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Milwaukee Bucks vs. Charlotte Hornets in Paris, France (Friday 20:00 GMT)
Milwaukee may not have the glamour of Los Angeles, but it does boast the best team in the National Basketball Association at this time. While the Lakers have stumbled a couple of times recently, the Bucks continue to set a relentless pace in the Eastern Conference and have improved their league-best record to 39-6 thanks to a seven-game win streak. They will now look to hit the 40-win mark in the first ever regular season game to be played in Paris, France and why would you bet against them here? There is the danger that jet lag or such a lengthy trip could cause a dip in performance (NFL teams can vouch for this with the London games), but the Bucks made the smart decision to travel over to France following Monday night’s win over Chicago and they should reap the benefits of heading over to Paris so early. They should be far too much for the 15-30 Charlotte Hornets and I expect to see superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo play a starring role in another comfortable Bucks win.
Los Angeles Lakers at Philadelphia 76ers (Sunday 01:30 GMT)
The Los Angeles Lakers wrap up their five-game road trip with arguably the toughest challenge of the lot on Saturday night, a meeting with the Philadelphia 76ers. At first glance the 76ers’ record hardly stands out, but when you dig deeper you will see how much of a threat to the Lakers are here. Philly have been simply outstanding at home over the course of the season so far, going 20-2 at the Wells Fargo Center, and they have claimed a string of major scalps too. Boston (twice), Miami, Toronto and Milwaukee have all tasted defeat in the ‘City of Brotherly Love’, and that second win over the Celtics a couple of weeks back landed a very tidy win for me. So while it may be a little risky to go against the Lakers, I do fancy Philadelphia’s chances here, especially with the aid of the handicap. Los Angeles have dropped nine games this season and given Philly’s track record on their home court that could become 10 on Saturday night.
Boston Celtics at New Orleans Pelicans (Sunday 23:00 GMT)
New Orleans fans were made to wait but they finally got their first live look at number one draft pick Zion Williamson this week, and he did not disappoint. The 19-year-old put up 22 points and became the first player in league history to sink four three-pointers on debut, and although the Pelicans ultimately fell short against San Antonio it was an impressive start for the man they are hoping will lead the franchise to great things over the coming years. Zion’s stock would receive another massive bump if her were to shine in a win over Boston on Sunday night, but I do not see that happening. The Celtics beat the Pelicans by 35 points when the two teams met earlier this month, so while the feelgood factor and inclusion of Zion makes New Orleans a much more dangerous team than they were then, this is still Boston’s game to lose and they should win it by a comfortable margin.