NBA Games Predictions, Tips & Free Bets
They were expected to be good, but not this good. Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks (8-2, 2nd in the East) get a chance to test themselves against the best in the business when they visit the Golden State Warriors (10-1, 1st in the West) in the pick of Friday’s matches (Australian time).
The Warriors and Bucks are ranked 1 and 2 in the NBA for points differential, with the Warriors outscoring their opponents by 13.7 ppg and the Bucks outscoring opponents by 12.7 ppg. They also have the league’s best offences, with the Warriors on track to beat all-time records with 123.5 ppg and the Bucks hot on their heels with 120.0 ppg.
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.
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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).