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NBA tips: Bucks blast Wizards while buzzing Hornets to sting Brooklyn

Robbie Purves | 27 December 2016

NBA tips for December 27

The NBA season is well underway and has reached 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, ahead of this quality action, Coral basketball writers have picked out some top NBA tips for the December 27 action…

Milwaukee Bucks @ Washington Wizards

  • Tuesday, December 27
  • Tipoff: 00:00 GMT
  • Verizon Center, Washington DC

Bucks to blast Wizards

After a career high 39 points against Wizards last time out, Antetokounmpo could be set to strike again.

After a career high 39 points against Wizards last time out, Antetokounmpo could be set to strike again.

The previous time these two faced each other, just last week, Greek rising star Giannis Antetokounmpo notched a career high 39 points in a 123-96 rout of the capital city side.

Throughout the duration of the final quarter fans chanted “MVP” after he led the Wisconsin outfit to a season high 73 first half points.

Washington collapsed defensively, allowing Bucks to shoot 56.3 from the field, while allowing a staggering 66 points in the paint.

Three-time All-Star John Wall may be in fine form, averaging 24.6 points over the last 12 games, but it won’t matter if Milwaukee’s Greek freak turns on the style again.

Expect another outstanding Antetokounmpo showing, with Bucks winning by 9-12 points at 12/1 with Coral.

Charlotte Hornets @ Brooklyn Nets

  • Tuesday, December 27
  • Tipoff: 00:30 GMT
  • Barclays Center, Brooklyn

Hornets to sting Brooklyn

Unbeaten in their last four trips to Brooklyn, Hornets look set to sting Nets.

Unbeaten in their last four trips to Brooklyn, Hornets look set to sting Nets.

Charlotte take a five-game winning stretch over the Nets into tonight’s clash, and are unbeaten in their last four trips to Brooklyn.

Kenny Atkinson’s outfit are tied with Philadelphia 76ers for the worst record in the league and, with Hornets 14-5 against teams with losing records this term, look set to suffer yet another defeat.

As eight of Charlotte’s wins have come after losing by double digits, look to back Brooklyn to be winning heading into the third quarter, but Hornets to rally and claim a road win at 11/2.

Steve Clifford’s North Carolina based club nearly notched their ninth win after being down by double digits this weekend against Chicago Bulls. Hornets trailed by eight in the second quarter, but Frenchman Nicolas Batum scored seven in 1:38 minutes and the side never trailed again.

Dallas Mavericks @ New Orleans Pelicans

  • Tuesday, December 27
  • Tipoff: 01:00 GMT
  • Smoothie King Center, New Orleans

Mavericks to clip Pelicans’ wings

With Nowitzki back and combining with Barnes, Pelicans could be in for a long night.

With Nowitzki back and combining with Barnes, Pelicans could be in for a long night.

Mavericks have dominated the Pelicans in recent years, winning seven of their last 10 meetings.

Last time out, Dallas emerged victorious with Harrison Barnes and Wesley Matthews combing for 44 points, while Andrew Bogut grabbed 14 boards. The fact that superstar Anthony Davis scored 36 that night and lost, tells you New Orleans have a lot of development to do.

Mavericks will be boosted by the return of 38-year-old German Dirk Nowitzki, who played just 15 minutes last game.

The combination of dunking Deutschman Nowitzki and Barnes should be enough to see them past the Pelicans and cover their -6.5 handicap at 7/2.

Phoenix Suns @ Houston Rockets

  • Tuesday, December 27
  • Tipoff: 01:00 GMT
  • Toyota Center, Houston

Harden to light up Suns

Harden will look to get hot from beyond the arc again tonight.

Harden will look to get hot from beyond the arc again tonight.

Houston’s recent win over Phoenix was a trademark Rockets performance. Phoenix didn’t roll over, but were subjected to an overwhelming barrage of three-pointers, 18 of 38 of which were made in a 125-111 road triumph.

Despite the loss of Swiss starting center Clint Capela, the Texan team’s ability to lock in from beyond the arc remains their great equaliser in times of trouble.

The Suns remain poor in defence. The Arizona outfit rank 26th in defensive rating, allowing 110.9 points per 100 possessions, and allow the second most points per game in the division.

Combine this with Mike D’Antoni’s star James Harden, averaging 27.4 points a game, and the side should come into their matchup with Phoenix with confidence. As a result, back Rockets to win by 17-20 points at 11/2 tonight.

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