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NBA weekend betting preview: Closing out January

We’re at an attention-grabbing level within the NBA season. Groups have performed greater than half of their video games, however we’ve got nonetheless not reached the All-Star break and even the commerce deadline, each in February. 

There have been some stunning groups like Memphis, and it looks like we’re previous the worst almost about well being and security protocols being a nightly factor. Fingers crossed!

This weekend the NBA continues to be competing with NFL — not less than on Sunday — and it’s sort of a light-weight weekend however listed below are some video games to maintain an eye fixed out for. 

Friday, January twenty eighth

Boston Celtics vs. Atlanta Hawks
7:30 PM ET

Boston has expertise. Relying on who you ask, Jayson Tatum may be a top-5 participant and Jaylen Brown will not be far behind. The query is, with these two, why do not the Celtics win extra? They’re 9-14 on the highway this season and taking over an Atlanta group that has flopped after exhibiting a lot promise a yr in the past within the playoffs. I’m not bought on Trae Younger as being the second coming of Steph Curry, and this group continues to tinker. Buying and selling Cam Reddish was one transfer to make, however it’s not going to make them extra aggressive towards a group like Boston. 

Take Boston  (so long as they’re the underdog)

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Charlotte Hornets
7:30 PM ET

The Lakers may draw buzz wherever they go, however the Hornets are those which can be buzzing proper now. Certain, L.A. has a greater likelihood to win a title in 2022, however Charlotte is likely one of the most enjoyable groups within the NBA this season. They rating a ton (see the 158 they only dropped on Indiana) and their lack of protection implies that no lead is secure. With LaMelo Ball and Miles Bridges, they’re simply enjoyable and the Lakers with all of their expertise are a pleasant measuring stick. Lakers massive man Anthony Davis is again (for now) however I nonetheless suppose the house aspect is the best way to go. L.A. is enjoying on Friday too which is a particular benefit for Charlotte. 

Take Charlotte. 

Utah Jazz vs. Memphis Grizzlies
8:00 PM ET

Memphis has been among the finest groups within the NBA in January. I believe most noticed this as a group on the rise, although maybe not as shortly as they’ve throughout this season. Nonetheless, till they’re successful within the playoffs it’s laborious to get too enthusiastic about Memphis. The identical could be stated of the Jazz, who need to break by within the playoffs for the primary time with their present group. This sport might be extra significant for the Grizzlies, who play like they’ve one thing to show each evening. For Utah, a win at Memphis may be a useful playoff seeding factor at most. I like the best way that Memphis can match up with Utah, and Ja Morant would be the greatest participant on the ground, not Donovan Mitchell.

Take Memphis (as much as -3)

Saturday, January twenty ninth

Brooklyn Nets vs. Golden State Warriors
8:30 PM ET

We’re positively shedding some star energy for this one with Kevin Durant out with a knee harm. James Harden is questionable and predicting whether or not Kyrie Irving will play or not is tough, although Chase Heart’s guidelines state that members of visiting groups aren’t required to be vaccinated. Golden State will probably be lacking Draymond Inexperienced and probably Klay Thompson as they handle him rigorously. Which may go away Steph Curry because the lone star. Whether or not that’s the case or not, the Warriors are nonetheless the best way to play it. GS is 22-4 SU and 17-9 ATS at dwelling this season. Brooklyn, even with Harden and Irving, is unlikely to upset. 

Take Golden State (as much as -6)

Sunday, January thirtieth

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Atlanta Hawks
1:00 PM ET

Each of those groups are hoping for a second half that’s higher than the primary. For L.A. it might be so simple as higher well being. With Anthony Davis again they won’t need to depend on Russell Westbrook as a lot and that may be a good factor. For Atlanta, they struggled for a bit of final season too earlier than turning it on after a training change that led to a run to the Jap Convention Finals. I don’t suppose they will pull that tactic once more, however they need to attempt to do one thing to shake issues up. I’m not positive eliminating Reddish is sufficient. For this sport, I’m leaning towards L.A. I believe the Hornets will get them on Friday however they bounce again on this spot. 

Take Los Angeles (-3 or higher)

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