NBA Prediction Thursday Game Preview/Pick- Denver vs. Portland

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Denver Nuggets (20-20-, 9-11 away) @ Portland Trailblazers (31-11, 16-4 home) 01/23- 10:30PM EST

 

Line: POR -7.0

Over/Under- 221.5

 

The Portland Trailblazers return home to the Rose Garden on Thursday night looking to get back on track against the Denver Nuggets and avoid losing their third consecutive game for the first time all season.

 

The Blazers (31-11) return home after splitting a four-game road trip that saw them beat San Antonio and Dallas to start but then lose to Houston and Oklahoma City to end it. It was a tough stretch of games on the road as they faced four of the Western Conference’s top seven teams.

 

Tuesday’s loss 105-97 at the hands of the Thunder cost them first place in the Northwest Division as OKC now lead the Blazers by one full game. Portland led the Thunder for much of that contest, but thanks to Kevin Durant going for 46 points (11 in the final 3:23), he showed why he is this year’s NBA MVP hands down in my opinion.

 

We’re not happy. Last year we were coming off a road trip at .500. We’re not that team anymore,” said Wesley Matthews.

 

On Durant who has scored at least 30 points in his last seven games… Matthews says, “When the basket is an ocean, you can’t really do much about it. He’s been on a roll.”

 

Despite that loss, this is a different Portland team that we are accustomed to in the past and although they lead the NBA in scoring with 109.3 points per game, their defense at 103.5 needs some improvement if they want to be serious contenders come playoff time.

 

LaMarcus Aldridge and guard Damien Lillard along with a supporting cast are getting it done this year and all helped in an earlier win at Denver 113-98 back on Nov. 1 that saw a 3-point shooting barrage in which the Blazers went 14 of 22 from beyond the arc.

 

Portland has beaten the Nuggets 6 of seven times at the Rose Garden, with Denver winning on their last visit back on Feb. 27 111-109.

 

For the Nuggets (20-20), it’s been an up and down season and had to be feeling good after winning five straight but have since dropped three of four and two consecutive. Now with the loss of Danilo Gallinari gone for the season after undergoing a second operation on his left knee, the Nuggets may be nothing more than a .500 team the rest of the way.

 

Defense.. or should I say lack of defense has been their downfall all year long and their last four opponents have averaged 117.0 points while shooting 49.1 percent from the floor.

 

We score enough points,” Ty Lawson said. “No defense.”

 

And it’s the lack of defense by the Nuggets that has oddsmakers making the home Blazers a (minus -7.0) point favorite on Thursday, but get the latest odds up until game time right here at Wonder Punter.

 

Lawson is averaging 19.9 points on 51.2 percent shooting against the Trailblazers over his last eight games, but it will take more than that to upset Blazers who are exceptionally tough at home. All signs point to the Trailblazers winning easily.

 

Prediction/Pick: Portland

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

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Wonder Punter NBA Power Rankings- Week 3

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With just about 3 full weeks of NBA action in the books after the conclusion of Tuesday night’s games… let’s take a look the latest Power Rankings as some teams continue to surprise and others continue to fall. Indiana, the last of the unbeatens suffered their first loss at the hands of the Chicago Bulls.

 

San Antonio and Indiana are playing like the two best teams in the league while early top 10 Philadelphia is falling fast.

 

Teams 1-30 with records and last weeks rankings in parentheses are as followed:

 

1 Indiana Pacers (9-1 LW 1)- They lost to Bulls on the second of a back-to-back. Danny Granger expected back soon.

 

2 San Antonio Spurs (9-1 LW 2)- The Spurs have won 7 straight while Tim Duncan is averaging career-lows of 12 points and 39.4 percent shooting.

 

3 Miami Heat (7-3 LW 5)- LeBron James is averaging 34 points per game during the Heat’s three game win streak.

 

4 Los Angeles Clippers (7-3 LW 7)- The Clippers have won four straight while Blake Griffin is averaging a double-double with 22.9 points and 10.9 boards.

 

5 Golden State Warriors (7-3 LW 8)- Warriors have won three straight while suffering through injuries.

 

6 Minnesota Timberwolves (7-4 LW 4)- Kevin Love and Kevin Martin have formed the league’s highest scoring-duo in the season’s opening month.

 

7 Portland Trailblazers (8-2 LW 13)- One of the league’s early surprises…. the Blazers have won six straight.

 

8 Oklahoma City Thunder (6-3 LW 3)- Thunder will be looking for revenge against the Clippers on Thursday night.

 

9 Houston Rockets (7-4 LW 10)- Back up center Omer Asik wants out of Houston and has been benched the last two games since his request.

 

10 Chicago Bulls (5-3 LW 12)- Derrick Rose hits six 3’s in their big win against Indiana on Saturday night.

 

11 Dallas Mavericks (6-4 LW 11)- Mavs look to get back on track when Dwight Howard and the Rockets visit Wednesday night.

 

12 Phoenix Suns (5-4 LW 6)- Suns have dropped three straight by an average 2 points.

 

13 Atlanta Hawks (6-4 LW 17) Another early surprise team is getting it done with Al Horford, Ronnie Millsap and the return of Lou Williams.

 

14 Memphis Grizzles (5-5 LW 9)- They continue to struggle and have the Clippers and Warriors on the road coming up.

 

15 Charlotte Bobcats (5-5 LW 16)- Continue to surprise with Al Jefferson still nursing a bad ankle. Have five of their next six games at home.

 

16 Philadelphia 76ers (5-6 LW 14)- Back to losing but still in first place in a bad Atlantic Division.

 

17 Denver Nuggets (4-5 LW 28)- Have won of four but have OKC, Chicago and back-to-back against Dallas coming up.

 

18 New Orleans Pelicans (4-6 LW 15)- Ryan Anderson lit it up with six 3’s against the Sixers… can he continue?

 

19 Los Angeles Lakers (5-7 LW 19)- Steve Nash is still out… but good news is Kobe Bryant has begun practicing.

 

20 Cleveland Cavaliers (4-7 LW 20) As Kyrie Irving goes, so do the Cavs. Averaging 27.5 in wins and 17.7 in losses.

 

21 Orlando Magic (4-7, LW 25)- Will Aaron Afflalo be traded? He’s averaging 21.7 points per game and playing well.

 

22 Toronto Raptors (4-7 LW 24)- Have lost three of four and still only getting scoring from Rudy Gay and DeMar DeRozan.

 

23 Brooklyn Nets (3-6)- Too much talent to be struggling but dealing with various injuries.

 

24 New York Knicks (3-6 LW 23)- Disappointing start and Carmelo Anthony is unhappy.

 

25 Boston Celtics (4-7 LW 26)- Started 0-4, won four in a row now has lost three straight.

 

26 Washington Wizards (2-7 LW 22)- Turning into a major disappointment early on… not was expected.

 

27 Detroit Pistons (3-6 LW 18)- Josh Smith makes his return to Atlanta on Wednesday night.

 

28 Milwaukee Bucks (2-7 LW 27)- No Brandon Knight, no Caron Butler… now have lost five straight.

 

29 Sacramento Kings (2-7 LW 29)- Only one win in November and three of next four is on the road.

 

30 Utah Jazz (1-10 LW 30)- Avoided tying their worst start in franchise history by beating the Pelicans.

 

 

 

 

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

 

 

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NBA Predictions Week 3 Friday Game Free Picks

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Free Picks and Predictions for Friday week 3 NBA Games

 

It’s another Friday night in the NBA and with 11 big games schedule, pick your favorite games(s) and be it lines spread, over/under or straight-pick… place your bets here through Wonder Punter and Good Luck!

 

Milwaukee Bucks (2-5) @ Indiana Pacers (8-0) 11/15- 7:00PM EST

 

Line: IND -9.0

Over/Under: 186

 

Don’t see the Bucks challenging the Pacers on the road. Pacers are the team to beat right now.

 

PICK: Indiana Pacers

 

Chicago Bulls (3-3) @ Toronto Raptors (4-5) 11/15- 7:00PM EST

 

Line: CHI -1.0

Over/Under: 190

 

Important road game for the Bulls to get back to winning.

 

PICK: Chicago Bulls

 

Dallas Mavericks (5-3) @ Miami Heat (5-3) 11/15- 7:30PM EST

 

Line: MIA -8.5

Over/Under: 207.5

 

Good match-up, but expect the Heat to play a full game and win.

 

PICK: Miami

 

Charlotte Bobcats (4-4) @ Cleveland Cavaliers (3-6) 11/15- 7:30PM EST

 

Line: CLE -6.5

Over/Under: 189.5

 

Bobcats playing good ball early, but like the Cavs in this one.

 

PICK: Cleveland Cavaliers

 

Philadelphia 76ers (5-4) @ Atlanta Hawks (4-4) 11/15- 7:30PM EST

 

Line: ATL -8.0

Over/Under: 206.0

 

Another surprise team playing well early, but like the Hawks in this one.

 

PICK: Atlanta

 

Portland Trailblazers (6-2) @ Boston Celtics (4-5) 11/15- 7:30PM EST

 

Line: POR -2.0

Over/Under: 194

 

Look for the Trailblazers to continue winning with a road victory at Boston.

 

PICK: Portland

 

Minnesota Timberwolves (6-3) @ Denver Nuggets (3-4) 11/15- 8:00PM EST
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Line: MIN -1.5

Over/Under: 210.5

 

T’Wolves looking good early and will win in a close one at Denver.

 

PICK: Minnesota

 

Brooklyn Nets (2-5) @ Phoenix Suns (5-3) 11/15- 9:00PM EST

 

Line: BRK -1.0

Over/Under: 195

 

Nets are underachieving and the Suns have been playing great at home… Suns win.

 

PICK: Phoenix

 

San Antonio Spurs (8-1) @ Utah Jazz (1-8) 11/15- 9:00PM EST

 

Line: SAS -8.0

Over/Under: 193

 

Spurs are solid, Jazz are bad…. Spurs win easy.

 

PICK: San Antonio

 

Memphis Grizzles (3-5) @ Los Angeles Lakers (4-6) 11/15- 10:30PM EST

 

Line: MEM -3.5

Over/Under: 197.5

 

Not sure what Lakers team will show up… but Lakers in an upset.

 

PICK: LAL

 

Detroit Pistons (2-5) @ Sacramento Kings (2-5) 11/15- 10:30PM EST

 

Line: SAC -2.0

Over/Under: 197.5

 

Toss-up for me on the this one… but slight edge to the Kings.

 

PICK: Sacramento

 

Once again, Good luck on your favorite picks.

 

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

 

 

 

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NBA Predictions Week 3 Wednesday Games Previews/Picks

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NBA Week 3 predictions and Picks

 

Wednesday night is another full night of NBA games as we have 12 full games for you to place your bets on here at Wonder Punter. Be sure to place your bets early to secure the best odds. So you want to know what are the best picks and predictions for this weeks games? all free? Keep reading

 

Milwaukee Bucks (2-3) @ Orlando Magic (3-4) 11/13- 7:00PM EST

 

Line: ORL –4.0

Over/Under: 193.5

 

Orlando will be looking to snap a two-game losing streak.

 

PICK: Orlando Magic

 

Houston Rockets (4-3) @ Philadelphia 76ers (4-3) 11/13- 7:00PM EST

 

Line: HOU -9.0

Over/Under: 215.5

 

Rockets have lost two in a row, but should be able to handle to Sixers on the road.

 

PICK: Houston Rockets

 

Charlotte Bobcats (3-3) @ Boston Celtics (3-4) 11/13- 7:30PM EST

 

Line: BOS -4.5

Over/Under: 184.5

 

Celtics looking to win their third straight.

 

PICK: Boston Celtics

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New York Knicks (2-4) @ Atlanta Hawks (3-3) 11/13- 8:00PM EST

 

Line: ATL -3.5

Over/Under: 198.5

 

With J.R. Smith back, I like the Knicks on the road in an upset.

 

PICK: New York Knicks

 

Toronto Raptors (3-4) @ Memphis Grizzles (3-3) 11/13- 8:00PM EST

 

Line: MEM -7.5

Over/Under: 185.5

 

Memphis in an easy win at home. Too much talent still.

 

PICK: Memphis Grizzles

 

Cleveland Cavaliers (3-4) @ Minnesota Timberwolves (5-2) 11/13- 8:00PM EST

 

Line: MIN -8.5

Over/Under: 198.5

 

T’Wolves looking strong with a healthy with Kevin Love back strong.

 

PICK: Minnesota Timberwolves

 

Washington Wizards (2-4) @ San Antonio Spurs (6-1) 11/13- 8:30PM EST

 

Line: SAS -11.0

Over/Under: 200

 

Expect an easy San Antonio win at home. Playing good ball early.

 

PICK: San Antonio Spurs

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Los Angeles Lakers (3-5) @ Denver Nuggets (1-4) 11/13- 9:00PM EST

 

Line: DEN -9.0

Over/Under: 209.5

 

Nuggets will be up for the Lakers…. and expect a home win as the Lakers will their second game in two nights.

 

PICK: Denver Nuggets

 

New Orleans Pelicans (3-4) @ Utah Jazz (0-7) 11/13- 9:00PM EST

 

Line: NOR -1.5

Over/Under: 190.5

 

Like the Jazz in a surprise home win as the Pelicans will be in the second of a back-to-back.

 

PICK: Utah Jazz

 

Phoenix Suns (5-2) @ Portland Trailblazers (4-2) 11/13- 9:00PM EST

 

Line: POR -8.0

Over/Under: 202.5

 

Portland always tough at the Rose Garden.

 

PICK: Portland Trailblazers

 

Brooklyn Nets (2-4) @ Sacramento Kings (1-5) 11/13- 10:00PM EST

 

Line: BRK -1.0

Over/Under: 195.5

 

Winnable road game for the Nets against a struggling Kings team.

 

PICK: Brooklyn Nets

 

Oklahoma City Thunder (5-1) @ Los Angeles Clippers (4-3) 11/13- 10:30PM EST

 

Line: LAC -3.0

Over/Under: 206.5

 

Game of the night… OKC with a big road win.

 

PICK: Oklahoma City Thunder

 

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

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NBA Power Rankings 2013

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Week 3 Power Rankings for the NBA

 

With Week 3 of the NBA starting on Tuesday night, let’s take a look at this week’s Power Rankings for all 30 teams.

 

1. Indiana Pacers (7-0)- Paul George is leading the Pacers to their best start in franchise history. The team to beat right now.

 

2. San Antonio Spurs (6-1)- With Philadelphia, Washington, Utah and Boston coming up, they can distance themselves from the pack.

 

3. Oklahoma City Thunder (5-1)- With Russell Westbrook back in the fold, things are looking up.

 

4. Minnesota Timberwolves (5-2)- Having a healthy Kevin Love does wonders for a team.

 

5. Miami Heat (4-3)- A sore back is slowing down LeBron as they work out their chemistry issues.

 

6. Phoenix Suns (5-2)- Eric Bledsoe is leading this week’s NBA’s surprise team as they have won all four of their home games.

 

7. Los Angeles Clippers (4-3)- Big road win at Houston as they are still trying to find their way under coach Doc Rivers.

 

8. Golden State Warriors (4-3)- Warriors have four different players averaging at least 15 points per game.

 

9. Memphis Grizzles (3-3)- Coming off a big home win against the Warriors may jump-start them.

 

10. Houston Rockets (4-3)- They hit the road after dropping their last three-games.

 

11. Dallas Mavericks (4-3)- Monte Ellis leads the team in scoring averaging 23 points a game.

 

12. Chicago Bulls (2-4)- Derrick Rose and the Bulls have a showdown with the Pacers this week as they look to get back to winning and avenge an earlier loss.

 

13. Portland Trailblazers (4-2)- Two of their four wins came against Sacramento with more winnable games coming up against the East.

 

14. Philadelphia 76ers (4-3)- Went 1-3 last week after starting 3-0… is the clock getting ready to strike midnight?

 

15. New Orleans Pelicans (3-4) Big win at home against the Lakers on Friday night, can they repeat that performance on Tuesday night in L.A.?

 

16. Charlotte Bobcats (3-3)- Another early surprise team in the NBA so far.

 

17. Atlanta Hawks (3-3)- Ronnie Millsap is off to a big year for the Hawks so far with 20.2 points, 8.2 rebounds and 3.7 assists.

 

18. Detroit Pistons (2-3)- Josh Smith is fitting in nicely with his new team leading them 18.8 points per game.

 

19. Los Angeles Lakers (3-5)- As Kobe Bryant is still working his way back, Steve Nash is suffering from back pain once again limiting his play.

 

20. Cleveland Cavaliers (3-4)- Kyrie Irving is heating up having scored 25 or more in two of his last three games.

 

21. Brooklyn Nets (2-4)- Nets need more production from K.G who is only averaging six points per game and 6.7 rebounds a game.

 

22. Washington Wizards (2-4)- Still a better team them their record indicates but must finish games.

 

23. New York Knicks (2-4)- Can the return of J.R. Smith give them the shot in the arm they need?

 

24. Toronto Raptors (3-4)- Expect Rudy Gay and DeMar DeRozan to get their shooting touch back after struggling in the early season.

 

25. Orlando Magic (3-4)- Center Nikola Vucevic is averaging a double-double to begin the season with 15.7 points and 12.1 rebounds.

 

26. Boston Celtics (3-4)- The Celtics have won three straight including a win over the Miami Heat.

 

27. Milwaukee Bucks (2-3)- Their three losses have been by eight points or less.

 

28. Denver Nuggets (1-4)- Rough start under new head coach Brian Shaw as they are off to their worst start since 2004.

 

29. Sacramento Kings (1-5)- DeMarcus Cousins is a one-man show, but it will take more then that as they have dropped five in a row.

 

30. Utah Jazz (0-7)- Jazz are off to their worst start since going 0-11 in their first season in the league.

 

 

 

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

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NBA Predictions Week 2 Games Preview/Picks

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Predictions for week 2 NBA Games

With almost 2 weeks of NBA action in the books, we have a full action of games on Monday to place your bets on. I will give you my straight-up picks with the betting lines. Get you favorite bets in early to secure the best odds here at Wonder Punter.

 

Atlanta Hawks (3-3) @ Charlotte Bobcats (3-3) 11/11- 7:00PM EST

 

Line: ATL -1.5

Over/Under: 196

 

Even match-up but will give the slight edge to the Bobcats being at home.

 

PICK: Charlotte Bobcats

 

San Antonio Spurs (6-1) @ Philadelphia (4-3)- 11/11- 7:00PM EST

 

Line: SAS -7.0

Over /Under: 206.5

 

The 76ers are surprising everyone with play to start the season, but expect the Spurs to win.

 

PICK: San Antonio Spurs

 

Memphis Grizzles (3-3) @ Indiana Pacers (7-0) 11/11- 7:00PM EST

 

Line: IND -7.0

Over/Under: 183.5

 

Good game but, with the way the Pacers are playing, look for them to win.

 

PICK: Indianapolis Pacers

 

Orlando Magic (3-4) @ Boston Celtics (3-4) 11/11- 7:30PM EST

 

Line: BOS -2.0

Over/Under: 188.5

 

Look for the Celtics to ride their big win in Miami for a back-to-back win against the Magic.

 

PICK: Boston Celtics

 

Cleveland Cavaliers (3-4) @ Chicago Bulls (2-3) 11/11- 8:00PM EST

 

Line: CHI -9.5

Over/Under: 185.5

 

Derrick Rose and the Bulls struggling to start the season but look for them to win on Monday.

 

PICK: Chicago Bulls

 

Toronto Raptors (3-4) @ Houston Rockets (4-3) 11/11- 8:00PM EST

 

Line: HOU -9.5

Over/Under: 200.5

 

After back-to-back defeats to both L.A. teams, look for the Rockets to win big against the Raptors.

 

PICK: Houston Rockets

 

Denver Nuggets (1-4) @ Utah Jazz (0-7) 11/11- 9:00PM EST

 

Line: DEN -1.0

Over/Under: 198.5

 

Two bad teams, but the Jazz have been blown out in all their losses. I’ll take my chances with the Nuggets.

 

PICK: Denver Nuggets

 

Detroit Pistons (2-3) @ Portland Trailblazers (4-2) 11/11- 9:00PM EST

 

Line: POR -4.5

Over/Under: 202

 

Portland has won two in a row, while the Pistons have lost two straight.

 

PICK: Portland Trailblazers

 

Minnesota Timberwolves (4-2) @ Los Angeles Clippers (4-3) 11/11- 10:30PM EST

 

Line: LAC -7.5

Over/Under: 205.5

 

Minnesota will be playing in the second of a back-to-back. Clips coming off a big win at Houston.

 

PICK: Los Angeles Clippers

 

Good luck with your favorite teams and picks and be sure to bet early to secure the best odds right here at Wonder Punter.

 

 

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

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Schroder banned a game for cousins hit

Hawks’ Schroder Suspended One Sport

 

Atlanta Hawks rookie guard Dennis Schroder has been suspended one game for placing DeMarcus Cousins of the Sacramento Kings within the groin, the NBA announced Thursday.

The incident occurred early in the fourth quarter of Atlanta’s a hundred and five-100 win Tuesday evening as Schroder tried to combat via a screen set by Cousins. No foul was called on the play.

Cousins took difficulty with the officials, suggesting he’s being singled out by referees based on previous on-courtroom behavior that has led to a number of suspensions by the NBA and the Kings.

“I took an affordable shot to my lower area,” Cousins advised reporters after the sport. “They [the refs] simply blew it off. I assume as a result of it was me. However as quickly as something happens on the opposite finish, as a result of it’s me, they run to the digicam.”

Later in the fourth quarter, Cousins was assessed a flagrant foul for shoving Al Horford. That call was downgraded to a personal foul, but Kings coach Mike Malone did wind up pulling Cousins from the sport halfway via the fourth quarter.

Schroder, the 17th decide in June’s NBA draft, will miss Thursday evening’s sport towards the Denver Nuggets.

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NBA Friday Night Games- Previews/Picks

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NBA Free Picks and Predictions for games of 8th November 2013

Friday night in the NBA usually means one thing… a full schedule of games at your disposal to lay your money on. With odds constantly changing, I will give you my straight-up picks on all Friday night games, but be sure to get in on the betting line early to secure the best odds. Whether you like to play the points, over/under or straight-up… you can find it right here at Wonder Punter.

 

Brooklyn Nets (2-2) @ Washington Wizards (1-3) 11/08- 7:00PM EST

 

The Wizards look to win back-to-back games as they take on the Nets.

 

PICK: Brooklyn Nets

 

Cleveland Cavaliers (2-3) @ Philadelphia 76ers (3-2) 11/08- 7:00PM EST

 

The Sixers have now lost two in a row after being a Cinderella team for the first three games. Cavs coming off a big win vs. Minnesota

 

PICK: Cleveland

 

Boston Celtics (1-4) @ Orlando Magic (3-2) 11/08- 7:00PM EST

 

The Celtics got their first win against winless Utah, but the Magic just beat a good Clipper team on Wednesday night.

 

PICK: Orlando

 

New York Knicks (1-3) @ Charlotte Bobcats (3-2) 11/08- 7:00PM EST

 

Trouble in the Big Apple with their beloved Knicks… Charlotte is an early surprise. I like the odds of the Bobcats winning.

 

PICK: Charlotte

 

Toronto Raptors (2-3) @ Indiana Pacers (5-0) 11/08- 7:00PM EST

 

Clearly, the Pacers are the team to beat right now. Impressive win against the Bulls on Wednesday night.

 

PICK: Indiana

 

Oklahoma Thunder (3-1) @ Detroit Pistons (2-2) 11/08- 7:30PM EST

 

With PG Russell Westbrook back, expect the Thunder to start making a run. My bet is on OKC.

 

PICK: Oklahoma City

 

Los Angeles Lakers (2-3) @ New Orleans Pelicans (2-3) 11/08- 8:00PM EST

 

The Los Angeles Lakers will be playing the second of a back-to-back. Have to like the odds New Orleans winning plus they blew out Memphis on the road Wednesday night.

 

PICK: New Orleans

 

Utah Jazz (0-5) @ Chicago Bulls (1-3) 11/08- 8:00PM EST

 

Just what the underachieving Bulls needed, a winless Jazz team to come into town. Easy pick on this one.

 

PICK: Chicago

 

Dallas Mavericks (3-2) @ Minnesota Timberwolves (3-2) 11/08- 8:00PM EST

 

The Mavs will look to avoid two straight road losses after dropping one to Oklahoma City Wednesday night. Should be another tough battle for both teams, but see the T’Wolves as the favorite.

 

PICK: Minnesota

 

Golden State Warriors (4-1) @ San Antonio Spurs (4-1) 11/08- 8:30PM EST

 

All the oddsmakers have to be going crazy with this marquee matchup of two teams who are expected to light it up. Watch for the latest betting line here on Wonder Punter, but for a straight-up pick I like the Warriors on the road.

 

PICK: Golden State

 

Denver Nuggets (0-3) @ Phoenix Suns ( 3-2) 11/08- 9:00PM EST

 

With Phoenix coming off a tough road loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night, I like the odds of keeping the visiting Denver Nuggets winless on the young season.

 

PICK: Phoenix

 

Sacramento Kings (1-3) @ Portland Trailblazers (2-2) 11/08- 10:00PM EST

 

Portland is always tough at home… safe pick with Trailblazers.

 

PICK: Portland

 

12 full games to chose from on a Friday night. Check the latest up to the minute betting lines here at Wonder Punter and good luck with your picks!

 By Mario Martinez – WonderPunter

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NBA Power Rankings- Week 1

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NBA Power Rankings for Week 1 of the games

 

With the conclusion of Tuesday nights NBA games, let’s take a look at the Power Rankings going into the Week 2 with the Philadelphia 76ers 3-1 start shocking everyone who were expected to contend for the worst record in NBA history.

 

1. Indiana Pacers (4-0)- Guard Paul George is healthy and ready to lead the charge.

 

2. Houston Rockets (4-1)- So far the Dwight Howard and James Harden duo is working.

 

3. Minnesota Timberwolves (3-1)- A healthy Kevin Love (29.6 points 14.6 rebounds) can do wonders for a team.

 

4. Miami Heat (3-2)- LeBron James admits to maybe minor chemistry problems on the team… we shall see the effects.

 

5. Los Angeles Clippers (3-1)- Gave a beat down to the Rockets on Monday night.

 

6. San Antonio Spurs (3-1)- Welcome back Tim Duncan and a resurgent Manu Ginoboli.

 

7. Golden State Warriors (3-1)- It’s the Stephen Curry 3-point show on pace for 437 triples!

 

8. Dallas Mavericks (3-1)- Dirk Nowitski and Monte Ellis getting it done so far.

 

9. Oklahoma Thunder (2-1)- With PG Russell Westbrook back sooner then expected, expect them to start climbing up the rankings.

 

10. Philadelphia 76ers (3-1)- They were ranked last to start the season, but thanks to some quality wins, they deserve a Top 10 ranking for now.

 

11. Brooklyn Nets (2-2)- They need a Miami like performance every night if they want to contend for top billing in the East.

 

12. Chicago Bulls (1-2)- Derrick Rose will continue to improve but the Bulls need more scoring.

 

13. Memphis Grizzles (2-2)- Both road losses were on the road to San Antonio and Dallas.

 

14. Phoenix Suns (3-1)- Eric Bledsoe is shinning bright in the desert sun.

 

15. Portland Trailblazers (2-2)- Big home win against the Spurs with Tim Duncan back in the lineup, but spanked at home by the Rockets.

 

16. Detroit Pistons (2-2)- Brandon Jennings is back from his injury early and ready to lead.

 

17. Orlando Magic (2-2)- Young and ready to play with rookie Victor Oladipo.

 

18. Cleveland Cavaliers (2-2)- Did we mention Andrew Bynum is playing this year?

 

19. Los Angeles Lakers (2-3)- Still young, still athletic, still Kobe-less. When Kobe, when? Xavier Henry looking great early.

 

20. Toronto Raptors (2-2)- It’s Rudy Gay’s team now.

 

21. Charlotte Bobcats (2-2)- Can Al Jefferson shake off his ankle problems?

 

22. Atlanta Hawks (2-2)- Safe to say the Hawks miss Josh Smith. PG Jeff Teague has been a bright spot.

 

23. New York Knicks (1-3)- The Knicks are hearing the boos already at home after Bobcats beat them.

 

24. Milwaukee Bucks (1-2)- Center Zaza Pachulia is averaging 13 points and 7.7 boards a game so far.

 

25. New Orleans Pelicans (1-3)- Second-year center Anthony Davis the lone bright spot with averages of 23.7 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks his first week.

 

26. Washington Wizards (0-3)- And to think everybody was talking a playoff team before the season. It’s early but win one first.

 

27. Sacramento Kings (1-3)- DeMarcus Cousins needs help and G Isaiah Thomas may be the answer averaging 19 points and 4.7 assists.

 

28.Denver Nuggets (0-3)- Not what we expected from a team that made the playoffs last year.

 

29. Utah Jazz (0-4)- Desperately need a point guard.

 

30. Boston Celtics (0-4)- Due to play the winless Jazz Wednesday night. 

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Free Picks for NBA basketball game, Predictions for Tuesday November 5th

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NBA Prediction and free Picks For Tuesday 5th November 2013

 

With 9 NBA games on the docket for Tuesday night… here are my picks free for you guy´s for this weeks Basketball games, also for NBA betting lines don´t forget to visit our sponsors Basketball Betting

 

Miami Heat (2-2) @ Toronto Raptors (2-1) 11/05- 7:00PM

 

PICK: Miami Heat

 

Charlotte Bobcats (1-2) @ New York Knicks (1-2) 11/05- 7:30PM EST

 

PICK: New York Knicks

 

Utah Jazz (0-3) @ Brooklyn Nets (1-2) 11/05- 7:30PM EST

 

PICK: Brooklyn Nets

 

Indiana Pacers (3-0) @ Detroit Pistons (2-1) 11/05- 7:30PM EST

 

PICK: Indiana Pacers

 

Phoenix Suns (2-1) @ New Orleans Pelicans (1-2) 11/05- 8:PM EST

 

PICK: New Orleans Pelicans

 

Los Angeles Lakers (1-2) @ Dallas Mavericks (2-1) 11/05- 8:30PM EST

 

PICK: Dallas Mavericks

 

San Antonio Spurs (2-1) @ Denver Nuggets (0-2) 11/05- 9:00PM EST

 

PICK: San Antonio Spurs

 

Houston Rockets (3-0) @ Portland Trailblazers (2-1) 11/05- 10:00PM EST

 

PICK: Portland Trailblazers

 

Atlanta Hawks (1-1) @ Sacramento Kings (1-2) 11/05- 10:00PM EST

 

PICK: Sacramento Kings

 

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Free NBA Picks, Preview and Predictions week 1

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Free NBA Picks Week 1

With a full slate of NBA games on the docket for Friday night… here are my Free NBA picks for each game:

 

Philadelphia 76ers (1-0) @ Washington Wizards (0-1) 11/01- 7:00PM EST

 

PICK: Washington

 

Cleveland Cavaliers (1-0) @ Charlotte Bobcats (0-1) 11/01- 7:00PM EST

 

PICK: Cleveland

 

New Orleans Pelicans (0-1) @ Orlando Magic (0-2) 11/01- 7:00PM EST

 

PICK: Orlando

 

Toronto Raptors (1-0) @ Atlanta Hawks (0-1) 11/01- 7:30PM EST

 

PICK: Toronto

 

Milwaukee Bucks (0-1) @ Boston Celtics (0-1) 11/01- 7:30PM EST

 

PICK: Milwaukee

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Miami Heat (1-1) @ Brooklyn Nets (0-1) 11/01- 8:00PM EST

 

PICK: Brooklyn

 

Oklahoma City Thunder (1-0) @ Minnesota Timberwolves (1-0) 11/01- 8:00 PM EST

 

PICK: Minnesota

 

Dallas Mavericks (1-0) @ Houston Rockets (1-0) 11/01- 8:00PM EST

 

PICK: Houston

 

Detroit Pistons (1-0) @ Memphis Grizzles (0-1) 11/01- 8:00PM EST

 

PICK: Memphis

 

Portland Trail Blazers (0-1) @ Denver Nuggets (0-1) 11/01- 9:00PM EST

 

PICK: Denver

 

Utah Jazz (0-1) @ Phoenix Suns (1-0) 11/01- 10:00PM EST

 

PICK: Phoenix

 

Los Angels Clippers (0-1) @ Sacramento Kings (1-0) 11/01- 10:00PM EST

 

PICK: Sacramento

 

San Antonio Spurs (1-0) @ Los Angeles Lakers (1-1) 11/01- 10:30PM EST

 

PICK: San Antonio

 

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Wonder Punter NBA Power Rankings 2013-14

Wonder Punter NBA Power Rankings 2013-14

 

With the 2013/14 NBA season upon us starting Tuesday night…. Let’s take a look at the Power Rankings of all 30 teams to begin the season.

 

1. Miami Heat- The defending champion Heat will be looking to three-peat with Lebron James in the final year of his contract.

 

2. San Antonio Spurs- With all the pieces still intact, the Western Conference champs are still the team to beat out west.

 

3. Chicago Bulls- After sitting out all of last season… Derrick Rose is back and ready to lead his team to challenge the Heat.

 

4. Indiana Pacers- Last years team was good, now with Danny Granger back and the addition of Luis Scola… they will be even better.

 

5. Los Angeles Clippers- Can new coach Doc Rivers instill the mental and physical toughness that has been lacking with the Clippers in seasons past?

 

6. Houston Rockets- Can the tag team of Dwight Howard/James Harden co-exist and get them to the promise land?

 

7. Golden State Warriors- Will one more year of experience under their belt make up for the lack of depth at the point guard and center positions? Key addition with Andre Iguodala.

 

8. Oklahoma City Thunder- Still no Russell Westbrook until December… until then, can they keep it together?

 

9. Memphis Grizzles- The addition of Mike Miller should help with a team depleted with shooters.

 

10. Brooklyn Nets- Can an aging Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce be the difference that Deron Williams and new coach Jason Kidd need to contend?

 

11. New York Knicks- J.R Smith is still on the shelve and Amar’e and Kenyon Martin are not quite ready for back-to-backs yet.

 

12. Minnesota Timberwolves- A full year of a healthy Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio can finally make the Wolves a playoff contender after a drought of nine seasons.

 

13. Denver Nuggets- Andre Iguodala is now with Golden State and no Danilo Gallinari until at least December.

 

14. Washington Wizards- Key addition with Marcin Gortat to fill in a true center position and move Nene to his natural forward position.

 

15. New Orleans Pelicans- New team nickname and two nice additions will help the Pelicans improve… Jrue Holiday and Tyreke Evans.

 

16. Dallas Mavericks- Monte Ellis was added to help give Dirk Nowitski an offensive boost… but it’s the defense I’m worried about.

 

17. Portland Trailblazers- LaMarcus Aldridge vows this years Blazers team will make the playoffs.

 

18. Detroit Pistons- Two big additions with the face of the franchise now Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings.

 

19. Los Angeles Lakers- Much more athletic team then last year’s team, however their season still rides on the shoulders of Kobe Bryant’s return.

 

20. Cleveland Cavaliers- When will Andrew Bynum play? Oh yeah #1 pick Anthony Bennett has a sleeping disorder.

 

21. Atlanta Hawks- No Josh Smith… it’s Al Horford’s team now.

 

22. Toronto Raptors- Andrea Bargnani is now a Knick.

 

23. Charlotte Bobcats- Should improve in the win column with new center Al Jefferson.

 

24. Sacramento Kings- Will DeMarcus Cousins live up to hype of a max-contract deal.

 

25. Utah Jazz- Young talent is nice, but no quality point guard to dish the rock.

 

26. Milwaukee Bucks- Can new coach Larry Drew keep the rebuilding Bucks together?

 

27. Boston Celtics- New coach, new faces and no Rajon Rondo.

 

28. Orlando Magic- Another rebuilding year.. looking towards the 2014 NBA Draft.

 

29. Phoenix Suns- Traded away their best player Marcin Gortat.

 

30. Philadelphia 76ers- Many are predicting the Sixers to challenge for the all-time worst record of 9-73 (1972-73 Sixers).

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Knicks star Anthony: ‘I want to be a free agent’

With Anthony wanting to test the free agent market, does it mean he wants to leave New York? (USATSI)
With Carmelo Anthony wanting to check the free-agent market, does it imply he needs to leave New York? (USATSI)

Again in 2011, Carmelo Anthony was on the Denver Nuggets and set to check the free agent waters to attempt to find his method to the New York Knicks. It prompted the “Melo Drama” heard round publications and websites everywhere. Earlier than having to find a inventive solution to get himself onto the Knicks once he hit free agency, the Nuggets traded him to his most well-liked destination in a three-staff deal that included 13 players, four draft picks, and money.

Anthony has two years left on his contract, together with the 2013-14 season, that may net roughly $forty four.7 million. He additionally has an early termination clause for the summer season of 2014 if he desires to test the free company waters and attempt to tack on an extra huge cash yr onto his profession earnings. In an interview with the New York Observer, Carmelo says he desires to be a free agent and have the experience of being evaluated as a free agent goal. From ESPN New York:

New York Knicks ahead Carmelo Anthony said in a current interview that he wants to choose out of the ultimate year of his contract this summer season and check free agency.

“I wish to be a free agent,” Anthony informed the New York Observer. “I believe all people in the NBA desires to be a free agent no less than one time of their career. It is like you’ve gotten an analysis period, you already know. It is like if I am within the gymnasium and I’ve all of the coaches, all of the house owners, all of the GMs come into the gym and just evaluate the whole lot I do. So sure, I would like that have.”

In response to the ESPN New York submit, Anthony is eligible for a five-yr, $129 million deal if he decides to re-signal with the Knicks if he opts out this summer. He may leave to play for an additional staff and signal a most deal of 4 years and $ninety five million.

Eager to be a free agent is not essentially a big deal for Anthony and Knicks followers. He’s going to take a look at the free-company waters in 2014 or 2015. If he and his agent are tactical, he’ll opt out in 2014, signal a max cope with either the Knicks or a new crew, and embrace an early choose-out choice in that deal as properly so he can maximize the number of big money years he has in his profession. It will also shield him financially early within the new Collective Bargaining Settlement if the gamers get hit arduous in 2017, assuming one of the negotiating events decides to choose out of the CBA.

Testing the waters of free company does not imply he’ll depart both. For Anthony, New York was his vacation spot for each basketball and private reasons. It allowed him to play for one of the crucial standard sports activities franchises on the earth and gave his spouse ample alternatives to additional her career in a gigantic market. There would be threat in leaving the Knicks and he can sign for probably the most money there. Nevertheless, if it appears to be like like the team can’t compete for the Eastern Conference title as at present constructed after this season, there are fairly a number of groups that might afford to throw a max deal his approach if he decides he needs to depart.

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Chris ‘Birdman’ Andersen will not be charged in connection to 2012 investigation, was victim of impersonation

Chris Andersen celebrates the Heat’s championship in June (Jesse D. Garrabrant/ Getty).

In the thick of the 2012 NBA Playoffs, veteran center Chris “Birdman” Andersen, then a member of the Denver Nuggets and now a key player for the world champion Miami Warmth, grabbed headlines for what seemed to be all of the incorrect causes. Several hours before Game 6 of the Nuggets’ first-round series in opposition to the Los Angeles Lakers, a Colorado Web Crimes Against Children unit searched his residence in relation to an ongoing investigation related to youngster pornography. Andersen was not arrested or charged with any crimes, but he did not play in both of the final two games of the series (additionally the Nuggets’ final two video games of the season.

A subsequent announcement from certainly one of Andersen’s lawyers cast him as a victim of extortion, but an absence of particulars did little to clarify the weird situation. When Birdman returned to the courtroom this season for the Miami Heat, it appeared as if the problem had blown over, or at the very least not turn into an overbearing presence in his life.

On Wednesday, Andersen obtained official affirmation that he wouldn’t be charged in relation to the search. In reality, he appears to have been a wronged get together. From John Ingold and Benjamin Hochman for The Denver Submit:

Former Denver Nuggets star Chris Andersen was the sufferer of a large-ranging and sophisticated Internet impersonation scheme when authorities searched his dwelling last yr, an lawyer for Andersen stated Wednesday.

The Douglas County District Legal professional’s office on Wednesday confirmed that it’s going to not file costs in opposition to Andersen in connection with the search.

Mark Bryant, the legal professional, mentioned Andersen was being impersonated on-line by a girl in Canada. The woman, posing as Andersen, sought relationships and presents but in addition threatened at the very least one individual, Bryant said. The girl in Canada was additionally posing on-line as other individuals to Andersen, Bryant stated. […]

“It is my understanding that this case involves quite a few victims,” Bryant said. “… Chris was a victim on this case.” […]

Shelly Lynn Chartier, 29, has been charged with crimes of possession and transmitting of child pornography, personation, extortion and making threats, RCMP Sgt. Line Karpish said. Karpish mentioned Chartier lives in Easterville, Manitoba, a town of fewer than a hundred residents on the shores of Cedar Lake practically 300 miles north of Winnipeg. Chartier was charged in January and is scheduled to make a courtroom look in October, Karpish said. […]

I “simply needed to thank everybody that supported me and knew this was a lie from the start,” Andersen mentioned in a press release offered to The Denver Submit earlier this 12 months. “They understand how I like folks, they know how I love youngsters and so they know where my coronary heart has been in this community.”

This is clearly welcome news for Andersen, who has been a well-liked function player at a number of stops in his eleven-season NBA career. He is additionally no stranger to controversy and disciplinary points. In January 2006, Andersen was disqualified from the NBA for violating the league’s “medicine of abuse” coverage and was not reinstated till March 2008. Since then, he’s established himself as a dependable rim protector and athletic finisher at the offensive end. It is fairly attainable that the Warmth would not have received the title this spring without his companies.

The problems with this case go well beyond basketball, although, to the purpose where this information issues just because it’ll allow Andersen to extra comfortably perform the everyday actions of life. The authorized process is much from completed, and it’s fairly possible that Andersen will have to contain himself in the prosecution of Chartier sooner or later. But we can progress with little doubt as to his function in this ordeal. Hopefully the other victims receive the identical peace of mind soon.

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The 10-man rotation, starring the importance of getting Pau Gasol back in the post

More Pau on the block, please. (Rocky Widner/NBAE/Getty Pictures)

A look around the league and the Web that covers it. It is also necessary to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren’t always listed so as of importance. That is for you, pricey reader, to figure out.

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C: Forum Blue and Gold. Darius Soriano hears you speaking about Pau Gasol and Chris Kaman complimenting each other well on offense, about how both of them can submit up and each of them can play outdoors, and he thinks that is all nicely and good. Now put Pau on the block, run the offense by way of him and figure out what to do with Kaman somewhere else, OK?

PF: Grantland, Half Court docket Press and SB Nation. Brett Koremenos looks on the Philadelphia 76ers’ decision to hire longtime San Antonio Spurs assistant Brett Brown as a “great match for a younger group.” J.P. Pelosi talks with Australian league legend Darryl McDonald about what the Sixers can anticipate from Brown, for whom McDonald played with the NBL’s North Melbourne Giants. Tom Ziller considers the chance that Brown actually makes it by means of all four years of his contract.

SF: The New York Occasions. A bittersweet appreciation of Zander Hollander, whose Complete Handbooks series of complete sports activities yearbooks “were almost holy objects to a sure sort of sports activities-crazed teen” within the years before Internet access leveled the knowledge-gathering enjoying subject, and whose work helped form the work of some pretty darn good writers who followed.

SG: The Mikan Drill. Joshua Riddell seems at whether merely changing J.J. Hickson with Robin Lopez will help the Portland Trail Blazers turn into a better defensive staff against the choose-and-roll, or whether or not some schematic changes is likely to be needed, as nicely.

PG: Mavs Moneyball. Engaged on the stats crew for an NBA sport — the individuals who keep the official rating of the game, operate the shot and sport clocks, and so on. — sounds like a reasonably hectic scenario.

6th: Grantland. More from Koremenos on the curious case of Omer Asik, and the way the Houston Rockets’ decision on easy methods to deploy last year’s starting center now that Dwight Howard’s in the combine could show to be the distinction between title contention and also-ran status.

7th: Roundball Mining Company. After trying on the Denver Nuggets’ offseason moves and the crew’s roster because it at present stands, Matt Cianfrone asks an attention-grabbing question about one of the best definition and true worth of “depth” in the NBA: “In spite of everything, what good is having a bunch of fine gamers if those gamers can’t translate into productive lineups? […] Are the Nuggets deep or do they only have a set of good players? Is there a difference?”

8th: Salt Metropolis Hoops. Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter determine to be the first beneficiaries of the departures of Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap from the Utah Jazz. However with offseason additions Rudy Gobert and Andris Biedrins filling out the frontcourt mix and a cluttered (if not awe-inspiring) wing rotation, is Dunk Contest/preseason standout Jeremy Evans again going to be the odd man out in Salt Lake Metropolis?

9th: The New York Instances. An excellent learn from Beckley Mason on something I touched on Friday — the lineup options that the signing of free-agent level guard Beno Udrih provides Mike Woodson and the probabilities that the New York Knicks head coach Woodson actually takes benefit of them.

10th: Knickerblogger. An argument for limiting Tyson Chandler’s minutes during the common season, despite the fact that to do so will weaken an already questionable Knicks protection.

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Philadelphia 76ers hire ex-Spurs assistant Brett Brown as new head coach

Brett Brown (middle) will move off the Spurs’ bench to take the reins in Philly. (Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Get …

The Philadelphia 76ers have hired longtime San Antonio Spurs assistant Brett Brown as their new head coach, ending a training search that started nearly 4 months in the past when Doug Collins stepped down following a disappointing 34-forty eight season.

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Brown, 52, will receive a four-12 months guaranteed contract to steer the 76ers, in response to Sports activities Illustrated’s Ian Thomsen, who first reported the hiring on Monday. Yahoo! Sports activities NBA columnist Adrian Wojnarowski reported Friday that the Sixers had been negotiating with Brown after meeting with him in New York final week. Brown beat out a number of different candidates for the job, together with assistant coaches Jay Larranaga of the Boston Celtics, Adrian Griffin of the Chicago Bulls, Kenny Atkinson of the Atlanta Hawks, David Vanterpool of the Portland Trail Blazers and Michael Curry, who served on Collins’ employees in Philadelphia. Brown had reportedly also been in the combine for the Denver Nuggets’ emptiness earlier this summer earlier than former Indiana Pacers assistant Brian Shaw filled that opening.

You’d suspect the four-year guarantee reported by Thomsen was an essential a part of negotiations, given the chance that the 76ers — who are being dismantled and rebuilt by new general supervisor Sam Hinkie, a process kickstarted by the draft-night deal that sent All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday to the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for No. 6 overall choose Nerlens Noel, whose on-court docket debut stays uncertain as he continues to rehab after surgery to repair a torn left ACL, and a prime-five-protected first-spherical decide in subsequent summer’s NBA draft — will be a really dangerous basketball team for the next year or two no matter how sound a job Brown does.

The agreement — whereas not as long (or, presumably, as profitable) because the six-yr deal given to Brad Stevens by the Boston Celtics earlier this summer — gives Brown a while to develop heart Noel, fellow 2013 first-rounder/point guard of the long run Michael Carter-Williams and whichever young pieces emerge from next summer’s cache of draft picks (two first-rounders and three second-rounders at present), and see if he can coax persistently significant contributions out of the likes of former No. 2 overall choose Evan Turner and offseason commerce acquisition Royce White, whereas Hinkie and firm go concerning the enterprise of reshaping a roster low on both high-finish expertise and skilled contributors. The next competitive version of the 76ers absolutely will not look something just like the group Brown shall be teaching next year; clearly, the 4-year assure satisfied Brown to disregard the reported advice of some colleagues and stroll into a potential 60-plus-loss hit if it means a greater shot at long-time period success.

While subsequent season will mark Brown’s first campaign as an NBA head coach, it is from his first journey across the league. He is been with the Spurs since 2001 in numerous roles — including five years as San Antonio’s director of player growth — and has spent the past seven seasons on the Spurs’ bench alongside Gregg Popovich. He was anticipated to ascend to the function of Pop’s lead assistant next season after the person who previously crammed that slot, Mike Budenholzer, moved east to take the Atlanta Hawks’ head coaching job, in keeping with Woj; now, he’ll take the big chair himself.

Brown has fairly a bit of worldwide head teaching expertise, too, having won 149 games over nine seasons as a head coach in the Australian National Basketball League. He also led the Australian males’s national basketball staff to a quarterfinal appearance and seventh-place end on the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, highlighted by a 31-level blowout of host nation Nice Britain and an exhilarating win over eventual bronze medalists Russia on a buzzer-beating three-pointer by star point guard Patty Mills (whom Brown also coached with the Spurs). If he’d had longtime Aussie middle Andrew Bogut wholesome and accessible to man the center, who is aware of what kind of harm Brown’s squad may need finished?

Brown’s Boomers thrived when taking part in a tough, physical, swarming brand of defense predicated on forcing turnovers that may get Mills, crafty backcourt associate Matthew Dellavedova (who went undrafted out of St. Mary’s again in June, however has obtained a coaching camp invite from the Cleveland Cavaliers) and lefty level ahead-type Joe Ingles out on the break and within the open court docket. It stays to be seen whether Brown will favor an analogous brand of pressuring defense and uptempo offense in Philadelphia, and whether he’ll proceed his predilection toward running Spurs-style units in the half-court when things slow down, but it surely seems he’ll have a number of seasons to figure it all out. That stands to motive for a brand new-look 76ers organization that has shown, through embracing each a bottom-out youth motion and a months-lengthy coaching search, that it’s nothing if not patient.

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The NBA, A-through-Z: Competitive balance

LeBron James and Roy Hibbert ply their trade (Getty Images)

The free brokers have nearly all been signed up. The NBA is down to a sequence of Instagram pictures from transferring yachts and crossed fingers from nervous teams hoping their gamers keep protected in the summertime off. There’s nothing happening, save for that clock on the wall that’s ticking all the way down to the 2013-14 season.

And it’s shifting SO SLOWLY.

This is why we’ve determined to select 26 issues we’re trying ahead to in 2013-14. Or, on the very least, 26 issues that intrigue us as we wait out an offseason that feels prefer it has hundreds of miles left to cross earlier than we will get to Halloween and opening week. As a result of there are 26 letters within the alphabet – you guessed, NBA A-by way of-Z.

We proceed with competitive steadiness.

Some would well argue that the idea of “aggressive stability” within the NBA is a laughable one, and that may be a soundly prepared sizzling sports activities take. We’re yet to absorb the total breadth of what the 2011 lockout and eventual NBA collective bargaining settlement has given the league, even after an clever summer, but what we do know is that a goodly chunk of NBA teams have run screaming away from the posh tax, while a number of seem to be barely bothered by paying it. That’s not exactly the fiscal outlook the NBA was looking for.

If they had been ever honestly looking for it, that’s. On Monday, Denver Stiffs’ Jeffrey Morton published a incredible column wanting at the new and partially hid Great Divide that the NBA has created:

I have mentioned repeatedly since 2011 that the NBA lockout had much less to do with aggressive balance than it did extracting a bit more cash from the NBPA. Whereas it is more durable for super teams, such as the one in Miami to form (as a result of new commerce restrictions for tax paying teams) it does not stop giant market groups who’re prepared to pay a bit greater than they did before to bring an excellent group collectively. The luxurious tax won’t prevent large market teams from going in to the tax threshold, they only should be barely extra artistic than earlier than.

It’s not that the massive-to-enormous market teams are attempting to completely dodge the luxury tax. As a substitute, they’re attempting to miss out on the repeater tax, something that comes from consecutive tax-paying years, resulting in stiffer penalties for every time that toe is dipped into the $seventy two million-plus water. This doesn’t essentially mean teams are shedding for this summer season, they’re just prepping to re-instrument in 2014 across the similar excessive-priced talent, miss the tax, and plunge right in soon after.

Meanwhile, you have got a team within the Denver Nuggets – one which prints money with its Wal-Mart funding – avoiding the tax at all prices. You may have the sellout-incomes Oklahoma City Thunder dumping James Harden to then not contend for Kevin Martin during free agency before deciding not to pay Kendrick Perkins to not play basketball for him, while tossing out the untested Jeremy Lamb and a center picked within the lower part of the lottery as its “LOOK OUT MIAMI!”-fearsome 2013-14 unit. Whew.

And the Bulls will waive Carlos Boozer next year despite a quarter-century of through-the-roof profits. And the Indiana Pacers must mind each penny. And the beat goes on …

With that in place, lower than two years and just three technical offseasons into the brand new CBA, we nonetheless don’t know how it will all shake out. Possibly this league will function a litany of baseball-styled top-heavy and decrease-rung payrolls. Then again, possibly the house owners deserve what they’re getting after over a decade of silly spending and poor planning within the years following the 1998-99 lockout.

The followers, of course, deserve none of this.

In the place of that frustration, though, comes the 2013-14 campaign. One that could produce a ridiculously-entertaining common and postseason – even if it ends with the identical end result, and LeBron James hoisting the trophy for the third straight June.

In his convention alone the Indiana Pacers have considerably upgraded their roster in ways that don’t even factor former All-Star Danny Granger’s attainable presence. The Chicago Bulls have gotten severe once more, and will add a playmaker and shooter in Mike Dunleavy Jr. to, oh yeah, associate with the return of 2010-eleven NBA MVP Derrick Rose. The Knicks, for all of the laughs we’ve had at their expense, might genuinely improve on the play (if not the document) of the crew’s fifty four-win season from final 12 months. And for a team loaded with gamers we’ve seen play hundreds of instances, the Brooklyn Nets stay an interesting and unpredictable wild card.

Meanwhile, the Thunder still boast two of the league’s greatest players, children that also improving year by yr. The San Antonio Spurs aren’t going anyplace, the Golden State Warriors have loaded up on more wing expertise and must be wholesome by October, the Memphis Grizzlies still don’t like it when you rating on them, the Los Angeles Clippers have an actual (profitable! Not to denigrate!) coach now, and the Houston Rockets simply added Dwight Howard.

(And the Lakers will probably be on national TELEVISION 25 times subsequent year!)

This remains to be going to be a wildly entertaining year, because as fun as 2012-13 turned out to be, it didn’t feature anyplace close to the amount of championship-stage threats as 2013-14 ought to. Well being-prepared, and tankers-forgotten, this should develop into one thing particular.

Now we’ll just need to see how much the homeowners will destroy things between now and the next lockout.