The NBA season kicked off last night and several things were immediately evident. First, the Spurs are still here and still the team to beat. They handled a much improved Dallas squad without Kawhi Leonard, Tiago Splitter and Patty Mills. Secondly, Anthony Davis is a B-E-A-S-T! It’s a shame they play in the West because I think they could challenge for the three seed in the East and maybe even win the thing with an additional backcourt player who is efficient.
And lastly, Kobe is back… and the Lakers are really bad. I think the win over/under for them was around 30. That looks WAY to high considering they have to play 50 games in the West and other than Minny and maybe Sacramento, I’m not sure they are better than anyone…
We took a tough season-opening loss as Dallas stormed back to cover in the last minute. Let’s try to notch our first win and even the young season tally tonight.
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Tonight’s Free Pick:
Brooklyn Nets -1 at Boston Celtics (Total: 192.5)
The game to watch is Derrick Rose’s debut against the Knicks in the Mecca of Hoops, Madison Square Garden. But the game to bet is the less interesting one up the road in Boston. The Celtics were one of the worst teams in the NBA last year, and Rajon Rondo is still hurt (again) with a different injury. He may play sporadically tonight, but if he doesn’t, that leaves a starting lineup of: Marcus Smart, Avery Bradley, Jeff Green, Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynk.
Ladies and gentleman, your 2014-2015 Boston Celtics!
Meanwhile, Brooklyn’s Brook Lopez is also uncertain, but even without him this was a playoff team last year and should be one again this season. In fact, if they can get anything approaching the Deron Williams of several years ago, they could be a Top 4 team in the East with a healthy Lopez. They were 3-1 against Boston last year and are 6-2 against them the last two seasons including a 3-1 road mark. I don’t expect them to have too much difficulty tonight in Beantown and like them to grab an early road win.
The Nets are 4-1 ATS in their last five games against Boston, and keep in mind in most of those games they were the favorite. That means not only have the beaten the C’s relatively consistently, they have also been able to pad the margin enough to cover the spread. I like them to do so again tonight and to make a nice debut for Coach Lionel Hollins who takes over for the oddly-eager to leave Jason Kidd.