Midweek Basketball Action In The NBA
Tuesday was clearly a night that the NBA approves of with plenty of great games on offer for basketball fans. This meant that there was a great deal of basketball betting opportunities for fans and if your favourite team was playing, there was an opportunity for them to get some early season confidence about themselves.
The Bucks picked up an excellent win on the road against the Pacers, and the Rockets also celebrated a victory on the road, trouncing the Heat in Miami by a score of 91-108. The Pelicans delivered a home win, beating the Hornets by a score of 100-91 while the Trail Blazers also made sure that the home fans went home happy by defeating the Cavs by a score of 101-82. There is clearly a long way of the season to go but those who felt that the return of LeBron was going to allow the Cavs to demolish their opponents have yet to see this unfold.
The Raptors grabbed 100 points in defeating the Thunder and the Wizards had a magical time in New York, defeating the Knicks by a score of 83-98. The Bulls had their own magical time at home, beating the Magic by a score of 98-90 and the Los Angeles Lakers once again lost out. They scored 106 but with the Suns scoring 112 in LA, it was another defeat for a team that is breaking records of an unwanted kind.
Minnesota Timberwolves @ Brooklyn Nets
The Nets are sitting at 2-1 going into this game and the feel good factor brought about by their 116-85 win over Oklahoma on Monday is still around. This was an opening win at home and the team will be keen to continue this run against the Timberwolves.
Brook Lopez was a key man on Monday night, grabbing 18 points in what was his first game since December the 20th 2013. That is a long time out of the game and the player seemed delighted to be back on familiar territory and playing his part in a strong showing for the team.
One player who will be looking for a better performance in this game is Andrew Wiggins, who gave away the foul with 0.2 seconds left on the lock that cost the Timberwolves against the Bulls in their last game. Losing a game by a score of 106-105 is always a painful one, but if a player has to shoulder the blame and responsibility for the loss, it can be an even more difficult process. Kevin Martin was a player on form for the Timberwolves in their last game, scoring 33 points against Chicago.
The Timberwolves at +5.5 at odds of 1.90 looks to be a good bet as you can rely on them to come roaring out of the blocks after their painful defeat last time out. Bet Now!
Atlanta Hawks @ San Antonio Spurs
Given that the Spurs are currently sitting on a 1-1 for record, the talk of their dominance not being carried over from last season appears to be a bit premature. You can hardly tell what a team is going to be like after just two games of the season but with a number of games coming up in a short period of time, it is likely that we will get a better idea of what shape the Spurs are really in.
The Friday night loss to the Suns has caused some consternation in the media but it seems as though the internal Suns camp is still pretty calm about it all. Gregg Popovich, the all-conquering coach from last season was fairly relaxed about the teams form, but he hasn’t really enjoyed the slow start to the season, with the Spurs and the Hawks being the only two teams who haven’t yet played a third game of the 2014/15 NBA season.
Tony Parker has averaged 21 points in the first two games for the Suns and players such as Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Marco Belinelli have shown that they are still key players. The absence of Kawhi Leonard, the MVP in the 2014 Finals is a bit of a blow but the Spurs expect to have Leonard back shortly.
The Hawks are also 1-1, defeating Indiana on Saturday and Jeff Teague grabbed 25 points, 10 of which came in the 4th quarter. Al Horford also chipped in with 20 points in the win, so there are players on form for the Hawks, even if the season hasn’t really gotten underway yet.
It is hard to judge form at this stage of the campaign and it may be that the Hawks, with a +7.5 handicap at odds of 1.90 is a good bet for this match. Bet Now!
Denver Nuggets @ Sacramento Kings
The Kings have been a team that has struggled with the defensive part of their game of late but this doesn’t appear to be the case so far, as the team is off to a fine start in the NBA. The team is currently 3-1 and they haven’t given too much away to their opponents, which is often the secret of basketball success. It has been over 10 years since the Kings managed to record a 4-1 start and in that season, they managed to make it to the Conference Finals. Darren Collinson comes into the match against the Nuggets with 21 points behind him from his last game, and he will be looking to have an impact on this match.
Denver will be buoyed by the fact that Wilson Chandler and Ty Lawson managed to serve up 47 points between in a January win against the Kings, and this duo could be essential in the game, even if the two players had a tough time on Monday when the Nuggets lost out to the Kings. Yes, the Kings have already triumphed against Denver this season, on the road, and the home team will be looking to clinch the double against Denver in Sacramento on Wednesday night.
It is going to be a tight one and the game offers Denver a quick opportunity for revenge. With this in mind, odds of 1.90 for Denver at +2.5 may be what you are looking for with respect to value. Bet Now!