Last Day For 2014 NBA Betting
The NBA sees out 2014 with a number of games and if you need some final basketball betting action in 2014, there is still time to get involved. There were also plenty of games on Tuesday night, so make sure you catch up on what happened.
The Pistons got an excellent away win, defeating the Magic by a score of 86-109. The Nets also grabbed a win on the road, defeating the Bulls by a score of 82-96. The Grizzlies defeated the Spurs by 95-87 while the Lakers were winners in Denver, defeating the Nuggets by a score of 103-111. The Raptors couldn’t contain the Trail Blazers, losing by a score of 102-97 and the Cavaliers lost on the road, the Hawks winning by 109-101. The Suns also lost on the road, 110-116 in New Orleans and the Mavericks trounced the Wizards by a score of 114-87.
The Jazz held off the Timberwolves by a score of 100-94 while the Golden State Warriors dismantled the 76ers by a score of126-86.
Miami Heat @ Indiana Pacers
The Heat hold a 14-18 record, which includes an 8-6 record away from Miami. The Pacers have an 11-21 record, which includes a 6-9 record in Indiana. Clearly this is not a game between two teams who are showcasing fantastic form this season and it will be interesting to see if either team steps up and takes control of this match.
The Heat come into this game with a 2-3 record in their last five games while the Pacers have the slightly more acceptable 3-2 record in their last five games. Miami have lost their last two games while the Pacers lost their last match so there will be one team experiencing an upturn in their fortunes at the end of this game.
Miami had a narrow loss on Monday, losing 101-102 to Orlando and Dwyane Wade missed a shot at the buzzer. Wade did grab 25 points in the game, 15 coming in the fourth quarter, so it was a cruel end to the game for a player that had played so well. The Pacers also had a narrow loss on Monday, the score ending 90-92 in favour of the Bulls. A narrow defeat can sometimes galvanise a team in their next match, so it will be interesting to see if either team can bounce back positively.
Chris Bosh is a major doubt for the Heat while Shawne Williams is being monitored on a daily basis. The Pacers are likely to be without Damjan Rudez while CJ Miles and Rodney Stuckey are being monitored on a daily basis.
Taking the Heat with a +4 handicap, and odds of 1.90 is likely to be a sensible bet for New Year’s Eve. Bet Now!
New York Knicks @ Los Angeles Clippers
The Knicks have a 5-28 record for the season so far and this includes a 2-15 record when they are away from New York. You don’t need to be a keen follower of the game to understand that this is extremely poor form, which means that the Knicks will be understandably nervous about facing up to the Clippers in Los Angeles. The Clippers have a great record this campaign, standing at 21-11, while having a home record which stands at 13-4. The main issue for this game is not who is going to win, it is how many points that the Clippers are going to win by.
However, the Clippers are slightly toiling, holding a 2-3 record in their last five games. This would be considered a poor run for most teams but when you take on board the fact that the Knicks are currently on a losing streak of 8 games, they would probably love to be able to swap places with the Clippers at the moment.
The Clippers grabbed a win on Monday night, defeating the Jazz by a score of 101-97. Blake Griffin was in great form in this match, offering up 24 points, 7 assists, 6 rebounds and 3 blocks, making a big difference to the final score. Chris Paul also offered 20 points in a match that got the Clippers back to winning ways at home.
Carmelo Anthony sat out the second half of the Knicks crushing 101-79 defeat in Portland and while he is expected to return in this game, he may not be able to perform at a high standard.
There is just one injury doubt for the Clippers with Spencer Hawes being a major doubt but the Knicks have a number of players to worry over. They could well be missing Andrea Bargnani, JR Smith and Amar’e Stoudemire while Carmelo Anthony and Samuel Dalembert are being monitored on a daily basis. The Knicks need to get their key players back to full fitness, and they need to start winning games.
It is unlikely that they will start winning games before 2015 pans out and even taking the Clippers with a -13 handicap, at odds of 1.90, could be the perfect way to round off a great year of basketball betting. Bet Now!
Sacramento Kings @ Boston Celtics
The Kings hold a 13-18 record, which includes a 5-8 record away from Sacramento. The Celtics are very much in a transitional period, holding a 10-18 record, which includes a 7-9 record in Boston. The Kings come into the back of this game on a loss while the Celtics have lost their last four games. This leaves Boston with a 1-4 record in their last five games while the Kings have the slightly better 2-3 record.
The Kings lost 107-99 in Brooklyn on Monday with DeMarcus Cousins grabbing 24 points while Rudy Gay picked up 25 points. In saying that, there was a lot of discomfort about a perceived lack of effort, with Cousins being particularly vocal about the poor level of performance. Jeff Green grabbed 23 points in the 101-88 loss to Washington on Saturday.
Ryan Hollins, Ramon Sessions, Eric Moreland and DeMarcus Cousins are all carrying injuries for the Kings while the Celtics may be missing Marcus Thornton while Jared Sullinger is being monitored on a daily basis.
The Kings have a point to prove after their Monday loss and they are showing slightly better form of late, so taking them, with a negative handicap is likely to be of benefit. Bet Now!