Fri, Feb 9, 3:10am by Staff Writer
NBA action this weekend sees many exciting matchups, and with All Star weekend almost upon us it is an important time for sides to consolidate their positions before the final third of their regular season comes up after the break.
Milwaukee Bucks @ Miami Heat
Saturday midday at American Airlines Arena
The current fifth seed in the East heads to the current seventh seed of the conference’s home court in their third and final match of the regular season when Milwaukee do battle with Miami this Saturday at 12:00pm.
The two game series is currently 2-0 in favour of Miami who have won a game both at home and in Milwaukee.
With the star shooting guard for the Heat not available due to an ankle injury, the task for Miami will not be an easy one.
The Bucks have one of the players of the season across the league in Giannis Antetokounmpo at their disposal who leads the franchise’s points, assists and rebounds categories and is a starter for the Eastern Conference in next weekend’s all-star game.
However, despite losing their past five games, the Heat showed an encouraging performance on Thursday with forward Josh Richardson scoring a career high 30 points in the side’s loss to the Houston Rockets.
Expect the Heat to end their losing streak in a close win here against the Bucks.
Best Bet at Sportsbet: Miami Heat to win by 1 – 10 points
Los Angeles Clippers @ Philadelphia 76ers
Sunday 11am at Wells Fargo Center
Both sides currently sit as fringe finals contenders in their respective conferences with the Clippers at ninth position in the Western Conference and the 76ers in eighth spot in the East.
This weekend, each team does have a match on both Saturday and Sunday so it will be interesting to see the momentum they carry into this matchup after the Clippers first head to Detroit on Saturday while the 76ers defend their home court against a travelling New Orleans Pelicans outfit.
While the Clippers are currently on a two game winning streak, it will be difficult to win back to back road games this weekend, especially after having to head to Detroit the previous night and take on former franchise player Blake Griffin at his new home court after the manner in which he was sent to the Pistons recently.
Expect Philadelphia to ground out a competitive but decisive win in this one.
Best Bet: Philadelphia 76ers at the line (provided it is under 10 points)
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