It wasn’t pretty, but we started the NBA season with a winner as the Cavs covered by a single point. I am not going to let a single loss, on the road to a good team no less, dampen my enthusiasm for the upcoming Cavaliers’ season, but seeing LeBron laying flat on his back when not in the game ala Larry Bird is never a comforting sight. I know they are just “managing his minutes” but even the mere hint that LeBron isn’t 100% makes that team look infinetly different and could just open the Eastern Conference into an interesting free-for-all…
There were no sluggish signs for the defending champs last night. Ring ceremony hangover? Not for the Dubs, who began the season looking as sharp as they ended the previous one and blowing the Pelicans off the court. Steph Curry had 40 points in three quarters and the Warriors racked up another one of those double-digit wins over a good team without even playing their starters in the fourth quarter. Pretty awesome stuff.
Let’s keep it rolling tonight as the NBA season gets going in earnest with a full slate of games.
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Today’s Free Pick:
New Orleans Pelicans at Portland Trailblazers -2.5
Do I really want to start off the season by taking a road team on the back end of a back to back?? Yep. Sure do. And the reason why is that I am not sure the general public or even Vegas is ready for how awful this Portland Trailblazers team is going to be this year. They will be down in the Lakers/Timberwolves section of the conference standings and will be lucky to win 30 games. Damian Lillard is awesome and will churn out highlight plays at a record pace. But he has so little around him, so little frontcourt talent, so little depth, that as fun as it will be to watch him and CJ McCollum launch 60 shots a night, it just isn’t going to translate into many wins.
Meanwhile, New Orleans got slapped to open the season, but don’t sweat it. It happen at Oracle Arena to nearly everyone. Plus, the season is WAY too young to stress over the fatigue factor on a back to back. A few weeks from now, sure, I will be certain to be wary, but for tonight, I’ll take the better team and bask in the luxury of having a few points cushion just in case.
Portland is going to have a real difficulty corralling Anthony Davis and has little depth with which to expend fouls in the vain attempt to hold down The Brow. Expect him to have a big game tonight and for the bench of New Orleans to be a big edge.