The NBA season is back tonight, and we go straight in early on this time with a pick in order to try and take advantage of some poor lines early on.
GS Warriors 115.5 points v LA Lakers @ 1.85 (888Sport) – 2.5 points
The Golden State Warriors host the struggling LA Lakers in order to try and continue their winning streak taking it to a record beating 16-0. The Golden State Warriors have been tearing it apart on the offensive end averaging 115 points per game.
The Warriors travel to take on the Lakers who are an extremely poor defensive team, conceding over 106 points per game this season. The Lakers have struggled to defend against good 3 point shooting teams like Portland, Phoenix, Denver and Toronto. The word defence is something that is struggling to exist in the Lakers dictionary at this time.
The Warriors have relied a lot on Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes are averaging is 65 points per game. The team are shooting 48% from the field and 41% from 3-point territory to lead the NBA in both those marks. The Warriors have also taken a liking to playing against the Lakers matching up for 136, 127 early on in the season last year but then later on towards the playoff time kept it calm with 108, 105.
I expect the Warriors to easily go over the mark of 115 points tonight considering they have scored 118, 106, 124, 115 alone in their last 4 games.
LA Clippers over 107 points v DEN Nuggets @ 1.83 (Bet365) – 2.5 points
D Gallinari over 18.5 points @ 1.85 (888Sport) – 2 points
The LA Clippers have struggled to one of their worst starts this campaign losing 3 straight games by more than a 7 point margin. Tonight they have an opportunity to get back on the winning trail with this match against the Denver Nuggets.
The Clippers will know that they need to put in a solid offensive performance in this game in order to outscore the Denver Nuggets, who generally tend to score in buckets some times. While the Nuggets scoring has remained around a 100, the Clippers are averaging over 104 points per game. They had suffered through many injuries, but now the whole crew will be back, which will see Rivers, Crawford and Pierce return to the bench scoring while Redick, Paul, Griffin and Stephenson should handle the scoring at the starting of the game. Between Paul, Griffin and Redick 56 points. The Clippers have generally scored well against the Nuggets netting 110, 107, 102, 106, 117, 115, 100 and 112 in the last 8 match ups against Denver, so you can expect more of the same especially with the poor struggles Nuggets have defensively.
The Nuggets will struggle defensively due to number of injuries mainly to Faried, who protects the paint for them along with centre Lauvergne who will also miss out. The Nuggets will have to rely a lot on Italian sharpshooter Gallinari who will have to shoulder the responsibility of being among the most experienced players in the team. Gallinari is averaging 18 points per game, and a lot of it is reliying on his 3-point shooting. When he knocks down at least 2 three-pointers per game, he generally tends to score over 20 points; and with a slower Clippers Small Forward lineup, you can expect him to get some open shots to knock it from downtown.
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