NBA Betting Playbook for Friday, Jan. 21

The top trends you need to know before betting on tonight's NBA slate

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Friday's NBA trends are collected and ready to go. Let's take a look at what you should know for tonight's NBA slate.

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The Biggest Games

Bulls at Bucks (-10.5) - O/U 227.5

The Bulls are going to be undermanned for a while with the loss of Lonzo Ball for up to two months and they also won't have Zach LaVine, who will miss his fourth straight game with a knee injury.

The Bulls did win outright as underdogs Wednesday against Cleveland, which snapped a season-high four-game losing streak. This is one of those clear moments of "next man up" for Chicago as we go forward.

If the Bulls were at full strength this line would look a lot different given the Bucks haven't won two straight games since Jan. 1, and are 3-6 SU and ATS over that time.

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Grizzlies at Nuggets (-3.5) - O/U 224

Memphis has the best road record against the spread at 15-6, and have won 12 of their last 14 games (11-3 ATS). Even with two losses in their last three games, the Grizz are still one of the hottest teams in the NBA.

Denver is coming off their overtime win against the Clippers that saw Nikola Jokic rack up a massive 49-point triple-double, which was his third straight, and 10th of the season. When Jokic records a triple-double, though, Denver is just 5-5 SU and 3-7 ATS. But in the game following a Jokic triple-double, the Nuggets are 7-2 SU (6-3 ATS).

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Clippers at Sixers (-8.5) - O/U 213

Philly has won seven of their last nine games (6-3 ATS), and are coming off of Joel Embiids 50-point game that took just 27 minutes.

The Clippers are bringing a much better defense to the table than the Sixers are used to, with Philadelphia having the easiest offensive strength of schedule in the league, while the Clippers are the sixth-best defensive team in the NBA.

This is the second game of an eight-game road trip for the Clippers, which was supposed to be the Grammy's road trip, but they were postponed until April. Obviously, L.A. was still left with the schedule the way it was planned.

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Quick Trends

Thunder (+9.5) at Hornets - O/U 224

The Thunder are 27-14 ATS as an underdog this season.

Lakers at Magic (+5) - O/U 218.5

First off, it's no secret that the Lakers are a mess, but they're also just 2-6 ATS as a road favorite.

Heat at Hawks (-1.5) - O/U 219.5

The Heat are 12-2 ATS as an underdog this year, and fourth in points allowed.

Trail Blazers at Celtics (-8) - O/U 212

The Blazers are just 6-16 ATS as an underdog.

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Raptors at Wizards (-1) - O/U 219

Pascal Siakam is averaging 23.0 points over the last 10 games for Toronto.

Nets (-1) at Spurs - O/U 232.5

San Antonio has gone under in three straight, while the Nets have hit the under in two of their last three games.

Pistons at Jazz (-14) - O/U 218

Utah is just 3-7 SU in their last 10, giving up 113.9 points per game.

Rockets at Warriors (-10.5) - O/U 228

Golden State has failed to cover in four of six and hit the over in three of four.

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