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NBA Weekend Wagering Preview

Friday night’s matchup between the Miami Heat and the New Orleans Hornets pits one of the favorites to win the NBA Championship this year (Miami) against one of the three remaining undefeated teams in the NBA (New Orleans).

Miami is 4-1 SU and ATS this season, and has won four straight (all by double-digits) since losing their season opener at Boston. New Orleans is 4-0 SU and ATS, including road wins over San Antonio and Houston. New Orleans has had a great season to this point, but Miami has looked unbelievable, and may be the play here as a road favorite.

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Two Western Conference playoff teams from last season (and playoff contenders this season) face off Saturday night when the Denver Nuggets go on the road against the Dallas Mavericks.

Dallas is off to a 3-1 SU start (2-2 ATS), while Denver is 2-2 SU and ATS. Despite the two teams' offensive talent, the best bet in this game may be on the UNDER. The total has gone Under in three of Dallas’ four games this season and all four of Denver’s early season matchups.

Sunday features two great matchups among some of the NBA’s elite teams in Boston at Oklahoma City and Portland at the Los Angeles Lakers.

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Oklahoma City is off to a somewhat slow start (3-2 SU, 2-3 ATS), but are still considered to be one of the Los Angeles Lakers’ biggest threats in the Western Conference. A win at home over Boston could provide a huge spark moving forward. Beating Boston won’t be easy though as they are off to a good start this season (4-1 SU, 2-3 ATS).

Los Angeles is 5-0 SU and 4-1 ATS heading into their Friday night game at home against Toronto. They will likely improve to 6-0 in that game, which would mean putting their undefeated season on the line against the tough Portland Trail Blazers (4-2 SU, 3-2-1 ATS).

Bettors that like betting on big underdogs on the road or heavy favorites at home will want to pay close attention to the New Jersey Nets this weekend. New Jersey is 2-2 SU and 1-3 ATS so far this season in their first four games (all at home). Friday night they start a brutal two-game road trip at Orlando (2-1 SU and ATS), then Saturday night they take on Miami (4-1 SU and ATS). Going up against two of the NBA’s best teams, New Jersey will be receiving a ton of points; and they’ll need them.