Final NBA Saturday Of The Year
It is the final Saturday of 2014 and you know the NBA are going to give you plenty of basketball action to enjoy at this point. There was a busy Boxing Day card but if you didn’t get your NBA fill on Christmas Day or Boxing Day, you will be delighted to know that there is a busy card this weekend, so you will find plenty of games to fill out your festive schedule.
The Nets won 107-109 in Boston while the Bucks demolished the Hawks in Atlanta, winning by 77-107. The Rockets were strong at home against the Thunder, winning 117-98 while the Grizzlies won away to the Timberwolves, the final score being 102-111. The Suns trashed the Kings in Sacramento, winning 106-115. The Cavs grabbed a win on the road in Orlando, winning 89-98 while the Pacers were downed in Detroit, losing 119-109. The Pelicans beat the Spurs 97-90 while the Lakers lost a narrow one in Dallas, succumbing 102-98. The 76ers lost in Portland, with the Trail Blazers coming home at 114-93.
Toronto Raptors @ Los Angeles Clippers
The Raptors are currently sitting with a 22-7 record, which includes an 8-4 record away from home. The Clippers hold a 20-10 record, which includes a 12-3 record in Loss Angeles. The Raptors lost last time out though and the Clippers won their previous game. The Raptors are currently sitting on a 4-1 record in their last five games while the Clippers hold a 2-3 record.
The Clippers celebrated Christmas Day by beating the best team in the league, the Golden State Warriors, by a score of 100-86. Chris Paul grabbed 22 points and in an understated post-game interview, he said it was a big win!
The Raptors have been idles since Monday night when they were snapped out of a 6 game winning run by the Bulls, who triumphed 129-120 in Chicago. Landry Fields is a doubt for the Raptors while Spencer Hawes is causing the Clippers some concern.
Both teams have a good record over most of the season so far and taking the Raptors at a handicap of +5 at odds of 1.90 looks to be a great bet for Saturday. Bet Now!
Indiana Pacers @ Brooklyn Nets
The Pacers currently hold a 10-20 record, with a 4-12 record away from home while the Nets hold a 13-15 record which includes a 7-7 record at home. The Pacers lost their last game while the Nets are on a winning run of three games. With respect to the five game record, the Pacers hold a 2-3 record while the Nets hold a 3-2 record in their last five outings.
Deron Williams came off the bench in Boston on Friday night, grabbing 8 points in 20 points, playing a key role in the Nets grabbing a 107-109 win, which was the first time this campaign the Nets have grabbed three wins in a row. The Pacers would also have grabbed their first three game run of the season on Friday if they beat defeat, but they lost out 119-109. Roy Hibbert grabbed 19 points before he fouled out late on.
The Nets don’t have any notable injury concerns coming into this game while the Pacers medical team has been rather busy of late. Rodney Stuckey, C.J. Miles, Damjan Rudez, Roy Hibbert and George Hill are all being monitored in the build-up to this game.
The Nets will be desperate to extend their winning run as much as they possibly can and taking them with a -2.0 handicap at odds of 1.90 is likely to be a sensible bet for this Saturday betting action. Bet Now!
Orlando Magic @ Charlotte Hornets
The Magic hold an 11-21 record while their away form stands at 7-12. The Hornets hold a 10-20 record, which includes a 7-9 record at home. Both teams lost their previous game going into this match but their form over the past five games stands in stark contrast. The Magic have a 1-4 record while the Hornets hold a 4-1 record over the same comparison.
The Hornets hopes of turning their poor early season form around and into five straight wins was dashed by a 98-75 loss to Oklahoma City Thunder. The Magic also suffered a loss on Friday, and it is one they will rue as they held a lead against the Cavs before being demolished in the fourth quarter. The eventual score was 89-98 to the Cavs.
The Magic held a four-point lead over LeBron James and Cleveland on Friday before they were outscored 27-14 in the fourth quarter of a 98-89 loss that dropped them to 2-7 in their last nine games.
Willie Green and Aaron Gordon are big doubts for the Magic while the Hornets have concerns over Al Jefferson, Lance Stephenson and Jannero Pargo going into this game.
The Hornets look to be in much better shape going into this game and taking them at odds of 1.90 with a -6 handicap has to be seen as a great way to get the final weekend of the year off to a flying start. Bet Now!