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Monday night may not be the most exciting night of the week but there was more than enough for basketball fans to get excited about. The Rockets had a fine win on the road, defeating the 76ers by a score of 93-104. The Grizzlies were triumphant at home against the Pelicans, turning in a 93-81 win. There was also an away day win for the Kings, winning in Denver by a score of 105-110.
The Nets grabbed the most convincing win of the evening, thrashing the Thunder by a score of 116-85 while the Mavericks were also in high scoring form, defeating the Celtics by a score of 118-113. The Clippers grabbed a home win by defeating the Jazz 107-101, making it a happy Monday evening in Los Angeles.
Whether it will be a happy Tuesday in Los Angeles depends on the Lakers, who are one of the home teams on the 4th of November.
Cleveland Cavaliers @ Portland Trailblazers
While the return of LeBron was a damp squib in Cleveland, he found his form when the team took to the road and there will be hopes that the main man turns it on again in Portland. The Cavs suffered a 90-95 loss to the Knicks in their first game but defeated the Bulls 114-108 in OT with James grabbing 36 points. This is the second game in a four-game road trip for the Cavs, and they will be keen to grab some success on the road to ensure that there is momentum behind the team when they return to Cleveland.
Portland have managed to win 6 of their last 7 games with the Cavs, but of course, this was against a Cavs team that didn’t have LeBron James. Heading back to the previous James era, the Cavs won 11 of 13 games against the Trailblazers. Of course, the Cavs aren’t a one man team, the performance of Tristan Thompson against the Bulls was impressive, picking up 16 points while also serving up 12 offensive rebounds.
Losing on Sunday to the Warriors means that the Trailblazers run the risk of going 1-3 for the first time since 2008. LaMarcus Aldridge was on form in that game, grabbing 26 points but Damian Lillard is yet to find form this season.
It is likely to be a close affair in Portland which means that the Cavs at 1.90 at -2.5 is likely to be of interest to you. Bet Now!
Phoenix Suns @ Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers are currently 0-4 and given that they have already lost to the Suns this season, there will be a few people worrying about what will unfold on Tuesday night. The worst opening run in the Lakers history was a 0-7 start all the way back in 1957, when the team was known as the Minneapolis Lakers. Since the Lakers headed West, this is the worst start that they have endured and the Suns will be keen to make it even worse.
Kobe Bryant isn’t overly concerned though, he believes that the Lakers will turn things around and if he continues to grab points in the way he grabbed 28 in their last game, he may well be right. Jordan Hill also delivered 23 points in back to back games, so there are players stepping up for the Lakers, they just need to do more as a unit.
The Suns are currently 2-1 after having defeated the Lakers and the Spurs but having lost to the Jazz on the road on Sunday. Isaiah Thomas has already bagged 23 points against the Lakers this season, and he will be keen to carry on that form in Los Angeles. The Suns have won 5 of the last 6 games in the series but they have only 2 triumphs in LA in 15 meetings.
The Suns may edge it in LA but the Lakers at +6.5 at odds of 1.90 is likely to be a smart bet. Bet Now!
Washington Wizards @ New York Knicks
Both of these teams have a 2-1 record going into this match so something has to give in New York. The Knicks are looking for a third win in a row and with Carmelo Anthony in great point scoring form, there is a chance that the Knicks will achieve their aim. With 14, 25 and 28 points in his three games this campaign, Anthony is getting better all the time and he is offering up a great deal of confidence to the rest of his team-mates.
For the Wizards, Garrett Temple and Otto Porter Jnr have caught the eye, and Porter managed to grab a career high of 21 points in the game against the Bucks on Saturday. Washington hasn’t managed to go 3-1 since 2005 but the key to their early season success is teamwork, with many players pitching in and doing their job.