The 2015-16 NBA season continues this week with the Golden State Warriors continuing their East coast trip as they take on the Chicago Bulls. Continue reading for all our January 21st NBA Preview and Betting Tips.
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Golden State Warriors at Chicago Bulls (Thursday 12pm AEDT)
The Bulls are incredibly inconsistent this season as on one night they look like a title contender and the next they play as if they shouldn’t reach the playoffs. Jimmy Butler has been leading this team and he has put up some huge numbers in recent matches to get his side over the line. However, he won’t be able to produce something that will stop the Warriors when they are switched on and at full strength.
The defending champions blew past their finals opponents from last season and gave Lebron James his most humiliating defeat of his entire career. It was a statement the Warriors and Curry felt like they had to make after suffering two shocking losses in the space of a week. Curry is the current MVP of the league and he will be taking on the former MVP Derrick Rose, however injuries continue to hamper Rose’s career and he hasn’t played at an elite level for a couple of years. Draymond Green will play his usual role as a point forward and the Warriors will do enough to get over the W in this one and clear the line comfortably.
Miami Heat at Washington Wizards (Thursday 11am AEDT)
The Heat will be playing their second match of a back-to-back after losing at home to the Bucks in a match they were never in. The side is without point guards Goran Dragic and Beno Udrih and impacted their offence that has already struggled this season as they managed just 79 points.
Meanwhile Bradley Beal has finally returned to the line up for the Wizards and with a couple of games under his belt already he should be finding his touch and be able to make his normal impact on matches. John Wall has continued to play at a high level and should be picked as an all-star this year. As the point guard will be going up against the third string point guard of the Heat, he should have a huge game and lead his time to an easy victory.
Detroit Pistons at Houston Rockets (Thursday 12pm AEDT)
This match will be a huge contest between two big men in the middle. The Piston’s up and coming centre Andre Drummond will face off with the experienced Dwight Howard who has found the best offensive form he has shown in Houston and he is coming off a monster 36 points, 26 rebounds match against the Clippers – however they were unable to get the victory in Los Angles.
The Pistons are also coming off a loss after the Bulls got the better of them but they picked up a huge scalp when they defeated the Warriors at home in the match before. The Pistons are the second best rebounding team in the league whilst surprisingly the Rockets are in the bottom 10. This should contribute greatly, along with their top 8 defence to a Pistons victory in Houston.
Atlanta Hawks at Portland Trail Blazers (Thursday 2.30pm AEDT)
The Hawks are beginning to turn things around and becoming more consistent. They are sitting in the top four of the Eastern conference and they had a huge victory last week against the Bulls. Al Horford and Paul Millsap are two intimidating big men in the middle and they are both double-double machines. The Hawks are the second best team at sharing the ball as they average over 25 assists a game whilst their defence and offence are both in the top 10.
Meanwhile the Trail Blazers are hot and cold and whether they win a match depends largely on whether their shots are dropping. If the Hawks are able to stop the second chance opportunities from rebounding then this game will be theirs for the taking.
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