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The All Blacks great has already faced the Irish province this season in Racing’s 7-14 loss in Ireland in a Round Two, Pool Four encounter.

The Parisian club got their revenge in the return in Round Five, when they triumphed 34-30 in his absence, but Carter said of Munster on Sky Sports: “They’re a class side, well drilled, so we’re going to have to pull something special out in the semifinal if we’re going to advance into the final.”


Test rugby’s world record points-scorer would love nothing better than adding a Champions Cup winner’s medal to his substantial trophy cabinet, which already includes silverware from two World Cup successes and four Super Rugby triumphs, to name but a few.

The 36-year-old came close two years ago, when Racing succumbed 7-21 to Saracens in Lyon, after he had to leave the pitch on 43 minutes due to injury.


“It’s huge – not only for me, but for the team,” he said of the semifinal, after helping Racing beat ASM Clermont Auvergne 28-17 at Stade Marcel Michelin on April 1, when he created a decisive try on 63 minutes and was instrumental in a second two minutes later.

“I love having history and doing things that no teams have done before.

“If you look back at Racing 92’s history and how rare it is to make a final in Europe, we were lucky enough to do it a couple of years ago, so we’d love to go one step further.

“[But] we realise that we can’t look too far ahead. We’ve got quality opposition in front of us, so we’ll enjoy this moment and make sure that we continue to work hard to give ourselves the best chance to make the final.”

Altogether Carter has made 16 appearances in the European Cup and scored 104 points. All have been for Racing, apart from the one game he played for Perpignan in 2008, when he kicked 16 points against Leicester Tigers.

Prediction: The clubs have met six times previously with Munster winning four matches (lost two); they clashed earlier this season in the pool stage, with the home side on the day winning each encounter. Munster are participating in their 13th European Cup semifinal, no other club has played in more than 10; seven of their previous 12 matches have been against top 14 opposition. Munster have progressed from just four of their 12 semifinals, losing their last five in a row. Racing 92 meanwhile have reached this stage for just the second time, they defeated Leicester Tigers 19-16 in their only previous semifinal in 2016. Munster have lost just one of their last nine games against Top 14 opposition (won 7, drawn one), and the defeat to Racing in Round Five this season is the only blemish in that run. Munster have averaged the fewest passes (108) but most kicks from hand (29) per game in the competition this season. The two sides have conceded fewer tries than any other team in this season’s tournament – Munster have conceded just nine and Racing 11. Peter O’Mahony has won 43 line-outs (including five steals), more than any other player in the competition. The only two players to make 100+ carries this season will feature on Sunday – Christiaan Stander (105) and Leone Nakarawa (104). Nakarawa has also made the most offloads (19) of any player and beaten the most defenders (22) of any forward. Racing will edge it by five points.


Racing 92: 15 Louis Dupichot, 14 Teddy Thomas, 13 Virimi Vakatawa, 12 Henry Chavancy, 11 Marc Andreu, 10 Pat Lambie, 9 Maxime Machenaud, 8 Yannick Nyanga, 7 Bernard Le Roux, 6 Wenceslas Lauret, 5 Leone Nakarawa, 4 Donnacha Ryan, 3 Cedate Gomes Sa, 2 Camille Chat, 1 Eddy Ben Arous.
Replacements: 16 Dimitri Szarzewski, 17 Vasil Kakovin, 18 Viliamu Afatia, 19 Antonie Claassen, 20 Baptiste Chouzenoux, 21 Teddy Iribaren, 22 Dan Carter, 23 Joe Rokocoko.

Munster: 15 Andrew Conway, 14 Keith Earls, 13 Sam Arnold, 12 Rory Scannell, 11 Alex Wootton, 10 Ian Keatley, 9 Conor Murray, 8 Christiaan Stander, 7 Jack O’Donoghue, 6 Peter O’Mahony, 5 Billy Holland, 4 Jean Kleyn, 3 Stephen Archer, 2 Niall Scannell, 1 Dave Kilcoyne.
Replacements: 16 Rhys Marshall, 17 James Cronin, 18 John Ryan, 19 Gerbrandt Grobler, 20 Robin Copeland, 21 James Hart, 22 JJ Hanrahan, 23. Simon Zebo.

Date: Sunday, April 22
Venue: Stade Chaban-Delmas, Bordeaux
Kick-off: 16.15 (15.15 UK & Ireland time; 14.15 GMT)
Expected weather: It will be warm with a high of 27°C and a low of 13°C with some cloud cover.
Referee: JP Doyle (England)
Assistant referees: Wayne Barnes (England), Luke Pearce (England)
TMO: Graham Hughes (England)

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The Houston Rockets and Minnesota Timberwolves meet Saturday in game three of the first round of the NBA playoffs at the Target Center.

The Houston Rockets can all but put this series to bed by winning here and taking a 3-0 lead. The Houston Rockets are averaging 103 points on 41.3 percent shooting and allowing 91.5 points on 41.3 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 28 points and 7.5 assists while Chris Paul is averaging 20.5 points and six assists. Clint Capela is the third double-digit scorer and Gerald Green is grabbing 9.5 rebounds. The Houston Rockets are shooting 29.2 percent from beyond the arc and 72.7 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Rockets are allowing 31.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.5 rebounds per game. The Houston Rockets have won 15 of their last 18 road games.

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The Minnesota Timberwolves need a victory here if they have any hope of getting back and making this series competitive. The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 91.5 points on 41.3 percent shooting and allowing 103 points on 41.3 percent shooting. Jimmy Butler is averaging 12 points and 2.5 assists while Andrew Wiggins is averaging 15.5 points and seven rebounds. Jeff Teague is the third double-digit scorer and Karl-Anthony Towns is grabbing 11 rebounds. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 31.7 percent from beyond the arc and 80.4 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Timberwolves are allowing 29.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42 rebounds per game. The Minnesota Timberwolves have won seven of their last 11 home games.

The Rockets are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 Saturday games, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Timberwolves are 15-7-1 ATS in their last 23 home games, 6-2 ATS in their last 8 Saturday games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Rockets are 14-6 ATS in the last 20 meetings in Minnesota, 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings and the favorite is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.

The Houston Rockets have yet to shoot the ball to their ability in the first two games and still have a 2-0 lead, and game two was over before halftime. Towns is averaging just 6.5 points in the first two games and is shooting just 27.8 percent from the field. It’s not a good sign when Derrick Rose is your second leading scorer in the series. The Minnesota Timberwolves are playing with no heart, look soft and appear to be a team that’s ready for the offseason. And again, the Rockets aren’t playing crazy good basketball. Harden was 2-18 from the field in game two and the Rockets still win by 20 points. This is just a complete mismatch, and I’m not sure how much changes going to Minnesota. I’ll gladly lay the bucket with the better team on the road.

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Expect fireworks when two of the heavyweights of the South African game, the Sharks and Stormers, face off in their derby in Durban on Saturday.

Both these teams will be desperate for victory after registering some unflattering results in recent weeks.

The Sharks suffered a humiliating 40-10 defeat to the Bulls in Durban last weekend – a result which their coach Robert du Preez described as an embarrassment.

The Stormers had a bye last weekend but fared little better in their previous match, against the Lions in Johannesburg in Round Eight, as they were on the receiving end of a 52-31 drubbing against the 2017 Super Rugby finalists.

The Sharks will be quietly confident of returning to winning ways as they have dominated this fixture in recent years and won their last three games against the Stormers – the last and only time they won more against them was a five-game streak from 2006 to 2010.

Sharks centre Lukhanyo Am admits they will look to turn matters around against their Cape rivals following that loss to the Bulls last week.

“This game could be our season-changer, we’re looking to regain our confidence and consistency in this match,” he said.

“But there are no easy games and we’ll need to bring our A-game on Saturday.”

Stormers head coach Robbie Fleck said his side are determined to get back to winning ways on Saturday after a much-needed bye.

“The break was good for the squad from both a mental and physical perspective and we returned refreshed this week, ready to take on the second half of the campaign,” he explained.

“It is great to have some players returning from injury and it has been a good week of training so we are looking forward to the weekend.”

The last time these teams met: These sides faced off in a Round 14 encounter in Durban last year and the Sharks claimed a 22-10 victory. The home side outscored the Stormers three tries to one with Jean Deysel, Stephan Lewies and Sbu Nkosi scoring the Sharks’ tries while SP Marais dotted down for the visitors. Garth April added the Sharks’ other points courtesy of two conversions and a penalty and Marais also slotted a penalty and a conversion for the Stormers.

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For Sharks: Although the Sharks have been very inconsistent this year, one player who has impressed regularly is Springbok flanker Jean-Luc du Preez, who has shone on attack and defence. Du Preez’s prowess with ball in hand has been particularly impressive and he is the player who has made the most offloads (16) in the competition at this stage of the season.

For Stormers: Springbok centre Damian de Allende has been a vital cog in the Stormers machine this year, especially on attack where he has done well on a consistent basis. The 26-year-old is one of the tournament’s leading attackers and has made the second most carries (97), beaten the third most defenders (38) and is in joint ninth place for clean breaks in the competition. If he builds up a head of steam, he could prove a handful for the Sharks’ defenders.

Team news: Sharks head coach Robert du Preez has made three changes to his starting XV after last weekend’s defeat to the Bulls in Pretoria. Du Preez has brought Makazole Mapimpi in for Lwazi Mvovo on the left wing while Cameron Wright replaces Louis Schreuder at scrum-half in the two changes to the back-line.

Daniel du Preez joins his twin Jean-Luc in the loose trio, taking over from Tera Mtembu at number eight in the only alteration amongst the forwards.

Meanwhile, Sikhumbuzo Notshe will make his first start of the Super Rugby season for the Stormers for this fixture. The 24-year-old will be at number eight in the only change to the Stormers pack for the coastal derby at Kings Park.

There are two changes to the back-line with Craig Barry starting on the wing and Dillyn Leyds shifting to full-back, while a fit-again Dewaldt Duvenage replaces the injured Jano Vermaak at scrum-half.

Utility back JJ Engelbrecht also returns from injury to take his place among the replacements.

Form: Both these sides have battled to get going this season. The Sharks have won just two matches so far – against the Sunwolves and Blues. They also drew at home with the Waratahs and suffered defeats to the Lions, Brumbies, Melbourne Rebels, Hurricanes and Bulls.

The Stormers beat the Jaguares in Cape Town in their season opener before heading on their Australasian tour where they lost all three their matches – against the Waratahs, Crusaders and Highlanders. They bounced back with home victories against the Blues and Reds but suffered defeats to the Bulls and Lions in their recent matches.

Prediction: This should be an entertaining encounter between two evenly matched sides. Home ground advantage will be crucial and should swing things in the Sharks’ favour. Sharks to win by seven points.


The teams:

Sharks: 15 Curwin Bosch, 14 Sbu Nkosi, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Cameron Wright, 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Philip van der Walt, 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Ruan Botha (c), 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Juan Schoeman
Replacements: 16 Akker van der Merwe, 17 Mzamo Majola, 18 Ross Geldenhuys, 19 Tyler Paul, 20 Jacques Vermeulen, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22 Marius Louw, 23 Lwazi Mvovo

Stormers: 15 Dillyn Leyds, 14 Craig Barry, 13 EW Viljoen, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siya Kolisi (c), 5 Chris van Zyl, 4 Jan de Klerk, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Ramone Samuels, 1 Steven Kitshoff
Replacements: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 JC Janse van Rensburg, 18 Carlu Sadie, 19 Kobus van Dyk, 20 Nizaam Carr, 21 Paul de Wet, 22 SP Marais, 23 JJ Engelbrecht

Date: Saturday, April 21
Venue: Kings Park, Durban
Kick-off: 17:15 local (15:15 GMT)
Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Egon Seconds (South Africa), Cwengile Jadezweni (South Africa)

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Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Indiana Pacers – 4/15/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

NBA Basketball: Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 3:30 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)

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The Indiana Pacers look to make an early statement in this series after being one of the bigger surprises in the season already. The Indiana Pacers are averaging 105.6 points on 47.2 percent shooting and allowing 104.2 points on 46.5 percent shooting. Victor Oladipo is averaging 23.1 points and 4.3 assists while Bojan Bogdanovic is averaging 14.3 points and 3.4 rebounds. Myles Turner is the third double-digit scorer and Darren Collinson is dishing 5.3 assists. The Indiana Pacers are shooting 36.9 percent from beyond the arc and 77.9 percent from the free throw line. The Indiana Pacers are allowing 34.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.4 rebounds per game. The Indiana Pacers have split their last eight road games.

The Cleveland Cavaliers hope they can turn things around in the playoffs after such an up and down season. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 110.9 points on 47.6 percent shooting and allowing 109.9 points on 47.4 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 27.5 points and 9.1 assists while Kevin Love is averaging 17.6 points and 9.3 rebounds. Jordan Clarkson is the third double-digit scorer and Jeff Green is grabbing 3.1 rebounds. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 37.2 percent from beyond the arc and 77.9 percent from the free throw line. The Cleveland Cavaliers are allowing 36.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.1 rebounds per game. The Cleveland Cavaliers have won eight of their last nine home games.

The Pacers are 35-15-1 ATS in their last 51 Sunday games, 12-5 ATS in their last 17 vs. Eastern Conference and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. NBA Central. The Cavaliers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Sunday games, 16-34-1 ATS in their last 51 home games and 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The Pacers are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Cleveland, 13-5-1 ATS in the last 19 meetings and the under is 3-1-1 in the last 5 meetings.

The Indiana Pacers are a fiesty basketball team that scraps it out on both ends of the floor and has won three of the last four meetings against the Cleveland Cavaliers. We know LeBron is a different player come postseason basketball, and he usually can carry his team as well, but I’m still not high on these guys and the lack of defense isn’t something you fix overnight. The Indiana Pacers have a team full of roughriders and won’t enter this series intimated one bit. There’s value with the points here.


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Bournemouth vs. Manchester United

At least the Reds won’t have to wait long for a chance to set things right

A shocked Manchester United travel to the south coast for a mid-week showdown with AFC Bournemouth. On Sunday, the club got its busy week off to the worst possible start with a head-scratching loss to lowly West Brom at Old Trafford. Now they must quickly regroup to hold off Liverpool’s late charge for second place in the Premier League.

United sit just a single point above their Merseyside rivals — albeit with a game in hand — and cannot afford any more slip-ups against lesser teams. And, if this season’s reverse fixture is anything to go by, the Reds will have their hands full on Wednesday evening.

When the two sides met in December, United narrowly won 1-0 courtesy of a Romelu Lukakuheader. But that scoreline papered over a poor performance by Jose Mourinho’s squad — after all, they were outshot 7-2 by the visiting Poppies. The Reds must play better at the Vitality Stadium to avoid a repeat of the West Brom debacle.

And, if Mourinho has anything to say about it, they will play simpler too.

Following Sunday’s loss, the United manager aired his grievances to the club’s official website: “I think we were deservedly punished because we were masters in complication. Players didn’t want to or couldn’t play simple. Everything was slow. Everything was one more touch, one more flick, one more trick, one more turn. No continuity or fluidity in our football.”

All in all, it was a very lackluster follow-up to last weekend’s thrilling win over Manchester Cityin the derby.

Happily, United need only wait a few days to get back on the pitch and recover some momentum ahead of this weekend’s crucial FA Cup semifinal. That match against Tottenham Hotspur affords United their last avenue to silverware this season, so all preparations for Bournemouth must be made with one eye on Wembley.

But the West Brom loss slightly complicates that. No team wants to enter an important cup tie straight off two disheartening losses, so the manager must strike a balance between resting first-choice players and securing a morale-boosting result.

With the Spurs semifinal coming less than three days later, expect plenty of rotation all over the pitch at Bournemouth. Mourinho rarely rests the likes of Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez, and Nemanja Matic, but should strongly consider just that on Wednesday.

Paul Pogba and Ander Herrera both played for less than an hour against West Brom and Scott McTominay could also use some more minutes. Perhaps this would be the perfect occasion for a Marouane Fellaini swan song…

In defense, the manager threw a bit of a curveball with his selection for West Brom. Victor Lindelof replaced Eric Bailly because of the Swede’s passing skills and ability to carry the ball out of the defensive third. One would think that Bailly starts against Spurs, so it will be interesting to see how Mourinho manages his minutes on Wednesday.

Whether Bailly plays at the Vitality Stadium or not, there are plenty of defensive options to keep the first-choice backline rested for the weekend. Don’t be surprised if any or all of Matteo Darmian, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, and Luke Shaw get a run-out.

Bournemouth sit 11th in the Premier League table, but are actually closer to relegation than to the top seven. Add in a -15 GD and it’s been a season of struggle for Eddie Howe’s side. With just one win in their last eight, the Poppies look to be limping to the finish line.

But so were West Brom and we all know how that turned out.

After losing at the weekend to Liverpool, Howe is under no illusions that his club’s mid-table placement reflects their recent performances. “We’re in a relegation battle until we’re safe,” the Bournemouth manager declared at his post-match press conference. “The players are aware and there will be no let up from our side with a massive game coming up.”

The United defense will need to keep a careful eye on the dangerous Bournemouth attack of Callum Wilson, Joshua King, and Jermain Defoe. All three played well at Old Trafford in December and only a strong showing by David De Gea kept the Poppies off the scoresheet.

Bournemouth’s emphasis on possession and quick pressing won’t take Manchester United by surprise — but will demand a much sharper effort than the squad delivered at the weekend. The 2017/18 season largely hinges on whether United wins the FA Cup, so an emphatic win over the Poppies could instill some belief for Saturday’s must-win Wembley cup tie.

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Chalta Vigo VS FC Barcelona

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Celta Vigo vs Barcelona – Predictions, Free Bets, Odds and Betting Tips

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League Position 1
50 Goals Scored 81
44 Goals Conceded 17
Head-to-Head Wins 5
Head-to-Head Draws 2
Celta Vigo are still looking for a top-six finish in La Liga table when they welcome Barcelona at the Estadio de Balaidos on Tuesday night. Celta Vigo have endured a mixed run of form in La Liga recently, but they still have just five points fewer than the 6th-placed Villarreal. On the other hand, Barcelona sit comfortably at the top of the league table, eleven points clear of the 2nd-placed Atletico Madrid. Follow all our predictions, odds, free bets and betting tips below.

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RC Celta de Vigo vs FC Barcelona – Betting Tips for the game

Celta Vigo have won just once in their last five games in La Liga. They were on a three-game unbeaten streak prior to their disappointing 1-0 away loss at Leganes at the weekend. The good news is that Celta are now back on home soil where they are undefeated in eight competitive home meetings. Furthermore, they are unbeaten in the last three home meetings with Barcelona.

Barcelona, on the contrary, are yet to lose a single game in 32 rounds so far this season. They are very close to wrap up the league title as they need just six points from the remaining six matches. The bad news is that Barcelona have been eliminated from the Champions League quarter-finals last week after losing 3-0 on the road at Roma.

Barcelona bounced back with a narrow victory over Valencia at the weekend and we fancy them to secure another one here. Our betting tips and predictions anticipate Barcelona to win at odds 1.72 with Betway.

Prediction and betting tip: Barcelona to win at odds 1.72 with RC Celta de Vigo vs FC Barcelona – Match odds

Celta Vigo looked incredibly solid on home soil over the past three months, winning four and drawing four of their last eight competitive games. However, they face a Barcelona side that haven’t lost a single game this season. Furthermore, Celta Vigo are winless in their last four meetings with Barcelona across all competitions. Our preview expect Barcelona to win at odds 1.72 with Betway.

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RC Celta de Vigo vs FC Barcelona – Correct Score odds

Celta Vigo have scored at least one goal in eight of their last ten competitive home games. Furthermore, they have found the back of the net at least once in each of their last three home meetings with Barcelona across all competitions. Barcelona have also been scoring goals for fun on the road over the past three months, scoring at least once in eight of their last ten competitive trips. Our correct score prediction would back Barcelona to win 2-0 at odds 10.00 with Betway.

Correct score prediction: Barcelona to win 2-0 at odds 10.00 with 

RC Celta de Vigo vs FC Barcelona – Over/Under 2.5 Goals odds

Three of Celta Vigo’s last four league outings have seen few than three goals. In addition, they have kept a clean sheet in three of their last four home league games. On the contrary, Barcelona hold the second best defensive record in the division, having conceded just 17 goals in 32 league games. Our total goals prediction fancies under 2.5 goals at 2.40 with Betway.

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RC Celta de Vigo vs FC Barcelona – First Goalscorer odds

Lionel Messi is La Liga’s top scorer with 29 goals and 12 assists under his belt. Messi have netted a hat-trick in Barcelona’s 3-0 home win against Leganes a fortnight ago and we fancy him to get back to goalscoring ways here. Our first goalscorer prediction is Lionel Messi at odds 3.75 with Betway.

First goalscorer prediction: Lionel Messi at odds 3.75 with bet offers


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Celta Vigo vs Barcelona

The Blaugrana will attempt to make it 33 games unbeaten in the league when they take on Juan Carlos Unzue’s side

Barcelona will look to take a step closer to clinching the Liga title when they travel to Celta Vigo on Tuesday.

Ernesto Valverde’s side rebounded from their Champions League elimination by beating Valencia 2-1 at the weekend, a result which means they are 11 points clear at the top with six games left.

The Catalan side are set to make some changes for the game as they allow one eye to drift towards their Copa del Rey final clash against Sevilla at the weekend


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Barcelona can move 14 points clear at the top of La Liga – temporarily at least – with a win over Celta on Tuesday, which would put them within touching distance of the title.

However, they are expecting a difficult game against the Galicians, who have beaten the likes of Sevilla and Real Betis, as well as taking points off Real Madrid and Barca this season.

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Game Celta Vigo vs Barcelona
Date Tuesday, April 17
Time 20:00 BST / 15:00 ET
Stadium Balaidos

Philadelphia 76ers vs Miami Heat

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Preview: Miami Heat at Philadelphia 76ers, 8 p.m., Monday

When/Where: 8 p.m.,  Philadelphia

TV: Fox Sports Sun,  Radio: 790-AM, 106.3-FM, 98.3-FM (Spanish)

Scouting report: This is the second game of the best-of-seven opening-round playoff series. … The 76ers won the opener 130-103 Saturday, to extend their overall winning streak to 17, in the highest-scoring playoff game by a Heat opponent. … The 76ers outscored the Heat 74-43 in Saturday’s second half, the largest single-half differential in a playoff game since 1982. … It was the 76ers’ first playoff victory since Game 6 of the 2012 Eastern Conference semifinals against the Celtics. … The 76ers’ 18 3-pointers in Game 1 obliterated the previous franchise postseason record of 11. … The Heat are 8-11 in series when they lose the first game. … The Heat have won only twice on the road since Jan. 29. … The 14 assists by 76ers guard Ben Simmons in Game 1 were the most in a playoff game by a rookie since Spud Webb had 18 in 1986. … The 26 points by in Game 1 matched the postseason career high by the Heat big man. … This is the second postseason meeting between the teams, with the Heat winning 4-1 in the 2011 first round on the way to the Finals. … Until Saturday’s loss, the Heat had won their previous 12 playoff games when scoring 100 or more. … For the Heat,  (ankle) is out. … For the 76ers, Joel Embiid (face) and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrat (knee) are out.

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Referees: Scott Foster (#48), Tony Brothers (#25), Karl Lane (#77), Gary Zielinski (Alternate, #59) (with Pat Fraher in Replay Center).

Pregame note of note: ‘s 26 points off the bench in Game 1 were the most by the Heat reserve in team postseason history, surpassing the previous record of 25 points by james jones on May 1, 2011 vs. the

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NBA Basketball: Monday, April 16, 2018 at 8:00 pm (Wells Fargo Center)


The Miami Heat travel to the Wells Fargo Centre to battle the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 2 on Monday.

The Miami Heat took down the Eastern Conference-leading Raptors in the regular season finale to build up a bit of steam heading into the playoffs, but they fell flat on their faces in Saturday’s 130-103 loss to the 76ers in Game 1. Kelly Olynyk led the team in scoring with 26 points on nine of 13 shooting off the bench, Goran Dragic added 15 points with four assists while James Johnson chipped in with 13 points and four assists. As a team, the Heat shot 44 percent from the field and 12 of 26 from the three-point line as they jumped out to an early lead with 35 points in the first quarter, but they just couldn’t handle the 76ers in the second half where they were outscored by 74-43. Olynyk really was the only Heat player to have a good scoring night and their defense fell to bits once the 76ers started raining the threes in the second half.

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Meanwhile, no team has even been hotter going into the playoffs as the Philadelphia 76ers who have now won 17 games in a row following their 130-103 Game 1 win over the Heat on Sunday. JJ Redick led the team in scoring with 28 points on eight of 13 shooting, Ben Simmons added 17 points with nine rebounds and 14 assists while Dario Saric chipped in with 20 points. As a team, the 76ers shot 47 percent from the field but what got it done was their 16 of 28 shooting from the three-point line. Marco Belinelli was the real spark for the 76ers as he poured in 25 points off the bench to fuel the team in the second half where they poured in 74 points.

Looking at the betting trends, the Heat are 18-9-2 ATS in their last 29 road games and 2-6 ATS in their last eight games overall. Meanwhile, the 76ers are 20-7 ATS in their last 27 home games and 1-3 ATS in their last 15 games overall.

It’s usually a good idea to not overreact to Game 1’s of series but the 76ers looked like they’re still running red-hot as they ran the Heat off the court in the second half on Saturday. I was worried that the 76ers’ youth and lack of playoff experience would hurt them, but they played great and looked focused in front a raucous home crowd. I’m expecting a much closer game, but I still like the 76ers to go ahead 2-0 in the series with a another win and cover at home where they are 20-7 ATS in their last 27 games.


Houston Rockets vs Minnesota Timberwolves

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Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Houston Rockets, 4-15-2018 – Expert Prediction

Game Snapshot with Current Line

#515 Minnesota
Timberwolves 217
#516 Houston
Rockets -10.5

Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 9:05pm

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Game Stats

Minnesota Timberwolves

47 – 35


Houston Rockets

65 – 17


No. 8 Minnesota Timberwolves (47-35) at No. 1 Houston Rockets (65-17)

When and Where: Sunday, April 15, Houston, Texas, 9:00 P.M. EST

The Minnesota Timberwolves will take a trip to Houston this Sunday to take on the NBA best Rockets in Game 1 of the opening round of the NBA Playoffs. The Timberwolves just squeaked into the playoffs and are on a three game winning streak. The Rockets earned the number one seed by seven games. They dropped their last game in a meaningless tilt with the Sacramento Kings.

Timberwolves make the playoffs for the first time in 14 years

The Minnesota Timberwolves have had an up and down season and just squeaked out a playoff birth for the first time in 14 years by defeating the k from injury. Butler averages a team-leading 22.2 points per game along with 4.9 assists. He has proven his ability to step up in crunch time, scoring 31 points in the all-important season finale against the Nuggets. He is the leader of an offense that scores an average of 109.5 points per game which is

igh draft picks that the Timberwolves received in the past are proving to pay off. After Butler,  have been great this season, scoring 21.3 and 17.7 points per game apiece. Towns also averages 12.3 rebounds per game. He had 26 points and 14 rebounds against the Nuggets and was dominant in overtime. Despite their surging offense, the T-Wolves have just an average defense to go along with it. They allow 107.3 points per game which could be dangerous against the excellent offense of the Houston Rockets.

Rockets come in as the NBA favorite

The Houston Rockets put together an incredible season as the only team in the NBA with over 60 wins. They finished seven games ahead of the second place Golden State Warriors. While most focus on their offense, the Rockets have a solid defense that allows 103.9 points per game for  best in the NBA. When combined with their great offense that scores an average of 112.4 points, behind only the Warriors. This shows their dominance all season as they averaged an almost nine point margin of victory. This 8.5 margin is the largest average margin in the league.

The leader of the Houston Rockets offense is none other than He puts up an average of 30.4 points and 8.8 assists per game. He also averages 1.8 steals per game. James Harden will need to be dominant to get past this surging Wolves team but there is no reason to think he won’t be. Harden is complemented by who is finally healthy. Paul scores 18.6 points and adds 7.9 assists per game. Paul obviously has tons of experience and will not be intimidated as the favorite in the playoffs. He also shoots 91 percent from the free-throw line which could come in handy if this game is close to the spread.



  • 4-0 ATS in last four Western Conference games


  • 0-6 ATS in last six Western Conference games

The Houston Rockets are clearly the better team and James Harden will be determined to play big in the playoffs. The Timberwolves, however, are surging and look far better with Jimmy Butler back on the floor. Their young players are stepping up late in the season as well, making the line that is bouncing above and below 10 points seem a bit large. The Timberwolves will cover if they play to their fullest potential.

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