Today will be a new day in the National Basketball Association with 7 vibrant meetings between teams committed to qualifying for the Playoffs. Enter and know all the basketball news and predictions on our sports news websites.
Charlotte Hornets – Milwaukee Bucks (5:30 AM)
The defending NBA title champs Milwaukee Bucks will visit Charlotte to face the Hornets without the presence of Jrue Holiday and Grayson Allen.
The last meeting between Hornets and Milwaukee Bucks was three days ago at the same stadium: Giannis Antetokounmpo had a brilliant performance with 43 points and 12 rebounds, but was not enough to beat Terry Rozier and LaMelo Ball’s Charlotte (114-106)
Despite losing the game a few days ago, the Milwaukee Bucks have the lead with 1.74 odds, while the Charlotte Hornets evened the situation at 2.15. With Antetokounmpo in MVP mode, they only need to correct the defensive horrors of the last game to win the result in their favor.
Nobody saw it coming except Bobby!! ? pic.twitter.com/VCXls04IIw
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) January 8, 2022
Detroit Pistons – Utah Jazz (5:30 AM)
The Utah Jazz has a seemingly easy stop in Detroit: The Pistons are second to last in the Eastern Conference and will not have Jerami Grant and Frank Jackson available.
The Jazz are third in the West, but they have two losses to Indiana and Toronto along with the rumor that their star Donovan Mitchell is leaving and they will not have Rudy Gobert.
On paper there is a clear favoritism for the Utah Jazz (1.15), while the Detroit Pistons, a team that struggles to pass 100 points and has an average of 93 in the last 10 games, shows a tempting 6.25 odds.
— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) January 9, 2022
Boston Celtics – Indiana Pacers (6 AM)
The Celtics will look for a victory that reassures them in the tenth place with the trouble that the Knicks put them below being equal in the Eastern Conference, but they will have to beat the Pacers anyway.
Indiana Pacers is one of the worst teams in the regular season and, although it is far from the green zone, it comes from winning against the Utah Jazz and breaking a streak of 6 consecutive losses.
Boston Celtics has an odd of 1.38, but it does not have a good performance that reduces its chances of winning from 72% to 66% in these types of games. While Indiana Pacers starts with a 3.15 share and increased their chances from 32% to 50%.
That’s how you move the ? pic.twitter.com/f3Q5Pprdbb
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) January 9, 2022
New York Knicks – San Antonio Spurs (6 AM)
The other team that will look askance at the Boston game will be the New York Knicks of Julius Randle and RJ Barrett – fundamental in the quintet – who will face San Antonio with the obligation to win after losing to the Celtics.
The Spurs are having a really bad time with 6 losses in 7 games that placed them 10th in the Western Conference and they will not be able to count on Keldon Johnson and Derrick White.
The New York Knicks is a favorite despite their poor overall performance with 1.42 odds and a nearly 90% chance of winning. San Antonio Spurs will seek the miracle to bring joy to those who bet on them with 3.00 odds.
Last time around vs. San Antonio, RJ lit it up ? pic.twitter.com/wICQwvQfWw
— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) January 10, 2022
Houston Rockets – Philadelphia 76ers (6:30 AM)
The Rockets, last in the West, will host Philadelphia – 5th in the Eastern Conference – with a single win in the last 11 games.
The 76ers have it really easy against the worst team of the regular season and chaining 6 victories in a row, but they will not be able to count on Tyrese Maxey and Shake Milton, and will rely on the great Joel Embiid.
Philadelphia 76ers is a clear favorite with a 1.19 share and the record of beating the Houston Rockets just a week ago (5.00).
31 PTS | 12 REB | 7 AST
— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) January 8, 2022
Portland Trail Blazzers – Brooklyn Nets (8:30 AM)
Kevin Durant’s Nets – average of 30 points – will visit Portland with the idea of getting another victory and leaving behind their irregular gait. The only question after beating San Antonio in added time is whether Kyrie Irving will be on the track.
The Blazzers crushed Sacramento on Sunday and will want to repeat the result to pressure San Antonio and enter the Playoffs zone, although it will not be easy due to the losses of their three best scorers: Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum and Norman Powell.
Brooklyn Nets are second in the East and are harshly criticized for their irregularity, but they are huge favorites with 1.24 odds.
Prepared for takeoff pic.twitter.com/gTvm44FEtW
— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) January 9, 2022
Sacramento Kings – Cleveland Cavaliers (8:30 AM)
The other highlight of the day will be the Kings against the Cavs. Cleveland’s men need to win to avoid losing ground with their direct entry to the Playoffs after a horrific loss to Golden State.
Sacramento has 4 losses in a row, but if it wins its home match, it will be able to press for the last position offered by the Western Conference for the Playoffs.
Cleveland Cavaliers have an odd of 1.48, although they won only 3 games of the last 9. While the Sacramento Kings are not that far behind with their 2.75 odds.
The first #Cavs player to record 20 double-doubles in 32 games or fewer since LeBron and K. Love in 2018.
— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) January 10, 2022