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2019 NBA PREDICTIONS-Monday, Nov. 11-Saturday, Nov. 16

Monday, Nov. 11

  7 p.m. Eastern RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Timberwolves PK 51%
Pistons 49%
7:30 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Mavericks 36%
Celtics -3.5 64%
7:30 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Grizzlies 31%
Spurs -5 69%
  8 p.m.
Rockets -2.5 60%
Pelicans 40%
10:30 p.m.
Raptors 14%
Clippers -11 86%
10:30 p.m.
Jazz -9.5 82%
Warriors 18%

Tuesday, Nov. 12

  7 p.m. Eastern RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Cavaliers 11%
76ers -13 89%
7 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Thunder 43%
Pacers -1.5 57%
7:30 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Pistons 18%
Heat -9.5 82%
8 p.m.
Knicks 24%
Bulls -7 76%
9 p.m.
Hawks 7%
Nuggets -15.5 93%
  9 p.m.
Nets 17%
Jazz -10 83%
9 p.m.
Lakers PK 51%
Suns 49%
10 p.m.
Trail Blazers 41%
Kings -2 59%

Wednesday, Nov. 13

  7 p.m. Eastern RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Grizzlies 47%
Hornets -0.5 53%
7 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
76ers 48%
Magic -0.5 52%
7:30 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Clippers 32%
Rockets -4.5 68%
7:30 p.m.
Wizards 17%
Celtics -10 84%
8 p.m.
Spurs 22%
Timberwolves -7.5 78%
10 p.m.
Warriors 12%
Lakers -12.5 88%
10 p.m.
Raptors 35%
Trail Blazers -3.5 65%

Thursday, Nov. 14

  6 p.m. Eastern RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Heat -2 58%
Cavaliers 42%
8 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Bulls 11%
Bucks -13 89%
8 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Mavericks -6.5 75%
Knicks 25%
8 p.m.
Clippers PK 51%
Pelicans 49%
9 p.m.
Hawks 16%
Suns -10.5 84%
10:30 p.m.
Nets 14%
Nuggets -11.5 86%

Friday, Nov. 15

  7 p.m. Eastern RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Pistons -0.5 52%
Hornets 48%
7 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Spurs 25%
Magic -7 75%
8 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Pacers 16%
Rockets -10.5 84%
8 p.m.
76ers -2.5 61%
Thunder 39%
8 p.m.
Jazz -5 68%
Grizzlies 32%
8 p.m.
Wizards 19%
Timberwolves -9 81%
10:30 p.m.
Celtics -5.5 70%
Warriors 30%
10:30 p.m.
Kings 20%
Lakers -9 80%

Saturday, Nov. 16

  6 p.m. Eastern RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Nets 40%
Bulls -2.5 60%
7 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Bucks -7 75%
Pacers 25%
7:30 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Hornets 35%
Knicks -3.5 65%
8 p.m.
Rockets 45%
Timberwolves -1 55%
8 p.m.
Pelicans 30%
Heat -5.5 70%
  8:30 p.m.
Trail Blazers 50%
Spurs PK 50%
8:30 p.m.
Raptors 22%
Mavericks -8 78%
10:30 p.m.
Hawks 9%
Clippers -14 91%
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Warriors woe as Curry suffers broken hand

Golden State Warrior star Stephen Curry grimaces after he was injured in the second half of their 121-110 loss to the Phoenix Suns at Chase Center arena

The Golden State Warriors crumbling dynasty was dealt another jackhammer blow on Wednesday when superstar Stephen Curry suffered a broken hand against the Phoenix Suns.

Curry sustained the injury with 8:31 left in the third quarter as he drove to the rim and collided with Suns Aron Baynes in a one-sided 121-110 loss to Phoenix.

“Stephen Curry has a broken hand,” the Warrior public relations department confirmed in a tweet.

Baynes ended up landing awkwardly on top of Curry, who stayed on the ground for a few moments holding his wrist and then got up and tried to shake off the pain.

He attempted to stay in the game before the Warriors called a timeout and Curry walked over to the bench and left for the locker room with the Suns dominating on the scoreboard.

The loss of Curry for an extended period now leaves the Warriors as a shadow of their recent championship teams.

A mix of superstars, supporting cast, coaching and championship experience had made the Warriors the strong pre-season favourites for the past several seasons.

Even before Curry got hurt, Golden State was already without departed Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson, who is injured and likely out for the entire season.

Their bid for a third straight championship and fourth in five years was dashed last season when they lost in the NBA finals in six games to the Toronto Raptors.

On Wednesday, Phoenix led 43-14 at the end of the first quarter and 72-46 at halftime.

Curry finished with nine points and six assists in 21 minutes of playing time.

Devin Booker scored a game-high 31 points and Baynes finished with 24 points and 12 rebounds for the surprising Suns who are off to a an impressive 3-2 start to the season.

Eric Paschall led the Warriors with 20 points.

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Wednesday, Oct. 30

  7 p.m. Eastern RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Bulls PK 50%
Cavaliers 50%
7 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Timberwolves 27%
76ers -6 73%
7 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Knicks 13%
Magic -11.5 87%
7:30 p.m.
Pistons 16%
Raptors -10 84%
7:30 p.m.
Pacers 37%
Nets -3.5 63%
  7:30 p.m.
Bucks 49%
Celtics PK 51%
8 p.m.
Rockets -7.5 76%
Wizards 24%
8 p.m.
Trail Blazers 31%
Thunder -5 69%
  10 p.m.
Hornets 21%
Kings -8.5 79%
10 p.m.
Clippers 28%
Jazz -6 72%
10:30 p.m.
Suns 33%
Warriors -4.5 67%

Thursday, Oct. 31

  7 p.m. Eastern RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Heat -0.5 53%
Hawks 47%
9:30 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Nuggets -1 54%
Pelicans 46%
10:30 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Spurs 31%
Clippers -5 69%

Friday, Nov. 1

  7 p.m. Eastern RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Cavaliers 21%
Pacers -8.5 79%
7 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Rockets -4 66%
Nets 34%
7 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Bucks -0.5 51%
Magic 49%
7:30 p.m.
Knicks 11%
Celtics -13 89%
8 p.m.
Pistons 27%
Bulls -6 73%
9:30 p.m.
Lakers 41%
Mavericks -2 59%
10 p.m.
Jazz -1.5 56%
Kings 44%
10:30 p.m.
Spurs 25%
Warriors -7 75%

Saturday, Nov. 2

  5 p.m. Eastern RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Pelicans 30%
Thunder -5.5 70%
7 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Nets 48%
Pistons -0.5 52%
7 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Nuggets -2.5 60%
Magic 40%
8 p.m.
Timberwolves -2 59%
Wizards 41%
8 p.m.
Suns 44%
Grizzlies -1.5 56%
8 p.m.
Raptors 34%
Bucks -4 66%
8:30 p.m.
Hornets 18%
Warriors -9.5 82%
10 p.m.
76ers -1 54%
Trail Blazers 46%

Sunday, Nov. 3

  5 p.m. Eastern RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Bulls 31%
Pacers -5 69%
6 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Rockets -4.5 68%
Heat 32%
6 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Kings -2.5 61%
Knicks 39%
7 p.m.
Lakers -1 55%
Spurs 45%
7:30 p.m.
Mavericks -4.5 67%
Cavaliers 33%
9 p.m.
Jazz 42%
Clippers -2 58%

Monday, Nov. 4

  7 p.m. Eastern RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Pistons 36%
Wizards -3.5 64%
7:30 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Pelicans 39%
Nets -3 61%
8 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Rockets -4 66%
Grizzlies 34%
8 p.m.
Bucks 45%
Timberwolves -1 55%
9 p.m.
76ers -2 57%
Suns 43%
10:30 p.m.
Trail Blazers 32%
Warriors -5 68%
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Rockets owner: We´re going to win championships with James Harden

The Houston Rockets may have exited the NBA playoffs at the hands of the Golden State Warriors for the fourth time in five years, but owner Tilman Fertitta insists they will win titles with James Harden on their roster.

Stephen Curry’s 33 points on Friday helped the Warriors to a 118-113 victory in Game 6, which sealed a 4-2 series success for Golden State and sent them through to the Western Conference Finals.

The Warriors, seeking a third straight NBA title, have proved a thorn in Houston’s side in recent seasons and Fertitta was quick to praise Steve Kerr’s men for once again getting the better of the Rockets.

However, he is also adamant that 2017-18 MVP Harden can end a title drought for his franchise that dates back to the 1994-95 season.

“They kicked our a** on our home court,” Fertitta told reporters.

“They beat us by 10 points in the fourth quarter. It’s unacceptable. We just have to be better.

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“I know that we’re going to rise to the occasion and our time is going to come. James is 30 years old [in August]. Michael [Jordan] didn’t win his first championship until [28]. Hakeem [Olajuwon] didn’t win his first championship until [31].

“I can promise you, we’re going to win some championships with James Harden, because we are not going to sit here. We will go to battle every year.

“We’re going to have a strong offseason, and we’re going to do whatever we can to be a better team. We are not going to sit on our hands, I can promise you that.”

Houston had lost the first two games of the series but brought it back to 2-2 before losing Game 5 on Wednesday, when they led in the fourth quarter only to be defeated 104-99 at Oracle Arena.

Fertitta felt that was a missed chance but maintains belief that his team will one day avenge all of their playoff losses to the Warriors.

“They showed why they’re the champions,” he added.

“We’re gonna learn from it, and we’re gonna come back next year, and we’re gonna kick their a** at some point. I can promise you that.

“We should have stepped on their throat the other night and cut their throat. It’s not, ‘Let’s make a few shots and win.’ It’s step on their throat and let’s take it back to Houston and end it in six.”

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Clippers complete biggest comeback in NBA playoff history to stun Warriors

The Los Angeles Clippers produced a record-breaking postseason rally to shock the Golden State Warriors 135-131 and level the Western Conference first-round series.

Los Angeles overturned a 31-point deficit as the Clippers completed the biggest comeback in NBA history at Oracle Arena on Monday.

The Clippers – who trailed by 31 points with just over seven minutes remaining in the third quarter – eclipsed the previous record set by the Los Angeles Lakers, who rallied from 29 points down to top the Seattle Supersonics in 1989.

Los Angeles cut into the deficit and eventually tied the score on a jumper by Lou Williams with a little more than a minute to play in Game 2.

Warriors star Stephen Curry answered with a three-pointer on the next possession before Williams knocked down another jumper and Landry Shamet connected on a clutch three-pointer to put the Clippers ahead by two with 15.9 seconds to play.

Montrezl Harrell followed with a pair of free throws to seal the victory and even the series at 1-1.

Meanwhile, the Philadelphia 76ers levelled their Eastern Conference series with the Brooklyn Nets thanks to a 145-123 win at home in Game 2.

The 76ers used a 51-point quarter to beat the Nets – which tied the NBA playoff record for most points ever scored in a quarter.

Ben Simmons produced a triple-double of 18 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists, becoming just the third 76ers player to record multiple triple-doubles in the playoffs.

The 76ers also set a franchise record for points in a postseason game – eclipsing the previous mark of 141 against San Francisco in 1967.

Williams sparks stunning comeback

Williams led the Clippers with 36 points and 11 assists away from home.

Joel Embiid totalled a game-high 23 points and 10 rebounds for Philadelphia amid his knee problems.

Iguodala headlines Golden State’s woes

Warriors forward Andre Iguodala was two-of-six shooting and missed four of his five three-point attempts in his team’s loss. He was a minus-1 for the game.

Ed Davis followed up his double-double showing from Game 1 with two points and one rebound in just six minutes of playing time.

Beverley with the dunk!

Patrick Beverley with the steal leading to a dunk from Danilo Gallinari.

 Jarrett Allen reached up high to catch this pass and finish an emphatic alley-oop slam.
 Magic at Raptors

The Orlando Magic secured an unexpected win against the Toronto Raptors in Game 1. The Raptors have been one of the favourites to win the Eastern Conference all season, so they will need to respond and play at a much higher level on Tuesday.

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Ben Simmons hits out at the boo-boys after shock 76ers loss

Ben Simmons hit out at the boo-boys after he was the target of the fans’ jeers in the Philadelphia 76ers shock loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday.

The Sixers fell to a 111-102 defeat in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference round one playoff series despite being heavy favourites on home court.

It was a particularly tough evening for Simmons, who had just nine points and seven rebounds, and was loudly jeered after a missing a three-throw in the third quarter.

After the disappointing setback, a frustrated Simmons took aim at the dissenting voices.

“If you are going to boo, then stay on that side,” he said.

“That is how you feel. If you are a Sixers fan and going to boo, stay on that side.”

Team-mate Joel Embiid was reluctant to criticise the fanbase but says he can understand why some players would take exception.

“I love the fans and I never say anything about them. They show us love. It’s understandable. They come in, they pay a lot of money, they want the game to be entertaining. They want to watch us win so I understand why they boo,” Embiid said.

“But the fact that it’s after every single miss, when shots aren’t going to fall. Tonight they didn’t fall, but for me, I’m fine. I’ll play through anything.

“But for some guys it’s annoying. It can be annoying. It’s like every missed shot, you get booed so you get the next one and it’s kind of like, ‘should I shoot it or should I not because I’m about to get booed?’ I don’t know. Some guys are like that. It’s hard. I think we all got to do a better job.”

Jimmy Butler had no qualms with Simmons’ comments but can understand the fans’ discontent.

“He’s [Simmons] a grown man,” he said. “If that’s the way that he feels, that’s the way that he feels.

“They want to see us win – I want to see us win, too. In the end, I think we just gotta do better.

“I guarantee if we’re winning, they’re not booing, so that’s the way to change it.”

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It´s pretty special – Stephen Curry breaks Ray Allen´s postseason threes record

Stephen Curry reflected on a “pretty special” achievement after surpassing the legendary Ray Allen to become the NBA’s all-time leader for postseason three-pointers.

The superstar point guard was in top form as the Golden State Warriors earned a 121-104 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 1 of their Western Conference first-round series at Oracle Arena.

Curry trailed Allen by seven heading into Sunday’s encounter and drained his eighth in the third quarter to take his postseason threes to 386.

It has taken Curry just seven trips to the playoffs to break the record, in comparison to 11 for Allen, and he was in buoyant mood.

“That’s pretty special. I mean, I always talk about longevity and the all-time great shooters. Ray Allen, Reggie Miller – anytime we can pass them in the record books, it’s pretty special,” Curry said.

“I shot a lot of [three-pointers], so I got to make a lot of them.

“The way I play, the shots I take, obviously have confidence every time you rise up, but to be in the same category and to pass a guy like Ray Allen and all the iconic moments he’s had in playoff games and Finals games and all that type of stuff, it’s pretty surreal.

“So [I’m] definitely honoured and grateful for those opportunities. I always joke, though: I shoot a lot of threes. I’d better make a lot of them.”

Warriors coach Steve Kerr was astounded by the achievement of Curry, who had 38 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists.

“That’s remarkable, given that he’s kind of right in his prime,” he said. “He’s got a lot of years left.”

Golden State forward Draymond Green believes the argument over who is the greatest shooter in NBA history has now been closed.

“I don’t think there’s much argument when anyone says he’s the greatest shooter of all time,” Green said.

“I don’t know if you can find many people to argue that.”

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2018-19 NBA Predictions

2018-19 NBA Predictions

Friday, March 1

  7:30 p.m. Eastern CARMELO SPREAD WIN PROB.
Hornets 43%
Nets -1.5 57%
7:30 p.m. CARMELO SPREAD WIN PROB.
Bulls 40%
Hawks -2.5 60%
8 p.m. CARMELO SPREAD WIN PROB.
Trail Blazers 29%
Raptors -5.5 71%
  8 p.m.
Wizards 14%
Celtics -11 86%
9 p.m.
Pelicans -4 66%
Suns 34%
10 p.m.
Clippers 39%
Kings -3 61%
10:30 p.m.
Bucks -3 62%
Lakers 38%

Saturday, March 2

  5 p.m. Eastern CARMELO SPREAD WIN PROB.
Pistons -4 66%
Cavaliers 34%
7 p.m. CARMELO SPREAD WIN PROB.
Magic 36%
Pacers -3.5 64%
7:30 p.m. CARMELO SPREAD WIN PROB.
Nets 33%
Heat -4.5 67%
8:30 p.m.
Warriors -5 70%
76ers 30%
8:30 p.m.
Grizzlies 19%
Mavericks -9 81%
8:30 p.m.
Thunder -1.5 57%
Spurs 43%
9 p.m.
Lakers -4 65%
Suns 35%
  9 p.m.
Bucks 41%
Jazz -2 59%
9 p.m.
Pelicans 14%
Nuggets -11.5 86%

Sunday, March 3

  1 p.m. Eastern CARMELO SPREAD WIN PROB.
Trail Blazers -1 54%
Hornets 46%
3:30 p.m. CARMELO SPREAD WIN PROB.
Hawks 31%
Bulls -5 69%
3:30 p.m. CARMELO SPREAD WIN PROB.
Rockets 39%
Celtics -2.5 61%
3:30 p.m.
Knicks 12%
Clippers -12.5 88%
6 p.m.
Timberwolves 42%
Wizards -2 58%
6 p.m.
Magic -4 66%
Cavaliers 34%
6 p.m.
Raptors -4.5 67%
Pistons 33%
7 p.m.
Grizzlies 12%
Thunder -12.5 88%

Monday, March 4

  7:30 p.m. Eastern CARMELO SPREAD WIN PROB.
Hawks 18%
Heat -9.5 82%
7:30 p.m. CARMELO SPREAD WIN PROB.
Mavericks 36%
Nets -3.5 64%
8:30 p.m. CARMELO SPREAD WIN PROB.
Nuggets -1 55%
Spurs 45%
9 p.m.
Bucks -10.5 84%
Suns 16%
9 p.m.
Pelicans 19%
Jazz -9 81%
10 p.m.
Knicks 12%
Kings -12.5 88%
10:30 p.m.
Clippers 23%
Lakers -7.5 77%

Tuesday, March 5

  7 p.m. Eastern CARMELO SPREAD WIN PROB.
Bulls 17%
Pacers -9.5 83%
7 p.m. CARMELO SPREAD WIN PROB.
Magic 18%
76ers -9.5 82%
8 p.m. CARMELO SPREAD WIN PROB.
Rockets 38%
Raptors -3 62%
8 p.m.
Thunder -2 57%
Timberwolves 43%
8 p.m.
Trail Blazers -1.5 56%
Grizzlies 44%
10:30 p.m.
Celtics 20%
Warriors -8.5 80%

Wednesday, March 6

  7 p.m. Eastern CARMELO SPREAD WIN PROB.
Mavericks 35%
Wizards -4 65%
7 p.m. CARMELO SPREAD WIN PROB.
Heat 33%
Hornets -4.5 67%
7 p.m. CARMELO SPREAD WIN PROB.
Timberwolves 32%
Pistons -4.5 68%
7:30 p.m.
Cavaliers 20%
Nets -9 80%
7:30 p.m.
Spurs -3 62%
Hawks 38%
8 p.m.
76ers -7.5 76%
Bulls 24%
8 p.m.
Jazz -1 54%
Pelicans 46%
9 p.m.
Knicks 27%
Suns -6.5 73%
10 p.m.
Celtics -3 62%
Kings 38%
10:30 p.m.
Nuggets 49%
Lakers PK 51%

Thursday, March 7

  8 p.m. Eastern CARMELO SPREAD WIN PROB.
Pacers 17%
Bucks -10 83%
10:30 p.m. CARMELO SPREAD WIN PROB.
Thunder 45%
Trail Blazers -1 55%
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Warriors´ Green injured against Rockets

Draymond Green suffered a left ankle sprain during the Golden State Warriors’ clash with the Houston Rockets.

Green stepped on the foot of Warriors team-mate DeMarcus Cousins in the second half on Saturday and the three-time NBA All-Star headed to the locker room soon after.

The Warriors then announced Green – who had to be helped up and off the floor – would not return against the Rockets.

Green is averaging 7.2 points, 7.5 rebounds and 7.3 assists for the reigning champions this season.

The Warriors came into Saturday’s game with a 42-16 record and top of the Western Conference following the All-Star break.

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Pelicans to rest Davis against Lakers

Wantaway New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis will not play against the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday.

The Pelicans will sit Davis in the matchup to give him rest, New Orleans announced before the game.

Los Angeles attempted to acquire NBA All-Star Davis before this year’s trade deadline after his agent Rich Paul notified the Pelicans he would not sign an extension.

However, New Orleans decided to retain Davis for the rest of the 2018-19 season.