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Could this be a Western Conference Finals preview? The dominant Warriors head to red-hot Houston as two major contenders do battle.
Brooklyn Nets @ Oklahoma City Thunder - 10am
Brooklyn completely wiped the Detroit Pistons in their last outing, running out 103-75 victors against a fellow playoff-bound side.
The Nets currently hold the longest winning streak in the Eastern Conference, coming away with wins in each of their last 4 games. They’ve won 6 of their last 8 as well.
Spencer Dinwiddie and D’Angelo Russell have been leading the Nets on this run. Dinwiddie is averaging 23 points and 5 assists during the winning streak, while Russell has been averaging 22 points and 8 assists over the past month.
Meanwhile the Russell Westbrook show will arrive back home for this one. Despite a run-in with a fan in Utah last time out, Russ has been red-hot in averaging 30 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists in the last four weeks.
Making him angry might be futile by the looks of things.
The Thunder will be in their own gym for the first time since completing a six-game road trip.
However, Brooklyn to cover the line is where I’m heading with this game.
+7.5 is a big head-start for a team in form such as the Nets, and OKC’s recent travel schedule may count at against them. You can get on at $1.92 with BetEasy.
Detroit Pistons @ Miami Heat - 10:30am
Detroit was awful last time out as they got smacked into next week by the Brooklyn Nets. Losing by 28 points will sting big time, and Detroit should come out swinging in response.
Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond will both be primed for a big one here, especially if Bam Adebayo draws another start.
To be blunt, the Miami Heat are playing pretty average basketball right now. They’ve won 5 of their last 10 games, but they have a bad home record for a playoff team at just 15-19.
Adebayo has been starting recently with Hassan Whiteside coming off the bench. I’m not sure how effective that’s going to be here as Drummond vs Whiteside is usually a positive match-up for the Heat.
It’ll be intriguing to see what the starting line-up looks like here.
The biggest motivator in the NBA is a big loss, and if Detroit don’t come out swinging I’ll be seriously surprised.
The Pistons are priced at $1.96 on the head to head market with BetEasy. That’s what I will be taking here.
Golden State Warriors @ Houston Rockets - 12:30pm (ESPN)
Are the Golden State Warriors going through some growing pains?
It would be unusual at this time of the year, especially for a team with 3 NBA championships in the last 4 years and the best regular season record of all-time.
Something just isn’t clicking right now, as shown by their recent home loss to the lowly Phoenix Suns.
However they’re still one of the premier road teams in the league, and there isn’t a game that the Warriors walk into the stadium thinking they can’t win it.
However, this one could prove a difficult assignment.
9 straight wins for James Harden and co. and they don’t look like slowing down as the playoffs draw closer.
The Rockets were strangled with injuries early in the season, but now that everyone is healthy they are reeling off wins.
These two sides have had their fair share of battles over the past few seasons, but the Rockets seem to have the wood over their opponents.
A win here for the home side would give them a 4-0 regular season sweep of the defending champs.
The absence of Kevin Durant will hurt the visitors, but it also may help them having one less superstar on the court.
Curry and Klay are still enough to keep them in a shoot-out, so I think it will still be close. I can’t pick a winner so I’m going with ‘Either Team to win by under 6.5 points’ at $2.47 with BetEasy.
- Brooklyn +7.5 – $1.92
- Detroit to win – $1.96
- GS/Hou – either team to win by under 6.5 points – $2.47
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