NBA Betting Guide: NBA Best Bets for January 12, 2022

NBA Betting Guide: NBA Best Bets for January 12, 2022

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NBA Betting Guide: NBA Best Bets for January 12, 2022

The Association looks to get busy with a total of 18 teams in action over the night's 9 game slate tonight. 

Here's betJACK's Daily NBA Betting Guide.

Boston Celtics @ Indiana Pacers (7 p.m.)

Favored Team and Spread: BOS -3

Total Points: 210.5

Boston travels into the Hoosier state to take on the Pacers at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. Boston is coming off a win against this very same Pacers team in overtime on the Garden so I look for a lot of the same with Boston one game under the .500 mark for the season. Pacers look rough at their halfway post check in. They are 15-26 through 41 games. I'm looking for the under to hit and the spread to be covered, this one is Boston on the moneyline for me.

Notable inactives are as follows:

Boston: Marcus Smart (thigh) is doubtful and Payton Pritchard (COVID-19 Protocols) is questionable

Indiana: Caris Levert (condidtioning), Malcom Brogdon (achilles) and T.J. McConnell (wrist)

Charlotte Hornets @ Philadelphia 76ers (7 p.m.)

Favored Team and Spread: PHI -5

Total Points: 226

This one will be juicy matchup wise. This is one where the spread is covered with ease in my looking. These are teams that are in the hunt for two of those top six seeds. The 76ers are in the fifth seed currently and Charlotte would need one win to advance if the playoffs started today as they sit in the seventh spot. Cleveland is sandwiched in between these two with the sixth seed, which for Cleveland fans reading this, if the Cavs hold onto this spot they don't have to go play in the play in tournament. Only two full games separate those three teams so this is a matchup to sweat out.

Notable inactives are as follows:

Charlotte: Vernon Carey Jr. and Kelly Oubre Jr. (COVID-19 Protocols)

Philadelphia: Tobias Harris (shoulder) is probable and is listed as day-to-day as is Seth Curry (ankle)

Orlando Magic @ Washington Wizards (7 p.m.)

Favored Team and Spread: WAS -6.5

Total Points: 215.5

The Magic will fly to the nation's capital to take on the Wizards. To say that the Magic are struggling is perhaps the understatement of the year thus far, they are 7-34 and looking around at the Wizards who are pretty much a .500 ballclub, I think the spread of -6.5 in the favor of Washington too generous to the Magic. I take Washington and the points as well as over 215.5

Inactives are as follows:

Orlando: Mo Bamba (toe), Michael Carter-Williams (ankle) and Markelle Fultz (knee are all out indefinitely

Washington: Bradley Beal (COVID-19 Protocols) is doubtful, Thomas Bryant (knee) is questionable

Dallas Mavericks @ New York Knicks (7:30 p.m., ESPN)

Favored Team and Spread: DAL -2.5

Total Points: 204.5

Another matchup I think is worth watching in Dallas and New York at MSG on ESPN. Dallas will have Luka but as for Kristaps Porzingas, he will miss the game due to COVID-19 Protocols. New York is still going without Derrick Rose and Kemba Walker as Rose is out indefinitely and Kemba is questionable. I look for this game to come down to the fourth quarter and the team who makes a big run in the last seven to eight minutes of game time will ultimately come away victorious. The spread will be covered and I'll take Dallas on the moneyline with the over on points.

Miami Heat @ Atlanta Hawks (7:30 p.m.)

Favored Team and Spread: ATL -2.5

Total Points: 223

I disagree with Vegas on this one at first glance. Atlanta hasn't really shown me much this season, however what does help Atlanta in this case is the fact that Miami has a bevy of different players out (nine in total and all of their big time players). The Heat are missing Victor Oladipo, Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo, and Markeiff Morris all for a myriad of different reasons. Atlanta will also have Trae Young for this game and he is a game changer and playmaker for the Hawks. I think Trae Young finds a way to get it done and the Hawks win, but I think the spread is covered here.

Houston Rockets @ San Antonio Spurs (8:30 p.m.)

Favored Team and Spread: SAS -6.5

Total Points: 231.5

Everything's bigger in Texas, all three Texas teams are enjoying some games tonight. Dallas is in New York, and Houston is in San Antonio for tonight's slate to play the Spurs. This looks like a tougher game to predict off the jump but I look at the Spurs 22-18 record ATS (ATS meaning Against The Spread). So just looking further in, Rockets will be without their star player in John Wall (personal) as well as Eric Gordon which will make a massive uphill battle for Houston if they wanted to come out of the AT&T Center with a win.

Notable inactives are listed below:

Houston: Eric Gordon (groin) is probable, John Wall (personal) is out indefinitely, and Alperen Sengun (ankle) is questionable

San Antonio: Doug McDermott, Tre Jones, Devin Vassell are all out (COVID-19 Protocols)

Cleveland Cavaliers @ Utah Jazz (9 p.m.)

The Cavs travel to Salt Lake City to take on the Jazz. Last time out these teams took all the way to the end with the Jazz escaping "The Rock" with a big time win. The Cavs look to do to the Jazz what the Jazz did to the Cavs. This will be a phenomenal watch and a great game to bet on. 

To read our full Cavaliers at Jazz preview, click here!

Brooklyn Nets @ Chicago Bulls (10 p.m., ESPN)

Favored Team and Spread: CHI -2

Total Points: 233

The second game of the ESPN NBA Wednesday national doubleheader is two big time Eastern Conference team in the Brooklyn Nets and Chicago Bulls. These teams are your runaway number one and number two seeds with Chicago being the number one seed at 27-11 with Brooklyn trailing by 2.5 games coming into tonight at 25-14. This is the NBA Wednesday national game everyone will be throwing down some money on whether it's the moneyline, prop bets or betting the spread. I'm taking Chicago on the moneyline and the under on total points.

Notable inactives are as follows:

Brooklyn: Kyrie Irving (ankle) is questionable

Chicago: Alex Caruso (foot) out indefinitely

Los Angeles Lakers vs Sacramento Kings (10 p.m.)

Favored Team and Spread: LAL -3.5

Total Points: 230.5

Another really fun game to watch to cap off the night in the NBA due the history that these two have from the postseasons in the late 90s and early 00s. The teams then and the teams today are very much in different places but the history still lingers in my head. Lakers come into this game as 3.5 point favorites which I think gets covered however none of these teams have been anything to write home about. The story moreso is how underwhelming the Lakers are for the talent on that roster but I'll put all that and history aside to pick the Lakers over the Kings on the moneyline and I'll take the under on points.

Notable inactives are listed below:

Los Angeles: Lebron James (abdominal) probable, Russell Westbrook (non COVID illness) also probable, Anthony Davis (sprained MCL) out indefinitely

Sacramento: Richaun Holmes (conditioning) listed as out, Tristian Thompson (quadriceps) is questionable and Damian Jones (COVID-19 Protocols) is out

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