Dirk, Mavs storm past Thunder in overtime

Mavs Muscle Previous Thunder In OT

 

DALLAS – Dirk Nowitzki was pissed off by his poor capturing efficiency in Dallas' previous sport. That disappointment, plus a little bit assist from an outdated friend, turned into another big performance by the veteran ahead.

Nowitzki scored seven of his 32 factors in extra time, main the Mavericks to a 128-119 victory over the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder on Tuesday night.

Nowitzki also had 10 rebounds and 6 assists. In Dallas' loss to Brooklyn on Sunday, he was 2 for 12 from the sector in his worst taking pictures performance of the season.

"The last recreation was disappointing for me," Nowitzki said. "I was simply hesitating too much, so I had to return to having fun out there and simply being me.

"That was a heck of a game, and it was fun to be a part of."

The 7-foot Nowitzki was eleven for 23 from the sphere and 8 for eight on the line.

"His emotion and his attitude carried the staff," Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. "He is a prideful man. I believe great players are great for a reason. They by no means let something keep them down for lengthy. He is bounced back from each adversity he is ever had in his profession, so that is no shock."

Kevin Durant led Oklahoma City with forty three points. He has scored a minimum of 25 in 36 consecutive video games within the longest such streak since Michael Jordan's forty-recreation run in the course of the 1986-87 season.

Dallas had seven gamers rating in double figures. Jose Calderon went 6 for eight from 3-point range and finished with 22 factors.

Nowitzki mentioned he frolicked on Tuesday with Holger Geschwinder, his longtime basketball mentor from his home country of Germany. He stated they got in just a little taking pictures work.

"I suppose he was tired of watching my capturing proportion," Nowitzki said. "It's at all times good when he's there."

Russell Westbrook scored 23 for Oklahoma City. All of his factors got here in regulation, when he played 31:50. He added another minute in additional time.

Westbrook is proscribed to 30 to 32 minutes per game because of his oft-injured right knee.

Oklahoma Metropolis was coming off a 117-ninety six victory over Denver on Monday evening. The Thunder had received four in a row.

"I am pleased with our guys' effort and power, getting back from again-to-back games," coach Scott Brooks said. "I am unable to complain about anything we did tonight."

"We didn't make the big play," said Durant, who has scored 40 factors or more 13 occasions this season. "They made photographs in additional time. It's a must to give them credit."

The Mavericks scored the primary 5 points of the additional period on two free throws by Nowitzki and a three-pointer by Calderon. They by no means trailed again.

The victory pushed Dallas into eighth place in the Western Convention, a half-recreation forward of idle Phoenix. The Mavericks improved to 3-2 on a franchise-long, eight-recreation homestand, with three of the games going to overtime. They began the homestand in seventh place, 1 half forward of the ninth-place Suns.

Calderon returned to the beginning lineup after being knocked out of Sunday evening's game in the first minute. He was whacked in the face by Brooklyn's Mason Plumlee, chipping a facial bone between his nose and mouth.

Calderon mentioned the injury only hurts when he talks or laughs. "And I don't have to giggle throughout video games," he stated.

One other of Calderon's 3s came with 26.3 seconds left in the fourth quarter and sent the game into time beyond regulation.

"It felt good from the beginning," he stated, "however you do not know till that ball goes by way of the rim."

Dallas received 109-86 at Oklahoma City on March sixteen in the Thunder's worst lack of the season. Westbrook missed that game as a result of the workforce desires to restrict the exercise for his surgically repaired knee, choosing to rest him in a single a part of back-to-back games.

Westbrook was the catalyst of Oklahoma City's second-quarter rally after the Thunder fell behind by 10. He scored 10 factors in the interval, including a foul shot that gave Oklahoma City a 57-forty eight lead with 1:25 to go.

But the Mavericks answered with three consecutive 3-pointers – one from Calderon and two from Vince Carter – to tie it with 33.4 left in the half. Durant then hit a three to provide Oklahoma City a 60-fifty nine lead at the break.

The Thunder hit 14 of 18 pictures within the interval and shot 57.1 percent for the half.

 

Game notes

Thunder middle Kendrick Perkins, sidelined since Feb. 20 with a groin strain, is hoping to return at Houston on April four… If Dallas finishes among the many league's top-10 groups, Oklahoma Metropolis will get the Mavericks' first-round draft selection next summer season because of a collection of trades.

 

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NBA Prediction Thursday Night Preview/Pick- Thunder vs. Suns

Oklahoma City Thunder (46-15, 20-9 away) @ Phoenix Suns (35-25, 21-12 home) 03/06- 9:00PM EST

 

Line: OKC -6.0

Over/Under: 217.5

 

The Oklahoma City Thunder look to keep rolling as they go into Phoenix in search of their fourth straight win and 12th consecutive victory over the Suns in a Western Conference showdown on Thursday night.

 

With star Russell Westbrook back in the lineup and appearing to be in game shape following his knee injury, he has team poised and ready to make a strong push into the playoffs.

 

OKC (46-15) came under fire when Westbrook returned to the lineup and the Thunder dropped three straight at home, but they now appear to have found their game once again lighting up the scoreboard for an average of 118.0 points per game during their win streak.

 

Westbrook recorded a triple-double (13 points, 14 assists, 10 rebounds) in the Thunder’s 125-92 spanking of the lowly Philadelphia 76ers, achieving the feat in the smallest amount of time in 59 years.

 

I’m just trying to get my groove back,” he said. “I’m blessed to be able to do that in such in a short amount of time. It was fun.”

 

As good as the Thunder are without Westbrook, he is the man that makes everybody better and makes them a great and dangerous team and is the key to getting the Thunder back into the Finals in a talented and dangerous Western Conference.

 

With Westbrook back into a groove, that spells trouble for the Phoenix Suns (35-25) who are looking to snap an 11-game losing streak at the hands of the Thunder with Westbrook leading the charge averaging 23.0 points, 7.5 assists with a 49.4 shooting percentage.

 

For Phoenix, they are still a good team but seem to have fallen off the grid a little without the star point guard Eric Bledsoe, who’s been out since Dec. 30 with a knee injury. Bledsoe has starting practicing once again and is expected back in the coming weeks which is a welcome relieve with backup guard Leandro Barbosa out for the next six weeks with a fractured hand which he injured in Tuesday’s 104-96 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. The challenge now will be… can the Suns keep it together until then?

 

Other guys will to step up,” coach Jeff Hornacek said.

 

The Suns (35-25) are 2-3 in their last five games and failed to take advantage of a home heavy stretch that will see them play 12 of 15 in Phoenix after Thursday’s contest. 15 of their last 22 games will be played on the road and they will need to find their defense if they want any chance of making a strong playoff run.

 

Oklahoma is 1-0 so far against the Suns after posting a 103-96 win way back on Nov. 3 and with two teams that appear to be headed into opposite directions, the oddsmakers have made the visiting Thunder a (minus -6.0) point favorite but get the latest odds up until tipoff right here at Wonder Punter.

 

I too have to agree with the oddsmakers on this one and just feel the Thunder have too much fire power to leave Phoenix with a loss on Thursday night as it will be hard to go against the likes of Kevin Durant, Westbrook and the rest of the talented Thunder.

 

Prediction/Pick- Oklahoma City

 

 

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

NBA Prediction Friday Night Preview/Pick- Grizzlies vs. Thunder

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Memphis Grizzlies (32-24, 15-10 away) @ Oklahoma City Thunder (43-15, 23-6 home) 02/28- 8:00PM EST

 

Line: OKC -6.0

Over/Under- 192.0

 

The Oklahoma City Thunder will take to the court on Friday night against the visiting and surging Memphis Grizzlies as they will be trying to avoid their fourth straight defeat at home.

 

It’s been almost five years since the Thunder have experienced a losing streak of this nature but most concerning is that the first three losses have all come at home. Granted, they played the Miami Heat and Los Angeles Clippers, but losing to the lowly Cleveland Cavaliers 114-104 on Wednesday night shocked everyone that knows the game of basketball.

 

More surprising is that with the return of point guard Michael Westbrook back in the lineup, the Thunder were expected to run the table the rest of the way, but instead have dropped their first three in the midst of a six-game homestand at Chesapeake Energy Arena and the blame can pointed on the defensive end where they have allowed 106.1 points per game in their last seven compared to an NBA ranking of seventh (97.4 ppg) in their first 51 games.

 

No one in the locker room, including myself, feels good about it,” Thunder head coach Scott Brooks said. “The exciting thing is we know we can do better. We just to maximize our potential.

 

Defensively we’re not getting after it enough. We just have to keep focusing on that end and it will turn back around for us.”

 

Despite their recent home slump, the Thunder still hold the best record (43-15) in a very tough and competitive Western Conference and had won 23 of their first 26 before the defense decided to take a break.

 

We just have to figure it out,” Kevin Durant said. “We have to help everybody else out and figure it out what were doing wrong out there. … we just have to focus on the next game.”

 

And that next game is Friday night against the Memphis Grizzlies, a team that they defeated 86-77 in a strong defensive showing back on Feb. 3 at home, allowing their second-fewest points of the season.

 

The Grizzlies have dropped two of three so far this season to the Thunder but have won four of the last six meetings at OKC, including two big games in last year’s Western Conference semifinal that saw them win in five games.

 

You know it’s always going to be a good game,” Memphis center Marc Gasol said. “Playing over there, you know the place is going to be packed, fans are going to get into it and it’s going to feel like a playoff game. We enjoy that.”

 

Memphis has won five of their last six and seem to be hitting their stride getting it done at stopping the ball, allowing only 94.6 points per game with an impressive 84.9 per road contest since Jan. 5—tops in the league in that stretch.

 

Despite the recent struggles of the Thunder at home and the Grizzlies being able to win in OKC, the oddsmakers have still made Oklahoma City a (minus -6.0) point favorite for Friday night’s game, but stay up to date on the latest spread up until tipoff right here at Wonder Punter.

 

NBA Prediction Thursday Night Preview/Pick- Heat vs. Thunder

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Free NBA Pick and Prediction Heat vs Thunder

Miami Heat (38-14, 18-10 away) @ Oklahoma City Thunder (43-12, 23-3 home) 02/20- 8:00PM EST

 

Line: OKC -3.0

Over/Under: 207.0

 

Oklahoma City point guard Russell Westbrook is set to make his return on Thursday night just in time as the Thunder get set to host the Miami Heat and go for a season sweep against the two-time defending NBA champions.

 

In a rematch from Jan 29 back in Miami, the Thunder fought back from an early 18-point deficit to roll past the Heat 112-95… a game Westbrook did not play in.

 

Westbrook who has missed 27 games due to swelling in his injured right knee had his third operation in nine months back on Dec. 27. After going through a full practice on Wednesday, Westbrook is eager to get back on the court and help lead the Thunder, who already have the NBA’s best record 43-12 to another playoff run.

 

It’s like trading for an All-Star at the trade deadline,” said Kevin Durant, who leads the league in scoring. “We’re looking forward to it. We’re definitely excited to get him back.”

 

Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks wouldn’t make a definite yes or no on Westbrook returning to action against the Heat, but had this to say after Wednesday’s practice…

 

I thought he had a good practice today. We went so hard, no question. We did a lot of things in transition, we did a lot of halfcourt. We did a lot of defensive drills, and he was able to participate in all of our drills.”

 

The Miami Heat (38-14) are expecting the three-time All-Star Westbrook to be suited up for Thursday’s contest and realize the challenge will be tough.

 

It’ll be one of our biggest challenges of the regular season,” Heat’s Dwayne Wade said. “Anytime we play them (is a challenge), especially now, after losing to them at home. And bringing in Westbrook, you’re bringing in a dynamic player at home, where they play very well. We’re going to have to play as close to flawless as we can to beat this team.”

 

As for MVP candidate Kevin Durant, he has been playing like a man among boys in Westbrook’s absence, averaging 35.0 points per game, 7.5 rebounds and 6.3 assists to help lead the Thunder to a 20-7 without their star point guard.

 

Miami will be playing in the final of a six-game road trip that has seen them win three straight and four of five as they try to chase down the Indiana Pacers for the best record in the Eastern Conference.

 

With the Thunder’s impressive 23-3 home record, the oddsmakers have made OKC a slim (minus -3.0) point favorite, but get the latest spread on the game up until game time right here at Wonder Punter.

 

Expect a great game on Thursday night as Durant and LeBron James will battle once again, but it’s hard to go against the Thunder with Russell Westbrook back in the lineup for the seasons most important game for Oklahoma City. The line may have it as a close game but I predict the Thunder winning by a comfortable margin to sweep the season series in what can be yet another preview for the NBA championship.

 

Prediction/Pick- Oklahoma City

 

 

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

Clippers win turnover battle, topple Blazers

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The Clippers, who arranged a franchise record with regard to largest victory Sunday in their 45-point thrashing of Philadelphia, converted 16 Portland turnovers into 20 points during a nip-and-tuck affair that incorporated 40 lead changes. "We were upward one, down one, upward one, " Paul stated. "I told them in the timeout: 'Fellas, we need to get a score and a stop. ' I told B. gary the gadget guy. if we get a score and a stop, it changes the whole game. It was frustrating because it was me making errors on defense, and they had been getting shots. But all in all, it was a good win for us. "

 

the particular Clippers won for the fourteenth time in 19 games given that Jan. 4, when the Spurs handed them their most severe loss of the season, 116-92 within San Antonio. Paul produced 10 of 15 photos in his second game back again after missing 18 with a separated right shoulder."It's definitely not (100 percent), " he stated. "But as long as I'm not really hindering my team plus my teammates, I feel I can be effective out there. "

 

"I'm in a great location, as far as our team going into the particular break, " Paul stated. "It's one of the best feelings i have had about a team given that I've been in the league, simply strictly because of defense. The biggest thing with us is that everyone has bought into the defensive finish. We understand that we can rating every night, but it's going to be our own defense that carries all of us. "LaMarcus Aldridge scored 25 factors and Damian Lillard experienced 21 for the Blazers, who are 5-8 since a five-game winning streak last 30 days. The loss was their 5th straight to the Clippers in Staples Center.

 

Clippers center DeAndre michael jordan had a miserable time trying to guard Aldridge in the 1st quarter, as the 6-foot-11 energy forward made six associated with seven shots – 1 night after going five for 22 from the industry and scoring 12 factors in Portland's 98-95 house loss to Oklahoma City. "It's tough, specifically going into the break, inch Lillard said. "You want to go into it with some energy and on a good note. all of us played two good online games, but we just were unable able to pull either sport out. "

All of Aldridge's first 6 baskets against the Clippers came from at least 17 feet aside, including a 3-pointer that offered the Blazers a 30-25 lead with 1: forty two left in the period."It's the NBA. You're not going to completely quit somebody from scoring, inch Jordan said. "I believe they lead the little league in scoring, but all of us did our best job this evening and we got stops when it counted. "

Los Angeles then went on the 12-0 run to go ahead 37-30 with 10: 50 remaining in the second quarter, because backup point guard Darren Collison capped the rally with a layup and two totally free throws. Less than 7½ moments later, Griffin outleaped 7-1 center Meyers Leonard on a lob above the container by Paul and completed the alley-oop for a 53-52 edge with 3: twenty-eight left in the half. "Blake's dominance will be something that we need. He's already been our MVP all time of year long, " Paul stated. "I keep telling your pet: 'I don't want to quit that. I don't want to hinder that. I just want to be a part of it. '"

 

Game notes Jordan had six rebounds in 37 minutes, closing his double-digit streak in 31 games. The business record is 42 simply by Swen Nater in 1977-78… Portland came in averaging a good NBA-best 107. 7 factors, and the Clippers were 2nd with 106. 7 for each game… The Blazers are the only team in the little league to have the same starting selection in every game – Aldridge, Lillard, Wesley Matthews, Nicolas Batum and Robin Lopez They all obtained in double figures… john, who will be playing in his seventh All-Star game, obtained his 11, 000th profession point on a short operating jumper with 5: fifty two remaining. His 113 double-doubles since the start of the 2010-11 time of year are the most by any kind of point guard duringextend… Seven of Portland's following eight games are at house, where the Blazers are 19-6. Copyright simply by STATS LLC and The connected Press

 

Jamal Crawford additional 25 points for the protecting Pacific Division champions, that go into All-Star weekend 37-18 – their second-best successful percentage at the break in business history. They were 39-17 final season, when they finished 56-26 and won their 1st division title. Los Angeles and Portland are usually each 5½ games at the rear of Oklahoma City for the best record in the Western Conference.

NBA Prediction Tuesday Night Preview/Pick- Thunder vs. Trail Blazers

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Free NBA Pick Oklahoma vs Portland

Oklahoma City Thunder (41-12, 18-9 away) @ Portland Trail Blazers (36-15, 19-5, home) 02/11- 10:00PM EST

 

Line: POR -1.0

Over/Under- 211.0

 

The Portland Trail Blazers will get the task of trying to slow down a man few teams have been successful at doing this season… the NBA’s leading scorer Kevin Durant.

 

And although the Blazers (36-15) have been the worst at containing Durant in the league, Durant is averaging 31.2 points over the league but against the Trail Blazers, he is lighting them up for 38.7 points per contest, they have won two of three over the Thunder and will be looking to take another one and move closer to the Northwest Division leading Thunder (41-12) on Tuesday night.

 

Portland will be motivated to take the season series against the Thunder and prove that they can play with the best and belong with the best but in their way once again is this years MVP leading candidate Kevin Durant who is shooting 54.1 percent against the Blazers.

 

Durant combined for 70 points in their two losses to the Blazers earlier in the season but was the difference maker as he went off for 46 points in a 105-97 win back on January 21… a game that saw him score 11 points in the final 3:23 to rally his team back in Oklahoma City.

 

MVP performance,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said after that game. “To score 46 points on 25 shots, six of seven from 3-point range, and I think he got a couple of shots blocked. It was a remarkable performance. He made shots when they mattered. He took his time and didn’t force it. He took what was there, and he made some great shots.”

 

And it doesn’t stop there as he went for 41 points on just 22 field-goal attempts in a 112-100 win over the New York Knicks on Sunday. He added 10 boards and 9 assists and helped shut down Carmelo Anthony to just 15 points on 5 of 19 shooting.

 

I tried to rely on my teammates,” Durant said. “They did a great job of helping me out and building a wall behind me.”

 

Oklahoma City is 3-2 in their last five games and will be without the services of their star point guard Russell Westbrook as they will have their hands full trying to contain the high scoring Blazers who go in averaging 108.0 points per contest.

 

Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge has had great success against his division foe this season as well averaging 30.7 points and 14.3 rebounds. Aldridge leads the Blazers in scoring with 24.1 points per game.

 

With the Thunder being the better defensive team (97.5 ppg to 103.5), the Blazers will need another complete game effort to keep pace in the Northwest Division and not allow the Thunder to extend their lead.

 

Oddsmakers have made Portland a slim (minus -1.0) point favorite going into Tuesday’s game but get the latest odds on the game up until tip off right here at Wonder Punter.

 

Even with no Westbrook for Tuesday nights game, expect another great performance from both teams… the Thunder is still fully loaded and dangerous and the Blazers with the likes of Aldridge and young sensation Damian Lilliard will be ready to battle the Thunder at home, a place where they have always played tough.

 

I like the Thunder’s chances better with Westbrook where they are 0-2 this season against the Blazers without him, but think they may do enough to sneak away with a big road win on Tuesday night.

 

Prediction/Pick- Oklahoma City

 

 

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

Magic down OKC on buzzer-beating dunk

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Orlando, florida, Fla. – The orlando, florida Magic have seen much more agony than celebration this season. But with one of the NBA’s best teams and its best scorer in town, the Magic produced the most of a rare opportunity to enjoy the latter.

Tobias Harris slammed house a fast-break pass through Maurice Harkless at the buzzer to give the Orlando Magic the 103-102 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday night time.With the oklahoma city leading 102-101 in the shutting seconds, Kevin Durant skipped a jumper to set up the particular last-second play, which was examined by officials and maintained.

Harris led the Magic with eighteen points, followed by Arron Afflalo with 16. Orlando’s along with outscored Oklahoma City’s 36-23.The earn gives the Magic their 1st four-game home winning ability in two years. It also photos the Thunder’s five-game successful streak in the series.

“I was drawing up our defensive strategy unless of course they had point-something left on the clock, ” Magic trainer Jacque Vaughn said. “But we’ll take it. ” Durant led the particular Thunder with 29 factors and 12 assists. Serge Ibaka added 26 factors.

The loss has been just the second in fourteen games for Oklahoma City. Durant’s points and assists accounted for half of his team’s factors in the first half. yet he scored just twelve points on 5-for-13 capturing in the second half. this individual was 1-for-7 in the 4th.”We could not do anything (in the second half). We were just a stage slow, ” Durant stated. “We kept running the same plays. We didn’t assist on the back side. all of us let guys cut in order to basket… There were just psychological breakdowns. ”

The Magic made eight of their first 11 shots to start the third quarter and trailed by eight entering the fourth. Vaughn stated before the game that the matchup would turn on whether the Magic’s second unit could outplay the Thunder’s bench. their prediction came true.

Without their beginners on the floor, the Magic kept their own third-quarter momentum going simply by scoring the first eight factors of the final period to cut the Thunder’s lead plus tie it at 88-all with just more than 9 minutes to play.Durant was reinserted into the game and promptly place his team back in front side with a jumper from the side.

The Magic held coming, though, and required their first lead, 91-90, on a pair of free tosses by Harris at the seven: 59 mark. The game stayed tight plus was tied at 99 when Durant came down on the break and discovered Thabo Sefolosha in the part for a 3-pointer with one: 56 left.

Glen Davis drew a good offensive foul, and on the particular ensuing possession, Afflalo has been fouled on a 3-point try with less than a minute to play. He hit two associated with his three attempts in order to trim the gap in order to 102-101 and set up the last sequence. the particular Thunder hovered above seventy percent shooting early on plus led by as many as seventeen points in the first fifty percent.

The Magic put up around, shooting 52 % themselves for the half. But they couldn’t match Oklahoma City’s 8-for-12 shooting from a few. The Thunder also experienced 17 assists. But the Magic held them to just 37 points in the second half.

“We came in at halftime and watched the movie and talked about how we could help ourselves, ” Vaughn stated. “There were numerous belongings in the first half exactly where we could have been in better locations.. and we did that in the second half and that was the difference. ” sport notes

The Magic honored former players mike Vincent and Jeff Turner , along with previous team executive John Gabriel, as part of their 25th wedding anniversary season celebration… Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis sat courtside Friday. Model Kate Upton also was in attendance, seated on the baseline alongside of detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander… A Magic season-ticket owner won $10, 000 during a timeout promotion by striking a free throw, layup plus 3-pointer within 24 mere seconds.

Thunder vs heat preview

Oklahoma City Thunder at Miami Heat (-4, 204) Kevin Durant's recent scoring barrage has moved him front and center in the race for the NBA's most valuable player award. On Wednesday Durant will come face-to-face with the greatest challenge to his MVP quest as he leads the Oklahoma City Thunder into Miami to face LeBron James and the powerhouse Heat.

Durant has scored 30 or more points in 11 straight games, the main catalyst behind the Thunder's eight-game winning streak. Durant is on the fast track to his fourth NBA scoring title, but faces one of his toughest assignments of the year – tasked with scoring on, and defending, the four-time league MVP and two-time defending NBA champion. James' numbers have taken a tumble in recent years, but he remains the most productive player on a team that sits second in the Eastern Conference. James will have help, too, as Dwyane Wade returns to the starting lineup.

LINE HISTORY:

Miami opened -4. 5 and was bet down to -4. The total opened 204 in Las Vegas and was bet down to 203. 5.

POWER RANKINGS:

Thunder (-12. 5) – Heat (-14. 3) + Home Court (-3. 0) = Heat -4. 8

KEY INJURIES:

Thunder: Russell Westbrook (Out – knee), Heat: Dwyane Wade (Probable – knee)

WHAT BOOKS SAY:

"Most of the main rival teams at the top – Indiana, San Antonio, L. A. Clippers – would be +5 and bigger in Miami, but Oklahoma City and Durant are getting respect for how they are playing without Westbrook. Even though Durant is getting all the accolades for his recent play, and rightfully so – hes the current MVP frontrunner, the Thunder have the inside matchup edge with Perkins and Ibaka, plus Collison and Adams off the bench. " – Aron Black, Bet365. com.

WHAT SHARPS SAY:

"A bit surprising that Thunder actually have a better record right now than the Heat, despite playing with Russell Westbrook for the past 18 games. What has been most impressive to me is that OKC is 4-1 SU in their five games as an underdog without Westbrook during those past 18 games, meaning they have played very well against quality teams, even while short-handed. "

Thunder Dancers or Heat Dancers?

 

WHY BET THE THUNDER (36-10 SU, 27-19 ATS, 22-24 O/U):

Durant isn't just shooting his way to superstardom – he's thinking his way around defensive schemes designed to shut him down. Durant hit the game-winning shot in Monday's narrow victory over the Atlanta Hawks, and said afterward that he was successful because he had seen the game-ending defensive setup before. "This is the third team we played that's been under that San Antonio umbrella, " he said of the Hawks' approach. "They brought that (double-team). And they were bold enough to do it in the fourth quarter. " Durant averages 29. 3 points in 12 career games against the Heat.

WHY BET THE HEAT (32-12 SU, 19-25 ATS, 27-17 O/U):

Wade was given the green light to join the starting five after coming off the bench in Sunday's one-sided win over the San Antonio Spurs. Wade, who scored eight points in 24 minutes in a reserve role, relishes the challenge of facing the team with the best record in the West. "I asked (head coach Eric Spoelstra) to take me out as a starter that one game, but I didn't ask him to do it the whole year, " Wade told reporters Monday. "So we can stop that conversation. " Miami is an Eastern Conference-best 12-2 against West foes.

TRENDS: * Favorite is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings.

* Home team is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings.

* Thunder are 0-6 ATS in the last six meetings.

* Thunder are 0-5 ATS in the last five meetings in Miami. CONSENSUS PICK:

54 % on Oklahoma City +4, 75 % on Over 204.

 

Durant keeps rolling as OKC tops Spurs again

 
 
 

SAN ANTONIO – Teams are finding out there's little they can do to stop Kevin pendant.

pendant had 36 points to counteract Tony Parker's season-high thirty seven, and Oklahoma City survived the testy 111-105 victory more than San Antonio on wed night, their third earn this season over the defending traditional western Conference champions.

Durant is hitting 38. 1 points in his last 11 games, assisting the Thunder reclaim the particular Western Conference's record with a five-game winning streak plus an 8-3 mark."Kevin do his thing down the extend, it was pretty remarkable, inch San Antonio Spurs trainer Gregg Popovich said.Durant and Jackson mixed for 22 points upon 9-for-15 shooting in a 35-point fourth quarter for Oklahoma City (33-10).

Jackson had 11 successive points early in the 4th, blowing past Parker with regard to layups to give the Thunder the 94-89 lead with eight minutes left.

"He has had excellent games against the Spurs, inch Oklahoma City coach Scott creeks said. "I can't place my finger on it. We want him to play aggressive golf ball on both ends of the ground. I thought he did a good job of finding spots on the floor that he can finish around the rim. "Jackson averages thirteen. 2 points, but offers scored 23. 7 factors against the Spurs this season.

Durant rebounded up and down excitedly after their second 3-pointer of the one fourth gave Oklahoma City a 108-98 lead with 1 moment remaining.

"Durant hit some difficult shots, he hit a few big 3s down the extend and it just got away from all of us, " Spurs veteran bernard Duncan said. "I don't know how else to explain this. "

Duncan and Boris Diaw obtained 14 points each, Marco Belinelli experienced 13 points and Manu Ginobili

additional 10 points. Duncan added thirteen rebounds, but San Antonio (32-10) struggled to conquer the loss of their top protective stopper, Kawhi Leonard.

Durant finished twelve for 22, but battled to get his shot away against the snug defense of the 6-foot-7 Leonard, who has the 7-4 wingspan. Leonard remaining the game late in the 1st half after sustaining the non-displaced fracture in his correct hand. His status will be unknown, but a similar injuries is expected to sideline Danny Green for a month.

"It's difficult, we're dropping like lures right now, " Duncan stated. "Losing Kawhi was large, especially in a game like this evening. "

Durant scored 24 factors after Leonard left the game with 3 minutes left in the first half.

"I felt earlier in the game the pick-and-roll has been working, " Durant stated. "I was able to go at the bigs a little bit and in the second half I missed a few shots, too. They did a good job of just becoming physical. I think in the 2nd half the defense was a little better. "

With Leonard out, the Spurs rotated and balanced Belinelli, Ginobili and 6-3 former Texas Longhorns teammate Cory Joseph on the 6 to 9 Durant. San Antonio actually attempted a zone in one point to slow pendant to no avail.

"(He guarded Durant) just one time in the zone — he just shot more than me, " Parker stated. "He is on fire right now anyways. He played excellent tonight. You just have to give them credit score. "

The Spurs used a physical defense against Durant along with Leonard out, especially when Ginobili drew the assignment. The tough play angered Durant, that twice lowered his glenohumeral joint and dropped Ginobili. each plays resulted in non-calls, which usually incensed Popovich. The Spurs trainer screamed at officials whilst Durant appeared to yell in Popovich. Popovich was evaluated a technical foul, which usually Durant angrily sank along with 1: 12 to give Oklahoma City a 55-51 lead along with 1: 19 left in the first half. Durant dismissed the particular heated emotion just as rapidly as he did any mental boost the Thunder will get through beating the rival Spurs three times. "I'm sure those men aren't worried that we defeat them three times, " pendant said. "We're just going to keep plugging away. inch San Antonio is 1-9 against the West's remaining top-five groups and the East's best, indianapolis, but they have bigger issues now. After remaining fairly healthy in reaching the NBAfinal season, the Spurs have been plagued by a rash of accidental injuries in the past month. Leonard joins beginning center Tiago Splitter plus former starter Green on the injured list. Parker is also still has a bruised tibia that limits his flexibility and long-range shooting ahead Matt Bonner has to put on a mask after busting his nose Friday against the Portland Trail Blazers.

"(Losing Leonard) is a big loss for us, " Parker said. "We are already down Tiago plus Danny, but everyone goes through injuries and we have to deal with this. Other guys are going to have in order to step up, but we just have to keep playing. "

Parker had twenty points in the second fifty percent, including 12 in the 4th quarter.

"Offensively, Tony was excellent, but he needed a few help for a little while and we just did not get it in order to him, " Duncan stated.

There were four lead changes plus six ties in the 3rd quarter, but Oklahoma City in no way trailed in the fourth.

Game notes

 

Splitter (sprained right shoulder) and eco-friendly (broken left index finger) both missed the game… Oklahoma City is 10-4 in back-to-back games, including a 4-3 report on the second night. They have swept three back-to-backs this season. San Antonio has a 54-22 record at home over Oklahoma City… Bonner, the Spurs' fun-loving forward, is playing along with the ribbing he is getting about the face mask he must wear to protect the particular broken nose he continual Friday against the Portland path Blazers. Duncan, who owns a vehicle customization shop, offered the custom-paint job for the obvious mask and Parker joked that Bonner could `'scare Durant" with it. Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News jokingly asked if the injuries ends Bonner's hopes of a modeling career once their NBA days are more than. `'I can still be a hands model, " Bonner stated.

 

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NBA Prediction and Pick Thunder vs bulls

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The Oklahoma City Thunder have completely dominated the Chicago Bulls over the last two months. Given the method both are actively playing heading into Thurs night’s meeting in Oklahoma Town, that trend appears most likely to keep on.

The Thunder (20-4) will become trying to extend the league’s longest energetic winning streak to eight online games. They’re averaging 110.3 factors while shooting 50.1 percent from the floor during their current run.

Oklahoma City is also the only remaining undefeated team at house, becoming the first golf club to start a season 12-0 at house since Cleveland in 2008.

Kevin Durant — who is shooting 54.2 percent from 3-stage range and 56.7 % overall during the winning streak — scored 30 in Tuesday’s 105-93 win at Denver, his league-leading 12th 30-plus stage efficiency.

“It’s a great win,” Durant mentioned after knocking off a group that had won 10 of 13. “We arrived here and defeat a team that plays nicely at home and has been playing really well since the last time we played them. Any earn on the street is hard, so we’ll get it.”

Russell Westbrook also flirted with a triple-double, finishing with 21 points, a season-high 13 rebounds and eight assists. He’s averaging 9.8 assists and 9.2 rebounds during the last six contests, giving Oklahoma City more jump in starting fast-break possibilities.

The Thunder have scored 16 points in changeover Tuesday and are usually averaging 19.0 over the last seven video games.

“It gives us an opportunity force in the crack,” said Westbrook, whose group is 6-1 when he gets at least eight assists. “It will get us into our units a great deal quicker, it gives us a chance to enjoy with a better pace, it gives me a better rhythm and it’s good for our team.”

Oklahoma City has won three directly against Chicago by an typical margin of 16.7 points, including a 102-72 home victory on Feb. 24. Durant was simply 6 of 19 from the field for 19 points, but the Bulls’ capturing percentage of 29.1 was their worst in more than nine years.

Chicago is averaging 80.3 points while capturing 34.5 percent in its final three losses to the Thunder. Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer are a combined 15 of 48 for 41 factors during that extend.

The Bulls (9-15) haven’t already been much better on offense while shedding six of seven, averaging 81.6 points on 37.8 % shooting. Their criminal offense stalled late in the third one fourth of Wednesday’s 109-94 reduction at Houston, where a 15-1 run by the Rockets that time period put the game out of achieve.

Point safeguard Kirk Hinrich missed his third straight game because of to back stiffness, but he’s anticipated to travel with the group for Thursday’s contest.

“We’re losing, therefore mentally it’s tough,” Noah said. “When you reduce, it’s not enjoyable but we need to maintain battling. The video games keep coming and nobody feels sorry for us and we can’t feel sorry for ourselves.”

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NBA Prediction Week 7 Game Preview/Pick- Thunder vs. Nuggets

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Oklahoma City Thunder (19-4) @ Denver Nuggets (14-9) 12/17- 9:00PM EST

 

Line: OKC -2.5

Over/Under: 207

 

The Oklahoma City Thunder roll into Denver on Tuesday night as the NBA’s hottest team as they look to extend their win streak to seven games and it’s been easy to this point as they are crushing their opponents.

 

The Thunder (19-4) have won 14 of their last 15 games by simply utilizing their speed and athleticism on both ends of the court.

 

The magnificent duo of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are leading the way for the Thunder with an average of 17.8 fast break points per contest.

 

Durant with his 28.5 points per game is first in the league in scoring and is getting it done attacking the basket, with 95 of his 206 field goals coming from around or at the net.

 

Westbrook is averaging 21.0 points and with team-leading 40 steals is creating opportunities and opening the floor for his teammates.

 

It just gets us easy baskets,” Durant said. “Once you start to hit layups and get dunks, it opens the flood gates a little bit.”

 

The Thunder won on Sunday night 101-98 against the Orlando Magic as they were finally challenged, but only because they blew a 16-point lead.

 

We were able to get started there, but you have to be able to play 48 minutes,” said Durant.

 

Revenge will be on the minds of the Nuggets (14-9) after a poor defensive performance led to a 115-113 loss at Oklahoma City back on November 18, when Durant went for 38 points and Westbrook added 30.

 

Denver has played well at home winning seven of their last eight, but coach Brian Shaw admits it will take a different level of play to beat the Thunder.

 

I told them that if we want any chance of winning against Okalahoma City, we’re going to have to do a lot better in every area to even have a chance to win that game,” Shaw said.

 

At just 5-foot-9, guard Nate Robinson has been a spark off the bench for the Nuggets accounting for 14.7 points per game and his getting it done on the defensive side of the ball as well.

 

Despite the Nuggets strong play at home, the oddsmakers have made the visiting Thunder a slim (minus -2.5) point favorite in the Mile High City, but get the latest odds for the game here at Wonder Punter up until game time.

 

I too, agree and predict the Thunder leaving Denver with a big road win as they are just playing on a different level right now.

 

Prediction/Pick: Oklahoma City

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

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Thunder fan runs on court during halftime to propose to girlfriend

Dec 15, 2013; Oklahoma City, OKAY, USA; Orlando Magic point guard Jameer Nelson (14) dribbles the ball in entrance of Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook (zero) during the second quarter at Chesapeake Energy Enviornment. Obligatory Credit score: Mark D. Smith-USA AT PRESENT Sports activities

In response to Thunder beat author Darnell Mayberry, a fan rushed to half-courtroom during halftime of Sunday night’s Oklahoma City-Orlando tilt at Chesapeake Vitality Area in OKC.

In what was clearly unplanned (or, no less than, unbeknownst to enviornment offficials and therefore illegal), a man by the identify of John Koyck pulled his girlfriend onto the court docket and tried to propose. Safety pulled the couple off the court, though they apparently allowed the proposal to be accomplished on the sideline.

Clearly, they’ll be in some bother with regulation (you already know, trespassing and all). Mayberry tried to speak with the couple after the sport however was told by the police that they’d “some enterprise” to deal with earlier than they could converse to the media.

Right here’s hoping there aren’t too many of us that play copycat. Not less than it was at halftime, and not during play although, right?

UPDATE: Evidently, the friendly police and safety folks in Oklahoma Metropolis have allowed the young lovebirds to return to their seats and revel in the rest of the sport. Huh. Didn’t see that coming.

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NBA Prediction Thunder vs Grizzlies Week 6 Wednesday Night Game Preview & Pick

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NBA Prediction Week 6 Wednesday Night Game Preview/Pick- Oklahoma City vs. Memphis

 

Oklahoma City Thunder (16-4) @ Memphis Grizzles (10-10) 12/11- 8:00PM EST

Lines and Odds:

Line: OKC -5.5

Over/Under: 191.5

 

In their first meeting since last year’s playoffs, the Oklahoma City Thunder will try to keep rolling against the short-handed Memphis Grizzles on Wednesday night.

 

Last year in the Western Conference semifinals, the Thunder couldn’t keep pace against the Grizzles without their star Russell Westbrook… this time around, it will be the injury-plagued Grizzles without their star center Marc Gasol (sprained MCL) who is still out, as well as forward Ed Davis (ankle), guard Tony Allen (hip) and now swingman Quincy Pondexter, who will be out indefinitely with a stress facture in his right foot.

 

For Oklahoma City (16-4), winners of three straight and 11 of 12 games, are close to full strength and are now once again one of the best in the NBA as they head into Memphis after pulling out a 101-92 victory Tuesday night in Atlanta.

 

We finally got a couple of stops in a row at the end,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks, whose team limited the Hawks to 35.6 percent shooting. “Any time you hold an NBA team in the 30s percent-wise in field goals, then you’re doing a good job defensively.”

 

Kevin Durant stayed hot scoring 30 points along with 10 boards. Serge Ibaka added 19 and 10, while Westbrook struggled shooting just 6 of 21 for 14 points, 11 assists and nine boards.

 

You have nights when you don’t make shots, but you can’t have nights when you don’t play defense,” said Westbrook, who was credited with four steals. “I take pride in defending every single night and trying to help my team win games.”

 

Durant since the 2008-09 season, is averaging 29.0 points in 29 meetings against the Grizzles, including the playoffs and will need all they can get as the Thunder have lost three in a row and eight of their last 11 games in Memphis.

 

The Grizzles are 2-3 in their last five games and are trying to keep it together until they can get some key players healthy.

 

Guys are stepping up. That’s what we need. We need everybody now, said forward Zach Randolph. “It’s tough. It’s real tough. We’ve just got to come out and play. Everyone has to step up like they’ve been doing.”

 

Jon Leuer is one of those players who has stepped-up, averaging 15.0 points over his last four games, doubling his season mark of 7.3.

 

We’ve had a lot of guys go down,” he said. It obviously makes it tough, but it opens up other opportunities for guys to come in and contribute.”

 

And an all-around contribution is what it’s going to take to beat the hot OKC Thunder who are a (minus) -5.5 point favorite on the road, but get the latest odds up until game time right here at Wonder Punter.

 

The Thunder are amongst the best in the league with 104.6 points per average, while Memphis as dropped off from last years mark of 89.3 to allowing 96.0 points per game this year.

 

With a depleted Grizzles team, I predict the Thunder covering the spread and leaving Memphis with a victory.

 

Prediction/Pick: Oklahoma City

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

Durant, Thunder end Spurs win streak at 11

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OKLAHOMA METROPOLIS – The pictures weren't falling early for Kevin Durant and never fell for Russell Westbrook, so it was Reggie Jackson and Jeremy Lamb who carried the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder to their most impressive win of the season.

Durant completed with 24 factors and thirteen rebounds, Jackson matched his profession excessive with 23 factors on 10-of-14 capturing and Lamb scored 12 factors on 5-of-7 capturing, lifting the Thunder to a ninety four-88 win over San Antonio and snapping the Spurs' eleven-sport profitable streak.

Jackson scored eight straight points for the Thunder throughout a surge early in the fourth quarter that put Oklahoma City ahead by 11 points. The Spurs rallied inside three points earlier than Jackson and Durant mixed to score the Thunder's final thirteen factors and put the game away.

"We couldn't guard (Jackson) tonight," San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich mentioned. "He really helped them. He was basically the difference in the game. He did an important job."

Serge Ibaka added 17 points and eleven rebounds for Oklahoma Metropolis, which is 7-0 at dwelling, the franchise's best dwelling begin since 2004-05, when it was in Seattle. The Thunder have won five straight, their longest streak of the season.

The Thunder took management of a good recreation with an 8-0 run in the third quarter and withstood a run by San Antonio halfway through the fourth.

"I just attacked gaps and pictures went down for all of us," Jackson stated. "We just saved making an attempt to get within the lane and make the passes for the subsequent man and just hold attacking the bigs off decide-and-rolls… I believe we as a staff, we did it fairly efficiently tonight, but it began defensively."

Tony Parker had sixteen factors and seven assists for San Antonio (13-2), which was looking for the most effective begin in franchise historical past. The Spurs also began thirteen-1 throughout the 2010-eleven season. Portland, which entered Wednesday on an eleven-sport winning streak, is the only different workforce to have beaten San Antonio this season.

During their earlier eight games, the Spurs had overwhelmed opponents by an average of 19.1 points, with all these wins by nine or extra factors. But fellow Western Convention power Oklahoma City (10-3) represented a step up in competition, and the Spurs misplaced for the third straight time at Chesapeake Vitality Area.

San Antonio shot 39.1 p.c from the sector and went 7 of 27 (25.9 p.c) from three-level range. The latter number notably irked Popovich, who said his workforce didn't assault the basket as much as he'd like.

"I thought a reasonably good percentage of ours tonight have been hurried or frenetic at times," Popovich stated. "I did not like our choice."

Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks agreed with Popovich that almost all of the Spurs' three-level attempts benefited the Thunder.

"I assumed our protection was excellent," Brooks mentioned. "I feel in the final three or four video games we've put a string of defensive efforts and defensive performances together we are able to continue to construct on.

"Going into this game they'd won 11 in a row and were the most popular workforce in basketball and with the way they rating they're a hard staff to guard. I assumed our guys did a good job with our size making them miss pictures and I assumed defense was the key tonight."

Durant and Westbrook combined to shoot 6 of 24 in the first half – 1 of 9 from 3-point range – and the Spurs led 46-43 at halftime. Meanwhile, Kawhi Leonard went 6 of 12 from the sphere and had thirteen first-half points for San Antonio.

With common stalwarts Durant and Westbrook struggling, Ibaka picked up the slack early within the third quarter, scoring 10 straight points for Oklahoma Metropolis popping out of halftime. That seemed to get up the Thunder they usually went on an 8-zero run to take their largest result in that point at 59-fifty two on a dunk by Durant at the 5:08 mark.

Lamb hit a 3-pointer and a 2-pointer within the ultimate 1:35 of the third quarter to increase the result in sixty eight-fifty nine and Jackson's driving layup gave the Thunder a seventy eight-sixty seven lead with eight:forty seven left. It was the primary double-digit benefit for both group.

That was Oklahoma Metropolis's final field goal for more than four½ minutes, allowing the Spurs to achieve ground. Marco Belinelli's basket with 6:forty six left pulled San Antonio inside seventy nine-76 but then the Spurs went cold as properly, missing their subsequent 4 pictures.

Ibaka's putback with 4:12 left ended the Thunder's drought and Jackson followed with an 11-foot jumper to make it 83-seventy seven. Durant, who finished 10 of 23 from the sector, then grabbed the rebound after a miss by Leonard and drove the length of the court for a basket while being fouled. He made the free throw to put Oklahoma City forward 86-77 with 2:56 left.

Jackson "was aggressive all evening attending to the rim," Durant said. "That's what he does. No person can keep in entrance of him… He gave us a pleasant spark and people guys, him and Jeremy, Fish (Derek Fisher), these guys are actually the reason we received the basketball sport."

Game notes

Earlier than the sport, Popovich and Oklahoma City general supervisor Sam Presti chatted briefly outdoors the Spurs' locker room. Presti was an assistant GM with the Spurs earlier than taking the identical job with the Thunder franchise in 2007… Referee Monty McCutchen called Oklahoma City's Fisher for three fouls on one San Antonio second-quarter possession. After an unlawful display name on the Spurs to end the possession, Fisher told McCutchen, "That is horrible." McCutchen responded, "Don't discuss to me."

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Wonder Punter NBA Power Rankings- Week 3

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With just about 3 full weeks of NBA action in the books after the conclusion of Tuesday night’s games… let’s take a look the latest Power Rankings as some teams continue to surprise and others continue to fall. Indiana, the last of the unbeatens suffered their first loss at the hands of the Chicago Bulls.

 

San Antonio and Indiana are playing like the two best teams in the league while early top 10 Philadelphia is falling fast.

 

Teams 1-30 with records and last weeks rankings in parentheses are as followed:

 

1 Indiana Pacers (9-1 LW 1)- They lost to Bulls on the second of a back-to-back. Danny Granger expected back soon.

 

2 San Antonio Spurs (9-1 LW 2)- The Spurs have won 7 straight while Tim Duncan is averaging career-lows of 12 points and 39.4 percent shooting.

 

3 Miami Heat (7-3 LW 5)- LeBron James is averaging 34 points per game during the Heat’s three game win streak.

 

4 Los Angeles Clippers (7-3 LW 7)- The Clippers have won four straight while Blake Griffin is averaging a double-double with 22.9 points and 10.9 boards.

 

5 Golden State Warriors (7-3 LW 8)- Warriors have won three straight while suffering through injuries.

 

6 Minnesota Timberwolves (7-4 LW 4)- Kevin Love and Kevin Martin have formed the league’s highest scoring-duo in the season’s opening month.

 

7 Portland Trailblazers (8-2 LW 13)- One of the league’s early surprises…. the Blazers have won six straight.

 

8 Oklahoma City Thunder (6-3 LW 3)- Thunder will be looking for revenge against the Clippers on Thursday night.

 

9 Houston Rockets (7-4 LW 10)- Back up center Omer Asik wants out of Houston and has been benched the last two games since his request.

 

10 Chicago Bulls (5-3 LW 12)- Derrick Rose hits six 3’s in their big win against Indiana on Saturday night.

 

11 Dallas Mavericks (6-4 LW 11)- Mavs look to get back on track when Dwight Howard and the Rockets visit Wednesday night.

 

12 Phoenix Suns (5-4 LW 6)- Suns have dropped three straight by an average 2 points.

 

13 Atlanta Hawks (6-4 LW 17) Another early surprise team is getting it done with Al Horford, Ronnie Millsap and the return of Lou Williams.

 

14 Memphis Grizzles (5-5 LW 9)- They continue to struggle and have the Clippers and Warriors on the road coming up.

 

15 Charlotte Bobcats (5-5 LW 16)- Continue to surprise with Al Jefferson still nursing a bad ankle. Have five of their next six games at home.

 

16 Philadelphia 76ers (5-6 LW 14)- Back to losing but still in first place in a bad Atlantic Division.

 

17 Denver Nuggets (4-5 LW 28)- Have won of four but have OKC, Chicago and back-to-back against Dallas coming up.

 

18 New Orleans Pelicans (4-6 LW 15)- Ryan Anderson lit it up with six 3’s against the Sixers… can he continue?

 

19 Los Angeles Lakers (5-7 LW 19)- Steve Nash is still out… but good news is Kobe Bryant has begun practicing.

 

20 Cleveland Cavaliers (4-7 LW 20) As Kyrie Irving goes, so do the Cavs. Averaging 27.5 in wins and 17.7 in losses.

 

21 Orlando Magic (4-7, LW 25)- Will Aaron Afflalo be traded? He’s averaging 21.7 points per game and playing well.

 

22 Toronto Raptors (4-7 LW 24)- Have lost three of four and still only getting scoring from Rudy Gay and DeMar DeRozan.

 

23 Brooklyn Nets (3-6)- Too much talent to be struggling but dealing with various injuries.

 

24 New York Knicks (3-6 LW 23)- Disappointing start and Carmelo Anthony is unhappy.

 

25 Boston Celtics (4-7 LW 26)- Started 0-4, won four in a row now has lost three straight.

 

26 Washington Wizards (2-7 LW 22)- Turning into a major disappointment early on… not was expected.

 

27 Detroit Pistons (3-6 LW 18)- Josh Smith makes his return to Atlanta on Wednesday night.

 

28 Milwaukee Bucks (2-7 LW 27)- No Brandon Knight, no Caron Butler… now have lost five straight.

 

29 Sacramento Kings (2-7 LW 29)- Only one win in November and three of next four is on the road.

 

30 Utah Jazz (1-10 LW 30)- Avoided tying their worst start in franchise history by beating the Pelicans.

 

 

 

 

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

 

 

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NBA Predictions Week 3 Wednesday Games Previews/Picks

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NBA Week 3 predictions and Picks

 

Wednesday night is another full night of NBA games as we have 12 full games for you to place your bets on here at Wonder Punter. Be sure to place your bets early to secure the best odds. So you want to know what are the best picks and predictions for this weeks games? all free? Keep reading

 

Milwaukee Bucks (2-3) @ Orlando Magic (3-4) 11/13- 7:00PM EST

 

Line: ORL –4.0

Over/Under: 193.5

 

Orlando will be looking to snap a two-game losing streak.

 

PICK: Orlando Magic

 

Houston Rockets (4-3) @ Philadelphia 76ers (4-3) 11/13- 7:00PM EST

 

Line: HOU -9.0

Over/Under: 215.5

 

Rockets have lost two in a row, but should be able to handle to Sixers on the road.

 

PICK: Houston Rockets

 

Charlotte Bobcats (3-3) @ Boston Celtics (3-4) 11/13- 7:30PM EST

 

Line: BOS -4.5

Over/Under: 184.5

 

Celtics looking to win their third straight.

 

PICK: Boston Celtics

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New York Knicks (2-4) @ Atlanta Hawks (3-3) 11/13- 8:00PM EST

 

Line: ATL -3.5

Over/Under: 198.5

 

With J.R. Smith back, I like the Knicks on the road in an upset.

 

PICK: New York Knicks

 

Toronto Raptors (3-4) @ Memphis Grizzles (3-3) 11/13- 8:00PM EST

 

Line: MEM -7.5

Over/Under: 185.5

 

Memphis in an easy win at home. Too much talent still.

 

PICK: Memphis Grizzles

 

Cleveland Cavaliers (3-4) @ Minnesota Timberwolves (5-2) 11/13- 8:00PM EST

 

Line: MIN -8.5

Over/Under: 198.5

 

T’Wolves looking strong with a healthy with Kevin Love back strong.

 

PICK: Minnesota Timberwolves

 

Washington Wizards (2-4) @ San Antonio Spurs (6-1) 11/13- 8:30PM EST

 

Line: SAS -11.0

Over/Under: 200

 

Expect an easy San Antonio win at home. Playing good ball early.

 

PICK: San Antonio Spurs

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Los Angeles Lakers (3-5) @ Denver Nuggets (1-4) 11/13- 9:00PM EST

 

Line: DEN -9.0

Over/Under: 209.5

 

Nuggets will be up for the Lakers…. and expect a home win as the Lakers will their second game in two nights.

 

PICK: Denver Nuggets

 

New Orleans Pelicans (3-4) @ Utah Jazz (0-7) 11/13- 9:00PM EST

 

Line: NOR -1.5

Over/Under: 190.5

 

Like the Jazz in a surprise home win as the Pelicans will be in the second of a back-to-back.

 

PICK: Utah Jazz

 

Phoenix Suns (5-2) @ Portland Trailblazers (4-2) 11/13- 9:00PM EST

 

Line: POR -8.0

Over/Under: 202.5

 

Portland always tough at the Rose Garden.

 

PICK: Portland Trailblazers

 

Brooklyn Nets (2-4) @ Sacramento Kings (1-5) 11/13- 10:00PM EST

 

Line: BRK -1.0

Over/Under: 195.5

 

Winnable road game for the Nets against a struggling Kings team.

 

PICK: Brooklyn Nets

 

Oklahoma City Thunder (5-1) @ Los Angeles Clippers (4-3) 11/13- 10:30PM EST

 

Line: LAC -3.0

Over/Under: 206.5

 

Game of the night… OKC with a big road win.

 

PICK: Oklahoma City Thunder

 

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NBA Power Rankings 2013

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Week 3 Power Rankings for the NBA

 

With Week 3 of the NBA starting on Tuesday night, let’s take a look at this week’s Power Rankings for all 30 teams.

 

1. Indiana Pacers (7-0)- Paul George is leading the Pacers to their best start in franchise history. The team to beat right now.

 

2. San Antonio Spurs (6-1)- With Philadelphia, Washington, Utah and Boston coming up, they can distance themselves from the pack.

 

3. Oklahoma City Thunder (5-1)- With Russell Westbrook back in the fold, things are looking up.

 

4. Minnesota Timberwolves (5-2)- Having a healthy Kevin Love does wonders for a team.

 

5. Miami Heat (4-3)- A sore back is slowing down LeBron as they work out their chemistry issues.

 

6. Phoenix Suns (5-2)- Eric Bledsoe is leading this week’s NBA’s surprise team as they have won all four of their home games.

 

7. Los Angeles Clippers (4-3)- Big road win at Houston as they are still trying to find their way under coach Doc Rivers.

 

8. Golden State Warriors (4-3)- Warriors have four different players averaging at least 15 points per game.

 

9. Memphis Grizzles (3-3)- Coming off a big home win against the Warriors may jump-start them.

 

10. Houston Rockets (4-3)- They hit the road after dropping their last three-games.

 

11. Dallas Mavericks (4-3)- Monte Ellis leads the team in scoring averaging 23 points a game.

 

12. Chicago Bulls (2-4)- Derrick Rose and the Bulls have a showdown with the Pacers this week as they look to get back to winning and avenge an earlier loss.

 

13. Portland Trailblazers (4-2)- Two of their four wins came against Sacramento with more winnable games coming up against the East.

 

14. Philadelphia 76ers (4-3)- Went 1-3 last week after starting 3-0… is the clock getting ready to strike midnight?

 

15. New Orleans Pelicans (3-4) Big win at home against the Lakers on Friday night, can they repeat that performance on Tuesday night in L.A.?

 

16. Charlotte Bobcats (3-3)- Another early surprise team in the NBA so far.

 

17. Atlanta Hawks (3-3)- Ronnie Millsap is off to a big year for the Hawks so far with 20.2 points, 8.2 rebounds and 3.7 assists.

 

18. Detroit Pistons (2-3)- Josh Smith is fitting in nicely with his new team leading them 18.8 points per game.

 

19. Los Angeles Lakers (3-5)- As Kobe Bryant is still working his way back, Steve Nash is suffering from back pain once again limiting his play.

 

20. Cleveland Cavaliers (3-4)- Kyrie Irving is heating up having scored 25 or more in two of his last three games.

 

21. Brooklyn Nets (2-4)- Nets need more production from K.G who is only averaging six points per game and 6.7 rebounds a game.

 

22. Washington Wizards (2-4)- Still a better team them their record indicates but must finish games.

 

23. New York Knicks (2-4)- Can the return of J.R. Smith give them the shot in the arm they need?

 

24. Toronto Raptors (3-4)- Expect Rudy Gay and DeMar DeRozan to get their shooting touch back after struggling in the early season.

 

25. Orlando Magic (3-4)- Center Nikola Vucevic is averaging a double-double to begin the season with 15.7 points and 12.1 rebounds.

 

26. Boston Celtics (3-4)- The Celtics have won three straight including a win over the Miami Heat.

 

27. Milwaukee Bucks (2-3)- Their three losses have been by eight points or less.

 

28. Denver Nuggets (1-4)- Rough start under new head coach Brian Shaw as they are off to their worst start since 2004.

 

29. Sacramento Kings (1-5)- DeMarcus Cousins is a one-man show, but it will take more then that as they have dropped five in a row.

 

30. Utah Jazz (0-7)- Jazz are off to their worst start since going 0-11 in their first season in the league.

 

 

 

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

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NBA Free Picks and Predictions for games of 8th November 2013

Friday night in the NBA usually means one thing… a full schedule of games at your disposal to lay your money on. With odds constantly changing, I will give you my straight-up picks on all Friday night games, but be sure to get in on the betting line early to secure the best odds. Whether you like to play the points, over/under or straight-up… you can find it right here at Wonder Punter.

 

Brooklyn Nets (2-2) @ Washington Wizards (1-3) 11/08- 7:00PM EST

 

The Wizards look to win back-to-back games as they take on the Nets.

 

PICK: Brooklyn Nets

 

Cleveland Cavaliers (2-3) @ Philadelphia 76ers (3-2) 11/08- 7:00PM EST

 

The Sixers have now lost two in a row after being a Cinderella team for the first three games. Cavs coming off a big win vs. Minnesota

 

PICK: Cleveland

 

Boston Celtics (1-4) @ Orlando Magic (3-2) 11/08- 7:00PM EST

 

The Celtics got their first win against winless Utah, but the Magic just beat a good Clipper team on Wednesday night.

 

PICK: Orlando

 

New York Knicks (1-3) @ Charlotte Bobcats (3-2) 11/08- 7:00PM EST

 

Trouble in the Big Apple with their beloved Knicks… Charlotte is an early surprise. I like the odds of the Bobcats winning.

 

PICK: Charlotte

 

Toronto Raptors (2-3) @ Indiana Pacers (5-0) 11/08- 7:00PM EST

 

Clearly, the Pacers are the team to beat right now. Impressive win against the Bulls on Wednesday night.

 

PICK: Indiana

 

Oklahoma Thunder (3-1) @ Detroit Pistons (2-2) 11/08- 7:30PM EST

 

With PG Russell Westbrook back, expect the Thunder to start making a run. My bet is on OKC.

 

PICK: Oklahoma City

 

Los Angeles Lakers (2-3) @ New Orleans Pelicans (2-3) 11/08- 8:00PM EST

 

The Los Angeles Lakers will be playing the second of a back-to-back. Have to like the odds New Orleans winning plus they blew out Memphis on the road Wednesday night.

 

PICK: New Orleans

 

Utah Jazz (0-5) @ Chicago Bulls (1-3) 11/08- 8:00PM EST

 

Just what the underachieving Bulls needed, a winless Jazz team to come into town. Easy pick on this one.

 

PICK: Chicago

 

Dallas Mavericks (3-2) @ Minnesota Timberwolves (3-2) 11/08- 8:00PM EST

 

The Mavs will look to avoid two straight road losses after dropping one to Oklahoma City Wednesday night. Should be another tough battle for both teams, but see the T’Wolves as the favorite.

 

PICK: Minnesota

 

Golden State Warriors (4-1) @ San Antonio Spurs (4-1) 11/08- 8:30PM EST

 

All the oddsmakers have to be going crazy with this marquee matchup of two teams who are expected to light it up. Watch for the latest betting line here on Wonder Punter, but for a straight-up pick I like the Warriors on the road.

 

PICK: Golden State

 

Denver Nuggets (0-3) @ Phoenix Suns ( 3-2) 11/08- 9:00PM EST

 

With Phoenix coming off a tough road loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night, I like the odds of keeping the visiting Denver Nuggets winless on the young season.

 

PICK: Phoenix

 

Sacramento Kings (1-3) @ Portland Trailblazers (2-2) 11/08- 10:00PM EST

 

Portland is always tough at home… safe pick with Trailblazers.

 

PICK: Portland

 

12 full games to chose from on a Friday night. Check the latest up to the minute betting lines here at Wonder Punter and good luck with your picks!

 By Mario Martinez – WonderPunter

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NBA Sunday Games Picks and Predictions 3rd Nov 2013

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NBA Sunday Games Picks and Predictions 3rd Nov 2013

 

Brooklyn Nets (1-1) @ Orlando Magic (1-2) 11/03- 6:00PM EST

 

PICK: Brooklyn

 

Boston Celtics (0-2) @ Detroit Pistons (1-1) 11/03- 6:00PM EST

 

PICK: Detroit

 

Washington Wizards (0-2) @ Miami Heat (1-2) 11/03- 6:00PM EST

 

PICK: Miami

 

Phoenix Suns ( 2-0) @ Oklahoma City Thunder (1-1) 11/03- 7:00PM EST

 

PICK: OKC

 

Minnesota Timberwolves (2-0) @ New York Knicks (1-1) 11/03- 7:30PM EST

 

PICK: New York

 

Atlanta Hawks (1-1) @ Los Angeles Lakers (1-2) 11/03- 9:30PM EST

 

PICK: Los Angeles Lakers

 

Place your BETS here at Wonder Punter and Good Luck!

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Free NBA Picks, Preview and Predictions week 1

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Free NBA Picks Week 1

With a full slate of NBA games on the docket for Friday night… here are my Free NBA picks for each game:

 

Philadelphia 76ers (1-0) @ Washington Wizards (0-1) 11/01- 7:00PM EST

 

PICK: Washington

 

Cleveland Cavaliers (1-0) @ Charlotte Bobcats (0-1) 11/01- 7:00PM EST

 

PICK: Cleveland

 

New Orleans Pelicans (0-1) @ Orlando Magic (0-2) 11/01- 7:00PM EST

 

PICK: Orlando

 

Toronto Raptors (1-0) @ Atlanta Hawks (0-1) 11/01- 7:30PM EST

 

PICK: Toronto

 

Milwaukee Bucks (0-1) @ Boston Celtics (0-1) 11/01- 7:30PM EST

 

PICK: Milwaukee

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Miami Heat (1-1) @ Brooklyn Nets (0-1) 11/01- 8:00PM EST

 

PICK: Brooklyn

 

Oklahoma City Thunder (1-0) @ Minnesota Timberwolves (1-0) 11/01- 8:00 PM EST

 

PICK: Minnesota

 

Dallas Mavericks (1-0) @ Houston Rockets (1-0) 11/01- 8:00PM EST

 

PICK: Houston

 

Detroit Pistons (1-0) @ Memphis Grizzles (0-1) 11/01- 8:00PM EST

 

PICK: Memphis

 

Portland Trail Blazers (0-1) @ Denver Nuggets (0-1) 11/01- 9:00PM EST

 

PICK: Denver

 

Utah Jazz (0-1) @ Phoenix Suns (1-0) 11/01- 10:00PM EST

 

PICK: Phoenix

 

Los Angels Clippers (0-1) @ Sacramento Kings (1-0) 11/01- 10:00PM EST

 

PICK: Sacramento

 

San Antonio Spurs (1-0) @ Los Angeles Lakers (1-1) 11/01- 10:30PM EST

 

PICK: San Antonio

 

Good luck with your teams and your Free NBA picks   By Mario Martinez – WonderPunter

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