The 2015-16 NBA season has reached February and the Golden State Warriors, Washington Wizards, Minnesota Timberwolves and Los Angeles Clippers will take part in the two Australian televised matches on ESPN. Continue reading for our NBA February 4th Preview and Betting Tips.
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Golden State Warriors at Washington Wizards (Thursday 12pm AEDT)
The Warriors survived a massive scare against the 76ers who have the worst record in the league as a Harrison Barnes 3 with less than a second on the clock gave them the victory. It would have been a huge embarrassment for a side that has only lost four matches this season and chasing history with the best record ever. Both sides will enter the match well rested with the Warriors having an extra day off between matches.
The Wizards were dominated in their last start against the Thunder in Oklahoma with their defence continuing to cause troubles for the side. That area will be put the test in this contest as they come up against the best offence in the league. Stephen Curry will put a mountain of pressure on John Wall as he is practically impossible to guard and his range is likely to hurt the Wizards as he and Klay Thompson will look to drain the three pointer. The Warriors will clear the line in this one.
Minnesota Timberwolves at Los Angeles Clippers (Thursday 2.30pm AEDT)
The Clippers have somehow overcome the adversity that is faced with the side after Blake Griffin was involved in the highly publicised incident that ended with him punching an equipment managed in the face multiple times and breaking his hand. They are currently on a four game winning streak and are playing at an incredibly high level despite the absence of one of their superstars. Chris Paul has continued to lift his game and led his team to victory.
Meanwhile the Timberwolves will be playing their second match of a back-to-back and after falling to the Lakers 119-115. They are still a young team with a lot of potential, however they are coming up against a team with title aspirations and they will lose by a big margin.
Orlando Magic at Oklahoma City Thunder (Thursday 12pm AEDT)
The Thunder has an incredibly strong record at home at 23-5 this season and it is incredibly unlikely that they will lose to the Magic who have won just one of their last 10 matches. This has seen the Eastern Conference team fall outside the playoff picture and their strong start to the season has been wasted. They put on a strong showing against the Spurs but they were punished in the fourth quarter by a far superior squad and eventually lost by 15 points.
Russell Westbrook is coming off his seventh triple double of the season and the partnership between him and Kevin Durant is as strong as ever despite speculation around the two players futures. Enes Kanter is continuously providing a lot of offense off the bench and once he sorts his defence he could become one of the best power forwards in the league. The Thunder will win this game and clear the line comfortably.
Indiana Pacers at Brooklyn Nets (Thursday 11.30am AEDT)
The Nets are sitting in second last place in the Eastern Conference and it is evident why as they struggle to score points whilst their defence has a lot of issues. They have the second worst attack scoring just 95 points per game and that has contributed greatly to just one win in their last ten matches.
Despite the Pacers nearly upsetting the Cavaliers at home earlier in the week, the side has currently hit a rough patch and has just three wins in its last ten matches. Paul George’s production has slowed down and he needs more production from the players surrounding him. George Hill and Monta Ellis are both quality players and they will get the upper hand of their opposition and it will be enough for the Pacers to pick up a narrow victory on the road.
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