We kick the month of November off with 12 games on the schedule for tonight. On Monday, my record was 2-1 which dropped my overall record to 19-8. My winning percentage dips from 70.8 to 70.4% in the process. It seems like the Boston Celtics are starting to get things together as they beat up on the Spurs on Monday. The Philadelphia 76ers are showing the promise that have people thinking they could be a problem in the East this year. After starting the season on fire, the Clippers have seemed to hit a wall after being blown out by the Warriors. I’ll be predicting four of those games that take place tonight with the hopes of staying at my 70% winning percentage. Let’s Get Started!!!
We kick things off in Charlotte as the Hornets hosts the Milwaukee Bucks. It seems like the Bucks have cooled off a bit after dropping two of their last three games. Giannis Antetokounmpo had his lowest points output against the Thunder, but it was still 28 points. He is still averaging almost 34 points, over 10 rebounds and a little more than 5 assists a game. He’s getting help from Khris Middleton and Malcolm Brogdon, but they need Jabari Parker back ASAP. On the other hand, Charlotte is riding a two-game winning streak lead by Kemba Walker and Dwight Howard. Can the Hornets make it three in a row against the Bucks and Greek Freak? I’m thinking Milwaukee get back on track and beat the Hornets in a tough one.
Milwaukee Win 111-107
We head to New York as the struggling Houston Rockets take on the surging Knicks. The Rockets are in the midst of a two-game losing streak, James Harden has always played well in the Garden. Houston is still without Chris Paul for the foreseeable future and they need to win games. With Harden putting on shows every time he steps on the court in New York, can he lead them to the win and end their losing streak? After dropping their first 3 games of the season, New York is riding a three-game winning streak. Kristap Porzingis has been balling out thus far and he’s coming off a career-high of 38 points against Denver. The Knicks have a nice roster, but I think Houston walk away with the win.
Houston Win 116-109
We head to Memphis as the Grizzlies hosts the surprising Orlando Magic. The Magic are starting to put things together and this is a long time coming. Evan Fournier, Aaron Gordon and Nikola Vucevic are all averaging at least 20 points a game. For me, I’ve been waiting for Aaron Gordon to break out and it seems like this may be his year. He’s averaging 21 points and 9 rebounds a game while improving his overall game. Despite losing Zach Randolph in the off-season, Memphis has been played great. The Grizzlies are lead once again by Marc Gasol and Mike Conley Jr., but Tyreke Evans has been a pleasure addition. Memphis should walk away with the win over this young Magic team.
Memphis Win 105-96
We head to New Orleans as the Pelicans host the Minnesota Timberwolves. Minnesota have won two in a row over the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder, whom they beat twice already this year. If healthy, Minnesota could be a threat in the west. Karl Anthony-Towns, Jimmy Butler and Andrew Wiggins are all enjoying a tremendous season so far and Jeff Teague has been a pleasant addition. If you’re talking about exciting players to watch this season, DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis come to mind. Cousins is putting up 29.4 points, 13.6 rebounds and 5.9 assists a game, which is astounding. The numbers for Davis is just as impressive, but I don’t think they have enough to beat the Wolves.
Minnesota Win 113-111
What game are you looking forward to the most tonight? What do you think about my picks? Leave a comment below.