IT’S whacky Wednesday in the NBA with a six-game suite of matches sure to give punters plenty of opportunity to put together a juicy multi.
And there is a massive clash between two of the NBA’s best teams in Toronto, with the dominant San Antonio Spurs heading north to take on the Raptors.
In fact, there are four games tipping off at 11am AEDT, with the match of the day joined by the injury riddled Los Angeles Clippers at the fast rising Philadelphia 76ers, the Washington Wizards welcoming the Boston Celtics in the capital and the Orlando Magic hosting the Chicago Bulls.
And then there are two games at 1pm AEDT, with the Utah Jazz and Denver Nuggets making for an intriguing little match up and then the exciting – but ordinary – Minnesota Timberwolves head to Phoenix for a date with the equally ordinary Suns.
Six super games, one chance to clean up.
Let’s see if we can’t pick out a multi for you.
Suggested multi for NBA Wednesday, January 25:
San Antonio Spurs to defeat the Toronto Raptors at $1.69
Philadelphia 76ers to defeat the Los Angeles Clippers at $2.30
Boston Celtics to defeat the Washington Wizards at $1.82
Orlando Magic to defeat the Chicago Bulls at $2.18
San Antonio Spurs to defeat the Toronto Raptors
How damn good is Kawhi Leonard? On the road at the San Antonio Spurs, the closet NBA Most Valuable Player candidate produced an absolute opus in a 118-115 over time win against the best team in the east. Leonard traded blows with the legendary LeBron James and came out on top with a career high 41 points to go with six rebounds, five assists and a block and a steal. He shot 50 per cent from the field and a perfect eight of eight from the free throw line in a performance that tells you yes, the Spurs can win the title. Speaking of teams that can win the title, the Toronto Raptors are certainly on the conversation, but they have been a little topsy turvy lately, sandwiching a four game winning streak either side of back to back losses to Rockets and Bulls and then the Hornets and 76ers. Only one of those teams the Raptors were beaten by is a contender and their effort against the Hornets – downed by 35 points, 113-73, would have to cause alarm bells. The one two guard punch of DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry has been consistently good and centre Jonas Valanciunas is having his best season, but there is just something missing in Toronto and we can’t quite put our finger on it. It is for that reason we reckon Leonard and company – even though it is on the road – will show which of these two teams really has a title claim.
Philadelphia 76ers to defeat the Los Angeles Clippers
Trust the Process, people. How are those 76ers? A pair of three game winning streaks represents the best streak of basketball seen in Philadelphia in what feels like eons. Probably since Allen Iverson was tearing up the league. The young Sixers are just starting to find their feet and it is largely due to a likeable young star named Joel Embiid. The towering centre – still recovering from all manner of leg problems, is putting up absurd numbers on a minutes limit and, once fully healthy, he is ready to tear this competition to shreds. And, while the Sixers are just starting to get healthy and jell together, the same cannot be said for the Los Angeles Clippers. Things have gone pear shaped with injuries to stars Chris Paul and Blake Griffin and, without those two men, LA is little more than a lottery team. Sixers to win another one at home and more pressure loaded on the Clippers to blow things up and start again.
Boston Celtics to defeat the Washington Wizards
We reckon the Celtics will welcome another shot at the Wizards. Off the back of a pair of losses at home – to non playoff teams in the Knicks and Blazers, the Celtics have had the rest and head to the capital looking for their second win in just over a week against the Wizards. Pint sized young star Isaiah Thomas had another absurd game with 38 points five assists and five rebounds, continuing his ascension into one of the best players in the NBA. He’s have his work cut out for him in the Wizards blocking point guard John Wall, who is having a career year, but we think the Celtics can get back to their winning ways son the road and solidify a place in the top three in the East.
Orlando Magic to defeat the Chicago Bulls
Things just haven’t quite worked out for the Bulls have they? Touted as a playoff team with the additions of home town hero Dwyane Wade and championship point guard Rajon Rondo, the latter hasn’t worked out and, while the former has been great and franchise star Jimmy Butler dominant, the lack of three point shooting and a decent frontline has made things tough in Chicago. They take on a mixed back in Orlando, which is still finding its feet. After a six game road trip – where they only tasted victory once – the Magic returned home and knocked off the upstart Milwaukee Bucks, before being hammered by the Golden State Warriors. The Bulls are the better team, but this is the sort of game that they drop on the road and we’re backing the Magic to again, pile on the hurt to a Bulls side that needs some kind of trade work to help arrest their slide into obscurity..
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