Last Sunday Of The Year Offers NBA Action
You may be enjoying some quiet time between Christmas and New Year but in the NBA, there is no let-up in the action. There were plenty of big games on Saturday and there is more than enough to keep you occupied on Sunday with a number of big matches to look out for.
The Pacers were winners in Brooklyn, defeating the Nets by a score of 85-110. The Hawks were also winners on the road, winning 85-90 against the Bucks. The Kings downed the Knicks 135-129 in OT while the Bulls had enough about them to take care of the Pelicans 107-100 in Chicago. The 76ers slumped to another defeat, losing 88-71 in Utah and the Timberwolves lost 110-97 against the Golden State Warriors. Anyone that loves Saturday basketball found more than enough on offer from the NBA.
Toronto Raptors @ Denver Nuggets
The Raptors hold a 23-7 record, which includes a 9-4 record away from home. The Nuggets meanwhile hold a 13-17 record, which contains a 9-6 record in Denver. Both teams won their previous game and with respect to the five game record, the teams hold a 4-1 and 3-2 record respectively.
The Raptors are on a four game run of grabbing 110 points, which includes Saturday’s 98-110 win away to the Clippers. The Nuggets had lost two on the road but returned to winning ways with a 106-102 win against Minnesota.
The Raptors have concerns over Landry Fields while DeMar DeRozan is expected to remain on the sidelines while the Nuggets have concerns over Darrell Arthur.
Taking the Raptors with a -2 handicap at odds of 1.90 is likely to be a sensible Sunday bet. Bet Now!
New York Knicks @ Portland Trail Blazers
The Knicks hold a 5-27 record, including a 2-14 record away from home while the Trail Blazers hold a 24-7 record, which includes a 13-2 record at home. The two teams are coming into this with contrasting fortunes. The Knicks have lost 7 in a row while the Trail Blazers have won their last two games, holding a 4-1 record in their last five games.
Tim Hardaway Jr. equalised with 20 seconds to go, taking the Knicks into OT in their Saturday loss away to the Kings, and Hardaway Jnr grabbed 19 points in total. The Blazers had a comfortable 114-93 win against Philadelphia on Friday night with Damian Lillard grabbing 28 points and Wesley Matthews picking up 25 points.
JR Smith is the biggest concern for the Knicks but the New York team has worries over Samuel Dalembert, Quincy Acy and Amar’e Stoudemire. The Trail Blazers are monitoring LaMarcus Aldridge, Chris Kaman and Nicholas Batum.
Given the form of the Trail Blazers, taking them with the spread is likely to be of great value. Bet Now!
Houston Rockets @ San Antonio Spurs
The Rockets hold a 21-7 record, with an 11-2 record away from home while the Spurs hold an 18-13 record, including a 9-5 record at home. The Rockets have won their last two games while the Spurs have lost their last two games. The Rockets hold a 3-2 record in their last five games while the Spurs hold a 1-4 record.
Both teams were in action on Boxing Day with the Rockets winning 111-117 in Memphis while the Spurs were downed 97-90 in New Orleans.
The Spurs don’t have any real injury concerns but the Rockets are likely to be missing Terrence Jones while Patrick Beverley, James Harden and Dwight Howard are all concerns.
Taking the Rockets for this game is likely to be a smart move as the NBA champions are struggling for form this campaign. Bet Now!