All I can say is, what a crazy first weekend of NBA action we had. On Saturday, Orlando beat Cleveland, Memphis upended the Warriors and OKC fell to the Utah Jazz. If that wasn’t enough, we saw Minnesota down the Thunder on a game-winning 3-pointer from Andrew Wiggins. On Friday, my record was 4-0 and my record was bumped to 7-2 with my winning percentage being 77.8%. Hopefully things can continue moving in the right direction, unlike my college and NFL picks so far. For tonight, I’ll be predicting three games with the hopes of continuing my 6-game winning streak. Let’s Get Started!!
We kick things off in Houston as the Rockets hosts the Memphis Grizzlies. Memphis enter this game after winning both of their games in impressive fashion. They started the year by beating the Pelicans and then took care of the defending champion, Golden State Warriors on Saturday night. In their win over the Warriors, Marc Gasol finished with 34 points and 14 rebounds, which is the same game Steph Curry and Kevin Durant was ejected. Houston is off to a 3-0 record and they have done it all without Chris Paul, who’s scheduled to miss up to 4 weeks with an injured leg. James Harden has step in nicely as he’s averaging 27.7 points and 9 assists a game. Of course, he hasn’t done it alone as the entire team has contributed to their success. I’m going with Houston to take care of home and win this one to remain undefeated.
Rockets Win 108-104
We have a good match-up as the Toronto Raptors visits the San Antonio Spurs. Toronto has started the season 2-0 with a pair of home wins and now it’s time for them to hit the road. They won’t play another home game until November 5th. After blowing out the Bulls and 76ers, Toronto face some real competition in San Antonio. Once again, Toronto is led by DeMar DeRozen, Kyle Lowry and Jonas Valanciunas. Can they go into San Antonio and walk away with the win? LaMarcus Aldridge, fresh off signing his new extension at the beginning of the season has been leading the team. With Kawhi Leonard still out, he’s averaged over 26 points and 10 boards a game. Will he lead them to the victory over Toronto? I’m going with the Spurs to take care of home and beat the Raptors.
Spurs Win 101-99
We head back East for the final game as the Charlotte Hornets travel to Milwaukee to face the Bucks. Charlotte is coming off their first win in the blowout victory over the Atlanta Hawks. In that game, they trailed by 20 points, only to come back and blow them out. Dwight Howard played motivated against his former team as he put up a double-double. Kemba Walker played great as he continues to play at an all-star level. Can they go into Bucks territory and pull out the win? Milwaukee is 2-1 after beating two good teams in Boston and Portland, but falling to Cleveland. Giannis Antetokounmpo has emerged as one of the favorites to win MVP this year as he averages 38.3 points, 9.7 rebounds and 5 assists through 3 games. I’m picking Milwaukee to take care of Charlotte at home.
Bucks Win 112-101
What game are you looking forward to the most tonight? What do you think about my picks? Leave a comment below.