FRIDAY PREMIUM SERVICE PLAYS
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Friday Possible NBA Best Bet
L.A. Clippers (+1 ½) over SACRAMENTO
The Clippers are a pretty decent team with both Zach Randolph and Marcus Camby playing (10-10 straight up and coming off an upset of the Celtics on Wednesday night, but Camby has an inner ear infection that keeps him from flying and he is questionable for tonight’s game as it is uncertain whether the team drove him from Los Angeles to Sacramento for this game (a 6 hour drive) or if he was cleared to fly with the team. While Randolph is important, Camby is perhaps more important to the Clippers because of his great defense and rebounding. Sacramento is the league’s worst team and they are even worse without Brad Miller, who was traded to Chicago, but I make this game a pick with Camby not playing for the Clippers while I favor Los Angeles by 5 points if he does play. The Kings are just 10-17-1 ATS at home this season and 8-20 straight up and they are certainly not likely to beat the Clippers if Camby plays. I’ll lean with the Clippers as an underdog without Camby playing, but I’ll make the Clippers a 2-Star Best Bet at -1 or better if Camby is upgraded to probable - so keep an eye on the injury report.
I will update my basketball page and email my subscribers if Camby is upgraded to probable.
Friday NBA Opinion
Portland (-4 ½) over MINNESOTA
Minnesota is just 1-6 straight up and a 2-5 ATS since losing leading scorer Al Jefferson to a season ending injury and the Timberwolves host a Blazers team that is eager for a win after losing consecutive games at Houston and San Antonio. Portland applies to a decent 56-20-3 ATS road bounce-back situation and the Timberwolves are just 8-19-1 ATS at home this season. Portland is only 11-18 ATS on the road, but my ratings still favor the Blazers by 5 points here in Minnesota after adjusting for the absences of Oden for Portland and Jefferson for Minnesota. There is not quite enough to make the Blazers a Best Bet here, but I’ll lean with Portland at -5 or -4 ½ points and I’d take Portland in a 2-Star Best Bet at -4 points or less.