The Pacers have clinched a playoff spot but are struggling to maintain a decent seeding as they enter this matchup losers of 4 in a row though in danger of dropping to the 5 seed. The Nuggets enter this game in 1st place in the West as the Warriors lost to the Mavs last night and Denver looks to add to their 6 game winning streak tonight against a team they defeated last week at Pepsi Center. Darren Collison is questionable for the hosts after missing the past two games. Assistant coach Dan Burke will handle the coaching duties as Nate McMillan remains excused for personal reasons. Both teams have had a severe under bias of late, with the Nuggets playing 13 of their last 14 games under the total and the Pacers 8 of their last 9. However, we believe the number is much too low here, after all, both teams play similarly relying on good ball movement and looking to capitalize on turnovers with transition points. While both are fairly active on the defensive end, we believe this style of play can wear on the teams later in the game and the opportunities they create generally lead to easier shots. Everything is dependent on the number and we believe the recent bias has created value on the other side!
The Clippers enter this matchup as one of the hottest teams in the league, winning 9 of their last 10 games, and are fighting for playoff positioning in the logjammed Western Conference. The Knicks have the worst record in the league at 14-59 and have lost 11 of their last 12 games. Dennis Smith Jr., Noah Vonleh and Alonzo Trier are all out for the hosts. Luc Mbah a Moute remains out for the visitors. Smith and Trier's absences leave the Knicks thin at the guard position and lack scoring options as Frank Ntilikina is more of a defensive specialist. The Knicks still have a decent inside presence with youngster Mitchell Robinson and veteran DeAndre Jordan who should be at his best against his former team. The Clippers aren't quite as efficient on the road and with the early start, we see this going under the number.
Go on then - have this PREMIUM tennis bet on us — The bookmakers appear to be underestimating Viktoria Kuzmova. Afterall, the 20 year old recently beat Kiki Bertens in Dubai, and getting past Daria Gavrilova and Anastasija Pavluchenkova in rounds one and two defied the odds. If we go back to the start of the year, we see other wins against high performing players Kenin (twice), Anismova and Bertens. All in all, the Slovakian is a top twenty player in the making, and she can be given a good chance of defying the odds again. Bertens is clearly a top player, and her time of the year is fast approaching. When the clay season starts, expect to see the Dutch girl land a tournament or two. PS - We are not saying the 27 year old is bad on this surface (55.6%), but she’s clearly better on the slower clay (70.3%). Maybe Kiki will get through, but we don’t expect her to cover!
Wonder if ASHUTOR needs further over hurdles, because he was quite a strong stayer on the flat. Taking in to consideration the weights, a mark of 119 doesn’t appear lenient. Unlike the aforementioned, STATUARIO was a miler. A stiff track like this could work against the 4 year old. We like the idea of William Marshall taking off 10 pounds from WEST TO THE BRIDGE, and we are happy to see him back on this galloping track. The 6 year old has scope for improvement, and stable are in good form!
The Kings enter this matchup at 35-36 as they bounced back from their complete meltdown against the Nets with a 116-100 win over the Mavs on Thursday night. Still, their playoff chances remain dim as they sit 6 games out of 8th place in the Western Conference. The Suns own the 2nd worst mark in the league at 17-56 and enter this game with 4 losses in their last 5 games. Harry Giles is questionable for the hosts. TJ Warren and Kelly Oubre are out for the visitors. Tyler Johnson and Josh Jackson are questionable. Newly signed Jimmer Fredette has been approved by the CBA and could see some time for the Suns tonight. The Suns have some key injuries but scoring shouldn't be an issue with Devin Booker leading the way against a Kings team that should be prioritizing their offense as well. We expect the hosts to push the pace and with the season winding down, this should be one of the few games the Suns make an honest effort to win facing one of their chief rivals. With plenty of 3's and transition buckets, this one shouldn't have too many issues going over!
The Blazers enter this matchup at 44-27 and occupy the 4th spot in the Western Conference. They've been in terrific form with 5 wins in their last 6 games but host a Pistons team that's completely turned it around in the 2nd half of the season. The Pistons are 11-4 since the All-Star Break and have completely left behind their horrific back to back games against the Nets and Heat where they couldn't top 75 points on either occasion, with 3 wins in their last 4 games. The Pistons are in good shape to make the playoffs, holding the #6 seed in the East but are unlikely to improve their standing. The Blazers will continue to miss important starter CJ McCollum who remains out with a knee injury. McCollum's absence didn't affect Portland too badly against Dallas but the Pistons should provide a much tougher challenge in our opinion as they have a strong inside presence with big men Andre Drummond and Blake Griffin. Drummond should match up well against Jusuf Nurkic and be a menace on the glass while Griffin will be nightmare for anyone on the Blazers with his ability to score from all levels. The Pistons are the best team in the league defending shots from beyond the arc and the Blazers without McCollum are lacking players who can create their own shot, outside of Damian Lillard. All things considered, we have to side with the visitors here despite the excellent home court advantage the hosts hold.
Have the big one on us ——— England are much improved since Gareth Southgate took over the management. Beating teams such has Croatia and Spain will certainly give the Three Lions plenty of self belief. Whether they are good enough to deliver on the world stage remains to be seen, but they do have a young squad which should have the best days ahead of them. Despite having several top former players retiring, we can still call the Czech Republic an experienced squad. In fact, head coach Jaroslav Silhavy is expected to call on players who have represented the country at least 12 times. With that said, 15 of the players who have been in recent squads play football in the Czech league, and it’s not has though the visitors have any star players. England will be forced to make the play here, so the score outcome will obviously depend on whether the Three Lions get an early goal. With all due respect, class and home advantage suggest the hosts should be at least a couple of goals better.
This isn’t the best of races, because most of the principals are struggling. GRACEFUL LEGEND should be thereabouts, and CALVIGNY is worth the trip down south. With that said, the one which stands out is VOIE DANS VOIE. Despite being a maiden he’s running well, and his last time second is the best form on offer. Stable in form, and jockey a good rider of chasers!
We have six bets lined up for today, and we are giving you what we consider to be the best for free. This is being added two hours after our PREMIUM BETS were sent out. Some bookies still have upto odds of 2.00, so be quick—————— Bianca Andreescu came into this tournament of the back of her biggest career win at Indian Wells. At that tournament, the 18 year old Canadian handled conditions better than many of her opponents. We believe it’s fair to suggest that proves she’s got a real tennis brain, and she’s set to rise beyond her current rank of 24. At Indian Wells she beat three former number one’s in Kerber, Svitolina, and Muguruza, so the chances of her suffering stage fright isn’t an issue. With the niceties aside, in round one Andreescu was made to work hard for a three set win over Begu. She’s had a hard and punishing schedule, whereas todays opponent sofia Kenin had it easy since losing the final of Acapulco. We should also add Kenin leads head to heads 2-1, and in our opinion she’s already one of the best percentage players on tour. We expect a big tournament from the vastly I’mproved 20 year old, and we trust she will be able to execute her game plan here!
The Rockets lost to the Grizzlies on Wednesday, unable to pull off a miraculous comeback as they fell 126-125 in overtime in a game they trailed by 19 entering the 4th quarter. Still, they've been in terrifici form with 12 wins in their last 14 games and are 4 games behind both the Nuggets and Warriors in the West. The Spurs are currently 6th due to tiebreakers but share the same record with every other team 5-8 in the jampacked bottom of the Western Conference. The Spurs dropped their game to Miami on Wednesday but had won 9 straight prior. The Spurs' offense has been stellar and efficient during this span but their pace of play has been noticeably slower and they have benefited from playing all but 2 games at home over their last 10. The Rockets' defense comes and goes but they clearly show their best against playoff-calibre teams. We expect the Spurs to make this as physical a game as possible and turn it into a slow grind it out affair!
The Raptors enter this matchup at 51-21 on the season, 2nd in the Eastern Conference and 2 games behind the Bucks who currently occupy the #1 seed. The Thunder are 5th in the logjammed Western Conference but share the exact same record with 3 other teams at 42-30 and are still jockeying for position, 2.5 games behind the 4th place Blazers who hold the final 1st round home court seed. Kyle Lowry is out for the hosts. These teams actually just played against each other 2 days ago in a 123-114 win for the Raptors. A furious rally late by the Thunder forced overtime but this was a game the Raptors dominated throughout and we believe their style of play, making Marc Gasol a focal point is an unfavourable matchup for the visitors. Thunder big man Steven Adams prefers to stay close to the rim and when forced out to guard Gasol, this creates opportunities for the Raptors to make cuts or drives into the unoccupied area. Fred VanVleet has filled in more than adequately for Lowry and as long as Kawhi Leonard isn't given another night off for load management, this should be a relatively straightforward win for the hosts!
We have three WTA PREMIUM picks open in the FREE section. The backlog is down to the rain and matches not taking place has planned - Good luck if you are playing ————— Jessica Pegula is playing well, and no doubt she will be winning many more matches. However, she’s facing the 2017 winner here, and we can imagine the Brit’s proven class to de decisive here. Johanna Konta claimed the scalps of Sasnovich, Parmentier, Arruabarrena, Simona Halep, Venus Williams and Caroline Wozniacki on her way to claiming the 2017 title. The now 27 year old has started 2019 in decent style, and even her Indian Wells defeat to Kiki Bertens was a tad unfortunate. Konta ticks all the boxes, so the bet is on her to cover!