Can Kevin Durant and the Brooklyn Nets live up to their billing as prohibitive favorites to win the Eastern Conference championship this season? Will 2019-20 Eastern Conference champion Miami bounce back from its stunningly slow start in South Beach?
Will Joel Embiid and the impressive Philadelphia 76ers bring an end to LeBron James and the LA Lakers unbeaten road record? Can Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks get the road upset over Donovan Mitchell and the red-hot Utah Jazz?
With the 202-21 NBA regular season steamrolling into its sixth week of action, it’s time to check out some must-bet matchups for the coming week so you can cash in against their NBA odds. Let’s get started in the Big Apple Where KD and the Nets host the defending Eastern Conference champs.
Must Bet Games in Week 6 of the 2020-21 Season
Miami at Brooklyn
- When: Monday, January 25 at 8:30 PM ET
- TV: NBATV
Miami is off to a uninspiring 6-9 start heading into this matchup while Brooklyn is off to a good, but not great, 10-8 start. Jimmy Butler and the Heat are 24th in the ATS standings (6-8-1) while ranking an identical 21st in scoring (109.3 ppg) and points allowed (113.1 ppg). Miami has gone a dismal 2-6 on the road and will look to extract some revenge after losing to the Nets 128-124 in double overtime on Saturday night. The Nets are ranked a stellar second in scoring (120.3 ppg), but an awful 27th in points allowed (116.8 ppg). Brooklyn has gone 8-4 at home this season, but the Nets are 28th in the ATS standings (7-11 ATS).
NY Knicks at Utah
- When: Tuesday, January 26 at 9:00 PM ET
The Knicks (8-10 SU) are sitting in eighth place in the Eastern Conference standings. New York is ranked a pitiful 30th in scoring (101.3 ppg), but a fantastic first in fewest points allowed (102.8 ppg) under defensive-minded head coach Tom Thibodeau. New York has dropped two straight after falling to Portland 16-113 on Sunday.
Utah is off to a stellar 12-4 start that includes a 5-2 mark at home. The Jazz are ranked first in the ATS standings (11-5) while ranking 10th in scoring (113.2 ppg) and third in points allowed (106.1 ppg). Utah has won a league-high, eight straight games coming into this matchup.
LA Lakers at Philadelphia
- TV: ESPN
- When: Wednesday, January 27 at 7:30 PM ET
LeBron James and the defending champion Lakers are off to a fantastic 13-4 start that includes a perfect 9-0 mark on the road. Los Angeles is ranked ninth in scoring (114.3 ppg) and second in points allowed (104.3 ppg). LA has gone 10-7 ATS and sits in fifth place in the ATS standings.
Philadelphia is off to an encouraging 12-5 start that includes a near-perfect 9-1 mark at home. The 76ers are 12th in the ATS standings at a decent 9-8 ATS. Philadelphia is ranked eighth in scoring (114.3 ppg) and 12th in points allowed (110.2 ppg).
LA Clippers at Miami
- TV: TNT
- When: Thursday, January 28 at 7:00 PM ET
Kawhi Leonard and the LA Clippers heave heated up recently and come into the new week tied with the Lakers for first in the Western Conference standings at 13-4 SU. The Clippers are 8-2 at home and ranked seventh in scoring (114.8 ppg) and fourth in points allowed (107.2 ppg). As previously mentioned, Miami is 6-9 start that includes a 6-8-1 ATS mark while ranking an identical 21st in scoring (109.3 ppg) and points allowed (113.1 ppg). Miami has gone an uninspiring 2-6 on the road.
Dallas at Utah
- TV: ESPN
- When: Friday, January 29 at 10:00 PM ET
These two Western Conference rivals will meet in this matchup on the back end of a back-to-back showdown. Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks are sitting in eighth place out west at 8-8 while ranking seventh in the ATS standings (9-7). The Mavs are a modest 20th in scoring (109.4 ppg), but encouraging 11th in points allowed (109.4 ppg).
As mentioned earlier, Utah is second in the Western Conference standings (12-4) and 5-2 at home. The Jazz are ranked first in the ATS standings (11-5) while ranking 10th in scoring (113.2 ppg) and third in points allowed (106.1 ppg). Utah has won a league-high, eight straight games coming into this matchup.
LA Lakers at Boston
- TV: ABC
- When: Saturday, January 30 at 8:30 PM ET
The Lakers enter the new week tied with the Clippers for the best record in the league (13-4). LA has gone a perfect 9-0 on the road. Los Angeles is ranked ninth in scoring (114.3 ppg) and second in points allowed (104.3 ppg). LA has gone 10-7 ATS and sits in fifth place in the ATS standings.
Boston is fourth in the Eastern Conference standings (8-6) and 16th in the ATS standings (7-7). The C’s are ranked a modest 18th in scoring (110.6 ppg) and uninspiring 15th in points allowed (110.9 ppg). Boston is 4-2 at home this season and comes into the new week off of an emphatic 141-103 home blowout over Cleveland on Sunday.
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