Thursday, December 16, 2010
The Washington Wizards even with the number one draft pick in Wall with Arenas by his side still can't take down the Nets. With Devin Harris scoring 29 pts with 9 assists, as the New Jersey Nets beat the dismal Washington Wizards with a final score of 97-89, snapping their 8 game losing streak.
Brook Lopez scored 18 points in the Nets 1st victory since beating the trail blazers right after the Thanksgiving holiday.
Nick Young hit an impressive 22 points & Gilbert Arenas scored 19 points but couldnt stop the curse of being helpless outside of the nations capital being an impressive 0-13 on the road in the 2010-2011 season.
Both teams stand at the bottom of the Eastern-conference with just six victories.
The wizards came back from being down 23 points to tie it up at 75 but never could put enough pep in the step to make it happen as the Nets led the entire way.
Some noticeable things about this game are that its surprisng that rookie point guard John Wall didnt come out from his hurt knee and that the last 4 games between the two teams were dominated by Washington last year.
Thursday, December 9, 2010
When the Magic take the court to face the Blazers tonight, they will be starting a treacherous 4 game road trip where they will have to face the Blazers, Clippers, Jazz and Nuggets. This will be a very important road trip for Orlando because it will test their ability to withstand two of the more powerhouse teams of the Western Conference. This will be Dwight Howard and the Magic’s first trip out west for the year and it should give a real idea of how well they can play when they are put outside of their element.
The Magic are supposed to get their starting point guard Jameer Nelson back tonight from a stomach ailment that has kept him out of action for the last 3 games. On the other side of the ball, the Blazers are also supposed to get their starting point guard back tonight, but for very different reasons: Andre Miller was suspended one game because of an altercation with Blake Griffin. Blazers back-up center Joel Pryzbilla is supposed to miss this game for personal reasons [grandmothers funeral], and that will definitely hurt the Blazers depth when they try to guard the best center in the league in Dwight Howard. The Magic are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings versus the Blazers and are also 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games playing on two days rest, which I honestly think is very important when you are handicapping specific NBA teams.
My lean here is on Orlando because of it being their first game on this west coast road trip and the fact I think the Blazers will have a very tough time guarding Dwight Howard in this one.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
The favorite in this match up is 16-7-2 in their last 25 meetings and the Pacers are 1-6 in their last 7 meetings as well; the difference in this game will be the play of both point guard and center Brandon Jennings and Andrew Bogut for the Milwaukee Bucks. In both teams last 5 games overall, the Pacers are scoring 10 more points than the Bucks, but allowing 5 more points as well. In the end this is going to be a very close game going into the 4th quarter and it will turn into a defensive battle in the final minutes, where the Bucks will come away with a win behind their defense and play of versatile point guard Brandon Jennings.
I am leaning on the Bucks in this match up for small play at home versus the Pacers.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
When the Nuggets take the floor Tuesday night, they will be playing mostly for George Karl and that is not just because he is their head coach; Karl will be going for his 1000th win. The Nuggets have covered 4 of their last 5 match ups with the Bobcats, while Charlotte is 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games after allowing 100 or more points in their previous game. The Nuggets are 13-6 so far this season, but where they have struggled has been covering spreads, where they are 6-11-2.
Another trend for these two teams has been the over in their past few games with it going 5-1 in their past 6 match ups. In Denver’s last 5 games, the Nuggets are averaging over 111 points per game and with that trend, I think the over is a good pick because the Nuggets are allowing over 100 points as well in their last 5. Charlotte Bobcats guard Stephen Jackson sat out of practice Monday due to a cramp in his left calf, he is expected to play in this game but I really think it will affect the way the Bobcats will run their offense and how the Nuggets will have to defend players like Gerald Wallace and D.J. Augustin.
In this game I have two separate leans, I think the Nuggets and the over are two very safe plays in this match up, especially with the home team going 5-1 straight up in their last 6 meetings.
Monday, December 6, 2010
Let me just start out by saying the Wizards are 0-10 on the road so far this season and have only covered 1 of those road games. In the past 10 days the Wizards have played 6 games with 4 of them being on the road and I do not think the Wizards will be ready for this game versus the reigning two time NBA champions.
This spread is very high, but after the Lakers had just gone on a 4 game losing streak and snapping that streak on Friday versus the Kings, the Lakers have rested all weekend and will be ready to flex their muscles versus the Wizards on Tuesday
The Wizards have been outrebounded in their last 4 games by a combined 42 rebounds and tonight with Pau Gasol on the other side of the ball I expect the Lakers to control the glass and get out to a quick start. In the Lakers last 10 games overall, 6 of them have been on the road, they will be happy to finally be home for back to back home games and will be back to their comfortable ways
John Wall is currently on his first western conference road trip of his NBA career after losing by 17 in Phoenix on Sunday Night; I am leaning on the Lakers in this one.