2016-17 NBA Betting Tips – Thursday, December 22nd

December 21, 2016 by Posted in NBA Tips

The 2016-17 NBA Season continues this week and there are a total of eight games on Thursday December 22nd and we preview four of them, including the ESPN televised Thunder vs Pelicans with betting tips.

Oklahoma City Thunder at New Orleans Pelicans (Thursday 12pm AEDT)

You have to feel a bit sorry for the Pelicans in this one. They will be facing the Thunder’s Russell Westbrook on the second game of a back-to-back and two days after Westbrook air-balled a game winner. He will come out with a lot to prove as there has been a lot of talk about his inability to come up clutch as he has missed all five of his go ahead shots in the final five seconds this season. However you can’t deny his incredible numbers. The man is a beat averaging a 30 point triple double while he carries his team to a 16-12 record in the tough Western Conference.

Meanwhile the Pelicans have their injury troubles and are struggling this season. However, they have their own superstar in Anthony Davis and he dominated their match yesterday, despite a slow start, to earn the victory over the 76ers on the road. The travel and back-to-back will play a part in this one and the Thunder will earn a narrow victory.

TIP: OKC Thunder to Win 1-10 – $2.61 at Sportsbet

Milwaukee Bucks at Cleveland Cavaliers (Thursday 11am AEDT)

These two sides will go at it again less than 24 hours after heading into overtime. The Bucks have proved to be a real problem for the Cavaliers this season but they weren’t able to come away with the win on home soil. We are predicting this match to be close once again with both sides having to play in a back-to-back situation.
The defending champions the Cavaliers will be without their injured power forward Kevin Love who has been dominant when he is on the court this season. He is beginning to find a home and he will be missed in this one. Lebron James plays a more dominant role while Kyrie Irving will put up big numbers too.

We are predicting the Bucks to put up another fight in this one but ultimately fall short.

TIP: Milwaukee Bucks (+8) – $1.91 at Sportsbet

Washington Wizards at Chicago Bulls (Thursday 12pm AEDT)

The Bulls had an embarrassing week but they returned to winning ways in their last match in convincing fashion. They blew the Pistons off the park and it was on the back of Rajon Rondo’s big performance. He assisted on 15 plays and improved the team’s ball movement.
Meanwhile the Wizards are as inconsistent as they come. A lot of it can be stemmed from the up and down performances of their shooting guard Bradley Beal. He put up a 41-point game against the Clippers in a victory but then struggled a night later and couldn’t reach the 20 point mark and missed an open three for the win against the Pacers. John Wall, Otto Porter and Marcin Gortat have been strong for the side and if Beal can turn up to play an upset is on the cards.

TIP: Washington Wizards to Win – $2.51 at CrownBet

Minnesota Timberwolves at Atlanta Hawks (Thursday 11.30am AEDT)

The Hawks are attempting to stabilise their season after a tough couple of weeks and are sitting at .500 with 14 wins and 14 losses. They will likely be without Dwight Howard in this one as he is listed as a game-time decision but he has missed a lot of matches due to his troublesome back. This will create a few issues for the side as they will need to deal with Karl Anthony-Towns in the low post and the Timberwolves aren’t afraid to go to him. KAT has put up huge games so far this season and we are predicting a big one from him in this one. The side still isn’t living up to its expectations but Zach Lavine is beginning to make more of a mark while Andrew Wiggings is continuing to improve. The Hawks have a lot of question marks in their line up and Paul Millsap hasn’t reached his all star level yet this year.

TIP: Minnesota Timberwolves to Win – $2.88 at Sportsbet



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