NBA: MVP Front-Runners Start Playoffs Strong

Day 1 of the NBA Playoffs delivered a host of notable upsets. But there were no such surprises in Day 2 as all four of the higher seeds went on to win.

The Bucks and Rockets looked particularly impressive as their MVP-caliber superstars — Giannis Antetokounmpo and James Harden — led them to dominant blow-out wins.

Meanwhile, the Celtics and Blazers overcame some rough shooting to take the lead over the Pacers and Thunder, respectively.

And even though only one game has been played in those four matchups, some troubling signs emerged in three of them which suggest those series may not last very long.

Indiana Pacers 74-84 Boston Celtics

For the third time in the space of a couple of weeks, the Celtics once again got the better of the Victor Oladipo-less Pacers. It was truly a struggle for the Pacers to score in Game 1; they shot just 33 per cent from the field and had a franchise-low eight points in the third quarter.

The Celtics didn’t play so great themselves. Kyrie Irving had 20 points on a mere 6-of-17 shooting as they shot only 36 per cent as a team. But their defence completely smothered the Pacers, who have sorely missed the presence of their All-Star shooting guard after initially playing well without him.

While it’s safe to assume some better shooting from Boston in the next few games, the same can’t be said for Indiana. Without Oladipo, the Pacers simply don’t seem to have enough firepower to hang with the Celtics, who have the superior scoring talent.

Oklahoma City Thunder 99-104 Portland Trail Blazers

Paul George failed to impress during the NBA Playoffs against the Trail Blazers

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George drives around Portland Trail Blazers forward Al-Farouq Aminu in Game 1 of their NBA Playoff series

After getting swept in each of the last two playoffs, the Blazers finally ended their postseason losing skid with a hard-fought win over the Thunder.

The dynamic backcourt of Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum didn’t shoot the ball well — they went just 18-of-45 –but they did combine for 54 points. Meanwhile, former Thunder big man Enes Kanter, who’s starting for the injured Jusuf Nurkic, came up huge with 20 points and 18 boards against his old team.

Russell Westbrook delivered his obligatory triple-double, but Paul George continued to struggle with his shot. The All-Star wing, who has been plagued by shoulder issues over the past few months, went just 8-of-24 from the field and 4-of-15 on 3-pointers.

After the game, George revealed he couldn’t even lift his shoulder four days prior. But he believes his poor shooting was just a lack of rhythm.

With OKC so highly reliant on Westbrook and George on offence, they just can’t afford those types of shooting nights from PG-13. Their hopes of getting past Portland will quite simply come down to whether he can overcome his ailing shoulder and hit more shots in this series.

Detroit Pistons 86-121 Milwaukee Bucks

The poor Pistons had some huge NBA 2019 news that they would be without star big man Blake Griffin for Game 1. As a result, they were completely blown out by the No. 1-seeded Bucks.

Much like the 76ers’ Joel Embiid, Griffin had been plagued by knee issues which saw him miss key games at the end of the regular season. And as the series opener showed, the Pistons have absolutely no shot to even be competitive against Milwaukee without their All-Star.

It was so one-sided that no Bucks starter even exceeded 25 minutes. Potential NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo put up his 24 points and 17 boards in only 23 minutes of play.

Even if Griffin were fully healthy, this series likely wasn’t going to get past five games at most. The Bucks were the best team in the regular season for a reason, and the Pistons just didn’t have the tools needed to threaten them.

But if Griffin remains out, Detroit could quite realistically suffer a couple more 35-point blowout losses en route to an utterly dominant Bucks sweep. For us basketball fans looking for a sure thing, this is just about the closest one to it in the first round.

Utah Jazz 90-122 Houston Rockets

The Rockets had relatively few problems with the Jazz when they beat them 4-1 in last year’s West semi-finals. And if Game 1 of their first-round series is any indication, James Harden and co. could once again make short work of Utah.

The scary part for the Jazz was that Harden didn’t even play all that well in Game 1, and Houston still won by 32. While he did have 29 points, 8 rebounds, and 10 assists, he went just 11-of-26 from the field and had only three free-throw attempts. His supporting cast of Eric Gordon, Chris Paul, and Clint Capela also made big contributions to the win.

The Jazz may have had the No. 2-ranked defence in the league, but it was the Rockets who showcased some stellar D. They forced Utah to just 39 per cent shooting (7-of-27 on 3-pointers) and forced 18 turnovers.

The Rockets’ defence was a key factor in their run to the conference finals last year. And if they can keep an already limited Jazz offence from scoring efficiently, this could be another short series.




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NBA: Nuggets No.1 No More, Rockets Rise

The Denver Nuggets fell to second and the Warriors returned to the top without doing anything, all thanks to a big night from the Detroit Pistons.

Detroit steamrolled the Western Conference top seed in what could be said as one of their best wins of the NBA season. Andre Drummond came up huge for Motor City and deserved credit for holding his ground against All-Star and MVP candidate Nikola Jokic.

On the other games, the Houston Rockets continue their rise at the expense of the Suns and are now fifth after the San Antonio Spurs suffered a surprising defeat to the Sacramento Kings.

Denver Nuggets 103-129 Detroit Pistons

The NBA 2019 odds at us were clear on this game: Detroit—out of the playoff picture in the weak Eastern Conference—have no match against West-best Denver.

Boy, we (and the odds) couldn’t be more wrong.

Detroit are the NBA’s worst 3-point shooting team, but they got themselves a great night from beyond the arc and connected 16 of their 37 attempts from deep to trash the Nuggets.

Drummond was pivotal for the team, finishing with 27 points, 12 rebounds, three assists and three blocks. However, the Pistons also received a massive boost from their bench unit that outscored the Nuggets’, 60-28.

Stanley Johnson led the reserve squad with 21 points, 13 of which came in the fourth quarter when they led by as much as 29 points. Langston Galloway chipped in 18 while Luke Kennard had 14.

With Jamal Murray and Gary Harris absent, the Nuggets had limited options offensively. It didn’t help they were outrebounded by the Pistons, 53-32.

Atlanta Hawks 137-129 Washington Wizards

Talk about sharing the ball!

Nine Atlanta Hawks players scored in double figures to torch the Wizards, who have lost their second consecutive match.

The difference maker for Atlanta, though, is their three-point shooting. The team made 20 of 41 attempts from beyond the arc, with Taurean Prince and Kevin Huerter going for five triples each.

Prince led all Hawks scorers with 21 while Huerter finished with 19. Rookie sensation Trae Young shot awfully at 15.4 percent, but he did make 10 assists to facilitate the Atlanta offence.

Bradley Beal bagged a game-high 27 points, but his efforts were not enough as the Wizards continue to struggle defensively. They were never able to recover after going down 35-20 in the opening quarter.

Milwaukee Bucks 113-94 Brooklyn Nets

Losing to the Oklahoma City Thunder last week seems to have a positive effect on the Milwaukee Bucks. Since that defeat, Milwaukee have won four straight—including their latest 19-point rout of the high-flying Brooklyn Nets.

Giannis Antetokounmpo brings Milwaukee Bucks to another NBA win against the Nets with triple-double registers

Giannis Antetokounmpo in action during the Milwaukee Bucks’ NBA game against the Brooklyn Nets

Giannis Antetokounmpo nearly had a triple-double versus the Nets, putting up 30 points, 15 boards and nine dimes. The Greek Freak also had three blocks and shot an efficient 63.2 percent from the field.

First-time All-Star D’Angelo Russell made 18 points, but he was ineffective and went 7-of-20 from the field.

Both teams struggled offensively, shooting below 40 percent overall. However, a solid third-quarter display saw the Bucks pull away for good.

The defeat is Brooklyn’s third in a row.

Indiana Pacers 109-107 New Orleans Pelicans

Despite the absence of injured guard Victor Oladipo, the Indiana Pacers are doing well to stay in the playoff race.

The Hoosier State beat the New Orleans Pelicans, albeit in a relatively close encounter at Smoothie King Center. It was a nervy affair, to say the least, as the Pacers led by only six points or less in the final five minutes of play.

Unfortunately for the Pelicans, their shots didn’t fall, allowing Indiana to take the ugly W.

Darren Collison picked up the slack left by Oladipo and made 22 points on top of four rebounds and six assists. Domantas Sabonis, on the other hand, had 16 markers to go along with 13 boards.

Amid the trade rumours surrounding Anthony Davis, Jahlil Okafor and Jrue Holiday kept the Pelicans afloat. The two combined for 44 points.

Houston Rockets 118-110 Phoenix Suns

The Suns are serious in tanking for Zion Williamson. After all, they haven’t won—intentionally or not—for more than half a month now, with their defeat to the Pacers in mid-January starting their 11-game skid.

The Houston Rockets took advantage of the Suns’ apparent lack of motivation, and they never surrendered their lead after scoring the first basket 29 seconds into the match.

Houston led by as much as 20 points in the third quarter behind a well-balanced scoring from James Harden, Kenneth Faried, James Ennis and Chris Paul.

With another 40-point game, James Harden leads the Houston Rockets to a win against the Phoenix Suns

Reigning MVP James Harden celebrates as the Houston Rockets topple the Phoenix Suns

Harden grabbed 44 in the win, extending his scoring streak of 30-plus points to 27 straight games. Paul, meanwhile, had his best performance since returning from injury with 18 points, five rebounds, four assists and five steals.

San Antonio Spurs 112-127 Sacramento Kings

After producing one of their best NBA 2019 results against the Philadelphia 76ers, the Kings kept the momentum going to take down the Spurs.

Playing without injured point guard Derrick White, the Spurs had a hard time distributing the ball. That is evident with their 18 team assists, a huge difference to the Kings’ 26 dimes.

Rookie forward Marvin Bagley III took the spotlight, recording a career-high 24 points. The second overall pick of the 2018 NBA Draft also tallied 12 boards, four assists, three blocks and one steal in an all-around effort for the Kings.

Although Spurs’ DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge combined for 46 markers, they didn’t get enough help from the bench unit that made a measly 32 points.




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NBA Preview: The League’s Best Fight to Maintain Dominance

The best teams in the NBA will be playing in what will be a day full of intriguing matches.

Some of the teams favoured before the season’s start are nowhere near the top while some unexpected names are enjoying a fantastic run of form. A bit of luck and plenty of good basketball helped the current crop of top dogs reach the positions where they are today.

This piece will cover a whopping 10 games of pure basketball action. We will see the current leaders of the East and West try to extend their reigns at the top. Will these leaders be able to hold onto their positions until the playoffs?

Golden State Warriors @ Cleveland Cavaliers (December 6, 07:00 GMT+8)

Due to the on- and off-court struggles the Dubs experienced lately, it can’t be helped that the Warriors are a bit out of the Western Conference standings at fourth. With Draymond Green and DeMarcus Cousins also still not cleared to play, the Warriors are essentially playing an incomplete iteration of their death lineup.

However, there should be no way that the Dubs will struggle against the Cleveland Cavaliers. With Jordan Clarkson‘s 16 points a game leading the team in scoring, there should be no problem for Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant to overcome the Cavs.

Denver Nuggets @ Orlando Magic (December 6, 07:00 GMT+8)

The Nuggets have played well to start the season, winning most of their home games and maintaining a winning record on the road. Nikola Jokivc and Jamal Murray are instrumental in the huge success Mike Malone’s team is having this season. However, the injury bug has robbed them of a few important players.

The Magic are also having a superb season in the weaker Eastern Conference as they currently hold the eighth spot. With the way Nikola Vucevic and Aaron Gordon have been leading the front for Orlando, I don’t see a reason for this match not to become an exciting affair.

Washington Wizards @ Atlanta Hawks (December 6, 07:30 GMT+8)

The Washington Wizards have been a mess recently that even the fans are affected with what’s been happening on and off the floor. While they have won their last two games, the thought of blowing the current team up and rebuilding still looms over the team’s head.

Their coming road game against the Atlanta Hawks will help them assess things better. The Wizards are terrible team away from home, but the Hawks have been just as terrible at the State Farm Arena. I expect the Wizards to easily cruise past Trae Young‘s fledgeling team.

Oklahoma City Thunder @ Brooklyn Nets (December 6, 07:30 GMT+8)

NBA: Can Brooklyn Nets stand a chance against Thunders?

Paul George and Russell Westbrook have been leading Oklahoma City Thunder

The NBA 2018 odds are overwhelmingly in favour of the Thunder winning over the hapless Nets. Paul George and Russell Westbrook have been doing a fine job on leading the Thunder: George leads the team with his 23.2 ppg and 7.8 rpg while Westbrook is still a walking triple-double.

I don’t think D’Angelo Russell‘s average splits of 18.4 points and 3.7 assists can help the Nets pull off an impossible feat and defend the Barclays Center against their guests.

Philadelphia 76ers @ Toronto Raptors (December 6, 08:00 GMT+8)

There’s nothing more dangerous than a man with a chip on his shoulder, and Kawhi Leonard will definitely be a man on a mission when his Toronto Raptors trade blows with Jimmy Butler, Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and the rest of the Philadelphia 76ers at the Air Canada Centre.

Embiid has been on a tear for Philly, and Butler is adding value to the squad offensively and defensively. However, Toronto have been playing outstanding basketball with Leonard and Kyle Lowry leading the charge. This match could be the Eastern Conference Finals preview, so this game is a must-watch!

LA Clippers @ Memphis Grizzlies (December 6, 08:00 GMT+8)

These two teams have gone beyond what was expected of them during the pre-season and have made plenty of NBA 2018 news with the way they have been playing lately.

The FedEx Forum has reestablished itself as a fortress as both Mike Conley and Marc Gasol leading the charge for a highly motivated Grizzlies team. Meanwhile, The Clippers have been playing inspired basketball under Doc Rivers, and players like Tobias Harris, Danilo Gallinari and Lou Williams are finding their groove.

This will be an intriguing game for plenty of us NBA fans as both teams will likely show us conflicting styles of play!

Detroit Pistons @ Milwaukee Bucks (December 6, 08:00 GMT+8)

The Bucks are second in the Eastern Conference thanks to the combined genius of Mike Budenholzer and the sheer athletic abilities of Giannis Antetokounmpo. Meanwhile, Blake Griffin’s career blossomed once more to help the Pistons snag fourth in the very open conference.

We will see an exciting duel between these two stars, but the game isn’t reliant on the two stars alone. The rest of the players on the court will likely decide which of the two teams will triumph in this Bradley Center duel.

Charlotte Hornets @ Minnesota Timberwolves (December 6, 08:00 GMT+8)

This is a clash between two teams that are struggling to get above .500 and compete for playoff positions.

While Minnesota have somewhat thrived after Butler’s departure, the glaring problem that both Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins cannot lead their team becomes all the more obvious. Meanwhile, Kemba Walker is the only bright spot in a rather disappointing Charlotte roster.

We might see some fireworks from this match, but I don’t expect much.

Dallas Mavericks @ New Orleans Pelicans (December 6, 08:00 GMT+8)

NBA: Luka Doncic is aiming to win Rookie of the year

Luka Doncic is expected to perform great for Dallas Mavericks

The excitement surrounding the American Airlines Center is palpable. Luka Doncic is currently the runaway Rookie of the Year winner, but his hip might keep him off the game. The sheer number of players on the injury list might not assure a full-strength Mavericks team against Anthony Davis and the Pelicans.

San Antonio Spurs @ Los Angeles Lakers (December 6, 08:00 GMT+8)

Gregg Popovich revealed to the media that he is finding basketball’s three-heavy style to be less fun lately, and the current record of the Spurs back his words. While the odds are against them when they visit LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers, there is a reason to believe that the Spurs can at least put up a good fight.




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Spotlight: This is a Giant Fight for the Playoffs!

If you aren’t convinced that the NBA isn’t a fiesta for sports betting fans, then the current playoff picture should get your blood pumping!

The playoff picture is looking a lot like 1875: the East is as calm as the West is wild! It’s hard to make a bet online with the way things are going on right now in the West. Every team in the race are viable for your free bets, making it all the more difficult for all of us!

Which team will make the cut and which stars will go fishing early? Let’s take a peek!

A Tale of Two (Basketball) Cities

The East has pretty much set the pecking order, and they’re now just playing for homecourt advantage. The only two teams battling for playoff contention in the East are the Milwaukee Bucks and the Detroit Pistons, and the memorable passage at the start of Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities oddly fits their situations.

Giannis Antetokounmpo is doing incredible work, averaging a double-double to push the Bucks to their current spot in the table. Joe Prunty has to keep his team on their toes to cruise through their very easy schedule. Khris Middleton and Eric Bledsoe would have to ease the Greek Freak’s scoring load in order to keep him fresh for the playoffs.

The Pistons also have to keep on pushing if they want to keep their slither of a chance of making it alive. With Blake Griffin not eligible to play until well past their important game against the Sixers, Stan Van Gundy would have to do everything he can to get the low-scoring Pistons into a favourable situation. Things look bleak, but they have to power through this ordeal. Else, their mid-season trade would be all for nought.

This is the Wild, Wild West

The star-studded Western Conference could see a lot of drastic changes as the teams from spot numbers four to ten could make an impactful run in these last couple of games.

The Denver Nuggets and the LA Clippers are looking especially dangerous to the New Orleans Pelicans and Minnesota Timberwolves. It’s quite amazing how the Clippers managed to get to this point despite enduring multiple injuries to their stars. Meanwhile, the young Nuggets are playing inspired basketball behind their fearsome twosome of Nikola Jokic and Gary Harris. New Orleans’ Anthony Davis and the Wolves’ young stars need to do everything they can in order to keep them away.

The rest of the table looks as unstable as ever. The Utah Jazz, San Antonio Spurs and the Oklahoma City Thunder will likely battle for the final top seed in the Conference. The Spurs have the easiest schedules of the bunch and will likely secure the home-court edge in the playoffs.

However, we have to remember that the West is chock-full of teams with amazing talent. Anything can happen over the next seven days, and the playoff bracket by then may well be different!

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Blake Griffin is a Detroit Sports Betting Darling!

Many looked forward to Blake Griffin’s debut with the Detroit Pistons that betting websites got heavy traffic for their matchup with the Memphis Grizzlies. While there were other games to bet online for, it’s hard to not focus on this game.

If you were one of the few who weren’t glued to the Grizzlies-Pistons, you bore witness to a slew of very interesting games!

Memphis Grizzlies 102-104 Detroit Pistons

Griffin immediately showed Detroit fans why he is worth the giant trade that rattled the entire association. He scored 24 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, and dished 10 assists on his debut for Motor City. Andre Drummond and the rest of the starters chipped in double-digit performances to contain Marc Gasol.

While the game was close due to Stan Van Gundy still figuring out the rotations, it gave Pistons fans more than enough reason to look forward to at least five years with the star forward.

Toronto Raptors 119-122 Washington Wizards

The Wizards gave their fans reason to cheer as they edge closer to the Top Four of the Eastern Conference. Bradley Beal was nothing short of incredible for the hosting Wizards: he ended the night with 27 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists on 45% shooting.

DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry had 23 and 29 points respectively for the Raptors, but what did them in was a lack of production from their bench. Three of Washington’s rotation players scored in double digits, helping them turn a half-time deficit into a narrow victory.

Milwaukee Bucks 89-108 Minnesota Timberwolves

This game was secured from the very first quarter alone.

Tom Thibodeau did a fantastic job in ensuring that Giannis Antetokounmpo wouldn’t get a lot of easy shots, forcing him to only take 14 shot attempts in 35 minutes of action. Andrew Wiggins, Jimmy Butler and Karl-Anthony Towns then went into town and pounded the Bucks to submission.

Houston Rockets 102-91 San Antonio Spurs

The Rockets made it clear that they are the Texas ballclub that matters with this win over the Spurs.

James Harden took the PG position this game and had an outstanding outing, scoring 28 points and delivering 11 dimes. Chris Paul was only a few points shy of being a non-factor in the offence, but the rest of the team picked up the slack and secured the W.

Oklahoma City Thunder 124-127

Denver saw a thriller of a game between their Nuggets and the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder.

The first quarter was an explosion of offence, with the Nuggets leading over the Thunder 40-33. The game went in favour of the Nuggets in the subsequent quarters, but the Thunder pulled off an incredible fourth quarter. The final seconds of the game saw Paul George tie the game with only a second left in the clock, only to have Will Barton counter with a three of his own.

This game is something the Mile High City will be talking about for days.

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Top of the East: The Battle is Just Getting Started!

The battle at the top of the Eastern Conference is promising to be an exciting one with the Detroit Pistons and Cleveland Cavaliers determined to dethrone the league-leading and online gambling favourites Boston Celtics.

Detroit surprised live betting today as they stunned the Celts to narrow the gap, while Cleveland retained their impressive form and commanded the betting odds once again as they took down Philly in what was another masterclass from King James.

Orlando Magic 109-121 Indiana Pacers

Coach Frank Vogel is still winless against his old team, no thanks to Victor Oladipo and Bojan Bogdanovic who combined for 48 points for Indiana. Trailing by as much as 17 points in the game, Orlando managed to cut the lead to just four in the final quarter before the Pacers pulled away with a 13-0 run.

Detroit Pistons 118-108 Boston Celtics

Defence won the game for the Pistons as they limited Boston’s top-scorer Kyrie Irving to just 18 points on 6-of-16 shooting. Andre Drummond’s 26-point, 22-rebound performance also gave a boost to Detroit, who continue to establish themselves as legitimate contenders out East.

Portland Trail Blazers 103-91 New York Knicks

It’s three losses in a row now for the Knicks who weren’t able to continue their terrific run at home. Portland star Damian Lillard proved to be a huge thorn in the side of New York with his 32 points, while both Kristaps Porzingis and Tim Hardaway Jr. struggled to counter him.

Cleveland Cavaliers 113-91 Philadelphia 76ers

LeBron James continues to carry the workload for the Cavs, leading them to their eighth straight victory at the expense of the Philadelphia 76ers. The King scored 22 of his 30 points in the first half as Cleveland led by as much as 29 points and never looked back.

Brooklyn Nets 103-117 Houston Rockets

After the Rockets made 43 points in just the first quarter, it already seemed impossible for the Nets to fight back. Isaiah Whitehead was a standout performer for Brooklyn with his 24 markers, though it wasn’t enough to stop a Houston team that had James Harden flirting with a triple-double.

Dallas Mavericks 108-115 San Antonio Spurs

Dallas’ weak defence on the frontcourt was highlighted in this match after LaMarcus Aldridge and Pau Gasol stepped up to lead a Spurs comeback. Aldridge bagged a double-double, but Gasol impressed the most as he made 18 of his 25 points in the second half to snap the Mavs’ winning streak.

Sacramento Kings 110-106 Golden State Warriors

With Kevin Durant and Steph Curry sidelined due to injuries, the Warriors just didn’t have enough firepower to pull away from the Kings. And it cost them the win this time after Bogdan Bogdanovic banked a contested shot to give Sacramento the lead with just 12 seconds left.

Klay Thompson had 21 points but missed a crucial three that could have won them the game in the closing seconds.

Los Angeles Lakers 115-120 LA Clippers

Lou Williams exploded for 42 points and made sure to let his former team know what they missed after trading him last season. Amid a slew of injuries that thinned their backcourt depth, the 31-year-old guard led the Clips on an efficient shooting night, while Blake Griffin chipped in a double-double of 26 points and 11 rebounds.

it’s a frustrating night for Kentavious Caldwell-Pope who made 29 points in a losing effort for the Lakers.

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Scary-Good Performances Make Live Betting a Delight!

Did you get something good during your Halloween parties?

I’m asking this because a lot of sports betting fans were happy with the way things went last night. There were fantastic games that easily blew the pre-game betting odds out of the water. Teams have been playing so well this season that they sometimes scare me.

Let’s dissect how your favourite team won/lost!

Sacramento Kings 83-101 Indiana Pacers

The Indiana Pacers are an impressive team that hasn’t failed to deliver so far. Victor Oladipo did not shoot much, but outstanding performances from Domantas Sabonis, Bojan Bogdanovic and Thaddeus Young ensured the W against the struggling Sacramento Kings.

Phoenix Suns 122-114 Brooklyn Nets

The Barclays Center saw a fantastic duel between two young teams that specialize in offense. Devin Booker and D’Angelo Russell were embroiled in an outstanding shooting match. Fortunately for the Suns, the rest of the roster did just enough to get them ahead of the Nets by the end of regulation.

Oklahoma City Thunder 110-91 Milwaukee Bucks

This Oklahoma City win is an easy one for Russell Westbrook and friends. Paul George led the pack this time with his 20 points, while No. 0 ended the night with a near triple-double. Giannis Antetokounmpo definitely deserves a lot of praise for even trying to keep the outclassed Bucks in the game.

Detroit Pistons 93-113 Los Angeles Lakers

Larry Nance Jr. may have made a niche for himself in the starting PF position after his 14-point, 12-rebound outing in their win over a strong Pistons side. Kyle Kuzma and Julius Randle were simply fantastic off the bench. Lonzo Ball, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Brandon Ingram all scored 13 points and got at least five boards.

Luke Walton has a problem in the power forward position: they just have too much talent. It’s actually a nice concern to have.

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These Exciting Stars are the Future of the NBA!

The latest NBA showdown gave live betting fans not only thrilling basketball action but also a glimpse of the future of the league.

Philadelphia 76ers rookie Ben Simmons continues to excite betting odds as he makes his case for the Rookie of the Year honour, while Milwaukee Bucks rising star Giannis Antetokounmpo is off to an MVP-calibre start and looks poised to take over the NBA.

Elsewhere, young guns like Nikola Jokic, Devin Booker, De’Aaron Fox, and Dejounte Murray also turned the heads of many sports betting experts.

Philadelphia 76ers 97-86 Detroit Pistons

Credit to Joel Embiid for raking 30 points and nine rebounds, but it was his rookie teammate Ben Simmons who took the spotlight as the Sixers beat the Pistons. Simmons continued to impress, recording his first career triple-double with 21 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 assists. Oh, and he also joined Oscar Robertson as the only two players to tally double-doubles in their first four games!

Atlanta Hawks 93-104 Miami Heat

Already missing their starting point guard Dennis Schroder, it didn’t help the Hawks that they are playing their second road game in two nights. The Heat took advantage of this to pummel the visitors behind Josh Richardson and Goran Dragic who combined for 40 points.

Memphis Grizzlies 98-90 Houston Rockets

Following their surprise win over the Warriors, the Grizzlies devoured another giant as they snapped the Rockets’ winning streak. Five players scored in double figures for Memphis, led by Marc Gasol who stood tall with 26 points on 53.3 percent shooting.

The Rockets, meanwhile, had Eric Gordon and James Harden scoring 20-plus points, but the team combined to shoot 9-for-38 from three.

Charlotte Hornets 94-103 Milwaukee Bucks

Who’s stopping Giannis Antetokounmpo now? After recording 44 points the last time out, the Greek Freak soared once again to lift the Bucks past the stingy Hornets. Antetokounmpo bagged a double-double of 32 points and 14 rebounds as Kemba Walker and co. struggled to answer back.

Toronto Raptors 97-101 San Antonio Spurs

The Spurs remain undefeated, thanks in large part to LaMarcus Aldridge who is holding the fort well in the absence of All-Star forward Kawhi Leonard. The 32-year-old wasn’t alone though, as Dejounte Murray and Danny Green provided more scoring punch to help San Antonio counter DeMar DeRozan’s big 28-point game for Toronto.

Golden State Warriors 133-103 Dallas Mavericks

The Mavericks did well to keep the game close at halftime, but it was a different story for them come the second half as the Warriors ran riot. Splash Bros. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, along with Kevin Durant, led the Dubs with 75 combined points—more than the total of the Mavs’ starters.

Washington Wizards 109-104 Denver Nuggets

Denver’s Nikola Jokic shrugged off his scoring slump and exploded for 29 points, but it still wasn’t enough to neutralise the Wizards’ starting lineup. Washington’s starters all finished in double figures and made 83 of the team’s total score, with Bradley Beal leading the way with 20.

Sacramento Kings 115-117 Phoenix Suns

Phoenix blew a 22-point lead, though they managed to survive a fourth-quarter charge by Sacramento to get their first win of the season. Mike James’ floater with 14 seconds left gave the Suns the lead for good as they held on to stop the Kings.

Devin Booker was pivotal in the match with 22 points, while James finished with 18. Sacramento, on the other hand, got a boost with Garrett Temple and De’Aaron Fox coming off the bench to score 23 and 19, respectively.

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Fast and Furious Plays Make Online Betting Fun!

Ever wonder what makes an NBA game such a fun live betting watch? It’s the fast-paced plays made by the best players in the world!

Tomorrow offers some interesting Asian Handicap betting odds for many of the games that will be played tomorrow, so better check them out before tip-off!

Philadelphia 76ers @ Detroit Pistons (October 24, 07:00 GMT+8)

The Pistons are enjoying a great start thanks to the roaring start of Tobias Harris and Reggie Jackson. The Philadelphia 76ers will provide a tough test to the Pistons, but inexperience should do the visitors in. Go for Detroit -4.00 @ 2.00.

Atlanta Hawks @ Miami Heat (October 24, 07:30 GMT+8)

Hawks fans held their breath when they saw Dennis Schroder’s ankle twist awkwardly against the Nets. With their floor general doubtful to return on time against the Heat, I don’t think they’ll be able to snap the losing streak they’re currently on.

Memphis Grizzlies @ Houston Rockets (October 24, 08:00 GMT+8)

The Grizzlies are somehow managing to keep their grit-and-grind style working despite the absence of key players. They did manage to overcome the Warriors, but I don’t know if Marc Gasol and company have enough in the tank to defeat the hyper-offensive style of the Rockets. This will still be a close game, so choose Memphis +7.50 @ 1.96.

Charlotte Hornets @ Milwaukee Bucks (October 24, 08:00 GMT+8)

Giannis Antetokounmpo is still running the show at Milwaukee on his own, so he might have a bit of trouble when the Bucks entertain the Charlotte Hornets. Kemba Walker will always be a tough assignment, but they have a shot at a win if they can contain Dwight Howard.

Toronto Raptors @ San Antonio Spurs (October 24, 08:30 GMT+8)

The Spurs are still doing fine without Kawhi Leonard, but they may be in for a melee with the Raptors. DeMar DeRozan will be a tough customer without Kawhi’s defence to cancel him out, but the Spurs will always be the Spurs. I predict this to end in a five-point win for the Spurs, so make a bet on San Antonio -3.00 @ 1.93.

Golden State Warriors @ Dallas Mavericks (October 24, 08:30 GMT+8)

Even if you argue that the calls were against them, it was still unbecoming for Stephen Curry to throw his mouthguard towards Scott Wall. The Warriors are extremely talented and should not let calls they see as unfair get in the way of their games. They should be able to beat the Mavericks even without Chef Curry.

Washington Wizards @ Denver Nuggets (October 24, 09:00 GMT+8)

 The Nuggets are one of the teams I think will make a huge splash once the Warriors and the Cavs are past their primes. Nikola Jokic and Gary Harris present a bright future for the franchise should they develop properly. However, their future stars won’t be able to hold a candle to John Wall’s Wizards.

Sacramento Kings @ Phoenix Suns (October 24, 10:00 GMT+8)

The Suns fired CJ Watson after a shockingly terrible opening week for the team. Devin Booker and Eric Bledsoe need to sort the locker room out if they plan to at least turn their bad start into a positive. I think the Kings will easily crush the confused Suns at this point. Your bet should go to Sacramento +1.50 @ 1.92.

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