Two of the fastest guns in the West square off on Thursday night in Denver as the Nuggets bid to blow out the Los Angeles Clippers.
It’s another potential play-off preview as the NBA post-season begins to loom on the horizon. More significantly, it’s another examination of the hosts’ credentials to contend in an already tough Conference race.
Denver come in with six consecutive victories and the confidence of a 2-point victory over Oklahoma City on March 1, something which the Clippers couldn’t replicate two days later.
It’s been a mazy spell for the Nuggets who have won 12 of their last 16, and 11 straight at the Pepsi Center which continues to be an unhappy hunting ground for their rivals this term, including when tonight’s visitors lost 92-78 on New Year’s Day.
The Clippers have emerged on top on nine of their last eleven games and they come off a 117-101 triumph over Milwaukee on Wednesday. Chris Paul, who has averaged 12 points against the Nuggets to date, is at 1.85 here to score under 17.5 points.
But while LA is an impressive 10-5 on the second night of a back-to-back, go with Denver’s home-court advantage to steer them to victory at 1.60 in a game that could stay under the total points line of 213.
Tonight’s other clash brings the Thunder to New York where the Knicks may again be without Carmelo Anthony. That could pose major problems in containing Kevin Durant who is on offer at 1.85 to score 30 points or more.
OKC are a high-quality fast breaking team, a trait which will give the ageing Knicks even more of a headache. Even if Melo appears, take the Thunder to silence New York.
There’s a clash of the titans in the Euroleague when Barcelona visit Olympiakos in a battle of the champions of the past two years.
It brings together old warriors Juan Carlos Navarro and Vassilis Spanoulis, with the Spaniard rested from domestic duty last weekend in advance of a tie that could see them seal top spot in Group F.
The Greeks lost 76-68 when they came to Catalunya earlier in the round but they come in with five straight wins and are worth a punt on the handicap of -1.5 at 1.90.
Best Bet: Take Kevin Durant to score 30 points for the Thunder against the Knicks at 1.85
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