The Knicks are in full on tank mode as they've lost 12 of their last 13 games with just 2 wins ATS during that span. However, what's interesting is that they've been highly competitive in many of the games, especially in the 1st half where they've even jumped out to large leads, only to completely fall apart in the 2nd half. Whether by design or not, we can only say that despite the lack of talent, the players are showing up, if anything, to try to secure roles for next season here or with another team. The Blazers have been in terrific form, winning 9 of their last 10 including a 108-103 comeback win over the Lakers last night much to our displeasure as we had the Lakers and they held a double digit lead late into the game. Nevertheless, this will be the 3rd game in 4 nights for the Blazers and also their 4th in 6 nights. At some point, the Knicks have to stumble their way into a cover considering their overall decent play and perhaps an outright win is even possible considering losing, whether intentional or not is never completely acceptable for professionals. For the purposes of our bet, we just need them to stay within single digits and we believe it's more than possible given the circumstances.
Despite 5 wins out of their last 7, it seems obvious the Thunder are far from their best right now as they've struggled to squeak out wins against lottery teams such as the Kings, Magic and Mavericks. Going back to the 30th of January, the Thunder are a dismal 4-11 ATS. Still, we have come to understand this is just how they operate at times and we can almost always count on them to show up for the big games as evidenced by 2 wins against Golden State this year. The Rockets are one of the Thunder's chief rivals and actually enter tonight with the best record in the league and are riding a 15 game winning streak. As formidable as the Rockets have been, the Thunder are always dangerous at home and we should see their absolute best tonight. Ryan Anderson remains sidelined for the visitors as does Andre Roberson for the hosts. Carmelo Anthony was held out last game for the Thunder but should be back in the lineup tonight. Even without Roberson, the Thunder are still a very sound defensive team and should have close to equal chances to win
The Hornets have hit a snag losing their last 3 games after winning 4 in a row to begin the 2nd half of the season. They have faced stiff competition in the Celtics, Sixers and the Raptors but were blown out in 2 of the 3 games. The Sixers have endured a difficult part of their schedule as well but have won 2 of their last 3 and really should have made it 3 in a row against Milwaukee on Sunday but were unable to hold a large 1st half lead. In any case, the Sixers are still one of the best defensive teams in the league and the Hornets offense has struggled after showing some signs of progress after the All-Star Break. Marvin Williams is doubtful for the hosts and with Michael Carter-Williams out and the rest of the bench back to underperforming, we can only see this one way.
Their was a time when you could bet Norwich blind at Carrow road, but that’s not the case anymore. In fact, the Canaries are 5-7-5 at home, and that makes them just the 18th best host. With twelve championship matches remaining we can say anything is still possible. However, for Norwich to make an impact Daniel Farke’s side will need to improve on drawing their last four games. The Canaries have Timm Klose back from injury, and Ivo Pinto is said to be alright following a slight set back. However, Christoph Zimmermann is confirmed out after missing training this week for what head coach said was a "private situation”. Marco Stiepermann is recovering from a hernia operation. while Marcus Edwards, Tom Trybull (ankle/knee), Louis Thompson (Achilles) and Matt Jarvis remain sidelined. Nottingham Forest come into this on the back of victories against Birmingham (2-1) and QPR (2-5). Team news continues to improve, and on that note defender Eric Lichaj can return from his three match ban. Only Jack Hobbs, Chris Cohen (knee) and David Vaughan are now sidelined. For the record, these players only started 16 games between them this season! Take Forest with the draw included, they appear much better under Karanka.
We maintain that Fulham are the best team in this league, and everything we have been seeing from them rubber stamps that belief. Following a poor start to the campaign the Cottagers have worked their way up to a closing fourth in the league table. Slavisa Jokanovic’s side did us and themselves a big favour at the weekend with a win over Derby (1-2). And, even more notable is the fact they won their last eight league matches at home. From what we understand coach Jokanovic has no new injury issues, and only Tomas Kalas will need to prove his fitness. Sheffield United have done particularly well when considering they are new to this league after being promoted at the end of last season. As it stands, Chris Wilder’s team are just two points outside the play-off places, and they come here having won three from their last four. With that said they only beat teams which have been struggling, and the last time they faced a top side ended in a 3-0 defeat to Wolves. For the record, the United coach said forwards David Brooks, Ricky Holmes and James Wilson will all travel to Fulham following spells on the sidelines. However, midfielder Paul Coutts remains a long-term absentee. First choice GK Jamal Blackman and top scorer Leon Clarke are also doubts. For us it’s hard to imagine the Cottager’s slipping up here. Thirteen games without defeat in the league takes some doing!
WE DON’T HAVE THE TIME TO TAKE NEW CLIENTS OR ANSWER E-MAILS TODAY, SO WE ARE GIVING IT ALL AWAY FOR FREE. IF YOU WANT TO JOIN FOR THE MAIN ROUNDS STARTING TOMMORROW THEN GET IN TOUCH WITH US AT BETTING.ANALYSTT@GMAIL.COM - Jil Teichmann did us a favour yesterday, but this going to be harder against Yanina Wickmayer. We believe the the 28 year old from Belgium is beginning to re-find her form, and she’s already beaten Teichmann this season. In fact, that match at the Australian open ended following two tight sets, and since then the Swiss girl has beaten the likes of Townsend, Duval, Fett and Schiavone. However, none of those girls has been in the best of form, and for yesterdays match against Schiavone she needed three sets. Wickmayer beat the Italian 6-1 6-3 at last weeks Indian Wells challenger, and then went on to beat Kenin in the next. With that said, yesterdays win over Viktorija Golubic was better again, and we should bare in mind that Wickmayer is a former world number 12 who has beaten most top players. Lets take Yanina to win in straight sets!
Kristie Ahn has being doing all right at lower graded tournaments, but with that said the 25 year old was recently brushed aside by Sara Errani and Barbora Strcova. In yesterdays match with Carol Zhao she lost the first set before winning a second set tie-breaker to level the scores. The deciding set was much easier (6-2), albeit her opponent helped with an high double fault count! Lara Arruabarrena hasn’t had the best of starts to 2018, albeit she has beaten Lauren Davis (Sydney) and yesterday defeated Ons Jabeur. We actually thought that the latter match was a better than the stats suggested, and we know the Spaniard is capable of better again. If we go back to 2017, at the tournament following this (Miami) she beat the likes of Madison Keys, Begu and Vikhlyantseva. To be analytical, she didn’t start that season well, but like in 2016 she came good at this time of the year! These odds appear big!
WE DON’T HAVE THE TIME TO TAKE NEW CLIENTS OR ANSWER E-MAILS TODAY, SO WE ARE GIVING IT ALL AWAY FOR FREE. IF YOU WANT TO JOIN FOR THE MAIN ROUNDS STARTING TOMMORROW THEN GET IN TOUCH WITH US AT BETTING.ANALYSTT@GMAIL.COM - Neither of these girls are what you would call consistent, so that is one risk. However, we wouldn’t make Ying Ying Duan fav for this match, since quite frankly she’s disappointed here in the past. Furthermore, her current form doesn’t inspire, and Jana Cepelova won their only meeting last season. We would also suggest that the Slovakian has beaten better players in 2018, because amongst them is Fett, Errani and Witthoeft. Yesterdays first round of qualification yielded in a 6-0 6-3 win over Chirico, so at least the omens are good!
Big Sky Conference Tournament 1st Round game to be played on a neutral court in Reno, Nevada. Idaho St has quietly turned in solid performance after solid performance down the stretch and own a tidy 9-4 record ATS in their last 13 games. Southern Utah can be useful at times but they are much more dangerous when playing at home where they enjoy a sizable home court advantage. The Thunderbirds have just 1 cover in their last 5 games and their defense is extremely poor, especially away from home.
We backed the Pacers against the Bucks just a few days ago and everything we said then is still true but there are some other factors to consider. The Bucks exploded after a poor first quarter against the Sixers last night and really got their offense back on track. The Pacers won on the strength of their defense last night against Washington but their offense has been extremely limited and heavily reliant on one player. The Bucks also do much better with no rest than the Pacers and we like them to carry their momentum from yesterday into this game.
With both Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson out for the hosts, the Cavs are extremely thin inside which does not bode well against a team with Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond. The Pistons have really been in a funk losing 8 of their last 10 games but the Cavs have been struggling too as it appears the luster of the brand new team has worn off. Stan Van Gundy generally has had success coaching against LeBron James and his team should be able to keep this within reason.
Horizon League Tournament Semifinals played on a neutral court in Detroit, Michigan. Two teams that are a bit overrated and the right play is to gravitate towards the underdog in these situations. Both teams play deliberately, focusing on defense. Milwaukee is a bit vulnerable to the 3 ball but the Raiders are not a prolific 3 point shooting team. The Panthers won both regular season matchups and there's no reason they can't keep this within a possession.