NBA Betting Weekend Warm Up

Jason Lake

Thursday, January 12, 2017 3:28 PM UTC

Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017 3:28 PM UTC

Now that football season is down to its final few games, it’s time to get back up to speed with your NBA picks. Here’s a look at what’s cooking on the hardcourt.

If my math is right, there are seven football games left to bet on this season. Okay, eight if you include the Pro Bowl. What’s that? The East-West Shrine Game? Sure, why not. But there’s still not much work for us left to do on the gridiron; it’s time to shift some of that attention to the hardcourt and pump up your volume of NBA picks. More and more of these games are popping up on the weekend TV schedule, so you can expect softer betting markets and bigger profit margins as springtime approaches.

Boston Celtics vs Atlanta Hawks Friday, 8:00 p.m. ET, ESPN

This one ought to be good. The Hawks have been shredding the NBA odds of late, enough to jump right back into the top half of the Eastern Conference standings. This will probably be Mike Dunleavy’s Atlanta debut after coming over from the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Kyle Korver deal. However, this game is about former Hawks lynchpin Al Horford (+3.5 BPM), who continues to perform at an All-Star level for the Celtics.

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Los Angeles Lakers vs Los Angeles Clippers Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET

The Clippers went on a bit of a slide there when both Chris Paul (+10.4 BPM) and Blake Griffin (+3.9 BPM) were injured – just like last year’s abbreviated playoff run. But Paul is back in the lineup now, so it’s all good. Not so much for the Lakers, who showed promise earlier in the year, but have struggled with injuries since; Larry Nance Jr. (+2.1 BPM) isn’t expected back from his bruised left knee for another week or so.

Chicago Bulls vs Memphis Grizzlies Sunday, 9:00 p.m. ET, ESPN

Never a dull moment for the Bulls. Rajon Rondo (–0.9 BPM) is back in the starting lineup, but Jimmy Butler (+6.6 BPM) and Nikola Mirotic (–1.1 BPM) are both out with the flu. Maybe they’ll be ready for Sunday after a nice hot bowl of chicken soup. The Grizz are about as healthy as they could hope for; Chandler Parsons (–4.4 BPM) is starting to come around, so watch out.


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