Fri, Jan 12, 2:07pm by Staff Writer
The weekend NBA action sees the Warriors take on the Aussies in Milwaukee. Matt Dellavedova and Thon Maker will be wanting to make a strong impression against the champs. The Warriors will be wanting to bounce back after the surprise loss to the Clippers (125-106).
The Phoenix Suns will be looking to build some momentum as they take on the Houston Rockets.
Catch all the hardcourt action on ESPN Australia.
Golden State Warriors at Milwaukee Bucks
Saturday, 13 January 2018, 12.00pm at BMO Harris Bradley Centre, Milwaukee
The Warriors were surprised by the LA Clippers at home this week in a shock loss. The Warriors will take on the Bucks without Steph Curry. Curry injured the same ankle that kept him out for eleven games earlier this season.
The Warriors are 10-2 without Curry, but won’t be taking the Bucks lightly. The Warriors have won their last ten games on the road, but will have their work cut out for them against the Bucks. The return of Kevin Durant is what the Warriors need starting a tough five-game road trip.
Kevin Durant helped himself to 40 points against the Clippers, and became the youngest player in NBA history to score 20,000 points.
The Bucks dispatched the Magic (110-103) with Giannis Antekounmpo scoring 26 points. The Bucks are 14-7 at home, sitting in sixth spot in the Eastern Conference.
The Warriors have struggled with slow first quarter starts in recent weeks. With Houston and Cleveland waiting, Warriors Coach Steve Kerr will be looking to keep their winning streak on the road alive.
The match-up between KD and Giannis is worth the price of admission. Under the guidance of Jason Kidd, the Bucks have some grunt about their defence this season. If Giannis can shut-down KD, then the Bucks are a chance of shocking the Dubs.
The Bucks were also in the news this week, potentially making a play to add Andrew Bogut to their Aussie contingent.
Klay Thompson will come back into the line-up after being rested against the Clippers.
Given the heavy schedule on the road, the Warriors will start slight favourites in this clash, and should be good value to clear the line by 1-10 points.
The Bucks are a work in progress. In another season or two expect the Bucks to feature heavily in the playoffs. This time around the Warriors will get their road trip started with a tough win.
Best Bet: Warriors to win by 1-10 points
Houston Rockets at Phoenix Suns
Saturday, 13 January 2018, 2.30pm at Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix.
The Rockets have shown the ability to come back against adversity with the injuries to their starting line-up. With James Harden, Nene and Luc Mbah a Moute sitting on the sidelines, the Rockets have won their last four games.
The Rockets are 14-5 on the road, and with Eric Gordon going in for Harden the Rockets are 2-2. Chris Paul has stepped into the breach left by Harden’s injury. CP3 had 37 points against the Trailblazers (121-112).
Normally an assist machine, CP3 showed he isn’t afraid to shoot with 29 field goal attempts against the Blazers. Eric Gordon capped the night with 30 points, as the Rockets showed they’ve lost nothing on offence.
The Suns recorded a major win during the week upsetting the Thunder (114-100). Their biggest win of the season, the Suns will be looking to build some positive momentum against the Rockets.
The Suns have the ammunition on the bench to cause the Rockets some real problems. Dragan Bender came off the bench to score 20 points against the Thunder. Devin Booker had 26-points, but the second unit for Phoenix could test the Rockets depth.
Despite the absence of Harden, the Rockets will start double-digit favourites. The last time these two sides met, the Rockets romped to a 26-point win.
The Rockets have too many weapons that will hurt the Suns. The Rockets brand of high octane basketball will easily account for the Suns.
Best bet: Rockets to win
*Sportsbet odds will be posted when they become available
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