Wednesday Night NBA Action Takes Shape
The Raptors continued their successful start to the season but it was a close run thing in the end. Toronto eventually overcame the Magic by a score of 104-100. There was bad news for the Lakers though as they found that their miserable start to the 2014/15 campaign continues. The Grizzlies were the victors when the Lakers came to town, winning by a score of 107-102.
In another close run thing, Portland Trail Blazers sneaked a 102-100 win over the Hornets, and fans who watched these matches were provided a great sense of drama, excitement and lots of points. The Bucks 85-78 win over the Thunder was a game where defences were on top, with Milwaukee having enough to get home in the end. The Mavericks defeated the Kings by a score of 106-98 and the Spurs got the biggest win of the evening, no mean feat considering they were on the road. The Spurs defeated the Warriors by a score of 100-113 and there are some signs of life in the reigning NBA Champions.
Indiana Pacers @ Miami Heat
This game sees two teams experiencing contrasting fortunes at the start of the 2014/15 NBA season. The Pacers are 2-6 while the Heat are at 5-2, and form alone would suggest that the Heat will run out winners in this match taking place in Miami.
These two teams have developed a fierce rivalry in recent years, as both teams have battled it out in the Play-Offs. Of course, players have moved on and times have changed, so there is not quite the same level of intensity going into this game. With LeBron back in Cleveland and Paul George injured, a lot of the spark from this clash is now missing but Miami can still call upon Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade. The Pacers have a few injury concerns and alongside George, David West and George Hill have yet to play this campaign.
The Heat come into this game after a 105-96 win against Dallas on Sunday, a night when Bosh and Wade both grabbed 20 points. The Pacers grabbed a 97-86 win against the Jazz on Tuesday but they had lost six games in a row before this. Roy Hibbert grabbed 29 points in that win, aided by AJ Price, who offered up 22 points.
That win will give the Pacers some hope but you can see the Heat running away with this game and their 1.90 odds while standing at -8 will be of interest. Bet Now!
Utah Jazz @ Atlanta Hawks
Both of these sides have won 3 games this season but the Jazz stand with a 3-5 record while the Hawks hold a 3-3 record. The Hawks will be looking to continue their winning run in this series of games to 7 and they will be keen to follow up their 85-91 victory at the Madison Square Garden on Monday night against the Knicks. Paul Millsap, a former Jazz player, combined well with Kyle Korver as both players grabbed 36 points and Dennis Schroder came off the bench and picked up a career high of 14 points. If the Hawks win, it will be the first time they have gone 3-0 at home since 2009/10, a season where they won their opening 7 home games.
The Jazz are not off the best start and will be smarting from a 97-86 loss in Indiana on Monday night. Gordon Hayward was a bright spot for the team, offering up 30 points while Enes Kanter also grabbed 18 points.
With the Hawks looking strong at home, their 1.90 odds while sitting at -7 look to be fairly attractive for this Wednesday night clash. Bet Now!
Brooklyn Nets @ Phoenix Suns
Both of these teams have 4 wins to their credit this campaign so far, the Nets with a 4-2 record while the Suns hold a 4-3 record. The Suns have been in fine scoring form this season, as have the Nets, but the home team will need to improve their defensive work in this clash if they are keen to grab a vital win.
There was an improved level of defensive work during Sunday’s win against the Warriors on Sunday, with the 107-95 win seeing the Suns grabbing 27 turnovers. However, the forward play of Isaiah Thomas, grabbing 22 points, and Gerald Green, picking up 19 points, was a big boost to the Suns as well in that match. When you add in the fact that Goran Dragic picked up 19 points and Marcus Morris delivered 17 points, it wasn’t a bad attacking display from a team who can also call on Eric Bledsoe to add some vigour to the attack.
The Nets haven’t been afraid to make some tough calls this season and their Sunday night win against Orlando was notable for the fact that Brook Lopez sat out the entire fourth quarter. This was a tactical move to create a smaller team that would be quicker on the break, and the 104-96 win justified the change in line-up. Lopez is also struggling since coming back from foot surgery, and he may be used sparingly until he regains his confidence and form.
For the Nets, Bojan Bogdanovic picked up 22 points against the Magic, and this was a season high for the player, who has been looking as though he is finding his feet in the NBA.
With the Suns having looked shaky in defence for most of this campaign, the odds of 1.90 for the Nets at +5 isn’t a bad bet at all. Bet Now!