This weekend features a number of unmissable NBA matches, ranging from multiple Western Conference showdowns and a match between two old rival franchises.
Orlando Magic began the season in poor form, giving their fans little hope and belief for the season’s end, but now they are red-hot and will host the young Dallas Mavericks.
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The Heat hosts Cleveland in Dwayne Wade’s final match against the Cavaliers, one of the other two teams the veteran shooting guard has played for.
James Harden and the Houston Rockets have moved from the 14th ranked team in the West to the third best. They will look to continue their hot streak against Ben Simmons and the 76ers.
Sitting first and second in the Western Conference, the Nuggets and the Warriors will battle in Oakland in a mini Western Conference Final preview.
Another preview of the Western Conference playoffs will be the final match of the day.
The Oklahoma City Thunder will make their way to the staples centre to battle the best team in LA, the Clippers.
NBA Saturday March 9 Multi:
First match begins at 11:00 am AEDT
Magic to beat the Mavericks @ $1.34
Heat to beat the Cavaliers @ $1.24
Rockets to beat the 76ers @ $1.34
Warriors to beat the Nuggets @ $1.39
Thunder to beat the Clippers @ $2.05
NBA Saturday March 9th Multi Analysis
If the Dallas Mavericks were not currently on a three-match losing streak, they would have been a cheeky upset against the Magic, but because they have only won two of their last 10 matches, we will be siding with Orlando on this occasion.
Miami sits inside the top eight in the Eastern Conference and haven’t looked bad in the past week, winning three matches consecutively.
Cleveland however, is the second worst team in the conference and will be completely eliminated from playoffs contention before the end of the month.
With Joel Embiid sidelined for the 76ers, they have looked weak inside the paint, which has cost them many matches due to the weak defence.
The Rockets have young centre Clint Capela who is known for getting double-doubles at will.
The 76ers will be forced to play undersized against the rampaging Rockets this Saturday, making them incapable of stopping the fluid offence that James Harden, Clint Capela and Chris Paul formulate.
When the Warriors lost to the Celtics on Wednesday, head coach Steve Kerr challenged his players to be better.
The Nuggets have been one of the best teams in the league since last year, but they have recently fallen below the Warriors in the standings.
Now that Klay Thompson will return for Golden State, it will be very difficult to defeat them.
We are taking the long odds in this final leg because the Oklahoma City Thunder have more to prove in the match-up.
Russell Westbrook was embarrassed after the loss to the Timberwolves, which will be a huge motivator for the team, as we all know what Westbrook can produce on a good night.
Paul George was playing one of his first matches back from injury, which is why he was not as useful as his usual self, but now that the cobwebs have been blown off, he will be at his best to take on the Clippers.
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