NBA Picks: Friday Betting Odds Report

David Lawrence

Friday, January 3, 2014 4:13 PM GMT

We've analyzed four of the seven NBA games on tonight's schedule – have we found the best value out there? Let's go over the NBA odds to find out.

New Orleans Pelicans vs. Boston Celtics

Covered by Jordan Sharp

Though the Pelicans (14-16 SU, 13-15-2 ATS) have only one more win than the Celtics (13-19 SU, 15-16-1 ATS) this season, they're favored by three points on the road tonight. The O/U ranges from 199.5 to 200.5.

This will be the first meeting of the season between the two teams, with neither really playing at a high level at the moment.

New Orleans just got killed by Minnesota two nights ago and has gone a poor 3-6 over their past nine games. Meanwhile, Boston has dropped two in a row and has lost five of their previous six ahead of tonight's tipoff.

It's no easy feat to make our NBA pick here – the Pelicans are the more talented team, but Brad Stevens has the Celtics prepared and playing hard night in and night out. Check back shortly to see Jordan's preferred play.

Pick: Under 200

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New York Knicks vs. Houston Rockets

Covered by Jason Lake

The Knicks defied the NBA odds last night by beating the Spurs straight up as 11.5-point underdogs. Can they record another road win, this time over James Harden and the Rockets?

As expected, sportsbooks have listed Houston as a heavy favorite, with the spread currently trading at 11.5. The total has settled at 207.5.

Back in November, the Rockets won 109-106 at Madison Square Garden. Harden dropped 36 points on 9-of-17 shooting and Jeremy Lin scored 22 against his old team, while Carmelo Anthony's 45 points and 10 rebounds (17-of-30 FG) went to waste in a close loss.

In tonight's rematch, Jason believes we'd be best served by taking the OVER with our NBA picks. We know Houston will be able to score the rock, so this one will come down to whether or not Melo and company will be able to keep up.

Pick: OVER 207.5

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Los Angeles Clippers vs. Dallas Mavericks

Covered by Jason Lake

A great Western Conference battle here. The Mavericks are small (+1.5) home underdogs for this visit of the Clippers, who have recorded a nice 11-6 ATS mark on the road this season.

Los Angeles hasn't been a reliable team to back lately, as they're 2-3 SU and ATS during their past five contests. They fell to Golden State (103-105) and Portland (112-116 in overtime) on the road and then got killed by 19 at home to Phoenix. The Clippers got back on track with an easy 112-85 win over Charlotte two nights ago.

The Mavericks just completed a successful road trip in which they beat Chicago, Minnesota and Washington. They're 6-3 SU and ATS over their previous nine games.

Still, Jason has decided that the Clippers are the worthwhile play this evening. We'll find out soon enough if that blowout victory over the Bobcats was the start of another winning run.

Pick: Clippers -1

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Utah Jazz vs. Los Angeles Lakers

Covered by Jeff Grant

The Lakers, down to their fourth-string point guard, will play host to the Jazz as 3.5-point favorites in the NBA odds tonight.

Utah has gone 5-3 straight up in their last eight, while Los Angeles has lost six consecutive matchups heading into tonight's home tilt. Kendall Marshall will start at the point for the Lakers, with Steve Nash, Steve Blake and now Jordan Farmar all injured.

Pretty tough to get too excited about either team here. The Jazz have been playing better as of late, but they're still a young team that can lay a dud on any given night.

Despite being six games under .500 overall this season, Los Angeles has gone a very respectable 9-6-1 ATS inside Staples Center. Which way is Jeff going? Well, he's taking the home team in this NBA betting spot.

Pick: Lakers -3.5

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