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Nets, Spurs and Pacers make a winning treble at almost 3/1

| 16.01.2013

Tonight throws up a number of interesting NBA battles, with Brooklyn attempting to bounce back from defeat, Indiana looking to extend their incredible run and San Antonio ready to spoil the Clippers’ homecoming.

With just over a quarter of the regular season gone, form guides are beginning to hold more water and with that in mind we’ve put together a tasty-looking treble paying out at just under 3/1.

San Antonio Spurs to beat LA Clippers @ 20/29

Los Angeles (16-9) return home for the first time in eight games and despite a healthy 4-3 return from their seven-game road trip look set to crash at the hands of San Antonio (19-4).

The Spurs have won 17 of their last 20 matches and head to Staples Center with a 9-1 record from 10 games on the road.

However, the Texan outfit will take greater confidence from their record against the Clippers, which has seen them win 34 of their last 39 meetings.

LA may have lost just three of their last 17 at home but a Spurs side on the crest of a five-game winning streak will put a dent in that particular record.

Indiana Pacers (-10) to beat Detroit Pistons @ 10/11

Everything Indiana (20-3) touches turns to gold this season. The Pacers have reached 20 wins in the quickest time in franchise history and their 11-0 home streak is also a new record.

As such the hosts see themselves priced as the 1/7 favourites to beat the visiting Detroit Pistons.

The price also reflects a run that has seen the Pacers beat the Pistons in each of the last five meetings at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

With Detroit 8-17 from 25 on the road and the Pacers enjoying league-best form the -10 handicap has to be taken to get any value from the home win.

Brooklyn Nets @ Philadelphia 76ers @ 1/6

Brooklyn’s season looked to have turned a corner with the Nets securing three consecutive wins for the first time this term before the short trip to Detroit last time out.

However, that 103-99 reverse to the Pistons should not dent confidence here given that the Nets lost Brook Lopez to an ankle injury and still overturned a 21-point deficit to almost snatch the win.

Fortunately for the Nets – who are set to miss Lopez for this tie – visitors Philadelphia will be without Michael Carter-Williams.

The rookie has missed five games since succumbing to a skin infection in his right knee and the 76ers have not won since  his exclusion began.

Brooklyn are favourites to beat Philly – who are 0-5 from five on the road – at 1/6 and while the price does not offer huge returns, Brooklyn cannot quite be trusted to overcome the -10 handicap offered but will surely return to winning ways at the Barclays Center.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.