2023 NBA Jan 9 Betting Predictions
The NBA season continues on Tuesday with a 6-game slate, headlined by 3 key matchups.
Boston Celtics (28-7) at Indiana Pacers (20-15)
The Celtics are riding high with a record of 28-7 and they're coming off a dominant win against the Pacers, beating them by 17 points with a final score of 118-101. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown were impressive, scoring 38 and 31 points, respectively. The Celtics are now looking to extend their winning streak to 3 games and have won 4 out of their last 5 games. In those last 5 games, they've been averaging an impressive 124.2 points while allowing only 108.8 points on average. On the road, the Celtics have been solid, going 5-5 in their last 10 games and 4-1 in their last 5. They also hold a strong head-to-head record against the Pacers, winning 4 out of their last 5 matchups. However, it's worth noting that Tatum is questionable for Monday's game against the Pacers due to a left ankle sprain injury. Keep an eye on this as it could impact the Celtics' performance. Additionally, Porzingis is also questionable to play on Monday against Indiana.
On the other side, the Pacers lost their last game against the Celtics with a score of 118-101. They are 6-4 in their last 10 games at home, showing that they can perform well in their territory. In a previous game, they had an impressive victory against the Atlanta Hawks, winning by a staggering 34 points with a final score of 150-116. The Pacers have also been strong ATS, going 6-1 in their last 7 games. Bruce Brown is listed as questionable with an injury for the Pacers.
The total has gone Under in 6 of Indiana's last 9 games and the Under is 4-2 in their last 6 games against Boston. With the potential absence of Tatum and/or Porzingis adding uncertainty to the matchup, I like the chances of the Under.
Indiana are 6-4 in their last 10 at home. Boston are 12-5 SU in their last 17 games.
Head to Head Record
The Celtics are 7-3 in their last 10 meetings.
Houston Rockets (18-16) at Miami Heat (20-15)
The Rockets are coming off a close victory against the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday, winning by 4 points with a final score of 112-108. The win featured standout performances from Alperen Sengun and Jalen Green, scoring 21 and 16 points, respectively. The Rockets have been 3-1 in their last 4 games, showing some promising form. However, the Rockets haven't been great on the road, going 3-7 in their last 10 away games. They also have a challenging history against the Miami Heat, going 0-6 SU in their last 6 games against Miami and 3-10-1 ATS in their last 14 matchups.
On the Heat's side, they faced a loss in their last game against the Phoenix Suns, falling short by 16 points with a final score of 113-97. This game took place on Saturday and the Heat had to play without star player Jimmy Butler. Bam Adebayo stepped up with 28 points, but Jimmy Butler will miss this matchup as well. Miami has had a decent record at home, winning 3 out of their last 5 games, including 2 straight victories. However, they are 5-5 in their last 10 home games overall.
Bam is the Heat's go-to man without Butler and he's scored 25+ pts in both his last game and previous game on home court.
Miami are 5-5 in their last 10 at home.
Head to Head Record
The Heat have dominated the Rockets with an 8-2 record in the last 10 matchups.
Phoenix Suns (19-16) at LA Clippers (22-12)
The Suns are coming off a back-to-back game and they lost against the Grizzlies on Monday with a score of 121-115. Kevin Durant made his return with 23 points, and Devin Booker was the top scorer with 24 points. However, the Suns have struggled recently, winning just 1 out of their last 5 games. One area they need improvement in is their offence, as they've been averaging only 114 points in their last 5 games. On the positive side, their defence has been solid, allowing just 108 points on average during this stretch. The Suns will be seeking revenge in this game after losing to the Clippers a few days ago at home, with a final score of 131-122.
On the LA Clippers' side, they saw their winning streak come to an end with a narrow loss to the Lakers on Monday, with a final score of 106-103. Ivica Zubac and Paul George both scored 22 points, but the team struggled with shooting efficiency, making just 39% of their field goals. However, the Clippers' defence has been impressive, allowing only 106 points in their last 5 games. The Clippers also hold the upper hand in recent matchups against the Suns, winning 6 out of their last 10 meetings, including a 131-122 victory in Phoenix last Thursday.
Both sides are coming off a back to back so each coach could decide to rest some of their starters during the game. So I like the chances of the Under saluting. It's also 11-5-2 in the Clippers 18 home games this season.
Los Angeles hold a 4-1 record in their last 5 home games. Phoenix are 4-0 in the last 4 against the Clippers at this venue.
Head to Head Record
The Suns have won 6 of the last 10.