Friday's NBA Betting Odds Report

Steven Suarez

Friday, February 21, 2014 6:39 PM UTC

Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 6:39 PM UTC

In preparation for a busy night of NBA basketball, we've put together all of our picks for your reading pleasure. Are you on the same side as our resident handicappers?

We've got 10 games to go through tonight, with some great matchups on the board, including Phoenix/San Antonio and Memphis/LA Clippers.

There is some heavy chalk on the board, with the Mavericks (-12 to -13.5 vs. Philadelphia), Trail Blazers (-8.5 vs. Portland) and Raptors (-8.5 vs. Cleveland) acting as the three biggest favorites of the night.

Denver Nuggets vs. Chicago Bulls

Covered by Jason Lake

The Bulls are clearly in the better form in this matchup and that's why they're favored by a considerable margin on their home floor. Chicago has won four games in a row coming into tonight.

Denver has hit a rough patch and that's putting it nicely – they're quickly falling out of the playoff race, but perhaps they'll be able to build off last night's win in Milwaukee.

Jason is expecting another good show from Tom Thibodeau's crew and is laying the number on this occasion. Denver has struggled immensely without Ty Lawson and Chicago is ready to take advantage this evening.

NBA Pick: Bulls -7


Dallas Mavericks vs. Philadelphia 76ers

Covered by Jordan Sharp

So the 76ers have lost nine in a row and just traded away two of their starters. Meanwhile, the Mavericks, despite losing their last game, are a solid 7-3 SU over their last 10.

Oddsmakers don't think Philadelphia has much of a chance at all with their new-look roster against a veteran Dallas team that's finding its stride at the right time. The Mavericks are really looking good offensively, ranking fourth in the NBA in offensive efficiency. They're scoring 107.9 points per 100 possesions.

It's a lot of points to lay tonight, but Jordan still foresees a blowout win (and subsequent ATS cover) for Dirk Nowitzki and his boys against this 76ers squad that's building for the future.

NBA Pick: Mavericks -12


Boston Celtics vs. Los Angeles Lakers

Covered by Jordan Sharp

The Lakers didn't make a huge move or anything before the trade deadline, though Steve Blake was traded to the Warriors. Pau Gasol stayed put though and he's listed as probable to return to action against the Celtics tonight. Assuming he's back, that's a massive boost for Mike D'Antoni, who's had to start Chris Kaman alongside Ryan Kelly.

Los Angeles will play host to Rajon Rondo and the Celtics tonight. Rondo is looking better and better as he gets more comfortable with live NBA action and that's only going to make Boston better going forward.

After breaking down the NBA betting lines and trends, Jordan has recommended that readers back Boston as underdogs for their NBA picks.

NBA Pick: Celtics +2.5


New York Knicks vs. Orlando Magic

Covered by Jason Lake

If the Knicks want any chance of making the playoffs in the watered down East, they have to start putting together wins, especially against weaker competition like tonight's opponent: the Magic.

Right now we can find New York favored on the road, but Orlando has actually picked up some impressive home wins as of late. They're a respectable 13-15 SU on their own court, which isn't all that bad considering they're 24 games under .500 overall for the season.

Is another surprise victory in store for the Magic tonight? Not in Jason's eyes, as he's backing the Knicks to show up with a focused effort to take home the W.

NBA Pick: Knicks -1.5


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