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basketball | Friday, January 21, 2022 9:38 AM (Revised at: Monday, January 24, 2022 4:20 PM)

NBA Friday Night Best Bets: January 21st

NBA Friday Night Best Bets: January 21st
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A total of 11 games this Friday night, and also a lot of ugly underdogs. The NBA Best Bets are still going strong at 45 units of profit and a 5.60% yield, so let’s keep it going with another strong outing tonight.

In this article :

  • Charlotte Hornets vs OKC Thunder Best Bet
  • Atlanta Hawks vs Miami Heat Best Bet
  • Utah Jazz vs Detroit Pistons Best Bet
  • Golden State Warriors vs Houston Rockets Best Bet

NBA Friday Night Best Bets:

Match Time (UK) Selection Stakes Best Odds Bookmaker
Charlotte Hornets vs OKC Thunder 00:00 Over 221.5 8/10 1.92 Marathonbet
Atlanta Hawks vs Miami Heat 00:30 Heat to Win 7/10 2.11 Marathonbet
Utah Jazz vs Detroit Pistons 02:00 Pistons +13.5 8/10 1.94 Marathonbet
Golden State Warriors vs Houston Rockets 03:00 Rockets +10.0 6/10 1.98 Marathonbet

Odds available as at 4 pm January 21st 2022. Odds may now differ. 

Charlotte Hornets vs OKC Thunder Best Bet

The Charlotte Hornets have been one of the best offensive teams in the NBA this season, averaging 114.4 points per game (2nd in NBA) and ranking 5th in offensive rating on the season. They are the second-fastest team in the league with a pace rating of 100.6 and rank 3rd in assists with 27.3. That said, their defence this season has left a great deal to be desired, allowing 114.6 points per game, along with very high opponent shooting percentages.

Meanwhile, the OKC Thunder are one of the youngest teams in the league, meaning they are 14th in the west with just 14 wins and 30 losses this season. They have played solid defence this season, but their defensive rating has dropped from 110.0 to 114.1 in the last 5 games. Although their offence has been terrible this season, they have shown that they can go off for high scoring games against meagre defensive teams like the Hornets. I expect a very high scoring affair between two young teams that don’t care too much for playing defence on a Friday night.

Tip: Over 221.5 at 1.92 odds

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Atlanta Hawks vs Miami Heat Best Bet

The Atlanta Hawks are having a very disappointing season so far, sitting 12th in the east with 19 wins and 25 losses. Despite having a very reliable offence, with averages of 111.2 points, 24.0 assists and a 37.4% 3-point percentage, their abysmal defence has prevented them from repeating their success from the previous season. The Hawks allow an average of 112.3 points per game, and their defence has allowed very high percentages both on the perimeter and in the paint. They have also been terrible ATS this year, covering the spread in just 38.6% of their games.

But the Miami Heat have steadily risen to 2nd place in the Eastern Conference, winning 7 of their last 10 games. The Heat are performing on both sides of the floor, ranking 3rd in offensive and 7th in defensive rating on the season. But it’s their performance on the road that is the most impressive, even despite facing injury issues. The Heat have a road record of 14-11, and are one of the best team ATS, covering the spread in 60% of their road games. They are the better team in this one, and their elite defence should give them the victory against a tentative Hawks squad.

Tip: Miami Heat to Win at 2.11 odds

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Utah Jazz vs Detroit Pistons Best Bet

The Utah Jazz started the 2021/22 season as one of the strongest teams in the west, and in the NBA overall. But their reputation of being an efficient offensive side with tough defence has faded away in recent games, as they have ranked 16th in offensive rating and 22nd in defensive in the last 5 games. They’ve lost 7 of their last 10 games and are coming off a 116-111 loss to the struggling Houston Rockets.

The Detroit Pistons are a struggling young team, currently sitting in 14th place in the east with just 11 wins and 33 losses. But this team has surprisingly won 5 of its last 10 games, and they are coming off a 133-131 win over the Sacramento Kings. The Pistons are in solid shape at the moment and their biggest weapon right now is their reputation. The pistons are heavy underdogs in this one, and with the majority of bettors backing the Jazz to win, they are holding some solid value. The 13.5 point spread is very tempting, and I have to trust the Pistons to take advantage of the struggling Utah Jazz.

Tip: Detroit Pistons +13.5 at 1.94 odds

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Golden State Warriors vs Houston Rockets Best Bet

The Golden State Warriors started the season off as one of the best teams in the west, but they’ve won just 4 of their last 10 games, and have recently suffered a 121-117 loss to the Indiana Pacers. They have ranked 23rd in offensive rating in the last 5 games, and their FG percentage has been one of the worst in the NBA at 43.3. The absence of Draymond Green has had a huge impact on both sides of the floor, and I don’t expect them to bounce back tonight. Despite this, 93% of bettors are still backing the Warriors to win this one, so look at the Houston Rockets for value.

The Houston Rockets have struggled to get wins all season, but their recent play has sent them on a  2-game winning streak. They are coming off a 116-111 victory over the Utah Jazz, where they easily covered the +12.0 point spread, and I expect them to do the same tonight. They have been taking advantage of their underdog status, covering the spread in 4 of their last 5 games as the road underdog. Only 7% of bettors are backing the Rockets tonight despite their opponent’s current struggles, but they do have a lot of betting value in this one.

Tip: Houston Rockets +10.0 at 1.98 odds

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