Victor Oladipo and Edmond Sumner are questionable for the Pacers. Marc Gasol and Norman Powell are out for the Raptors. Patrick McCaw is doubtful. As impressive as the Raptors have looked over the last couple months, they haven't really had a difficult schedule during that time and even Friday's 118-101 win over the Suns was a bit inflated in our view. The Pacers match up well with their terrific defense 1-5 and even without Oladipo, we believe staying within a couple possessions should be achievable against a team we expect to falter a bit down the stretch.
PREMIUM FOOTBALL BETTING TIP ————— St Liege enjoyed a last round (1-3) win in Genk, that should give supporters plenty encouragement. With that said, Les Rouges lost a recent match in Kortrijk (3-1), and the 0-0 at home to Club Brugge wasn’t much of a game. Just before christmas Antwerp came here to play a cup game, and the result ended with the visitors winning 1-3! Furthermore, Laszlo Boloni’s side came from a goal behind, and Antwerp are two points above them in the league. The Great Old have improved leaps and bounds since being promoted to the Jupiler league following the 2016/17 campaign. And, while they managed just two points from their last three games, the away defeat in Club Brugge (1-0) was very unfortunate. Since then Antwerp played draws against last seasons champion Genk and improving Charleroi, and they are just a point behind that team at the moment! The visitors are the ideal away team, and they come into this match in physically good shape. Take Antwerp to at least point!
PREMIUM FOOTBALL TIP — Want all todays for just €40, 10 football bets in total firstname.lastname@example.org ---------Last week Bologna lost 0-3 at home to Genoa. The result was out of sync with what we had seen take place on the field, because despite having a player sent off it was Bologna who had the most chances! With regards to that latest game, Jerdy Schouten was sent off for a nasty foul on 33 mins. And, while it’s true to say the visitors where lading 1-0 at the time, I Rossoblù where still the dominant team. However, Genoa picked the defences pockets, and by the end Sinisa Mihajlovic’s side where beaten 3-0. Prior to that the hosts had won there on the spin, with one of them being a 2-3 in AS Roma. Udinese come into this on the back of two draws against Brecia and Verona. As it stands, Luca Gotti’s team are just 4 points above the relegation zone. And, while they enjoyed three straight wins upto 12 January, they also lost three straight after. Maybe the Gotti affect is wearing off the visitors, and Bologna are a much improved team!
PREMIUM WTA PICK - If you would like to join our WTA PREMIUM SERVICE for next weeks Qatar and Acapulco, the price is just €50 for the whole week. Alternatively, you can have a month for €150, or to the end of the WTA season ( over 8 months) for just €600 --- To start betting serious, email@example.com ----------- Elena Rybakina continues her development by making another final. In fact, this is the biggest tournament where she has made it to the final round, and with the points taken this week mean she’s moving to a new career high rank of 17. With regards to yesterdays win over Petra Martic, it was the serve which made the difference. Another obvious stat was her opponent had more break opportunities, but she only took 3 from 11. In short, we got what we expected from the 20 year old! Like we anticipated, Simona Halep won in straight sets against Jennifer Brady. While we didn’t learn nothing new about the Romanian, we could at least see she was a lot more ready for the semi final, and falling behind was never going to be an option. Seriously speaking, Halep is at the top of her game, we haven’t seen her this good for a long time. Lets take Halep to complete in straight sets!
Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant remain out for the Nets. The Hornets have a clean injury report. The Nets were perhaps unfortunate against the Sixers on Thursday, dropping the game 112-104 in overtime. Nevertheless, their excellent defense and rebounding were on display and aside from a horrendous start, showed that they are well capable despite missing their two superstars. The Hornets picked up their first win of the 2nd half of the season against the lifeless Bulls but their MO is typically to play well against inferior competition while struggling against legitimate teams. The Nets even without Irving and Durant are proving to be a fundamentally sound team that's well coached should be too much to handle for a team that's still dealing with losing a few rotation players in the buyout market. Visitors should cover this modest number!
PREMIUM PICK - Have this one on us. If you would like all the weekend football picks you can get them for a special price of €60 (circa 20). Alternatively, get a full month for €200 — firstname.lastname@example.org ——— Fair play to Brest for building a 7 point cushion over the drop zone. However, take into consideration that 24 of their 33 points have been taken at him, and on the road they are just 2-3-7. Earlier on in the season these teams played out a 0-0 draw in the reverse match. Brest missed a penalty. which suggests the then hosts could have nicked-it. However, a look at the stats from that match will tell it would have been unfair. The visitors have only lost one of their last 6 league matches, and that was a 3-0 in Dijon. Lets just re-iterate Olivier Dall’Oglio’s team are not overly effective on the road. And, with home teams winning 119 from the 250 completed matches , it’s easy to see a strong bias! On that note, this massive pitch plays to the strength of Nice. Les Aiglons have taken 24 of their 36 points at the Allianz Riviera, and the rarely slip up against lower table opposition!
PREMIUM WTA PICK - If you would like to join our WTA PREMIUM SERVICE for next weeks Qatar and Acapulco, the price is just €50 for the whole week. Alternatively, you can have a month for €150, or to the end of the WTA season ( over 8 months) for just €600 --- To start betting serious, email@example.com -----------Petra Martic has a game alright, and reaching this stage of the tournament suggests she’s already peaking. In fact, Petra has been doing something we have not seen from her for a long time, and that’s getting the job done in straight sets. However, whether this new found decisiveness is going to be enough to get past Elena Rybakina is another matter! Whichever way we look at it Rybakina is the most improved player on tour. She’s also supremely consistent, and her confidence is growing all the time. The 20 year old has already won Hobart, and she followed up with a final in St Petersburg. And, their was better waiting, because this week she beat Aussie open winner Sofia Kenin, a revived Katerina Siniakova, and then former number one Karolina Pliskova. The last two matches where done and dusted in straight sets, and her service game is making her very difficult to break!
Edmond Sumner and TJ Warren are questionable for the Pacers. Elfrid Payton and Wayne Ellington are questionable for the Knicks. We've said many times by now our high opinion of the Knicks since head coach Mike Miller took over for the incompetent David Fizdale. Since Fizdale's firing, the Knicks have a 19-14 record ATS which is 6th best during that span and a respectable 13-20 record for a team without much talent. In particular, the Knicks' defense has improved by leaps and bounds and they likely should have won both games against these Pacers though a 1-1 split with a win at Indiana isn't bad at all! The Pacers are still not quite at full strength with players coming back from injury and they've struggled offensively against the Knicks as their outside shooting has been the main culprit. We expect another defensive slugfest between these teams!
PREMIUM PICK - Get a full month of football syndicate picks for a special deal price of €150! - firstname.lastname@example.org ---------We where a little shocked by the progress Ajax made last season, and somewhat astounded when they made the semi final of Champions league. However, they are clearly not has good this time around, and the Dutch mentality of cashing-in on top players has clearly left the team short. During the summer transfer window, Ajax profited to the tune of €150M + change in player trades! Ajax are leading the Dutch league by 6 points, albeit they are being assisted by the teams around them disappointing. On that note, the Dutch champions are just 6-2-2 on the road, and they lost their last two away trips in Groningen and AZ Alkmaar. Guilty has charged, we have called Getafe club owner Angel Torres some bad names in the past for being cheap. To be fair, Torres changed policy when being promoted back to the top flight, and he’s gone €60M into the red over the past three seasons. As a result of this investment, they are serious contenders for Champions league football next season. Despite being beaten by Barcelona (2-1) at the weekend, the Azulones are 3rd in the table. Their last home game ended in a 3-0 win over Valencia, and they won 4 on the bounce without conceding! Getafe are tricky customers!
WTA PREMIUM PICK - Here is one of our three from today, good luck if you are betting — email@example.com ————Simona Halep should have never been let off the hook by Ons Jabeur, but every time the Tunisian got the chance to finish the job she ‘’bottled-it’’. Don’t get us wrong, some of the tennis was very good, and Halep did what she does best (grind). However, she was certainly the beneficiary of her opponents inability to close out, and we can guarantee Aryna Sabalenka wouldn’t let the Romanian off the hook has easy! In fact, the 21 year old has already beaten Halep at this years Adelaide. And, the winner of the season ending ‘’Elite’’ is getting into top gear now. Sabalenka has already sent Mertens and Sakkari packing from this tournament, and she’s got the power play to upset a more passive opponent such has Halep! Can’t believe some bookies opened with Halep has fav, just shows they don’t get-it! It’s really simple, if Aryna stays in control of her game she can progress!
Kris Dunn, Denzel Valentine, Otto Porter Jr., Chandler Hutchison, Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr. all remain out for the Bulls. The Hornets have a clean injury report. Bulls' head coach Jim Boylen's rotations are as bad as ever and his centers are quite possibly the two worst defensive centers in the entire NBA. The Hornets are far from an offensive machine but they have quick and skilled guards capable of driving into the paint and creating offense. This number is much too low in our opinion!
Clint Capela and Skal Labissiere are out for the Hawks. De'Andre Hunter is questionable. Tyler Herro and Meyers Leonard remain out for the Heat. The Heat are a team we are looking to go against the 2nd half of the season as we believe they've played above expectations. All credit is due to head coach Erik Spoelstra for getting a lot out of the team despite mediocre talent outside of Jimmy Butler. Nevertheless, they've been dismal on the road at just 13-16 compared to their stellar 22-3 home record. The Hawks are just 1 game ahead of the Cavs at the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings but they've fared well at home with a 16-9-1 record ATS and have won 4 of their last 5 home games outright. Staying within a couple possessions should be achievable!