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Friday's Betting Tips

Friday's Betting Tips

Pro Basketball Betting Odds and Matchups: Jan. 18

Friday is here, which means the weekend is upon us. That also means there's a ton of NBA action and nine quality betting opportunities. We'll list the top ones below, including the ESPN doubleheader.

Let's get ready for some NBA!

Chicago (22-15 SU, 14-23 ATS, 15-22 O/U) at Boston (20-18 SU, 14-21-3 ATS, 17-20-1 O/U)

Last game: (12/18/12). CHICAGO (-1.5) over Boston, 100-89. The Chicago Bulls ave played well this first half of the season without Derrick Rose. They have won two straight including a road win over Toronto on Wednesday, 107-105 in overtime, giving 4.5. Boston was the hottest team in the NBA before losing at home to New Orleans, 90-78, giving 8.5. Can Boston handle Rajon Rondo and the Celtics' quicker backcourt? The favorite is 6-2-1 ATS last 9 meetings in this series. Pro Basketball Odds: Boston is a 3-5-point favorite. Total: NT

Houston (21-19 SU, 21-18-1 AST, 23-17 O/U) at Indiana (24-16, 20-20 ATS, 14-25-1 O/U)

Last game: (4/1/12). Indiana (+3.5) over HOUSTON, 104-102ot. The Rockets are slumping as of late. They have lost five straight, including three on the road. They lost on Wednesday at Dallas, 105-100, getting 4. Their defense is the main issue as they are allowing 103.7ppg. Indiana as lost two of three on the road, including a 97-86 loss at Orlando on Wednesday, giving 2. The Pacers are 15-3 SU at home this year. but are 1-3 ATS last 4. Houston is 7-0 ATS last 7 vs. Central Division. Hoops Odds: Indiana is a 5.5-point favorite. Total: 195.

Atlanta (22-16 SU, 15-22-1 ATS, 19-19 O/U) at Brooklyn (23-16 SU, 18-18-3 ATS, 18-20-1 O/U)

Last game: (1/16/13). ATLANTA (-3) over Brooklyn, 106-95. These two teams are going in a different direction. The Nets are 9-2 SU since P.J. Carlesimo took over as interim coach. Atlanta gave Brooklyn one of those losses on Wednesday when they defeated Brooklyn without Josh Smith (suspended). He'll be back for this game. Point guard Jeff Teague stepped up for Atlanta with a career-high 28 points and also dished out 11 assists. Atlanta has struggled on the road lately losing five straight SU and ATS. They fell at Chicago on Monday, 97-58.  Atlanta is 9-4 ATS last 13 in series. Pro Hoops Odds: Brooklyn is a 6-point favorite. Total: 192.

Oklahoma City (31-8 SU, 24-13-2 ATS, 19-20 O/U) at Dallas (17-23 SU, 21-19 ATS, 23-16-1 O/U)

Last game: (12/27/12). OKLAHOMA CITY (-10.5) over Dallas, 111-105ot. These two teams went to overtime their last matchup. Dallas will need to slow down Russell Westbrook, who has 68 points in his last two games. The Thunder have won six straight including an easy 117-97 victory over Denver laying 9 on Wednesday. Dallas has won four straight games including a 105-100 home win over Houston on Wednesday giving 4. Dirk Nowitzki had 19 points and eight rebounds in the win as he continues to round into shape after missing 27 games due to a knee injury.  Dallas is 0-7 last 7 matchups on the Under bet on Friday. Pro Basketball Lines: Oklahoma City is a 5-point favorite. Total: 205.5

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