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  • Betcris.com The up and down Houston Rockets are at it again, this time enjoying an up in their NBA schedule. Behind 47 points from James Harden, the Rockets beat Utah for their fourth straight win, climbing back over the .500 mark after a three-game losing streak put them under the break-even point. The Rockets are either   More

  • Betcris.comThere's no stopping the Golden State Warriors when they're at their best. They're now 14-0 in the postseason, and though they won't quite be favorites to win both Games 3 and 4 as a parlay, they'll be favored in each game together back at Quicken Loans Arena against the Cleveland Cavaliers starting on Wednesday night.  More

  • Betcris.com Two of the top three teams in the Western Conference reside in the Northwest Division and they’ll get together for the second time this season when the Oklahoma City Thunder visit the Denver Nuggets in the nightcap of ESPN’s Friday doubleheader. The Nuggets stopped a two-game slide with a win over Memphis on Monday and take the rest of the week off until OKC comes to town. That won’t be enough time for their injured players to heal leaving three starters on the shelf when the division foes tangle.   More

  • Betcris.com The Houston Rockets can’t fall this far in one season, can they? Losers of three straight, the Rockets have fallen to the depths of the Western Conference, ahead of only the 4-win Suns, this coming one season after they set a franchise record and led the NBA with 65 victories. The lineup remains virtually the same,   More

  • Betcris.com The Golden State Warriors are back in a groove and they have another score to settle when they host the league-best Toronto Raptors on Wednesday. During their recent road trip, the Dubs dropped an overtime contest north of the border playing without Stephen Curry, and it appears as though the champs will be as close to full strength as they’ve been in sometime with Draymond Green also expected back. That’s not good news for the Raptors, who lost two straight and three of four after a season-long eight-game winning streak.   More

  • Betcris.com More than anyone else the Golden State Warriors missed Stephen Curry when he was sidelined with a groin injury. The Dubs struggled offensively with spacing and scoring when the two-time NBA MVP was sidelined and they went through an uncharacteristic stretch. Curry showed that he’s healed from   More

  • Betcris.com We expected the two NBA Eastern Conference heavyweights to be duking it out at the top of the standings, and through the first two months of the season we haven’t been disappointed. The Toronto Raptors won their 20th game by knocking off the Cavaliers on Sunday, while only one other   More

  • Betcris.com For the better part of the last two decades, the San Antonio Spurs have been one of the best teams in the Western Conference and the NBA. They’ve reached the playoffs every season since 1997 and last year was the first time they didn’t win at least 50 games in a full season. That looks like it might have been the start of the team’s decline as things have just gotten worse. The Spurs suffered a pair of 30-point blowout losses and are in the bottom half of the standings as they head into a showdown with LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers on ESPN Wednesday.   More

  • Betcris.com It looks as though the balance of power is shifting in the Southwest Division. Long dominated by the San Antonio Spurs and more recently the Houston Rockets since the NBA realigned in 2004, both those teams are struggling through the early part of the season. Not to worry though, the division is the most   More

  • Betcris.com Now that their NBA playoff nemesis is out of the way, can the Toronto Raptors make a postseason run? It’s early to be talking playoffs, but the Raps have owned the best record for most of the first six weeks of the season and they’ve been a regular season delight the past several years. This squad will be based   More

  • Betcris.com There is only one thing that can hurt the Golden State Warriors and that’s the Golden State Warriors, and Draymond Green may have accomplished what no other team has been able to do over the past few seasons. Green’s recent outburst directed at Kevin Durant not only got him suspended and fined, it has apparently set the Warriors back. The Dubs have lost three in a row and four of their last five games since the incident. They’ll look to right the ship when they host the Oklahoma City Thunder on the back end of ESPN’s Wednesday doubleheader.   More

  • Betcris.com LeBron James was just getting warmed up for his return to Cleveland when he dropped 51 on another former team, the Miami Heat, on Sunday in what was the defining moment so far of his brief stint with the Los Angeles Lakers. Unless the teams meet in the NBA Finals, James makes his only visit to the place he called home for so many years and led the Cavaliers to their first-ever NBA title in 2016. LeBron’s only visit to The Q is part of ESPN Wednesday’s doubleheader.   More

  • Betcris.com A rematch of last year’s Western Conference Final hits the TNT airwaves on Thursday when the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets meet for the first time since their epic seven-game series in last year’s playoffs. Houston posted the best record in the NBA with 65 wins and most felt the Rockets   More

  • Betcris.com An early season showdown of Eastern Conference contenders hits the parquet floor of TD Garden when the Toronto Raptors visit the Boston Celtics on ESPN Friday. The Raptors jumped out to the best record in the league winning 12 of their first 13 games, making the deal for Kawhi Leonard look pretty good. However, only one outcome this season will change Toronto’s narrative, and that’s having success in the postseason. Even though the Raps have the NBA’s best record, they are likely to be underdogs on the NBA betting lines.   More

  • Betcris.com It took a few weeks and a scolding of coach Luke Walton for the Los Angeles Lakers to get their act together and play like a LeBron-led team should play. With James leading the way the Lakers beat Atlanta on Sunday night for their third straight victory to put them over .500 for the first time this season.   More

  • Betcris.com In a long NBA season every team is going to experience some ups and downs. We’re only about three weeks into the new campaign and the Boston Celtics and Utah Jazz have already been on the rollercoaster ride. The C’s are expected to contend in the Eastern Conference now that LeBron James has left town,   More

  • Betcris.com After rough starts to the NBA season, the Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder have picked up the pace and the wins have followed. We knew the losing would end sooner rather than later and the past two MVPs in the Association have lifted their teams out of the doldrums. Getting Russell   More

  • Betcris.com It’s hard to say which team is in more disarray at this point. The Minnesota Timberwolves have a star that doesn’t want to be there and the Los Angeles Lakers have a coach whose job is on the line. The Jimmy Butler saga will continue until the Wolves make a move, and for the sake of the team’s chances, it better be soon. Meanwhile, the Lakers have the best player on the planet and they’ve struggled out of the gate, causing some tense moments. Things didn’t get any better when the Lakers were thumped by Toronto on Sunday, falling to 4-6.   More

  • Betcris.com The defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors are sending a clear message to the rest of the league with their early season play. It took a few games to get over that championship hangover, but once they got rolling the Dubs looked even better than they had in title and record-breaking seasons of the past.   More

  • Betcris.com We’ve already seen one coach get the axe, so the precedent has been set. And if the NBA Washington Wizards don’t start winning some games, Scott Brooks may be joining Tyronn Lue at the unemployment office. The schedule did the Wiz no favors with a season-long five game road trip out of the chute.   More

  • Betcris.com Finishing off the month in grand style, the Milwaukee Bucks remained the NBA’s only undefeated team when they dropped Toronto from the ranks with a convincing 124-109 victory on Monday night. Not mentioned among the preseason contenders in the Eastern Conference, the new-look Bucks will get another chance to show that they could be a force all season with a matchup against the Boston Celtics on Thursday. Boston took to the road to get back in the win column, knocking off Oklahoma City and Detroit, covering the spread both times while cashing the under in four straight.   More

  • Betcris.com It hasn’t been the start either side was looking for, but it’s early in the season and both clubs are working key pieces back into the rotation, so give it a little more time. Playing their first game with Russell Westbrook in the lineup, the Oklahoma City Thunder dropped to 0-3 with a 131-120 loss to Sacramento. Russ showed no effects from his layoff and nearly had a double-double by halftime. An older, wiser Westbrook was quick to say afterwards that his numbers don’t mean squat unless the team wins. And the way they’re going, it could be awhile. OKC shoots for its first win of the season Thursday against the Boston Celtics.   More

  • Betcris.com LeBron giveth and LeBron taketh away. Trying to get his new team its first win of the season, James sent Monday’s game against the Spurs into overtime with a three-pointer late in regulation. With a chance to extend the Los Angeles Lakers lead in the extra session, James missed a pair of free throws then he misfired on a step-back jumper that would have won the game. Instead the Lakers dropped to 0-3 straight up and against the spread in the early going. It isn’t time to hit the panic button, but maybe LeBron has lost some of his magic.   More

  • Betcris.com The Milwaukee Bucks are feeling left out. With LeBron James heading to the other conference, the East is wide open and all the preseason talk has swirled around the Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics. But the Bucks are hoping to make a splash after taking Boston to seven games in their first-round playoff loss last season. The early returns have been positive with the Bucks displaying a different offensive philosophy under new coach Mike Budenholzer. They opened the new campaign with a pair of victories cashing the over in wins over Charlotte and Indiana.   More

  • Betcris.com There hasn’t been this much excitement surrounding the Los Angeles Lakers in some time. The Lakers sped up the rebuild process and Luke Walton became a better coach when the club signed the best player in the world to a free agent contract in the NBA offseason. The addition of LeBron James   More

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