The NBA returns on Friday night to showcase 11 matchups between some of the league's most exciting squads!
Two of the best in the East and West face off when the Denver Nuggets visit the Atlanta Hawks. Also, an Eastern Conference rivalry continues when the Toronto Raptors host the Brooklyn Nets. And the Indiana Pacers look to maintain their position when they take on the Utah Jazz!
Let's take a look at the bets!
When: 7:30 PM EST
|Denver Nuggets||+1.0 (-110)||O 233.0 (-110)||TBD|
|Atlanta Hawks||-1.0 (-110)||U 233.0 (-110)||TBD|
The Denver Nuggets enter this game off the back of a four-game win streak. The Atlanta Hawks, on the other hand, have lost three of their last four games.
The Hawks haven't quite enjoyed their recent road games, but they've at least been able to hold their opponents to just 31.7% shooting from three while shooting just 33.5% from three themselves. They'll have their hands full against a Nuggets team that is shooting 51.7% from the field and 40.8% from three over the course of their four-game win streak.
The Hawks have been part of a few nail-biters as of late, and the Nuggets' offense seems to be firing on all cylinders late. Considering Atlanta's questionable offensive consistency, the Nuggets should take the victory.
When: 7:30 PM EST
|Toronto Raptors||+3 (-110)||TBD||+130|
|Brooklyn Nets||-3 (-110)||TBD||-120|
The Brooklyn Nets have found a positive run of form and now enter this game off the back of a three-game winning streak. The Toronto Raptors have been returning to good health, but they've been inconsistent with a 2-2 record over their last four.
Over their last three games, the Nets' offense has been efficient and responsible. They're shooting 51.0% from the field, 39.3% from three, and are committing just 10.7 turnovers over their last three games. Toronto on the other hand have been struggling over their last four games, particularly with their three-point shooting where they've converted on just 31.4% of their attempts.
The Raptors are a strong and versatile defensive team. But with their scoring troubles, expect the Nets to outpace them on the scoreboard.
When: 8:00 PM EST
|Indiana Pacers||+4.5 (-110)||TBD||+166|
|Utah Jazz||-4.5 (-110)||TBD||-198|
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The Indiana Pacers have cooled down after their weeks of good form, having gone 2-3 over their last five games. The Utah Jazz have also regressed to the mean, finally finding a win after losing five in a row.
The Indiana Pacers get by off the strength of their three-point shooting, ranking fourth in three-pointers per game (14.6) while owning the league's eighth-best scoring offense (115.6). The Utah Jazz aren't afraid to get in a gunfight though, scoring 117.0 points per game - good enough for fifth in the league.
Rather than an offense-defense battle, expect the team that takes care of the ball best to win this game. Indiana's ball pressure should be the difference-maker for them.
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