Nets v Nuggets

Brooklyn will be hosting the Nuggets on Thursday this week at Barclays Center. Both teams will be struggling as both sides are injury-infested plaguing even the best guns and shields of the two teams.

The Nets found it really hard to beat or even equalize with Giannis Antetokounmpo in Brooklyn’s 94-113 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. Greek Freak made 30 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists to dominate over the 18 points from D’Angelo Russell at Barclays.

Brooklyn’s loss to the Bucks completed a three-game winning streak that the Nets will be hoping to break on Thursday.

The Nets also lost to Orlando last Sunday at Amway Center. Nikola Vucevic scored 24 points and 12 rebounds, to which Evan Fournier added 16 points to top the 23 points from Russell and secure a 102-89 Magic win against the Nets.

The Nets also fell to the San Antonio last Friday at AT&T Center, where Derrick White made 26 points to beat the 25 from Russell and lead a 117-114 Spurs win over Brooklyn.

Brooklyn’s night will be a struggle as Jared Dudley and Caris LeVert are expected to be out for Thursday. Denver will also be infested with injuries, the most notable of which is Jamal Murray who is currently suffering from ankle injury. Paul Millsap will also be out with ankle injury and Gary Harris on the groin.

Denver’s injuries took effect last Tuesday when the Nuggets fell 103-129 against the Detroit Pistons, breaking a hard-earned six-game winning streak.

The Nuggets’ 136-122 victory over the Houston Rockets is something to be flexed to Brooklyn on Thursday. Although plagued with injuries themselves, Denver still have top gun Nikola Jokic and, thus, the Nuggets are given a line of -5.5 to Over/Under 208.

Warriors v Spurs

The Spurs will be visiting the Golden State on Thursday while carrying the burden of injuries among its top ranks. LaMarcus Aldridge will miss the match with the Warriors to rest, while DeMar DeRozan will not play as well for load management purposes. Derrick White is also expected to be out after suffering from a plantar fasciitis on the heel of the right foot.

San Antonio, nevertheless, have an excellent form with only one loss out of their six games. They lost 127-112 to the Sacramento Kings last Tuesday at Golden 1 Center, where rookie Marvin Bagley III made a career-high 24 points, and 12 rebounds to equalize the 24 points from DeMar Derozan. Prior to that loss though, they are bragging a five-game winning streak.

The Spurs beat New Orleans twice in the last two Sundays. Later in the previous month, they beat the Pelicans 126-114 at Smoothie Kings Center, where LaMarcus Aldridge scored 28 points and 12 rebounds. After that, San Antonio defeated the Pels again 108-113 at AT&T Center, where Aldridge made 25 points and 14 rebounds to top equalize with the 25 from Frank Jackson.

Meanwhile, the Golden State are excellent as what one could expect from a team on their standing, but they became really unfortunate in their loss to Philadelphia last Friday at the Warriors very home Oracle Arena. Stephen Curry made a monstrous 41 points, but the 26 points and 20 rebounds from Joel Embiid spoiled DeMarcus Cousins’ home debut that concluded in a 113-104 76ers win against the Warriors.

The Warriors’ defeat last Friday broke the eleven-match winning streak that they are maintaining, but they are expected to repeat the feat again as they beat the Los Angeles Lakers 115-101 last Sunday at Oracle Arena, where Klay Thompson scored 28 points to top the 20 points from Brandon Ingram.

Kings v Rockets

Sacramento will be hosting the Rockets on Thursday, hoping to extend their three-game winning streak at Golden 1 Center. The Kings’ most recent game concluded in a 127-112 domination against the San Antonio Spurs last Tuesday at Golden 1, where Marvin Bagley III made 24 points to equalize with the 24 from DeMar DeRozan.

The Kings also beat Philadelphia last Sunday ta Sacramento, where Buddy Hield scored 34 points to top the 29 from Joel Embiid and lead a 108-115 Kings win over the 76ers. The Hawks also fell to Sacramento last week at Golden 1, where Harry Giles made a season-high 20 points to lead a 135-113 domination of the Kings over Atlanta.

Prior to this winning streak, the Kings lost 122-108 to the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center last week. Montrezl Harrell scored 25 points to beat the 21 points from De’Aaron Fox and lead a Clippers victory  against Sacramento.

The Rockets, on the other hand, are striving to complete a winning streak on Thursday against the Kings.

Houston’s most recent game concluded in a victory against the Suns last Tuesday. A monstrous 44 points was shot by James Harden to dominate over the 25 from Josh Jackson and lead a 118-110 win over Phoenix at Talking Stick Resort Arena.

Houston also defeated Utah last Sunday at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Harden made 43 points for his 26th consecutive game with at least 30 points to beat the 26 from Donovan Mitchell. The game concluded in a 125-90 Rockets domination over the Jazz.

Prior to these wins, the Rockets made losses to the Denver Nuggets 136-122 and the New Orleans Pelicans 121-116.

Nonetheless, tipsters are giving a line of Houston -2.5 to Over/Under 233.5.

By @FitsEly

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