2016-17 NBA Betting Tips – Thursday, January 19th

January 18, 2017 by Posted in Betting Tips, NBA Tips

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There is never a dull moment in the 2016-17 NBA season and that continues to be the case as we look toward a massive Thursday, January 19th and offer our NBA betting tips for the Australian televised Thunder at Warriors and Bucks at Rockets along with another interesting game on the slate!

Portland Trail Blazer at Charlotte Hornets (Thursday, January 19th at 11:05am AEDT)

It wasn’t too long ago that the Hornets were considered one of the better teams in the league as they were building a great 2016-17 NBA season. Since then their form has dipped dramatically and they now no longer have a positive win rate. Guys like Kemba Walker and Nick Batum have been damaging on the scoreboard, but the Hornets simply can’t defend. They have allowed an average of 112+ points per game over the last eight, including losing the last 5 straight road games.

The Hornets will be very happy to get back on their home court where they play much better basketball. They certainly deserve to be favourites – considering the Trail Blazers have their own problems – but there is a real chance CJ McCullum and Damian Lillard can get on top of the Charlotte defense. The key to the Hornets winning will be for Kemba and Batum to capitalise on the Trail Blazers who have even worse defensive efficiency than Charlotte (they allowed 117+ points in their last two losses). I do think this can be a relatively tight affair, so will be taking the Hornets in a value play.

Tip: Hornets by 1-10 Points – $2.75 at CrownBet

Milwaukee Bucks at Houston Rockets (Thursday, January 19th at 12:05pm AEDT)

The Rockets are quickly becoming one of the best teams to watch thanks to ‘The Beard’ James Harden. However, if there is one player who is even more electric (apart from Russ, of course) it’s got to be Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo. The 22-year old is one of only four players in the league this season to have at least 14 games of 25 points, 5 assists and 5 rebounds per game – and he’s in good company with Russ, Harden and Lebron the other three. He will need to have a huge game to be any chance against the Rockets, especially in Houston where they are 16-4.

While I don’t think the Bucks will win, I don’t like the 8-point line. What I do like the look of is Antetokounmpo to have his 15th 25+ point game. We know how fast-paced the Rockets play and the Bucks will have to keep up with that pace and that means scoring from Antetokounmpo. The total game score line is set at a massive 227 points for a reason and Giannis will certainly contribute his fare share.

Tip: Antetokounmpo OVER 24.5 Points – $1.88 at CrownBet

Oklahoma City Thunder at Golden State Warriors (Thursday, January at 2:35pm AEDT)

It’s hard not to mention the Kevin Durant/Russel Westbrook factor when it comes to a Thunder vs Warriors clash. This Thursday’s game might not garner the same excitement as the first time the two former team mates met, but you know there still won’t be any love lost. What I find interesting here is the Warriors being slightly over-valued after they dismantled LeBron’s Cavs this week. Westbrook continues to monster games and will no doubt be even hungrier after the last time these two teams met.

OKC being without Steven Adams will hurt, especially considering they lost the rebounds 47-36 without him against the Clippers, but I still think the Thunder can keep this more competitive than the bookies suggest. What this game won’t be is a shoot-out. The Warriors will control the pace and without Adams putting up defensive and offensive boards, OKC will struggle to put a big score on the board. Take advantage of the juicy Warriors to win double with a huge point total at CrownBet.

Tip: Warriors to win / Total Game Score UNDER 228.5 – $2.16 at CrownBet


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