NBA Line Betting: Spurs are too hot for Bobcats
Nick believes San Antonio will win big on Friday
"On Sunday, Luol Deng became the first Briton to play in the All-Star game. Inceridibly, this young man is still relatively unknown in the UK."
There are some outstanding games taking place on Friday and Nick Shiambouros has some smart handicap betting advice to help you make the right picks...
New Jersey Nets v Boston Celtics
The Nets are 11-25 and have virtually no chance of making the post-season. Point-guard Deron Williams is the backbone of this team but does not have the support to make a real difference.
New Jersey are, however, playing a little better on the road, having won their last three.
The Celtics are 17-17 and have won two in a row since the All-Star break. Coach Doc Rivers appears to have galvanised his veteran team in to action and they are playing with more intensity.
Boston has an outstanding home record against New Jersey, having won eight out of the last nine meetings. This is a pretty hard statistic to overlook and they should be backed with the -6 handicap at around [2.0].
Chicago Bulls v Cleveland Cavaliers
The Bulls are 29-8 and are looking razor sharp after the All-Star break. On Wednesday they were most impressive when beating San Antonio 96-89 in Texas. Superstar guard Derrick Rose was on fire for Chicago scoring a game high 29 points. Rose is now injury free and is playing some irresistible basketball.
Forward Luol Deng is another Chicago player who is having a great season. On Sunday, Deng became the first Briton to play in the All-Star game. Inceridibly, this young man is still relatively unknown in the UK.
The Cavs are 13-20 and have lost their last three. Rookie point-guard Kyrie Irving is doing the heavy lifting for Cleveland and is averaging 18.3 points per game.
Cleveland has a dreadful record against Chicago and has lost the last six regular season meetings. The Cavs face an almost impossible task against Chicago because they lack the necessary firepower to trouble this defensive powerhouse. Chicago has given up an average of just 82 points in their last six away fixtures which is remarkable to say the least.
The Bulls should be backed with the -8.5 handicap at around [1.9].
Charlotte Bobcats v San Antonio Spurs
The Bobcats have the worst record in basketball at 4-29. On Wednesday, they lost their third in a row against the lowly Detroit Pistons.
It's difficult to glean any positives from this franchise who may struggle to win 10 games this season. Hopefully they will make a couple of positive moves before the trade deadline later on this month.
The Spurs are 24-11 and are in second place in the Western Conference. On Wednesday they suffered a rare home defeat by the Chicago Bulls.
I have really been impressed with San Antonio this season and I will be surprised if they do not end the year with a high seeding in the playoffs. Superstar Tim Duncan is playing fewer minutes these days but is still one of the best forwards in the league.
San Antonio should easily run up the score in this one and should be backed with the -14.5 handicap at around [1.9].
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