76ers vs Magic

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Ever since Jimmy Butler went public with his request to be traded from the Minnesota Timberwolves, the possible destinations varied.

At some point last week, the Philadelphia 76ers entered into the picture, though GM Elton Brand said he was making daily calls about Butler. By Saturday a deal was in place and by Monday, Butler was officially a 76er.

Butler is expected to make his debut for the Sixers Wednesday night when they visit the Orlando Magic.

“I made this move because I feel it’s what’s best for our team,” Brand said at the press conference to introduce Butler at the team’s practice facility in Camden, N.J. “We have a championship window, and it’s important for us to capitalize on that. Jimmy is one of the best players in the league, hands down.”

Butler was officially introduced as the newest 76er after being acquired from the Timberwolves on Monday for Dario Saric, Robert Covington, and Jerryd Bayless. He played 10 games for the Wolves, whom he requested a trade from in September after saying he was going to opt-out of his contract and did not intend on re-signing in Minnesota.

At various points, Butler was linked to Houston, which reportedly offered four first-round picks. He also was linked to Miami and mentioned with a few other teams but after a few weeks of daily phone calls with Brand and Minnesota GM Scott Layden, Butler joined a team with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons.

“In my opinion, we have three of the top 20 players in the NBA,” Philadelphia owner Josh Harris said.

Butler is going from a 4-9 team to a team with nine wins in its last 15 games. In their first game since officially obtaining Butler, the Sixers improved to 2-6 on the road with a 124-114 win at Miami on Monday.

“We’ll find ways to make things work,” Butler said. “I know what I’m capable of doing out there on the floor. I think it’s going to be easy to play off the guys we have I don’t think the offense is going to be a problem at all.”

On Monday, Embiid totaled 35 points and 18 rebounds, marking the second time in three games he had at least 35 and 18 boards. He also made 16 of 20 free throws and leads the league with 14 double-doubles and has a league-best nine game with at least 30 and 10 rebounds.

“The way he has been dominating, it truly doesn’t surprise me,” 76ers coach Brett Brown said. “I will admit, when I come back and I see the stat sheet, I’m shocked at how dominating at times he is.”

Butler will likely slide into the backcourt along Simmons. Markelle Fultz has been Philadelphia’s other starting guard but likely will come off the bench, leaving Brown to figure out how to best use Fultz, who is averaging nine points per game.

Following a 120-95 home loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Nov. 2, Orlando coach Steve Clifford said he sensed within the first two minutes energy was lacking. Since then, the Magic have won six of their last eight games.

Orlando missed a chance to get a three-game winning streak when it took a 117-109 loss at Washington on Monday. Following a 115-89 rout at New York on Sunday, the Magic committed five turnovers and allowed Washington to shoot 69 percent in the fourth quarter.

“When you are tied entering the fourth quarter and you score (26) points in the fourth quarter on the road, it should be enough to win,’ but we didn’t get to the stops to win it,” Magic guard Evan Fournier said.

Orlando’s problems Monday started shortly after its second 10-point lead in the third quarter. The Magic were outscored 50-32 over the last 16:17 and it was similar to a week ago against Detroit when they held an 11-point lead late in the third only to absorb a 103-96 home loss.

“It’s frustrating because this was a good opportunity for us,” Orlando center Nikola Vucevic said. “We had a 10-point lead in the third and we let it slip away really quick. In the fourth, we didn’t execute on the defensive end.”

Reserve Terrence Ross led the Magic with 21 points after getting 22 in New York. Fournier added 20 while Aaron Gordon contributed 18 after sitting out Sunday with an ankle injury.

Philadelphia has won the last four meetings with the Magic. The Sixers rallied from 16 points down on Oct. 20 at home when Embiid totaled 32 and 10 in a 116-115 victory that ended with Ross missing a game-winner 3-pointer with 2.6 seconds left.

Cilic vs Isner

Cilic vs Isner, Tennis World Tour Finals 2018 John Isner vs Marin Cilic all matches, with stats on their H2H rivalry. ATP & WTA John Isner head to head tennis a crunch clash with both men in danger of elimination, world #7 Marin Cilic takes on John Isner at the ATP Finals in London.

In a must-win clash, Marin Cilic of Croatia faces off against John Isner in a battle of the big men. Cilic is making his fourth appearance at the season-ending championships, but he has claimed just one win from his previous three visits. Isner, meanwhile, qualified for the first time after a superb year that saw him reach the semifinals at Wimbledon and win the Miami Open in March. But will he be able to inflict more misery on Cilic or will the Croatian claim a second win in London?

History
This will be the 11th meeting between Cilic and Isner. Cilic leads the head-to-head 7-3 and dominated the rivalry in its early years, winning their first six matches, including a memorable five-set battle in the third round at Wimbledon in 2015. But since Isner scored his first win in Paris two years ago, he has had the better of it, beating Cilic again on the clay in Rome last year and en route to the title in Miami, although Cilic did beat him in straight sets in the first round at Queen’s Club last season.

Last time out
Cilic began his tournament against Alexander Zverev of Germany, ranked two places above him at fifth in the world. It was Cilic who made the better start, breaking early and taking a commanding 5-3 lead in the first set. But he could not take his chances and Zverev battled back to edge the set in a tiebreak. Cilic did well to stay in the match in the second set, forcing a tiebreak. But there Zverev pulled away, winning it 7-1 to wrap up a 7-6, 7-6 victory.

Isner’s debut in London was very much a baptism of fire as he faced reigning Wimbledon and US Open champion and world #1 Novak Djokovic, who has five times won the ATP Finals. Isner was under pressure from the off, having to save break points in his first two service games. He did so but the pressure told in his third as Djokovic broke through. The Serbian did not let up and broke twice more in the second set to seal a comprehensive 6-4, 6-3 win.

How do they match up?
Both Cilic and Isner are at their best when playing aggressive, first-strike tennis and getting on the front foot early could well prove vital in this match. Particularly for Isner, who is unquestionably the least mobile man in the field and will gain little from entering into protracted baseline exchanges. Cilic is rather lighter on his feet, but he is not a defender in the mold of Djokovic or Nishikori and will struggle to contain Isner’s power if he allows the American too much time on the ball.

One suspects that chances to break will prove exceedingly rare in this match. Isner was statistically the best server on tour this year, but one of the worst returners in the top 100, whilst Cilic came in at 10th in the serving leaderboard this season. As a result, being clinical when a chance presents itself and taking full advantage of second serves will be crucial. That may not count in Cilic’s favor with the Croatian currently struggling to find his ruthless streak.

Prediction
Cilic’s loss to Zverev was just one more in a long line of recent defeats from winning positions for the world #7 in what must be an increasingly frustrating trend. Isner, meanwhile, was simply outclassed by Djokovic in his first match, but he played well when Djokovic let him and should take encouragement from that performance. He should also have enough to get by Cilic if their form in the first round of matches is anything to go by. Expect it to be tight, but for Isner to come through in three.

Djokovic vs Zverev

Djokovic vs Zverev head to head stats and betting tips. Make a free bet now at the best odds with our virtual game & odds checker system Djokovic vs Zverev ,Novak Djokovic will hope to build upon his opening ATP Finals victory when he returns to the court against Alexander Zverev

Novak Djokovic is coming off a straight sets win over John Isner that took 20 games to decide. In the victory, Djokovic won 87 percent of his first serve points and 85 percent of his second serve points. Djokovic won 86 percent of his total service points and didn’t face a single break point. Djokovic was simply dominant with his serve in his opening match and even gave himself nine break points against the best server in today’s game. It just goes to show how dialed in Djokovic is at the moment, and he’ll cruise to a title here if he’s going to get 70 percent of his first serves in play the rest of the way. Djokovic has now won 32 of his 35 matches. There’s nothing more that needs to be said here. Djokovic has won five of his last six matches on indoor hard court.

These two have played three times and Zverev has won two of those matches. The most recent match was in Shanghai of this year, a match Djokovic won in straight sets. The two times Zverev beat Djokovic were in Rome in 2017 and 2015 exhibition play, neither match on hard court. All three matches have been decided in straight sets.

As if betting against Djokovic wasn’t an option, Zverev is not winning many of his second serve points, which forces you to like Novak even more. To beat the Djokovic’s, Nadal’s and Federer’s, you have to have nearly everything working for you and can’t have many clear weaknesses. Zverev has zero chance here if he can’t improve his second serve percentage

Switzerland vs Qatar

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Switzerland and Qatar will face each other in an International friendly at the Stade de Cornaredo in Lugano. The hosts have an good home record and are expected to have too much quality for the Asians.

Switzerland

The Swiss are coming off a 2-1 victory away at Iceland in a UEFA Nations League fixture back in October. They took a two-goal lead through Haris Seferovic and Michael Lang and were able to hold on for the win despite conceding late in the second half.

Vladimir Petkovic’s team have a crucial UNL clash against Belgium to come and will look to build some confidence ahead of the visit of the Belgians. They are unbeaten in their last seven matches at home having claimed six wins in that run.

Petkovic has retained most of the players who featured for Switzerland during the last international break in October. Premier League duo of Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri are both included in the squad while the likes of Seferovic, Denis Zakaria and Steven Zuber will hope to continue their recent good form.

Vladimir Petkovic
Switzerland boss Vladimir Petkovic will expect a comfortable win for his team as they prepare for difficult match with Belgium (Getty Images)

Qatar

Al-Annabi suffered a 2-0 defeat away at Uzbekistan in their previous international friendly back in October. They kept the hosts at bay for much of the contest but were eventually breached twice following some late pressure.

Qatar have been in good form in their recent outings having claimed three wins in their last five matches. They have however been poor travelers lately with five defeats in their last seven fixtures away from home.

Striker Almoez Ali is expected to continue to lead the line for Qatar having scored four goals in as many matches for Felix Sanchez Bas’ team. The 22-year-old will be supported by Hassan Al Heidos and Karim Boudiaf.

Head-to-Head

This will be the first ever meeting between Switzerland and Qatar.

Match-Up

Switzerland have good quality in attack with Seferovic, Shaqiri and Zuber. The pace, movement and technique should prove too much for the Qatari backline.

The hosts are also quite formidable at the back, the duo of Akanji and Fabian Schar will be confident of shutting out the visitors who have a poor away record.

Shaqiri
Liverpool’s Xherdan Shaqiri is likely to translate his recent good form Switzerland (Getty Images)

Key Statistics

Switzerland have won 6 of their last 7 home matches (All Competitions).
Switzerland have kept clean sheets in 6 of their last 7 home matches (All Competitions).
Qatar have lost 5 of their last 7 away matches (All Competitions).
Qatar have failed to score in 5 of their last 9 away matches (All Competitions).
Verdict

Switzerland have been formidable in recent matches and are expected to have too much for Qatar on Wednesday. They should secure the win in this one and are also likely to keep a clean sheet.

 

Arsenal vs Blackpool

Arsenal vs Blackpool: The Football League Cup 2018 Arsenal host Arsenal vs Blackpool in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday. Arsenal kept up the pressure on Premier League leaders Manchester United and maintained their title hopes with victory at Blackpool. Arsene Wenger’s side have reduced United’s lead to seven points with a game in hand, despite veteran 41-year-old keeper Jens Lehmann being thrust into his first start for the club in three years, after Manuel Almunia was injured in the warm-up.

Arsenal welcome League One outfit Blackpool to the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday and are hoping to avoid any scares against third-tier opposition in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup.

The Premier League giants are unbeaten in 12 but saw their winning run come to an end in Sunday’s 2-2 draw at Crystal Palace, but manager Unai Emery will hope to use Halloween as a springboard to get back in the green.

Blackpool were 2-0 victors against Championship side Queens Park Rangers to progress from the third round, but the step up to beating Emery’s flyers—fourth in the Premier League—is a much greater task.Two-time champions Arsenal last won the League Cup in 1993 but made it to last season’s final, an achievement they’ll look to replicate under a new manager and with fresh faces in the squad.It’s unsurprising to see Arsenal line up for Wednesday’s clash as such hefty 1-9 favourites, considering there are currently 56 places between them and Blackpool—sat 12th in League One—in the English leagues.

Two penalties from Luka Milivojevic denied the north Londoners three points at Selhurst Park on Sunday, although Squawka showed that was an irregular lapse for the visitors based on their recent form:Nevertheless, the debate now turns to how Emery’s men cope with their self-imposed disappointment, which isn’t all that bad, considering they’re still only four points off Premier League leaders Manchester City.

Arsenal’s attack has been one of the most effective in England this season, with 24 goals in 10 league games—second only to defending champions City.

However, they face a defence that has shown the potential to be steadfast this season, even if it did surrender 3-2 at Fleetwood Town on Saturday, per Sky Sports Statto:Arsenal welcome League One side Blackpool to the Emirates for their EFL Cup fourth round clash.

The Gunners saw their winning streak brought to an end against Crystal Palace on Sunday with Unai Emery expected to make changes as a busy schedule kicks in.

Blackpool have already seen off London opposition in this competition this term, eliminating QPR in the third round in September.Hector Bellerin came off at half-time against Palace with what his manager described as “muscular pains.” Emery was unable to say whether the Spaniard will be ready for Saturday’s clash with Liverpool with it very unlikely he would be risked midweek.Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac both have both been struggling with thigh problems while Konstantinos Mavropanos is not expected to return to training until November after his recent groin problem.

Laurent Koscielny has returned to full training after his Achilles injury but Emery has insisted the club will exercise caution over the captain’s return.