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NBA Tips: Harden and Houston set for big night

A busy night in the NBA with nine games to choose from, Ben Steele previews three of the best games featuring some of the league’s biggest stars.

“The 30-year-old Californian is averaging 36.6 points per game and has already topped 40 points three times, including 44 on Tuesday. Back ‘The Beard’ to score more than 40 again in a game Houston should win comfortably.”

Harden will add to Warrior woes

Golden State Warriors @ Houston Rockets
Thursday 00:40 GMT

The Golden State Warriors have had a poor start to the season, they are 3-4 and have lost Steph Curry for at least three months after he broke his hand last week. Tonight they travel to Houston to face the Rockets, and their exceptional back-court pair, Russell Westbrook and James Harden.

The former Oklahoma City Thunder teammates were reunited in the offseason and while Houston have been inconsistent so far this season their two guards have posted decent stats. Westbrook is almost averaging a triple-double (21.2 points, 9.8 rebounds and 9.2 assists per game) but it is Harden who has stolen the show so far. The 30-year-old Californian is averaging 36.6 points per game and has already topped 40 points three times, including 44 on Tuesday. Back ‘The Beard’ to score more than 40 again in a game Houston should win comfortably.

MVP will continue strong start

Philadelphia 76ers @ Utah Jazz
Thursday 02:10 GMT

Joel Embiid returns from suspension to bolster the ranks for the 5-1 Philadelphia 76ers as they face Donovan Mitchell and the Utah Jazz. The Jazz have a worse record than their opponents tonight (4-3) but that is partly a product of playing in the incredibly competitive Western Conference. With games against the Lakers and Clippers already under the belt the Jazz are battle tested and have shown flashes of what could make them a playoff team this term.

Donovan Mitchell is a high-flying star who leads the team in scoring, and should do again tonight. In fact, with the Jazz relying on him and the 76ers spreading the scoring around Mitchell is a good bet to be the top scorer in the game at 9/5. I expect the game to be close, with both teams posing a threat. With that in mind the 76ers are worth a look on the moneyline as their price looks a bit too long.

Leonard a big loss for LA

Milwaukee Bucks @ Los Angeles Clippers
Thursday 03:10 GMT

We had potential for a great head to head battle in LA tonight as last season’s MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo was set to face off against the Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard. However, the Clippers have announced that Leonard will not start as they look to manage his load and keep him fresh throughout the season. It’s disappointing, but does offer some value for a talented Milwaukee Bucks side. Leonard is already the unquestioned leader of the Clippers team and without him they could struggle to get going, as they’ll miss the man who leads the team in points, rebonuds, assists and steals per game.

Antetokounmpo leads his team in all of those categories as well, but crucially he will be playing tonight. Back the Bucks to take a win on the road and cover the spread in the process.

Source: US Sports