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2013 NBA Betting: NBA Weekend Preview For Games On Saturday, January 26

Written by Matt Stevens   
Thursday, 24 January 2013 22:11

NBA Weekend Preview For Games On Saturday, January 26Game 1: Golden State Warriors @ Milwaukee Bucks – Saturday, January 26

Whether you want to become a bookie or not, you have to admit that the clash between the Warriors and Bucks is not a particularly straightforward one. Both teams are playing road games the previous night in nearby cities, so rest becomes a wash in terms of distinguishing Golden State and Milwaukee from each other. Milwaukee has continued to play well this past week after a bright start under interim coach Jim Boylan, who replaced former bench boss Scott Skiles.

The Warriors have not been particularly convincing over the past week – they got shredded by the Miami Heat, and although they beat the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday, the Clips were playing with injuries. Chris Paul left that contest with a body that could not take the court the following night against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Golden State is better than Milwaukee in general, but not at the moment – the Bucks enjoy an advantage in terms of current form. When one realizes that Milwaukee is playing this game at home and that former Warrior Monta Ellis will want to stick it to his old ballclub, the calculus for this game becomes complicated.

 

Ultimately, though, Milwaukee has collected a lot of its wins in January against mediocre teams. This is enough to suggest that Golden State, a solid road team, can pull this one out of the fire. Bet on the Warriors… if you feel you need to make a play on this game.

My Pick: Golden State

Game 2: Sacramento Kings @ Denver Nuggets – Saturday, January 26

When immersed in the world of legal online sports betting, it's always important to assess not just the talent on a roster, but the circumstances in which a matchup occurs, and it's clear that Denver has the better of it in this meeting on Saturday night. The Kings host Oklahoma City on Friday night and then have to play at altitude the very next night on the road. Denver gets two days off before this game, having played a roadie at Houston on Wednesday. Denver should be fresh and Sacramento should be exhausted. Denver is at home and is clearly a better team. What else is there to discuss here? Nothing that any premier betting outlet would find worthwhile.

My Pick: Denver

Game 3: Indiana Pacers @ Utah Jazz – Saturday, January 26

When the Pacers take on the Jazz, they'll be rested, and the Jazz won't be. Indiana gets two days off for this game, while Utah plays late Friday night in Los Angeles against the Lakers before flying back to Salt Lake City. It's one thing if there's a one-day gap in rest between two teams. This would have been the case if Indiana had played Thursday. However, a two-day gap in rest is quite another matter. The Pacers, who play great defense, should have enough energy to shut down the Jazz on the road. Take Indiana here.

My Pick: Indiana

 
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