Cleveland, Boston and San Antonio are all in a slump, and they will all hope to put an end to their struggles when they play this Wednesday.
However, doing so is easier said than done, with the winning betting odds slowly drifting away from them and sports betting fans growing increasingly frustrated with the way they are playing.
Sacramento Kings @ Orlando Magic (Jan 24, 08:00 GMT+8)
After handing the Celtics their third straight loss, the Magic head into this match with renewed confidence and optimism.
Elfrid Payton, Evan Fournier and Aaron Gordon need to perform the way they did against the Celts if they want to extend their streak, but they have a legitimate chance of getting the W against a Sacramento team that lost eight in a row now. Go for Orlando -6.00 @ 1.85.
Brooklyn Nets @ Oklahoma City Thunder (Jan 24, 09:00 GMT+8)
D’Angelo Russell is far from his usual self, but his return certainly sparked something in Brooklyn as the Nets won two straight games against the Heat and Pistons.
Oklahoma are coming off a big win against the Cavs as they stay unbeaten in four games, but it shouldn’t be forgotten that Brooklyn took them down in their first meeting earlier last month. With that said, choosing the Nets +9.00 @ 2.05 appears to be the best choice.
Cleveland Cavaliers @ San Antonio Spurs (Jan 24, 09:00 GMT+8)
Cleveland lost to Oklahoma 124-148 the last time out and LeBron James perfectly sums up how big their defensive problem is: “I’ve never in my basketball life gave up 148 points, not even probably playing video games.”
Fortunately for the Wine and Gold, the Spurs are struggling on the offensive end. Though, the King and his Cavaliers can’t expect everything to go their way considering that San Antonio still boast one of the best defences in the league.
This game can go either way, but I expect Cleveland to be more desperate here. Pick the Cavs +1.50 @ 1.90.
New York Knicks @ Golden State Warriors (Jan 24, 11:30 GMT+8)
Golden State gave up too many rebounds and turnovers in their loss to Houston, and they need to avoid repeating those mistakes when they host Kristaps Porzingis and New York.
It’s a good thing for the Warriors though that the Knicks are in a poor run of form lately, even losing to the likes of Lakers and Grizzlies last week. Betting on the Dubs -14.00 @ 1.98 is a risky but worthwhile move.
Boston Celtics @ Los Angeles Lakers (Jan 24, 11:30 GMT+8)
Losing three straight is one thing; losing to another struggling team (Orlando) that haven’t won at least half of their games is another.
Kyrie Irving said the Celts need to learn how to weather the storm, but it looks like they also need to find a way to stay consistent on the offensive end.
They can make a statement when they renew their rivalry with the Lakers; however, it won’t be a walk in the park for them with the Purple and Gold winning back-to-back matches and Jordan Clarkson making his case as sixth man of the year.
Considering all these, placing your money on LA +4.00 @ 1.94 doesn’t seem bad at all.
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Disclaimer: Odds are correct at time of publish.