NBA Betting Predictions January 29th

Ouch! Daily predictions have gone south recently, but I’m looking to right the ship with tonight’s picks.

My season record to date now sits at (9-17) for -9.70 units.

Toronto Raptors @ New Jersey Nets

With Bargnani out the Raptors have basically zero firepower. There starting 5 will probably be Jose Calderon, Demar Derozan, Rasual Butler, James Johnson, and Amir Johnson (or Aaron Gray). Not exactly a strong starting unit. With Jose playing his regular matador defense expect Deron Williams to absolutely torch the Raptors, probably posting a season high in points. This will not be a fun game to watch as both teams are not very exciting.

Play: New Jersey Nets @ -5 (

Atlanta Hawks @ New Orleans Hornets

The Hawks have been somewhat inconsistent losing a few ugly ones this season. However they are still in possession of a decent record and pick up the W more often than not. The Hornets are a team in transition, and it looks like they are going to hover around mediocrity for the rest of the season. You have to give the Hornets credit, because they are a team that fights until the very end each and every game. This fight will not be enough to overcome the better team in the Hawks. The bookmakers disrespected the Hawks with this line (-2) and I think they’ll win by more than this.

Play: Atlanta Hawks @ -2 (

Chicago Bulls @ Miami Heat

The Bulls are without the services of Luol Deng tonight against the Heat. I think this is matchup that ultimately puts the game heavily in Miami’s favour. Nobody has really been able to stop James this season, but Deng at least made things a little tougher for him. With no Deng, expect James to have a really solid game against the Bulls. Plus, the Heat have Wade back too, which is always a positive – despite what some of the pundits say. Throw in that its a Miami home game, and this one’s over.

Play: Miami Heat @ -4.5 (

Cleveland Cavaliers @ Boston Celtics

The Boston Celtics are hotter than Kate Beckinsale in Underworld right now- Really damn hot. The special something that the Celtics had when they won the championship a few years ago seems to have been found again, if only for a few games. Paul Pierce is putting up numbers that would make Oscar Robinson smile. I like this matchup for the Celtics for a few reasons. The one that I believe will tip the game in favour of the Celtics is the matchup at point guard. Avery Bradley has already proven that he is an excellent on the ball defender. Having Bradley to throw at the Cavaliers best scoring option (Kyrie Irving) will go a long way in keeping the Cavs out of this game.

Play: Boston Celtics @ -6.5 (

Written by: Dylan Stephenson

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