Warriors are one of the best teams in the NBA for a reason. They ended up winning the game by 20 points, which was an incredible effort.
Looking for a sixth straight victory, the Warriors face a tough opponent in the Portland Trail Blazers, who ended their winning streak with a 125-121 loss to Sacramento.
Damian Lillard is still struggling from the floor with an average of 22.3 points per game. He is a player who should be up near 26 PPG, and his struggle from the three-point line continue.
His downward turn is why the Blazers are only 10-9, but we’re prepared to give him time to find his groove. However, against the Warriors, it’s unlikely to come now.
We can’t bet against a Warriors team on a tear. They have been an excellent bet and long may it continue.
Bet: Golden State Warriors
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.