I had a good night last night, going 7-3 (69 percent) to raise my record to
22-10 on the season. I’m going to keep it rolling all season long.
Tonight is a small card as the league readies for a big Friday night.
Here’s how I see it playing out:
New Jersey will need a big game out of the former Mr. Kardashian,
Kris Humphries. He’ll need to successfully battle Dwight Howard
on the boards. I just can’t see New Jersey stopping Howard inside and I
think this one gets easy for the Magic.
THE PICK: Magic 103-89
The Spurs are off to a great start. They dominated the second half
against the Clippers last night. The Rockets are looking to
get to that level but don’t have the players to do it yet. Kevin
McHale is trying to get them there but I look for San Antonio to keep
it going tonight.
THE PICK: Spurs 98-91
Dallas has to be wondering what has happened their first couple of
games. They’ve been destroyed by the Heat and Nuggets, both great
teams granted, but losing at home the way the Mavs have is
disconcerting. The Thunder got a tough win in Memphis last night and
return home to take on the reeling Mavs.
I think this one sets up as a potential upset. The Thunder will have played their fourth game in
five days and the Mavs have something to prove. I think the depth of the Thunder keeps them in this one and Kevin Durant will keep them
THE PICK: Thunder 107-98
The Bulls have been out West all week and are coming off a lackluster
performance against the Warriors. They tried to make a comeback but
it was far too late. The Kings were in their last game at Portland
until the fourth quarter and then got blown out by the Blazers. I
think they will take the Bulls to the wire with a rockin’ Arco Arena
but Derrick Rose will pull this one out.
THE PICK: Chicago 94-90
Both teams are playing well to start the year and this is the best
matchup of the night. I think Denver has more talent and they’re as
deep as anyone in the league. Portland has the advantage up front but
the Nuggets can play up-tempo or in the half court. I think they get
the road win in Portland tonight.
THE PICK: Nuggets 105-102
The Knicks collapsed and couldn’t score in the second half against
Golden State last night so I’m expecting them to come out and make up
for it tonight. This is the last game before the Lakers get Andrew
Bynum back and I think they'll have trouble with Amar’e Stoudemire down
low. This is a game where point guard play will be key. With what
I’ve seen so far, I give a slight edge there to the Knicks but this is
definitely a game worth watching.
THE PICK: Knicks 101-98