NBA Pro Basketball Sports Betting Match up Previews for Friday

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The NBA on ESPN Friday returns with a double header of games on December 16th over national television to the satisfaction of pro basketball bettors worldwide.

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The action gets underway at 8PM Eastern Time on ESPN as the Philadelphia 76ers will host the LA Lakers. The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the home side Philadelphia 76ers favored by -1 ½ points with the total set at 208 ½ points. The LA Lakers have hit a low point of their season. They are 10-18 and looking to break an 8 game losing streak after they dropped a 107-97 decision at the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday. The 107 points allowed were the lowest they had given up in their past four games. The team had gotten healthier of late as they had been without Nick Young, Tarik Black and DeAngelo Russell during this downward streak. But these players had returned and losing continued. It has been a challenge for this young team to defend this year as they are giving up 111 points a game and allowing their opponents 48% shooting. Philadelphia has been a major disappointment the past several seasons. They have shown some improvement on the court this year. It has been from the three point line as they shoot 36% and allow 34% which sits in the upper third of the league. They had a streak of two wins in a row snapped in a 123-114 home loss to Toronto on Wednesday.

The late night game tips at 10:30PM Eastern Time on ESPN TV as the Utah Jazz are home to the Dallas Mavericks. Utah is favored by -12 points with a total set at 185 ½ points. Utah has the look of a playoff team sitting at 16-10 on the year. The Jazz have been led by Gordon Hayward who averages 23 points per game. He had missed seven games early in the season but once back in the lineup Utah has been winning. Dallas is bound for the lottery this season and owner Mark Cuban doesn’t seem to mind too much. It is an old team in need of a youth movement and that may mean a few seasons drafting in the lottery to reload talent. Dirk Nowitzki has been sidelined with an Achilles injury and there is no timetable for his return.

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