NBA Rivals Week continued last night (Friday 27th January 2023) and our own Trent delivered another winning pick, with his faith in GSW to show their class to cover the spread (-5.5) against the Raptors, something the San Franciscans did with some comfort in their 129-117 win.
Toronto Raptors 117, Golden State Warriors 129
Head to Head: Golden State Warriors, odds 1.45
Line: Golden State Warriors (-5.5), odds 1.93 - winning pick
Total Points: Over (229.5), odds 1.88 - by a good margin
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Stephen Curry had 35 points and 11 assists and Golden State beat Toronto, pulling away with a 31-point fourth quarter.
Klay Thompson added 29 points, hitting 3-pointers despite beginning the night 0 for 5 from beyond the arc. The Warriors have won consecutive home games after dropping four straight at the Chase Center.
Fred VanVleet had 28 points and 10 assists for Toronto.
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Memphis Grizzlies 100, Minnesota Timberwolves 111
Head to Head: Minnesota Timberwolves, odds 2.30 - marginal outside odds
Line: Minnesota Timberwolves (+3.5), odds 1.88
Total Points: Under (238.5), odds 1.87
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Anthony Edwards scored 13 of his 25 points in the third quarter as Minnesota extended its lead, D’Angelo Russell added 19 points and the Timberwolves topped the short-handed Memphis Grizzlies 111-100 on Friday night.
The Grizzlies took the court minutes after video footage was released of 29-year-old Tyre Nichols being beaten by Memphis police officers.
There was a moment of silence prior to the game but no demonstration by the Grizzlies or Timberwolves. Both teams offered thoughts to Nichols’ family and friends in messages tweeted before the video was released. Speaking pregame, Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins wasn’t sure if the team would watch the footage together or on their own.
Kyle Anderson had 23 points for Minnesota, which has won four of five.
Ja Morant had 27 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds for Memphis. The Grizzlies were 0-5 on a trip in which they lost Steven Adams, Desmond Bane and John Konchar to injuries.
Milwaukee Bucks 141, Indiana Pacers 131
Head to Head: Milwaukee Bucks, odds 1.30
Line: Milwaukee Bucks (-8.5), odds 1.95
Total Points: Over (238.5), odds 1.93 - by absolutely miles!
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 41 points, 12 rebounds and six assists and Milwaukee fended off Indiana’s second-half rally.
Jrue Holiday added 23 points and nine assists for Milwaukee. The Central Division-leading Bucks won their third straight, this one coming in front of a surprisingly friendly road crowd.
Myles Turner led the struggling Pacers with 24 points. Buddy Hield added 22 as Indiana lost for the ninth time in 10 games — after nearly overcoming a 33-point first-half deficit.
Cleveland Cavaliers 100, OKC Thunder 112
Head to Head: OKC Thunder, odds 1.95
Line: OKC Thunder (+0.5), odds 1.95
Total Points: Under (222.5), odds 1.93
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 35 points, his fourth consecutive with at least 30, and Oklahoma City beat Cleveland.
Gilgeous-Alexander made 12 of 21 shots and had eight assists and five rebounds. Jalen Williams added 17 points and made all three of his 3-point attempts.
Darius Garland had 31 points and 13 assists for Cleveland, which played again without All-Star Donovan Mitchell because of a groin injury.
Orlando Magic 105, Miami Heat 110
Head to Head: Miami Heat, odds 1.30
Line: Orlando Magic (+7.5), odds 1.92
Total Points: Under (217.5), odds 1.88
MIAMI (AP) — Jimmy Butler had 29 points, Bam Adebayo added 20 and the Miami Heat rallied again in the fourth quarter to beat Orlando.
Max Strus scored 17 points, 15 of them on 3-pointers, for Miami — which moved a season-high six games over .500 at 28-22.
Paolo Banchero, Franz Wagner and Cole Anthony all had 19 points for Orlando.
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By The Associated Press and DJ Arthurs | 01/28/23
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