NBA: Who Makes the East All-Star Team?

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Earlier this week, we discussed the probable Western Conference representatives for the All-Star Game in New Orleans. As a follow-up, we will now discuss the likely representatives from the Eastern Conference. Before we continue, however, we must make an addendum in relation to our earlier picks.

 

Per NBA rules, if any player is voted into the game as a starter but cannot play due to injury, the NBA commissioner is then charged with the duty of appointing a replacement starter. Accordingly, if Kobe Bryant, the leading vote-getter in the Western backcourt pool at the moment, is unable to play, commissioner David Stern would then be left to pick a replacement starter. Assuming Chris Paul (currently in third) misses the game due to injury as well, the replacement starter should turn out the be James Harden–the best player out of the remaining pool.

Let’s now take our attention the the Eastern Conference. The current leaders in voting for backcourt players are Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat and Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Wade has missed time due to the Heat’s insistence on holding him out of back-to-back games (due to his usual knee soreness at this stage of his career), and Irving missed games recently, Neither player appears to be suffering from serious injury at the moment, however, and should both be expected to start.

 

The rest of the Eastern backcourt pool, after the third returns, appear to be sentimental picks. Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls, despite having been ruled out for the season, is currently in third. Fellow Point Guard Rajon Rondo of the Boston Celtics is in sixth despite not having played a single minute this season. Heat sixth-man Ray Allen is in fifth despite coming off the bench, and Deron Williams of the Brooklyn Nets is in seventh–although he is averaging the fewest points, assists, and steals since his rookie season.

 

As for the frontcourt returns in the East, the current leaders are LeBron James of the Miami Heat, Paul George of the Indiana Pacers, and Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks. The most interesting facet of these returns is that neither James, George, nor Anthony has logged significant minutes as a Center. Though all three have the ability to play both Forward positions, it would be amusing to watch James matchup opposite Dwight Howard (likely the Center for the Western Conference).

 

Anthony, the player in third in voting, is more than 300,000 votes ahead of fourth-place Roy Hibbert of the Pacers. With the starters likely to be Irving, Wade, George, Anthony, and James, we’ll turn our attention to the likely bench representatives. Keep in mind that the bench is comprised of two backcourt players, three frontcourt players, and two wildcards.

 

The frontcourt is the easiest to predict with Hibbert and Heat big-man Chris Bosh coming in fourth and fifth. These are the most reasonable choices at this point, though Brooklyn Nets Power Forward Kevin Garnett is currently in sixth–obviously a sentimental pick. Head coaches should know better than to select Garnett given his abysmal play this season. Therefore, the third frontcourt player will likely be culled from either Bulls Center Joakim Noah, Pistons Center Andre Drummond, Knicks Center Tyson Chandler, or Celtics Forward Jeff Green.

 

The frontcourt crop of talent in the East is much deeper than the backcourt and should provide the wildcard choices as well for the bench. The only sure-fire backcourt bench choice would be Wizards’ Point Guard John Wall. The other backcourt bench selection should probably come from either Indiana with Lance Stephenson or George Hill, or Toronto with Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan both having impressive seasons. Out of these four players, Stephenson probably deserves a bench spot the most given his role as a valuable starter on the Eastern Conference best Indiana team.

 

With Wall and Stephenson on the bench for the backcourt and Hibbert and Bosh as sure-fire frontcourt selections, we can probably expect both Noah and Drummond to make the roster, with one filling the final frontcourt spot and the other as a wildcard pick. The last representative at wildcard should, in our opinion, be either DeRozan or Green, as both players are posting respectable numbers while leading teams that are competing for the Atlantic Division lead. With the Raptors currently leading the division, we’ll take DeRozan for the final roster spot.

 

The final returns are still a few weeks away, so we’ll have to wait and see how the rest of the season’s first half plays out. 

By Austin Murphy – WonderPunter

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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

 

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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.

 

 

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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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Westbrook nets 21 in return as Thunder win

Westbrook Returns In Thunder Win

OKLAHOMA CITY – After a six-month layoff, Russell Westbrook looked loads like his previous self.

The All-Star level guard had 21 points and 7 assists as the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder, regardless of capturing 2 of 18 from 3-level range, beat the Phoenix Suns 103-96 on Sunday evening.

Kevin Durant had 33 factors and 10 rebounds for the Thunder, who won their fifth straight residence opener and defeated Phoenix (2-1) for the eleventh straight time. The Suns final beat Oklahoma Metropolis (2-1) in December 2010.

Westbrook, sidelined after first tearing the lateral meniscus in his right knee in the course of the second sport of the NBA playoffs, then having a medical setback, returned three to 5 weeks ahead of the staff’s previously introduced timetable. He stated before the sport he by no means thought it will take him that lengthy to return back.

After the game he stated he felt slightly rusty however seemed glad with his effort.

“I simply missed some simple ones however that can come,” Westbrook stated. “I will do what I need. I could possibly be higher but that is all right. That is anticipated. I am not anticipated to come back back and be bionic man. I’m just going to work my manner through it.”

Thunder coach Scott Brooks came away impressed with Westbrook’s outing.

“There are two things that (Westbrook) does at a high level,” Brooks stated. “He wins. He’s a winner. The guy performs the sport like it’s purported to be performed. It’s not all the time going to be good however he performs with all the pieces he has each single evening. To me that is inspiring. The second thing is leadership. It is taken him a while to get that Now he is our leader.”

Brooks wasn’t as glowing in regards to the team’s capturing.

“Clearly, we have got to shoot the ball a lot better,” he said. “We won’t proceed to shoot that from the 3-point line. I do not like to speak about it much but it’s exhausting to cover 2 for 18. However I will say this – I believe within the guys taking shots. They’re getting attractiveness. They are going to fall.”

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Russell Westbrook returned weeks forward of schedule and scored 21 factors in OKC’s residence opener.

Eric Bledsoe scored 26 points – one off his profession high – and added a profession-finest 14 assists for Phoenix, which opened the season with home wins over Portland and Utah. The Suns stayed with Oklahoma Metropolis due to 14-of-37 3-level capturing but finally have been carried out in by 23 turnovers.

Serge Ibaka added 9 points and 10 rebounds for Oklahoma City.

Phoenix led seventy nine-73 after a three-pointer by Bledsoe with 7:46 left, but the Thunder scored next eight factors, including layups by Westbrook and Reggie Jackson, the latter putting Oklahoma Metropolis forward 81-seventy nine with 6:11 left.

Channing Frye’s basket tied the sport for Phoenix, but the Thunder went on a 14-6 run, highlighted by three-point plays from Ibaka and Derek Fisher, to take a ninety five-87 lead with 2:19 left.

The Suns pulled within 95-92 before Durant slammed home a missed layup by Westbrook with 32.8 seconds left. Gerald Green hit a three-pointer from the corner to cap a 21-point performance, however Westbrook and Durant mixed to go 6-of-6 from the free throw line over the ultimate 29.3 seconds to seal the win.

“Our guys fought hard and that’s an excellent workforce and we had a chance to win on their court, so I’m pretty happy with the hassle,” Phoenix coach Jeff Hornacek said.

“That’s the last word aim, when you go on the road, is to have an opportunity at the end, particularly a workforce like this. It’s very difficult to win on this health club. We have been proper there and had some possibilities.”

Westbrook’s motion was his first since April, when Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley banged knees with him whereas going for a steal after Westbrook had stopped to name a timeout.

Westbrook underwent an initial surgical procedure for the damage on April 27. He underwent another surgery on Oct. 1 to remove a unfastened sew from the first process. At the time, the Thunder mentioned he would miss the primary 4 to 6 weeks of the regular season. Beneath that timetable, Westbrook could have been out for as many as 22 games.

As an alternative, he missed only two video games – a win at Utah on Wednesday and a loss at Minnesota on Friday.

Often the primary participant introduced throughout pre-game introductions, Westbrook as a substitute was the final and he drew an infinite roar from the sellout crowd at Chesapeake Power Arena. A team spokesman stated after the game that Durant – who normally is launched last – requested that Westbrook be introduced last instead, though Durant declined to take credit for the thought when requested about it.

“It was good for him to be again,” Durant said. “I know how a lot he loves the game. The group was nice. Unbelievable. Classy group of fans. Always behind (Westbrook) and accepted him so nicely tonight. It was cool to see.”

Westbrook instantly returned to his aggressive self on the courtroom, scoring his first basket at the 7:sixteen mark of the first quarter on a driving layup.

It quickly grew to become obvious, however, that the Thunder must readjust to having Westbrook within the lineup. Oklahoma City struggled with its taking pictures in the first half, going sixteen of 40 (forty %) and permitting the Suns to guide forty five-44 at halftime.

Frye scored 19 points and Goran Drajic had 10 for the Suns on 5-of-9 capturing earlier than leaving the sport with a sprained left ankle at the 10:08 mark of the third quarter.

Game notes

Hornacek said the ankle Drajic injured is one “that’s been bothering him before so hopefully he is not out too lengthy.” He didn’t say if Drajic would possibly miss any video games Despite the closeness of the game, Brooks played 11 of the 13 players who suited up and all for at least eight:47. It was evident that rookie

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, one of the two gamers who didn’t see action The sellout was the 89th straight throughout the regular season at Chesapeake Vitality Enviornment.

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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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NBA Game Recap- Heat Lose Again

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Miami Heat- 100

Brooklyn Nets – 101

 

Paul Pierce and Joe Johnson each score 19 points each for the Nets on Friday night to help halt a 13-game losing skid at the hands of Miami and give the Heat their first back-to-back lose since January 2013.

 

It was good that we got a taste of this type of atmosphere this early in the season to try to see where we’re at,” Pierce said. “Miami, whenever they come into town, they’re a measuring stick for everybody, so it was good for us to come out and get the win.”

 

As the Heat were trying to stage a furious comeback, Pierce and Johnson each hit two free throws to secure the win and drop Miami to 1-2.

 

After being down 11 points most of the fourth quarter, the Heat scored 10 unanswered points with seconds left to make it close before Brooklyn closed them out.

 

What you’ve done in the past doesn’t mean you can make it happen in the present, so we’ve just got to have a little more sense of urgency,” James said. “It’s not doomsday right now. We’re good, but we understand what we need to fix and correct.”

 

Brooklyn had suffered 13 straight losses to the Heat since their last victory over them on March 20, 2009.

 

You don’t want to have those types of losing streaks to any franchise,” said Nets point guard Deron Williams. “so it was definitely on our mind.”

 

Miami’s Dwayne Wade (21 points) returned to action after missing the Philadelphia game in which the Heat also lost.

 

This ain’t nothing new. We’ve dealt with this before. This storyline continues,” Wade said. “At the end of the day, we want to play better. We would love to play better, obviously the start, the first and the third, but we had a chance to win the game. We have to find a way to pull it out.”

 

This was a big and important win for the Nets who last year got swept by the Heat by an average of 21 points, so now with a new look lineup of Pierce and Kevin Garnett added to the mix to complement Deron Williams… Brooklyn now has a legitimate shot to challenge the Heat throughout the season.

 

The “Big Three” of James, Wade and Bosh scored 64 points while the bench play of Brooklyn outscored the Miami bench 36-22.

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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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NBA Game Recap- Lakers Bench Blowout Clippers

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Los Angeles Clippers- 103

Los Angeles Lakers- 116

 

For one night anyway, the “Hallway Rivalry” between the Clippers and Lakers became a laugher when the Lakers bench punished the Clipper starters in the fourth quarter to the tune of 41 points and 76 total points on a night from the reserves as the Lakers rolled to a 116-103 ‘unexpected’ win.

 

Not many people expected this young Kobe-less Lakers team to show up on opening night and beat a Clippers ball club many picked to contend for a Western Conference championship.

 

This is not the same Lakers team of 2012-13… this team is younger, quicker, more athletic, and playing with energy. No expectations… just play the game.

 

It’s not a bad thing to be the underdog sometimes,” said Lakers’ Jodie Meeks. “No expectations. We go out there and play hard. What’s the worst that can happen? We lose, and people say we’re no good?”

 

Not one Laker starter played in the fourth quarter as coach Mike D’Antoni elected to stay with his bench and they responded to the tune of 41 points scored to the Clippers 24.

 

Mike (D’Antoni) did a great thing: He didn’t bring his starters back in.” Rivers said. “There was a point where I was thinking: ‘Please bring them back in.”

 

Xavier Henry led all players with 22-points (12 in the fourth quarter).

 

We’re a deep team, and people don’t think we’re that good,” Henry said. “That always fuels us. People are saying we’re going to finish 12th or whatever, but we have a great group of guys who go out there and play hard. We’re young, we’re athletic. We go after it.”

 

All the talk coming in to the game was about the Clippers finally being “the team” in L.A. New coach in Doc Rivers, new faces, new attitude, new identity, high expectations. But, it was the Lakers who were not quite ready to relinquish the title of “L.A.’s Team.”

 

We were not ready tonight,” said Rivers. “(The Lakers) have heard for probably the last two months how good (the Clippers) were going to be… so you knew that they were going to play like this was the world championship—with that type of energy. And I thought we never matched it. Everything they did was harder than us and more physical than us. They destroyed us on the glass and destroyed us in turnovers. So it was a good lesson for us.”

 

The Clippers swept the Lakers last season winning all four.

 

You’ve got to give it to them. They outplayed us,” Griffin said. “They did a good job. They were ready. They turned up the heat in the fourth quarter and didn’t respond.”

 

Oh, man, it seemed like it happened so fast,” Clippers’ Chris Paul said. “Those guys executed their game plan, and when you’re missing somebody like Kobe, you feed off that energy”

 

For tonight at least and ‘til next time… the Lakers own the bragging rights.

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NBA Game Recap- Heat Whip Bulls

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NBA Game Recap- Heat Whip Bulls

 

Chicago Bulls- 95

Miami Heat- 107

 

Once the Miami Heat received their second-straight championship rings and raised the banner, they knew it was time to get down to business once again to kick off the start of the 2013-14 NBA season, and that they did as they sent a message to the team that is expected to dethrone them… the Chicago Bulls.

 

The Heat shook off an early ‘ring ceremony hangover’ and turned what was expected to be a tight game all night into a Miami blowout win over the Bulls 107-95.

 

The final score was closer then it should have been with the Heat leading by as much as 25-points in the second half, but a late Bulls charge kept things somewhat interesting.

 

You never know what to expect when you’re trying to keep the main thing the main thing, and that’s the game.” Heat coach Eric Spoelstra said. “But you can’t deny the emotions and what a special moment it was for everybody in the organization because we know how difficult that was and how harrowing that was last season. So it was great to actually get the win after that to cap off a very good night for the Miami Heat.”

 

LeBron James finished the night with 17 points, eight assists and six rebounds.

 

Chicago’s Derrick Rose was also the story of the night after missing all of last season recovering from a serious knee injury in April 2012. He finished with 12 points in 34 minutes. Carlos Boozer was the big scorer of the night for the Bulls with 31 points and seven boards.

 

Chicago fought back from a 25-point deficit and got the score back to as close as eight points but Miami’s Shane Battier hit a big three and ended any comeback from there.

 

We’re not trying to pull close. There were a lot of corrections that we have to make,” Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. “It always comes back to the same thing—our defense and our rebounding. And if we could have taken better care of the ball early on, we would have been in position to win down the stretch.”

 

Rose ended the night 4 for 15 for the Bulls.

 

Said Rose, “If anything, I’m disappointed in the loss. My performance, I can easily change that by making shots and keep down the turnovers.”

 

Miami had seven players in double-figures.

 

It’s a team game,” James said. “That’s what this team is put together for.”

 

Including last year’s playoffs, Miami has now beaten the Bulls five straight games.

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NBA Game Preview/Pick- Clippers vs. Lakers Prediction

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NBA Game Preview/Pick- Clippers vs. Lakers Prediction

 

Los Angeles Clippers @ Los Angeles Lakers 10/29- 10:30PM EST

 

The Los Angeles Lakers will take to the court Tuesday night at Staples Center against their in-house rival Los Angeles Clippers with one lingering question on their minds… when will Kobe Bryant return?

 

The Lakers after a 2012-13 season filled with high expectations of another championship title, instead became a season filled with injuries after injuries with some turmoil thrown in… Dwight Howard, Steve Nash, Steve Blake and the worse injury of them all, a torn Achilles tendon by Kobe Bryant that all but sealed their chance of another NBA title.

 

Once the Lakers disappointing season was over, Dwight Howard decided to pack his bags for Houston and away from the L.A. spotlight.

 

There is still no exact timetable set on Kobe’s return despite him being ahead of schedule.

 

The new look Lakers of 2013-14 appear to be more athletic under second-year coach Mike D’Antoni and ready to right-the-ship under the leadership of veterans Steve Nash and Pau Gasol.

 

It’s really important for us to embrace these low expectations, try to find a chemistry and build ourselves into a team that has some confidence,” said Nash.

 

New additions through free-agency that will look to run a lot more under Mike D’Antoni’s system will be Nick Young, Wesley Johnson, Shawne Williams and the return of Jordan Farmar.

 

We may not be as talented at the top like last year, but I think we got younger, more athletic with more shooters who can space the floor,” Nash said.

 

As for the Clippers, they have Doc Rivers as their new coach now as he looks to instill a new mental and physical toughness along with a new identity to his Clipper team who seem to lack the fortitude to put teams away and close out a playoff series.

 

Last year, they held a 2-0 lead over the Memphis Grizzles before bowing-out.

 

We have higher expectations for ourselves than anybody else,” forward Blake Griffin said. “We don’t feel we’ve arrived until we win a championship.”

 

Clipper point guard Chris Paul likes the championship mentality coach Rivers has brought to the organization.

 

You always want someone to push you and motivate you,” said Paul. “In our first meeting, he told me I hadn’t really done anything in this league, and he’s right.”

 

The Clippers feel they have also upgraded their team with added depth shooters to their roster with the likes of J.J Redick, Jared Dudley and Darren Collison, who can spell Paul for a breather or two.

 

Last season the Clippers swept the Lakers winning all four games by an average of 13.2 points and I expect to the Clippers to take advantage of a Kobe-less Lakers team and win Tuesday night.

 

PICK: Los Angeles Clippers

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