With four games on my slate last night, my record was 2-2 and it dropped my overall record to 13-5. My overall winning percentage dropped from 78.6 to 72.2%. In the first game, LaMarcus Aldridge continues resurrection as he put up 31 points to lead the Spurs over the Heat. Oklahoma City ended their 2-game losing streak as Russell Westbrook notched a triple-double and Carmelo Anthony went for 28. Golden State edged the Toronto Raptors as Steph Curry lead all scorers with 30 points. In the nightcap, the Los Angeles Lakers outlasted the Washington Wizards in OT. The Houston Rockets beat the 76ers to remain undefeated when Eric Gordon hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer. With such a light schedule tonight, I’ll be predicting three games with the hopes of staying above 70%. Let’s Get Started!!
We kick things off with a pair of teams that you can pretty much pencil in the NBA lottery. The Atlanta Hawks head to Chicago to face the winless Bulls in what could determine who’s the worse team in the East by the end of the year. Atlanta will be without their leading scorer in Dennis Schroder as he’s still nursing an ankle injury. With Schroder not in the lineup, Kent Bazemore and Taurean Prince will have to step up, but will they? Chicago is still without Bobby Portis, who’ serving an 8-game suspension for punching teammate Nikola Mirotic and breaking his jaw as he’s out also. The Bulls may have found their future star in Lauri Markkanen. The Bulls should be fine in this game and moving forward when they get everyone back.
Chicago Win 107-99
This is a rematch from the second game of the year and Boston’s home opener. This time the Boston Celtics head to Milwaukee to battle the Bucks on the old-school Mecca where they used to play. After losing their first two games, Boston have managed to win their last two in blowout wins. After falling to the Bucks earlier, will the Celtics be able to contain the Greek Freak with the hopes of extending their winning streak to 3 games? Giannis Antetokounmpo has been playing like a mad man thus far this season. He’s averaging 36.8 points, 10.8 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 2.3 steals a game. Milwaukee seems like a team that’s ready to take that next step and I think they’ll beat the Celtics again.
Milwaukee Win 105-102
The final game of the night will be from the Pacific Northwest as the Clippers battle the Portland Trailblazers. The Los Angeles Clippers have started the season with a 3-0 record and they have been very impressive doing it. They have won their three games by an average of more than 25 points a game with everyone contributing. Blake Griffin is averaging almost 27 points a game, while D’Andre Jordan is pulling down over 18 boards a game and their guard play has been amazing. Once again, Portland is being led by the guard tandem Damian Lilard and C.J. McCollum as they’re averaging almost 47 points a game together. I’m still rolling with the Clippers to make it 4 in a row.
L.A. Clippers Win 110-108
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