NBA Expert Tips and Best Bets 2 |January 16th – 18th 2024

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Sam Hayes
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NBA midweek fixtures continue to deliver for punters and bookmakers.

The stakes are continually rising in the NBA, with all of the biggest teams looking to find form when it matters most. 

January is often a key month, with so many fixtures for franchises to navigate and there is another busy midweek of action for NBA betting apps to get stuck into. 

Over in the West, the LA Lakers host the Dallas Mavericks, Utah Jazz take on the Golden State Warriors, whilst the Toronto Raptors take on Miami Heat in the East.  

LA Lakers vs Dallas Mavericks Best Bet

18th January – Centre, Los Angeles

Over 225.5 points to win the match @ 1.85 (PlayUp)

The Western Conference has plenty of sides that will fancy their chances of success in the NBA Championship this year and the race for a playoff spot is certainly catching the eye with many NBA betting sites

Aside from a superb NBA in-season tournament triumph, it has been a season to forget so far for the LA Lakers, who are languishing in 11th in the Western Conference currently. 

The Dallas Mavericks meanwhile sit 7th, with inconsistency being their biggest issue but they know that if their big players turn up, they are capable of beating anybody. 

Whilst the result here will be tough to call, the plethora of big names on display should ensure plenty of points are put on the board. 

Lakers vs Mavericks: Over 225.5 points in the match @ 1.85

Utah Jazz vs Golden State Warriors Best Bet

18th January – Delta Centre, Salt Lake City

Golden State Warriors to win the match  @ 1.91 (GetSetBet)  

A similar narrative can be pedaled for both the Utah Jazz and the Golden State Warriors, who both have a job to do if they are to feature in the Western Conference end of season playoffs. 

It has been a solid campaign for Utah Jazz, who weren’t expected to pull up too many trees but following 5 wins on the spin, they sit 9th in the table and firmly in the mix. 

Meanwhile, Golden State Warriors have struggled for form and momentum throughout the season but they know all too well that they still have a big chance of finishing in the top 8. 

The atmosphere in Salt Lake City will be purring and this is a tough assignment for the Warriors, but Golden State should have too much in the tank here. 

Jazz vs Warriors – Warriors to win the match @ 1.91

Toronto Raptors vs Miami Heat Best Bet

18th January – Scotiabank Arena, Toronto

Miami Heat to win the match @ 1.80 (BlueBet)

The battle for a playoff finish is fierce in the East too, and these two sides are at opposite ends of the Eastern Conference table. 

Hosts the Toronto Raptors sit 12th, following a relatively poor run of form but they remain a threat in any game they play with NBA international betting sites

Opponents Miami Heat are flying high up in 5th and they will believe that a win here could do their playoff aspirations a world of good, with some tricky looking fixtures coming up. 

This should be a very good watch, with Miami Heat likely to keep their good form going. 

Raptors vs Heat – Heat to win the match @ 1.80

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Sport has always been an integral part of Sam’s life, with his youth spent pursuing a playing career in both cricket and tennis, where he was fortunate enough to represent his native Wales at junior levels. Upon graduating from the University of Worcester, UK in 2011, Sam combined his two greatest passions – sport and travel, forging a freelance career as a tennis coach and a freelance journalist, visiting all 7 continents in the process. Having lived in Australia for over 2 years, Sam has a burning passion for AFL and follows every game he possibly can.