NBA Preview November 8-10

It may not have been the red-hot start that many expected for the Los Angeles Lakers, following the arrival of LeBron James, but Luke Walton’s men should get back to winning ways on Thursday.

Lakers to gain revenge on Timberwolves (Nov 8, 03:30am)

The Lakers lost to the Raptors last time out – ending a two-game winning run – and they will be eager to make amends for the early season loss at Minnesota.

Jimmy Butler has refused to confirm whether he will play for the Timberwolves, after complaining of soreness, and his potential absence coupled with LeBron’s good form, points to a Lakers (21.00 to win the NBA Championship) triumph.

Bucks to feel the Warriors’ wrath (Nov 9, 03:30am)

Golden State have racked up eight consecutive victories since losing to the Denver Nuggets last month – leaving Steve Kerr’s men firm 1.32 favourites to win the Western Conference – and they look set to extend that record to nine on Friday.

The Warriors have won all six home matches this season, although the majority of those have been against teams in the bottom half of their respective Conferences. Even though Milwaukee are sitting second in the Eastern Conference, the reigning champions should have too much for the Bucks on Friday.

76ers to edge past Hornets (Nov 10, 00:00am)

Philadelphia have also won all six home matches this season and will be confident of doing the double over the Hornets, who were edged 105-103 at the Wells Fargo Center last month.

North Carolina won their first two matches on the road in this campaign but have tailed off badly on their recent travels, having suffered three straight defeats to the 76ers, Bulls and Raptors.

Winning the Eastern Conference looks like a step too far for Philadelphia, but the Atlantic Division is a real possibility and they are 7.00 to achieve that this season.