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NBA Wednesday Specials: Take the Warriors and Celtics

Tue, Jan 23, 10:41am by Staff Writer

After spending the last two weeks on the road, the Warriors are hosting the Knicks at home. The Dubs won’t be dwelling on their defeat to the Rockets over the weekend. The Warriors have only lost consecutive games six times, since Steve Kerr took over as coach.

The Lakers (16-29) host the Celtics (34-12) side that have had back-to back losses of late. Kyrie Irving will be relishing the opportunity to match-up against the Lakers talented young roster.

New York Knicks at Golden State Warriors

Wednesday, 24 January 2018, 1.30pm at Oracle Arena, Oakland

The Warriors will be focused on bouncing back from having the rug pulled out from under them by the Rockets (116-108). Warriors coach Steve Kerr will be looking to use this as motivation when they host the Knicks.

The Warriors are still the team to beat for the title.

The Warriors have only dropped consecutive games six times since Steve Kerr took the reins. The Warriors are 9-0 after a loss this season. Steph Curry and Klay Thompson will be looking to bounce back after a sub-par performance against the Rockets. Curry had 19 points and shot 6 of 20 from the field. The chances of lightning striking twice are slim.

The Knicks have had a strong start to their road trip, but have dropped games against the Grizzlies and Lakers. The Knicks are still a playoff chance but have failed to put together back-to-back wins.

Tim Hardaway Jr. and Kristaps Porzingis remain the key men for the Knicks. Porzingis has lead the scoring for the Knicks this season with 23.5 (PPG). Against the Warriors the big-man’s average drops to 12 (PPG).

Tim Hardaway Jr had 31 points against the Jazz (117-115) and will be looking to prove himself against the champs.

The Knicks (21-25) sit 10th in the league and will have a tough time visiting the bay area.

The Warriors will start double-digit favourites for this clash. One year into the Phil Jackson recovery season, the Knicks have improved but still have work to do.

Expect the Warriors to make a statement.

Kevin Durant, Curry and Thompson will want to put on a show at home. Take the Warriors for a 10-point win.

Best Bet: Warriors to win by 1-10 points

Boston Celtics at Los Angeles Lakers

Wednesday, 24 January 2018, 1.30pm at Staple Centre, Los Angeles

The Celtics are going through a mini-slump, dropping their last three games. The Eastern Conference leaders are going through a rough patch that will raise a few eyebrows in the league. The Celtics have fallen to the Pelicans, Sixers, and Magic.

Kyrie Iriving missed the loss to the Sixers but was unable to prevent his side going down to the Magic (103-95). Irving hit 40-points in a losing effort, as the Celtics struggled to overcome a 19-point deficit. Boston won’t be overly concerned having gone on a 16-game streak during the season.

The Celtics start a four-game road trip West with a visit to the Lakers.

The Lakers (17-29) have won six of their last eight games, including a 20-point win over the Knicks (127-107).

Lakers fans will be buoyed by the news that Kyle Kuzma will be able to suit up against the Celtics. Kuzma had an injury scare against the Knicks, taking a heavy fall during the game.

Lakers coach Luke Walton will have to make do without Lonzo Ball. Ball has missed the last four games with a knee injury and is in doubt for the upcoming road-trip.

The Celtics have some major artillery in the form of Irving and Al Horford. The Lakers are remaining competitive and are still a chance of eighth spot in the Western Conference.

The last time these two sides met the Celtics recorded a double-digit win. The Celtics will start favourites for this match-up. Expect Irving to relish playing in front of a Lakers crowd.

The Celtics have too much fire-power and have shown the ability this season to rally when their back is against the wall. They will be too good for this improving Lakers side.

 Best bet: Celtics to win 

*Sportsbet odds will be posted when they become available

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