NBA Prediction Sunday Game Preview/Pick- Phoenix vs. Golden State



NBA Free Pick & Prediction Suns v. Warriors

Phoenix Suns (36-25, 14-13 away) @ Golden State Warriors (39-24, 19-10 home) 03/09- 9:00PM EST


Line: GSW -7.5

Over/Under- 213.0


After a huge home win against the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Phoenix Suns will look to win the season-series against the Golden State Warriors on Sunday evening.


The Warriors, known for their offense all season have been getting it done with some solid defense as of late, winning three straight and all with a slumping Stephen Curry, who has failed to score over 20 points in four consecutive games for the first time in 2014. Golden State (39-24) is 8-2 since the All-Star break and understand it will be the defense that will ultimately win them games as no team as scored over 100 points during their three-game win streak and are 30-4 when they can keep their opponents under the century mark.


All in all I think we’re doing a great job of understanding who we are. We are a defensive-minded team,” center Jermaine O’Neil said. “We’ve got guys who can score the basketball, but I don’t want anybody to be fooled; we are a defensive-minded team and if we’re going to win it all, that’s what’s going to help us win it all.”


For Phoenix (36-25), despite winning three-of-four games, defense has taken a back seat to this high-scoring team who have allowed an average of 112.0 points over their last seven games. But, the bright spot has been the play of 7-year veteran Gerald Green over his last two games going for 33 in a 129-120 win over the Atlanta Hawks and for a career-high 41 in a 128-122 victory over Oklahoma City to help the Suns rally from a 16-point deficit.


I love the way he’s playing right now,” coach Jeff Hornacek said of Green. “We knew he could shoot the ball. There’s not too many guys that can get on a roll like that.”


Green entered this season with his seventh team with a career average of 9.4 points per game, however since Feb. 8 has been among the league leaders with 23.3 points per contest. Green scored 25 in a 122-109 win over the Warriors that night.


Goran Dragic has been big as well coming off a 40-point win last week against New Orleans and is averaging 25.2 points in his last five road games and with the Suns opening a nine-day stretch in which they play five of six on the road and trailing the Warriors by two games for sixth in the Western Conference…. Sunday’s game is a huge one along with every other game from this point on.


Phoenix is playing great basketball. They’re trying to knock on our door for that sixth spot,” said O’Neil. “They play with great speed, they play together, they shoot a lot of 3s. We’re going to try to slow those guys down and put them in a difficult situation on the defensive end.”


The Suns have taken two of three so far, but they got spanked 115-86 back in Oakland on Dec. 27 to give them four-straight losses in the Bay Area and with the way the Warriors are playing defense, the oddsmakers have made Golden State a (minus -7.5) point favorite, but get the latest spread up until game time right here at Wonder Punter.


Stephen Curry went for a triple-double in that big win with 14 points and career-highs of 16 assists and 13 boards and I expect him to shake off his slump and lead his team to a big win on Sunday night to help give the Warriors some breathing room over the charging Phoenix Suns.


Prediction/Pick- Golden State



By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

NBA Prediction Friday Night Preview/Pick- Spurs vs. Suns

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Free NBA Pick & Prediction Spurs vs. Suns

San Antonio Spurs (40-15, 22-7 away) @ Phoenix Suns (32-21, 18-9 home) 02/21- 6:00PM EST


Line: SAS -1.0

Over/Under: 209.0


The San Antonio Spurs on the heals of two impressive road wins on back-to-back nights against the Clippers and Portland Trail Blazers will look to secure another big road win as they face the Phoenix Suns on Friday night.


It seems the All-Star break did the “aging” Spurs some good as they come out of the break looking for their fourth straight win without injured point guard Tony Parker and look to close out their season-high nine game annual road trip by going seven of nine.


What was impressive about the Portland victory is they did it without Parker… out with Achilles, groin, back and calf ailments and Tim Duncan who got his customary rest on a back-to-back night.


The Spurs (40-15) have gotten a huge lift from reserve Patty Mills as the fifth-year guard went for 29 points in a 111-109 win at Portland without Parker and Duncan.


If it wasn’t for him the last couple of nights, we would have really struggled,” san Antonio forward Danny Green said. “He’s doing what Tony usually does, in taking over in that fourth quarter.”


Mills has responded with his playing time by averaging 21.0 points over his last seven games, including a season-high 32 points against Charlotte back on Feb. 8 in less than 29 minutes of playing time.


For me, it’s just been learning from great guys,” Mills said. “We’ve got three future Hall of Famers and a great coach, so I just sat back and learned.”


The Southwest Division leaders have been battling injuries and age all season but have managed to remain amongst the best in the NBA, are still loaded with talent with the likes of Marco Belinelli, Manu Ginobili, Parker, Duncan and now welcome back the addition of Tiago Splitter who missed the last four games with a calf injury.


San Antonio has dominated the Suns of late, having won eight of nine, including four straight on the road and taking the first two of the season and will face a Suns team that also won on back-to-back nights to improve to 2-0 since the All-Star break.


Coming off back-to-back we were a little tired, a little exhausted,” said Channing Frye who added 15 points and seven rebounds in a 100-94 win over Boston on Tuesday night. “And I think we had some mental breakdowns, but other than that, I think we just battle and grind it out.”


Phoenix is in the midst of a nine game stretch that will only see them travel on the road for one road game on Feb 26 at Utah, so sitting 3½ games behind the Pacific Division leading Clippers… are the Suns (32-21) poised to make a move in the second half of the season as the playoffs approach?


With the way the Spurs have handled the Suns recently, the oddsmakers have made the Spurs a slim (minus 1.0) point favorite on the road, but stay in the know with the latest spread up until game time right here at Wonder Punter.


I like the way both teams are playing this season, but it’s hard to overlook the Spurs and they way they just keep on winning and predict them going into Phoenix and leaving with a close win.


Prediction/Pick- San Antonio



By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

NBA Prediction Tuesday Night Preview/Pick- Miami vs. Phoenix

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NBA Free Pick & Prediction Heat vs. Suns

Miami Heat (35-14, 15-10 away) @ Phoenix Suns (30-20, 17-8 home) 02/11- 9:00PM EST


Line: MIA -4.0

Over/Under: 208.5


The Miami Heat will try to bounce back from an ugly loss at the hands of the lowly Utah Jazz as they take on the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night.


The Heat suffered a 94-89 loss to one of the NBA’s worst teams on Saturday night, a night that saw LeBron James endure his worst shooting performance of the season as he went just 4 of 13 with 13 points.


It was just one of those games where offensively we were out of rhythm and you try to win on the defense end,” James said.


James also did not get much help from anyone else in a Heat uniform as the team struggled to put the rock in the net shooting 43.3 percent for the game but only 11 for 30 (36.7) in the second half. Chris Bosh also had a disappointing night going a dismal 3 of 12 for 13 points.


We didn’t shoot the ball well like we are capable of doing,” James said. “We had some great looks, including myself, some really open looks.”


Miami (35-14) was riding a three game win streak prior to the unexpected loss to the Jazz but they expect a better all around game as they take on a Phoenix Suns team they have dominated in the past winning 10 of 11, including a 107-92 home win back on Nov. 25.


James has been lights out against Phoenix in his last seven games averaging 32.4 points on 55.1 percent shooting. In his last game versus the Suns, James could do no wrong as he went 11 of 14 with 35 points on a season-best 78.6 shooting percentage.


Dwayne Wade joined in on the fun in that 15 point blowout with 21 points and 12 assists.


For Phoenix (30-20), they will be looking for their second straight victory after beating a tough Golden State team 122-109 to snap a two-game losing streak.


Point guard Goran Dragic took over late in the fourth quarter against the Warriors scoring 13 of his 34 points—a career high. Dragic has been the go-to man over his last seven games averaging 26.9 points while shooting 62.7 percent and from behind the arc is 19 of 30.


Shooting guard Gerald Green bounced back from a three game shooting slump (9-33) going for 25 points on 10 of 15 shooting in their win over Golden State.


These guys were sharp,” coach Jeff Hornacek said. “The one thing I told them, especially that fourth quarter, they played smart.”


But, if the Suns expect to turn things around against the Heat on Tuesday night, they will need a total team effort as the oddsmakers have made the Heat a (minus -4.0) point favorite in Phoenix…. a place they have won five straight times. Remember to get the latest spread on the game up until game time right here at Wonder Punter.


With the Heat scoring 104.0 points per game and the Suns averaging 105.1 points per contest, it will come down to the team that wants to play defense, and I feel that team will be the Miami Heat. Both teams are 7-3 over their last 10 games and I expect a good one but I will go with the Heat to win in a close one and predict the big three of James, Wade and Bosh to play an all-around great game.


The only significant injury is PG Eric Bledsoe, who has been out since Feb. 8.


Prediction/Pick- Miami

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

Report: Bledsoe needs surgery, out indefinitely

Eric Bledsoe is out indefinitely.

(USATSI)Eric Bledsoe is out indefinitely. (USATSI)
ESPN reports that Suns guard Eric Bledsoe will require knee surgery and is out indefinitely. The move comes after Bledsoe failed to secure an extension with the Suns and just as the Suns were starting to push for a top-five playoff spot in the tough Western Conference. Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe, one of the leading contenders for the NBA's Most Improved Player award, is out indefinitely after the team determined that Bledsoe needs a surgical procedure to repair cartilage in his right knee, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.

Sources told ESPN. com that the exact scope and severity of the injury will not be known until Bledsoe is in a surgeon's care, but he is suspected to have suffered meniscus damage in his Dec. 30 return to Los Angeles to face the Clippers.


via Eric Bledsoe of Phoenix Suns needs knee surgery, will be out indefinitely – ESPN.

Bledsoe, 24, is averaging 18. 0 points, 4. 3 rebounds and 5. 6 assists per game this season for the upstart Suns.


OK, seriously. Rajon Rondo, Russell Westbrook, Kobe Bryant, Derrick Rose, Marc Gasol, Al Horford, Brook Lopez, Danilo Gallinari, Eric Bledsoe, the list goes on and on. This season may not statistically be the worst in NBA history for injuries, but it certainly feels like it.

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2014 NBA Mock Draft: Thanksgiving Week Edition

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It’s 2014 NBA Mock draft time! One of the best drafts in years! As many teams traded to get into this first round, there are a number of strikes that still are to be decided. This site is a good resource recapping plenty of the trades. My guess on the order beneath isn’t based on where issues are now – but relatively how I assume it would end up. Issues taken into consideration: Salaries, potential free agents, needs, and evaluation from several NBA scouts. That is not a ranking of greatest gamers within the draft.

1. Utah Jazz - Andrew Wiggins, F, Kansas. You would possibly hear some Jabari Parker chatter (he’s Mormon!) however right now, it’s Wiggins. Upside, upside, upside. The place does he match in the event you preserve Hayward? You can play each.

2. Milwaukee BucksJulius Randle, F, Kentucky. Will instantly be their best participant. Randle and Sanders will be a pleasant tandem inside. They’ll re-shape the backcourt in the 2015 lottery – Antetokounmpo continues to be a couple of years away from being a factor.

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three. Boston CelticsJabari Parker, F, Duke. Rumors Parker may stay. Fun storyline, I’m not buying it. If you’re a kind of conspiracy types, how about the Celtics successful the lottery? Brad Stevens, Lakers and Celtics both down … yeah, yeah, I know, it’s not rigged.

4. Philadelphia 76ersJoel Embiid, C, Kansas. Uncooked 7-footer who picked up a basketball for the first time three years ago. An Embiid/Noel frontline blocks a whole lot of shots, provides little offense. They’d must let Spencer Hawes walk in free agency. Why not Marcus Sensible? Because MCW seems to be like a keeper. Good’s an improved shooter, however a greater match at PG.

5. Sacramento Kings – Marcus Good, PG, Oklahoma State. Smart’s a scorer and distributor within the mildew of Russell Westbrook, with practically pretty much as good athleticism. Sensible, Cousins and McLemore? You’ve obtained something good. I’m positive the Isaiah Thomas groupies won’t like this move.

6. Charlotte BobcatsDante Exum, PG, Australia – A lithe 6-foot-6 and only 18. Shouldn’t take lengthy to turn out to be an impression player. I like Kemba Walker (sixteen.5 ppg however solely 38% FGs), and he could be a precious reserve on this staff. The Bobcats, once more, are one of many worst scoring teams in the league, and dead final in FG shooting (forty one.1%).

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7. LA LakersAaron Gordon, F, Arizona. Typically in comparison with a young Blake Griffin. Insane athlete. Kobe will whip him into shape quickly.

eight. Phoenix Suns – Gary Harris, SG, Michigan State. Prolific scorer, above-average defender. Sixth man for a 12 months, then takes over after they unload Dragic’s expiring? Or is it price stashing Croatian Dario Saric right here, and getting function players later? Primary wants now look like SF/SG, assuming Bledsoe is their future at PG.

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9. Philadelphia 76ers (via New Orleans) – Rodney Hood, SF, Duke. What turns into of Evan Turner? There are commerce rumors (Cleveland?) which would leave Philly with a scoring void at SF. While Duke’s Parker has the hype, Hood is quietly averaging 21 ppg, sixty six FG% and 68% 3FG, although it’s clearly early.

10. Orlando Magic – Noah Vonleh, F, Indiana – Magic have been better than anticipated. Rank in the middle of the pack in lots of NBA classes after being the worst team in the league last yr. Needs: Future PG, inside scorer, SF. Vonleh’s off to a nice begin (12 ppg, 10 ppg) and would match nicely next to Vucevic.


eleven. Dallas Mavericks – Mitch McGary, PF, Michigan. Terrific all-around expertise. Might be 22 in June. Learns how you can be a pro from Dirk, probably turns into a 18-10 man for perhaps a decade? A less athletic Chris Webber?

12. Denver Nuggets – James Young, SG, Kentucky. Brian Shaw remains to be tinkering, so it’s difficult to inform what they want. Will they unload JaVale McGee? What occurs when Danilo Gallinari returns? Don’t love Younger but, and the all of a sudden-defensive Nuggets won’t contact him until the defense improves. But he can rating.

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thirteen. Toronto Raptors – Montrezl Harrell, PF, Louisville. Solely guy they’ve gone long on to this point is DeMar DeRozan. The dangerous news: DeRozan and Rudy Gay hog all of the pictures, but shoot 41% and 38% respectively. I think they’ll groom Harrell subsequent 12 months, then let Amir Johnson walk.

14. Phoenix Suns (through Washington) Dario Saric, F, Croatia – Yup, I’ve bought the Wizards missing the playoffs. With three first round picks, certain, the Suns can afford to stash somebody for a couple years. They aren’t a playoff crew in the loaded West next yr, anyway.

15. Cleveland Cavaliers – Willie Cauley-Stein, C, Kentucky. Varejao has another year left, then the Cavs could or may not pick up his possibility (plus, he’s 32 in September and can’t keep wholesome); Bynum exhibits up briefly once a week. WCS will present a good last line of protection.

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sixteen. Atlanta Hawks – Glenn Robinson III, F, Michigan. Rebounding has been their early weakness, however their bench lacks pop, not less than with Lou Williams not absolutely healthy. Robinson has struggled this 12 months at Michigan, however only as a result of the Wolverines don’t have a PG. May begin as a rookie.

17. Orlando Magic (by way of NY by way of Denver) – Jahii Carson, PG, Arizona State. I’m an unlimited fan, and think he’s acquired Nate Robinson’s athletic capacity with Brandon Jennings abilities. Heir obvious to Jameer Nelson?

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18. Charlotte Bobcats (through Detroit) – Nik Stauskas, SG, Michigan. Too high, proper? As famous earlier, the Bobcats can’t shoot, and Stauskas is likely one of the best shooters in the draft. Final 12 months he looked like a Kyle Korver; this yr, he feels nearer to a more explosive JJ Redick. Apologies for the white-guy comparisons.

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19. Memphis Grizzlies – Doug McDermott, F, Creighton. Most likely concentrating on a SG, or a backup at SF. How a couple of shooter for the postseason when groups double Gasol or Randolph? McDermott doesn’t have the scale (6-foot-8) to play the stretch four, but man is he a lethal shooter past the arc.

20. Charlotte Bobcats (via Portland) - Adreian Payne, F, Michigan State. A third pick in the Prime 20 may imply a Euro, or maybe frontcourt assist. Their 2013 decide, Cody Zeller, is shooting a woeful 34% so far. Payne, an elite athlete for six-foot-10, 250, can be going a lot greater if he weren’t 23 at the time of the draft.

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21. Phoenix Suns (via Minnesota) - Sam Dekker, F, Wisconsin. Such a very good all-round player. I’m trying ahead to when he’s free from the Bo Ryan system. Will we see Gordon Hayward-sort development?

22. Houston RocketsAndrew Harrison, PG, Kentucky. Hasn’t appeared great early – fouls have been a problem, so has working the offense – but it surely’s an extended season, and he may simply leap into the lottery. Shooting forty seven% on FGs and 46% on 3FG. Jeremy Lin has improved his shot, but he gained’t come low-cost, which is why I feel he strikes on.

23. LA Clippers – Wayne Selden, G, Kansas. Very sluggish start for the Jayhawks, but a highly-touted shooter coming out of highschool. At this price, he probably stays in Lawrence for a yr, turns into the man if Wiggins, Embiid, Ellis transfer on.

24. Boston Celtics (by way of Brooklyn) – Spencer Dinwiddie, G, Colorado. Yeah, this is bullish on the Nets, but they’ll’t remain this dangerous in the lowly East. Dinwiddie was a late-bloomer who’s taking pictures 44% on 3FGs this season. The bigger focus than this choose will be the Celtics on the buying and selling deadline.

25. Oklahoma MetropolisCorey Jefferson, F, Baylor. Robust participant. Offensively restricted, however a terrific athlete. Perkins is sort of carried out, Collison may be out of their value range, and Jefferson could possibly be a strong function participant in two seasons.

26. Chicago Bulls – Aaron Craft, PG, Ohio State. Hardest workforce to peg. Still have them making a run at the least by one spherical of the playoffs (barring further accidents). The East is that bad. However the draft? Heck, this team could possibly be blown up by the draft. Craft is a 1st round choose, that’s for sure.

27. San Antonio Spurs – Jordan Bachynski, C, Arizona State. Very agile, underrated 7-foot-2 senior who has made large strides in 4 seasons. His 14-11-7 blocks in opposition to Marquette this week might have been the very best sport of his career.

28. Phoenix Suns (by way of Indiana) - Dakari Johnson, C, Kentucky. 4 picks? Yup. Johnson is a undertaking with upside, probably along the traces of Daniel Orton, who came out too early, was drafted, and is now on his third workforce in three years.

29. Utah Jazz (through Golden State) – Chris Walker, F, Florida. He’s ineligible until subsequent month, however by all accounts, the 6-foot-eleven McDonald’s All-American could be very talented.

30. Miami Warmth – Shabazz Napier, PG, Connecticut. Chalmers is a free agent, and if they’re pondering of sliding Cole right into a beginning role, Napier could be an excellent backup.

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NBA Predictions Week 3 Wednesday Night Games Preview /Picks


NBA Predictions and free picks for week 3


NBA Wednesday night is packed with 13 games on the schedule. Below is a quick preview with the latest lines spread and my prediction for each game. As the odds constantly change, remember to check back here at Wonder Punter for the latest spread up until tip-off.


Good Luck!


Wednesday Nov. 20


Toronto Raptors (4-7) @ Philadelphia 76ers (5-7) 11/20- 7:00PM EST


Line: TOR -3.5

Over/Under: 200.5

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Both teams are in a two-game skid…. Raptors in a win on the road.


PICK: Toronto


Miami Heat (7-3) @ Orlando Magic (4-6) 11/20- 7:00PM EST


Line: MIA -8.0

Over/Under: 199.5


Heat playing in a second in two nights, but should still be able to come away with the ‘W.’
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PICK: Miami


Indiana Pacers (9-1) @ New York Knicks (3-6) 11/20- 7:00PM EST


Line: IND -4.5

Over/Under: 191.5


Knicks are a mess right now and Carmelo is frustrated. The second of two in two nights for NY against the NBA’s best.


PICK: Indiana


Brooklyn Nets (3-7) @ Charlotte Bobcats (5-6) 11/20- 7:00PM EST


Line: BRK -3.5

Over/Under: 184.5


Nets hit by injuries, but I like them in this one.


PICK: Brooklyn


Washington Wizards (2-7) @ Cleveland Cavaliers (4-7) 11/20- 7:00PM EST


Line: CLE 1.5

Over/Under: 195.5


Disappointing start for the Wizards so far… and on the road for this one.


PICK: Cleveland


Detroit Pistons (3-6) @ Atlanta Hawks (6-4) 11/20- 7:30PM EST


Line: ATL -5.0

Over/Under: 204.5


Back-to-back games for both teams but Hawks at home for this one.


PICK: Atlanta


Utah Jazz (1-11) @ New Orleans Pelicans (4-6) 11/20- 8:00PM EST


Line: NOR -8.0

Over/Under: 202


Pelicans will be well rested for the Jazz who begin a road trip.


PICK: New Orleans


Portland Trailblazers (9-2) @ Milwaukee Bucks (2-7) 11/20- 8:00PM EST


Line: POR -4.0

Over/Under: 202


Bucks without two of their best players and Blazers playing well.


PICK: Portland


Los Angeles Clippers (7-4) @ Minnesota Timberwolves (7-4) 11/20- 8:00PM EST


Line: LAC -1.5

Over/Under: 212.5


T’Wolves in a second of a back-to-back. At home but edge to Clips.




Boston Celtics (4-7) @ San Antonio Spurs (9-1) 11/20- 8:30PM EST


Line: SAS -15.0

Over/Under: 191


Spurs will be well rested for the Celtics who play in Houston the night before.


PICK: San Antonio


Sacramento Kings (2-7) @ Phoenix Suns (5-4) 11/20- 9:00PM EST


Line: PHO -5.0

Over/Under: 191.5


A home and home for these two teams in two nights.


PICK: Phoenix


Houston Rockets (7-4) @ Dallas Mavericks (7-4) 11/20- 9:30PM EST


Line: DAL -4.0

Over/Under: 215.5


Houston in a second in a back-to-back, but short trip to Dallas. I like them in this one.


PICK: Houston


Memphis Grizzles (6-5) @ Golden State (8-3) 11/20- 10:30PM EST


Line: GSW

Under/Over: 195.5


Grizzles in the middle of a road trip against a tough Warriors team.


PICK: Golden State


By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter


Wonder Punter NBA Power Rankings- Week 3


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




NBA Predictions Week 3 Friday Game Free Picks


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
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.




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





NBA Predictions Week 3 Wednesday Games Previews/Picks


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



NBA Power Rankings 2013



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



NBA Friday Night Games- Previews/Picks


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



NBA Power Rankings- Week 1

NBA power rankings

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. 



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


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 Sunday Games Picks and Predictions 3rd Nov 2013


NBA Sunday Games Picks and Predictions 3rd Nov 2013


Brooklyn Nets (1-1) @ Orlando Magic (1-2) 11/03- 6:00PM EST


PICK: Brooklyn


Boston Celtics (0-2) @ Detroit Pistons (1-1) 11/03- 6:00PM EST


PICK: Detroit


Washington Wizards (0-2) @ Miami Heat (1-2) 11/03- 6:00PM EST


PICK: Miami


Phoenix Suns ( 2-0) @ Oklahoma City Thunder (1-1) 11/03- 7:00PM EST




Minnesota Timberwolves (2-0) @ New York Knicks (1-1) 11/03- 7:30PM EST


PICK: New York


Atlanta Hawks (1-1) @ Los Angeles Lakers (1-2) 11/03- 9:30PM EST


PICK: Los Angeles Lakers


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Free NBA Picks, Preview and Predictions week 1


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


Good luck with your teams and your Free NBA picks   By Mario Martinez – WonderPunter



Vegas: Over-under on Sixers is 16.5 wins

LAS VEGAS – It is no secret issues determine to be dangerous this season for a Philadelphia 76ers crew doing little greater than masquerading as an NBA franchise.

Go away it to the oddsmakers on this playing city to show simply how unhealthy issues could be for a staff contending for nothing however the NBA’s subsequent prime draft decide.

Because the regular season ideas off, the over-below for 76ers victories is 16.5, the lowest of any team and the lowest total LVH sports guide oddsmaker Jeff Sherman can keep in mind putting up on any NBA crew previously decade or so.

Which means optimistic Philly fans (assuming there are any for a group with only a handful of reputable NBA players) can win in the event that they wager their workforce will win 17 times through the 82-game season.

Which means optimistic Philly fans (assuming there are any for a workforce with only a handful of reliable NBA players) can win if they wager their crew will win 17 times throughout the 82-game season. Conversely, those who assume the 76ers are even worse than they appear can cash in if the win complete is sixteen or fewer.

“They’ve pretty much made it identified in Philadelphia they’re attempting to get the No. 1 choose for Andrew Wiggins and not holding again,” Sherman stated. “Groups try for the draft pick typically late within the season, but they’re basically doing it the whole season.”

It will get even higher for true believers. They will get odds of 9,999-1 if they wish to wager at the LVH on the 76ers profitable the title.

“It was the very best quantity our computer systems would let us put in,” Sherman mentioned.

The 76ers aren’t alone in coveting Wiggins, who has scouts drooling even though he’s simply beginning his freshman season at Kansas. Things are pretty dismal within the desert, too, with the Phoenix Suns posted as the next-worst staff with an over-under complete of 19.5 wins.

Perhaps most shocking, although, is that oddsmakers have such little respect for the probabilities of the Los Angeles Lakers and their ageing and injury-susceptible forged of stars. They believe the Lakers will lose more than they win, with an over-below of 34.5 wins for the season.

“We have been writing a number of over money from the general public having a tough time believing the Lakers are going to be that bad,” Sherman said. “Now we have a different view when you look at how extreme Kobe’s injury is and the mileage of [Steve] Nash and [Pau] Gasol.”

Sherman, who groups with fellow oddsmaker Ed Salmons to put up the primary betting traces weeks before the season opens, has the defending champion Miami Heat favored again for many wins, though with an over-below of 60.5 he would not believe the Warmth will method final season’s win whole of 66.

“That was one of the easier ones and it was close to what we had last year,” he stated. “They gained greater than that last 12 months, but that included a 27-sport profitable streak that we do not anticipate to be repeated.”

Miami is also favored at 2-1 to win one other NBA title, adopted by the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder at 9-2, the Chicago Bulls at 6-1 and the San Antonio Spurs at 8-1.


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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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Wizards get Gortat from Suns for Okafor, pick

The Washington Wizards, attempting to strengthen their hand for a playoff push in the Jap Convention, have acquired heart Marcin Gortat from the Phoenix Suns in a 5-player deal reached Friday.

The commerce sends Gortat and guards Shannon Brown, Malcolm Lee and Kendall Marshall to the Wizards for the expiring contract of veteran massive man Emeka Okafor and a protected 2014 first-spherical pick (to No. 12).

The 6-foot-eleven Gortat, 29, averaged eleven.1 points and eight.5 rebounds per game final season for the Suns.

The move gives Washington extra of a scoring center to go along with its prized beginning backcourt of John Wall and Bradley Beal, as well as a healthy beginning heart after losing Okafor indefinitely to a herniated disk in his neck. Gortat’s arrival also permits the Wizards – who could have as a lot as $16 million in salary-cap house next summer time – to maneuver Nene to his most popular place at energy ahead.

In a news release asserting the deal, Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld referred to Gortat as a “very consistent and productive inside presence” who “pushes us further towards our aim of becoming a playoff group.”

Gortat, in a collection of tweets Friday, said he had no onerous emotions towards the Suns and wasn’t surprised a deal happened.

Okafor, the 2004-05 NBA Rookie of the 12 months, arrived in Washington earlier than last season in a commerce from New Orleans.

The Suns, meanwhile, proceed to position themselves for a total reboot underneath new normal supervisor Ryan McDonough. The first-round pick acquired from the Wizards, if it falls outside of the highest 12, would give Phoenix as many as 4 first-rounders to work with in the a lot-anticipated 2014 NBA draft. Phoenix additionally holds the Timberwolves’ first-round choose (top-thirteen protected) and the Pacers’ first-spherical decide (top-14 protected) in addition to its personal selection.

GortatThe Wizards will get a scoring presence in the paint in Marcin Gortat to go with their prized younger backcourt of John Wall and Bradley Beal.

“We’re excited to add one other first-spherical pick in what is shaping up to be the perfect draft in a decade,” McDonough mentioned. “We now have a chance to make four first-round picks in 2014. Emeka Okafor is a strong veteran heart who will assist solidify our front line when and if he is ready to return from damage.”

Marshall was the 13th general selection in the 2012 draft, however the Suns had a glut of guards, including Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe.

The Suns are in talks with Bledsoe – their huge July acquisition – on a contract extension earlier than subsequent week’s Halloween deadline. That deal is expected to establish the guard as one of many workforce’s new cornerstones. There’s a growing expectation in the league that McDonough in the end will look to move properly-regarded point guard Dragic in a Gortat-model deal for more belongings.

The Wizards will waive Marshall, Brown and Lee to cut their roster all the way down to the league-most 15 gamers in time for opening evening, sources instructed ESPN.

Info from ESPN school basketball reporter Jeff Goodman and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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The 10-man rotation, starring Paul George, who’s about to get *paaaaaaaaaid*


Two max players. Reportedly. (Issac Baldizon/NBAE/Getty Pictures)

A glance around the league and the Net that covers it. It’s also vital to notice that the rotation order and starting nods aren’t all the time listed in order of importance. That is for you, dear reader, to determine.

C: The Point Ahead and 8 Points, 9 Seconds. More from Rob Mahoney and Tim Donahue on the apparently all-over-however-the-shoutin’ five-year maximum contract extension that the Indiana Pacers are set to serve as much as star swingman Paul George.

PF: Sactown Royalty. In different extension information, Tom Ziller weighs in on what the Sacramento Kings’ apparently impending lengthy-time period contract for DeMarcus Cousins is, and isn’t, about, and what it might mean going ahead.

SF: The Diss. Kevin Draper thinks the Pacers and Kings are nuts: “[…] if the motivation for teams is to prey upon the desire for security to offer a under-market rate, why will we see so many groups’ providing most extensions, which by definition can’t be below-market, sooner than they should?”

SG: Wack Folks Meet and SB Nation. In different news, Brandon Jennings really, really, actually likes Drake, and so, apparently, do a number of other NBA players.

PG: New York Submit. Hey, Jason Kidd, why did you determine to buy Jay Z’s shares in the Brooklyn Nets staff you’re about to start coaching? “[…] I feel like this is a company that is getting into the fitting course.” (Kidd additionally talked with reporters about the Nets establishing an outlined identification, which is one thing they lacked final season, and about the prospect of Brooklyn taking part in “positionless basketball” this season, in response to The Brooklyn Recreation.)

sixth: Atlanta Journal Constitution. Chris Vivlamore sits down with Atlanta Hawks middle Al Horford to talk about an interesting offseason during which the staff changed coaches, said goodbye to a two-manner star, fought the Milwaukee Bucks to retain their place to begin guard and added a bunch of frontcourt depth. (However do not you dare overlook about Mike Scott. In the event you do, apparently, Al Horford will hunt you down.)

seventh: Detroit Dangerous Boys. Matt Watson goes digging in the crates and finds a (practically) five-year-old interview in which the lead designer of the unique “NBA Jam” admits that he did only a teensy-tiny bit of rigging the sport whenever the Chicago Bulls took on his beloved Detroit Pistons.

eighth: Forbes and Shaquille O’Neal reportedly bought lower than 5 p.c of the Sacramento Kings, which could not seem like an amount value hoisting a governor’s wife into the air over, however it still represents a giant move for Shaq, whom Scott Howard-Cooper writes “has been aiming for ownership for years.”

ninth: The Oklahoman. There is not any timetable but set for Russell Westbrook’s return from season-ending surgical procedure to repair a torn meniscus in his proper knee, however the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder point guard feels confident that when he does return, he’ll still be a nightmare for opponents: “I’m going to come again and be better.”

10th: Bright Aspect of the Sun. Talking of confidence, Phoenix Suns rookie Archie Goodwin positive would not seem to be lacking any himself: “I feel like after 5 years, I will be the most effective gamers in the league simply because I am coming in at such a young age and I will be able to be taught.” (Goodwin additionally shares that your complete Suns workforce has been displaying up for workouts, “apart from the abroad guys as a result of they’re of their Euro-thingy.”)