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The NBA roadshow rolls on and tonight we have another round of action-packed basketball with the Jazz against the Clippers, the pick of the action.
So far this season we have been treated to an unbelievable amount of top-quality NBA action.
We have seen Steph Curry smashing records, and the Suns going on an exceptional winning run.
And the Phoenix Suns have been one of the main reasons this campaign has been so entertaining.
Their 18 matches winning streak earlier this season has seen them challenge the Golden State Warriors in the race to win the Western Conference.
The Suns and the Warriors play again on Christmas. Series tied 1-1. Hope we can get to see these two. pic.twitter.com/kbUPhqvQAu— StatMuse (@statmuse) December 4, 2021
The Suns and the Warriors play again on Christmas. Series tied 1-1. Hope we can get to see these two. pic.twitter.com/kbUPhqvQAu
But it didn’t make an impact on the betting to win the 2022 NBA Championship. The NBA Vegas Odds setters didn’t flinch at all.
While we all marvelled at the performances of the Suns, the oddsmakers stuck with the Nets, and they remained the betting favorites throughout.
As they have been all season!
The first match I want to look at today involves the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Houston Rockets.
The Cavaliers are enjoying an okay season. They sit fourth in the Eastern Conference with an overall record of 17-12 (.586).
In their last 10 matches, they are 8-2, and at home, they have an iffy-looking 8-7 record.
After a poor start to the season, the Houston Rockets embarked on a remarkable seven-match winning streak.
This run came to an end at the hand of the Bucks, when they dished out a 9 points defeat to the Rockets last Friday.
Over the last 10 matches, the Rockets are 8-2. This is a decent run of form for a side that is currently the third bottom of the Western Conference with a 9-18 (.333) overall record.
The key stat to take from the seven-match winning streak is that six of the wins came at the home of Rockets, the Toyota Center.
The Rockets’ away record stinks, it is 2-12.
The Cavaliers are roughly -400 to -500 with the sportsbooks, I’m not touching that.
In the handicap spread, they are giving up 9.5 points to the Rockets, I think they will cover that.
But given the Cavaliers’ dodgy home record, I’m instead going for over 220.5 points in the Total Points market.
The Rockets have been involved in some heavy-scoring matches of late, and I can see them conceding well over 100 points alone tonight.
The next match I want to look at is what I may just get away with calling a midtable clash in the Western Conference.
Lakers fans, can I say that?
Anyway, the Mavericks are seventh (.519), and the Lakers are sixth (.536).
These two sides look evenly matched on paper, and that’s backed up by the vegas sportsbooks with the Mavericks at -150, and the Lakers at +115.
The handicap spread gives the Lakers a +2.5 points start, not a huge difference there either.
In recent form, both sides are on a winning streak of two. The Mavericks are 4-6 in their last ten, the Lakers are 6-4.
At the American Airlines Center, the Mavericks have a 7-6 record. On the road, the Lakers are 5-6.
It really is difficult to split the two, both sides have even won three of their last four.
The Lakers seem more comfortable on the road though, whereas the Mavericks could do much better at home.
For this reason, I’m taking the Lakers to win on the Moneyline with MyBookie.
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The last match I want to look at involves two in-form teams from the Western Conference, in what is arguably the match of the night.
Taking the away team first this time, and the Clippers are on a run of four straight wins.
The Clippers’ win over city rivals the Lakers in early December seems to have sparked them into life.
They couldn’t immediately back that Lakers win up, as they lost 104-99 to the Kings the following night. But since then, they have gone four wins in a row.
Overall, the Clippers are 16-12 (.571) and are 6-4 in their last ten matches.
Tonight’s opponents completely trump that form though.
The Utah Jazz is third in the table with a 19-7 (.731) record – only the Suns and the Warriors are better.
In their last ten, they are 8-2. And at home, they are 9-4.
Odds of -400 on the Moneyline for a Jazz win isn’t the most appealing, but I think they can cover the handicap spread of -9.5, and I’m prepared to take the chance on that.
There is still plenty more NBA action ahead of us this season.
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Pat has been dedicated to sports since he was a kid. That dedication has carried over into his professional life, now working as a sports writer.