The shorthanded Nets saw their 6 game winning streak come to an end last night as they were downed by the Celtics 112-104. Still, Brooklyn has been a nice surprise this year and were one of the best teams in January with just two losses to 10 wins. The Bulls have won just once in their last 14 games and are coming off a 104-101 loss to the equally horrid Cavaliers on Sunday. Spencer Dinwiddie remains out for the hosts along with Jared Dudley, Allen Crabbe and Caris LeVert. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Treveon Graham are questionable. For the visitors, Chandler Hutchison and Wendell Carter Jr. remain out for tonight. As dreadful as the Bulls have been, they catch a Nets team that's really hampered by injuries at the moment and playing on no rest. The Nets are particularly weak at the point guard position in our opinion and we believe the Bulls' Kris Dunn is a favourable matchup for the visitors with his terrific on ball defense. The Bulls lost the season series to this team last year and have dropped two games this season as well, including a matchup earlier this month where the Nets embarrassed them a bit. The Nets are also outperforming their true level in our opinion and should get all they can handle from what we believe is a motivated Bulls team!
The Cavs picked up a rare win on Sunday as they defeated the equally dismal Bulls 104-101 for just their 2nd win this month and 10th overall. The Wizard started well against the Spurs the same night but ultimately were beaten comfortably 132-119 though the team has managed without their star John Wall. Aside from John Wall and Dwight Howard, Markieff Morris remains out for the visitors. Sam Dekker and Ian Mahinmi are both questionable. For the hosts, Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson and David Nwaba are all out for tonight. Both sides are lacking big men at the moment so we expect a lot of small ball lineups that will look to run out into transition at every opportunity. Neither side defends the 3 too well and we expect a lot of open looks for both sides. The Cavs won the earlier meeting between these two so they should have some confidence entering this game and the Wizards should be motivated to exact some revenge. We see a high scoring game.
The Bucks were a bit disappointing in their showdown with in Oklahoma City on Sunday night but we do have to give credit to the Thunder for their phenomenal job in containing who we believe to be the MVP in Giannis Antetokuonmpo. The Bucks still remain the class of the East and arguably the entire NBA and enter this matchup with 13 wins in their last 16 games. The Pistons' struggles have continued in January as they've posted a 5-9 record this month and are coming off a 106-101 loss to the Mavericks on Friday. Donte DiVincenzo is questionable for the visitors and Malcolm Brogdon is probable. For the hosts, Ish Smith remains out after re-injuring his adductor 5 games ago and Reggie Bullock is doubtful. We've highlighted the effect of Smith's absence on the Pistons' 2nd unit and not surprisingly, their offense has struggled as they've failed to top 101 points in any of their last 5 games, 3 times failing to break the century mark altogether. Bullock is another important rotation player and the Pistons' interior defense has been atrocious. Antetokuonmpo should effectively have free reign driving to the hoop and Blake Griffin's all around game isn't enough here to even keep this close in our opinion. The Bucks turned this matchup into a laugher when these teams met in Milwaukee earlier this month and we don't believe a venue change will make much of a difference. Visitors to bounce back with a win by margin!
The Magic lost again in heartbreaking fashion on Sunday as they were unable to convert an early double digit lead against the Rockets in what amounted to a 103-98 defeat. This marked their 6th loss in 7 games but they have managed to be competitive with 4 wins ATS over that span. The Thunder enter this matcchup on a 5 game winning streak and sit at 31-18 on the year. The Magic haven't shown signs of quitting despite an unrealistic chance of making the playoffs. As for the Thunder, they played 3 tough games during their recent homestand, highlighted by a win over the Bucks on Sunday and we have doubts we see a high level of play on the road against a losing team. The Thunder are still too reliant on two players to create most of their offense and we expect a slow start out of both. The Magic have had trouble closing games out but we believe they can keep it within a possession until the end.
Following a 3/3 yesterday, we have seven for day two - Here is one on us, or join Premium WTA for €150 per month - email@example.com —— This is obviously a bit of a punt, because at her best Victoria Azarenka would win this match and then the tournament. However, the former number one hasn’t been that good since returning from time out to give birth. And, if recent efforts are anything to go by the 29 year old has a lot to prove. A few years back Margarita Gasparyan looked like she was about to take an higher ranking in WTA, but unfortunately for her that never materialised. In fact, the now 24 year old was only capable of playing 25 matches in 2016, and in 2017 she literally had to take the year off. To be fair, this unorthodox player went a solid 32/14 last year, and she’s been making a big impression in qualifying this week. We should also add that Gasparyan is in her element playing indoors (68.9%), and she looks in great shape at the moment!
Have this on us ——— Despite the match having four goals, plenty of coffee was needed to stay awake during the recent encounter between Cagliari and Empoli (2-2). To be fair, the Azzurri did at least make an effort, so they will be disappointed not to have help on for all three points. With that said, Cagliari were absolutely atrocious and that made it easier for the 17th placed Empoli to get a result. What we will say about Empoli is that they try hard, and they are likely to give coach Iachini a full 90 minutes. The hosts have also fought hard for for four home wins, and they certainly defied logic to beat a decent team in Atalanta! Genoa are 1-1-7 on the road, and that includes five successive defeats. However, the Griffins were only just touched off by AS Roma (3-2). AC Milan (2-1) needed a 91st minute goal, and they played 62 minutes with 10 men when defeated by Torino (2-1). We should at least mention that they forced a draw at league leaders Juventus (0-0), so maybe circumstances have counted against todays visitor. One issue coach Cesare Prandelli will have to overcome is losing top scorer Krzysztof Piatek (€35 million) to AC Milan. The visitors are also without injured Hiljemark, Sandro, Mazzitella and Favilli this evening, albeit none of them are newly injured. We should also mention that Stefano Sturaro, Jandrei (new GK) and Antonio Sanabria (Striker - Betis) have made tonights squad, and a couple of them are likely starters! Empoli are without Maietta, Capezzi and La Gumina, they played 32 games between them this season! Player for player the Griffins have much more depth. That suggests plenty of leverage in these odds!
No time for posting much today, but go on here is a racing premium bet for free: ————SECOND TIME AROUND has been a beaten favourite on two from the last three occasions. While he didn’t run badly on his chasing debut, we don’t see him has a 9/4 chance. MISS YEATS is a strong stayer and he might need further than this on a easy track. KING CNUT is the baby of the party (5 year old), and he’s certainly on the up. The way he jumped last time suggests he’s going to be much better at this game, and he’s almost certainly good enough to defy a 8 pound penalty.
The Nuggets enter this matchup in good form with 4 wins in their last 5 games and are coming off back to back routs of the Suns and a shorthanded Sixers team. The Grizzlies ended their 8 game losing slide on Saturday by defeating an Oladipo-less Pacers team 106-103. Jamal Murray is out for the visitors. Garrett Temple, Dillon Brooks, Kyle Anderson and Omri Casspi are out for the hosts. It's difficult to read too much into the Grizzlies win against a team dealing with an injury to their main star but we can't overlook the emotional factor here as Marc Gasol and Mike Conley could be playing their final game at FedEx Forum with both likely being traded soon. It was clear how much Saturday's win meant for the pair and they get a Nuggets team that's underperformed on the road and will be using a suboptimal lineup from an offensive standpoint with Torrey Craig soaking up minutes in place of Murray. Hosts to keep this within reach.
The Warriors are rounding into championship form as they enter this game on the back of 10 consecutive wins spearheaded by the return of DeMarcus Cousins from a lengthy injury. The Pacers are dealing with life after Victor Oladipo as their first game without the superstar resulted in a 106-103 loss to the dreadful Grizzlies on Saturday night. Jonas Jerebko is out for the visitors. The Pacers have no other injury concerns aside from the aforementioned Oladipo. We saw just how much Oladipo meant to the Pacers on Saturday as their offense stagnated heavily with Tyreke Evans in his place. No one was able to step up and provide the shot making and creating ability and the task gets that much harder against a Warriors team without any weak spots on the floor. The Pacers were, however, able to sweep the season series last year in no small part due to their terrific defense and we believe they can limit the points from the champions even with a struggling offense. We see a low scoring game!
We sent four bets out for round one of the Thai open- Here is one we are giving to you FREEMIUM users! ————It’s somehow weird that a 31 and 33 year old have never played each other in public, but that’s the situation and no head to head to go on here! Su-Wei Hsieh has been in really good form, so she clearly needs respecting. However, she’s much better playing outdoor hard court (61.9%) compared to Indoor (40.74%). In fact, the 33 year old has seemingly avoided playing on such a surface in the past, and that includes all of 2018! Monica Niculescu is what we call a real tennis player. And, to be fair, only injuries and have stopped the Romanian being a regular in the top thirty. In any case, it’s been a decent start to the year for the 31 year old, and according to life stats indoor hard court (61.8%) is her favoured surface. Bet Monica on the outright at decent odds.
We can’t give it all away for free, but here is a Premium football bet for free - Heerenveen did fantastically well to get a draw in last weeks away match against Ajax (4-4). Despite having just 33% of the ball, the SuperFriesens managed to get the same amount of shots on target (9-9). Another tick in the right box was fighting back from a 3-1 deficit, and all of this was managed despite having both Kobayashi and Reinstra suspended. In fact, coach Jan Olde Riekerink was also without Bekkema, Bulthuis and Thorsby, and he’s expecting to be without all five players again! On a less positive note, the hosts have struggled for most of the season. From what we witness every week Heerenveen lack a bit of quality, so despite beating AZ Alkmaar in the reverse fixture we expect something different today! In last weeks fixture, The Cheeseheads recorded a resounding win over Utrecht (3-0). Those three points helped move John Van Der Brom’s side into fifth in the table, and since then they have knocked Vitesse (2-0) out of the cup. Jonas Svensson is likely to get a recall following his yellow card suspension in the last round. Team news couldn’t be much better for the visitors, and it’s worth noting that they won this fixture last season. AZ are extremely good travellers, and the look like a team worth following!
We took the early 7/2 with Bet365, so it’s your choice if you want to bet at lower odds . To alleviate that issue, join premium - only a few places open, firstname.lastname@example.org ———— BALLYWARD is becoming a bit of an hard ride. SHADY OPERATOR suggests he’s going to be better again over fences, but the same also applies to CHRIS’S DREAM. In fact, the De Bromhead seven year old was very impressive on his chase debut, and stepping up to three miles will suit him even more. Granted a bit of luck in running, we expect this fella to win!