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NBA Tips & Previews, Wednesday 8th December

Midweek NBA best bets as the BetDeluxe basketball experts go through the hump-day selections.

Another Wednesday, another set of hump-day fixtures to pick the eyes out of. 

The best best across all the big games begin with Brooklyn taking on Dallas in Texas.

Brooklyn @ Dallas

December 7th 11:00am

Kevin Durant and the Brooklyn Nets hit the road down south to Texas for a clash against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Arena.

The Nets currently hold down first spot in the Eastern Conference despite losing to Chicago on Sunday, while the Mavericks also faced defeat against the in-form Grizzlies. 

Dallas has not been in the best of form lately having lost seven of its last nine fixtures to slump to an 11-11 record which has been good enough for sixth in the West. 

Having struggled to put points on the board this season, it does not read as a good sign coming up against a team who are brutal on offence. 

Add in the fact the Mavericks are dealing with injury issues as well. 

The Nets have played quality basketball after their slow start with Durant and company beginning to hit ominous form. 

Facing a slumping Dallas team works in their favour to get the big ‘dub’ here and move clear from the second-place Bulls in the East. 

Suggested Bets: Brooklyn Nets head to head at $1.71

New York @ San Antonio

december 8th 12:30pm

The hardcourt of AT&T Center plays host to the San Antonio Spurs and the New York Knicks.  

The Spurs, who currently sit 12th in the Western Conference, play on the quick back-up with no rest after losing to Phoenix. 

San Antonio’s only game with no rest saw it fail to cover the spread and having to travel in between games is not exactly the greatest recipe to prepare for a game. 

New York, meanwhile, has lost four of its last five games, but has been up against some of the strongest teams in the NBA. 

The losses to Phoenix, Brooklyn and Chicago have come in a very competitive manner, but will still not please coach Thibs who will be desperate for a win against the Spurs. 

Think the Knicks have enough to improve their overall season record and creep closer to a playoffs spot in the muck of teams they are surrounded by on similar records. 

The likes of Julius Randle can definitely step up to the plate here and buck the losing trend for New York. 

Suggested Bet: New York Knicks -2.5 at $1.91

Boston @ LA Lakers

december 8th 2:00pm

Two old NBA rivals go head to head when the Los Angeles Lakers welcome the Boston Celtics to what is now called Arena (formerly the Staples Center).

Boston is 13-11 overall and is 6-4 in its last 10 games going into Tuesday, sitting in the middle of the pack in the Eastern Conference standings.

The Celtics are coming off of taking down the Portland Trail Blazers 145-117 on Saturday in Portland.

Los Angeles enters at 12-12 on the year and is 4-6 over its last 10 contests, holding onto the eighth seed in the West.

The Lakers most recently fell to the cross-town rival Los Angeles Clippers 119-115 on Friday.

The Lakers have really struggled to gain any cohesion and winning consistency this season as their erratic form has been the subject of much criticism from many a pundit around the USA and the world. 

The big injury cloud over Boston Jaylen Brown is a key piece in is the outcome of this game. 

Brown has been struggling with a hamstring complaint and his absence would be a massive advantage to the purple and gold army. 

Suggested Bet: Los Angeles Lakers head to head at $1.68

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