Both teams enter this matchup in good form as the Thunder dusted off the Heat on Friday in a tough situation for their 7th win in a row and the Celtics have won 8 of their last 9 with the lone defeat coming at the hands of the Warriors in a game that went down to the wire. Aron Baynes is out for the hosts. As impressive as the Thunder have been, we believe they're much too reliant on one player at the moment in Paul George and Celtics coach Brad Stevens generally fares well against teams that lack versatility. Russell Westbrook continues to pile up the triple-doubles but his offense has left much to be desired this year and we believe the Celtics will key in on George with their defensive specialist Semi Ojeleye. Celtics have good depth, sometimes able to play 11 or 12 deep and the 2nd best defensive rating in the league. We like the hosts to cover this short number.
Wilson Chandler and JJ Redick are out for the Sixers. The Sixers are coming off a huge win over the Warriors on Thursday and we believe their attention and focus wanes at the end of a 4 game road trip. The Kings got their mojo back putting up 135 points against the Hawks and while the Sixers' defense is certainly better, we expect the visitors' intensity on that end of the floor to be lacking. Hosts to win outright.
Dante Cunningham is probable for the Spurs. Anthony Davis, Elfrid Payton, Julius Randle, Nikola Mirotic, E'Twaun Moore and Trevon Blueitt are all out for the Pelicans. The Pelicans should be commended for playing hard amidst the injuries, even picking up a win against the Rockets as heavy underdogs. Nevertheless, the Spurs are too well-coached here and should dominate from start to finish. Jahlil Okafor has been a bright spot for the visitors but we expect Spurs coach Gregg Popovich to scheme him out and force the other players to win. Hosts simply have too much depth and the talent disparity is too great. We like two bets for this game.
Klay Thompson is questionable for the Warriors. Lonzo Ball is out for the Lakers but Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart are probable. LeBron James will likely play his 2nd game back from a groin injury. This is a revenge game for the Warriors after losing to the Lakers on Christmas Day. We expect a fast start with the Warriors looking to put the game away early but their defense hasn't inspired much lately and even in a blowout win over the Pacers, showed some bad habits, not to mention dropping their last game against the Sixers. James' return seems fortuitous but at any rate, he should be fresh for this game and we expect him to be at his best. We see a game in the 240's!
Victor Oladipo is out for the Pacers and Tyreke Evans and Cory Joseph are questionable. Doug McDermott is doubtful. FOr the Heat, Goran Dragic and Derrick Jones Jr. are both out. The Pacers haven't shown the ability to play competitive basketball without Oladipo and McDermott's likely absence is another reliable scorer out of the rotation. The Heat defend the paint well and nothing will come easy for the visitors. We're not too concerned with Miami's loss last night to the Thunder as the Heat played reasonably well but were simply overwhelmed by an MVP-calibre Paul George. Hosts to win with their balance and depth against an injury-riddled team.
John Wall, Markieff Morris and Dwight Howard are out for the Wizards. Otto Porter is questionable. For the Bucks, Eric Bledsoe, Sterling Brown and Jason Smith are all probable. Donte DiVincenzo is out. This is a revenge game for the Bucks who lost to this Wizards team earlier this month. Giannis Antetokuonmpo was given the night off but with him back on the court, this should be a cakewalk for the visitors against a team severely lacking an inside presence. Rebounding will be completely one-sided as will the score in our opinion.
Danilo Gallinari is out for the Clippers and Ish Smith is questionable for the Pistons. Another revenge game for Blake Griffin against his former team but it should again be hotly contested after Griffin's Pistons won at LA earlier this month. We have hopes that Smith returns to speed up the game but even if he is out again, we believe the pace will be fast enough and defense mediocre enough to send this over the number.
Have a second free premium bet - Please note, we are not available for answering e-mail over the weekend. ……….Just a short drive down the road for this London derby, and we are expecting a good result for the visitors. What it boils down to is the missing Wifried Zaha for Crystal Palace, and that’s all because the Ivory Coast player can’t keep his temper under control. Mouthing-off to the usually calm referee Andre Mariner wasn’t the thing to do, and Zaha was rightly shown two yellows for not keeping it under wraps. That of course means Roy Hodgson’s best player is suspended for today, so maybe the coach will be tempted to try new (Chelsea) loanee Michy Batshuayi in a front role. After tailing 2-0 in midweek, Fulham looked like they were heading to another defeat. However, coach Claudio Ranieri took off Andre Schrrle for the start of the second half, and his replacement Luciano Vietto made a big difference. Add to that Mitrovic woke up in time, and by the end it was opponents Brighton who were made to look very average. The championship winning coach is a great motivator, and with Mitrovic on fire they are expected to point here!
Free football premium bet for site visitors ————— Vitesse are a solid 6-2-1 at home, meaning only PSV, Feyenoord and Ajax took more points has host. However, despite winning four from there last five at the Gelredome, we have to point out the winning distance was always one goal. Call it what you will, but boss Leonid Slutski seems to have installed a Russian minimalistic mentality in his players. In the last round Vitesse lost an away match in Sittard (2-1), the result was a fair reflection of what we had seen take place on the field. And, prior to that they were knocked out of the cup by AZ Alkmaar, meaning just one competitive win since the start of the new year. Heerenveen have been very poor at home, and if the league was being decided on that alone they would be bottom of the table. Nevertheless, the SuperFriesen’s are a different proposition on the road, and the fact is they managed 15 points from 10 away games. Amongst them was a notable 4-4 in Ajax, 2-3 AZ, plus they put 5 past both Graafschap and Willem! Last but not least, the hosts have a handful of missing players!
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Have this one on us - Please note we can’t take new subscriptions today—————— Like we predicted Vera Zonareva didn’t have any problem beating compatriot Darya Kasatkina. The former number two might have made a few double faults, but that’s because she was staying true to the cause by aiming to push back her opponent. In any case, her second serve held reasonably well, and her movement around the court was decent for a 34 year old. This will be a different type of game against Donna Vekic, because the Croatian also likes to play on the front foot. The 21 year olds win over Petra Kvitova was much easier than anticipated, but that was because the Czech was terrible. In fact, her service game wasn’t working and it looked like all she wanted was to go home! Vera should make this hard, and with the h’cap mark we see plenty of juice in sticking with the Russian!
Please note - We are not answering e-mails or taking new subscribers over the weekend. Joining time is monday to friday only, we have to concentrate on our in-play betting over the weekend, and make sure subscribers get top value picks —————— Here is a PREMIUM BET for FREEMIUM use. Those wanting to join firstname.lastname@example.org ————— The good news is 15 matches remain, the bad news is these two teams are bottom of the league. 44.4% of home teams have won, that’s higher than we would usually think possible in the Eredivisie. With that said, Graafschap took 13 points at home, compared to just 2 on the road. In fact, if home matches decided a teams destiny then Henk De Jong’s side would be a comfortable eleventh. Unfortunately for him, all games found and we should also mention the hosts lost five league matches at the Vijverberg. Earlier on in the season Breda won the reverse match by a resounding 3-0, albeit they scored with all three goal opportunities. Following that match the team coached by Mitchel Van der Gaag lost there next six games. On a more positive note the Yellow/Black lost just one of there last five league matches, and they enjoyed home wins against both Heerenveen and Vitesse. What we should mention with claiming those two notable scalps is they were home games, and circumstances favoured them. By that we keen Heerenveen had two players sent off, while the Vitas missed a penalty. The other thing which stands out, Breda too have home form (14-2) to thank for most of the points. Last but not least is team news, the visitors are without top scorer Te Vrede. There most valuable player Ilic is also sidelined, while defenders Sporkslede and Leigh won’t be available. Still missing are Schoofs, Damen and Fernandes. PS - Only Nijland and Olijve are missing for the hosts! This looks a great opportunity for Graafschap to leave the foot of the table. We will be betting the hosts to in!