Don't look now, but it appears as if the guy the Boston Celtics have to get under control is Andrew Wiggins. And of course, that gives them one more thing to worry about when it comes to the Golden State Warriors.
BetAnySports customers who have watched the last two games of the NBA Finals have seen Wiggins, who came into the NBA as a #1 overall pick out of Kansas, pull down 29 rebounds. That is generally not considered to be his "thing," but it's what has helped propel the Warriors to within one win of the NBA title.
And that can be accomplished on Thursday night, although they are going to have to do it in hostile territory at the TD Garden. The tip for Game 6 is slated for around 9 PM ET.
According to sportsbook software data, Wiggins has received many plaudits for the way he has performed defensively. And what they say is, you can't complete a stop without getting the rebound. And he has had 25 of them on the defensive end in Games 4 and 5 combined. The general opinion coming into this series was that the Warriors were going to need all the help they could get on the boards, because of the overall size advantage the Celtics have.
The Golden State Warriors did what they had to do in Game 2 of the NBA Finals, winning by a 19-point margin over the Boston Celtics as they exploded coming out of the locker room in the second half. So they got even. How did they do it, and what could BetAnySports customers expect as the series moves to the TD Garden in Boston for Game 3?
This game tips off at 9 PM ET on ABC. Remember that you can get better odds if you take advantage of reduced juice.
After a titanic collapse in Game 1, it may have been a huge assignment for the Warriors to come back psychologically. But losing twice on their home floor would have put them in an almost impossible spot. Sunday's game was tight, as G-State led by only two points at the half. But with a 35-14 edge in the fourth quarter, Steve Kerr's team simply blew the game wide open.
The 107-88 win gives the W's a split at the Chase Center. It was 87-64, and Steph Curry scored all 29 of his points in the first three quarters. He sat out the final period.
According to basketball betting fans, It was a whole different ball game as far as Boston's ability to shoot, as they made just 37.5% of their attempts. It's not that they were unable to get off three-point shots; indeed, they attempted 37 triples, which is right around their average for the season. But they only made 15, compared with 21 in the Game 1 barrage. And from two-point range, they were particularly unsuccessful, shooting just 35%. And that might be something of a surprise for a team that has the size advantage and depth at the center spot.
Philadelphia 76ers star guard Ben Simmons will leave the NBA bubble at Walt Disney World in Orlando to have surgery on his injured knee.
Simmons went to the locker room on the August 5th game against the Wizards midway through the third quarter because of an injury that was diagnosed as a subluxation of the left knee cap.
The Sixers sent the following statement:
“After consultation with the 76ers medical staff and several specialists, Ben Simmons will undergo surgery in the coming days to remove a loose body in his left knee.”
The 76ers are in sixth place in the Eastern Conference and they would likely face the Celtics in the first round of the playoffs.
The San Francisco Dons were once the mightiest team in the nation. Of course, that's when they had Bill Russell and KC Jones. But this season they showed some signs of being one of the best in the country. And they are part of what has been a banner year for the West Coast Conference. On Thursday night, they will step forward in the NCAA Tournament, as they take on the red-hot Murray State Racers in action that takes place at 9:40 PM ET at Gainsbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
Some BetAnySports customers may only be familiar with Gonzaga from the WCC. But this year the league sent three teams into the Big Dance - Saint Mary's also got in, as did San Francisco. We must say that the Dons, with a 24-9 record, did not rise to the occasion when it came to challenging the best in the WCC. They lost three times to Gonzaga and twice to Saint Mary's.
So they actually have something to prove.
According to online igaming platforms, they will try to do it against Murray State, whose slate was almost spotless. Matt McMahon's team (30-2) lost only to East Tennessee State and Auburn, rolling to the championship of the Ohio Valley Conference, in what is their last season in the league (they'll go to the Missouri Valley next year).
NBA’s 2019-2020 season has restarted after 141 days of forced stop due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and it’s causing many reactions since day 1. Utah Jazz and New Orleans Pelicans squared up for the first ever NBA game in Disney, and the Jazz came up with the big win in the end.
It was a good game to watch, we had been waiting for that for a long time, fans and bookies, we were all equally happy to see the NBA coming back and even more after confirming the news that there were zero Covid-19 cases inside the bubble after the last couple of testing rounds, which of course means that everything is going as planned and we’ll hopefully be able to see the season ending we were all waiting for.
However, if you watched the game, you probably noticed that New Orleans Pelicans favorite and newest superstar, Zion Williamson, wasn’t allowed to contribute too much for his team, as he was limited to 15 minutes of play only. Now, remember that Zion missed the first 43 games of the season due to injury and he came back in late January and played 19 games before the season stopped.
Here at Bet Sports Online, we aim to cover the most exciting sports events, and give you news on pivotal changes on different sports teams across all sports leagues. Now, when we talk about the NBA right now, its all about the draft, and trades. Each team is doing what it can to try and get the best rosters that they can for the upcoming season. They will, have a tight window between trades, the draft, and the beginning of the season. So the considerations that teams may be making this time may be different.
Many pay per head bookies are looking at the Golden State Warriors, and what they plan to do. While Stephen Curry will be back, and will be great at leading the team, they will have to adjust to losing Klay Thompson for this season. This makes things tricky for the Warriors, as they will be needing to climb back up to the top this season.
The NBA is finally resuming its 2020 season. They have a solid plan in place, and those who use online bookie software should expect to see NBA lines being offered soon. But despite a detailed safety plan, as well as a restructured playoff season, not all players will be returning. Who will sit out the NBA season, and why?
Of course, the reasons for doing so will vary, but will have similar themes. Some, are worried about leaving their families behind for the duration of the season. The NBA season will be held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports in Florida, and players will need to stay there full-time. Some, are concerned for their health, while some do not want to go to Florida. Based on the latest news reports, Florida is fast-becoming the world’s hotspot for coronavirus cases.
NBA and Commissioner Adam Silver informed the Board of Governors that the league is planning -and hoping- for a pre-Christmas start for 2020-2021 season, despite former reports that said the new season would start not earlier than January 18th, and as late as mid-March. This early restart plan might come as a surprise for many, but the NBA has it clear, starting early gives time for a longer regular season and a good chance to return to “normality”, hopefully, for later on, for 2021-2020.
This plan is not yet approved and it does face many obstacles, starting with the fact that the Lakers just got their ring a couple of weeks ago, and teams that were in the bubble will not get much rest, as opposed to others who have been resting since March, or that just had little activity in the seeding games in Orlando.
Free agency just opened, and the NBA Draft is supposed to take place on November 18th, so all this makes it hard for teams to plan, and the transfer market will certainly be a little crazy as well.
James Wiseman is the potential number one pick in the 2020 draft. He signed with Excel Sports, which means the end of his collegiate basketball career. The 7-foot-one-inch center is currently playing in Australia.
Other potential top picks in next year’s NBA draft are LaMelo Ball and Anthony Edwards. Earlier in December, Wiseman announced his plans to play in the NBA. He left Memphis to prepare for the next chapter of his life.
Wiseman made his decision to leave Memphis instead of completing his 12-game suspension given by the NCAA. He was guilty of accepting $11,500 from coach Penny Hardaway in 2017. Hardaway donated $1,000,000 to the school in 2008 that made him a university booster in perpetuity.