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Game of the Night: Oklahoma City Thunder Vs. Brooklyn Nets

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Two of the league’s hottest teams matchup on Friday in the Game of the Night as the Oklahoma City Thunder travel to Brooklyn to face the Nets and kick-off the exciting weekend of sports in the area.

The Thunder are 12-4 in the month of January and boast a record of 37-10 overall, the best in the NBA. Superstar Kevin Durant has elevated his game since the injury to Russell Westbrook. The 25-year-old leads all scorers, dropping 31.3 points per game through 46 contests but has increased that to 36.6 on 53.9 percent shooting in the last month. With a victory, Oklahoma City would own their second-ever double-digit winning streak since moving from Seattle.

The Brooklyn Nets have rebounded well in the new year after an atrocious start to the season. They are 20-23 and currently have the seven-seed in the Eastern Conference, but sit just three games behind the Toronto Raptors for the three-seed. Joe Johnson paces the team in scoring, averaging 15.7 points per game while Kevin Garnett (6.9) and Deron Williams (7.1) lead the team in rebounds and assists, respectively.

Prediction:

The only other meeting between the two teams this season resulted in a Joe Johnson buzzer-beating game-winner to secure the victory for the Nets and upset the Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Despite the Nets’ record of 8-2 in their last 10 games, the Thunder are playing even better at the moment and certainly have not forgotten about their loss earlier in the season. Oklahoma City defeats Brooklyn, 111-98

Time: 8:00 P.M. ET

National TV: ESPN

 

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Suns Beat Pacers? Suns Beat Pacers: Thoughts on the NBA for 1/31/14

In a slow night across the Association, the best game was the most low-key, as the Suns went into Indiana and beat the Pacers in the only game not on national TV. Thanks to Goran Dragic's 28 point, 7

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Saving the Skyhook Podcast #2

Last night myself, co-editor Matthew Hochberg and staff writer Mike Wesson got together to record Saving the Skyhook Podcast #2.

We talked All-Star Game reserves, Kevin Durant and LeBron James, the Memphis

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A Glimmer Of Hope: Austin Rivers Is Improving Before Our Very Eyes

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In 2010, there was no high school senior more exciting to watch than Austin Rivers. His godly handles, acrobatic layups, pull-up threes and high flying dunks made for one of the more entertaining mixes you will ever set your eyes on and it made him an instant fan favorite in the basketball world. Even without knowing the level of competition he was going up against on a nightly basis, words of him being a lottery pick in the 2012 Draft spread like wildfire.

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Betting on the NBA

The NBA season is now in full swing, bringing exciting action to courts around America. Many basketball fans look for ways to become further involved in the games and one way do this is to make sports bets on various NBA match-ups. To make successful sports bets it helps to have knowledge on the team you are betting. So for example, the teams in the NBA who look like champions elect are Miami Heat (2/1), Indiana Pacers (4/1) and Oklahoma City Thunder (7/1). There are many different kinds of wagers than can be placed on NBA games, the most popular being money line betting.

Money line bets are made over which team a punter believes will win the game. It doesn’t matter what the score is, as some other types of bets do. In fact, a team can win by only one point and you would still win some coin. When placing a bet, most people will bet on the favorite team, as after all, this is most likely to occur and the safest bet. The money line is established in order to make the underdog just as appealing to bet on. Placing a bet on the underdog will cost substantially less than a bet on the favorite. However, the payout is much great when the underdog wins. The reverse of this is that a wager on the favorite will cost more with a smaller return.

Once you’ve made your decision on which money line to take, you can enjoy some time at an online casino such as www.casinoonline.co.nz playing popular basketball slot machine games. One of these is the game, Slam Dunk. With its basketball theme, the game utilizes basketball memorabilia on its reels. The most important of these symbols is the number 23 jersey. Paying homage to basketball superstar, Michael Jordan, this symbol can provide the maximum payout when appearing on all reels.