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NBA Thursday Specials: Back the Warriors and Timberwolves

Wed, Dec 6, 10:33am by Head Editor

NBA Thursday is back with a double header on ESPN Australia.

In this first match, Charlotte native Steph Curry returns home for the only time, to face his home-town Hornets.

The Los Angeles Clippers return from a loss to Minnesota in Minneapolis, to take on the Wolves at Staples Center.

Golden State Warriors at Charlotte Hornets

Thursday, 7 December 2017 at 12pm AEDST

The Golden State Warriors overcame a minor hiccup last week, where they lost to the Sacramento Kings.

The Warriors were without leading scorers Steph Curry and Kevin Durant on that occasion.

Unfortunately for the Hornets, both of these stars will be fit and playing in this contest.

Golden State are beginning to play consistent basketball on this six-game road trip, winning the first two games by double digits.

Charlotte regained the services of point guard and team captain Kemba Walker from a shoulder injury on Monday.

His defensive effort in limiting Steph Curry to under 20 points is essential if the Hornets are to get an odds-against win.

The Hornets have been too inconsistent this season to pose a genuine threat to the Warriors over 48 minutes.

Curry always enjoys playing in Charlotte, with friends and family set for another show from the maestro.

Back the Warriors to cover by ten points.

Best bet- Golden State Warriors at the handicap at Sportsbet

Minnesota Timberwolves versus Los Angeles Clippers

Thursday, 7 December 2017 at 2.30pm AEDST

Despite losing Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets during the last off-season, the Los Angeles Clippers were still likely to finish in the playoff positions in the Western Conference.

Fast forward six weeks into the season and the Clippers have been ravaged by injury.

Patrick Beverley, Milos Teodosic, Blake Griffin and Danilo Galinari have all been long-term outs for LA, who are without four of their five starters for this game against Minnesota.

One of the up-and-coming teams in the West are the Wolves, who acquired Jimmy Butler from Chicago in the off-season.

Minnesota have played well so far this season, but still struggle to close out games, despite the clutch scoring of new recruit Butler.

These two teams met last Monday, where the Wolves are six point winners.

For LA, Austin Rivers knocked down seven three-pointers, with the Clippers are a team nailing 14 long-balls.

They will need a similar effort on Thursday in order to compete with Minnesota. The Wolves have had to travel for a game in Memphis on Tuesday and then to LA on Tuesday night before this match, while the Clippers have been resting.

LA coach Doc Rivers shuffled his starting line-up on Monday, so it will be interesting to see if he once against chooses to go with two rookies from tip-off.

The Clippers are unbackable at the moment given their injury crisis. This team couldn’t play much better than they did on Monday against Minnesota and still lost.

It’s hard to see them having such a prolific three-point shooting performance again.

The Wolves should win this comfortably.

Best bet- Minnesota Timberwolves to win by 7+ at Sportsbet

*Sportsbet odds will be posted when they become available

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