In an early game after such a competitive Christmas day five pack, once again we can sit back and take in, well the lesser fortunate others in the NBA. A 3pm ET start, we can see Phoenix visiting the Clip show and dunk affair. Chicago in Detroit has its selling points and Atlanta in Norleans is the consensus marquee contest for Basketball this day.
NBA Betting Picks for Sunday, December 26th:
Minnesota Timberwolves @ Cleveland Cavaliers – In a Match up of two bad teams, with completely different makeup’s, this one is sure to be a building point for either winner. Minnesota previously pasted the Cavs 129-95 at home, which is a big concern with their sorry road record being now at 1-17, the lone win coming versus Sacramento. Without their now, leading scorer Michael Beasley at that time the total may be worth a look. 3-pointers were a big reason why the Wolves destroyed the Cavaliers on December the 4th. So obviously we cannot expect another 18 of 26 shooting night, from beyond the arc at a clip of almost 70%. But offensively the T-Wolves can offer much more, having two of their players at over 20 ppg and Cleveland boasting just three players trying to stay above an avg of 12-plus.
Minnesota @ Cleveland – Kevin Love cannot be left to trail up top and drain three’s from straight on again, can he? Cleveland is in flux and with the changing of Hickson, Jamison and others at the four spot, they may use some early timeouts if they forget all about Kevin’s 5/5 effort from beyond in their last meeting. Wes Johnson almost went perfect for the night, missing just one three and putting up an even 20. In their previous contest, they started Jawad Williams and Leon Powe at the forward spots, both scoring in double figures and leading the lackluster starters in Cleveland’s lineup. Even if Minnesota missed half of their made three point attempts, they would have won by nine and it would have still gone over. Our number is in turn higher, but I can see this one being tighter until the end and this one coasting over, before crunch time in the fourth.
Phoenix Suns @ Los Angeles Clippers – The Clippers lost to the Houston Rockets in their last home game. Showing that this team is not yet ready to compete. Phoenix is a team to cheer for, but if Steve Nash doesn’t take them, this team is mediocre at best. Without leading scorer Jason Richardson (traded), they continue to need Nash to facilitate and create everything for this Suns squad. Jared Dudley starting at the two, went off on the Miami Heat, the 23rd of December. Relinquishing nothing and emphatically telling the organization that he is ready to contribute to this team and their long term plans for him are right on. The size of Gortat is great for this team. The key to this game is the match up of Eric Gordon and the carousel of players guarding him. Secondly Frye and Warrick trying to stymie the offensive efforts of Blake Griffin will also be key. Phoenix has acclimated themselves and integrated their new acquisitions amicably. Vince Carter remains out and for a run at the eighth spot in the West, PHX will need to get him going and comfortable in practice.
Can Detroit be trusted getting six? New Orleans seems to be in need of a shakeup to its roster and Indy in an interesting match up versus Memphis.