The NBA’s latest love affair is with fast and flashy guards, but wing players matter just as much as the talented players whizzing through defences.
The presence of a talented wing player can make or break a game and the team’s future betting odds. While their prominence in online betting circles have diminished over the past few years, a terrific forward can still attract a lot to bet online for his team.
Oklahoma City Thunder 112-123 Charlotte Hornets
The Thunder definitely miss having a reliable 3 or 4 to contribute on offence and defence. Oklahoma City have no decent forward to take on the tall and athletic wings of the Hornets. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had a solid night behind Nicolas Batum and Kemba Walker.
Atlanta Hawks 111-92 Orlando Magic
Despite all of the trade rumours surrounding him, Paul Millsap made a strong showing for the Atlanta Hawks with his 16 points and 4 steals. His performance blended in nicely with Dwight Howard’s double-double and Dennis Schroder’s game-high scoring performance.
Milwaukee Bucks 105-104 New York Knicks
Carmelo Anthony loves reminding people that he is still one of the best offensive maestros to ever hold a basketball with his 30-point outburst against the Bucks. His Knicks actually led by 15 points by the third quarter, but a daring comeback led by Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jabari Parker and Greg Monroe saw the Bucks win by the skin of their teeth.
Chicago Bulls 106-94 Cleveland Cavaliers
LeBron James did all he could, but he could not carry the slightly drained Cavaliers past banana boat buddy Dwyane Wade and his Chicago Bulls. The Bulls had a terrific team night, as six of the nine players Fred Hoiberg fielded had double-digit scoring nights. One of the good takeaways Cavs fans can take from this is the revelation of the reliable Jordan McRae.
Miami Heat 107-102 Sacramento Kings
It always spells bad news for the Kings whenever DeMarcus Cousins has a terrible shooting night. Boogie only converted 26.7% of his shots to cap a very mediocre night for him. Goran Dragic and Tyler Johnson did a lot of the heavy lifting for the understaffed Heat.
Portland Trail Blazers 117-125 Golden State Warriors
A lot of betting websites counted this game to be an easy win for the Warriors, and it was a very comfortable win for the Dubs. Draymond Green will continue to astonish many basketball pundits with his play, capping the night with a stat line of 9 points, 7 rebounds, 11 assists, 3 steals and a block.
Memphis Grizzlies 106-115 Los Angeles Clippers
Austin Rivers may have found his calling at the forward position.
He scored the game-high 26 points on 10-for-16 shooting and a .500 clip from deep. He was still able to make some guard-like plays in the process, clocking in 7 assists and an assist to his stat line. Meanwhile, none of Memphis’ forwards were able to keep up with Doc Rivers’ son offensively.
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