Light slate for the NBA on Thursday
January 31, 2013 19:02:31 UK
The Golden State Warriors welcome in the Dallas Mavericks and the Oklahoma City Thunder host the Memphis Grizzlies as the NBA plays just two games on the evening.
Currently fifth in the Western Conference, percentage points ahead of the Denver Nuggets, the Warriors were boosted midweek with the return of Andrew Bogut from injury.
Acquired in a smart trade last year from Milwaukee for Monta Ellis, the move resolved Golden State's perennial hole in the middle while also allowing Klay Thompson to step into the starting line-up.
If, and it is a big if, Stephen Curry's ankle can stay healthy the Warriors are shaping up as a nasty potential opponent in the first round of the play-offs for either the Memphis Grizzlies or the Los Angeles Clippers.
While the Warriors play the Mavericks, the Grizzlies make the 467-mile almost due west journey to play the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The Grizzlies made news off the court on Wednesday when they finally pulled the trigger on offloading Rudy Gay and his huge salary hit. With a punitive luxury tax on the way, Memphis were never going to stay over the salary cap and Gay now heads to Toronto who shipped out power forward Ed Davis and point guard Jose Calderon to complete the deal.
Calderon was immediately sent on his way to Detroit for Tayshaun Prince in a move that leaves Calderon on the Raptors biggest rival for a big push to claim a play-off place in the second half of the season.
The Lakers are 6001.00 to win the Western Conference while the Spurs are 1.71 and the Clippers are 7501.00.
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