NBA Previews W/C 08/01 : The NBA comes to London!

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Last Updated : 9th January, 2018 By Alex M

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Things are getting interesting in the NBA right now and with the All-Star game just one month away, business is really picking up. The L.A. Lakers have become a sideshow once again with Lavar Ball insisting that the young Lakers don't want to play for coach Luke Walton anymore and the NBA Global Game comes to London on Thursday with the Philadelphia 76ers take on the high-flying Boston Celtics. Now we're at the business end of the season, every week means more and more!

Tuesday - Trail Blazers @ Thunder

It's fifth versus sixth in the Western Conference and these are two sides who have big hopes of making it to the post season. Portland are steady; they have Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum in the backcourt and Jursuf Nurkic manning the middle, but the big three of Carmelo Anthony, Paul George and reigning MVP Russell Westbrook have really began to gel. They have a record of 7-3 in their last 10 outings and Westbrook is the Western Player of the Month for December. Their roll will continue on Wednesday.

Get odds of 1/2 with Betfair for a Thunder win (£100 free bet)

Wednesday - Clippers @ Warriors

A few times in recent years, this has been a playoff matchup. However, the Clippers aren't the team that they were and a place in the postseason is far from guaranteed. Chris Paul, Jamal Crawford and Paul Pierce are no more and Blake Griffin's health is still unrealiable. He's back at the moment, but will he offset Kevin Durant? Unlikely, the former OKC man is playing out of his skin and with Stephen Curry also back in the fold, Golden State will win.

Enjoy odds of 1/6 with Paddy Power for a Warriors win (£20 free bet)

Thursday - Celtics @ 76ers

Well, Boston isn't quite at Philadelphia, they are actually at the O2 Arena in London, England. Last year, Indiana and Denver played out a huge scoring affair and fans will be hoping for the same again. After four straight wins, Philly are on the cusp of the playoffs and are only one game behind the Pacers having played a game less. But, Boston are top of the east and with Kyrie Irving driving them forward, a seventh straight win is surely in the offing. Celtics win.

William Hill are offering odds of 2/7 for the Cetics to win (£30 free bet)

Friday - Cavaliers @ Raptors

Second takes on third in the Eastern Conference with LeBron James and co. breathing down the necks of their Canadian foes. Toronto have won five games in a row and are 8-2 in their last 10 but Cleaveland are 4-6 in their last 10, struggling to find their best form. Isaiah Thomas has returned to the Cavs rotation and if he can fit in quickly, their firepower significantly increases. However, one thing the Raptors are is in sync and while the Cavs find their rhythm, the Toronto backcourt will take advantage. Raptors win.

Raptors are available at 6/4 with Paddy Power to win (£20 free bet)

Saturday - Lakers @ Mavericks

This was the NBA Finals a decade ago, but not anymore. Far from it. The Lakers snapped an eight-game losing skid last week, but their problems are still very evident. although they have young stars, rumours that they will trade Julius Randle, Jordon Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr aren't helping. Dallas have only won one game more and with Dirk Nowitzki in the winter of his career, there is a lot of pressure on Dennis Smith Jr. and Harrison Barnes to lead this franchise forward. Lakers win.

William Hill are offering odds of 3/1 for the Lakers to win (£30 free bet)


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  • Boston and Philadelphia will play in London this week
  • The Cavs will play Toronto in a top of the east clash
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo

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