Weekly NBA Update and Preview
The NBA continues to press on over the weekend and it is still the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors that lead the Eastern and Western Conferences respectively.
Kobe Bryant’s retirement announcement could very well kick the out-of-form Lakers into gear, while the Thunder and Heat face off in what is sure to be a great contest on Friday morning.
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LA Lakers vs Washington Wizards
NBA legend Kobe Bryant announced he will retire from Basketball after this season, and is sure to make as much impact as he can for the lowly LA Lakers from this point onwards. The Lakers travel to Washington to face the Wizards on Thursday morning who are yet to make much of an impact of their own in the Eastern Conference; registering a 6-8 record so far. The Lakers clearly face a tough task against any opposition currently, particularly on the road, but there is a chance they will experience something of a honeymoon period following Kobe’s announcement and they are worth consideration for a bet on Thursday.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs Miami Heat
One of the better matches of the next seven days will likely be played by the Thunder and Heat when they meet in Miami on Friday morning Australian time. Two of the standout teams of the NBA over the last five years, the Heat currently sit fourth in the Eastern Conference with a 10-6 record, while the Thunder have continued to impress on their way to third in the west and 11-7. While the Heat have obviously lost the impact of LeBron James over the last two seasons they still boast a plethora of stars, as do the Thunder via the likes of Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant. Realistically this match could fall either way and picking the line will likely figure as the most lucrative betting option as a result.
Cleveland Cavaliers vs New Orleans Pelicans
Eastern Conference leaders the Cleveland Cavaliers look to extend their stranglehold on the competition away to the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday morning. The Cavs laid a great account for themselves in 2014/15; turning around a particularly poor deficit the season prior to make the championship series with the Warriors and again look a team that will be challenging for the top prize this time around. New Orleans are yet to post anything of a strong or consistent run of form; languishing towards the bottom of the Western Conference on only four wins and thirteen losses. The result of this match, even in New Orleans is probably a foregone conclusion and the Cavs should be considered as a fold in any NBA multi bet over the weekend.
Golden State Warriors vs Toronto Raptors
Golden State registered an impressive championship victory in 2014/15 and have picked up where they left off this season; entering their Sunday morning match with the Toronto Raptors with a perfect and dominant 18-0 record. Delivering teams thrashings at home and away, it is almost already a question of who from the Eastern Conference will be playing the Warriors in this year’s finals series. The Raptors have returned in competitive form this season as well, and currently sit fifth in the east with an 11-7 record. Toronto are sure to lay a great account for themselves, particularly in Canada, and are probably one of the few franchises capable of beating Golden State on their day but in current form it is simply impossible to look past the champs.
Boston Celtics vs San Antonio Spurs
Following a stellar run of form through the late noughties, the Celtics have been reasonably disappointing of late but have kicked off their 2015/16 campaign competitively to sit eight in the East with a winning 10-8 record. Having produced a mix of results through recent matches, they are charged with overcoming the ever-dangerous Spurs in San Antonio on Sunday and will undoubtedly have to pull everything in their Arsenal if they are any hope.