Fri, Feb 23, 2:41am by Staff Writer
After a terrific All Star weekend, NBA regular season action gets back into swing with a monster schedule this weekend featuring 19 games across Saturday and Sunday (Australian time).
There are some terrific contests scheduled across both days which are also interesting from a betting perspective.
Cleveland Cavaliers at Memphis Grizzlies
The new-look Cavs travel to Memphis for their clash with the Grizzlies at the FedEx Forum on Saturday in what will be another good test for their on-the-road playing ability.
Cleveland are currently riding a four game winning streak, with their last three wins against Atlanta, Boston and Oklahoma City all in away fixtures which points to the post trade deadline Cavaliers settling in rather well in their new team structure. At 34-22, the Cavs are still 4.5 games behind Boston for the number two seed in the conference but continuing this winning streak may result in this deficit being quickly eroded.
The Grizzlies have lost their last seven on the trot and at 18-38 and 12th position in the Western Conference look unlikely to see any playoff action this season.
Expect the Cavs to continue their great on-the-road form in a comfortable win here.
Suggested Bet: Cleveland Cavaliers to win (at the line)
Oklahoma City Thunder at Golden State Warriors
In arguably the game of the weekend, teammates turned rivals Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant will do battle against one another this Sunday when OKC head to Oakland to take on the Warriors at the Oracle Arena.
Westbrook and Durant played as teammates for the first time in a long time on Monday as part of Team LeBron in the NBA All Star Game. With the Warriors relinquishing their top of the conference (and league) position in their defeat to Portland last Thursday, they will be keen to get back on the winner’s list and this grudge match provides a perfect opportunity to do so.
The Thunder currently sit in fifth position in the Western Conference but head a pack of six teams who are all within 2.5 games from them. Given this being the case, it is important for them to keep racking up victories to ensure they can look to secure a top four playoffs spot which will be crucial for their season hopes.
However, playing Golden State away is arguably the toughest proposition for any side in the competition so expect the Warriors to cruise to a comfortable victory here.
Suggested Bet: Golden State to win (at the line, provided it is equal or under 14 points)
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