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Last week of the NBA, we learned a couple of things; Steph Curry is a much better shooter than dunker and Russell Westbrook is the undisputed king of the triple-double. It emerged on Tuesday morning that Westbrook has accounted for half the triple-doubles in the league this season. Steph may not be able to dunk but the man is a freak from downtown as he has guided the Golden State Warriors to a 12-game winning streak and the best record of any team in the league so far.

This weekend ESPN is featuring some high quality basketball with the likes of the Warriors, Clippers, Lakers, Bulls and defending champion Cavaliers featuring. First up on Thursday morning (AEST) Chicago hosts Los Angeles in a battle of two young, up and coming rosters then on Friday the main games are the Rockets v Warriors after Cleveland takes on the Clippers.

Last weekend of the NFL was highlighted by a comeback Kansas City Chiefs victory over the Denver Broncos on Monday morning. In that match, the Broncos held a halftime lead but couldn’t quite kill off the resurgent Chiefs before the Kansans clinched victory in overtime. Other notable results saw The Raiders pip the Panthers by three, the Patriots accounted for the Jets and the Giants continued what has been an awful season for the winless Browns (0-12).

This weekend the pick of the games is the red-hot Cowboys’ clash with the Vikings, as they seek an incredible 11 consecutive wins. That Friday morning fixture (AEST) is followed up on Monday with a huge match between two teams with plenty on the line as the Seattle Seahawks host last year’s Super Bowl runner-up the Carolina Panthers. Then on Tuesday morning, or Monday night football if you’re in the USA, the Colts and Jets aim to keep their playoffs hopes alive.

One of the matches of the week in America’s NHL is the New York Rangers versus the Buffalo Sabres, which will be played on Friday morning (AEST). This week has already seen a couple of surprise results with the Islanders narrowly beating the Flames 2-1 and the Blues emerging 4-3 victors against the Stars. Elsewhere the Hurricanes play the Bruins, the Oilers go up against the Jets and the New Jersey Devils play the Detroit Red Wings.



RANGERS
@
SABRES

Friday, December 2, 10:00am (AEST) @ KeyBank Center, Buffalo, NY.

The Rangers easily lead the Metropolitan Division on the Eastern Conference and in direct contrast, the Sabres are battling this season with just eight wins from their 22 matches. New York has won more games than any other side in the NHL while both sides in this encounter are both coming off last start victories, but it is the visiting Islanders who opened as favourites.

  • New York has won twice as many matches as the Sabres this season (16-8).
  • The Rangers have also doubled the amount of goals (88-44) as Buffalo.
  • New York is the most potent attacking team in the NHL with 11 more goals than the next best Flyers (77).
New York Rangers @ Buffalo Sabres | NHL | UBET


COWBOYS
@
VIKINGS

Friday, December 2, 11:25am (AEST) @ US Bank Stadium, Minnesota.

The Cowboys open as favourites to win an 11th straight NFL match after dropping their first round match against the Giants by just one point. Since then, it has been nothing but sunshine and rainbows in Dallas with wins over fellow Super Bowl contenders the Packers, Steelers and Ravens. The Cowboys’ record on the road is perfect this year as they enjoy their best season in years.

The Vikings have a pretty handy home record this season to combat the power of a travelling Dallas team. Heading into this weekend, Minnesota is second in the NFC North Conference behind the Lions and they could momentarily sneak into first by the end of the weekend. Last weekend the Vikings suffered a disappointing three-point loss to Detroit in what could have given them top spot.

  • The Cowboys are undefeated on the road this season while the Vikings have lost just one home game.
  • The Vikings have won seven of their last nine matches against the Cowboys.
  • Minnesota has won its last five home matches against Dallas.
  • In their 29 matches against the Vikings, the Cowboys have won 15 and lost 14.
Dallas Cowboys @ Minnesota Vikings | NFL | UBET

PANTHERS
@
SEAHAWKS

Monday, December 5, 11:30am (AEST) @ CenturyLink Field, Seattle, WA.

The Seahawks have a pretty decent recent record against the Panthers but they have lost their last two encounters to Cam Newton’s team. Last weekend saw Seattle succumb to the Buccaneers in what was a disappointing performance. Despite the rare loss, Russell Wilson and company still comfortably lead the NFC West Conference and should realistically win this one as well.

Carolina, like Seattle, were unsuccessful last weekend as they clashed with the red-hot Oakland Raiders; eventually losing by three points in what was a high-scoring game (35-32). The Panthers are in serious danger of missing out on the playoffs; in fact a loss this weekend would almost certainly put paid to their hopes of appearing in a second straight Super Bowl.

  • In their 11 matches against the Panthers the Seahawks have won seven and lost four.
  • Seattle has won four of its five home games against Carolina.
  • Five of the last six matches between these teams have been won by seven points or less.
  • Seattle has won five of its last seven against Carolina but lost the last two.
Carolina Panthers @ Seattle Seahawks | NFL | UBET

COLTS
@
JETS

Tuesday, December 6, 11:30am (AEST) @ MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ.

The Colts were thoroughly outplayed last weekend by the Steelers and their playoff hopes will go on the line this weekend when they take on the Jets in New Jersey. A loss would be close to fatal for a largely inconsistent Indianapolis team that has a win-loss record of 5-6. Prior to last week’s comprehensive loss, the Colts were actually in pretty decent form winning the two games prior.

Motivation is likely to be low in New York for the Giants because they are out of playoffs contention with just three wins from their 11 matches this season. Newly re-signed quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick will probably want to justify the millions of dollars the Jets invested in him, but the form just isn’t on the board and even when playing at home, New York just can’t find any form.

  • The Jets have beaten the Colts in their last three clashes.
  • In their 72 matches against the Jets, the Colts have a 41-31 record.
  • Four of the last five games between these teams have been won by 13+ points.
  • The Jets have won two of their last three home games against the Colts.
Indianapolis Colts v New York Jets | NFL | UBET



LAKERS
@
BULLS

Friday, December 2, 11:00am (AEST) @ United Center, Chicago.

The Lakers have surprised many people this season in the post-Kobe era but with such a strong, young and determined team it is almost surprising that it has surprised so many! Any team with Jordan Clarkson, D’Angelo Russell, Nick Young, Brandon Ingram and Larry Nance Junior is a team with every chance of winning most games they contest.

The Bulls were somewhat of an unknown quantity heading into this NBA season but they, like LA, have surprised many experts with how well they’re travelling so far this year. At 10-6 this year, the Bulls are enjoying one of their best starts to a campaign in a number of years. Despite losing Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah during the off-season, Chicago is proving itself to be a force this year without the star duo.

  • In their 149 regular season matches against Chicago, LA has won 86 and lost 63.
  • The Lakers won their only previous meeting with the Bulls this season.
  • The Bulls are 4-1 at home this season with their only home loss coming v the Knicks.
  • Jimmy Butler (24.5 per game) is Chicago’s leading point scorer, while D’Angelo Russell is LA’s leader with 16.8 per game.
LA Lakers @ Chicago Bulls | NBA | UBET

CLIPPERS
@
CLEVELAND

Friday, December 2, 11:00am (AEST) @ Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland.

The Clippers are only just behind the Warriors (16-2) and Spurs (14-3) in the Western Conference. On top of their outstanding results to date, Los Angeles has only lost two games on the road this season, while the Cavs have lost just one home match. The Clippers will head into this crucial clash with Cleveland as outsiders but can expect plenty of support from punters seeking value for money.

The defending champion Cavaliers face one of their toughest tests of the season when they go up against the Clippers but the upside for LeBron James’ team is the fact they have the home court advantage with the match to be played on Quicken Loans Arena. The Cavs have stood out from fellow contenders the Raptors and Clippers this year with the best record in the Eastern Conference.

  • In their 122 regular season games v the Clippers, the Cavs have won 73 and lost 49.
  • The Cavs have won their last four matches against the Clippers.
  • The Clippers are undefeated on the road this season (7-0).
  • Cleveland has lost just one home game (v Atlanta almost four weeks ago).
LA Clippers @ Cleveland Cavaliers | NBA | UBET

ROCKETS
@
WARRIORS

Friday, December 2, 1:30pm (AEST) @ Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA.

James Harden’s Rockets have been in pretty decent form over the last few matches with just one loss over the last couple of weeks. They’ve won their last two matches and enter this crucial clash against the NBA’s benchmark Golden State in decent touch and a good chance of springing an upset. While the Rockets are in good touch, the same can definitely be said about their opponents.

The combinations in Golden State are beginning to click as Steph Curry and Kevin Durant lead the charge for the Warriors. While defending MVP Curry and the ‘Slim Reaper’ wreak havoc with opponents, they are receiving valuable support from the likes of Draymond Green and Klay Thompson. This 12-match unbeaten run is the best in the league this year.

  • In their 206 regular season NBA matches v Warriors, the Rockets have won 118 and lost 88.
  • The Warriors have won their last eight matches against the Rockets.
  • Houston has won five of its last six matches.
  • Golden State is on a 13-match winning streak.
Houston Rockts @ Golden State Warriors | NBA | UBET