NBA Betting Tips 31st December 2013
There are six games in the NBA on Wednesday, including a clash between two Western high-flyers, an interesting all-Eastern clash and some other top quality encounters.
Portland Trail Blazers @ Oklahoma City Thunder – 01:00 am
Portland Trail Blazers started this campaign in the franchise’s best form for many years, however in recent games they have started to struggle defensively which has cost them and their fantastic record.
Blazers went down 110-108 to New Orleans on Tuesday, which followed a 108-107 defeat to Miami Heat. They currently sit third in the Western Conference with a record of 24-7, behind the league’s high-flyers Oklahoma City Thunder and the ever-consistent San Antonio Spurs.
Thunder host Blazers in what is expected to be the game of the night and Portland can be backed at 7/4 to beat Oklahoma for only the second time at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. The hosts are as short as 1/2 with William Hill to extend their winning run to four games.
Both Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge have been a big part of the Blazers fine start to the season and Lillard is 4/5 to score more than 21.5 points, whilst Aldridge, who is averaging 23.5ppg, is also 4/5 to better his average.
No player in the whole league is in the scoring from of Kevin Durant though. KD tops the leaders chart with 28.5ppg and Paddy Power are offering 8/11 for him to score more than 30.5 on Wednesday.
Toronto Raptors @ Chicago Bulls – 01:00 am
Toronto Raptors are sitting in a healthy fourth position in the Eastern, perhaps where we may have expected their opponents Chicago Bulls to be, but for their disastrous start to the season.
Bulls are in ninth position with a 12-17 record, following the injury to star man Derrick Rose, as well as other niggles picked up by almost the whole of the starting five. They have started to pick up in form again won well against Memphis on Tuesday night.
Chicago are 8/11 to make it two from two, whilst Raptors, who have won the last two of their own games are a valuable 15/13.
Brooklyn Nets @ San Antonio Spurs – 12:00 am
San Antonio Spurs have had another good start to the season and boast the same record as Portland, 24-7. They have won their last two games and play the ever-struggling Brooklyn Nets at the AT&T Center.
Spurs are as short as 1/12 to beat Jason Kidd’s side, whilst Brooklyn are available at 15/2 to record the surprise victory.
Nets star man Deron Williams is averaging only 12.7ppg so far and he is 5/6 to score more than 13.5 points on Wednesday. Spurs veteran Tony Parker is averaging a solid 18.0ppg and he is a valuable 5/6 to score more than 19.5,
Another valuable bet is for Spurs to win by 6-10, which is currently 7/2 with Paddy Power.
Sacramento Kings @ Houston Rockets – 12:00 am
Houston Rockets host Sacramento Kings in an all-Western clash as the Rockets look to close in on the league leaders. Both sides come into this looking to get back to winning ways and Houston are big favourites at 1/5.
Bwin offer the best price of 9/2 for a Kings win. Dwight Howard has been scoring and rebounding well of late and he is 4/5 to score above 17.5 points and 5/6 to better his average and pull down 13.5 boards.
Elsewhere in the NBA, Bucks and Lakers face off which will finally end one of the sides dismal losing streaks and the in-form Dallas Mavericks face the Washington Wizards at the Verizon Center.
BET OF THE DAY: Treble – Oklahoma City Thunder, Dallas Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs to win
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