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NBA Tips & Previews, Saturday 4th December

It is basketball galore in the NBA come Saturday as we get inundated with matches and best bets from across the Eastern and Western Conferences.

If you have a look at the NBA fixture for Saturday your eyes will probably dart in all directions given the plethora of quality out on the floorboards across the USA.

BetDeluxe is here to help steer the ship towards the best bets and games you cannot miss out on.  

Cleveland @ Washington

December 4th 11:00am

It’s a battle of Eastern Conference teams on the hardwood in the capital when Washington hosts Cleveland at Capital One Arena.

Cleveland committed a rout of the Miami Heat winning 111-85 on the road in its most recent fixture, while Washington knocked off Minnesota 115-107 at home in their most recent contest. 

Cleveland has won three straight games but it is facing a Washington team that has played solid basketball this season.

The Cavaliers are still trying to work around the loss of Colin Sexton, which has forced Ricky Rubio into a bigger role.

Washington has won three of their last four games entering this one and they it has played well at home this season.

The addition of Dinwiddie, Harrell and Kuzma has brought veteran leadership and a more even contribution to the rotation to which has helped ease the load for Bradley Beal. 

Wizards at the line. 

Suggested Bets: Washington Wizards -3.5 at $1.88

philadelphia @ atlanta

december 4th 11:30am

A rematch of the 2020/21 NBA Eastern Conference Semi Finals comes to fruition when Philadelphia travels to Atlanta for a clash against the Hawks.

The major difference between the sides this time is Ben Simmons will not take part in this match. 

The 76ers enter this matchup relatively healthy which is in stark contrast to what they had to deal with last month.

While they lost what was a low-scoring snooze-fest against the Celtics, it was a big tick to see the 76ers getting their roster something akin to full health. 

On the flip side, the Hawks have an excellent offence led by gun shooter Trae Young.

They score the fourth-most points per 100 possessions, a sign of their great efficiency on the offensive end. 

But the Hawks will be without De’Andre Hunter and Bogdan Bogdanovic, which will hurt their rotations. 

The Hawks will need to find something on the three-point line as the 76ers boast one of the mid-range defence mechanisms in the league. 

Another close game for the 76ers will probably ensue here. 

Suggested Bet: Philadelphia 76ers +1.5 at $1.93

Boston @ Utah

december 4th 1:00pm

The parquet floor of Vivint Smart Home Arena is where we are situated for this duel between Utah Jazz and the Boston Celtics.

The Celtics emerged with a sluggish 88-87 victory against the 76ers to move to 12-10 in the Eastern Conference and put themselves in a nice spot for playoffs contention come later in the season. 

Utah, meanwhile, comes off two crushing victories against lesser opponents in the Pelicans and Trail Blazers to ride into this game with a third-place standing in the West. 

The Jazz are going to face a tough test against the Celtics who have improved as a defensive team.

The Celtics are tied for seventh in the NBA with 104.6 points per game and have crept up the table thanks to the form of Jayson Tatum who has posted 24.4 points, 8.9 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 0.8 blocks, and one steal per game in 36.6 minutes. 

Tatum will meet his match with Donovan Mitchell shooting just as well with an shooting average of 43.4 percent from the floor and 32.2 percent from the three-point line. 

The Jazz have looked the more consistent of the two teams this year, but the Celtics look good value against the spread. 

Suggested Bet: Boston Celtics +8.5 at $1.90

LA Clippers @ La Lakers

december 4th 2:00pm

The sparks are set to fly and the blood is set to boil when cross-town rivals the Lakers and the Clippers do battle the Staples Center on Saturday afternoon.

The Lakers thought they were going to have to deal with the omission of LeBron James again after he copped a bout of COVID, but his test proved to be wrong and he will line up for the purple and gold. 

What makes this game even more intriguing is that the teams sit right next to each other in the Western Conference with the Lakers 12-11 record good enough for sixth spot and the Clippers 11-11 record good enough for seventh. 

You would not read about two teams who have more of a yoyo type of season than the Clippers and the Lakers. 

One minute the Lakers look like championship team of two years and the next they look like a team struggling to get off the bottom of the conference and the same can be said for the Clippers with their wildly inconsistent form. 

With the announcement that LeBron is clear to play, that is probably the edge the Lakers need to find their way to a victory here. 

Paul George might have something else to say given his sensational all-round form this season and he will be nice and fresh for this contest after sitting out for a rest against in the loss over Sacramento. 

Flip of the coin, but we side with the Lakers…. just.  

Suggested Bet: LA Lakers head to head at $1.92

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