October 31st, 2009 NBA Game Predictions (Halloween Edition)
New Jersey Nets vs. Washington Wizards– Without Antawn Jamison and now possibly Caron Butler who left the game in Atlanta last night with a bruised left knee, the Wizards home opener just became a huge challenge for Gilbert Arenas. This is Arenas’s first regular season home game coming off a season long injury, so the spotlight of the night inside the Verizon Center was going to be shining on him no matter what. But without both Jamison and Butler, the challenge that awaits Arenas has grown, he’s got to put the team on his shoulders tonight. Newcomers Randy Foye and Mike Miller must prove to the home crowd that they can step up in these types of situations, even this early into the season. There’s no excuse, after all this is why the Wizards made the move to go out to get them, to fill holes and have the ability to step up during times like these. Nets center Brook Lopez is coming off a below average night having his troubles with Dwight Howard. Knowing Lopez’s demeanor I can’t see him not coming out ready to play tonight. If Courtney Lee and Terrence Williams produce, the Nets will win on the road. For some strange reason I have a gut feeling that Gilbert Arenas will end up missing a buzzer beater at the end of regulation. (why I say this, I don’t know, but it’s in the back of my mind).
Nets- 98 Wizards- 97
Philadelphia 76ers vs. New York Knicks– Failing to complete a come-from-behind win in overtime on the road in Charlotte last night the Knicks still find themselves searching to find their first win of the season. On the other hand the 76ers are coming off a mediocre game at home against the Bucks. The 76ers aren’t scared of challenging the Knicks’ run and gun style offense, so look for this one to be a high scoring game. Though the Knicks have to win a game here soon, I’m taking the 76ers on the road.
76ers- 115 Knicks- 109
Charlotte Bobcats vs. Cleveland Cavaliers– While the Cavs will claim their first victory at the “Q” tonight, the Bobcats won’t be put to embarrassment. The main key for Charlotte is keeping star swingman Gerald Wallace out of foul trouble as he’ll be in charge in trying to contain LeBron James. For the Cavs, they must begin to gel, they still seem out of sync and need to find a way to get onto the same page with one another. Tonight should help them do that as the come out on top victorious.
Cavs- 103 Bobcats- 92
Detroit Pistons vs. Milwaukee Bucks- Despite Bucks rookie point guard Brandon Jennings near historical night of a debut triple double, the Bucks lost on the road visiting Philly. Tonight the Bucks look to get onto the right track at home opening up against the Detroit Pistons. Carlos Delfino has served his one game suspension and will be ready to contribute tonight, something they were missing last night. Though it cannot be proven, I believe if Carlos Delfino would’ve played last night, Jennings at the very least would’ve came away with a double-double with at least 10 assists. Anyways that’s in the past, the Pistons are coming off a disappointing loss at home (predicted by me) and should come into the Bradley Center hungry for a win. The Bucks however, will starve the Pistons at home, winning in a close one for the home opener.
Bucks- 97 Pistons- 94
Sacramento Kings vs. San Antonio Spurs– Tyreke Evans is coming off a very impressive outing, scoring 22 against Chris Paul and the New Orleans Hornets. Tonight, the test isn’t much easier for the young point who defines the future of Sacramento Kings basketball, facing the always tough Tony Parker. For the Spurs, they’ve got to get Richard Jefferson going soon, I mean yeah it’s early but he’s looked absolutely terrible thus far, putting up Bruce Bowen type numbers. Tonight is a good night for the Spurs to get Jefferson involved a bit more allowing him to find his comfort with the Spurs starting unit. Spurs win at home.
Spurs- 102 Kings- 89
Portland Trailblazers vs. Houston Rockets- So far Martell Webster has worked wonders in the Blazers starting lineup. The Blazers travel to take on the Houston Rockets and will be faced with a tough battle ahead of them. If Ariza can produce, the Rockets will stay in the game, if not, the Blazers could turn this into an easy win. I’m taking the hard route with Ariza playing well, Portland edges out Houston for the win.
Dallas Mavericks vs. LA Clippers– Dallas travels…no wait remains in LA to take on the Clippers after defeating the Lakers last night in an impressive fashion. Tonight the Mavericks may choose to go small, limiting the minutes of Marcus Camby and Chris Kaman’s time out there on the floor together, which would mean more minutes for Al Thornton at the power forward position. If Rasual Butler comes up with 18+ points, Clips win, but I’m taking the under…Mavs take this one.
Mavs- 100 Clippers- 90
Three Things Worth Noting
- Carlos Delfino debuts as a Milwaukee Buck tonight.
- After 3 games the Clippers are still searching for that first win
- After a rough set of predictions yesterday my overall record is now a not so impressive 21-10
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