Tough day on Wednesday, with Hornets blowing a 17 point lead making our best of the day fall short by a point. LeVert also drops 50 leading Brooklyn to an OT win whilst Warriors get 6 players in double figures to pull off a massive upset over Denver. Onwards and upwards as we look forward to a massive Friday.
Hornets host the Nuggets in a game that Jokic and co. should be using as a bounce back. Hornets have a record of 3-21 against teams over .500 whereas Denver boasts an impressive 27-10 record against teams below .500. After shooting 15% from 3 against the depleted Warriors, look for Murray and Barton to light it up against a Charlotte team missing their top scorer in Graham. Nuggets to win.
Game of the season. Rockets ($1.82) take on Clippers ($1.92) in a potential playoff preview game. This game should prove to provide us with some answers about Houston’s potential come playoff time, as they face a top 4 seed for the 4th time in 10 games. Rockets have a 2-1 record against the Clippers this season but that was with Capela. How will Houston’s small-ball fair against the likes of two-way superstars Leonard and George? I expect both teams to take this game very seriously. Nonetheless, I’m tipping Rockets to win in a back and forth between Leonard and Harden and a tension fueled feud between a scorching Westbrook and an angry Beverly.
Kings ($1.48) play Sixers ($2.54) as Sacramento looks to extend their home record to 15-15. Sixers are one of the worst away teams in the NBA, boasting a 9-23 record, and without Embiid and Simmons playing they should find it difficult to pull off a win. The return of Richardson should boost them. However, the Kings are coming off the back of a 31 point performance from Fox and should continue to make a push towards a playoff birth as they currently sit 3 games out of the playoffs. Sacramento to win.
Fans rejoice. Two-time MVP Curry makes his return to the Chase Center after a hand injury that has sidelined him since October. The NBA is much better when Steph is playing, and we should get a good look into the Warrior’s potential for next season even with the likely limited minutes and the continued absence of Klay. I expect Curry to pick up right where he left off and have a big game to get fans excited about their potential for next season. Although, the Raptors have the third-best record in the NBA and won’t be looking to drop this game. Warriors to cover the line.
Nuggets to beat Hornets
Rockets to beat Clippers
Kings to beat 76ers
Warriors to cover the line against the Raptors