While the live betting heavyweights continue to dominate the top of the NBA standings, the other title dreamers are scrambling on the middle of the ladder and fighting for the precious playoff places.
Detroit, Washington, New York, Philadelphia are all close out East and will certainly look for a win this Wednesday to keep the betting odds swinging in their favour. Meanwhile, the Lakers enter the hardcourt with the sole aim of staying in touch at the postseason places in the tough Western Conference.
Atlanta Hawks @ Cleveland Cavaliers (December 13, 08:00 GMT+8)
While the Hawks did beat the Cavs earlier last month, sports betting experts still have Cleveland winning this match by a large margin. The Wine and Gold have been on a tear offensively in their recent games, so it’s doubtful Atlanta’s offence—which is too much reliant on Dennis Schroder—can keep up.
Denver Nuggets @ Detroit Pistons (December 13, 08:00 GMT+8)
Losers of six straight, the Pistons have a good chance to end their skid against the shorthanded Nuggets. Their offence is the chief culprit for their recent slump, but Andre Drummond should be able to thrive and give Detroit a boost as they host a Denver team missing their starting big men. With that said, choosing Detroit -6.50 @ 1.86 is the best move.
Los Angeles Lakers @ New York Knicks (December 13, 08:00 GMT+8)
Although the “rivalry” between these storied franchises was ephemeral, there should be some intensity in this game as they boast their new young teams. The Lakers will be confident after winning back-to-back matches, but they will still have their hands full as New York are proving to be a difficult team to beat at home this season. I think this will be tight, though the Knicks on -3.50 @ 1.95 is a tempting punt to make.
Washington Wizards @ Brooklyn Nets (December 13, 08:30 GMT+8)
With Bradley Beal averaging 36.7 points in their last three, the Wizards will be hard to stop. Not to mention that John Wall could possibly make his return here, putting the Nets at a disadvantage despite their recent acquisition of Jahlil Okafor. Go for Washington -3.50 @ 2.03.
San Antonio Spurs @ Dallas Mavericks (December 13, 09:30 GMT+8)
News of Kawhi Leonard returning and making his debut in this game is undoubtedly music to the ears of Spurs’ fans. However, San Antonio don’t really need their star forward in this affair against a Dallas team they already beat twice last month. Oh, and LaMarcus Aldridge scored 30-plus points in those games!
Philadelphia 76ers @ Minnesota Timberwolves (December 13, 10:30 GMT+8)
Minnesota’s top-five offence should give them an advantage against the slumping Philadelphia. Even if Joel Embiid and Robert Covington suit up for this matchup, the Sixers should still have a hard time against the surging Wolves who have been clutch this month behind Karl-Anthony Towns and Jimmy Butler.
Phoenix Suns @ Sacramento Kings (December 13, 11:00 GMT+8)
The first meeting between these West strugglers ended in a high-scoring match, and fans can expect the same this time as the two teams look to go all out on the offensive end. Nonetheless, it should help the Kings that the Suns are missing Devin Booker and his 24 points a game. If you’re punting, choose Sacramento -4.00 @ 1.87.
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