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basketball | Friday, December 10, 2021 11:33 AM
NBA Friday Night Best Bets: December 10th
NBA Friday Night Best Bets: December 10th
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NBA Friday Night Best Bets:

Match Time (UK) Selection Stakes Best Odds Bookmaker
Charlotte Hornets vs Sacramento Kings 00:00 Over 229.5 points 7/10 2.00 Marathonbet
Atlanta Hawks vs Brooklyn Nets 00:30 Brooklyn to win 9/10 2.13 Marathonbet
OKC Thunder vs LA Lakers 01:00 OKC +5.5 5/10 1.95 Marathonbet
Houston Rockets vs Milwaukee Bucks 01:00 Houston +8.5 9/10 1.94 Marathonbet

Odds available as at 2 pm December 10th 2021. Odds may now differ. 

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Bet365 are offering odds of 14.91 for the four selections combined as an accumulator.

Bet365 odds available as at 2 pm December 10th 2021. Odds may now differ

Charlotte Hornets vs Sacramento Kings

The Charlotte Hornets have been one of the best offensive teams in the NBA this season, scoring 115.4 points with 26.3 assists per game. They are 4th in offensive rating on the season and 2nd in the last 10 games. The Hornets are a young team and they like to play a fats-paced style of basketball, with lots of shooting and high scoring outcomes. But their defence has been the worst in the league this year with a rating of 113.5 and 116.0 points allowed per game, preventing them from living up to their potential.

The Sacramento Kings also have the identity of a young offensive-minded team that doesn’t play defence very well. They have averaged 111.1 points scored and 113.5 points allowed per game. Though their offensive efficiency isn’t as good as Charlotte’s, ranking 16th in the league, their defence has been almost as bad. This is a classic encounter of 2 young teams that don’t care very much for playing defence, but love to score as much as possible. I expect this game to be a close encounter with both sides relying on their offence to get the job done.

Tip: Over 229.5 points at 2.00 odds

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Atlanta Hawks vs Brooklyn Nets

The Atlanta Hawks have had a disappointing 2021/22 compared to their expectations with 12 wins and 11 losses so far. They’ve been in solid form recently, winning 7 of their last 10 games, and are coming off a 121:110 win against Minnesota. But the Hawks have faced a lot of struggling opponents recently and their overall defence on the season has been subpar, allowing 108.5 points, and grabbing just 6.6 steals per game.

The Brooklyn Nets are coming off a disappointing 114:104 loss to the Rockets and are looking to bounce back with a win in Atlanta. Kevin Durant missed their most recent game due to rest, and he should be back in action tonight. The Nets are the best team in the east, winning 17 and losing just 8 games this season. They beat the Hawks by 117:108 in early November, and this time the Hawks will miss De’Andre Hunter and Bogdan Bogdanovic. The bookmakers have the Hawks as favourites in this one, giving the Nets some nice betting value.

Tip: Brooklyn Nets to Win at 2.13 odds

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OKC Thunder vs LA Lakers

The OKC Thunder are one of the youngest teams in the league, and their record shows. With 8 wins and 16 losses they are 14th in the Western Conference. But their recent form has been respectable, and they have been solid ATS. They are on a 2-game winning streak, and coming off a close 110-109 win against the Raptors. The Thunder are heavy underdogs in this one, available at 2.95 odds to win, and they provide solid value in the handicap market. The Thunder have covered the spread in 62.% of their games this season, and they are alwyas worth backing.

The LA Lakers have continued to struggle even after their impressive 117-102 victory against the Celtics at home. They are now coming off a tough 108:95 road loss to the Grizzlies. This is their second game on the road before going back to LA to face the Magic, and heavy favourites have a history of underperforming on Friday nights. An overwhelming 91% of bettors are backing them to win this one, giving OKC more than enough betting value at home.

Tip: OKC +5.5 at 1.95 odds

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Houston Rockets vs Milwaukee Bucks

The Houston Rocvkets have made a surprising surge recently, winning 7 of their games in a row, and taking down the Brooklyn Nets in their most recent game. They have ranked 3rd in offensive rating and 9th in defensive rating in their last 5 games, and they have provided tons of value against the spread. A home game on a Friday night is the perfect situation for backing young teams, and given the fact that 85% of bettors are taking Milwauke, backing Houston in the handicap market is a no-brainer.

The Milwaukee Bucks have been one of the best teams in the NBA since the return of Kris Middleton to their lineup. They are performing well on both sides of the floor, and are 3rd in the east with16 wins and 10 losses. But the Bucks have underperformed ATS this year, covering in just 42.3% of their games, and this will be their 2nd road game in a row. Their star player Giannis Antentenkompo is battling a quat injury, and it’s unlikely that he will be at his best tonight. The Bucks are heavy favourites to win at 1.25 odds, and there is value in backing them tonight.

Tip: Houston Rockets +8.5 at 1.94 odds

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