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The NBA is putting on an exciting five-game Friday night schedule for fans and bettors to enjoy!
It's an exciting Eastern Conference matchup when the Milwaukee Bucks and Indiana Pacers face off. In the Western Conference, the Memphis Grizzlies look to get back in the win column against the Minnesota Timberwolves. And it's an all-Florida affair when the upstart Orlando Magic take on the seasoned Miami Heat.
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When: 7:00 PM EST
|Milwaukee Bucks||-8.0 (-110)|
|O 237.5 (-110)|
|Indiana Pacers||+8.0 (-110)|
|U 237.5 (-110)|
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The Milwaukee Bucks and Indiana Pacers continue to jockey for position in the competitive Eastern Conference. Milwaukee currently rank third in the Eastern Conference with a 31-17 overall record and a 12-12 road record. The Indiana Pacers have fallen to ninth in the Eastern Conference, with a 24-26 overall record and a 16-9 home record.
The Milwaukee Bucks have enjoyed back-to-back wins against one of the worst and then one of the best teams in the NBA. Over that span, they've averaged 128.5 points on 52.3% from the field and 43.9% from three-point range - despite committing 20.0 turnovers per game. The Pacers have dropped eight of their last 10 games, mostly due to their poor defence. Over their last 10 games, they've allowed 121.3 points per game on 49.7% from the field and 41.5% from three-point range.
We're taking the Milwaukee Bucks in this matchup against the Indiana Pacers. Indiana's offence and defence have been struggling as of late, and Milwaukee's defensive standards rarely drop - even on the road. Expect the Bucks to dominate the game from range and at the rim.
When: 7:30 PM EST
|Memphis Grizzlies||-3.0 (-110)|
|O 237.5 (-110)|
|Minnesota Timberwolves||+3.0 (-110)|
|U 237.5 (-110)|
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Both the Memphis Grizzlies and Minnesota Timberwolves are looking to shake off the rust of their recent down run in form. The Memphis Grizzlies remain second in the Western Conference with a 31-17 overall record and an 11-14 road record. The Minnesota Timberwolves are eighth in the West, with a 25-25 overall record and an 18-6 home record.
The Memphis Grizzlies have been struggling as of late, with their losing streak being pushed to four in a row. They've struggled with injuries, but their defence has still allowed 122.3 points per game on 47.7% from the field and 41.9% from three-point range. On the other hand, the Minnesota Timberwolves have been mostly successful over their last five games, going 3-2 through that run. Their offence has been locked in, averaging 116.8 points on 48.4% from the field and 39.7% from deep - despite being out-rebounded by their opponents 36.0 to 43.4.
We're taking the Memphis Grizzlies in this matchup to break their four-game losing streak. Despite the Timberwolves' positive run of form, it's been their offence rather than their defence that has driven their success. Given the matchup and the Grizzlies' increasingly healthy roster, we see the Grizzlies earning the victory.
When: 8:00 PM EST
|Orlando Magic||+8.0 (-118)|
|Miami Heat||-8.0 (-104)|
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Both the Orlando Magic and Miami Heat are on short but impressive win streaks over their last two games. The Orlando Magic are still 13th in the East with a 19-29 overall record and a 6-17 road record. The Miami Heat are still sixth in the Eastern Conference with a 27-22 overall record and an impressive 16-9 home record.
The Magic have won two games in a row against relatively tough Eastern Conference competition in the Indiana Pacers and the Boston Celtics. Their offence has been incredibly impressive, scoring 119.5 points per game on 53.6% from the field and 47.3% from three-point range. The Miami Heat are coming off wins over the Boston Celtics and New Orleans Pelicans due to their impressive defence. Over the course of their two wins, the Heat have held their opponents to 45.4% from the field and 29.0% from three while forcing 20.5 turnovers per game.
The Orlando Magic are much more versatile than they're given credit for and the strength of their frontcourt is greater than Miami's last two opponents - mostly due to the play of Paolo Banchero. It'll likely be a tightly contested affair given Miami's defence, but we see the Orlando Magic as the team to push through for another victory.
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