Home advantage is regularly a deciding factor when it comes to the NBA but the Ladbrokes News team has picked out three teams that can be backed to deliver the goods on the road in tonight’s action.
Chicago are tipped to make the most of Indiana’s latest defeat, while wins for Oklahoma City and Washington – away to Toronto and the Lakers respectively – make a treble paying out at decent odds of over 6/1.
A £10 stake on the following results could mean returns of £71.56.
Like Brooklyn and New York, Chicago (38-30) failed to live up to pre-season expectations for much of the campaign but Tom Thibodeau’s men look a playoff cert now after an impressive pickup in form since the turn of the year.
The transfer of Luol Deng and the injury to Derrick Rose could have ended the Bulls’ hopes but for the form of Joakim Noah.
The France international has put in some game-winning displays of late and with the Pacers (50-18) already home and dry and losing last time out, it is the visitors who get the nod here.
The Bulls are 14-5 from 19 in the league and an impressive 4-1 from five on the road and while the Pacers are 20-3 from 23 at home, with little to play for will struggle to get up for the challenge.
MVP-elect Kevin Durant has led the Thunder (50-18) to a top-three NBA record but the competitiveness of the Western Conference means there is no time to rest on laurels.
The Raptors (38-29) are much-improved of late, winning 12 of their last 17, but can expect to come unstuck against Oklahoma.
The visitors are 18-7 from their last 25 on the road and 16-8 from 24 meetings with the Raptors.
With a 1.5-game gap separating Oklahoma and conference leaders San Antonio, Scott Brooks’ side will be going all out for the win.
The Lakers (22-45) have shown glimpses of their former powers of late but not enough for them to be backed against the Wizards (35-33).
Los Angeles are 3-12 from 15 at the Staples Center and 1-6 from their last seven overall, stats that will boost the confidence of the travelling Wizards, who are 10-5 from their last 15 and 6-3 from nine on the road.
With nothing to play for the Lakers’ playing roster will all mentally already be on holiday and Randy Wittman’s side will be only too happy to highlight this.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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