NBA Games Predictions, Tips & Free Bets
This will be the second in a 4-game Western road trip for Milwaukee, who lost to another in-form team in the Portland Trail Blazers Wednesday. The Bucks are 2-2 on the road and 2-1 against Western Conference teams so far this season. The Warriors get a well-deserved rest after thrashing Memphis Tuesday to make it 6 from 6 at home.
Expect Plenty of Three-Pointers
Golden State have redefined the way basketball is played in the last 4 years, winning 3 championships and smashing every 3-point shooting record along the way. The Dubs are at it again this year. Steph Curry broke the record for most 3-pointers in the first 10 games of an NBA season, scoring 59 to put him one trey behind the entire Cleveland Cavaliers team. Klay Thompson scored 14 3-pointers against the Chicago Bulls last week, breaking the NBA record set by Curry in 2016.
Unsurprisingly, other teams are following suit – with Milwaukee a prime example. New coach Mike Budenholzer has surrounded “Greek freak” Giannis with smalls capable of shooting from anywhere. This season, they are shooting 41 3-point attempts per game at 38.0%, compared to last season when they were shooting just 25 per game at 35.2.
PointsBet is offering the following head-to-head odds: Warriors 1.34, Bucks 3.40.
More NBA Games
Also Friday, The Trail Blazers (8-3, 3rd in West) host the LA Clippers (6-4, 6th in West). The Clippers weren’t expected to be playoff contenders this year, but have enjoyed a good start to the season on the back of a relatively weak early draw. This is the Blazers’ first game on the road after a stretch of 4 games which saw them beat the Bucks, T-Wolves, and Pelicans but lose to Lebron James and the Lakers. MadBookie is quoting 1.45 for the Blazers and 2.78 for the Clippers. They’re offering 1.88 for the teams to score a combined 226 or more, which is good value considering how offences are dominating the 2018-19 NBA season.
James Harden and the in-form Houston Rockets (4-5, 12th in West, 1.53 head-to-head at Neds) look for their 4th straight win when they travel to another red-hot team in Oklahoma City (6-4, 6th in West, 6 wins in a row, 2.59).