Fri, Mar 16, 3:36pm by Staff Writer
Less than a month remains in the NBA regular season and Toronto, Golden State and Houston have already amassed 50 wins.
The race for playoff positions in the Western Conference is intensifying with each game, with the 4th seeded Oklahoma City Thunder through to the 10th seeded Denver Nuggets separated by three games.
This weekend ESPN Australia features two matches. On Saturday morning, the Brooklyn Nets visit Ben Simmons and the Philadelphia 76ers from 10am AEDST.
On Sunday, Minnesota take on San Antonio, in a must win for both teams, from the AT&T Centre in San Antonio.
Brooklyn Nets at Philadelphia 76ers
Saturday, 17 March 2018 at 10am AEDST
The 76ers last start loss to the Indiana Pacers was somewhat a surprise as they were heavy favourites at home.
They now face a Nets team playing for nothing more than pride, with their draft lottery picks already on the move thanks to a trade some years ago now involving Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett.
The Nets (21-47) have enjoyed patchy play all season, with injuries hampering the team’s progress.
The 76ers have enjoyed a resurgence since the All Star Break, which includes better play on the road.
The Sixers are one of the best home teams in the East, owning a 20-11 record.
They should be too strong for the Nets in this one and after beating them by 23 points less than a week ago, we expect a similar result in Philadelphia.
Minnesota Timberwolves at San Antonio Spurs
Sunday, 18 March 2018 at 11.30am AEDST
Minnesota visit San Antonio on Sunday morning and in a changing of the guard, the young Wolves are ahead of the consistent Spurs in the playoff standings.
San Antonio has had a horror run with injuries all season, but are set to have Kawhi Leonard back for this contest with the Wolves.
Leonard has only played nine games all season, but his presence is sure to provide a much needed boost to the languishing Spurs.
The Wolves enjoyed a come from behind win against Washington earlier this week, one which cements them in sixth place in the West, 1.5 games ahead of the LA Clippers.
The Wolves will again be without star Jimmy Butler, but Karl Anthony Towns has stepped up in Butler’s absence.
Minnesota has not won in San Antonio since the 2012-13 season, where they beat the Spurs by 13 in a meaningless final regular season game.
We expect the more polished Minnesota team to come out on top in an upset, and put the Spurs playoff position in real jeopardy.
Best bet- Minnesota Timberwolves to win.
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