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NBA Midweek Best: Spurs host Warriors in playoffs preview

Wed, Mar 29, 4:00pm by Staff Writer

The midweek hardcourt action sees some serious heat being applied to the league leaders in the Eastern and Western Conference. The Warriors will try and keep the Spurs at bay in the West and the Cavs will look to get back to their winning ways in the East. At we have the best bets on the midweek games.

Warriors @ Spurs

AT &T Centre, San Antonio – Thursday  March 30, 12.30pm AEDT

TV: Live on ESPN

The Warriors will look to strike back as visit the Spurs in a Western Conference blockbuster. Steph Curry will be keen to show that they can pull out a win without injured All-Star Kevin Durant, against quality opposition.

The Warriors overcame the Rockets 113-106 in the first of their Texas two-step with Curry leading the way with 32 points and 10 boards.

Having won eight straight, the Dubs have found a groove with their last loss coming at this venue against this opposition two and half weeks ago.

Klay Thompson has also found his rhythm of late hitting 31 against the gRizzles then 25 against the Rockers.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr will be happy that both his All-Stars have found their range from beyond the three-point line. Thompson and Curry combined for 12 three-pointers against the Grizzlies and eight in their most recent game.

The Spurs are in a good place leading into the playoffs, coming off a huge win against the champs Cleveland. The Spurs are on a five game winning streak and had the wood on the Warriors last time these two sides met.

Kawhi Leonard had 25 points and six assists against the Cavs, without Durant lining up for the Dubs, this is his time to shine. For Aussie fans keep your eye on Patty Mills. Mills came off the bench to help himself to nine points and seven assists in a tidy effort last time out.

The Warriors are outsiders at $2.68 with the Spurs as firm favourites at $1.50.

Interestingly, it is the first time since November 2013 that the Warriors have started as outsiders in consecutive regular season games.

The Spurs have had the edge over the Warriors so far this season with back to back wins.

This will be the time for Leonard to make his case for end of season MVP honours. I’m expecting this to be close early but look for the Spurs to pull away in the second half. It’s hard to go past the bench rotation of the Spurs. I’m tipping the Spurs for the win.

BEST BET: Spurs to beat the line of -4.5 – $1.95

Cavaliers @ Bulls

United Centre, Chicago – Friday March 31, 11.00am AEDT

TV: Live on ESPN

Does the regular season matter for the Cavs? Probably not as they will be there come playoff time, so Cleveland fans are not sweating the current rut. After back-to-back losses to the Wizards and Spurs. the Celtics now lead the Eastern Conference.

The Bulls will fancy their chances of stealing a win against the champs. Just when you thought when the Bulls were down and out they bounced back with a solid win against the Bucks (109-94). Jimmy Butler had 20 points and a career best 14 assists.  With nine games remaining in the regular season the Bulls are still a chance of stealing eighth spot in the Eastern Conference.

The Bulls have been hot and cold all season, but have won two out of the last three, with Butler rallying the line-up for a push to the playoffs.

The Cavs will be without Kyle Korver and Iman Shumpert and will look to bring them back slowly in time for the playoffs. LeBron James and Kyrie Irving will be looking to make amends after a tough loss to the Spurs.

The markets have not been posted yet, but expect the Cavaliers to start favourites with the Bulls as outsiders. We’ll update the odds when the markets have been posted.

The Cavs may have lost of their championship swagger this week but don’t count them out, they can rebound to win this, albeit narrowly.

BEST BET: Cavs to win by 1-10 points

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