Sat, Jan 20, 10:11am by Staff Writer
Sunday will see the heavyweights take the court. Cleveland will be looking to turn around their slump as they host the Thunder.
In the West the Dubs head to Houston determined to end the speculation over the Rockets title credentials.
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Oklahoma City Thunder at Cleveland Cavaliers
Sunday, 21January 2018, 7.30am at Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland
The Cavs haven’t pushed the panic button just yet, but they have been awfully close. Cleveland simply have not been the Cleveland we know over the last two weeks. It’s the nature of some of the losses that have shocked the league.
Things got ugly against the Timberwolves (127-99) and the Raptors (133-99). There were signs the Cavs were clawing back some respect at the Warriors (118-108).
The Cavs got past the Magic (104-103), thanks to Isaiah Thomas making two free throws with 11 seconds left on the clock
With the Thunder coming to town, expect LeBron James and company to step-up against the Thunder. The Cavs blew a 23-point lead against the Magic, but the win will give the side some confidence. Isaiah Thomas is fit and working out his role in LeBron’s plans.
The Thunder are a team on the rise. The big three of Paul George, Carmelo Anthony and Russell Westbrook have worked out their roles and the results are starting to show on the court.
Melo helped himself to 27-points against the Lakers, as the Thunder head to Cleveland on the back of a four-game streak. Melo is happy being the third wheel to George and Westbrook.
Melo has learned to increase his shooting percentages and he is playing some of his best basketball of the season.
Cleveland have one of the toughest home crowds in the league. LeBron has proved his worth time and again throughout his career.
Expect a big performance from LeBron and Thomas. The Cavs are on the verge of rediscovering their mojo, and they have the potential to sneak a tough win against the Thunder.
Take the Cavs to win by 1-10 points.
Best Bet: Cavs to win by 1-10 points at Sportsbet
Golden State Warriors at Houston Rockets
Sunday, 21January 2018, 12.30pm at Toyota Centre, Houston
Fresh off being voted as Captain for the All-Star Weekend, Steph Curry leads the Warriors to Houston on the back of a four-game streak. During the week the Warriors made history, notching their 14th win on the road. Warriors Coach Steve Kerr will be wanting his troops to make a statement against the Rockets.
Steph Curry and Klay Thompson got their groove in the win against the Bulls, combining for 68 points.
The scoring exploits of Kevin Durant took a back seat with 19-points against the Bulls.
The Rockets will be desperate for the win. A win against the champs, would send a signal to the league that the Warriors dominance could be ending. James Harden is key to their plans.
Harden was able to shake off some rust after a seven-game absence against the Timberwolves. Harden was limited to 25 minutes after returning from a hamstring injury.
The Rockets will need Chris Paul to take over in any scoring absence from Harden. CP3 has been spectacular in his first season with the Rockets. Paul has averaged 18.6 PPG so far this season.
The Warriors will be too strong for the Rockets. Thompson and Curry have found their groove. In Durant they have one of the strongest scoring weapons in the league. With Harden coming back from a long layoff, it may be too much for the MVP favourite.
Take the Warriors to notch their 15th win on the road.
Best bet: Warriors to win at Sportsbet
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