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Houston Rockets at Toronto Raptors (December 5)
Defending champions Toronto saw their seven-game win streak come to an abrupt halt on Tuesday night when they lost in overtime at home to Miami, so they will be eager to bounce back on their home court against one of the leading contenders to dethrone them this season, Houston. The Rockets arrive on the back of a loss themselves, having dropped a double overtime clash with San Antonio on Tuesday night, and once again their defense proved to be their undoing. The Rockets may have the best scoring offense in the entire NBA, but at the other end of the court they are haemorraghing points both at home and on the road. They have been particularly poor outside of the Toyota Center, allowing almost 119 points per game, so I have to suggest backing a Raptors team who are high-scoring at home. Toronto will bounce back in an encounter that produces plenty of points.
Los Angeles Lakers at Portland Trail Blazers (December 6)
The Los Angeles Lakers took their league-best record to 19-3 on Wednesday night as they dominated the Jazz in Utah, running out 121-96 winners, and they have now won 12 of their last 13 games while going unbeaten in 10 road games since that opening night loss when they ‘visited’ the Clippers. Put simply, the Lakers are in sensational form right now and that spells trouble for Portland. The Trail Blazers have won four of their last five, but all of those victories came against struggling teams with losing records and their sole loss in that sequence came against a Clippers team who are second in the Western Conference, behind only the Lakers. LA’s three defeats have come against the very best the NBA has to offer too, so it is difficult to predict anything than a comfortable road win for Los Angeles here that sees them move to 20-3 for the season.
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New Orleans Pelicans at Dallas Mavericks (December 7)
The Dallas Mavericks were hit-and-miss during the first month of the season, but they have hit a hot streak over the past several weeks to win nine of their last 10 games, and this surge has put them firmly in the playoff mix at 15-6. There is, of course, a long way to go, but it is difficult to ignore that this team has already beaten a Los Angeles Lakers team with the best record in the NBA, a Toronto Raptors team that are defending world champions and a Houston Rockets team who are once again considered a frontrunner for the NBA crown. Luka Doncic has been leading the charge with a string of sensational performances that have many debating whether or not he is the best player in the league right now, so with all of this in mind I simply have to recommend backing Dallas to beat a New Orleans team who have struggled mightily while they wait on rookie star Zion Williamson to finally overcome an injury that has delayed his NBA debut. The Mavericks eased to victory when they visited New Orleans earlier this week and now that they are back on their home court I expect to see another commanding victory on Saturday night.
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