Last night I was able to start a new winning streak by getting both games right. Portland was able to overcome the Pelicans as 5 players finished the game in double figures. Damian Lilard had an off night, but C.J. McCollum lead the team with 23 points on 15 shots. In this game, Anthony Davis left the game after five minutes with a knee injury and didn’t return, but DeMarcus Cousins lead New Orleans with 39 points. IN the other game, the Los Angeles Clippers continued their great start to the season with an 18-point blowout over Utah. Blake Griffin finished with 22 points and 9 rebounds while D’Andre Jordan pulled down 18 boards. My overall record jumps to 11-3, which raised my winning percentage from 75 to 78.6%. I’ll be predicting a total of 4 games tonight with the hopes of extending my winning streak. Let’s Get Started!!
We start things off in Miami as the Heat hosts the San Antonio Spurs. Despite not having Kawhi Leonard to begin the season, San Antonio is off to a 3-0 start mostly because of LaMarcus Aldridge. The Spurs are coming off a tough win against the Raptors as they hit the road. They have got some good news as they announced that Tony Parker will report to their G-League team to begin rehab on his torn quad. Speaking of injuries, Hassan Whiteside will miss his 3rd straight game with a knee injury. Whiteside opened the season with a dominant 26 points and 22 rebound game, which will be needed in the game tonight. In a collective effort, I’m picking the Heat to pull off the upset over the Spurs.
Heat Win 104-102
We have the Oklahoma City Thunder and Paul George hosting the Indiana Pacers, his former team. Indiana is coming off a very impressive win against Minnesota to stop a 2-game losing streak. Many people expected the Pacers to be one of the worse teams in the league, but they have a good and exciting team. Victor Oladipo is putting up almost 24 points a game and Darren Collison is dropping almost ten dimes a game. Can they make it two wins in a row? After an impressive and fun opening night win at home against the Knicks, the Thunder have lost two games in a row. Many expected that it could take a while for the new “Big 3” to come together. With this being Paul George’s former team, they’ll have a great game and win.
Thunder Win 119-111
The Toronto Raptors continue their road trip as they visit the Golden State Warriors. Toronto dropped their first game the other night in San Antonio, but they still want to be considered as one of the best teams in the East. Once again, the Raptors is led by DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry against this Warriors team. Even though this is early in the season, Toronto want to make a statement and avoid a 2-game losing streak in the process. The defending champs have traded wins and losses in their first 4 games and they’re coming off a 30-point win in Dallas. It seems like Golden State haven’t looked like themselves, but I expect that to change moving forward. I’m going with the Warriors to beat Toronto in this one at home.
Warriors Win 117-107
The final game of tonight will see the Washington Wizards travel to Los Angeles to face the Lakers. This has been a much-talked about match-up as John Wall face Lonzo Ball for the first time. The big news also is that many on the Lakers are upset with the tweet Marcin Gortat sent out. First of all, if you’re upset about a tweet stating a teammate will cook you, then I don’t know what to say because it’s about competition. The Los Angeles Lakers is coming off a tough loss against the Pelicans. After the first game, I was ready to write off Lonzo Ball as one of the top rookies, but I’ve changed my stance. He’s averaging 13 points, 9 assists and almost 9 boards a game. When he was in college I stated he reminded me of Jason Kidd, which is a good thing, but Wall and the Wizards get the best of them.
Wizards Win 114-111
What game are you looking forward to the most tonight? What do you think about my picks? Leave a comment below.