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NBA Weekend Specials: The Warriors and Celtics our picks

Fri, Dec 8, 12:11pm by Head Editor

The Western Conference contenders are in the thick of the NBA action this weekend. The Warriors head to Detroit to battle the Pistons. The Spurs will look to halt the momentum of the Celtics at home. 

Golden State Warriors at Detroit Pistons

Saturday, 9 December 2017, 11.30am at Little Caesars Arena, Detroit

The Warriors finish a six-game road trip in Detroit this weekend. The Pistons will fancy their chances of causing a boil over, having upset the Warriors earlier in the season 115-107.

The Warriors have some injury concerns coming into December.

Steph Curry and Draymond Green missed the Warriors win over the Hornets earlier in the week. Curry has struggled with an ankle injury, but in his place the Warriors have a quality contributor in back-up guard Quinn Cook.

In Curry’s absence, Kevin Durant has stepped up to lead the team’s offence. Durant recorded his first triple double of the season in the win over the Hornets, in Charlotte on Wednesday.

The Pistons will be happy to be back in front of their home fans after dropping the last four games on the road. The last three losses were decided in the clutch minutes of the fourth quarter. The Pistons have dropped from second to fourth in the Eastern Conference.

The Pistons will look to clean up their offensive rebounds and shake up their bench rotation. In the loss to the Bucks, the Pistons allowed 13 offensive rebounds.

The Warriors have the weapons to take advantage of second-chance points.

There’s genuine quality in the Pistons line-up this season. Andre Drummond had 27 points and 20 rebounds against the Bucks earlier this week. He was backed-up by guard Avery Bradley with 20 points.

The Pistons have the potential to be a threat, but will struggle to contain Kevin Durant.

The Warriors will be motivated to show that the loss to the Pistons earlier in the season was simply a bump on the road to the playoffs.

Take the Warriors to win by 10 points or more.

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Boston Celtics at San Antonio Spurs

Saturday, 9 December 2017, 1.30pm at AT&T Centre, San Antonio

The Celtics travel to San Antonio on the back of a four-winning streak, and have a 3.5 game lead over the Cavs in the Eastern Conference.

The Celtics are 10-2 on the road this season, and the self-belief this season comes from the addition of Kyrie Irving.

After a high-profile trade from the Cavs that sent Isiah Thomas in the opposite direction, Irving has been sensational in the clutch.

In the midweek game against the Mavs, Irving lead the revival from a double-digit deficit.

Irving helped the Celtics slip by the Mavs with 23 points and five assists.

The ability of the Celtics to adjust their line-up to injuries this season has been one of their major strengths. After dropping their first two games and losing Gordon Hayward on the opening night of the season, the Celtics put together a 16-game winning streak.

The Celtics will need every inch of that winning self-belief as they take on the Spurs.

The Spurs have been quietly flying under the radar this season. The absence of Kawhi Leonard has meant LaMarcus Aldridge has had to do the heavy lifting on offence.

Aldridge has lead the Spurs for scoring this season averaging 22.6 (PPG) and eight rebounds.

In the mid-week win against the Heat, Aldridge recorded a game-high 30 assists and 18 points.

The Celtics are outsiders in this clash. The men from Boston are good value to pull a surprise upset over the Spurs. This will be a tight clash and Kyrie will come up with the game winner in the clutch.

Take the Celtics to win by 1-10 points

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