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Friday Night NBA Lineup Looks Impressive

Friday Night NBA Lineup Looks Impressive

NBA fans will be happy to see a nearly full slate of nine games tonight.  The lineup features the 13-8 Milwaukee Bucks (-770), who had a night off to rest up before traveling to a cold and snowy Cleveland at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse to take on the 10-12 Cavaliers (+525) as 11.5-point favorites with the Over/Under wavering around 227.5.

Bucks Like The Long Buckets

Oddsmakers must see something in the Bucks team because, if you want to place a bet on Milwaukee on the money line tonight to win a $100, you will have to put at risk a cool $770.  Milwaukee is counting heavily on its ability to hit 3-point shots, and it is paying off so far. Wednesday evening against the Indiana Pacers, the Bucks put up over 20 made 3-pointers for the fifth time this season. They hit 21 against Indiana.

Those same 12-10 Pacers (-136) will host the 8-12 New Orleans Saints Pelicans (+114) tonight.  The game at the Banker’s Life Field house in Indianapolis finds the Pacers as 2.5-point home court favorites, with the Over/Under set at 228.

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The Pelicans scored 123 points in a victory over the Phoenix Suns earlier this week.  The team was led by brand-new NBA West All Stars Brandon Ingram and big bad rookie Zion Williamson, both of whom are now averaging 23 points per game.

Bulls Get The Edge On Orlando

Another couple of teams who are stuck in the middle of the NBA standings are the 8-12 Chicago Bulls (-129), who will be down in Florida tonight visiting the 8-14 Orlando Magic (+107) at the Amway Center in Orlando.   The Bulls are showing as slight 2.5 – point favorites, with the Over/Under set at 222.5 for the contest.  Neither team is showing much potential to reach the NBA Finals at this point in time.

The Toronto Raptors’ Fred VanVleet, who scored a scary 54 points against the Magic on Tuesday evening, will take his 9-12 Toronto (+148) team into an icy Brooklyn to take on the 14-9 Nets (-180) at the Barclays Center. The Raptors tonight are 4.5-point road underdogs with the Over/Under set at an eyebrow-raising 241.5 for the matchup.  If VanVleet repeats his 54 point performance, the Raptors might just get there, but, against the Nets new defensive set up, it is doubtful that he will top 50 in Brooklyn.

Beal Unable To Save The Wiz

Bradley Beal of the Washington Wizards extended his minimum 25 point per game streak to 17 in a row now, and Washington has won two in a row while resting Russell Westbrook, who is expected to play tonight against the Heat.  However, the Wizards have still only won only five games this season and don’t stand a chance at making the NBA Finals this year.

Tonight, the 5-13 Wizards (+215) will be back down in Miami at the American Airlines Arena to take on the 7-14 Miami Heat (-265) as 7-point underdogs on the road with the Over/Under set at 230.

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The 9-11 Oklahoma City Thunder (-103) will host the 5-16 Minnesota Timberwolves (-120) at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City tonight in another battle of the middle of the pack.  The Thunder are just slight 1.5-point favorites with the Over/Under wavering around 219.5.

Jazz Continue To Dominate

Last night the 17-5 Utah Jazz (-315) continued their dominance by defeating the Atlanta Hawks on their own home court in Georgia.  Tonight, the Jazz travel over to Charlotte, NC, to try and repeat with another road victory against the 10-12 Hornets (+260) as 8-point favorites with the Over/Under set at 223.

The 11-9 Suns will welcome the 5-16 Detroit Pistons into the PHX Arena in Phoenix.  The Suns, who are starting a 5-game homestretch tonight, are 8-point favorites with the Over/Under set at 214.

And finally, the 11-9 Boston Celtics (+215) travel all the way across the country, and escape the bad weather, to sunny LA to take on the red hot 17-6 LA Clippers (-265) at the Staples Center.  They go in as 6.5-point road underdogs, with the Over/Under set at 220.

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Erik is a writer and a sports nut who has had the good fortune to be able to experience a wide variety of world sports action up close and personal. He enjoys staying on top of the changing world of athletics and capitalizing on his writing skills to offer a unique take on what's going on in the ever-changing athletics ecosystem.

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