Saturday NBA Best Bets - 22 December
Two Eastern Conference contenders meet before LeBron and the Lakers welcome Anthony Davis and the Pelicans to town.
Milwaukee Bucks @ Boston Celtics
The Celtics host the Bucks at TD Garden in a mouth-watering matchup to begin a double-header of NBA on Saturday afternoon. Boston had put together an eight-game win streak after an indifferent start to the season but have regressed with back-to-back losses to the Pistons and a shock upset loss to the Suns where they started double-digit favourites.
The Bucks keep on keeping on with five wins from their past six matches which began with an away win against the Raptors. It will be just the sixth time this season the Bucks will start as underdogs but it’s a tag they’ve enjoyed, going 4-1 in those matchups. In fact, their only loss as an underdog was against the Celtics when they faced off on November 1 in Boston, losing 117-113.
Al Horford will remain sidelined for the C’s but will regain Marcus Morris who missed the loss the Suns. Aron Baynes who replaced Morris in the starting line-up broke his hand and will miss the next 4-6 weeks in a cruel blow for the Aussie. The Bucks have a clean bill of health and will be led by MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo who scored 33 points the last time these teams met.
Tip (H2H, Line or Over/Under): Celtics -1.5
The Celtics should be able to bounce back on their home floor.
New Orleans Pelicans @ Los Angeles Lakers
The storyline around this game will be Anthony Davis potentially joining LeBron James at the Lakers next season when he becomes a free agent. James added intrigue by declaring how great it would be to team up with ‘The Brow’ adding to the intrigue after Davis signed with James’ Klutch Sports Group during the preseason.
First, Davis needs to help the Pelicans out of a slump. The Pelicans started the season 4-0 and have since been flirting around .500 but now sit two games below that mark and are in danger of losing touching distance to the playoff positions in a crazy competitive Western Conference.
The Lakers on the other hand have warmed into the season nicely and sit 4th in the standings at 18-13 but have lost their past two games on the road to the Wizards and Nets. They’re back at Staples Center where they boast an 11-4 record this season but have lost five of their past six outings to the Pelicans.
Tip (H2H, Line or Over/Under): Pelicans H2H
The Lakers have only covered the line in 41% of games this season and the Pelicans represent great value to continue their strong recent record over their opponents.