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NBA Tips & Previews, Friday 28th January

Only two games greet us for NBA on Friday, but what a set of fixtures they are as we go through the best bets for the clash between the Lakers and 76ers as well as the Warriors and Timberwolves.

Quality over quantity is the mantra we are going with ahead of two crucial NBA fixtures on Friday.

The BetDeluxe team has gone through the analysis, preview and tips of both the Lakers clash with the 76ers and then Warriors battle against the Timberwolves.  

la lakers @ Philadelphia

january 28th 11:30am

After accounting for a depleted Brooklyn Nets, the Los Angeles Lakers take their talents to Wells Fargo Arena as they prepare to battle it out against the 76ers.

The 106-96 win over the Nets was enough for the Lakers to hold down eight spot in the West, while the 76ers recorded a 117-107 win over the plucky Pelicans to solidify sixth spot in the Eastern Conference. 

This game is going to be a case of offensive game-style versus defensive game-style. 

The Lakers boast a potency in attack that has them ranked seventh for overall points scored this season and that will be met by the 76ers who rank eighth in defence for points conceded. 

Anthony Davis’ second game back from injury is sure to provide another dimension to an already dangerous Lakers offensive end. 

Not sure if the win against the Nets had too much depth to it given Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving sat out the contest meaning the Lakers were well set up to triumph. 

The 76ers have won seven of their last ten and currently possess the equal best win-loss record in the last ten fixtures in the Eastern Conference alongside Miami which occupies first place on the table. 

However, with LeBron James in vintage form after 33 points, seven rebound and six assists against the Nets, it spells danger for the home team. 

Philadelphia has only managed to cover the spread on six out of 15 occasions when starting as favourites on their home deck. 

With Davis likely to improve from his first game back, the Lakers can cover the spread. 

Suggested Bet: LA Lakers +1.5 at $1.92

minnesota @ golden state

january 28th 2:00pm

The return of what looks to be NBA Championship winning form is ready to come to fruition again when Golden State attempts to bring in the energy of their brutal win over Dallas against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday afternoon. 

The Warriors, after stumbling to a 5-5 record in their last 10 fixtures before Dallas, put on an absolute shooting clinic in their 132-90 demolition job of the Mavericks to stamp their claim as the best in the West. 

Hitting that type of offensive form comes at the wrong time for the Timberwolves who are trying to break away from the middle of the pack with a 24-23 record to date. 

The Timberwolves do hit this game with winning momentum after a nail-biting 109-107 win over Portland ensured they held down seventh spot in the West. 

Both the Warriors and Timberwolves have already played each other twice and have shared the spoils. 

Stephen Curry and Draymond Green sat out the most recent clash between the two teams as Karl-Anthony Towns led the Timberwolves with 26 points and 11 rebounds in their 119-99 win. 

Edwards is in a similar vein of form having knocked down 40 points in the win over Portland on Wednesday, but Curry will be on the court for the Warriors this time. 

Curry’s inclusion in this fixture is more than enough to bridge that 20-point gap back posted back on January 17. 

Add that with Klay Thompson starting to hit his straps upon his return from injury and it should be a ‘W’ and spread coverage in favour of the Warriors. 

Suggested Bet: Golden State Warriors -5.5 at $1.91

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