NBA Picks: Friday Betting Odds Report

Steven Suarez

Friday, January 17, 2014 4:03 PM UTC

Friday, Jan. 17, 2014 4:03 PM UTC

Have we found some solid NBA betting value for Friday's games? Let's see what our handicappers have to say about the upcoming slate.

We've got quite a few reasonably big favorites on the board tonight, but the Heat (-10 vs. Philadelphia) are easily the biggest chalk of the night. The Nuggets (vs. Cleveland), Celtics (vs. LA Lakers), Spurs (vs. Portland) and Pistons (vs. Utah) are all favored by right around six or seven points.

Below are the plays that we are feeling good about to kick off the weekend.

LA Clippers vs. New York Knicks

Covered by Jordan Sharp

The Knicks were smacked around by the Pacers last night but don't have any time to rest, as they get set to host Blake Griffin and the Clippers tonight.

This will be New York's fourth game in five nights and Jordan believes we'll see little defense as a result. This is a banged up and tired Knicks team that's going to have a tough time playing sound defense.

Pick: OVER 201.5


Miami Heat vs. Philadelphia 76ers

Covered by Jordan Sharp

Just how often do you see the Heat lose three straight games? They've been having a tough time on this road trip, dropping consecutive contests to the Knicks, Nets and Wizards.

You'd have to think they'll bounce back with a big win tonight in the City of Brotherly Love and Jordan agrees. He thinks Miami will come out and dominate this game from start to finish, en route to an ATS cover.

Pick: Heat -10


Chicago Bulls vs. Washington Wizards

Covered by Jordan Sharp

Both teams stand at 18-19 SU for the season, but it's the Wizards that are favored by 4.5 points here at home against the Bulls.

Washington has dominated this series in terms of ATS performance, having covered for backers in six straight meetings. However, Jordan is going a different direction tonight and is thinking defense will prevail.

Pick: UNDER 185.5


LA Lakers vs. Boston Celtics

Covered by Jeff Grant

The Celtics just ended a lengthy losing streak, while the Lakers come in having lost six consecutive matchups. In the NBA odds tonight, Boston is favored by seven points at home.

The big news here is the return of Rajon Rondo, who will make his first appearance of the season. With his NBA picks, Jeff thinks the O/U of 205.5 is inflated, so he'll recommend that readers take the UNDER.

Pick: UNDER 205.5


Portland Trail Blazers vs. San Antonio Spurs

Covered by Jeff Grant

This should be one of the better games of the night, featuring two Western Conference powerhouses battling it out. The Spurs will enter as six-point chalk, while there's a very high total of 213 that can be found at the sportsbooks.

However, they're not the side Jeff is taking. He really likes what Portland has been doing this season and thinks they'll step their game up enough to cover this number on the road.

Pick: Trail Blazers +6


Golden State Warriors vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

Covered by Jason Lake

Have we saved the best for last? The Thunder, fresh off a great performance in a comeback win over the Rockets last night, will be hoping to keep riding that momentum against a talented Warriors team.

It's not going to be easy, that's for sure. Golden State is the more rested team and will want to redeem themselves after a poor showing in a recent home loss to Denver. Jason sees the Warriors coming into Oklahoma City and escaping with a cover.

Pick: Warriors +1.5


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