Wed, Dec 7, 2:53pm by Staff Writer
Who would have thought the Cavs would be under this much pressure during the season? The champions are still dominating the Eastern Conference, and in the Western Conference Aussie fans are in for an early Christmas present as the Warriors face-off against the Clippers. At www.australiangambling.lv, we have studied the form guide to give you the best bets for the mid-week match-ups.
Cavs @ Knicks
Madison Square Garden, New York – Thursday 8 December, 12.00pm AEDT
TV: Live on ESPN
Don’t be fooled by their recent poor run, Cleveland are a side still dominating the Eastern Conference. The champs will need to find an extra gear at the Mecca of basketball, Madison Square Garden as LeBron James confronts the Knicks and good friend Carmelo Anthony. If you are a Cleveland fan, then there is no need for concern. The team dropped games against the Bucks, Clippers and Bulls but they bounced back against the Raptors last time, with James having a season-high 34 points. Expect the Cavs to be in form come playoff time.
It will be the first game for James after his much publicised stoush with Knicks GM, Phil Jackson. JR Smith has always performed against his old team and the Cavs have a great record in New York. There will be plenty of motivation from the Cavs to resume normal service with a win.
New York sit fifth in the Eastern Conference. Carmelo Anthony has averaged 22.5 (PPG) and Derek Rose was a smart acquisition in the off-season. The Knicks have put together some solid wins in the past week, but continue to struggle at the defensive end of the court conceding 114.5 PPG.
A lack of bench depth is hurting this Knicks side and they will struggle if they can’t fix their defensive issues.
However with Lebron and company having a point to prove, expect the Cavs to run out easy winners in this contest.
BEST BET: Cavs to beat the -7 line – $1.95
Warriors @ Clippers
Staples Centre, Los Angeles – Thursday 8 December, 2.30pm AEDT
TV: Live on ESPN
Expect some fireworks in this clash. The two best offensive teams in the Western Conference go head to head at the Staples Centre. The Warriors have the best offence in the league with the Clippers not far behind.
The Clippers put together a two-game run which included a win on the road against the Cavs, but fell away at home against the Pacers earlier in the week. For the Warriors, they begin a five-game road trip against a Clippers side that is hungry for success.
The Warriors head to the Staples Centre after one of the greatest offensive displays that the franchise has seen in the last four decades. Klay Thompson posted some out of this world numbers, hitting 60 points before three-quarter time in the 142-106 win against the Indiana Pacers. For the Clippers, it’s bad news as they have to find a way to put the brakes on Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry, let alone Thompson.
The Clippers took the Western Conference by surprise with a blistering start to the season while they recently beat the Cavs by 19 points in Cleveland. Their concerns are at the defensive end of the court, and they have lost four of their past six.
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