The Timberwolves saw their modest 3 game winning streak come to an end last night in a thrilling 119-117 loss to the Mavs in new head coach Ryan Saunders' 2nd game. The Pelicans have been inconsistent but enter this matchup on a 3 game winning streak and 4 wins in their last 5. Robert Covington remains out for the hosts and Karl-Anthony Towns is questionable after hurting his ankle last night. E'Twaun Moore is questionable for the visitors. Towns' possible absence would certainly be a blow to the hosts but we believe this is the Pelican's game at any rate. With Mirotic healthy again, they have their prolific scorer back to lead the 2nd unit which was lagging during their struggles. The Twolves' defense struggled mightily last night containing dribble penetration and we expect Elfrid Payton and Jrue Holiday to have their way driving into the paint and creating shots for others. The Pelicans are coming off 2 days' rest while the Twolves fought hard in a loss last night and we believe this will be an underestimated factor tonight!
The Pistons are in freefall as they lost their fourth in a row on Thursday night to the Kings 112-102 and have lost 16 of their last 20 games. The Clippers are managing well without much star power and enter this matchup at 24-17 with 3 wins in their last 4 games. Luc Mbah a Moute remains out for the hosts. Zaza Pachulia is out for the visitors and Ish Smith is questionable to make his return after missing time with a torn adductor. Blake Griffin was given the night off against the Kings but he is surely expected back against his former team and was likely rested specifically for this game. As dreadful as the Pistons have been, we expect them to rally around Griffin against his former team and in any case, should have an advantage inside against an aging Marcin Gortat or undersized Montrezl Harrell. Ish Smith's potential return would also be a boon for the struggling Pistons' 2nd unit. However, the Clippers are well balanced and have no lack of scorers and will be difficult to limit on their home floor. We see a high scoring game!
Ready for a big weekend betting?, have this PREMIUM bet on us - Like we rightly predicted, Celta Vigo lost their monday match to Athletic Bilbao (1-2). The difference in winning / losing was converting chances. And, for the record the Basque side scoring from 2 of there 8 goal attempts, while Celta could only find the net once from 17 tries. Another interesting stat from that game was Miguel Cardoso’s men had 66% possession, but that didn’t help has there defence kept the Celta strikers at bay. We have always considered the visitors to be a better away team, and that’s because they are more opportune when they have less of the ball. Counter attacking is the Celta game, and that’s what they should be able to execute here. Rayo Vallecano won back to back league matches, albeit they were a tad fortunate that Valladolid missed a late penalty in that recent 0-1 win. Whatever the hosts recent history, we believe they will be easily exposed by a strong Celta attack. On that note, the visitors will be without top scorer Iago Aspas for a second game in succession, but with 8 times scorer Gomez leading the line they have plenty of goals in them!
The Twolves won their first game under new head coach Ryan Saunders on Tuesday as they downed a tough Oklahoma City team 119-117. On the other side, the Mavs ended their 3 game skid with a 104-94 win over the hapless Suns on Wednesday. Robert Covington remains out for the hosts and Derrick Rose is questionable. For the visitors, Dennis Smith Jr. remains out and Dirk Nowitzki is probable. There is a new energy surrounding the Twolves with the coaching change and it was none more evident than in the locker room following the win over the Thunder that saw the players celebrating with Saunders in a way never seen with Thibodeau. The players, especially Andrew Wiggins, are playing with a renewed vigor and Saunders' rotations are much more effective. Simply put, the Twolves are playing faster, more efficiently and making a concerted effort at getting their best players the ball. Their defense is still a work in progress, however, especially with Covington on the bench and the Mavs should have their share of success on the offensive end as well with Luka Doncic running the show. We see a high scoring game!
The East leading Raptors enter this matchup at 31-12 and with 5 wins in their last 6 games. On the ohter side, the Nets have been in good form as well with 4 wins in their alst 5 and are coming off a 116-100 dusting of the Hawks on Wednesday despite trailing by double digits early. Jonas Valanciunas remains out for the hosts and CJ Miles is questionable. Kyle Lowry made his return recently but he himself has said that his back is still an issue. For the visitors, Caris LeVert, Allen Crabbe, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Jared Dudley are all out for this game. Despite the injuries, the Nets have more than adequate replacements in our opinion and it's the Raptors who we believe are more affected in this manner with Valanciunas out and Lowry hobbled. The Nets have a different makeup to the team this year and are proving they can be a fringe playoff calibre team. This is a rivalry that the Raptors have dominated in recent years and we expect an all out effort by the visitors to at least keep this within reason. Visitors with the head start!
The Wizards bounced back from a blowout 132-115 loss to the Sixers with a 123-106 blowout win over the Sixers on the back end of their home and home with Philadelphia. Though clearly missing their star John Wall, they are playing well with good energy and perhaps better team chemistry. The Bucks took care of Western Conference heavyweight Houston Rockets on Wednesday with a dominant 3rd quarter and held on for a 116-109 victory. Wall, Dwight Howard and Markieff Morris remain out for the hosts. Otto Porter is off the injury report which leads us to believe his hand is improving and Porter is likely to see a bump in minutes along with a starting role soon enough. For the visitors, Donte DiVincenzo and DJ Wilson are doubtful. Ersan Ilyasova and Giannis Antetokuonmpo are probable. This is a dream matchup for Antetokuonmpo and the Bucks as the Wizards really lack a post presence and anyone to guard Antetokuonmpo and his frequent drives into the paint. However, the Wizards' offense has shown signs of life and we like their ball movement which signifies teammates trusting each other and playing unselfishly. Pace of play has gone up for the Wizards as well with Wall out and we expect both sides to score their share of points tonight!
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We didn’t add a freebie yesterday - because we don’t plan on doing it everyday. However, here is one we have for a bit later this morning, albeit you missed the odds a little!! —— As you know, we bet Anna Schmiedlova to beat Evgeniya Rodina and she did just that. And, while we fancied her to do the same against Alison Van Uutvanck (6-3 6-2), we found reason for avoiding the bet. On that note, the Slovakian did it well and she appears to be getting her consistency back. Itina-Camelia Begu beat a disappointing Heather Watson in the first round, and then she surprisingly followed up against Anna Blinkova in the next. Whichever way you look at it the Russian didn’t play her best game against Begu, and that’s why we don’t want to take the form literally! Both of these girls will be giving it a big go, but it’s got to be Schmiedlova for us. The 24 year old leads head to heads (3-2), and more importantly she’s 2-0 on hard court. Another thing is she won those matches 6-0 6-0 and 6-1 6-3, suggesting she’s far superior on the surface! There was a betting run on Begu, expect it to go the other way!
The Nuggets have won 6 of their last 7 and rebounded from a loss at Houston with a hard fought win at Miami on Wednesday night. The Clippers enter this matchup on a 3 game winning streak and have done well on the year despite lacking star power. Will Barton remains out for the hosts and Gary Harris is questionable. Luc Mbah a Moute remains out for the visitors. The Nuggets have looked to err on the side of caution with injuries and we expect Harris to come off the bench even if he does play, leaving defensive specialist Torrey Craig in the starting lineup. The Clippers have been one of the top offensive teams in the league with good balance but we expect resistance from the Nuggets who defend well at all positions. The Clippers' defensive liabilities also don't really play to the Nuggets' offensive strengths either. Fireworks tend to erupt when these teams play but we believe the most likely result is under this number which we believe is a bit inflated!
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The Pistons' struggles continued as they lost 119-107 to the Spurs on Monday to follow up their 18-point blown lead against the Jazz 2 days prior. Detroit's poor bench unit has been a major reason for their struggles but they get somewhat of a reprieve against an injured Lakers team missing their best player LeBron James and key role player Rajon Rondo. Ish Smith remains out for the Pistons and Zaza Pachulia is questionable. Blake Griffin should have a favourable matchup here as he can force big men out to the perimeter or post up smaller defenders. The Pistons rebound extremely well and should defend reasonably well against a team missing their primary shot creator. Visitors to win outright!
The Rockets continued their good form with a dominant 125-113 win over the Nuggets on Monday despite missing two of their key players. However, they meet one of the best teams in the East as the 28-11 Bucks come to town with 10 wins in their last 12 games. Chris Paul and Eric Gordon remain out for the hosts. James Harden continues to play at an MVP level but we have doubts his teammates can sustain their level of play, especially against a Bucks team that can be a nightmare for opposing 3 point shooters due to their length and athleticism. The Rockets still lack a reliable shot creator outside of Harden and we believe points will come at a premium for the hosts. As for the visitors, they are a bit inconsistent, especially on the road and we believe the Rockets will look to slow it down to a half court game and limit the points in transition that the Bucks thrive on.