Three of the top four teams in the west will take to the court this Thursday, headlined by a rematch of last year’s Western Conference finalists.
The Golden State Warriors make their way to Houston to challenge the third seeded Rockets, who have been on one of the hottest streaks in the NBA over the past two months.
The biggest question will be whether or not the dynamic duo of James Harden and Chris Paul overcome the dominate starting five of the Warriors.
The other game in the west sees the Utah Jazz and the Phoenix Suns, which could go either way with how erratic both sides have played lately.
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The rest of our matches for today’s multi are equally as entertaining as the West-only contests.
The Orlando Magic and the Washington Wizards promises to be a fascinating affair. Both teams at their best are playoff worthy teams but finding consistency is the biggest battle.
The sixth seeded Eastern Conference Nets will make their way to Oklahoma City to challenge the fourth seeded Western Conference Thunder.
Two teams sitting seventh and eighth in the Eastern Conference will battle when the Miami Heat host the Detroit Pistons. The 34-32 Pistons sit three matches clear in seventh while the Heat are clinging to a playoffs position in eighth. A win here is vital for both teams.
NBA Saturday March 14 Multi:
First match begins at 10:00 am AEDT
Magic to beat the Wizards @ $2.15
Thunder to beat the Nets @ $1.30
Heat to beat the Pistons @ $1.83
Rockets to beat the Warriors @ $1.77
Jazz to beat the Suns @ $1.31
NBA Thursday March 14th Multi Analysis
Washington will be defending home court, but the Magic will upset the Wizards in the battle of sorcery.
Orlando centre Nikola Vucevic has too much class for the younger Thomas Bryant, Washington’s young centre. They will have a solid contest in the paint but Vucevic will beat Bryant on the outside with his elite shooting.
Terrence Ross comes off the bench for the Magic and can score in a flurry, sometimes posting totals in the high 20s. If Ross can perform well in Washington, the Magic will come away with the victory.
Russell Westbrook and Paul George will use the Brooklyn Nets as a confidence booster heading into their inevitable playoffs run. The Nets just don’t have the firepower to upset the Thunder in OKC.
Although the Pistons sit higher in the standings, Miami are the team to pick in this match.
Dwayne Wade will make sure he makes the playoffs one last time. With this motivational factor surrounding the entire roster, they will come out on their home court and beat the Pistons.
This is the big one, Rockets against the Warriors.
The Western Conference final will inevitably be between the Warriors and Rockets as they are currently the two strongest teams in the Western Conference.
James Harden can score better than any other player, which is exemplified by his six 50-point matches this season, whilst no other player has done it twice.
Clint Capela will get under Demarcus Cousins’ skin and draw plenty of fouls, which is when the Warriors begin to crack.
Golden State recently lost to the Suns at Oracle Arena, which is proof that they are not as powerful as they appear on paper. Whether that was an aberration or a sign of things to come in the playoffs remains to be seen.
Houston will come out with the victory against the Warriors as they will draw enough fouls to aggravate the starters and ruin the Warriors starting five.
Donovan Mitchell wants his Jazz franchise to succeed, which will only happen once they can confidently beat the Suns in Phoenix. With Rudy Gobert at centre and Mitchell at point guard, the Jazz will win many games to close out the season, including this one.
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