NBA odds: Expert picks, best bets for Jan. 8

We have a big 10-game NBA slate tonight, but due to a number of injuries, it’s a real tough night to handicap the association. The Magic are laying 9.5 vs. the Wizards in Orlando. Bradley Beal may not suit up for Washington, but I still can’t lay that many points with the Magic. The Rockets are 8-point favorites in Atlanta, Westbrook is out for the Rockets plus they haven’t played since Friday night, so no bet for me.

There are a pair on marquee matchups on the slate. Miami and Indiana meet up in Indianapolis in a game that is basically a pick’em. If Malcolm Brogdon goes for the Pacers, I will side with Indiana. A teaser on either team should cash. The Nuggets and Mavericks meet in Dallas, and Kristaps Porzingis will be out for the Mavs. Denver plays its fifth straight road game tonight. If Dallas was at full strength I would lay the 3, but the Mavs aren’t, so once again no bet for me.

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