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With 3 huge games on Friday, our man brings you his NBA preview for each game complete with betting tips.
Boston Celtics @ Milwaukee Bucks - 12pm
The Bucks won 4 out of 5 coming into the All-Star break and are on an extended 12 out of 13 winning run; their only loss came against the Orlando Magic when Giannis missed the game with a knee issue.
New signing Nikola Mirotic is yet to play for the Bucks and will only add to their scoring power off the bench. His spacing will create more lanes for Giannis to drive and score points, making them even more dangerous.
The Celtics on the other hand have only won 2 of their last 4 games. However, against opponents on the road with a winning percentage above 32.8%, they’ve have lost 6 of their last 8.
The Celtics will be buoyed by the return of Kyrie Irving, despite the star guard being hit and miss in his last couple of games. Against Milwaukee he has been shut down by Eric Bledsoe in the past, scoring just 15 points in 39 minutes in the last outing.
BetEasy has Giannis Antetokounmpo’s points line set at 28.5, and I want to get on the Overs at $1.88.
Giannis has covered his points line in his last 6 games and will be a vital cog in his side beating the Celtics at home.
Sacramento Kings @ Golden State Warriors - 2:30pm
The Warriors are the Globe Trotters of the NBA. They’ve won 4 of their last 5 but we can put that loss down to the squad checking out early before the All-Star break.
The Warriors are 22-7 at home this season and have the wood over Sacramento, winning 20 of the last 23 matchups between these two teams.
The Kings have also won 4 of their last 5 and look in good form, however they are just 11-16 on the road and it doesn’t look likely that they will find their 12th win here.
New Kings signing Harrison Barnes will look to make an impression against his former side here.
The Warriors induce high scoring games and the Kings will find it tough to rely on their scorers in keeping pace.
He is fresh off scoring 26 of a possible 34 points in the 3-point contest and he’ll look to have a big night as the Warriors win in a high scoring contest.
Houston Rockets @ Los Angeles Lakers - 2:30pm
The Lakers had a horror stretch heading into the All-Star break; they thought the return of LeBron James would turn things around however instead they slumped to 4 losses in their last 5 games.
Lebron is known to take the early part of the season easy before taking over late, and he has never needed to take over a team like he does this season.
He’s has had a rough go in his last couple of games, so look for him to step up against the Rockets.
The Rockets have won 3 of their last 5 games and have battled well despite being at half strength over the last 20 or so matches.
Clint Capela should be returning after a month off, so how he fits back in will be interesting to watch.
In Capela’s absence it’s been all about James Harden. Over the last month he is averaging 40 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists per contest. His ability to keep that up for the rest of the season and guide the Rockets into the post-season will be the question mark.
This stacks up to be a close game so my suggested bet is the Lakers with a ‘pick your own’ line. I’ve gone with +5.5 at $1.60 through BetEasy.
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