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Best NBA Bets Today | NBA Picks January 20

NBA Picks January 20

The NBA is lining up an exciting Friday night schedule with nine exciting games for fans and bettors to enjoy!

In an inter-conference clash, the New Orleans Pelicans take on the Orlando Magic! A classic rivalry begins again when the Cleveland Cavaliers host the Golden State Warriors. And one of the Eastern Conference's best rivalries kicks off again when the New York Knicks face the Atlanta Hawks!

Let's take a look at the bets!

New Orleans Pelicans @ Orlando Magic

When: 7:00 PM EST

TeamSpreadTotalMoney
New Orleans Pelicans-2.0 (-110)
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O 227.0 (-110)
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-130
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Orlando Magic+2.0 (-110)
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U 227.0 (-110)
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+110
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Moneyline: Orlando Magic (+110) @ WynnBet

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Both the New Orleans Pelicans and the Orlando Magic are looking to get back in the win column. The Magic are now 13th in the Eastern Conference with a 16-28 overall record and a 10-12 home record. The Pelicans have now fallen to fourth in the Western Conference, owning a 26-19 overall record and a 9-13 road record.

Beset with injuries, the New Orleans Pelicans have really begun to rack up the losses - going 3-7 over their last 10. Over that span of 10 games, New Orleans have averaged a minus-5.0 points differential while shooting just 46.8% from the field and 35.1% from three while committing 14.6 turnovers per game. The Magic haven't been too successful in their own right, also losing seven of their last 10 games. Orlando will need to improve on the offensive end to keep up with the Pelicans, as the Magic have averaged just 111.1 points per game on 47.0% from the field and 32.5% from three on just 10.1 makes.

The Pelicans have been lacking on the offensive side of the ball, and the length and athleticism of the Orlando Magic should give them some serious issues. Home-court advantage pushes this matchup in the favor of the Magic, whose unique physical profile is sure to give the shorthanded Pelicans issues.

Golden State Warriors @ Cleveland Cavaliers

When: 7:30 PM EST

TeamSpreadTotalMoney
Golden State Warriors+7.0 (-110)
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+240
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Cleveland Cavaliers-7.0 (-110)
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-295
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Spread: Cleveland Cavaliers -7.0 (-110) @ FanDuel Sportsbook

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors reignite one of the NBA's most intense rivalries! The Cavaliers have fallen to fifth in the Eastern Conference, owning a 28-18 overall record and a 19-4 home record. The Golden State Warriors are now ninth in the Western Conference, with a 22-23 record and a dreadful 5-18 road record.

It's no secret that the Golden State Warriors have performed poorly on the road. When the Warriors are away from home they average just 115.9 points on 47.4% from the field while allowing 123.4 points per game on 49.4% shooting from the field. They'll be challenged further by a Cleveland Cavaliers defence that allows just 107.1 points per game (1st in the NBA) on 46.5% shooting (8th in the NBA), but 36.5% from three (23rd in the NBA). The Cavaliers' defence should cause some serious issues for the Warriors.

When you look at this matchup, it's easy to think that the Warriors might fare well because of Cleveland's less-than-average three-point defence. That likely won't be the case, as the Cavaliers' size and paint advantage should help them work inside-out against the Warriors.

New York Knicks @ Atlanta Hawks

When: 7:30 PM EST

TeamSpreadTotalMoney
New York Knicks+3.0 (-110)
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O 231.5 (-110)
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+130
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Atlanta Hawks-3.0 (-110)
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U 231.5 (-110)
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-150
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Moneyline: New York Knicks (+130) @ DraftKings Sportsbook

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The New York Knicks and Atlanta Hawks have developed one of the Eastern Conference's most exciting young rivalries. The Knicks are currently seventh in the Eastern Conference, owning a 25-21 overall record and a 14-8 road record. The Hawks are right behind them at eighth in the East, owning a 23-22 overall record and a 12-9 home record.

It's no secret that the New York Knicks have performed impressively on the road. The Knicks are 14-8 on the road while averaging 113.0 points on 44.0% from the field while allowing just 110.1 points per game on 44.4% from the field while forcing 13.6 turnovers per game. The Hawks are a team have struggled on the defensive side of the ball, which should only help New York's offensive efforts. The Hawks allow 116.0 points per game (21st in the NBA) on 47.2% from the field (14th in the NBA) and 34.1% from the three-point range (3rd in the NBA).

The Hawks are a super energetic team, but it doesn't always produce good results - especially on the defensive side of the ball. Given the fact that the Knicks have the size and mobility to keep pace with the Hawks, I'm giving the edge to New York given their defensive ability at every position.

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