NBA: Cavaliers to rediscover their magic
The NBA continues on Saturday night and we have picked out a double bet, with a £10 stake returning around £105 if both are successful.
Cleveland Cavaliers to beat Orlando Magic by 10-13 points @ 19/4
After losing 12 of their last 13 games, there is a long list of teams the Orlando Magic would rather be facing om Saturday night than the star-studded Cleveland Cavaliers. LeBron James and company boast a 25-13 record and sit five games off the Eastern Conference-leading Boston Celtics.
But if there is a good time to face the Cavaliers, this is it. Cleveland have lost five of their last seven, and head to Florida on the back of a frustrating 102-88 reverse in Boston. James said the Cavaliers "don't know who we are" as they try new rotations to integrate Tristan Thompson and Isaiah Thomas. They had their second-worst shooting night of the season against the Celtics, hitting just 34.8 per cent from the field and only eight-of-32 from three-point range.
The Cavaliers' pedigree makes them clear favourites on paper, but as they start game two of a testing five-game road trip, they look as vulnerable as they ever do.
Minnesota Timberwolves to beat New Orleans Pelicans @ 5/6
Karl Anthony-Towns can't catch a break, it seems. The 22-year-old center had his fourth career 20-20 game on Friday, scoring 25 points and grabbing a career-high 23 rebounds. But still the Minnesota Timberwolves lost - as they have done every time he has gone 20-20. But although two losses in a row have dented Minnesota's advantage at the top of the Northwest Division there is little cause for panic. Not for a team that have Jimmy Butler in full flow, with both Butler and Towns averaging more than 20 points per game.
They face a New Orleans Pelicans team who crept back above .500 with Thursday's 108-98 win over the Utah Jazz, but who have made a speciality out of inconsistency so far this season.
There is a huge amount of talent behind star man Anthony Davis on the roster - as has been on show in recent weeks as Rajon Rondo becamw the oldest player, at 31, with 25 assists in a single game, or when DeMarcus Cousins collected 26 points, 11 boards and six assists in a win over Orlando - but getting it all pointed in the right direction at the right time remains. If they don't manage that soon, Davis may be seeking a way out, so the pressure is on.
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