NBA Picks: Friday Basketball Betting Odds Report

Steven Suarez

Friday, December 6, 2013 3:31 PM GMT

An action-packed night of NBA basketball awaits us, so let's get right to examining the sports betting odds before making our predictions.

Denver Nuggets vs. Boston Celtics

Covered by Jordan Sharp

The Nuggets just had their seven-game winning streak come to an end in Cleveland. They had been on quite a roll, beating Chicago, Dallas and New York at home and Dallas, Minnesota, Toronto and Brooklyn on the road. It certainly was a slow start, but Denver has certainly stepped it up as of late.

Tonight they are 4.5-point favorites for a road tilt with Boston. The Celtics have gone 4-2 SU and ATS over their last six games, so we expect a good fight out of them here. Jordan has analyzed the lines and the pros and cons on each side and ultimately feels like the value is with Boston in this spot.

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Toronto Raptors vs. Phoenix Suns

Covered by Jason Lake

We've watched on in amazement at what the Suns have been doing to start the season. They've been terrific despite not getting any love when everyone was making their predictions for the year. The Suns come in with a 10-9 SU record and impressive 13-5-1 ATS mark.

They will be favored by either 3.5 or 4 points for tonight's home contest against Rudy Gay and the Raptors, who have lost four straight games. Jason has broken down the NBA odds and believes Phoenix is the right side.

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Los Angeles Lakers vs. Sacramento Kings

Covered by Jason Lake

Rumors were circulating that Kobe Bryant would make his return tonight in Sacramento, but it appears as if the date has been pushed back to Sunday. Without the Black Mamba, the Lakers haven't been struggling too badly, especially lately. They've won five of their last seven and are 6-1 ATS during that span.

However, it's the Kings (-3.5) that are favorites for tonight, despite the fact they're dropped five consecutive matchups. Jason Lake believes Sacramento will get a big performance out of DeMarcus Cousins, leading to SU win and ATS cover.

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Orlando Magic vs. New York Knicks

Covered by Jeff Grant

Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks scored a huge win over Brooklyn last night, and maybe that'll be the jolt they needed to kick-start their season. What's more, they've dominated Orlando over the years, winning six straight in the series while covering the spread in each of those victories.

Orlando has lost three consecutive games, two of which were on the road against Washington (98-80) and Philadelphia (126-125). This season they're just 1-7 SU away from Orlando, though they have gone 5-3 ATS. With his NBA pick for the night, Jeff believes we'll see offense rule, which is why he's on the OVER 194.5.

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Oklahoma City Thunder vs. New Orleans Pelicans

Covered by David Lawrence

The Thunder had won eight straight games (including victories over San Antonio, Golden State, Minnesota, Denver and the LA Clippers) before dropping Wednesday's road game in Portland. They're 13-4 SU and 8-9 ATS on the year, but are just 4-4 SU and 3-5 ATS on the road.

Meanwhile, the Pelicans, despite a tough loss to Dallas two nights ago, have been playing better, having gone 6-3 SU over their last nine. New Orleans is 5-4 SU and 3-5-1 ATS at home, but will be five-point underdogs tonight. After looking at all of the angles, David sees the visiting Thunder taking care of business tonight and is backing them as road chalk.

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