Top 2021 NBA Week 10 Betting Picks

By Hank Blaine

Like in the NHL and NFL, the Omnicron variant has wreaked havoc on the National Basketball Association. But the NBA continues to march forward. The NBA will play their usual full slate of Christmas Day games. Check out more info and picks for 3 of the top games on Christmas as well 3 terrific matchups happening this week.

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Phoenix Suns vs. Los Angeles Lakers

  • When: Tuesday, December 21, 2021. 10:00 pm ET
  • Where: STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, California
  • TV: TNT
  • Radio: Arizona Sports 98.7 FM (Suns) // 710 ESPNLA (Lakers)
  • Live Stream: NBA League Pass
  • NBA Betting Odds: TBA

The Lakers are reeling after losing Anthony Davis until at least mid-January. Davis has never played an entire season without taking significant time off. It won’t happen this season, either. Without Davis, the Suns should roll. Phoenix has lost a total of 5 games this season. The Suns are 16-13 ATS heading into the week, which is much better than the Lakers’ 12-19 record against the spread. The Valley chalks up another win and cover.

NBA Betting Pick: Lakers

Milwaukee Bucks vs. Dallas Mavericks

  • When: Thursday, December 23, 2021. 8:30 pm ET
  • Where: American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
  • TV: NBA TV
  • Radio: WTMJ 620 (Bucks) // 104.5 The Team ESPN Radio (Mavericks)
  • Live Stream: NBA League Pass
  • NBA Betting Odds: TBA

Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo is out indefinitely due to an illness while the Mavericks Luca Doncic is listed as questionable. We’d be all over Milwaukee, even without Doncic, if the Bucks weren’t also missing Khris Middleton for the foreseeable future. Without Middleton and Giannis, Milwaukee lost to the Pels and Cavaliers in back-to-back games. This should be a close game. In the end, the team with home court prevails with a win and cover.

NBA Betting Pick: Mavericks

Boston Celtics vs. Milwaukee Bucks

  • When: Saturday, December 25, 2021. 8:30 pm ET
  • Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
  • TV: NBA TV
  • Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub (Celtics) // WTMJ 620 (Bucks)
  • Live Stream: NBA League Pass
  • NBA Betting Odds: TBA

On Dec. 17, the Celtics played great in a 107-111 loss to the Golden State Warriors. Even though Boston didn’t win against the spread, they pushed. Jayson Tatum’s status is up in the air for Tuesday’s game. He should be healthy for this Christmas Day battle. Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown should also play. Boston takes this SU and ATS.

NBA Betting Pick: Celtics

Golden State Warriors vs. Phoenix Suns

  • When: Saturday, December 25, 2021. 5:00 pm ET
  • Where: Footprint Center, Phoenix, Arizona
  • TV: ABC
  • Radio: 95.7 The Game (Warriors) // Arizona Sports 98.7 FM (Suns)
  • Live Stream: NBA League Pass
  • NBA Betting Odds: TBA

Warriors versus Suns could be a preview of next year’s Western Conference Finals. Golden State beat the Suns 118-96 in the last head-to-head. The contest happened at Golden State. Phoenix hasn’t forgotten the beat down. So expect Chris Paul and his mates to really go for it in this one. The Suns win and cover.

NBA Betting Pick: Suns

Brooklyn Nets vs. Los Angeles Lakers

  • When: Saturday, December 25, 2021. 8:00 pm ET
  • Where: STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, California
  • TV: ABC/ESPN
  • Radio: WFAN 101.9 FM (Nets) // 710 ESPNLA (Lakers)
  • Live Stream: NBA League Pass
  • NBA Betting Odds: TBA

Who will play for Brooklyn? That’s the big question. Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and James Harden are on the Covid list. By Saturday, the NBA figures to release at least one of those players. There’s a good chance both KD and The Beard play. This is the Association’s top Dec. 25 matchup. It’s unlikely they showcase LeBron versus a bunch of Brooklyn bench players. Because the expectation is that at least KD steps onto the court, the Nets are the moneyline and spread play.

NBA Betting Pick: Nets

Denver Nuggets vs. Los Angeles Clippers

  • When: Sunday, December 26, 2021. 9:00 pm ET
  • Where: STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, California
  • TV: NBA TV
  • Radio: Altitude Sports Radio 92.5 FM (Nuggets) // SPORTS RADIO ESPN 1420 (Clippers)
  • Live Stream: NBA League Pass
  • NBA Betting Odds: TBA

Last week, the Nuggets went 3-1 ATS. Surprisingly, the one against the spread loss happened against the Minnesota T’Wolves. Denver heads into this week healthier than the Clippers, which would make them the play even if Paul George were to step onto the court. George is out indefinitely after suffering an elbow injury in the Clippers’ Dec. 18 loss to Oklahoma City. The Nuggets have no excuse not to win and cover.

NBA Betting Pick: Nuggets

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