In the lead-up to the 2014-15 NBA season, Sportingbet will be counting down the days with a daily NBA Top 10 list. With 4 days to go, we look at the 10 best dunkers in the League.
10. Kobe Bryant (LA Lakers)
He may have just turned 36 and has not played much in the last two years but the Black Mamba can throw it down with the best of them. Take a look at these!
9.Gerald Green (Phoenix Suns)
This NBA journeyman spent last season plying his trade in the desert. Although he may have been off the radar in terms of media exposure, Green is one of the most explosive dunkers in the game. Has one of the better windmill dunks in the game
8. Jeremy Evans (Utah Jazz)
He hardly plays any significant minutes for the Jazz and is probably only still on the roster for his ability to create highlight plays. But this rangy wingman has hops, winning the 2012 Slam Dunk Contest.
7. Dwight Howard (Houston Rockets)
He is an absolute monster and his sheer size dictates his ability to dunk on everyone. His superman dunk in the 2009 Slam Dunk contest was a seminal moment.
6. Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder)
The OKC superstar is known for his dunking but when he goes to the rack he throws it down with considerable force. Dallas centre Brendan Haywood can attest to that.
5. Paul George (Indiana Pacers)
He may have unfortunately shattered his leg playing an exhibition game for the USA and we all hope he can return to his best. In the meantime, take a look at this 360 windmill dunk vs the Clippers this January.
4. Deandre Jordan (LA Clippers)
The LA centre is the beneficiary of some perfectly timed lobs from Chris Paul and makes up half of the lob-city duo. His dunk on Brandon Knight in March was vicious!
3. Lebron James (Cleveland Cavaliers)
The games best player has never entered a Dunk Contest and for that all NBA fans are missing out. But we can take solace in watching him deliver high quality dunks every night. Like this one!
2. Terrence Ross (Toronto Raptors)
The Raptors highlight machine won the 2013 Slam Dunk Contest, solidifying his claim as one of the best dunkers in the game.
1. Blake Griffin (LA Clippers)
Not much needs to be said here. Just sit back and enjoy the show.
The Sportingbet Oracle’s Moonee Valley and Rosehill Racing Guide.
He ran a huge race in the Metrop behind Junoob and looks primed for this. Strong form lines around both Junoob and Araldo who ran big races in the Caulfield Cup. Looks a major player here and one of the best bets on the Moonee Valley card.
She was luckless first-up last start and was doing her best work late over the Randwick mile. The step up to 2000m will suit and she will obviously strip fitter for this assignment. It should be noted that Ty Angland jumps on and he’s been aboard in her last two wins. Looks a great each-way play at $9
He comes to town on the back of four straight wins. This will be tougher but the field doesn’t appear overly strong and the 2kg claim for Winona Costin will assist. He’ll roll forward and give them plenty to chase. At double figure odds he’s not the worst!
The punters have launched into the Smerdon trained two-year-old filly in the opener on Sportingbet Cox Plate Day. She opened at $3.75 on sportingbet.com.au with the punters jumping out of her trees to back her into a solid $2.80 favourite. It could be a good start to Fontiton’s racing career and a good start to the day for the punters.
The Sportingbet team have put their heads together and come up with the best bets across Racing and Sport.
1) Kansas City Royals (J GUTHRIE)
Kansas City Royals @ San Francisco Giants (11:00 AM AEDT)
James Guthrie made a strong return for the Royals in the Championship series, after more than a month break. In his first postseason appearance, he managed to stretch five innings giving up just three hits and a run. He should be better for the start and will be looking to ride the momentum of the Royals bounce back win in Game 2.
Race 5 Moonee Valley (3:35 PM AEDT)
He ran a huge race in the Metrop behind Junoob and looks primed for this. Strong form lines around both Junoob and Araldo who ran big races in the Caulfield Cup. Looks a major player here.
Race 6 Rosehill (4:00 PM AEDT)
She should be at peak fitness with her fourth run this prep and will relish the drop back in trip after being run down over 1200m in her last two starts. Well suited in this race and doesn’t have to tackle Boss Lane today.
4) Trust In A Gust
Race 6 Moonee Valley (4:10 PM AEDT)
It’s impossible to knock this bloke! He’s beaten everything that has been thrown his way. Aiming for four wins in a row which included the G1 Rupert Clarke and G1 Toorak Hcp. Can win again!
5) Over 2.5 Goals
Melbourne Victory vs Melbourne City (7:30 PM AEDT)
The history between the two suggests goals and with the amount of quality players added to both squads the trend is set to continue. Berisha, Duff and Villa will provide a huge attacking presence for both sides meaning this one will live up to all the hype and plenty of goals!
6) Manchester City -1
West Ham vs Manchester City (10:45 PM AEDT)
Man City are finding the sort of form that made them Champions last year with three wins in a row. Sergio Aguero has now joined Diego Costa at the top of the scoring charts after scoring 4 goals against Tottenham last week. He scored again in their midweek UCL fixture and is proving unstoppable right now. Man City have a dominant record against the Hammers and have won the last four encounters by at least two goals. The relatively more open style that West Ham are playing will mean more holes at the back for Man City to expose. This one could get ugly for the Hammers.
It has been nothing but huge derby matches in the first two weeks of the A-League and it continues in week 3 with the Melbourne Derby. David Villa is set to return to New York following Round 4 but he will play in the derby and if his form in the first two rounds is anything to go by, he will feature heavily.
Melbourne Victory v Melbourne City – Saturday 7:45pm
Recommended Bet: Over 2.5 goals ($1.80)
Head to Head
Melbourne City: 4-0
Melbourne Victory: 3-1
Melbourne Victory: 2-1
Melbourne Victory: 2-1
The Melbourne Derby will have a new look this time around as it is the first time that the ‘little brother’ takes on Melbourne Victory as the newly named Melbourne City. Spanish star David Villa has scored 2 goals in 2 games for Melbourne City but they are yet to grab all three points. Melbourne Victory started with a bang when they hammered the Wanderers but found it difficult when they travelled to Adelaide last week, stealing a point with a late equalizer.
The Victory have dominated possession stats in both games so far and City will have to try and change that if they are to succeed. They cannot afford to give the likes of Finkler, Barbarouses, Thompson and Berisha time on the ball as they can tear teams apart.
Melbourne City has been solid in midfield, in particular Aaron Mooy who has slotted into the side very comfortably. The supporting cast of Murdocca ad Duff have also shown great signs but there is no doubt that City should make more of an effort to get the ball out wide to the dangerous Damien Duff. He has looked very dangerous when on the ball and is almost unstoppable one on one.
The history between the two suggests goals and wit the amount of quality players added to both squads the trend is set to continue. Berisha, Duff and Villa will provide a huge attacking presence for both sides meaning this one will live up to all the hype!
Many of the ‘Big Guns’ were involved in European action midweek with Chelsea the best performed by a long way. Arsenal were able to escape with a win at Anderlecht but Man City were held to a draw while Liverpool were crushed by Real Madrid at Anfield.
West Ham v Manchester City – Sat 10:45pm (AEDT)
Recommended Bet: Man City -1 ($2.35)
Predicted Line Ups
West Ham (4-4-2): Adrian; Demel, Tomkins, Reid, Cresswell; Song, Amalfitano, Noble, Downing; Enner Valencia, Sakho
Man City (4-4-2): Hart; Zabaleta, Mangala, Kompany, Kolarov; Fernando, Yaya Toure, Silva, Milner; Aguero, Dzeko
Head to Head
Man City: 2-0
Man City: 3-0
Man City: 6-0
Man City: 3-1
Man City: 2-1
Preview: The Hammers have been living up to their name in recent weeks with 3 wins from their last 4 games, including a win over Liverpool to push them into the top 4. The combination of Enner Valencia and Diafra Sakho has been working well up front and Sam Allardyce has his side playing a much more entertaining brand than we are used to seeing. It has proved successful so far but against Man City we can’t see their winning form continuing.
Man City are finding the sort of form that made them Champions last year with three wins in a row. Sergio Aguero has now joined Diego Costa at the top of the scoring charts after scoring 4 goals against Tottenham last week. He scored again in their midweek UCL fixture and is proving unstoppable right now.
Man City have a dominating record against the Hammers and have won the last four encounters by at least two goals. The relatively more open style that West Ham are playing will mean more holes at the back for Man City to expose. This one could get ugly for the Hammers.
Liverpool v Hull – Sunday 1:00am
Recommended Bet: Team totals – Hull City Over 1.5 goals ($4.20)
Predicted Line Ups
Liverpool (4-2-3-1): Mignolet; Johnson, Skrtel, Lovren, Moreno; Gerrard, Can; Sterling, Henderson, Lallana; Balotelli
Hull (3-5-1-1): Harper; Chester, Bruce, Davies; Elmohamade, Livermore, Huddlestone, Robertson, Diame; Ben Arfa; Hernandez
Head to Head
It looks like the time has come for Mario Balotelli to do what he does best. At half time in the UCL clash against Real Madrid Mario Balotelli swapped jerseys with opposing player Pepe. He was subbed by Brendan Rodgers at half time and the reports suggest that he will be suspended for at least one game for doing so.
Reality is that he is not the only problem in what has been a disjointed side in both attack and defence. Brendan Rodgers has tried a number of different formations and even played Sterling up front in the second half against Real Madrid.
Hull will go into the game confident of causing an upset following a 2-2 draw with Arsenal. They have scored at least two goals in their last five matches, losing only once along the way. Steve Bruce and his side are playing a very up tempo style which has helped create plenty of chances in front of goal. Liverpool will have to improve significantly if they are to win.
Sunderland v Arsenal – Sunday 1:00am
Recommended Bet: Teams to Score – Arsenal Only ($2.80)
Predicted Line Ups
Sunderland (4-1-4-1): Mannone; Vergini, O’Shea, Brown, Van Aaanholt; Cattermole; Johnson, Larsson, Rodwell, Wickham; Fletcher
Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Szczesny; Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs; Flamini, Wilshere; Sanchez, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Carzola; Welbeck
Head to Head
Arsenal made a magical comeback in the UCL to steal all three points and now face a Sunderland side that is coming off an embarrassing 8-0 defeat. Arsenal may still have key players such as Ramsey and Ozil missing but they have quality across the park.
Sunderland have scored in only one of their last four matches which indicates that they are down in form and confidence. Things don’t look like improving either my matches against Chelsea, Man City and Liverpool over the next 5-6 weeks. Arsenal should dominate in this won and come out will all three points.
Man Utd v Chelsea – Monday 3:00am
Recommended Bet: Chelsea WIN ($2.40)
Predicted Line Ups
Man Utd (4-4-2): De Gea; Rafael, McNair, Rojo, Shaw; Blind, Di Maria, Valencia, Mata; Van Persie, Falcao
Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Courtois; Ivanovic, Terry, Cahill, Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Hazard, Willian, Oscar; Diego Costa
Head to Head
The Red Devils face their toughest test yet under manager Louis van Gaal. After 8 games Man Utd find themselves 10 points off the league leaders and a loss on the weekend could see them fall further behind the top four. The head to head doesn’t make good reading either for United as they have failed to beat Chelsea in their last 5 encounters.
There is very little to suggest that Man Utd can grab a result from this fixture. Chelsea are undefeated in the league and in amazing form. In relation to squad and line up, the Blues again have a distinct edge. Man Utd may be playing at Old Trafford but it has hardly been a fortress over the last 12-18 months!
There are injury concerns over Diego Costa and Angel Di Maria but both are likely to play. Wayne Rooney is banned for one last game meaning Man Utd will again rely on Juan Mata in the hole. Cesar Azpilicueta is also suspended with Filipe Luis to slot straight in as his replacement.
Van Gaal to started Robin van Persie as a lone striker last week but he is likely to change formation and play Falcao along-side the Dutchman. Man Utd have failed to keep a clean sheet for over a month, conceding multiple goals to sides like West Brom and Leicester. Jose Mourinho and his Chelsea side are proven and that is what counts in such a big fixture. Chelsea to WIN!
Southampton v Stoke City: Southampton WIN ($1.60)
West Brom v Crystal Palace: Teams to Score – West Brom Only ($3.00)
Swansea v Leicester: Others – Over 2.5 goals and Swansea ($2.80)
Tottenham v Newcastle: First Half – Over 1.5 goals ($2.60)
Burnley v Everton: HT/FT – Everton/Everton ($2.80)
QPR v Aston Villa: First Hal Result – Draw ($1.85)
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