NBA tips: Warriors to put Raptors in their place
It is a busy night of action in the NBA tonight with 11 matches for basketball punters to get stuck into.
The Toronto Raptors are top of the Eastern Conference but whether they have what it takes to go all the way this season will be severely tested when they face the team they are aiming to dethrone in the Golden State Warriors.
Sky Sports are showing Oklahoma City Thunder's trip to the New Orleans Pelicans while we've also focused on the Milwaukee Bucks against the Indiana Pacers for our NBA tips tonight.
Milwaukee Bucks @Indiana Pacers
Fourth hosts second in an intriguing match-up in the Eastern Conference as the Bucks begin a three-match road trip.
The Bucks head on their travels in confident mood after winning their last two matches, having overcome the struggling Cleveland Cavaliers 108-92 last time out despite resting forward Giannis Antetokounmpo due to a slight neck injury.
The Cavs did manage to cut the deficit in half in the closing stages - having trailed by 26 points in the third quarter - but it was not enough to turn things around.
The Indiana Pacers were also in action on Monday night and survived a late surge from the Washington Wizards to claim their fourth win in a row. After almost squandering a 25-point third-quarter lead, the Pacers clung on to post a 109-101 victory.
They remain without star man Victor Oladipo, who at least returned to training this week. Antetokounmpo is expected to return for the Bucks though and that should give them the edge so they appeal at 8/11 on the money line as the first of our NBA tips.
Oklahoma City Thunder @ New Orleans Pelicans
These teams are heading in opposite directions based on recent form, with the Pelicans' flying start to the season becoming a distant memory.
They have slipped to 11th place in the Western Conference after losing six of their last 10 matches, the most recent defeat coming on Monday night when they were beaten 113-100 by a Boston Celtics team missing four key players.
The 48 // Thunder v. Jazz pic.twitter.com/GNEFTppvSL— OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) December 11, 2018
On the same night, the Oklahoma City Thunder emerged victorious against the Utah Jazz as the teams met for the first time since the first round of last season's play-offs.
Paul George poured in 31 points as the Thunder earned a 122-113 win and they are top of the Western Conference with a .680 record this season.
They have won seven of their last 10 so take 23/20 for them to win by four points or more tonight.
Toronto Raptors @ Golden State Warriors
The Toronto Raptors got back to winning ways in style last night with a 123-99 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers but the last team they would want to face as the second of back-to-back matches is the Golden State Warriors.
Coming off the back of two consecutive losses, the Raptors handed the Clippers their biggest loss of the season. Kawhi Leonard was sidelined with a bruised hip, but Serge Ibaka and Kyle Lowry dominated, finishing with 25 and 21 points respectively.
Nineteen threes.— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) December 11, 2018
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Producing the same sort of performance against the Warriors looks a tall order though. Since Steph Curry's return, the defending NBA champions have been on a roll and enjoyed a 116-108 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night at Oracle Arena.
They have home advantage again here and we're taking them on the spread giving the Raptors 5.5 points at 5/6 as the last of our NBA tips tonight.
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