Top NBA Betting Picks of the Week – December 30th Edition

Posted by Derrick Harper on December 30, 2019 in

Christmas day always features some of the best matchups in the NBA but this weeks matchup has some that could rival those games. Both of the highlighted games will feature some of the top teams of each conference and have implications that could affect the standings for a while. Here is a closer look at each of those matchups, be sure to check back for the latest NBA Odds.

Top NBA Betting Picks of the Week – December 30th Edition

Philadelphia 76ers vs Indiana Pacers

Two of the top teams in the Eastern Conference will meet as the Philadelphia 76ers take on the Indiana Pacers. Philly enters this game as the fifth seed and have lost their last two games coming into this contest despite having a huge win over the Milwaukee Bucks on christmas day. Joel Embiid looked like the dominant two way player many thought he should be against Giannis Antetoukoumpo.

Philly has lost their last two games by a combined two points thanks in part to their shooting woes that have plagued them. Tobias Harris will need to deliver as he is the best spot up shooter on the team. The Pacers enter having lost three of their last four games although those losses have come on the road.

Newcomer Malcolm Brogdon has been the leader of this Pacers team as he has 18 points and 8 assists per game this year. His efficiency numbers rank him in the top 20 of the league with some pretty admirable company on a low volume usage rate.

Domantas Sabonis has been in the midst of his best professional season with 17 points and 13 rebounds a game. He will have his hands full as the Sixers have some of the best big men in the league. This should be an exciting matchup that Philadelphia will have the advantage in.

Denver Nuggets vs. Houston Rockets

The battle for the second seed in the Western Conference will see the Denver Nuggets travel to Houston to take on the Rockets. MVP candidates Nikola Jokic and James Harden will be the two driving forces for this game as the leaders of each side. The Nuggets have won eight of their last nine games thanks to a defense that has been shut down. Jokic leads the team in points, rebounds, and assists.

The Houston Rockets are led by Russell Westbrook and James Harden and are responsible for the second highest scoring offense in the NBA. Harden leads the entire league with 38.3 points a game. Westbrook has been playing his best ball as of late as his shooting percentages are up close to 11 points over the last 12 games.

Clint Capela will have one of the biggest defensive assignments of the season when he is asked to guard Nikola Jokic. He is enjoying one of his best defensive seasons as he averages 14 rebounds and over two blocks a game, both of which are career highs. The depth of the Nuggets will prove to be too much of an issue for the Rockets to handle.

While Harden and Westbrook will be able to get their points and keep them in the game look for the Denver Nuggets to win this game on the road and continue their ascent to the top of the western conference.