2012 NBA Betting – NBA Weekend Picks For Games On Saturday, January 5

Game 1: Houston Rockets @ Cleveland Cavaliers – Saturday, January 5

The point needs to be made: If this were an online casino game, you would want to put all your chips on the table and bet on the Rockets in this contest. Houston has won six of its last eight, and what jumps out at the Rockets in that stretch is that they are taking care of business against every bad or mediocre team on the slate while also waxing some of the better teams in the league as well. Houston drilled 19-10 Atlanta on Monday night. Before that, the Rockets beat New York on the Knicks’ home floor back on Dec. 17. They crushed Memphis by 25 points on Dec. 22. They won by 23 at Chicago on Christmas Night. Their only two losses in that six-of-eight tear came against the two teams that are arguably the best in the Western Conference, Oklahoma City and San Antonio.

Expect various sports betting websites to install good odds on the Rockets in this game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Cleveland plays Charlotte in Charlotte the night before this game, while Houston is in Milwaukee. Houston will get into a Cleveland hotel before the Cavaliers arrive home. Rest will be a negligible factor in this game, which means that the superior team with better talent should win the day. That’s Houston in this matchup.

NBA Betting Pick: Houston

Game 2: New Orleans Hornets @ Dallas Mavericks – Saturday, January 5

When making a bet on sports, you can’t go wrong with picking against the New Orleans Hornets. It’s just a matter of fact that the Hornets are going to remain mired at the bottom of the Western Conference and the NBA for the entirety of this season. New Orleans has a hollowed-out roster in a year when it has undergone an ownership transition. This team is just not in position to put up too much resistance. Going on the road to play a Dallas team that is re-integrating superstar Dirk Nowitzki into its offense is likely to be a losing journey for the Hornets. Recent wins over Orlando and Charlotte should not be enough to convince you that New Orleans is in the midst of a genuine resurgence. Take Dallas in this contest.

NBA Betting Pick: Dallas

Game 3: Utah Jazz @ Denver Nuggets – Saturday, January 5

When making a studious attempt at breaking down various betonline.com reviews, you should be able to arrive at a very easy conclusion on this game. Utah is not likely to win because it is on the road, and because Denver is going to relish playing at home. Denver, on Jan. 1, began an 18-game sequence in which it plays 15 of those games at home. The Nuggets have not spent a lot of time in their own building, the Pepsi Center, and they are going to attack this part of their schedule. The Jazz are 6-13 on the road, an abysmal record for a team with that much young talent. The Jazz are not maturing at the rate they should be, and that’s why Denver will beat them.

Read more on the latest sportsbook odds for NBA basketball in 2012.

NBA Betting Pick: Denver

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Jess Kelm is a Canadian sports betting expert and part of the famed Canadian Crew betting syndicate. Email contact@joeduffy.net

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