As we head towards the end of 2022, there are plenty of teams with a chance to make a statement heading into 2023. There are five games scheduled for Christmas day with the Bucks at Celtics highlighting play.
Milwaukee Bucks versus Boston Celtics
The top two teams in the Eastern Conference battle with Boston a 1.478 to 2.4 favorite despite having lost their last three. They are “dead” on the Team Strength Oscillator and +22 on the Power Ranks Indicator. On the flip side, Milwaukee is “average down” and +29, respectively. The Score Predictor likes Boston by a wide margin, 123-104 with confidence in the prediction of 50 percent. The Team Volatility Oscillator shows both teams have been consistently performing with regard to their favorite/underdog status. I like Milwaukee in a road upset by three points or less in a game “over” the line.
Philadelphia 76ers versus New York Knicks
The 76ers head into New York “burning hot” having won their last six, while the Knicks are “burning hot down” after coming off a loss and are 5-1 in their last six. Philadelphia is a road favorite with odds of 1.56 to 2.215 and the Score Predictor likes the 76ers by 112 to 102 with 90 percent confidence. The Knicks have a slight edge of +27 to +24 on the Power Ranks Indicator. Philadelphia is a bit more stable, at +10 to +7 on the Team Volatility Oscillator. I like Philadelphia by a narrow margin, perhaps needing overtime in a game “over” the line.
Los Angeles Lakers versus Dallas Mavericks
Los Angeles heads to Dallas having lost their last two and are 3-3 over the last six. Dallas is a home favorite of 1.32 to 3.88 and are also 3-3 over their last six games. Los Angeles is +10 on the Power Ranks Indicator and “average down” while Dallas is +8 and “average”, respectively. The Score Predictor likes Dallas by a 123-104 margin with 62 percent confidence. The Lakers have been among the most stable teams in the league at +15 on the Team Volatility Oscillator. I like Dallas at home to win in a game “over” the line.
Phoenix Suns versus Denver Nuggets
The Suns head into Denver “average down” and are 3-3 over their last six games, while the Nuggets are “burning hot” and winners of five of their last six. The teams have been involved in games on opposite sides of the “over/under” line, making that bet one to avoid. The Score Predictor likes Denver by a score of 120-109 with 63 percent level of confidence. Phoenix has a +24 to +22 edge on the Power Ranks Indicator. Both teams have been consistently performing with regard to their favorite/underdog status. I like Denver at home in a game decided by four points or less.
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