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The NBA will take a break in its schedule to celebrate Thursday’s Thanksgiving Holiday, but it returns to action on Friday with a full slate of games. To help get you ready for all the action this weekend, NBA Betting Trends will take a closer look at some of top matchups on the slate starting with a Western Conference clash this Friday night on NBA TV.
Folks who are engaged in NBA playoff betting at BetAnySports may have been expecting that the Miami Heat would take command in its Eastern Conference series against the Indiana Pacers. Well, the Heat is within one win of making it to the NBA Finals, and they can get that done tonight in Game 6, which is slated to begin at 8:35 PM ET at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
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Indiana comes into its final two games of the regular season with nothing on the line as far as playoff position. Its 1-4 straight-up (0-5 against the spread) record down the stretch helped ensure it would remain in the No.3 spot in the Eastern Conference and this past Sunday’s 90-80 loss to No.2 New York as a 3.5-point road underdog sealed the deal.
We are still a couple of months away from Bovada’s release of the futures odds for a college football team’s chances to win their respective conference title, but using its updated BCS Championship odds as a guide, we can project which teams will most likely open as the possible favorites, contenders and longshots to win the Big 12 title next season.
Indiana brings a four-game winning streak into this matchup including a 112-104 victory over Phoenix this past Saturday as a 10.5-point favorite on the road. It was its third-straight road victory as part of four-game Western Conference swing. The Indiana Pacers are now 47-27 straight-up (41-33 against the spread) on the year and 18-19 SU (19-18 ATS) on the road.
Head Coach Roy Williams will be on center stage on Sunday night in the Round of 32 of the NCAA Tournament. His current team, the North Carolina Tar Heels will take on his old team, the Kansas Jayhawks, as the two battle it out for a spot in the Sweet 16.
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Denver is coming off a huge 119-108 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers this past Monday night as a 7.5-point home favorite. It improved to 36-22 straight-up on the year and a profitable 34-24 against the spread. The Nuggets will now take their show back on the road where they have struggled to a 12-19 record SU while going 16-15 ATS. The total went OVER the 217.5-point line against the Lakers. It has now gone OVER in six of their last seven games.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are going to kick off their second half of the NBA betting campaign on Wednesday night in a nationally televised home clash with the New Orleans Hornets.