Best NBA Bets Today | NBA Picks January 6

Written by: Christian Jope
Updated January 6, 2023
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NBA Picks January 6

In a jam-packed NBA Friday night, the schedule will feature 11 games featuring 22 of the NBA's most exciting teams!

Opening the night is an exciting inter-conference matchup between the Portland Trail Blazers and the Indiana Pacers. Following that is an Atlantic Division meeting between the New York Knicks and the Toronto Raptors. And all eyes will be on a competitive meeting between the Washington Wizards and the Oklahoma City Thunder!

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Portland Trail Blazers @ Indiana Pacers

When: 7:00 PM EST

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Portland Trail Blazers+1.0 (-110)
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O 231.5 (-110)
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-105
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Indiana Pacers-1.0 (-110)
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U 231.5 (-110)
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-115
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Spread: Indiana Pacers -1.0 (-110) @ bet365

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Both the Portland Trail Blazers and Indiana Pacers are looking to get back on the winning track when they face off on Friday night! Portland are currently seventh in the Western Conference, with a 19-18 record and a 10-12 road record. Indiana are also seventh in their respective conference, owning a 21-18 record and a 13-7 home record.

The Trail Blazers remain one of the deadliest three-point shooting teams in the NBA, converting on 12.8 threes per game (9th in the NBA) on 38.2% efficiency (3rd in the NBA). They'll face off against another sharpshooting team in the Indiana Pacers, who hit 14.6 threes per game (5th in the NBA) on 37.2% efficiency (8th in the NBA). With both teams owning tremendous offensive potential, expect a big scoring game between these teams.

When Portland hits the court there's the potential for them to be missing up to five key contributors. Indiana's defensive versatility will likely be the difference-maker in this game, especially given their fight on the glass.

New York Knicks @ Toronto Raptors

When: 7:30 PM EST

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New York Knicks+3.0 (-110)
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O 220.5 (-110)
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+140
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Toronto Raptors-3.0 (-110)
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U 220.5 (-110)
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-165
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The New York Knicks and the Toronto Raptors face off after what was a heated meeting between the two teams in their last game. The Knicks are currently sixth in the Eastern Conference with a 21-18 record and are currently on a two-game win streak. The Toronto Raptors have dropped to 12th in the Eastern Conference, owning a 16-22 record after losing seven of their last 10 games.

The Knicks may be missing RJ Barrett, but they've found success through their solid defensive standards. They allow just 111.4 points per game (11th in the NBA), while holding their opponents to 45.3% from the field (3rd in the NBA), and 34.1% from three (4th in NBA). However scoring issues won't be new for the Raptors, as they shoot just 44.7% from the field (28th in the NBA) and 32.4% from three-point range (29th in the NBA).

The Raptors won their earlier meeting with the Knicks this season, behind a gargantuan 52-point effort from All-Star Pascal Siakam. While the Raptors showed excellent heart in their last game, their lack of offensive diversity will likely spell their end against the defensively adept Knicks. Take the Knicks to continue their win streak.

Washington Wizards @ Oklahoma City Thunder

When: 8:00 PM EST

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Washington Wizards+1.5 (-110)
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O 231.5 (-110)
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+100
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Oklahoma City Thunder-1.5 (-110)
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U 231.5 (-110)
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-120
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Moneyline: Washington Wizards (+100) @ PointsBet

The Washington Wizards and the Oklahoma City Thunder are two teams who are fighting in the bottom group of their respective conferences. The Thunder are now 13th in the West with a 16-22 record after going 5-5 over their last 10 games. The Wizards are 11th in the Eastern Conference with a 17-22 record, but are coming off of a loss in their last game.

Washington enter this game with Bradley Beal and Taj Gibson likely on the injury list, but they'll be leaning on their defence to take down the Thunder. The Wizards allow 112.7 points per game (13th in the NBA) while holding teams to just 46.1% from the field and 51.8% from two-point range. The Thunder will try to counter that with their 101.6 rated pace (3rd in the NBA), which helps them to 116.1 points per game (7th in the NBA) - regardless of efficiency.

The Thunder have shown that they can find success regardless of their available lineup, mostly due to the simplicity of their offence. However, despite Bradley Beal being unavailable, don't expect the Wizards to be uncompetitive. With their strength in the paint and their ability to protect the rim, the Wizards are certainly capable of pulling off the upset.

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Christian Jope is a writer, social media strategist, and data analyst. A Queen’s University Alumni, Christian is an author and social media strategist with Raptors Cage, while also working closely with MLSE and Canada Basketball through community-driven events.
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