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NBA Championship 2017/18

Eastern Conference In the sort of shenanigans that would raise eyebrows in other sports (aside from Serie A perhaps), the two top teams in the East decided to swap big names. Kyrie Irving had enough of playing number two to Lebron James, and headed to Boston, who to the surprise of some, were willing to allow their star point guard Isaiah Thomas to go the other way. He is out until the new year with a hip injury anyway, and there are whispers a flaky health record is the reason he was ushered so swiftly out the door. Gordon Hayward also moves to Boston from Utah after an elongated spell in the departure lounge. So with Cleveland not getting any... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Thursday, October 19th, 2017
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NBA Championship 2017/18

Western Conference An extraordinary off-season (much better terminology than the English football close-season – at least they acknowledge there is NOTHING TO SEE HERE…FIND SOMETHING ELSE TO DO WITH YOUR DAMN LIVES) has left lips moistened in anticipation of this week’s tip-off in NBA. And that is before we find out who is planning to kneel down for anthems, and be attacked by the President on his twitter feed. The Golden State Warriors will certainly remain the team to beat. Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry both signed contract extensions, and they managed to retain a host of supporting players, including Andre Iguodala and David West, whilst also deepening their bench. Who can challenge them? Perhaps the big turnaround at Oklahoma... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Thursday, October 19th, 2017
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NBA 2016 Western Conference Play-Offs

4 to Watch GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS V HOUSTON ROCKETS • Regular season head-to-head 3-0 Warriors Whilst last year, the Rockets ran the Warriors close in the Western Finals, expect no such thing this time around. The only certain whitewash of the Play-Offs season, the Rockets defence isn’t a patch on last season and they should get drubbed 4-0. SAN ANTONIO SPURS V MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES • Regular season head-to-head 4-0 Spurs The end of the Marc Gasol-Zach Randolph-Mike Conley Grizzlies era is set to end in disappointing fashion. This should be another whitewash, perhaps not as certain as the first match-up, but a pretty sure bet. 4-0 to Spurs. LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS V PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS • Regular season head-to-head Clippers... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Saturday, April 16th, 2016
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NBA 2016 Playoffs Eastern Conference

4 to Watch TORONTO RAPTORS V INDIANA PACERS • Regular season head-to-head Toronto won 3 of 4 This is already the most successful season in Toronto history, with a franchise-record 53 wins and perhaps this time they will make it past the first round, putting on the back burner the embarrassing smash by Washington last season. Indiana by contrast are in the Play-Offs due to their third best defence, and other than Paul George (>23 points per game), they struggle to score. Momentum is with them – six wins from the last seven, but that was not up against a backcourt of Kyle Lowry and Demar Derozan. Toronto to win 4-1. CLEVELAND CAVALIERS V DETROIT PISTONS • Regular season head-to-head... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Thursday, April 14th, 2016
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NBA 2013/14

Eastern Conference Once more it looks like being all about the Heat – the overwhelming favourites to win a third title in a row. Despite losing Mike Miller, all the other cogs in the machine are whirring.  Few would bet against LeBron James picking up yet another MVP award, whilst Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh are only getting better Add in the seven ft Gred Oden who if he stays fit, should boost their iffy rebound rate. Back them to win at 3.25, primarily because they will. Their main rivals according to the betting will be the Chicago Bulls, who have guard Derrick Rose back after missing the whole of last-season. The Indiana Pacers ran the Heat close last season, and... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Thursday, October 31st, 2013
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