In a double-dose of NBA Action this Thursday night the New York Knicks take on the Chicago Bulls in an intriguing match up and in the late game the Oklahoma City Thunder visit the Portland Trail-Blazers. A light night compared to yesterday and tomorrow with 12 games to be played. I will delve into these games and see if we can come up with some picks and get creative with it.
New York Knicks @ Chicago Bulls – With New York having their previous game canceled, they will be fresh and ready to go. But a road trip to Chicago has not been a good idea for some while. The addition of Carlos Boozer has had no impact thus far due to injury. But with surprise performer Taj Gibson and James Johnson picking up the slack and playing in the similar roles of 2009 / ’10. They should be fine after being motivated from their first loss to OKC Thunder and have shown that to be the case after two consecutive victories.
Free Pick – BULLS -7 at -110
When matching up, previously both New York and Chicago have played Portland. Which should be a good indicator for where this one is to end up. My first inkling was to take the under as when facing Portland the Knicks couldn’t muster up enough offense to hit the 100-pt mark. But with the Bulls hitting 110 versus, I cannot see the Knicks defense stopping these Bulls from scoring and with the added energy and the excitement of showing up and actually playing a game for NYK, they should score more and I can see both these teams going over the century mark.
Free Pick – OVER +204.5 (NYK v. CHI)
Oklahoma City @ Portland – The Thunder won their first two and have now lost two in a row and the pattern is this, win against good and bad and lose against good and bad. So where does that leave us? OKC was winning close and losing big with inconsistent efforts from the supporting cast. Durant is key in this one and will need to carry his bunch. With that said, Portland is rolling and finally getting back home after a 3-1 road trip. The averages are clear POR score six more points than their opponents and OKC score six points less than their opposition.
Free Pick – BLAZERS -5.5 at -110
With a short list tonight, I am still confident in my picks given out. Day one picks went down as expected and what I was afraid of came to fruition in the Hawks winning by nine with a spread of 10.5, which was disappointing. But we hit the Hornets in a good spot at +5 and them winning by seven. The Lakers controlled throughout and won by twelve over the Kings.
Look for my jam packed post tomorrow including my top three picks out of the dozen NBA affairs Friday night!