The Knicks' miserable season continued on Friday as they dropped their 8th game in a row and 16th in their last 17 tries. Even after a superb 1st quarter where they managed a double digit lead, they were unable to cover a 10 point spread against the Nets in what amounted to a 109-99 loss. Nevertheless, they host a Heat team that hasn't been in the best of form either with 6 losses in their last 10 games and are coming off an underwhelming 100-94 win over the Cavs on Friday. Emmanuel Mudiay and Luke Kornet are out for the Knicks and Goran Dragic is out for the Heat. Tyler Johnson is also questionable for the visitors. With Mudiay sidelined and Enes Kanter firmly planted to the bench, the Knicks' defense has improved with Frank Ntilikina and Mitchell Robinson getting significant minutes. The Knicks' 3 point defense is also surprisingly middle of the pack and this should suit them well against a Heat team that is reliant on the 3 ball. There's certainly no love lost between these teams and we see a tough physical matchup where points come at a premium.
The Thunder are coming off 4 straight wins and host a Bucks team that's arguably the best team in the league right now. Alex Abrines is out for the hosts and Donte DiVincenzo is out for the visitors. The Thunder are in good form but we don't put too much stock in their wins over a shorthanded Pelicans team, a dreadful Knicks team and even a Blazers team that we feel constantly overachieves. Prior to their winning streak, the Thunder had lost 5 of 6 and their offense in particular has stagnated in our opinion with just one reliable scorer in Paul George. The Bucks haven't had the toughest schedule of late but they are firing on all cylinders right now and they have too much balance and depth in our opinion and the hosts just don't have the firepower to match, even with a very strong home court advantage.
Here is a second free premium bet for non subscribers———— Bottom of the table clash, and one which Lokeren must win. Afterall, defeat would leave the Tricolores with a minimum of six points to make up and with just seven games to do it. A win for second bottom Waregem would give them a nine point advantage over Lokeren, and that’s what we expect to happen. Glen De Boeck has been appointed new manager of Lokeren, so they will be hoping for an honeymoon period. However, they don’t have much strength in depth, and it could be a case of too little and too late! Last weeks 4-1 whopping in Eupen tells us all we need to know about the host, in that they are very poor! Many clubs would have sacked Waregen coach Francky Drury by now, but the former police detective is still calling the shots. In fact, he’s been in charge since 2011, and to be fair he did take the Essevee to higher positions and the Europa league. With regards to the visitors, Drury bought in three newly loaned players for last weeks defeat (1-2) against a very decent Antwerp. Fo us Seck (Genk), Peeters (Caen) and Sylla (QPR) all showed promise, and if anything they should be wiser with that game under the belt. We also have to commend Drury for giving new blood a chance, and last week it was the turn of 18 year old central defender Ewoud Pletinckx. He too should gain a lot from the experience, and from what we saw he’s certainly got a good future.! Whichever way you look at it Waregem have considerably more strength in depth. Team news can’t be used has an excuse for either manager, so for us this bet is easy to make! We have actually bet the ‘’draw no bet’’ with a full sum, and had another half stake on the outright!
We have nine football bets for today - We are giving two for Free use on the site. This is the first of them, here you go —————— If that’s the best Cagliari can do (Empoli 2-2), the Islanders are in for a tough second half to the season. In our opinion coach Rolando Maran doesn’t inspire much confidence, and his players have certainly picked up some bad habits. When his team came out for the second half of last weeks match, all they did was try and defend. That tactic backfired on 70 minutes when there opponents equalised, and on 81 mins salt was further rubbed into the wound when they fell behind (1-2). And, while Cagliari grabbed a late equaliser, the way they celebrated was concerning. Everything about Cagliari fails to capture the imagination, because they play what we call lethargic square football. Furthermore, when this team are not performing at home, they certainly won’t be getting much joy on the road! Sassuolo haven’t won any of there last five competitive matches, and one of them (Napoli 2-0) sent the Neroverdi out of the cup. Nevertheless, this team shouldn’t be underestimated, and last week they performed well for a 0-0 draw in Inter. The reverse match ended in a draw, but it’s Sassuolo who have home advantage today!
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The Hawks enter this matchup with one of the worst records in the league at 15-32 but they got their 7 game road trip off to a good start on Wednesday with a 121-101 win over the equally dreadful Bulls. It's worth mentioning that out of the lower rung teams, we believe the Hawks have the brightest future with good young talent and coaching and this team can usually be counted on to give good effort on most nights. They draw a tough matchup tonight against a 30-20 Blazers team that's won 4 of their last 5 and have one of the better home court advantages in the league. Kent Bazemore remains out for the visitors but Kevin Huerter is probable after missing the last two games. For the hosts, Nik Stauskas is doubtful with a knee injury. The Hawks have been terrific shooting the ball over the last two weeks, 3 times shooting 50% or better from the field and they draw a Blazers that doesn't particularly defend the 3 ball too well. The Hawks' defense has improved but we don't have the same confidence they can make enough stops against the lethal Portland backcourt at Moda Center. The Blazers generally don't play too fast but we believe they will be willing to run at home against a poor defensive team that recently overtook the Kings for the fastest pace in the league.
We sent our racing bets out yesterday, and this is one of them. If you want all our highly profitable Racing tips when they are hot off the press, get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org . This is one from four! ———— HIS DREAM bounced back with a vengeance, but expecting a JJ horse to follow up is something else. MUTHABIR won a poor race at Ludlow, can’t imagine him being good enough to follow up. DJIN CONTI could improve, but it’s got to be worth chancing MODERN WARFAIR. A mark of 112 looks a good number to build on, and this extra trip should suit!
WTA subscriptions are open for next weeks St Petersburg and Thailand open - If you want to join our paid premium service get in touch email@example.com ————— We wouldn’t want to put an exact parallel on them, but in some ways Petra Kvitova resembles Naomi Osaka’s last round victim Karolina Pliskova. By that we mean both are tall power players who like to dominate their opponent. And, while we can safely say that Kvitova is the more accomplished of the Czech pair, she does have the same weakness. With all due respect,Petra isn’t the quickest mover around court. And, in the first set of her semi final match, she was often out-manoeuvred by her last round opponent Danielle Collins. The second set was obviously much easier, but we do feel has though Collins somehow lost the heart to fight. Last but not least, Kvitova seemed to be favoured by the roof going on, and that’s unlikely to happen here. To be frank Naomi Osaka impressed us more in beating Pliskova. In that match she limited her opponent to just 3 aces, while making 15 of her own. 56 winners to 30 unforced errors was another stat to be proud of, and raising her game for the big points was the deciding factor. Osaka is going from strength to strength, and winning last years US Open is proof that she’s the real deal. It’s only fair to point out that Kvitova won her last 8 finals, but we can imagine her being pushed off the court here. If Osaka gets into a good rhythm, these odds are going to look tasty indeed!
We have been massively busy preparing all our bets for the weekend. The quiet week we just had was a blessing in disguise, and we have already been sending Premium bets out for the weekend games - Here is one for freemium users! ————— Alexis Sanchez will feature against his former club after recovering from an injury sustained in the 2-0 win over Reading in the last round of the competition. Marouane Fellaini, Chris Smalling and Marcos Rojo were all absent for last weekend's victory over Brighton at Old Trafford - and those four remained sidelined. Former United players Danny Welbeck (ankle) and Henrikh Mkhitaryan (foot) have both been ruled out of the clash for the Gunners. Hector Bellerin's injury (knee) that has ruled him out for the season should see Ainsley Maitland-Niles start at right-back. Rob Holding is the other player sidelined for the holders. There is no doubt that the Red Devils have improved under interim manager. With that comes confidence, and that’s what they will need going into this FA cup match at Arsenal. However, despite United winning there last seven matches, only a fine goalkeeping performance saved them from Tottenham (0-1). Furthermore, last weeks 2-1 win over Brighton was nothing special, so maybe they are not has accomplished has results would suggest. Arsenal won this trophy 3 times in the past five years, and for some reason or the other they seem to save there best for knock-out competitions. Last weeks win over Chelsea should have done the hosts confidence the world of good, and for us they were the better team when this pair met (2-2) at Old Trafford in this seasons league. Alexis Sanchez is expected to play against his old ex club. However, Marouane Fellaini, Chris Smalling and Marcos Rojo are all out for the visitors. Danny Welbeck and Henrikh Mkhitaryan have been ruled out of the clash for Arsenal. Hector Bellerin's is now out for the season, so Ainsley Maitland-Niles is expected to be his replacement. Rob Holding is the other player sidelined for the holders. We don’t see why the visitors should be challenging for favouritism!
The Bucks enter this matchup with the best record in the NBA at 34-12 and have won 12 of their last 14 games. The Hornets are hanging on to a playoff spot at 23-24 but have been in good form with 4 wins in their last 5 games. Donte DiVincenzo remains out for the hosts and Cody Zeller remains out for the visitors. The Hornets lack rim protection at the moment with Zeller sidelined and this doesn't bode well against a team that loves driving into the painted area. On the other side, the Hornets have been shooting well and they should have some success from beyond the arc against a poor 3 point defending team. We have this in the 230's.
The Nets are in terrific form with 9 wins in their last 11 games but we believe it's a bit of smoke and mirrors aided by a relatively weak schedule and in addition, they will be missing their point guard Spencer Dinwiddie. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson is also questionable and Jared Dudley, Allen Crabbe and Caris LeVert also remain out. For the Knicks, Luke Kornet is sidelined with an ankle injury and Emmanuel Mudiay is questionable. We believe Dinwiddie's absence is undervalued by the market and the Knicks have shown good effort this month with a 6-3 record ATS despite just 1 outright win to show for it. The loss to Houston should have left a bitter taste in their mouths in our opinion and they should be motivated against a cross town rival. At any rate, we believe 10 points is a bit much.
The Magic are coming off a 114-110 loss to the Nets but they have played much better over the last two weeks with a 5-2 record ATS. The Wizards are playing well without John Wall but they are on no rest and they clearly expended a lot of effort last night against a Warriors team at full strength in a 126-118 defeat. With Markieff Morris still out for the visitors, their lack of rebounding will be even more glaring against a Magic team with some size down low. We expect the Magic to be the fresher team and should be able to win comfortably at home.