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After a few days waiting for the league to settle most teams have 2-3 games under their belts. Some teams showing some stunning early season form (Houston) whilst others are struggling to get started (Detroit, Denver, Sacramento all 0-3).
A fantastic day of games coming up; Spurs at Celtics, Clippers at Lakers, and OKC at Miami.
Cleveland @ Milwaukee:
TIP: -11.5 MIL at 1.91 (Sportingbet) – The Cav’s are team that has suffered humiliation and growing pains this year. It won’t get any easier in this game. These teams have met 3 times this year with MIL winning by 3, 37, and 20. The Bucks are fresh after a day off as Cleveland are licking their wounds from a 35 point beating at the hands of San Antonio.
Note: If Jennings OR Ellis don’t play stay away from this.
Oklahoma City @ Miami:
TIP: Win Oklahoma City at 2.40 (Sportingbet) – The best game of the day , these 2 met only 14 days ago in OKC – this could be another preview of the NBA Finals. Miami are back to looking like one of the best teams in East losing only 6 games in just over 1 month of basketball. Oklahoma have left the West behind averaging 103 points/game this season. Wade is day-to-day with a ankle injury and every matchup favours OKC except Joel Anthony over Kendrick Perkins. Sit back and watch Durant go at Lebron and Lebron defend his home court.
Note: Keep your eyes on Wade’s availability for this game.
Today feels like the Bookies have left some bait on the line or missed the boat because there are some good numbers on the board. Let’s play
Orlando @ New York: Orlando -2 ($1 = 1.91)
This will be a comfortable win for the magic. Knicks are without Stoudemire and Lin while Melo will be playing at 80% with a strained groin. The Knicks play their home court well but the Magic will be too much too handle.
Multi: Minnesota ($1 = 1.41) + San Antonio ($1 = 1.62) total = 2.28
Minnesota should crush a pathetic Charlotte team, expect the Spurs to have a little more trouble containing a young Kings team but they will be too good.
Good luck to all the punters
All odds courtesy of Sportingbet.com.au
We have a big NBA Sunday coming up overnight, we here at NBA Nation Oz cant wait to see what happens. See below for some bets we think are worth a punt.
Miami @ Oklahoma City
The biggest game of the day could be a preview of the NBA Finals – 2 of the NBA’s hottest teams. Oklahoma are looking to defend their NBA best home court record of 21-4.
Our pick: OKC -1 ($1 = 1.91 on Sportingbet)
Oklahoma City just came of a inspiring win over Minnesota yesterday in double overtime, this win should give them the confidence to tackle the Heat head on. Each time the Thunder have beaten the Heat (since 07) it has been by 9 + points. We like the Thunder at home.
Utah @ Atlanta
This game will see one streak come to an end, Utah on an incredible streak of 6 wins while Atlanta look to defend a 3 game streak at home. Utah’s streak and crushing beat down on Denver on friday night has driven them into 7th in the Western Conference, giving the Jazz a shoot in the arm. Can Atlanta survive with it’s injury toll mounting (see: Injury Report)
Our Pick: Utah win ($1 = 2.05 on Sportingbet)
Utah are playing with enthusiasm and their bench is deep. Atlanta are at the tail end of a back-to-back-to-back and that could be their undoing. We like the inside presence and power of Favours & Jefferson to do some real damage to Smith and Pachulla.
Memphis @ Los Angeles Lakers
A reinvigorated Lakers outfit should see the team through the challenge that is the Grizzlies. The speed and tenacity of newly acquired point guard Ramon Sessions coupled with the size and strength of Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol will undoubtedly be too much for this Memphis side. Because of these factors the pressure has been taken off Kobe Bryant, which in turn saw ALL FIVE starters register double figures on Saturday against Portland.
Our Pick: Los Angeles win ($1 = 1.33 on SportingBet)
LA have shown they are a real threat in the West, improving their win loss record to 30-18 and holding a 3-Game advantage over their cross-town rivals the Clippers. We are increasingly impressed with the power of Bynum who is playing MVP-quality ball, and how the team is coming together since the inclusion of Sessions. This will undoubtedly be too much for the likes of Randolph and Mayo in the confines of the Staples Center.
Washington Wizards @ Boston Celtics
It’s been a tough week for both these sides. The Celtics are coming off a crushing loss to Philadelphia which saw injuries sustained by Mickael Pietrus and Avery Bradley, and the Wizards are out of form in almost every way having won only three of the last ten games. They have also lost Rashard Lewis and Andray Blatche to injury.
Our Pick: Boston win ($1 = 1.17 on SportingBet)
TD Garden has become a safe house for the Celtics of late with the team winning their last 5 at the venue, and will be looking to sweep the series with the Wizards 4-0. Paul Pierce is averaging 18 points a game and is still a genius in the clutch, whilst John Wall has averaged 12 points over the past three starts, not to mention making only 4/13 in his last visit to TD Garden. While the Celtics are struggling this season, we know that they still possess the ability to overcome the lowly Washington Wizards.
Stay tuned overnight as we launch our very own tipping comp.
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