Pacers v Warriors

Victor Oladipo’s season-ending injury of ruptured quad tendon is one little wound in the athlete’s body, but one big hassle for Indiana as they will be facing the Warriors on Tuesday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Oladipo has been the Pacers’ top scorer, averaging 18.8 points a game.

Last week, Oladipo led the Pacers to a 120-95 victory over the Charlotte Hornets at home, after scoring 21 points. Darren Collison added 19 points and nine assists.

It was last Wednesday that Oladipo got his injury whilst the Pacers won 110-106 over Toronto Raptors at home.

The win was followed by a 103-106 defeat to the Grizzlies last Sunday, where Bojan Bogdanovic made 21 points but was one point deficient to top the 22 points with 11 assists from Mike Conley.

Indiana’s win over Toronto was the last game of the Pacers’ most recent winning streak that also saw wins over the Charlotte Hornets and Dallas Mavericks.

The Golden State, on the other hand, are monstrous with a ten-game winning streak.

The Warriors defeated the then-topmost team of the West Denver Nuggets, thrashing them 142-111 earlier this month at Pepsi Center, where both Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson scored 31 points to hammer the 22 from Malik Beasley.

Curry was also stunning in the Warriors match with the Pelicans at Oracle Arena, where he scored 41 points to top the 30 points from Anthony Davis. The match concluded in a 147-140 Golden State win against the guests.

The Warriors also made a 112-94 victory over LA Clippers at Staples Center, where Curry made 28 to equalize with Tobias Harris. DeMarcus Cousins made his debut for the Warriors that night where he made 14 points.

The Golden State’s most recent win was a 115-111 against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden where Kevin Durant made 33 points and nine rebounds, complemented by 24 points and 21 points from Curry and Thompson respectively to top beat the 32 points from Kyrie Irving.

The Warriors are clearly on the edge right now as it is also evident in the tipsters’ line of Golden State -8.5 to Over/Under 227.

CELTICS V NETS

Boston lost 111-115 last Sunday to a hot Warriors at TD Garden. Kyrie Irving made 32 points, but Kevin Durant made 33 points, to which Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson added 24 and 21 respectively.

However, prior to that loss to the Golden State, the Celtics are flexing a five-game winning streak.

Earlier this month, Boston defeated the Raptors at home, where Kawhi Leonard made 33 points, while Irving made 27 to lead the Celtics to a 117-108 victory over Toronto. That win broke a three-game skid for Boston with losses to Miami, Orlando, and Brooklyn.

The Celtics also beat the Grizzlies a week from now at home. Irving made 38 points to top the 26 points from Mike Conley. The premier Celtics player also scored 20 points in the third quarter to secure a 122-116 Boston win over Memphis.

A 113-105 Celtics win over Atlanta was also made at State Farm Arena, where Irving made 32 points to hammer the 18 from Kevin Huerter.

Prior to their win over Toronto, the Celtics lost to Brooklyn earlier this month at Barclays Center. Jayson Tatum made 34 points that night, but D’Angelo Russell equalized with another 34 and lead the Nets to a 109-102 win over the Celtics.

On Tuesday, the Celtics will be facing the Nets again, but, this time, it is going to be different.

Brooklyn will be losing Spencer Dinwiddie for 3-4 weeks, but the Nets are bragging great form lately with six wins out of their six last games.

The Nets most recent win was a 109-99 victory over the New York Knicks at Barclays Center. Theo Pinson, Ed Davis, and Shabazz Napier made excellent performances to secure a Brooklyn win despite being in a Dinwiddie-less night.

The Nets may be the victors by the end of their match with the Celtics earlier this month, but Boston are hot themselves as they are able to be only three points deficient in their loss to a brazen Warriors last Sunday. Tipsters seemed to be aware of this as they are giving a line of Boston -10 to Over/Under 220.5.

GRIZZLIES V NUGGETS

Memphis will be playing hosts to the Nuggets on Tuesday at FedExForum, hoping to salvage their declining form whilst they might have a rough time in doing so with Denver.

Memphis are in a really bad shape compared to their form last December, where they are six games above .500.

The Grizzlies won 106-103 against Indiana last Sunday at FedExForum. Mike Conley scored 22 points and 11 assists, to which Jaren Jackson Jr. added 20 points to beat the 21 points from Bojan Bogdanovic. It was Memphis first win after suffering eight defeats prior.

Prior to their win over the Pacers, the Grizzlies lost 96-99 against the Sacramento Kings last Saturday at FedExForum, where the 26 points and 22 points from Buddy Hield and De’Aaron Fox respectively topped the 18 from Omri Casspi.

Memphis also fell to the Hornets last Thursday at Home, where Conley made 31 to beat the 22 points and seven assists from Kemba Walker but not enough to frustrate the 118-107 Grizzlies defeat to Charlotte.

Last week, the Grizzlies lost 85-105 to the New Orleans Pelicans, as well as to the Toronto Raptors 90-119.

Earlier this month, Memphis also lost to the Boston Celtics 112-116, Milwaukee Bucks 111-101, Houston Rockets 112-108, and even to Miami Heat 112-108.

Denver, on the other hand, fell from the topmost spot to the second in the Western Conference since getting hammered by the Warriors more than a week ago at Pepsi Center. Malik Beasley made 22 points, but not enough to beat Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson who both scored 31 points each to lead the Golden State to a 142-111 win over the Nuggets.

Nevertheless, the Nuggets are still one of the hottest teams in the league today, and tipsters are still giving a line of Denver -5.5 to Over/Under 208.

By @FitsEly

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