The live ESPN NBA schedule and betting tips for the games that are listed for Friday, Jan. 15. Two games are slated to broadcast nationally on the network, with both also available on the ESPN App and via WatchESPN.com.
The Dallas Mavericks will travel to take on the Milwaukee Bucks at 7:30 p.m. ET before LeBron James and Los Angeles Lakers play hosts to the New Orleans Pelicans in the second at 10:00 p.m.
Bucks vs. Mavericks Picks
Dallas makes the trip to the Fiserv Forum seeking to win its 4th straight road games and the fifth consecutive overall since losing 118-108 in Chicago on Jan. 3.
After taking down the Detroit Pistons and Orlando Magic in their recent road trips, the Bucks (8-4) return home aiming to win their fourth straight game since losing to the Utah Jazz 131-118 on Jan. 8.
Milwaukee enters the contest as the -6 point favorite in the latest Bucks vs. Mavericks points spread from William Hill Sportsbook. The over-under for total points scored at the time of this article is set at 228, while the money line sees the Bucks at -245 and Dallas at +205.
Friday’s matchup on the live ESPN NBA schedule is expected to be a tasty battle between two of the early MVP contenders in Giannis Antetokounmpo and Luka Doncic.
Both players are coming off highlighted performances in their most recent outs. Antetokounmpo registered his 20th career triple-double with 22 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists against the Pistons, while Doncic was just one assist away from notching his third triple-double in four games for Dallas.
INJURIES AND MISSING
Among the players expected to be missing for the Mavericks are Maxi Kleber (health and safety protocols), Jalen Brunson: out (health protocols), Dorian Finney-Smith, (health protocols), Dwight Powell (health protocols) and Josh Richardson (health protocols).
For the Bucks, Torrey Craig is listed as out with a nose injury.
Lakers vs Pelicans
The night’s second game on ESPN NBA schedule, the LA Lakers will entertain the New Orleans Pelicans at STAPLES Center.
Los Angeles will seek to extend its current four-game winning streak with another victory over New Orleans.
The Lakers crushed the Oklahoma City Thunder 128-99 on Wednesday to remain the NBA’s only unbeaten team on the road this season, but enters Friday’s game with a 3-3 record at home, including losses in two of their past three games at Staples Center.
Nevertheless, William Hill Sportsbook has listed the Lakers as the -9.0 favorites in the latest Los Angeles vs. New Orleans odds, with the over-under listed at 218.5 for total points. The money line for this game is -400 for the Lakers and +320 for the Pelicans.
Zion Williamson was cleared by league officials on Thursday night to play for New Orleans after he was restricted because of NBA health and safety protocols. Lonzo Ball (knee) and Eric Bledsoe (eye) are still listed as day-to-day.