Happy New Year With Basketball Betting Opportunities
Welcome to 2015 and if you are hoping for a year that is packed full of basketball betting opportunities, you are in the right place. There are only two games in the NBA today, but that will help you ease into 2015 in good style, allowing you to build up to what is sure to be a great weekend of NBA action.
There was also plenty of great NBA action on the 31st of December as the top teams and players said goodbye to 2014. The Celtics were comfortable at home to the Kings, winning 106-84 while the Clippers were in full control against the Knicks, winning by a score of 99-78. The Spurs edged a close game against the Pelicans, winning 95-93 while the Thunder and the Suns engaged in a classic. Kevin Durant grabbed 44 points in the 137-134 overtime win for the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Pacers dealt with the Heat in a convincing manner, winning 106-95 while the Rockets dealt with the Hornets by a score of 102-83. The Cavaliers lost another game, with the Bucks triumphing 80-96 in Cleveland.
Denver Nuggets @ Chicago Bulls
The Denver Nuggets come into this game with a 13-19 record, which includes a record of 4-11 away from Denver. They will be facing up to a Chicago side who currently hold a 22-10 record, which includes an 8-6 record at home. This slightly infers that the Bulls are better away from home than they are in Chicago but they definitely look to be a stronger side than Denver.
With respect to the 5 game form, opposites are at play in this game. The Nuggets hold a 1-4 record while the Bulls can boast of a 4-1 record. In saying that, both teams are coming into this game after a loss with the Nuggets on a losing streak of 2 while the Bulls hold a losing streak of 1. Someone is going to get back to winning ways at the end of this game, ensuring that there is a bright start to 2015 for one set of basketball fans.
The Bulls had actually won 7 games in a row before they came a cropper at home to the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday night. The 82-96 loss was a sore one to take but the warning signs were there in the club’s previous match. They just scraped past Indiana with a 90-92 win but the Bulls shooting had been poor, something which they will be determined to rectify in this game.
When the Bulls were losing to the Nets, the Nuggets were having their own problems with a team that hasn’t had too much success this campaign. On Tuesday night, the Nuggets lost 103-110 at home to the Los Angeles Lakers. This came on the back of another home loss to the Raptors so the Nuggets may be feeling as though they are glad to get away from Denver at the moment, although their away form doesn’t leave much cause for optimism either.
Kirk Hinrich is a major doubt for the Bulls while the Nuggets are monitoring a number of players on a day to day basis. Darrell Arthur, Kenneth Faried and Wilson Chandler are all being monitored of a daily basis, so this could impact on how strong the Nuggets are coming into this game. There is a wide level of agreement that the Bulls should be able to take care of this game in an effective manner, which only leaves the margin of victory as the important issue.
Taking the Bulls with a -11.5 handicap, at odds of 1.90, may well give you a prosperous start to 2015. Bet Now!
Sacramento Kings @ Minnesota Timberwolves
The Kings hold a 13-19 record coming into the start of 2015 and away from Sacramento, their record stands at 5-9. They face up to the Timberwolves who have endured a 5-25 record, which includes a 3-11 record in Minnesota. You can bet that the Timberwolves will be delighted to welcome in a new year in the hope of it bringing a change in fortune for their campaign.
The Kings come into this game having lost their last two matches, and they hold a 1-4 record in their last five games, but the Timberwolves have lost 9 games in a row. Starting the New Year with 10 losses in a row would be a terrible way to get things underway but it looks like being a tough task for the team from Minnesota to avoid this fate.
The Kings struggled without DeMarcus Cousins and even though he is back in the side, you get the feeling that he isn’t at his best yet. He only managed to grab 11 points on Wednesday night when the Kings were comprehensively dismantled by the Celtics, losing 106-84.
The Timberwolves only managed one win in the month of December and come into this game on the back of four losses on the road. In the space of a week, the Timberwolves lost in Cleveland, Denver, away to the Warriors and then round off their year losing 100-94 in Utah on Tuesday night. A return to Minnesota may bring some cheer and relief, or it may make the agony of losing even more profound!
The Kings have big injury doubts over Ramon Sessions and Ryan Hollins while Eric Moreland is being monitored on a daily basis. The Timberwolves have concerns over Ricky Rubio and Nikola Pekovic.
Neither team is in great form but taking the Kings, even with a negative handicap, is likely to be a sensible way to start your 2015 basketball betting activities. Bet Now!