Banish The Monday Blues With NBA Basketball Betting
It is the final few days of 2014 but there is no let-up in NBA action. There are plenty of great games for you to enjoy on Monday, and there were some pretty big results on Sunday to look back on.
The Cavs were blown away at home, with the Detroit Pistons grabbing a massive 801-03 win. The Mavericks held firm defeating the Thunder by a score of 112-102 and the Raptors were impressive in Denver, winning 102-106. The Spurs were resolute in turning away the Rockets with a 110-106 win in San Antonio and the Trail Blazers demolished the Knicks by a score of 101-79. The Suns were away day winners in Los Angeles, defeating the Lakers by a score of 107-116.
Utah Jazz @ Los Angeles Clippers
The Jazz come into this game with a 10-20 record, a record that includes a 5-11 record away from home. By contrast, the Clippers currently hold a 20-11 record, and this includes a 12-4 record at home. The season form guide suggests that there will only be one winner in this game but the Jazz come into this game after two wins in a row and the Clippers lost in their outing. The five game form guide also indicates the Jazz are in better shape, the team from Utah claiming a 4-1 record while the Clippers hold a 2-3 record.
The Clippers may be feeling the pressure of too many games of late. They showed what they have in their locker with the 100-86 win against Golden State on Christmas Day but in their last game, played on Saturday the 27th of December, they lost 98-100 to the Toronto Raptors. The Clippers have needed some rest, and they will be looking to bounce back in this game, especially with Chris Paul saying that they had ran out of gas before the game against the Raptors had even started.
It is not as though defeating the 76ers has been the most difficult thing in the world this season but the Jazz showed great staying power in Saturday’s 88-71 win against the team in Philadelphia. A strong showing in the final 12 minutes of the game created the space for what was ultimately a comfortable win. Derrick Favors had a great game, grabbing 17 points and picking up 15 rebounds, tying with his best return of the season so far.
Spencer Hawes is likely to be the only absentee for the Clippers while the Jazz boast a fully-fit team coming into this game. Over the course of the season, the Clippers are much stronger than the Jazz but the team from Los Angeles have hit a slight wobble in recent times.
You would expect the Clippers to be able to grind out a victory in this game but taking the Jazz with a +11.5 handicap, at odds of 1.90, is likely to be a very sensible choice. Bet Now!
Milwaukee Bucks @ Charlotte Hornets
The Bucks hold a 15-16 record going into this match, and this includes an 8-10 record away from home. At the same time, The Hornets hold a 10-21 record, which contains a 7-10 record in Charlotte. Both teams are coming into this game on a bit of a downer, the Bucks lost their last game while the Hornets have dropped their last two games. The Bucks have a 2-3 record in their last five games while the Hornets hold a 3-2 record in the same period.
Kemba Walker grabbed a career high of 42 points in the Hornets 94-102 loss to Orlando on Saturday. The team will need Walker to maintain that run of form while hoping their defence can tighten things up this time around. The Bucks were also in losing form on Saturday night, going down 90-85 in Atlanta, although Khris Middleton had a good personal night. Middleton matched his season high of 21 points in this game and given the injury concerns surrounding the Bucks, the side from Milwaukee will be looking for Khris to step up once again.
The Bucks have major concerns and doubts over John Henderson, Ersan Ilyasova and Larry Sanders while the Hornets have concerns over Lance Stephenson, Al Jefferson and Jannero Pargo.
Taking the Bucks with a +3.5 handicap, at odds of 1.90, has to be seen as a positive thing, and if you are looking to enhance your Monday basketball betting activity, this is likely to be the option for you. Bet Now!
Washington Wizards @ Houston Rockets
A couple of defeats just before Christmas threatened to derail all of the good work carried out by the Washington Wizards this season, but they have bounced back well since then. The team holds a 21-8 record, which includes a 7-4 record away from Washington. The Rockets are also in great form, holding a 21-8 record, which includes a 10-5 record in Houston.
This is a match between two teams that know how to win basketball games and it could be the most exciting match on Monday. Over a five game period, the Wizards just have an edge, boasting of a 3-2 record compared to the 2-3 record that the Rockets currently hold. The Rockets are coming into this game on the back of a loss while the Wizards have won their last two games.
The most recent win for the Wizards came on Saturday when they defeated Boston by a score of 101-88, coming on the back of a Christmas Day win in New York. The focus for the Rockets in this game will be defence as in the Sunday loss to the Spurs; they gave up their second highest points in regulation time. They lost 110-106 in San Antonio, and the home support will be looking for a much more rounded performance on Monday night.
Martell Webster is expected to be out injured for the Wizards while the Rockets are monitoring the fitness of Dwight Howard, James Harden and Patrick Beverley.
In a game that could go either way, taking the Wizards with a +4 handicap, and odds of 1.90, is likely to be a sensible way to enhance your chances of winning this Monday. Bet Now!