It’s a sign of the good times in Golden State that earning just one All Star nod this season has caused outcry. So expect the snubbed Steph Curry to try and make a subtle point when the Warriors visit Milwaukee on Saturday night.
The point guard has been spectacular all season, averaging 20.9 points per game, and really deserved a spot in the Western Conference line-up for Houston next month alongside the nominated David Lee. Although his side have gone 4-6 over their last ten games, they’ve still picked up wins over Oklahoma City and the Clippers before losing last time out to Chicago.
Milwaukee playmaker Brandon Jennings might feel he deserved an All Star call-up with his form. The Bucks have won three out of four but lost at Cleveland on Friday and they’re -2 on the handicap here at 1.91.
Chris Paul’s latest absence has knocked the Clippers out of their winning rhythm and after losing three in a row, the Pacific Division leaders could do with a boost when they land in Portland tonight. Paul’s likely to sit out again, which is a blow for a team which is 22-4 when it scores over 100 points – a mark they’ve failed to reach in their last five games.
Portland has lost three of their last four, all at home, and their bench has been horrible all season, a problem the deep Clippers will look to take full advantage of. Back LA to return to winning ways at +1.5 on the handicap.
Raymond Felton is expected to end his spell on the sidelines when the New York Knicks visit Philadelphia and it will be a massive help for a team that has gone 6-6 since he went down injured. With a backcourt of Felton and Shumpert, Jason Kidd can come off the bench and give the Knicks and better shooting threat, just as they had when they beat the Sixers twice in November by an average of 19 points. They're good value here at -3 on the handicap.
Bet of the day: Take the Clippers over Portland on the handicap at 1.91.