NBA Best Bets: Friday, 1/6

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    Time (EST)GamePick
    7:30pmBrooklyn Nets @ New Orleans PelicansBKN -4
    10:00pmMiami Heat @ Phoenix SunsMIA -2

    Brooklyn Nets (25-13) @ New Orleans Pelicans (24-14) – ESPN
    The Nets rattled off a dozen straight wins before falling to the Bulls on Wednesday night, despite a 44-point effort from Kevin Durant.

    New Orleans has been streakier than Brooklyn all season, highlighted by a December where they sandwiched a 4-game skid between a couple 5-game winning streaks.

    The Pelicans will look to slurp up a 6th consecutive win tonight at the Smoothie King Center against a Nets team that owns a league-best shooting percentage (51.4%).

    The key to this one will be the absence of Zion Williamson, who is expected to be shelved for multiple weeks with a hamstring strain.

    Fire up the Nets tonight with confidence in the absence of their franchise player.

    PICK: BKN -4

    Miami Heat (20-19) @ Phoenix Suns (20-19) – ESPN
    A couple squads with identical records from opposing conferences are set to square off in the primetime nightcap, although the Suns continue to be riddled with injuries.

    Phoenix has lost 4-straight games, including dropping 12 of the past 16 games, continuing to usher out a skeleton squad on a nightly basis.

    There are minimal reasons for Suns optimism tonight, as they’ll once again be without the services of Devin Booker, Cameron Johnson, Jae Crowder and Cameron Payne.

    The Heat are reeling a bit from an ugly loss at the hands of the undermanned Lakers, who were missing LeBron James and Anthony Davis, but still boast a slew of All-Stars on their roster.

    Bam Adebayo has notched back-to-back double-doubles for Miami, and is in search of his 4th consecutive 30+ point outing.

    I think Bam Bam checks that box tonight, and leads the Heat to a road win against a knock-off version of Suns.

    PICK: MIA -2

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