January has been a hectic month throughout the NBA.
We’ve seen the champions regain their place atop, the MVP dominate all comers and, with seven games to choose from on Saturday, there’s plenty of action for punters to sink their teeth into.
To kick start the day, the Boston Celtics will host the Memphis Grizzlies.
Kyrie Irving will look to lead the Celtics back into the top four in the Eastern Conference after only just breaking a three-match losing streak against the Raptors.
Memphis is also in a poor position, winning only one of its last ten games.
Dwayne Wade and the Miami Heat will make their way to Detroit to battle the Pistons.
Ish Smith will return to the Piston’s line-up after missing with a right abductor, which he suffered days after returning from a month-long groin injury. Smith provides great activity off the bench.
Going for their sixth straight victory will be the Utah Jazz, who will be hosting the Cleveland Cavaliers at Vivint Smart Home Arena.
Damien Lillard and the Trailblazers will be aiming for win number 28 of the season against the Pelicans this Saturday.
Anthony Davis is in fine form after filling the stat sheet with 30-points, 18-rebounds and seven assists in his last outing. The Pelicans will need to utilise Davis in order to defeat the Trailblazers.
The final match will strike fear into the rest of the NBA as DeMarcus ‘Boogie’ Cousins will make his return to the court against the Clippers.
This will be the first showcase of the Warriors starting five containing five All-Stars.
NBA Saturday January 19th Multi:
First match begins at 11:00am AEST
Celtics to beat the Grizzlies @ $1.15
Pistons to beat the Heat @ $1.78
Jazz to beat the Cavaliers @ $1.05
Trailblazers to beat the Pelicans @ $1.68
Warriors to beat the Clippers @ $1.40
NBA Saturday January 19th Multi Analysis
Although Marc Gasol and Mike Conley work really well for the Grizzlies, they do not have a third player to compliment the duo.
The Celtics will have a wide array of players that can score at all times, including Jayson Tatum, who is proving his worth as a forward play-maker.
With all the injured players happy and healthy again, the Detroit Piston’s coach Dwane Casey believes they are “whole.”
Zaza Pachulia will be a welcome inclusion for the Pistons, especially when defending Hassan Whiteside, who can give teams trouble if unaccounted for.
Utah has won eight of its last 10 matches, while the Cavaliers have won nine for the season, only winning one match out of their last 10.
Momentum is the main reason why it’s obvious to back the Jazz over the Cavaliers.
The Trailblazers currently sit fourth in the Western Conference, with a 27-9 record.
The Pelicans may be a better side when compared player-by-player, but due to their shocking road record of 6-18, it’s hard to see them overcoming the Trailblazers, who’re currently 19-7 in Portland.
The final leg of the multi will be the best to watch as DeMarcus Cousins will play his first match of the 2018-19 season.
The Warriors have already been prolific without the superstar centre, so their improvement once he sets foot onto the court will be of great interest.
Cousins’ ability to hit the three ball and work in the paint stretches the floor, providing more space for each Warriors shooter to take open shots — a serious problem if the defenders cannot eliminate space.
The Clippers have fallen off this past week, losing four straight matches, whilst the Warriors are looking for their seventh straight victory.
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