The 2015-16 NBA season continues with 10 matches to be played on , Thursday February 25th. ESPN will be televising the Washington Wizards against the Chicago Bulls in Australia as the Bulls are continuing to search for a way to win without Jimmy Bulter. Continue reading for our NBA February 25th Preview and Betting Tips.
Washington Wizards at Chicago Bulls (Thursday 12pm AEDT)
The Wizards are slowly climbing up the standings in the East as their roster returns to full health and John Wall continues to put up huge numbers. They were able to make a great acquisition by grabbing Markieff Morris before the trade deadline. The power forward adds an extra scorer to the side whilst providing a solid defensive presence around the paint.
Meanwhile, the Bulls are on a downward spiral since they lost their best player Jimmy Butler to injury. They have managed to earn victories in their last two starts but they have lost 3 of their last seven. They lack the ability to score at a high level and with the Wizards coming off a strong showing against the Pelicans that saw John Wall earn a triple double in the win, we are backing them to earn a solid away win.
New York Knicks at Indiana Pacers (Thursday 11am AEDT)
The firing of head coach Derek Fisher has done little to help the Knicks who have slumped to just two wins in their past 10 matches and fallen out of the playoff race. The side is still rebuilding but with Carmelo Anthony and Kristapis Porzingis they still have a lot of talent and can be a dangerous team to face.
However, the Pacers earned a huge comeback victory against the Oklahoma City Thunder to snap their home streak. Paul George was huge in the match scoring 22 points and adding 10 assists as his involvement on the scoring end continues to increase whilst he plays lock down defence. They defeated the Magic in their next match but in the second of a back-to-back they lost to the Heat in overtime as they ran out of gas. They have had the day to rest and should make easy work of the Knicks on home court and earn a comfortable victory.
Golden State Warriors at Miami Heat (Thursday 11.30am AEDT)
The defending champions slipped up coming out of the all-star break as they were demolished by the Portland Trail Blazers. However, they were able to overcome the shock loss by defeating the Clippers the following night. They earned a comfortable victory in their last start against the Hawks and they will face a similar team in the Heat on Thursday.
The Heat will be without their best player though with Chris Bosh remaining on the sidelines with an undetermined medical condition. It is a big blow for the Heat as they already lack scoring threats.
The Warriors are in a league of their own at the moment and it will be a big surprise if they slip up again and lose this one. The Splash brothers are continuing to drain threes whilst Draymond Green is proving to be one of the most consistent players in the league.
Oklahoma City Thunder at Dallas Mavericks (Thursday 12.30pm AEDT)
I am expecting a big match out of the Thunder in this one after Kevin Durant and his side were embarrassed by the Cavaliers on their home court and in the match before that they let a lead slip in the fourth quarter against the Pacers after controlling the majority of the match. The two game skid will need to come to an end as the Clippers are narrowing the gap in the hunt for home court advantage during the playoffs.
The Dallas Mavericks will be well rested after having two days off since they defeated the 76ers at home. Dirk Nowitzki achieved a massive milestone in the match, as he became just the 6th player in NBA history to surpass 29,000 points. However, the party won’t last long as the Thunder will be playing with a chip on their shoulder. Russell Westbrook is currently playing at an incredibly high level and it will be hard for Deron Williams to stay in front of the athletic point guard.
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