NBA Betting: Must Bet Games in Week 5
As we’ve entered Week 5 of the NBA season, things are starting to get a little clearer. Although COVID issues have plagued the league in the last couple of weeks, we’ve still been able to get a little better idea of what teams are going to be playoff contenders. Let’s take a look at some of the games this week that may catch the eyes of the betting public so you can set down your bets against their NBA odds.
NBA 2021 Week 5 Games to Bet On
Tuesday, January 19 – New Orleans Pelicans @ Utah Jazz
Many thought that Stan Van Gundy would have the Pelicans ready to contend for a playoff spot. Thus far in the season, the Pelicans have looked like that maybe they’re still a year away. Although Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram have looked like stars in the making, the rest of the squad still needs some improvement. The Pelicans come into this one sitting at 5-7. They’re currently in 12th place in the Western Conference playoff standings.
The Utah Jazz are playing great basketball. The Jazz have gone 7-3 in their last 10, winning their last five in a row. They’re currently sitting in the third spot in the Western Conference playoff standings. The Jazz have five players averaging double digits. Donovan Mitchell leads the way with 23.2 points per game. Jordan Clarkson has been a surprise for the Jazz, as he’s averaging over 17 per game. It looks like he has finally made the commitment to taking good shots, and he’s been a huge asset for the Jazz. Mike Conley finally looks comfortable in Quin Snyder’s system, and he has played well this season. If the Jazz can ever fully commit to the defensive end of the floor, they could be really dangerous come playoff time.
Wednesday, January 20 Los Angeles Lakers @ Milwaukee Bucks
The Lakers have picked up right where they left off in October, as they’re once again looking like a championship team. Winners of five in a row, and nine of their last 10, the Lakers are playing great basketball. LeBron James and Anthony Davis are leading the way, and the improvements that the Lakers made in the short offseason have looked like they’re going to be a great fit. The Lakers lead the league in defensive efficiency, so they have continued to guard well even with all of the changes. The Lakers are 7-0 on the road this season, but they’ll have a huge challenge in Milwaukee.
The Bucks aren’t quite as hot as the Lakers, but they’re close. The Bucks are 8-2 in their last 10, and have won four in a row. Giannis Antetokounmpo has been playing at an MVP level, and the Bucks have followed right along. The Bucks are second in the league in offensive efficiency. The addition of Jrue Holiday has been huge for the Bucks, as he has been a big part of the offense. One thing that could decide this game is free throw shooting. Antetokounmpo has struggled from the line this season, as he’s only shooting 57.1% from the charity stripe. Look for the Lakers to put him on the line if it’s a tight one.