Toronto Raptors (1.49) @ Chicago Bulls (2.73) - Monday, 8pm (ET)
The Raptors were given a real boost when Kyle Lowry returned to the team, but his presence on the court hasn’t helped them get into the win column.
The NBA betting odds favour last seasons’ champions, which is understandable despite the fact the Raptors are on a 3-game losing streak. The Raptors have been great defensively, allowing just 105.9 points per game.
The Bulls aren’t quite on-par in defense, allowing 109.2 per game. But it’s the other end of the court which should be worrying the Bulls.
The Raptors are putting up an average of 112.5 per game, compared to Chicago’s 106.0 per game. Toronto are superior across the board in offensive statistics, it’ll be a tough night for the Bulls unless they can get in front early and dictate the game.
Expect the Raptors to come out on top in this one.
To beat Chicago Bulls
Houston Rockets @ Cleveland Cavaliers - Wednesday, 7pm (ET)
The Rockets sit fourth in the West on 15-7, winning against both the Suns and the Raptors in their last two.
Harden still leads the league averaging 38.5 points per game. He’ll step out alongside, Russell Westbrook and an in-form Ben McLemore.
The Cavaliers are sitting second-bottom of the Eastern Conference, going 5-17 for the season so far and come into this one looking to snap a six-game losing streak.
The Cavs are led in attack by Collin Sexton (17.7 points per game) and Kevin Love (16.1 points per game), but have also relied on Tristan Thompson and Darius Garland to provide the firepower.
Take Harden and the Rockets to win here.
To beat Cleveland Cavaliers
Los Angeles Clippers @ Toronto Raptors - Wednesday, 7pm (ET)
The Clippers, alongside the Lakers, are the teams to beat in the West. They both have stacked rosters and have been playing some excellent basketball this season.
Los Angeles are sixth in the NBA power rankings, after winning 135-119 in their last against the Wizards. Doc Rivers men played against Giannis and the Bucks on the weekend, but didn’t have enough on the night, losing 119-91.
The Clippers will come up against the Indiana Pacers before this one and the result there will have an effect on the players. However, we expect the Pacers to put a tough fighter in a game they will eventually lose.
As we’ve discussed already, the Raptors will first face the Bulls before heading back across the border to Rogers Place. They will be hoping to find their feet against the Bulls, before facing Kawhi, George, Williams and Harrell.
They’ll be keen to make Kawhi regret leaving, and must try to get back into the win column or the may see their early season form slip away.
Take the Clippers to win this one.
Los Angeles Clippers
To beat Toronto Raptors
Dallas Mavericks @ Detroit Pistons - Thursday, 9pm (ET)
The Dallas Mavericks have been sensational this season, nobody expected them to come out and play the way they are right now. They’re fourth in the league in offense, putting up an average of 118.0 per game.
The Pistons go 9-14 in the league for the 2019/20 campaign. They’re led in offense by Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond, who have been turning up in the last few games putting up three wins in their last four, only missing out to the Bucks.
They will be up against a Mavericks side who slipped up against the Sacramento Kings over the weekend, losing 110-106. Luka Doncic has now established himself as an MVP contender, but it was Tim Hardaway Jnr. who led the scoring (29 points) against the Kings.
The Pistons will need to be well-organised in defense and attempt to stop Luka from working his magic. His ability to find players and move with the ball make him an almost unstoppable player - try and stop him and he shoots a three over you.
Take the Mavericks to bounce back here.
To beat Detroit Pistons