The NBA’s in-season tournament is full steam ahead with nine thrilling games slated for Friday. The tournament, which will continue through the rest of November, features 18 teams, with five already having participated in the tournament.
One of the most anticipated matchups is between the Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns. The Suns are looking to redeem themselves after a previous loss to the Lakers. The game will also feature an encounter between two basketball legends, Kevin Durant and LeBron James.
As for betting recommendations, the Suns are favored by 3.5 points, with the Lakers having a short rotation and possibly missing Anthony Davis. The Suns have proven to be a solid team, ranking high in points allowed per 100 possessions. They also have a strong record against the spread when holding opponents to fewer than 109 points.
Another recommendation is to bet on Anthony Edwards surpassing 26.5 points, especially against a struggling defensive team like the San Antonio Spurs. Additionally, Tyrese Maxey is expected to perform well in terms of assists amid a Pistons team with a high turnover rate.
Other games on the schedule include the Boston Celtics, who are expected to win by 9.5 points against the Brooklyn Nets. The Utah Jazz are also facing the Memphis Grizzlies, and the Minnesota Timberwolves are up against the San Antonio Spurs.
In terms of injuries, the Lakers might be without Anthony Davis, the Nets have several players who are possibly out, and the Sacramento Kings are missing De’Aaron Fox. The games are set to be high-intensity and worth watching for basketball fans.