Markelle Fultz and Robert Covington combined for 26 points off the bench to keep pressure on the Warriors. Bontemps: A combination of poor shooting by the Warriors, great shooting by their opponent, general wear-and-tear and the weight of expectations proving to be too much. In addition, the East has several teams that are built to give the Warriors a legitimate challenge. Futures Betting on an event in the future is a fairly popular and entertaining form of wagering. Score Celtics 48% Nets -0. That will come in handy against the Warriors, the team that has perfected this style.
Are you kidding me right now? And neither could the broadcasters or the general public. Steph Curry: 111 Blocks: 1. It would almost be disappointing to not have them in the Finals. But more competitive doesn't mean better. The first 14 titles are Brown Trophies, the rest are Larry O'Brien Championship Trophies. It will be the 68th edition of the event.
We could see this matchup many times throughout the next few years, as both of these teams are on the rise. The Celtics are dripping in talent, but in many ways they don't have a team hierarchy the way that most contenders do. Boston still has time to turn it around and contend for the East title. Do the Los Angeles Lakers try to make a move now or will they remain patient until free agency? He's a battle-tested vet who strengthens the Bucks' chances in the playoffs. Score Spurs 38% Mavericks -3 62% 10 p. The Saints are objectively the better team, but that narrative inspires fear. We will get to all that and more in our predictions down below.
The Nuggets are a really good team with some talented young players, and while the Thunder did re-sign Paul George this summer, we have them being upset by the Nuggets who will be led by incredible young center Nikola Jokic. As for the point total of 49, I would take the over in this one. You might think the are destined to make the finals and win again, but the oddsmakers see it another way. They were a lot younger the last time I made a decision like this four years ago. Score Spurs 33% Timberwolves -4.
Score Magic 31% Pistons -5 69% 8 p. Denver is not one of them. They have quality wins over the Raptors, Philadelphia 76ers and Milwaukee Bucks, but the team has struggled mightily, particularly on offense, to this point. It is a tricky balancing act for anyone, even more challenging for someone charged with being that guy for the first time of a team that has this amount of talent surrounding him. With Boston expected to be a lot healthier how can they be less healthy? He needs to win now.
Many are arguing the Thunder are now better off without Carmelo Anthony, but the rest of the group still hasn't proven they can go deep in the postseason without Kevin Durant. And this is one of them. We don't have the Nuggets winning a single game in this matchup, and that's not hard to believe as the Warriors are seriously dangerous on offense and are almost unstoppable. Understanding especially where my boys are at this point in their age. For the first time, the All-Star draft made by the two players with the most votes from each conference will be televised. The East contender for whom this question was most dire was the Sixers, and they executed such a deal when they traded for Jimmy Butler.
Score Cavaliers 10% Trail Blazers -14 90% 10:30 p. The game will be held at the in Charlotte, North Carolina, home of the. Cleveland will look for a coach to develop a team that will add another lottery pick in the draft. However, he's no box-score stuffer like Draymond Green, who's occasionally an afterthought on offense but is capable of defending any position and a master at taking care of the little things. While the Warriors and Raptors might make the best series, I'm always up for seeing the best actual player in the Finals. Jazz A fully healthy Gordon Hayward makes the Celtics a title contender.
I also like the over, even at 57 points. Score Timberwolves 18% 76ers -9. Pascal Siakam are among their most important for the present. By the time the playoffs come around, he'll be back to his old self. There were a number of things that bothered Irving in that game, including a It was a message delivered only in Kyrie Irving-style, full of salient points that sometimes veered off course but all seemed to eventually take you on a journey inside his thoughts on the state of the Celtics. The Celtics may be without leading scorer Kyrie Irving when they face the Nets in Brooklyn Monday night.
The Houston Rockets are absolutely fantastic on offense, but we have them falling to LeBron and the young Lakers in a seven game series. Winning is difficult, and so is keeping the team intact. With a few weeks before anything can become official, you can be sure these odds will ebb and flow along with the many leaks and rumors that will surround James. This will be the second time that Charlotte will host the All-Star Game, the first time was in , at the Hornets' previous home arena. Oddsmakers believe that will be the case, opening James as a 30-1 longshot to remain with the Cavs next season. They play an entertaining brand of ball and if a new champion is to be crowned, it seems as though it should be by defeating Golden State on the biggest stage.
Score Pelicans 25% Warriors -7 75% 10:30 p. All season long, the Bucks' key statistical markers have suggested they are the best team in the East. The West is far more competitive with 14 teams in the playoff mix. The extra week of offseason will only add to the anticipation. Because I think you saw that on all our faces after Game 7 of the Houston series where this means a lot to us. Score Kings 48% 111 Suns -0.