This week in the NBA: Clippers are soaring whilst Thunder hang on
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The light is at the end of the tunnel as we close in on the NBA Play-Offs at the end of this month.
For some, the close season can’t come soon enough. The New York Knicks have been tanking for a while in the East, while LeBron James has put his feet up at Los Angeles Lakers and has entered recruitment.
On the flip side, we now have the eight qualified teams confirmed in the West, with three more to firm up in the East.
Stick around as we delve into the crazy world of the NBA…
Clippers continue their surge having won eight of their last nine games, securing their play-off status early last week.
They are a team with young stars Ivica Zubac and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander in their ranks. But it’s credit to coach Doc Rivers who has kept them pretty consistent all year.
The LA-based side could drop down the pecking order as they face games against Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors in their last few games.
But whilst the attention has been on the Lakers this season, it could be the Clippers that have the last laugh.
Oklahoma City Thunder
Thunder have five more games to haul themselves out of eighth-place and to avoid playing reigning champions Golden State Warriors.
OKC may have fancied their chances when Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook were on the same side.
But after they fell to two-straight defeats over the weekend, they must pick up a win over lowly Lakers on Wednesday to give themselves a chance at a more favourable first round tie.
They have three-straight games starting with Lakers, against teams below them in the standings.
It’s game on for OKC.
Los Angeles Lakers
Lakers coach Luke Walton has elected to put LeBron James’ feet up for the rest of the campaign. James is on course to play a record low 55 games in the 82 game season and is now left to focus his energies on recruitment.
James’ star is so bright that it’ll be difficult for many of the top players to refuse playing with the 34-year-old.
The Anthony Davis trade talk seemed to rip through this side just when they needed to come together the most.
While ‘Bron could try to lure Davis again, his superstar roster could also include Kawhi Leonard or even a shock reunion with former Cleveland Cavaliers man Kyrie Irving.
Selection of Tuesday’s games
Boston Celtics @ Miami Heat – Celtics to win -7.0 @ 10/11
Milwaukee Bucks @ Brooklyn Nets – Bucks to win in the match betting @ 5/6
Philadelphia 76ers @ Dallas Mavericks – 76ers to win -7.5 @ 10/11
Chicago Bulls @ New York Knicks – total points Under +215.0 @ 20/21
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