NBA Picks: Friday Betting Odds Report

Steven Suarez

Friday, January 24, 2014 4:18 PM GMT

Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 4:18 PM GMT

A huge slate of matchups awaits us tonight, so let's get right to breaking down the NBA odds.

Fridays are always fun when it comes to the NBA. With no shortage of games to pick and choose from, we've come up with quite a few selections that we think hold good value.

LA Lakers vs. Orlando Magic

Covered by Jordan Sharp

The Lakers are coming off a respectable effort in last night's loss to the Heat and will be liking of their chances of getting back in the winning column against the Magic.

Orlando is likely to be without Nikola Vucevic once more, which means Pau Gasol should have a field day inside against a short-handed frontcourt. It's no wonder Jordan likes Los Angeles to come out and do enough for the win on the backend of this back-to-back.

Pick: Lakers +1.5

[gameodds]5/253505/?r-1=43-19-349/us[/gameodds]

LA Clippers vs. Chicago Bulls

Covered by Jordan Sharp

It's been very impressive what the Clippers have been able to do since Chris Paul went down injured. Darren Collison has filled in admirably and Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan have really stepped up their games.

Tonight they'll take on the Bulls in the Windy City, with online sportsbooks listing Los Angeles as 3.5-point favorites. And, even with Chicago playing good basketball lately, Jordan sees the Clippers coming in and proving their superiority.

Pick: Clippers -3.5

[gameodds]5/253513/?r-1=43-19-349/us[/gameodds]

Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Golden State Warriors

Covered by Jordan Sharp

What an entertaining game this should be. Two of the best offensive players in the world in Stephen Curry and Kevin Love will be battling it out at Oracle Arena. Current NBA odds show the Warriors favored by four points at home.

Which way is Jordan leaning with his free picks? Come back and see which direction he ends up going, whether it be on the spread or on the total.

Pick: Check back later!

[gameodds]5/253517/?r-1=43-19-349/us[/gameodds]

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Boston Celtics

Covered by Jeff Grant

This has been quite the run for Kevin Durant and the Thunder, who take on the Celtics in Boston this evening. Oklahoma City has won five straight and now hold the top spot in the Western Conference, a half-game up on San Antonio.

Obviously the Thunder will come in as road favorites, but Jeff thinks taking the points with Boston is the better option. Will this indeed be a letdown sot for Oklahoma City?

Pick: Celtics +7

[gameodds]5/253508/?r-1=43-19-349/us[/gameodds]

San Antonio Spurs vs. Atlanta Hawks

Covered by Jeff Grant

Injuries are really starting to pile up for the Spurs, who just lost Kawhi Leonard for an extended period of time. Nonetheless, San Antonio is favored by five points for this road test in the ATL, while the O/U has settled at 208.

Jeff believes backing the Hawks with your NBA picks is the best bet, as they've looked better recently with two straight wins. They've also managed an excellent 15-6 SU record at home so far this season.

Pick: Hawks +5

[gameodds]5/253507/?r-1=43-19-349/us[/gameodds]

Memphis Grizzlies vs. Houston Rockets

Covered by Jason Lake

The Rockets, winners of three in a row, will do battle with the Grizzlies as 5.5-point favorites tonight. Houston has gone 8-2 SU over their last 10, but Memphis has been solid lately too, having gone 7-3 SU in their past 10.

Though the Grizzlies have actually been better on the road (9-7) than they have at home (11-13), Jason is taking on the chalk and backing Houston. After all, the Rockets are on fire and are 18-6 at home.

Pick: Rockets -5.5

[gameodds]5/253514/?r-1=43-19-349/us[/gameodds]

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