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Hump Day and Hoop Nights

The first week of NBA action has been leaving some results that are catching the attention of the fans. The low form of Lebron’s Lakers has set the trend for a season, which seems that it will give much to talk about the current state of the stars of each of the templates that will be presented in the most important arenas.

The Hornets will be looking to sting the magic of Orlando

If we talk about the Hornets, we have to talk about two things: Their postseason passing record over the past few seasons and LaMelo Ball. Both arguments are the ones that should be taken into account when making predictions about the Hornets’ performance during this NBA season.

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To begin with, the Hornets have not been to the next NBA tournament since the 2016-2017 season, in which they did not have a great performance despite fulfilling the goal of transcending the regular season. In addition, the Hornets were one of the worst teams in the East Division, finishing in the basement of their conference, with a wide margin of difference with respect to their opponents.

On the other hand, LaMelo Ball is where the Hornets’ hopes lie, averaging 6.8 assists and 22.8 points per game. The recent past of the Hornets, seems to be disappearing little by little, as they have three wins in four games played this season.

On the Magic’s side, the reality is different, as they have the same number of games in favor, but with a difference in reverse, as they have three losses to their credit, even though they have just defeated Derrick Rose’s Knicks. Their best option is to appeal to the talent of their best scorer Cole Anthony.

The Hornets are the clear favorites for this game with an overall of -105 and Over/Under of -6, so betting on their victory would be the most outstanding option.

Washington wants to cast a spell on the Celtics

Another of the most attractive and evenly matched duels this Wednesday will be the one between the Celtics and the Washington Wizards in the city of Boston, where the advantage seems to be slightly tilted to the Celtics.

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Although the Wizards lost Russell Westbrook at the beginning of the season, they have found in Bradley Beal one of the best scorers in the league, with an average of +30 points per game, which places him as one of the points to take into account for this game. Despite this, they cannot be marked as favorites since they are coming off a loss against the Nets, despite the internal earthquake that Brooklyn is suffering.

And they are not favorites because Jayson Tatum’s Celtics are proving that no situation is bad enough for them. They managed to come from behind last game against the Hornets 140-129 and Tatum is averaging 27.5 points per game. This gives the Celtics a good enough edge to bet on them with an overall of -110 and an Over/Under of -4.5.

Miami wants to take its Heat to Brooklyn

Finally, the match between the Miami Heat and the Brooklyn Nets leaves us with a very interesting duel that seeks to position two institutions that live very different realities. This will be a game marked by absences, both due to injury and personal reasons.

In the case of the Heat, the most sensitive absence is that of Victor Oladipo, who is suffering from a right knee discomfort, while on the side of the Nets, we have the already known absence of Kyrie Irving for an indefinite period of time, due to personal differences that the player has with the league bylaws regarding the vaccination against the COVID-19.

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Both teams have similar averages, with two games won and one lost, in the case of the Heat, and two won and two lost, on the side of the Nets; but the betting, in this case, favors the one that paradoxically, seems the most underdog, since the Nets have an Over/Under of -4.5 over -110 overall, making them the most desirable bet for Wednesday’s game.

Erik is a writer and a sports nut who has had the good fortune to be able to experience a wide variety of world sports action up close and personal. He enjoys staying on top of the changing world of athletics and capitalizing on his writing skills to offer a unique take on what's going on in the ever-changing athletics ecosystem.

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