It isn’t a glamorous day in the NBA, but there are seven decent games on the slate to choose from, including the Pistons trying to quickly rebound from dealing the Clippers their first loss of the season to stun the Warriors in Oakland, LeBron visiting Madison Square Garden, and the NBA’s current leading scorer and breakout candidate to defy the laws of physics, Giannis Antetokounmpo, taking his 35 ppg to Atlanta.
I think most NBA fans are aware Giannis is leading the league in both points per game and insane highlights, but do you know the current leading rebounder? Its Dwight Howard. The new Hornet addition is averaging 17.6 board a night to go with 14.4 points on nearly 60% shooting. If he can be this guy all season long, the Hornets are a sneaky middle of the pack Eastern Conference Playoff team. They host the East’s early surprise, Orlando (4-1) tonight in one of the better games on the slate that very few people will pay attention to…
Let’s see if we can start a nice little NBA run to shake an early season slow start.
Today’s NBA Pick:
Milwaukee Bucks -5 at Atlanta Hawks
The Hawks are currently 29th in the NBA in shooting percentage at a dismal 41.8% from the floor. I knew they would struggle with efficiency heading in to this season, but the early returns have been even worse than hoped. They can’t shoot, and tonight the host the most spectacular player going, and a Milwaukee team that is 4th in the league in shooting percentage at 48.3%. Milwaukee is also holding its opponents to a stingy 44.7%, especially considering the pace their games are being played at.
I think this is a total mismatch tonight and that Atlanta will quickly separate themselves as the worst team in the NBA (in the non-Bulls division. And even Chicago will be a little better once the are healthy/not punching each other). Milwaukee is a matchup nightmare thanks to Giannis, who is not only scoring but also creating great shots for teammates and causing entire sides of the floor to remain unguarded as everyone shifts into help positions.
Atlanta struggles to score and Milwaukee likes to defend. Since scoring 117 against the Mavericks in the opener, Atlanta has not produced more than 101 points. I don’t expect them to sniff triple digits tonight.
I’ll take the Bucks on the road and will eat the handful of points.
Today’s NBA Pick: MILWAUKEE BUCKS -5