NBA Pro Basketball TV Games Sports Betting Match Up Previews for Friday

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The NBA on ESPN for Friday January 8th features two outstanding games scheduled 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 TV as the Minnesota Timberwolves will host the Cleveland Cavaliers. The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the road side Cleveland Cavaliers favored by -10 points with the total lined at 195 ½ points. Cleveland has welcomed Kyrie Irving back into the lineup since being sidelined with an injury to start the year. His play has been spotty through late December. He will play his fourth straight game on Friday. He comes off his best performance of the year as he scored 32 points and grabbed five rebounds in the Cavaliers 121-115 road win at Washington on Wednesday. Cleveland sits at 24-9 on the year and has won five straight games since getting shelled 105-76 at Portland on December 28th. They are 10th in the league in shooting hitting at 45.1% from the floor and surrender 43.8% shooting to their opponents which ranks 11th in the NBA. Minnesota is a disappointing 12-14 on the campaign. The team has lost four straight and eight of their past nine games after dropping a 78-74 home decision to Denver on Wednesday. The Timberwolves have had a hard time sinking threes hitting just 32.4% from beyond the arc ranking 25th in the league.

The late night game goes off at 10:30PM Eastern Time on ESPN TV as the LA Lakers will host the Oklahoma City Thunder. Oklahoma City is favored on the road by -13 ½ points with the total lined at 208 ½ points. The LA Lakers are going to be on a back to back in this spot after playing at Sacramento the night before. LA had a three game win streak snapped in a 109-88 home defeat to Golden St on Tuesday. OKC defeated Memphis on Wednesday as Kevin Durant returned to the lineup after missing the loss to Sacramento due to injury. The Thunder has won five of their past six games.

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