Free NBA Picks Friday 1/24/2020 and Opening Line Report
Friday's NBA slate kicks off a little earlier than usual as the Milwaukee
Bucks take on the Charlotte Hornets in Paris, France. The Bucks are on a
long winning streak playing against the Hornets, who are on a long losing
streak. Does the neutral-court aspect hurt or help the Hornets? Zion
Williamson will play his second game in the NBA against the Nuggets at
home. The Pelicans are small favorites against a much better Nuggets team.
Is Zion-mania really causing the lines to swing? Here are the early lean's
for Friday's NBA slate.
Bucks @ Hornets 1/24/2020 (+13.5, 219)
This game will take place in Paris with the Bucks on a seven-game winning
streak and the Hornets on a seven-game losing streak. The only question is
if the Bucks can win this game against the spread. The Hornets have been
blown out in their last two games and have scored an average of 84.5 points
per game. The Bucks' last two were double-digit wins.
Key trends: Bucks are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400.
Early lean: Bucks, Over
Grizzlies @ Pistons (-1.5, TBD)
After the Grizzlies found fire, Memphis has now lost two in a row and is searching for answers. The Pistons have won three of their last four and are playing better basketball as of late. Andre Drurmmond didn't play Wednesday due to a mouth injury, but if he's good to go, expect the Pistons' defense to give the Grizzlies problems at home.
Key trends: Grizzlies are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Friday games.
Early lean: Pistons, Under
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Celtics @ Magic (TBD, TBD)
Are the Celtics finally back? After a weird losing streak for Boston, the
Celtics have now defeated the Lakers and Grizzlies soundly in their last
two games. Orlando's only win in their last four games came against a
struggling Hornets team. The Celtics are on a roll. So roll with them.
Key trends: Celtics are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games.
Early lean: Celtics, Over
Raptors @ Knicks (+7.5, 216)
Don't even think about taking the Knicks at home. Toronto is on a five-game
winning streak after beating the 76ers, 107-95. The Knicks showed some
effort against the Lakers last time out but ultimately took the loss. The
Raptors are averaging a ton of points in their last five games. The Knicks
offense can't keep up.
Key trends: Raptors are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
Early lean: Raptors, Over
Kings @ Bulls (-2, 221)
The Kings have no answers right now. They're on a six-game losing streak
and are still on the road to face a Bulls team that continues to trade wins
for losses. The Bulls are beating bad teams and losing to good team. The
Bulls shouldn't have trouble with the Kings, but just hope that the game
remains out of reach.
Key trends: Bulls are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400.
Early lean: Bulls, Over
Hawks @ Thunder (TBD, TBD)
If you bet over on the Thunder's win total, you're well on your way to
making some nice cash. The Thunder are back on the winning train with three
straight wins with the last two on the road. The Hawks are coming off a win
over the short-handed Clippers, but the Thunder aren't shorthanded and are
playing like a top team in the league this year. Take the Thunder at all
Key trends: Thunder are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 Friday games.
Early lean: Thunder, Over
Rockets @ Timberwolves (+5, 235)
Houston had their struggles in middle January but finally won over the
Nuggets at home, 121-105. To start a winning streak, the Rockets will need
to beat a Timberwolves team that has lost seven straight games. The Rockets
are smelling this win from a mile away. I am too.
Key trends: Rockets are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Friday games.
Early lean: Rockets, Over
Nuggets @ Pelicans (-3, 231)
Zion Williamson returned to the Pelicans with a minutes restriction. That's
the only thing that fans were disappointed with. Zion scored 22 points in
18 minutes, shooting 4-of-4 from downtown. The Pelicans still lost the game
as Zion wasn't allowed to finish it. The Nuggets are 1-1 during their road
trip. Zion mania is so high right now that the line will be very
much in favor of the Pelicans. Take the Nuggets as there's going to be tons
of value there.
Key trends: Nuggets are 5-0-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up loss.
Early lean: Nuggets, Over
Clippers @ Heat (TBD, TBD)
The Clippers will be without Paul George and potentially without Kawhi
Leonard and Patrick Beverley. Without those three, the Clippers lost to the
Hawks. Assuming Kawhi and Patrick are back, things will get easier for the
Clippers. The Heat have dominated at home recently, but their last two
games were overtime wins. The Clippers should be able to cover the spread
and have the potential to win outright.
Key trends: Clippers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
Early lean: Clippers, Under
Suns @ Spurs (-4, 229)
The Spurs took the Zion Williamson blow in full stride, coming out
victorious over a red-hot Pelicans team. The Spurs have now won three
straight games, with the last two coming on the road. That first road game
was against the Suns, where the Spurs won 120-118. With both teams getting
a good look at each other, you've gotta roll with the better team and
better coach in preparation. Take the Spurs and Pop to get another win over
Key trends: Spurs are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
Early lean: Spurs, Under
Pacers @ Warriors (+4, TBD)
The Pacers are 7-3 in their last 10 games, while the Warriors sit at 1-9 in
their last 10. The Pacers lone loss in the last week was against the Utah
Jazz and just recently destroyed the Suns on the road. The Warriors do not
fare well against clear playoff teams, and this game will be no different.
Key trends: Pacers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite.
Early lean: Pacers, Under
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