Massive 10 game slate in the NBA this Friday, the 10th of January which means plenty of options when scouring the betting markets. As usual, we have a full preview and betting picks for some of our favourite games of the day, including our best bet and best value of the day below!
NBA Betting Picks – Friday, January 10th
Los Angles Lakers at Dallas Mavericks
American Airlines Arena, 9.45pm ET
The Mavericks will host the Lakers in the game of the night from 9.45pm (ET). The Mavs are 6th in the Western Conference with a 23-14 record but have come off the boil a bit recently, winning just 5 of their last 10 games. Injuries to star point guard Luka Doncic hindered part of their season around a month ago and now it is centre Kristaps Porzingus who is out with a knee injury.
When both are fit and firing, the Mavericks are one of the most talented and most exciting teams in the league, but when one is out, they really lack a 2nd scoring option. Im Hardaway Jr is currently their 3rd leading scorer, averging just over 13 points per game, but his efficiency comes and goes from night to night.
The Lakers have no such issues with their depth. Sure they are trying to shop around forward Kyle Kuzma at the moment, but even without him, they have plenty of scoring to call upon off the bench. They are 30-7 and sit atop the Western Conference but there are some health concerns over stars LeBron James and Anthony Davis at the moment. Both are currently listed as questionable, James with illness and Davis with a back injury, but we expect at least one of them to suit up on Friday.
We think one of the pair will be all they will need to get past a battered Mavericks team on the road. The Lakers 13 point winners over Dallas in their last matchup and have a 2-1 winning record over them so far this season. With plenty of defensive bodies in the likes of Danny Green and Avery Bradley to throw at Doncic, and with no real other scoring option for the Mavs, the Lakers should win here.
Pick: Lakers H2H (+104 at BetRivers)
Milwaukee Bucks at Sacramento Kings
Golden 1 Center, 1opm ET
Our value tip Friday night comes from Sacramento as the Kings host the Bucks at 10pm ET. The Kings have won their last two on the spin, both double digit wins over the Warriors and Suns. They will get a tougher test at home on Friday night, but it could be made easier if Giannis Antetekounmpo misses with a back injury.
The ‘Greek Freak’ is currently listed as questionable for the game, and it’s likely that he’ll miss the game on Friday night and opt to play in the second night of the Bucks back to back against the Portland Trail-Blazers.
There’s obviously no way we’d take the Kings here if the star forward was playing for the Bucks, but without him and with the game being played at Golden 1 Center, this game becomes more of a 50-50, which means at +280, the Kings are great value.
Pick: Sacramento H2H (+280 at BetRivers)
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