Thanksgiving Week brought around a few surprises in the NBA. James Harden hit 60 points in three quarters in the Houston Rockets 158-111 win over the Hawks, the Mavericks broke the Lakers’ 10 game winning streak and the Milwaukee Bucks have stretched their unbeaten run to 12.
There’s plenty to look forward to in the week ahead too. Read on for tips and predictions for three of this weeks’ big games.
Minnesota Timberwolves @ Dallas Mavericks
Wednesday 4th December 8:35PM
The Timberwolves head to Dallas coming off a surprise defeat to the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday night. Their 10-9 record leaves them 7th in the West and coach Ryan Saunders can be pretty happy with how his team have performed so far this season. Karl-Anthony Towns is producing MVP-type numbers while Andrew Wiggins and Robert Covington have performed above expectations.
The Dallas Mavericks have probably been the surprise package through the first quarter of the NBA season. Their 14-6 record includes wins over the Houston Rockets, Denver Nuggets and most recently the Los Angeles Lakers. Luka Doncic & Co. defeated the Lakers in Staples Center on Sunday night with the young Slovenian putting up a line of 27-10-9.
That win puts them in good stead heading back to home court and a couple of wins in their next few games could see them leapfrog the Denver Nuggets into 3rd place. We’re tipping the Mavs to continue their good run of form and beat the Timberwolves on Wednesday night. Dallas Mavericks (-4.5) in the spread betting looks attractive at -106 with CanPlay. If you fancy the T’wolves to cause an upset they can be backed at +145 in the moneyline betting.
Houston Rockets @ Toronto Raptors
Thursday 5th December 7:30PM
Houston make their first trip north of the border this season to face the in-form Toronto Raptors at the Scotiabank Arena.
Defending champions Toronto Raptors are third in the Eastern Conference and have only lost one game at home this season, albeit that came in their most recent against the Miami Heat. Last season’s Most Improved Player Pascal Siakam is showing MVP level form this season. The Cameroonian is averaging 25 points-per-game as well as 8.6 rebounds and 3.9 assists.
The Rockets come into this one off the back of a controversial OT loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night. Leading 102-89 in the 4th Quarter, James Harden’s dunk was ruled not to be a valid field goal. The Spurs came back to tie the game before winning 135-133 in overtime. Harden is on a historic scoring run this season, averaging 39.5 points-per-game including 50 and 60 point performances in his last two appearances.
This one is very hard to call. It will most likely be high-scoring with Harden putting up big numbers again. For Toronto, Siakam and Fred VanVleet have provided most of the scoring. Despite Tuesday’s loss, the Raptors have been brilliant on home court and for that reason we’re backing the Raps to continue their strong start to the season.
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Denver Nuggets @ Boston Celtics
Friday 6th December 8PM
3rd in the West faces 4th in the East in this Friday night match-up. The form of both squads in the last ten games has seen them slip down the pecking order in their respective conferences. However, both Brad Stevens and Mike Malone will expect to be in the thick of the action come May and June.
The Celtics are gelling well with new point-guard Kemba Walker and are still undefeated at TD Garden. Walker, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Gordon Hayward and Marcus Smart are all average double figures in the points-per-games stakes.
The Nuggets have been led this term by Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic. However, it’s fair to say that the Nuggets have been hampered by Jokic’s sluggishness on the offensive end. The big Serb is averaging 15.4 points-per-game which is well below his average of the last two seasons.
Looking ahead to this one and it’s hard to bet against the Boston Celtics. They have yet to lose at home in the 2019-2020 season and that trend might continue for another while yet.
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