Two NBA stars are expected to make their separate season debut soon. Kawhi Leonard is listed as ‘probable’ for their game against the Mavericks. On the other hand, Isaiah Thomas is also nearing his first ever game as a Cavalier this December, most especially, before their highlighted Finals rematch against the Golden State Warriors on Christmas Day.
The thing is however, the Spurs and the Cavs are doing quite well without their stars, especially Leonard—which the Spurs heavily rely on, but Gregg Popovich is a true coaching genius who can turn anything into good—because the Spurs currently holding the third spot in the Western Conference with a 17-8 win-loss record. For the Cavs, their early season struggles seem to have been averted after they went on a 13 game winning streak and claimed the third spot in the Eastern Conference.
Will this comeback create an impact in terms of performance and more competitive Bitcoin basketball odds? That’s what we’ll try to answer to give you the best possible tips when betting on the two top-tier NBA teams.
Kawhi Leonard’s Return
Leonard’ last NBA game was in May, during the Western Conference Finals’ Game One against the Warriors. He suffered his injury–a sore right quadriceps–after a landing on Zaza Pachulia’s foot in an attempt to make a three-point jump shot. With that in mind, the Spurs are doing relatively well without their star, while we currently witness the rebirth of LaMarcus Aldridge, who has been the focal point of the Spurs’ offense, as the former Trailblazer averages 22 points and 8 rebounds in 26 games this season. The question here is how Popovich will integrate Leonard into Aldrige’s newfound performance? We all know that Leonard, in his probable MVP form, is the Spurs’ key offensive player who handles the ball a lot. Regardless of these overthinking, the Spurs are showing consistency as reflected by their current standing. What if he returns? The future is bright for San Antonio and its bettors too. The Spurs are projected to grab 54 wins and they’re on track as they’ve already bagged 17 wins as the season hit the quarter mark.
Isaiah Thomas’ Return
Isaiah Thomas was last seen—worth mentioning wearing a Celtics jersey too—in last season’s Eastern Conference Game 5, as the Celtics lost to the Cavs. Thomas’ heroics as a Celtic brought Boston to the Eastern Conference Finals, albeit, without much star players while averaging 30 points and 6 assists. After serving as a backup point guard for other teams, he became a star that no one thought he would become in Boston.
The Cavs need his services as LeBron James is taking the role of the primary ball-handler in lieu of the injured point guard. The injury-plagued Cavs will surely benefit from the addition of Thomas as he can contribute to the Cavs’ title-hunt against former Cavalier, now Celtic, Kyrie Irving. The Celtics with Irving is the greatest competitor to threaten the Cavs’ run at the NBA Eastern Conference Title.
The Cavs and the Celtics will meet again on January 4th, and this spells one of the best Bitcoin odds to wager on. The Cavs took the first win against the Celtics. Can Boston make a comeback and take home a win with Thomas back on the court?