As the NBA season gets closer to the All-Star break, teams a looking to get into position for a strong second-half run. Several games are set for February 21 with the Nets and Clippers headlining the action.
Brooklyn Nets versus Los Angeles Clippers
The Brooklyn Nets enter play with a four-game winning streak and are second in the Eastern Conference. They take on the Clippers, who are the third seed in the Western Conference. Brooklyn has a +27 to +22 advantage on the Power Ranking Indicator and “burning hot” versus “average” on the Team Strength Oscillator. Expect a high-scoring game in this one, so betting “over” is a smart play. The Clippers are much more consistently performing according to their favorite/underdog status according to the Team Volatility Oscillator. The Nets won the first meeting between these teams this season by the score of 124-120. Expect the Clippers to even the score with a home victory.
Philadelphia 76ers versus Toronto Raptors
The 76ers ended a three-game skid and are first in the Eastern Conference, while the Raptors are currently the number seven seed. Philadelphia has a +22 to +11 advantage on the Power Ranking Indicators. Toronto is “average” versus “ice cold down” on the Team Strength Oscillator. If betting the over/under, both teams have been trending in games “over” the line. Philadelphia has been extremely stable, at +12 on the Team Volatility Oscillator. The 76ers won the first meeting between the teams, 100-93. If Joel Embiid plays, go with the 76ers. If not, the Raptors take this one at home.
Boston Celtics versus New Orleans Pelicans
Boston is fifth in the Eastern Conference and 4-6 over their last ten games. The Pelicans enter action 12th in the Western Conference with a 12-16 record. The Celtics have a +17 to +9 advantage on the Power Ranking Indicator and both teams are “ice cold down” on the Team Strength Oscillator. It’s best to avoid betting the over/under in this game with teams trending on opposite sides of the line. Both teams are just moderately stable, according to the Team Volatility Oscillator, so take the favorite/underdog status lightly. The Celtics are the considerably better team and will win this one on the road.
Denver Nuggets versus Atlanta Hawks
The Nuggets are hanging tough with the eighth-best record in the Western Conference and the Hawks are 10th in the Eastern Conference. Denver has a commanding +20 to +3 advantage on the Power Ranking Indicator and “average down” versus “ice cold up” on the Team Strength Oscillator. The teams have been involved in high-scoring contests so betting the “over” is a smart play. Pay attention to the favorite/underdog status since both teams are showing a good deal of consistency according to the Team Volatility Oscillator. The Nuggets will be road favorites and will get out of Atlanta with a win.
Sacramento Kings versus Milwaukee Bucks
Both teams enter having lost four straight games. The Bucks are third in the Eastern Conference and the Kings are 11th in the Western Conference. Milwaukee has a +20 to +12 edge on the Power Ranking Indicator and both teams are “ice cold down” on the Team Strength Oscillator. Expected a shootout in this one, so betting the “over” is a smart play. Both teams have been very consistently performing according to their favorite/underdog status. Milwaukee is a decidedly better team and will end their losing streak, earning a home win.
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