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Three Locks For Friday’s Loaded NBA Action

Posted by Craig Parsons on 2/6/2014 6:29:12 PM

The NBA season is now over half over and teams are beginning to show their true colors. One such team in the Minnesota Timberwolves whom many thought would make the playoffs, but instead are struggling to stay above .500 and have a crucial Friday night game against the New Orleans Pelicans. The headlining game of the night, however, are the Indiana Pacers and Portland Trailblazers in a game of the leagues best offense taking on the best defense, providing sports bettors with a competitive and important game to keep an eye on.

Minnesota Timberwolves @ New Orleans Pelicans
Friday February 7, 2014 – 9:30 PM ET
Odds: Timberwolves -4.5

The Timberwolves dropped a close one on Wednesday night against the Oklahoma City Thunder, but now must get a victory against the 12th place Pelicans. These two squads faced off at the beginning of January in a game the Timberwolves won by 12, but Anthony Davis was a late scratch and never entered the game. This time it will be the Timberwolves who are short handed as center Nikola Pekovic is still out with an ankle injury and the journeyman Ronny Turiaf will start in his place. The Pelicans have the clear advantage down low, but the Timberwolves bench has stepped up in recent games and Ricky Rubio even scored a team-high 19 points against the Thunder on Wednesday.

Pick: Timberwolves

Portland Trail Blazers @ Indiana Pacers
Friday February 7, 2014 – 7 PM ET
Odds: Even

As the nights premier game the Pacers will bring in the leagues best defense, and the Trial Blazers will bring with them the best scoring offense. Both teams have their specialty, but the Pacers are the better all-around squad as Paul George averages 22 points per game and plays some of the best defense of any small forward in the league. The Pacers’ starting lineup is one of the best in the East, and with Danny Granger and Luis Scola coming off the bench they also are one of the deepest teams in the league, and likely to win this game because of it. The Trail Blazers have their own superstars that can score the ball as well, but the all-around game of the Pacers is what will win them this game and keep them atop the Eastern Conference standings.

Pick: Pacers

Los Angeles Lakers @ Philadelphia 76ers
Friday February 7, 2014 – 7 PM ET
Odds: 76ers -2.5

Neither of these teams will accomplish much this season, but the Philadelphia 76ers are one to keep an eye on because of all the young talent they’ve collected. Michael Carter-Williams continues to struggle shooting the ball, but he’s still an imposing offensive force that is able to spread the ball around allowing six players to average double figures. One of the players who has benefitted the most from Cater-William’s addition to the team is Evan Turner as the fourth year player has increased his scoring average by four points from last season, and is shooting 43% from the floor.  The Lakers are struggling to keep five players active for a whole game, and with a misfit of talent the 76ers should have no problem getting the victory at home.

Pick: 76ers

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