As we go into the final weekend of January, we look back on a great month of basketball. In the Western Conference, the Utah Jazz has put themselves second in the league, narrowly ahead of the Clippers.
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The Bucks hold the top spot in the Eastern Division, as well as in the NBA power rankings. Looking at the Division standings, we’re starting to see the Playoff teams pull away from the rest of the pack.
Who will come away with the points this weekend?
Los Angeles Clippers (1.71) @ Miami Heat (2.20)
The Clippers went into their last game against the Hawks, looking to complete a fourth consecutive win. But, they were thwarted in a shock defeat to the Atlanta Hawks, losing 102-95 in the end.
Kawhi Leonard is showing his worth, since joining from the Toronto Raptors, putting up an average of 27.1 points per game. He missed the Hawks game but put in a commanding performance against the Mavericks before that with 36p, 2a, 11r.
The Miami Heat have had a great first half to the season as well. They sit second in the East, going 31-13 for the season.
Miami is playing well as a team, they don’t have an overreliance on any individual player, and this has been prosperous for them. The Heat is led in attack by Jimmy Butler, who’s putting up an average of 20.3 points per game.
The Clippers are third in the West, going 31-14 for the season outright. More pertinently, they’ve won seven in their last three games. This is a great battle between the East and West and for this reason, it’s our NBA free pick of the weekend.
Take the Clippers to win this one.
Boston Celtics (1.92) @ Orlando Magic (1.91)
The NBA betting odds are even for this game, as both teams are fairly matched in performances. The Celtics are struggling a little bit of late, conceding losses to the 76ers, Pistons, Bucks and Suns putting them fourth in the East and 29-14 overall.
Despite going 4-6 in their last ten games, Boston enters this game looking for a third straight win. They trounced the Lakers, 139-107 and then went on to beat a Grizzlies side going 7-3. The Celtics seem to have found some form.
The Magic sit 7th in the East, going 21-24 for the season. Towards the end of last week, Orlando took a game off of the Lakers 119-118, with Aaron Gordon and Markelle Fultz putting in excellent performances.
In their next three games, they only managed to get a win against the Hornets. Against the Thunder in their last, they lost out 120-114. The game was close throughout, but the Thunder pushed it over the line in the fourth.
Aaron Gordon (14p, 3a, 8r), Nikola Vucevic (24p, 5a, 11r) and Terrence Ross (26p, 2a, 3r) played well at the Amway Center, but it wasn’t enough. The Celtics will likely be too much for the Magic in this one also.
Expect The Celtics to win this one.
Dallas Mavericks @ Utah Jazz
The Dallas Mavericks had a 4-game win streak snapped by the Clippers on Wednesday night, narrowly losing out 107-110. Doncic was up to his usual tricks, but the team around him wasn’t up to the job.
The night was made worse by the injury sustained by Dwight Powell, who has become a vital cog in the Mavericks basketball machine. Although the Mavs lost the Clippers game, they bounced right back against the Blazers on the road.
The game against the Blazers finished 133-125, putting the Mavs on 28-16 outright, with the returning Porzingis putting up 20 points and five boards. Though again, it was Doncic that led the charge, putting up 27 points, nine assists, and six rebounds.
The Utah Jazz is in the form of the season. They sit second in the Western Conference with 31-13 and winning 9 of their last ten games. The Jazz will host the Mavericks looking to record a fourth straight win, after beating the Kings, Pacers and Warriors.
This is the first of two difficult fixtures for Utah, as they host the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night. We fancy the Mavs to bring their A-game in this one, they need to start taking these big games, and we back them to do so at the Vivint Smart Home Arena.
Take the Mavs to win.
Houston Rockets @ Denver Nuggets
Our Saturday night fixture features a Western Conference tussle between the Houston Rockets and the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. The Nuggets lost out 121-105 in Houston on Thursday night, with the Rockets defence deciding the game.
The Nuggets will face the Pelicans before they host the Rockets, but it is a game they should win. The Big Serb Nikola Jokic is leading the scoring tables for Denver, averaging 19.4 points per game and assisting an average of 6.5 per game.
Although key players for the Rockets are performing, they still aren’t able to produce the results. They are five wins in their last five games, which isn’t the kind of performances you’d expect from the likes of Russell Westbrook and James Harden.
Before Thursday nights’ win against the Nuggets, the Rockets lost four games in a row. There is something awry in the Rockets camp, and against the well-oiled machine that is Denver, it may be another long night.
Expect to see the Nuggets winning this one.
Boston Celtics @ New Orleans Pelicans
Pelicans are on cloud nine right now. There’s only one conversation going on in New Orleans right now and it’s about the young Zion Williamson.
His return will significantly strengthen the New Orleans Pelicans odds going into this one. He came on in the fourth and picked up 17 straight points, putting up a total of 22 points, three assists and seven rebounds.
New Orleans sits 12th in West, going 17-28 for the season outright and taking six wins in their last ten games, including wins over the Jazz, Bulls and Rockets.
The Celtics will face the Magic before this one and the outcome of that game will provide a forecast of how things may go down on Sunday night.
Kemba Walker (21.7ppg), the young Jayson Tatum (21.5ppg) and Jaylen Brown (20.00ppg) continue to provide the firepower, putting up 67 between them in the win against the Lakers.
Take the New Orleans Pelicans to win at home.