Boston Celtics @ Atlanta Hawks
BetPhoenix Odds ( BetPhoenix Sportsbook Review): Hawks -2
The Atlanta Hawks have been slipping up recently but it looks like they are finally back on track. When you play against the New Jersey Nets, there is always a good chance of that.
The Hawks had lost four straight and five of their last six prior to Wednesday’s contest and there was some general concern as to what had happened to the team that started 20-7.
The truth is that the Hawks had a reality check and that they failed their test miserably. Atlanta lost in Denver, to Cleveland twice (home and away), home to New York and on the road in Miami.
The first few losses deflated the Hawks, who feel like they have grown into serious contenders but considering they lost to two conference finalists, they clearly aren’t quite there yet.
The Hawks will get a chance to redeem themselves against the Boston Celtics on Friday and this should be more manageable.
Kevin Garnett and Marquis Daniels will miss this game for Boston while Kendrick Perkins and Eddie House are dealing with their own illnesses (both should play).
This is the perfect time for the Hawks to take advantage and get a big home win.
NBA Betting Pick: Hawks -2
Cleveland Cavaliers @ Denver Nuggets
Sports Betting Lines: NO LINE
Normally, these contests are very close – especially with the games played in Denver – but this one could be a little more one-sided.
The Nuggets, who have been without point guard Chauncey Billups in eight of the last nine games, could also be without backup Ty Lawson after he sprained his ankle against Golden State on Tuesday.
Billups is hoping to make his return Friday and Lawson is day-to-day, so he might play as well. But that’s not all.
Forward Carmelo Anthony has missed three straight games due to a knee contusion and is also day-to-day. Without Anthony and Billups, the Nuggets don’t stand a chance in this contest but with everyone healthy, they’ll have a great chance to win.
It’s hard to bet your hard-earned dollars on the Nuggets right now given the health concerns so either bet the Cavs or stay away from this contest until there is more certainty.
Betting Line Pick: Cavaliers
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