LeBron And Heat Continue Trip West In Denver

By: Adam Markowitz | Thursday, January 12, 2012

The home team has won the last four games between the Nuggets and Heat.

Friday the 13th is typically a day that many do not want to test their luck and fate, but the NBA betting schedule is chock full of some great games on the eve of what should be a great sports weekend.

The Miami Heat are going to be playing in the showcase game against the Denver Nuggets at 10:30 (ET) on Friday night, and they will have to be forgiven if they look a tad tired. LeBron James couldn’t knock down the free throws that were necessary to beat the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night, and the end result sent the Heat to their second straight overtime loss on this West Coast swing.

Friday night’s test is against a Denver Nuggets team that is 13-5-2 ATS in their last 20 home games overall. The home team has won four in a row in this series and is 7-2 ATS in the last nine. The Nuggets are also riding a great streak of 38-16-2 ATS in their last 56 games dating back to last season.

Coverage of the duel from Pepsi Arena is set for ESPN.

The other late game on Friday night is definitely one of intrigue. Kobe Bryant has scored 40 and 48 points in back-to-back games, and has at least 39 in four out of five for his Los Angeles Lakers. Behind Bryant, the Lakers have won four in a row and covered three of the four, and to end the work week this week, they take on the Cleveland Cavaliers at Staples Center. This 10:30 (ET) tip can be seen on local FOX Sports networks.

The Chicago Bulls became the first team to reach 10 wins this year when they beat the Washington Wizards 78-64 on Wednesday. Derrick Rose, Richard Hamilton and CJ Watson all sat that game out, and they all hope to be back in the fold when they head to the TD Garden to take on the Boston Celtics.

The C’s have underachieved this year at just 4-5 SU and 5-4 ATS, and they have already been beaten twice this year at home. The Bulls are 6-2 SU and 5-3 ATS as guests so far on the schedule, and they have done so against a rather brutal slate of teams.

ESPN will have the coverage of this NBA betting showdown at 8:00 p.m. (ET).

The Philadelphia 76ers just had their six-game winning streak snapped at the hands of the New York Knicks on Wednesday, but on Friday, they’ll be back at it against the Washington Wizards. The Wizards remain winless on the road, and going into the City of Brotherly Love won’t be easy considering the the 76ers are still a perfect 4-0 SU at home. Local Comcast Sports networks will have the pickup of this game at 7:00 (ET).

Other 7:00 tip times on Friday feature the Indiana Pacers travelling to the Toronto Raptors and the Charlotte Bobcats hosting the Detroit Pistons.

The Sacramento Kings take on the Houston Rockets, while the Minnesota Timberwolves battle the New Orleans Hornets in 8:00 games, and both of these duels are between teams that are really struggling to make headway in the Western Conference early in the season.

At 8:30 p.m., we have a pair of battles down in the Lone Star State. The San Antonio Spurs host the Portland Trail Blazers, while the Dallas Mavericks, fresh off of their win in Boston on Wednesday, take on the Milwaukee Bucks.

The lone 9:00 tipoff pits the New Jersey Nets against the Phoenix Suns.

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