NBA Odds For Friday: Betting Lines For Clippers at Heat, Jazz at Grizzlies And More

Written By Staff on January 28, 2022
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After an extremely light two-game schedule Thursday, the Association is back up to a typically robust 11-game Friday night ledger. Intriguing matchups when looking at NBA odds include a Lakers versus Hornets clash in Charlotte, a Clippers versus Heat battle in South Florida and a Jazz versus Grizzlies showdown in Memphis. Oddsmakers are projecting a night replete with competitive games, as all but two matchups sport a spread of six points or less.

NBA odds for Friday, January 28

Here are the latest basketball point spreads, moneylines and totals for today’s games.

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Player props for tonight

Raptors F DeMar DeRozan

The Bulls have become even more dependent on DeMar DeRozan on both ends of the floor with Lonzo Ball (knee) joining Alex Caruso (wrist) on the shelf. Zach LaVine has been back for two games but DeRozan has stayed hot with averages of 33.8 PPG, 5 RPG, and 5 APG with a 34.2% usage rate over his last four outings. He’s averaging 28.2 PPG with a 119.7 offensive rating on the road this season and averaged 24.8 PPG over his last five meetings with the Spurs when he played for the Raptors. He should get over 25.5 points tonight at San Antonio, where the Spurs cough up the second-most PPG (113.1) on the season. The Spurs are 0-6 against the spread over their last six games against teams with winning records, so take DeRozan to drop 25 points in a win to generate +230 odds at FanDuel Sportsbook.

Nuggets C Nikola Jokic

Nikola Jokic continues to put up gaudy numbers with the Nuggets posting a league-high 121.2 offensive rating during a 6-2 stretch. He’s posting a 145.3 individual offensive rating with averages of 28.1 PPG, 12.5 RPG, and 10.1 APG and he’s posted four triple doubles over those eight games. Jokic is averaging 16.3 RPG on the road and posting a career-high 36% defensive rebounding rate, which is up considerably from the 26% defensive rebounding rate he posted last year. And he’s averaged 34.3 PPG over his last four outings against New Orleans, so 39.5 combined points and rebounds seems very attainable with nearly even odds on the Over at FanDuel.

What to watch for today

Celtics aim for third straight rout in matchup vs. Hawks: It’s a very small sample, but the Celtics have turned into certifiable world beaters over their last two games, routing the Wizards and Kings by a combined 82-point margin of victory. Going back to Jan. 12, four of Boston’s last five wins have actually come by double digits, and they’ll have a reasonable chance of keeping that pattern going Friday night against the Hawks. Atlanta has the third-worst net rating of any team on its home floor (112.8) and has seen 12 of its 25 defeats come by at least 10 points. NBA odds reveal that the Celtics were +2 Friday morning.

Hornets face Lakers in wake of 158-point outburst: Another team that’s had no trouble absolutely thrashing the opposition this week is the Hornets, which just lit up the Pacers for a league-high 158 points on Wednesday night. Charlotte, which has now scored at least 120 points on 19 occasions this season, faces another questionable defense in that of the Lakers in a Friday night home matchup. The Lakers were allowing 111.9 points per road game going into a Thursday night road battle versus the 76ers, conceded 123 to the Hornets in the first meeting between the teams this season and could once again be taking the floor without LeBron James, who missed Thursday’s contest with knee soreness.

Heat looks to extend home dominance, stay atop East: The Heat are riding high in the Eastern Conference with a half-game lead over the Bulls for the top spot, and they’ll head into a Friday night visit from the Los Angeles Clippers having rattled off nine wins in their last 10 home games. Miami boasts a 17-5 record straight up at FTX Arena overall, along with a 14-8 mark against the spread. The Clippers overcame a 35-point deficit against the Wizards two games ago and then followed it up with a nine-point win over the Magic on Wednesday, giving L.A. four victories in the last six.

Jazz tries to stop three-game skid in visit to Grizzlies: The Jazz boast an impressive 30-19 record, and that’s in spite of having lost nine of their last 11 games. Utah is coming off a particularly rough three-game stretch where they fell to the Warriors by two and the Suns by six and eight points in a home-and-home series. The going gets no easier Friday night, as Quinn Snyder’s club pays a visit to the Memphis Grizzlies, which have a 17-9 home record and own a one-point road victory over the Jazz already this season.

Suns on quest for ninth straight victory against surging Timberwolves: Those pair of wins against the Jazz were the Suns’ seventh and eighth straight triumphs, a surge that’s pushed their season mark to 38-9 and afforded them a 3.5-game lead over the Warriors heading into Golden State’s Thursday night matchup against the Timberwolves. Phoenix will welcome in Minnesota, which could certainly find itself on the fatigued side after their contest against the Dubs. The defending Western Conference champs already squeaked out a three-point win over the T-Wolves in Minnesota earlier in the season and own a 19-5 mark on their Footprint Center home floor.

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