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Minnesota to continue to reverse form with NBA champions Dallas

| 10.02.2012

With eight games taking place in the next NBA gameweek, we have avoided the likely victories from the Chicago Bulls and Miami Heat to attempt to pick a winner in three of the closer encounters.

Atlanta Hawks (+4.5) to beat Orlando Magic @ 10/11

Atlanta certainly sussed out how to effectively defend against the Orland Magic last season and were responsible for eliminating them during the first round of the playoffs.

This game in Orlando represents their first showdown since and Atlanta can be expected to get their strategy right again to limit the impact of Dwight Howard and Ryan Anderson from the three-point zone.

Atlanta will have also taken confidence from a first win in four games in their latest NBA clash with the Indiana Pacers and a productive scoring display from Josh Smith again could see them home.

Cleveland Cavaliers to beat Milwaukee Bucks @ 10/11

Milwaukee have substantially improved on the road of late, winning on four of their last six away days after losing all eight prior to this.

But the recent demise of form of leading scorer Brandon Jennings is a slight worry ahead of their trip to Cleveland, while the loss of Andrew Bogut to injury is a big blow.

Anderson Varejao can take advantage of this and lead Cleveland to victory, especially as with the Brazilian in their line-up, the Cavaliers have won all eight home games with Milwaukee.

Minnesota Timberwolves (+2) to beat Dallas Mavericks @ 10/11

Having lost 18 of their 19 meetings with Dallas over the past six seasons, Minnesota have certainly turned a corner during the current campaign.

Minnesota have won both previous showdowns and were particularly impressive when winning the last encounter by 15 points in Dallas.

The return of Kevin Love from a two-game ban will be a major additional boost given his involvement in these two victories and Dallas have only won one of their last four NBA fixtures.



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.