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NBA | January 17 Preview

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We preview selected NBA fixtures taking place on the 17th of January 2019. 

James Harden looks to continue his phenomenal scoring form as the Houston Rockets host the Brooklyn Nets, while a struggling Cleveland need a change of fortune as they travel to take on the Trail Blazers.   

Read our previews here: 

Pistons 6/10 vs Magic 12/10
Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Michigan

The Orlando Magic travel to Detroit to face the Pistons in search of their third consecutive win after beating the Celtics and Rockets. Those two wins, however, came at home, though. Their record on the road leaves little to be desired, losing each of the last four times they travelled. 

Detroit lost their 17th game from 22 matches and will need a change in fortune as their home advantage looks to lend them a hand.
Verdict: Pistons 6/10

Rockets 11/20 vs Nets 27/20
Toyota Center, Houston, Texas

A resurgent Brooklyn Nets will travel to Houston to face the Rockets. The Rockets have only lost 18 of their 43  matches. James Harden made history as he became the first player to score 30+ points in 17 consecutive matches – the longest streak since the NBA/ABA merger. The point guard shot an incredible 57 points in the Rockets’ 112 – 96 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies. The bearded Rocket will no doubt be in form in front of is his home faithful.
Verdict: Rockets 11/20

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Mavericks 8/10 vs Spurs 9/10
American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas

The San Antonio Spurs have been plagued by inconsistency over the last few weeks, winning three and losing three of their NBA fixtures. The Dallas franchise find themselves near the bottom of the Western Conference in 13th, winning just 20 of their 43 fixtures. That said, their home form is pretty solid at 16-5. But you’d expect the Spurs’ quality to shine through.
Verdict: Spurs 9/10

Trail Blazers 1/14 vs Cavaliers 6/1 
Moda Center, Portland, Oregon


Cleveland ended a 12 game losing streak when they beat a Lakers team that was without Lebron James. Cleveland are struggling at the floor of the Western Conference and a game on the road against a wounded Portland team that has lost two consecutive matches will be too much for the Cavs – who are the only team in the NBA yet to reach 10 wins – to deal with.
Verdict: Trail Blazers 1/14 

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Warriors 7/20 vs Pelicans 39/20
Oracle Arena, Oakland, California

The Golden State Warriors look to seal their 22nd victory in 24 games. The defending champs set a new record after they scored 51 points in a quarter against Denver on the 16th of January. The Pelicans will have their hands full in the likes of Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, especially at the Oracle Arena.
Verdict: Warriors 7/20

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Clippers 7/10 vs Jazz 1/1
Staples Center, Los Angeles, California

The Utah Jazz will play away from their comfort zone when they head off to Los Angeles to take on the Clippers. Utah are on a four-match winning streak with all matches played at home – their next match on the road should test their mettle. Danilo Gallinari will be the player to watch for the Clippers who need to turn around their three-match losing streak.
Verdict: LA Clippers 7/10

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