After demolishing the Chicago Bulls on Sunday, the Oklahoma City Thunder will go for six wins in a row on Monday when they host Memphis.
It’s another possible play-off preview for the Western Conference leaders who are still at a very generous 4.00 to win the NBA title this season. In three meetings with the Grizzlies this season, they have won by three, five and seven points with Kevin Durant averaging 30.
With Memphis scrapping for the eighth play-off spot in the West, an injury to point guard Mike Conley is an unwelcome blow ahead of a stretch of three games in as many days. But even if the Thunder dominate, the battle of the benches in the fourth quarter could well see the Grizzlies make the final scoreline closer than +8.0.
Two teams with almost identical records meet in Dallas when the Mavericks (30-23) square off with the Los Angeles Clippers (31-21).
After a bumpy spell following the All Star break, the Clippers ship has been righted with their longest winning streak (five) since 2006. All of those victories came at the Staples Center but now they begin a run towards the end of the regular season that sees them play nine of 14 on the road.
That’s a worry for a team with a poor away record this season, especially against a Dallas side that has won five of its last six at home. And with the Mavericks trying to overcome the Clips to earn home advantage in the first round of the play-offs, the reigning champions will want to make a statement with a more emphatic victory than the handicap of 4.5.
In other markets, Kevin Durant has now dropped to odds of 2.10 to win the NBA’s Most Valuable Player award, the second favourite behind LeBron James. However on current form, and with the voting period about to begin, the OKC forward is making a formidable case for the MVP prize.
Bet of the Day: Dallas to win by more than 4.5 over the LA Clippers.