Top NBA Betting Picks for Friday

Friday, December 6, 2013 2:35 PM UTC

Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 2:35 PM UTC

It’s Friday, which means it’s the end of the workweek, and the start of a big weekend of NBA action. Tonight is the biggest card we’ve seen all week, and I have found two games that are sure to have some value tonight. Let’s take a look at some of the NBA Odds, and decide if they are good enough to become our NBA Picks tonight.
<p style="text-align:center"> <style type="text/css"><!-- br {mso-data-placement:same-cell;} --></style> <span style="font-size:13px;font-family:arial,sans,sans-serif;color:#000000;text-align:left"></span></p> <p><b>Cavs vs. Hawks</b></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">Both teams have been playing somewhat well this season, and <a target="_blank" title="Live NBA odds for all the action" href="/betting-odds/nba-basketball/">the NBA odds</a> have the Hawks as -6 favorites here, with a total of 195. The spread is a wash to me, however the total seems to have some value hidden inside.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">While the Hawks have been improving on defense since the beginning of the season, they still aren’t great at stopping opposing teams. The Cavs have some obvious offensive issues, however in their last two games, <a target="_blank" title="See what other bettors think of the Cav's scoring recently" href="">the Cavs have scored 97 and 98 points</a> respectfully. They should at the very least get into the mid 90s this evening, which would suggest that the over is the play here.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">Five of the last seven times these two teams have faced one another, the total has gone over. On top of that, four of Cleveland’s last five road games have gone over the total, and a big reason why has been the road defense of Cleveland. The Cavs are giving up over 103 points per game this season on the road, and I expect around that much for the Hawks’ scoring column tonight.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">Neither team is very good in their defensive efficiency, while the Hawks are currently ranked 9</span><sup>th</sup><span style="font-size:1em"> in the NBA in true shooting percentage, and 11</span><sup>th</sup><span style="font-size:1em"> in possessions per game. The Hawks are making some big strides, and for this game at least, I think they will be in a higher scoring game. Look for the Hawks to force the Cavs to play their style of game, leading to the over having value.</span></p> <p><b style="font-size:1em">My Pick: </b><span style="font-size:1em">OVER 195</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">[gameodds]5/249317/?r-1=43-19-349/us[/gameodds]<br /></span></p> <p><b style="font-size:1em"><a target="_blank" title="Check out our full preview and picks for this game" href="/nba-basketball/free-picks/nba-picks-lakers-vs-kings-a-35586/">Lakers vs. Kings</a></b></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">LA is waiting on the return of <a target="_blank" title="Discuss with other bettors your opinion of Kobe and his impact" href="">their chosen leader, Kobe Bryant</a>, however it does not appear as if the chosen one will make his return to the court tonight in Sacramento. Besides, why would the Lakers debut him on the road, anyways? However Pau Gasol and Steve Blake look good to go tonight after suffering some minor injuries in the Lakers’ last game.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">Another guy who looks good to return is DeMarcus Cousins, who miss the Kings’ game on Wednesday with a spraind ankle. However, all jokes aside,</span> <span style="font-size:1em">(Cousins joked he would be out for the season so he could get a return commercial) there will be no one to stop Cousins in this game, and it will likely lead to the over having some value.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">The NBA odds for this one favor the Kings at -3 ½, but the total of 204 <a target="_blank" title="Check out our sportsbook reviews before placing your bets" href="">laid down by sportsbooks</a> looks prime for an over bet tonight. The Lakers are giving up over 103 points per game this season, and when they go out on the road, it swells to 108 opponent’s points per game. This is mostly because the Lakers try and force their opponents to run with them, and I see that happening tonight.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">The Lakers will try and force the pace of the game, and get the half-court Kings out of their comfort zone. While the Kings’ defense has been improving this season, they are still one of the worst teams in the NBA in defensive efficiency, ranking 28</span><sup>th</sup><span style="font-size:1em"> through the first quarter of the season.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">The Lakers currently rank 3</span><sup>rd</sup><span style="font-size:1em"> in the NBA in pace, and while they may not be able to stop Cousins on the defensive end, they may be able to wear him down after he missed a game. Getting him running is the key to beating the Kings, as the big man still wears down easier than some. Look for a faster paced game with little defense, for <a target="_blank" title="Free NBA picks everyday" href="/nba-basketball/">our NBA picks</a> we choose the over.</span></p> <p><b style="font-size:1em">My Pick: </b><span style="font-size:1em">OVER 204</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">[gameodds]5/249324/?r-1=43-19-349/us[/gameodds]<br /></span></p>
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