NBA Odds Preview: Friday, Saturday, Sunday betting action

Ronald Martinez

NBA fans return to the first weekend of wagering action with Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and all of the league's top stars in action. The Heat are in New York while the Lakers battle the Clippers for bragging rights in L.A..

Opening day Tuesday saw the Miami Heat kick off defense of their NBA title with a 120-107 win over the Boston Celtics. It also saw Uncle Drew -- or was that Kyrie Irving? -- drop 29 points in Cleveland's win over Washington. Tuesday's action also saw the new-look Los Angeles Lakers lose their home opener to the Dallas Mavericks.

They'll have another shot to pick up their first home win of the season and cover their first NBA point spread Friday night against the Clippers.

Los Angeles Clippers at Los Angeles Lakers (Friday, 10:30 PM ET) -- no line Friday morning due to Steve Nash uncertainty

Last season, the race for the Pacific Division came right down to the wire, as the Los Angeles Lakers (41-25 SU) narrowly edged out the Los Angeles Clippers (40-26 SU) by one game. Both teams improved this offseason and this rivalry has taken on new life with the emergence of the Clippers as a legitimate contender out West.

The Los Angeles Lakers are 15-4 SU in their last 19 games against the Clippers but just 6-4 SU against them over the last 10 games. The Clippers have played the Lakers tough in recent years with 9-4 ATS record. Each of the last five games between these two teams has gone OVER the posted total. [ Clippers vs Lakers matchup report ]

Denver Nuggets at Miami Heat (Saturday, 7:30 PM ET)

Expect plenty of offense Saturday when the Denver Nuggets head to Miami to take on the defending champion Miami Heat. Neither of these teams is a stranger to scoring. Denver was last season's top scoring team with 104.1 points per game, and Miami wasn't far behind, averaging 98.5 points per game.

Recently, the Heat have been a very difficult team to beat at home. They are 16-3 SU and 14-4-1 ATS over their last 19 home games, including last year's postseason.

Denver is 10-2 SU and ATS in its last 12 games against the Miami Heat, including a 2-1 SU and 3-0 ATS record since 2011.

Atlanta Hawks at Oklahoma City Thunder (Sunday, 7:00 PM ET)

The Atlanta Hawks are trying to establish themselves as a legitimate playoff contender out East, and they'll have a chance to see how they stack up against one of the league's elite teams when they visit the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Oklahoma City is 12-4 SU and 14-2 ATS in its last 16 games against the Hawks. Atlanta is just 7-10 SU in its last 17 road games but a strong 12-4-1 ATS over that stretch.

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