Nine game slate to look forward to in the NBA this Friday night, headlined by a few big clashes, most noteably the Miami Heat hosting the Los Angeles Lakers.
As usual, we have a full preview and betting picks for some of the key matchups below, including our best bet of the night.
NBA Picks – Friday, December 13th
Los Angeles Lakers at Miami Heat
7.30pm ET, American Airlines Arena
Massive matchup here between two contenders in their respective conferences. The Lakers have the best record in the NBA at 22-3 and have won their last five games in a row and have one of the best record against the spread in the NBA at 16-9 and 8-5 on the road.
As good as the Lakers have been on the road and in general, the Heat’s record at home is arguably better. They are 11-0 straight up at American Airlines Arena this season and a ridiculous 9-2 against the spread in front of their home crowd.
The Heat will be without Goran Dragic and Justice Winslow for the clash, but they have shown some impressive depth so far this year and were led by two relative unknowns in their win over Atlanta on Tuesday night. Kendrick Nunn and Duncan Robinson combined for 70 points in the win, while Bam Adebayo added a monster 30 point triple double.
The Lakers captured a good win over Orlando on the road in their last matchup, scoring just 96 points but keeping the Magic to 87 in a dominant defensive performance. LeBron James had a 25 point triple double in the win while Anthony Davis added 16 points and 12 rebounds.
The Heat start as 3 point underdogs here, which I love the look of. They have been dominant at home this season and have shown that they can match it with the best in the league regardless of their injury list. Jimmy Butler will have a chip on his shoulder here and something to prove on national TV.
Los Angeles Clippers at Minnesota Timberwolves
9.30pm ET, Target Center
The Clippers have won their last three on the spin and are looking like the best team in the league when star Kawhi Leonard is in the line-up. Leonard has already missed seven games, but is expected to be in the line-up against Minnesota on Saturday, the first night of a back to back.
The Timberwolves have fallen off a cliff over the last two weeks. After starting the season with a 10-8 record, they have lost their last six games in a row and fallen out of the top eight in the Western Conference. They have no real injury concerns at the moment outside of point guard Jeff Teague, so their form slump isa real worry.
The Wolves have allowed a ridiculous 130.8 points per game over their last five games, the worst in the league by a stretch. They come up against one of the deeper offenses in the league on Friday night in the Clippers, who should comfortably put up 125+. The total line of 230 seems a touch low here.
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