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Milwaukee Bucks at Detroit Pistons (Friday 00:00 GMT)
The NBA All-Star Weekend has made Milwaukee wait for the opportunity to bounce back from the surprise defeat to Indiana, but that chance finally comes on Thursday night when Giannis Antetokounmpo and friends pay a visit to the ‘Motor City’ to take on the Pistons. Detroit also go into this matchup on the back of a defeat, an overtime loss to Orlando before the break, but that was hardly a rare reverse for them. The Pistons have lost each of the last four and 10 of the last 12, and their previous meetings with Milwaukee have ended in one-sided blowouts. They were beaten 104-90 at home in late November before being crushed 127-103 at home a couple of weeks later, and on both occasions ‘The Greek Freak’ played a major role in a miserable night for Detroit. I expect we will see more of the same here.
Boston Celtics at Minnesota Timberwolves (Saturday 01:00 GMT)
The NBA All-Star Weekend provided a much-needed break for Boston in the wake of the thrilling double overtime win at home to the Los Angeles Clippers on February 13. That success against the LA outfit was the perfect response to defeat in Houston, but will it be the spark for yet another win streak for a team that have won 11 of their last 13 games? Even though the Celtics are heading out on the road but they could not have asked for a much better matchup to have at this time than a meeting with Minnesota. The Timberwolves went into the break on the back of a disappointing defeat at home to Charlotte and they have now lost 15 of their last 16 games. They did shuffle the deck massively before the trade deadline, landing D’Angelo Russell in a busy couple of days for Minnesota that saw 14 players and three future draft picks change hands, but none of that does nothing to dent my confidence in the Celtics here.