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Dallas Mavericks @ Orlando Magic - 11am
Dallas have one of the worst away records in the NBA, with only the Phoenix Suns holding a worse away record.
31 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists for Rookie of the Year lock Luka Doncic the superstar in the Mavs’ last outing showed just how good the young star is going to be.
Doncic and Dwight Powell are the only real entertainment left on a Mavs team that traded away this season to build a future.
Despite this they remain competitive and are trying to build through winning games, so don’t go in thinking this will be an easy win for the Magic.
The Orlando Magic haven’t beaten a team with a record under .500 in their last 8 tries.
Given they’ve beaten the likes of the Bucks, Raptors, Pacers, Warriors and 76ers in that span, it really highlights their inconsistencies.
They just struggle to get themselves mentally prepared for these games, so they need to come out firing early otherwise this game could turn pear-shaped once again.
For this game I’ll be taking the Dallas Mavericks +7.5 at $1.93 with BetEasy. Both sides tend to worry me for different reasons but the Mavericks can stay close here.
Philadelphia 76ers @ Houston Rockets - 12pm (ESPN)
The 76ers just dropped a hectic game to the Bulls on the road, and this match screams bounce-back opportunity to me, especially from Jimmy Butler.
He’s a guy who doesn’t take kindly to losing, and unfortunately, it’s the Houston Rockets who are going to have to try and keep him quiet.
Philly aren’t the strongest of teams away from home at 16-15, so they’ll need all hands on deck to get over the line.
The Houston Rockets have been on a brilliant run of late, accumulating 28 wins and 11 losses in an extended winning patch. If they had’ve kept that up all season they could well have found themselves to be 1st in the West right now.
James Harden is averaging 40 points over this stretch and he’s made the Toyota Center a tough place to come visit, with the Rockets boasting a 22-9 record on their home floor.
Philly to cover the ‘pick your own’ line at +7.5 points for $1.74 with BetEasy. Either way it’s safe to say this will be a really good contest.
Denver Nuggets @ Golden State - 2:30pm (ESPN)
The Nuggets finally broke their losing streak, holding off LeBron James and the Lakers, who rallied from down 18 against Denver’s bench unit to almost steal victory.
Denver’s bench is struggling with the addition of Isaiah Thomas, and it looks like he is yet to have any chemistry the Nuggets’ second unit.
They need to get their rotation sorted if they are going to stand a chance against the Golden State Warriors.
The Warriors’ last game was a blowout loss at home against the Boston Celtics, making it 5 losses from their last 8 contests.
With the addition of Andrew Bogut as a locker room and defensive presence, it could be time they turned it around.
I don’t think the opposition in this game matters much for the Warriors as they try to stop the internal issues hounding them right now.
In some good news for the Dubs, Klay Thompson is probable to play tomorrow.
Denver with a +10.5 head-start should be enough to cover against the Warriors here. You can get on at $1.73 with BetEasy.
Dallas +7.5 – $1.93
Philadelphia +7.5 – $1.74
Denver +10.5 – $1.73
All markets available with BetEasy.
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