Six games this Sunday and an early match up with the Sixers visiting the Knicks. I have my eye on the Phoenix and Atlanta game. A nice triple-header with the aforementioned starting at five, OKC vs BOS at seven and the Portland @ L.A. Lakers at 9:30pm ET.
Tonight’s NBA Betting Picks:
Phoenix Suns @ Atlanta Hawks – The Hawks are trying to go 7-0, but in their last five they haven’t played any steep competition. Is Phoenix part of the pack or a frontrunner? I am more partial to them struggling to see .500 all year long. With a new coach in ATL, that is the only new thing in town, but as Joe Johnson struggles it only strengthens this group that has been together for the last few years. The only mark on the Suns record that worries me is that they went to Utah and beat them by 16. 2010’s great teams are showing and not getting the respect due, with the Hornets out West and Hawks in the East.
The last two away games have gone under the proposed number for Phoenix and the last two at home are the same scenario for the Atlanta Hawks. With Joe Johnson not putting up the numbers expected, he may have a coming out party and Drew will stay with him longer and that lends itself to our under. Atlanta fans get off on their defense at home and the effort shows it. Both games against last year the highest total was a 102-101 final. So hopefully someone plays defense for the Suns and this one should do well in the final number.
Portland Trailblazers @ Los Angeles Lakers – In another chance for a club to go 7-0 the Lakers look unstoppable. The only game of concern was their latest versus the Toronto Raptors, they hung on and won by five in the end. Portland at 5-2 is doing well at times and beating the teams they should, but have lost their last two when facing a good team. The size and depth of the Lakers is a good representative for their success on the early season. Which will give the Trailblazers issues with their lack of depth and only possessing two viable options inside with Marcus Camby and LaMarcus Aldridge.
Some no flow games are happening with the Warriors visiting Detroit and Minnesota playing Houston. Both have their match ups and intrigues. But all will not fair well this year. They will however, offer a few surprises along the way. I like the new coaching staff in Golden State, Minnesota has some pieces but are still in need of a leader. Houston, what happened? You’ve got problems, is a part-time Yao better than no Ming?