NBA Pro Basketball Sports Betting Match up Previews for Friday

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The NBA card for Friday January 26th features 10 games on the schedule to the delight of pro basketball bettors worldwide. One game will air ESPN TV nationally.

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At 7:30PM Eastern Time on NBA League Pass Channel the Cleveland Cavaliers welcome into town the Indiana Pacers. The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the home side Cleveland Cavaliers favored by -5 points with the over under line of 222 points. Cleveland enters play at their lowest point of the season. The team has lost two straight and six of their past seven games. After giving up 148 points to the Oklahoma City Thunder at home on Saturday night in defeat the team had a closed door meeting. They took the court on Tuesday and dropped a 114-102 decision at San Antonio failing to cover as a two point favorite. Cleveland has failed to cover nine straight point spreads. Issue has been the play of their defense. Cavaliers now rank 28th and third worst in the NBA in field goal defense by allowing 47.5% shooting. Cleveland will make changes to their starting lineup on Friday. Tristan Thompson hits the starting lineup as Jae Crowder gets moved to the bench. Indiana has beaten the Cavaliers in all three meetings this season. They have won two straight and five of seven with their 116-101 home victory to Phoenix on Wednesday.

On ESPN TV at 8PM Eastern Time the New Orleans Pelicans are home to the Houston Rockets. Houston is favored on the road by -3 ½ points with the total set at 228 ½ points. Houston is 4-0 since the return of James Harden to the lineup after being sidelined with injury. They conclude this two game road trip as it began on Wednesday with a 104-97 victory at Dallas. Harden had 25 points and 13 assists in the victory. Eric Gordon off the bench had 17 points hitting on 6 of 11 shots. New Orleans is on a three game win streak as they beat Charlotte 101-96 on Wednesday. Pelicans have been inconsistent this season but has played well of late with six wins in seven games with three of those victories coming in overtime.

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