If there’s one lesson today’s NBA games gave us, it’s the thought that quantity does not immediately equate to quality!
The three games had even the most hardened live betting vet on the edge of his seat as the action unfolded. Betting odds were thrown out the window as everyone came out to play fantastic basketball. We can definitely expect thrilling matches from these teams in the future.
Toronto Raptors 94-105 Chicago Bulls
The Toronto Raptors have a lot to look forward to in the postseason, thanks to Masai Ujiri’s masterstroke of acquiring Serge Ibaka. However, Jimmy Butler and Doug McDermott spoiled the acquisition with a surprising win over the visitors.
The two had the most impressive performances of the night: Jimmy Butler scored 19 points on the back of 12 assists and four steals, while Doug McDermott scored the team-high 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting. Meanwhile, DeMar DeRozan had a terrible shooting night. They will definitely love to have Ibaka on board by tomorrow.
Cleveland Cavaliers 116-108 Minnesota Timberwolves
The Timberwolves gave Cleveland quite a scare without their star man in Kevin Love, but the Cavaliers managed to turn things around by the second quarter and finish the game as 116-108 winners. Channing Frye did a serviceable job as Kevin Love’s replacement in points and rebounds.
While the young Timberwolves did experience defeat, it is important to mention that the starting unit performed exceptionally well. Andrew Wiggins scored 41 points, converting 55.2% of his shot attempts. Karl-Anthony Towns was his usual consistent self, Gorgui Dieng had a double-double, and Ricky Rubio was back to his usual self with his eye-popping 16 assists.
Sacramento Kings 97-96 Los Angeles Lakers
This game was a low-scoring contest that allowed the Lakers fans to witness just how much of a monster DeMarcus Cousins is on the hardwood. The Kings forward/centre ended the night with a 40pts/12reb/8ast/2stl/1blk stat line. The rest of the starting unit did a serviceable job to make up for the subpar performance of the bench.
The Lakers only had Lou Williams to count on for scoring as D’Angelo Russell and Nick Young were misfiring all night. Tarik Black wasn’t able to even hinder Cousins from dominating as he fouled out of the game. The Lakers really need a serviceable big to protect the rim against players like Cousins, and Luke Walton needs to get it done fast.
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