2022 Black Friday NBA Betting Action

The NBA takes a day off for Thanksgiving, as the NFL reigns supreme that day. Then on Black Friday, the NBA takes center stage with some thrilling matchups. The national television doubleheader begins in Memphis with the Pelicans and Grizzlies and then the Denver Nuggets travel to Los Angeles to take on the Clippers. It should be a stellar night of action.

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Cleveland Cavaliers @ Milwaukee Bucks, 8:00 PM

As long as Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jrue Holiday are healthy, this should be a tremendous battle between two of the best in the Eastern Conference. The Bucks (+500 title odds), who won the 2021 NBA title, were one game away from making the 2022 Eastern Conference Finals. Meanwhile, the upstart Cavaliers (+1800) dominate not only with their size but also with their guards. New Cavalier Donovan Mitchell has joined forces with Darius Garland and Caris LeVert to be a powerhouse for years to come. This will be their second meeting of the season and a great matchup in Milwaukee.

New Orleans Pelicans @ Memphis Grizzlies, 8:00 PM (NBA TV)

Let us shift our sights to the Western Conference and look into the younger stars. In their second matchup of the season, Zion Williamson, Brandon Ingram, CJ McCollum, and the Pelicans (+3300) will take on the Grizzlies (+1600) and Ja Morant, the NBA’s most electrifying player. Coming off the 2021-22 Most Improved Player Award, Morant is setting his sights on something bigger, the MVP trophy. He has the potential to score 30 points per game this season, and if he keeps up with his strong averages, another Memphis crowd will go home happy.

Utah Jazz @ Golden State Warriors, 10:00 PM

How does Utah (+10000) continue to play strong basketball? Once an afterthought in the Western Conference, Will Hardy’s Jazz surprised everyone. Behind a team effort led by Lauri Makkanen and Jordan Clarkson, Utah has been one of the league’s best teams this season. The Jazz will be heading to Golden State for a tough matchup. Although the Warriors (+700) struggled to start the season, they have tremendous talent with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green. Can Utah keep playing better than anyone expected? It is possible, but it will not be easy in San Francisco.

Denver Nuggets @ Los Angeles Clippers, 10:30 PM (NBA TV)

Two-time defending MVP Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets (+2000) are once again underrated early in the season. However, it does not seem like Jokic will be the MVP for the third straight year. Even so, he is one of the biggest line movers in terms of players in the NBA. Meanwhile, the Clippers (+800) have some stars themselves: Paul George and Kawhi Leonard. George has looked strong while Leonard has continued to miss quite a few games with his knee issues. A fully healthy Clippers team can compete with the best teams in the league, but a hobbled one may be destined for the play-in. Look for another dominating Jokic performance and a couple of big runs by the dominating 3-point offense from Denver.