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Houston Rockets @ Toronto Raptors - 12pm (ESPN)
The Houston Rockets, or the James Harden’s as they might as well be known recently, are on a nice winning streak.
Five wins in a row is good way to come out of the All-Star break and it makes you wonder if this team can get it all together for the playoffs.
Harden is averaging 40 points per game over the last month; he’s simply impossible to stop and is used to having his way with the Toronto Raptors in recent years.
For once there’s no injury news for the Rockets, which will obviously help.
The Raptors are now 27 wins and 6 losses at home for the season and continue to track nicely, recently completing a 6-game home stand with 6 wins.
The Raps lost recently to the Detroit Pistons in overtime but they’ll look to brush that loss off and get back to winning ways at home.
Kawhi Leonard and Kyle Lowry have been working on the chemistry all season and they’re really starting to look like a dangerous combo.
In another predicted tight finish, I’m taking either team to win by under 6.5 points, available with BetEasy at $2.40.
Oklahoma City Thunder @ Minnesota Timberwolves - 12pm
OKC are an average away team at 17-15 and they have a seriously tough schedule remaining, so need to capitalise on games against weaker opposition.
Frankly, they should walk all over the Timberwolves. However, a close shave to the Grizzlies showed how weak OKC can be when they’re not switched on.
Paul George missed his 3rd straight game in that one and there’s no indication on whether he will return for this clash
The T’wolves haven’t had this season go to plan. With almost no real chance of making playoffs and currently on a 3-game losing streak, things don’t look good.
The Thunder have had a draining schedule and this could potentially be the chance for them to catch them out. However they are still without Rob Covington so Jeff Teague and Karl Anthony Towns will have to be at their best to compete with the Thunder’s firepower.
Boston Celtics @ Golden State Warriors - 2:30pm (ESPN)
The Boston Celtics are in all-sorts.
They’ve only won 3 of their last 10, yet somehow they cling onto the 5th seed in the eastern conference.
Kyrie Irving recently spoke to the media about his disdain for this team and how it’s just not working right now. He might wish that this is the kick up the backside they need, but coming up against the Golden State Warriors is the last thing they need.
The Warriors are probably in the worst patch of form of their 5 year dynasty, yet they are still winning more games than they are losing.
The weird part of that stretch was that the Warriors blew an 11 point 3-quarter time lead against Orlando, which is as rare as it comes.
The good news here is that Kevin Durant missed 2 of those games, and he will return to the floor against the Celtics.
Look for them to suffocate Irving early and shut him out of the game.
Kyrie Irving has played many pivotal games against the Warriors before and he’s stepped up every time. I like Boston to cover the +9 spread here, available at BetEasy.
Toronto/Houston: Either team wins by under 6.5 points – $2.40
Oklahoma City to win – $1.70
Boston +9 – $1.90
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