The Western Conference is favored against the Eastern Conference in Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game on TNT. The West has dominated the series recently, winning five of the last six with less and less defense played every year. Last year the West won by a score of 196-173 in a game that became a joke because of the lack of defense. Will the players put out more of an effort on Sunday? Let’s look at the contest, the odds and predictions.
Defending champion Klay Thompson is favored to win the JBL Three-Point Contest on Saturday night in New Orleans on TNT. Thompson is listed as the 6-5 top choice to win this event that takes place on NBA All-Star Weekend. 2013 winner Kyrie Irving is the second choice in the betting at odds of 4-1. Let’s look at the event, odds and prediction.
Aaron Gordon of the Orlando Magic is the odds-on favorite to win the Verizon Slam Dunk Contest on Saturday night on TNT. If you remember last year’s contest, it was Gordon dueling with Minnesota’s Zach LaVine in a great battle that LaVine eventually won. LaVine won’t be participating this year due to injury so Gordon is the clear favorite. Joining him in the contest is Derrick Jones Jr. of the Phoenix Suns, Glenn Robinson III of the Indiana Pacers and DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers. Let’s look at the event, odds and pick.
The Washington Wizards will leave their familiar compounds and take a road trip to Indianapolis where they will take on the Indiana Pacers at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Thursday night. The Wizards have been super lately as they are coming off a convincing 120-98 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. On the other side, the Pacers have suffered a 106-110 loss at home to the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night and will play the NBA Champions Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday. The Wizards vs. the Pacers match-up is scheduled for 7:00 PM ET.
The last game before the All-Star break takes place on Thursday night on TNT as the Boston Celtics visit the Chicago Bulls. This could be a first round playoff preview as the Celtics are currently in 2nd place in the Eastern Conference while the Bulls are in 7th place. The Bulls will have the advantage in terms of rest as they had Wednesday off while the Celtics hosted Philadelphia. Let’s look at Thursday’s game and NBA picks.
The Kings beat Golden State a little less than two weeks ago. We'll see what happens as these teams meet up in pro basketball action that begins at 10:35 PM ET at the Oracle Arena in Oakland.
The Celtics have ripped off 10 of their last 11. The Sixers have won three straight games. Something has to give at TD Garden, where Boston is favored by double digits.
The Oklahoma City Thunder will look to snap a two-game losing streak as they host the New York Knicks on Wednesday night on ESPN. The Knicks have not played since shocking the Spurs 94-90 on Sunday while the Thunder are coming off a very bad performance on Monday in a 120-98 loss to Washington. Let’s look at Wednesday’s matchup and NBA picks.
The Atlanta Hawks fly out to the West coast where they will take on the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night at the Staples Center. The Hawks are coming off a 104-109 road win against the Portland Trail Blazers, while the Los Angeles Clippers are playing much better since the return of Blake Griffin, extending their winning streak to three after defeating the Utah Jazz. This will be the second meeting between the two foes, with the Clippers taking the 115-105 win at the Phillips Arena on January 23rd. The game tip-off is scheduled for 10:30 PM ET.
The Cleveland Cavaliers will be missing one of their big three on Tuesday night as they visit the Minnesota Timberwolves on NBA TV, as Kevin Love will not play in this contest because of swelling in his left knee. The Cavaliers are still favored in this game as they have LeBon James and Kyrie Irving but the number is low with Cleveland listed as a 4-point favorite. Let’s look at the contest and NBA picks.