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NBA tips: San Antonio to oust Clippers while Boston punish Pacers

Robbie Purves | 22 December 2016

NBA tips for December 23

The NBA season is well underway and about to reach its famed winter schedule, when the games come thick and fast. This term has already produced dazzling dunks, brilliant blocks and game winning buzzer-beaters from a blistering opening few games.

Multiple fixtures are played almost every night in America’s glamorous elite league so, in light of this quality action, Coral basketball writers have picked out some top NBA tips for the December 23 action…

Boston Celtics @ Indiana Pacers

  • Friday, December 23
  • Tipoff: 00:00 GMT
  • Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis

Celtics to power past Pacers

Thomas and the Celtics will look to punish the Pacers.

Thomas and the Celtics will look to punish the Pacers.

Brad Stevens’ resurgent Celtics are coming off an overtime win over Memphis Grizzlies in a game in which All-Star Isaiah Thomas recorded a career high points haul of 44.

The 5ft 9in star said after the game: “[The Grizzlies] were punking us in the first half.” and what a show the C’s put on in the second.

Thomas is now averaging 26.6 points per game (PPG), higher than that of LeBron James.

On the back of three straight wins, Boston are looking for a road sweep of the Pacers, and look likely to do it by a clear margin after Nate McMillan’s men spluttered against New York Knicks.

With Boston in great form be sure to back them to win by 9-12 points at 17/2 with Coral in Indianapolis.

Golden State Warriors @ Brooklyn Nets

  • Friday, December 23
  • Tipoff: 00:30 GMT
  • Barclays Center, Brooklyn

Dubs to dominate Nets

The league's best offence will meet the NBA's worst defence in this clash.

The league’s best offence will meet the NBA’s worst defence in this clash.

The NBA’s top scoring offence will meet the league’s worst defence in a cross conference clash that promises points galore.

Currently 25-4, Steve Kerr’s Golden State averages around 100 possessions per game and 117.4 points from them, a stat that should send shivers down the spines of the Brooklyn faithful.

Dubs take a five-game winning run into the opener of a three-match festive stretch, including a Christmas Day matchup with 2016 NBA Finals opponents Cleveland Cavaliers.

Warriors possess a truly star laden roster, while Nets have allowed more than 110 points in 14 losses and suffered a further nine defeats by double digits.

As a result, back Steph Curry, who scored more than Utah Jazz’s entire starting five this week, and his band of basketball brothers to cover their -20.5 point handicap at 7/4.

Orlando Magic @ New York Knicks

  • Friday, December 23
  • Tipoff: 00:30 GMT
  • Madison Square Garden, New York

Low scoring affair in Big Apple

It looks set to be a low scoring affair in New York tonight.

It looks set to be a low scoring affair in New York tonight.

New York opened their three-game home run this week by fighting back to record their biggest comeback win of the season, as they trailed by 15 points at times against Indiana.

Meanwhile, Orlando also come into the fixture on the back of a hard fought triumph. Magic rallied from 13 points down to win in double overtime against fellow Floridians Miami Heat.

Knicks (15-13) and Orlando (13-17) have experienced an inconsistent campaign thus far, so stay away from handicap betting in this matchup.

Instead, take a 8/5 punt on the sides notching a total of under 206.5 tonight, as the clubs have averaged combined 203.4 per match this term.

Los Angeles Lakers @ Miami Heat

  • Friday, December 23
  • Tipoff: 01:00 GMT
  • American Airlines Arena, Miami
  • Live on BT Sport 1

Heat heroics to claim home win

Heat will look to record a crucial home win over a youthful Lakers outfit.

Heat will look to record a crucial home win over a youthful Lakers outfit.

Once powerhouses of basketball, both the Lakers and Heat would prefer not to mention the present.

Erik Spoelstra’s Miami are 9-20 while the youthful Lakers led by D’Angelo Russell are a little better at 11-20.

This matchup provides Heat with a perfect chance to snap a home losing streak, and are better than Los Angeles in most areas of the hard court.

Unlike most lurking at the bottom of the conference standings, Miami possess a star in Hassan Whiteside and he should prove pivotal in this clash, coming up against the far from mobile Timofey Mozgov.

Back LA to lead after the first half, but Heat to come back and claim a vital home victory at 6/1.

San Antonio Spurs @ Los Angeles Clippers

  • Friday, December 23
  • Tipoff: 03:30 GMT
  • Staples Center, Los Angeles
  • Live on BT Sport 1

Spurs to continue super streak

Spurs have won 17 of their last 20 outings and are likely to make it 18 in 21.

Spurs have won 17 of their last 20 outings and are likely to make it 18 in 21.

Headlining the night’s proceedings will be a Californian clash between two franchises vying for second place in the Western Conference.

Doc Rivers and his Clippers claim that the team’s depth will allow them to overcome the absence of injured star Blake Griffin during his rumoured six week sideline spell, but this will be firmly tested against Gregg Popovich’s San Antonio.

Spurs have won 17 of their last 20 outings, nine of their last 10 and are on a run of five straight wins.

Combine this with the fact that the Texan team possesses the league’s best road record at 15-1, and a 9/1 bet on Spurs winning by 9-12 points looks likely to pay dividends.

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