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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.