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National Basketball Association - 2019: Back to normal business after All Stars Weekend – JustBet offers Golden State at $1.40 to win

BY MARK ARCHER
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Friday, February 22, 2019

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The National Basketball Association (NBA) trade deadline has passed, All-Star Weekend is in the books and the focus now turns to the stretch run of the NBA regular season.

Over the weekend, OKC Thunder guard Hamidou Diallo pulled off a series of highlight-reel slams to take the Slam Dunk contest and, as it turned out, the best 3-point shooter in the league is Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Harris who beat Stephen Curry in the final of the 3-Point Contest.

Also, on Saturday, Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum claimed the Skills Challenge after nailing a half-court shot to edge Atlanta Hawks' point guard Trae Young. While on Sunday evening, Team LeBron overcame a 20-point, second half deficit to defeat Team Giannis 178-164 in the 2019 NBA All-Star Game with Kevin Durant (31-points) named MVP.

After a few days for the players to catch their breath, the NBA action restarted last night with six games that included nine of the Top 16 teams (both Conferences) and by this evening, all the front-runners would have resumed action.

The JustBet 1.40 favourites to win the league, the Golden State Warriors have the second-best record (41-16) at this stage with the Milwaukee Bucks (led by Giannis Antetokounmpo) leading the pack (43-14).

The Top 8 teams in each Conference are as follows:

EASTERN CONFERENCE
Pos. Team Win Loss
1 Milwaukee Bucks 43 14
2 Toronto Raptors 43 16
3 Indiana Pacers 38 20
4 Boston Celtics 37 21
5 Philadelphia 76ers 37 21
6 Brooklyn Nets 30 29
7 Charlotte Hornets 27 30
8 Detroit Pistons 26 30


WESTERN CONFERENCE
Pos. Team Win Loss
1 GS Warriors 41 16
2 Denver Nuggets 39 18
3 OKC Thunder 37 20
4 Portland Trail Blazers 34 23
5 Houston Rockets 33 24
6 Utah Jazz 32 25
7 San Antonio Spurs 33 26
8 Sacramento Kings 30 26

Heading into the All-Star break, the big news in the NBA was the future of New Orleans Pelicans' forward Anthony Davis. Well, on this side of the break, he is still a Pelican and appears that is where he will finish out this season albeit very awkwardly considering his request to be traded.

However, the big news coming out of the break is Boston Celtics' forward Jayson Tatum declaration that the Celtics are not only going to appears in the finals, but they are going to emerge champions. The Celtics are currently fourth in the East (6.5 games behind the first-place Milwaukee Bucks). Perhaps Tatum's emphatic confidence is encouraged by their impressive run shortly before the All-Star break, during which they won seven of 10 games. Realistically, the assemblage of talent in Boston will likely contend for seasons to come but, with the current strength of the main contenders, a win this year is highly unlikely.

The Houston Rockets' guard James Harden resumes with his record (tied with Wilt Chamberlain) of 31 straight games with at least 30-points. The last time he scored fewer than 30 points, the Rockets had a 12-14 record (now 33-24) and sat at No. 14 in the Western Conference. There is no telling how long this streak will last but Harden potentially now stands to finish with the single-highest scoring average the league has seen since Michael Jordan's 37.09 ppg in 1986-87.

Giannis Antetokounmpo (currently a strong MVP contender) of the Milwaukee Bucks has averaged a jaw-dropping 27.2 points (58.1 field goal percentage), 12.7 rebounds, 6 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.4 blocks per game up to the break. His team are a JustBet 11.00 long shot but have the NBA's best record (43-14) and they will have some bearing on the outcome in the East (including the fate of the Boston Celtics).

For OKC Thunders star Russell Westbrook it has been another season, another triple-double average. Despite struggling to keep his shot percentage above 40 from the field, 25 per cent from 3-point range and 65 per cent from the line, he is averaging 21.7 points, 11.2 rebounds and 11.2 assists per game. All this while, basically deferring to Paul George as the team's No. 1 scoring option. Westbrook has literally entered unchartered territory, both with this third full season of statistical prowess and the still ongoing streak of 11 games with a triple-double. The #3 Thunder clash with the #6 Utah Jazz tonight in what is shaping up to be a classic encounter.

NBA CHAMPION 2018-2019
CODE TEAM ODDS
101 GS WARRIORS 1.40
102 BOS CELTICS 12.00
103 HOU ROCKETS 14.00
104 LA LAKERS 25.00
105 PHI 76ERS 12.00
106 TOR RAPTORS 10.00
107 OKC THUNDER 25.00
108 UTA JAZZ 60.00
109 SA SPURS 50.00
110 MIL BUCKS 11.00
111 WAS WIZARDS 150.00
112 MIN TIMBERWOLVES 100.00
113 NO PELICANS 150.00
114 DEN NUGGETS 25.00
115 IND PACERS 90.00
116 MIA HEAT 100.00
117 POR BLAZERS 80.00
118 DAL MAVERICKS 150.00
119 PHX SUNS 3000.00
120 DET PISTONS 100.00
121 NY KNICKS 4000.00
122 CLE CAVALIERS 4000.00
123 LA CLIPPERS 100.00
124 CHA HORNETS 100.00
125 BKN NETS 125.00
126 MEM GRIZZLIES 300.00
127 ORL MAGIC 200.00
128 CHI BULLS 4000.00
129 ATL HAWKS 2000.00
130 SAC KINGS 150.00

DATE TIME HOME AWAY
22/02/19 19:00 CHA HORNETS WAS WIZARDS
IND PACERS NO PELICANS
ORL MAGIC CHI BULLS
TOR RAPTORS SA SPURS
19:30 ATL HAWKS DET PISTONS
NY KNICKS MIN TIMBERWOLVES
20:00 MEM GRIZZLIES LA CLIPPERS
20:30 DAL MAVERICKS DEN NUGGETS
21:30 OKC THUNDER UTAH JAZZ
23/02/19 13:00 PHI 76ers PORT BLAZERS
19:00 ATL HAWKS PHO SUNS
CHA HORNETS BRO NETS
CLE CAVALIERS MEM GRIZZLIES
NO PELICANS LA LAKERS
WAS WIZARDS IND PACERS
19:30 MIA HEAT DET PISTONS
20:00 CHI BULLS BOS CELTICS
OKC THUNDER SAC KINGS
20:30 GS WARRIORS HOU ROCKETS
MIL BUCKS MIN TIMBERWOLVES
22:00 UTAH JAZZ DAL MAVERICKS
24/02/19 15:30 TOR RAPTORS ORL MAGIC
17:00 DEN NUGGETS LA CLIPPERS
19:30 NY KNICKS SA SPURS
25/02/19 19:00 CHA HORNETS GS WARRIORS
CLE CAVALIERS PORT BLAZERS
DET PISTONS IND PACERS
19:30 BRO NETS SA SPURS
MIA HEAT PHO SUNS
20:00 CHI BULLS MIL BUCKS
HOU ROCKETS ATL HAWKS
MEM GRIZZLIES LA LAKERS
MIN TIMBERWOLVES SAC KINGS
NO PELICANS PHI 76ers
22:30 LA CLIPPERS DAL MAVERICKS

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