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Carmelo Anthony traded to the Chicago Bulls; will be waived after trade deadline

10x NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony was involved in a trade on today when the Houston Rockets traded him to the Chicago Bulls for cash consideration. Anthony was signed by the Rockets during the 2018 NBA offseason after being traded to and waived by the Atlanta Hawks

During his time with the Rockets this season, Melo only played 10 games with the team as he averaged 13.4 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 0.4 assists per game. The Rockets were looking to trade Anthony ever since signing Forward Kenneth Faried just a couple of days ago. The Houston Rockets made a similar deal with the Chicago Bulls last month when they traded away Michael Carter-Williams.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Anthony will not play a single game for the Bulls but they will wait until after the trade deadline on February 7th to release him.

Carmelo Anthony had been a 20+ point player since joining the league in 2003 but it all changed when he had been traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder back in September of 2017. While teaming up with Russell Westbrook and Paul George, he had found himself not making any sort of impact as he averaged 16.2 ppg, 5.8 rpg, and 1.3 apg with the Thunder. NBA fans across the world considered Melo as a “cancer” to any team that he joins in the league.

With being signed by the Rockets for this current season, Houston found themselves in a similar situation with Carmelo Anthony. This resolved the Rockets to bench him and wounding up trading him to the Bulls earlier today. 

It’s been speculating that Lebron James wants Melo to join him in LA but  it seems to many that it might not be a good idea if Lebron wants to win a chip for the Los Angeles Lakers. Until being waived by the Bulls after the trade deadline, we will actually have to see if any team is willing to sign him for the remainder of the 2018-19 NBA season.

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Boston Celtics Win Five in a Row; Have they arrived?

Saturday night the Boston Celtics crushed the Chicago Bulls by 56 points, the Bulls fans showed their frustration as the Bulls were booed out of the United Center. With this win the Celtics have won five in a row and are scoring over 120 points throughout the five game stretch. Boston now finds themselves in the fifth spot in the east and six games behind the Toronto Raptors.

With Horford and Baynes Out, Theis Delivers

With injuries to Boston’s two starting big men in Al Horford and Aron Baynes, Brad Stevens had to go deep into his bench and start Daniel Theis while giving Guerschon Yabusele some minutes as well. Theis, the second year player from Germany, showed up for Boston as he scored a career high 22 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked four shots. NBA: Boston Celtics at Minnesota Timberwolves

This goes to show the type of luxury Stevens has in his roster, Theis is Boston’s third big man behind Horford and Baynes and to get this type of performance from him is huge for the Celtics.

Celtics Had Seven Players in Double Digit Scoring

Throughout the night it was looking like Boston was treating this game like a scrimmage as they continue to work out things themselves. Terry Rozier, Semi Ojeleye and Jaylen Brown combined for 40 points off the bench, Brown led the game in scoring with 23. Marcus Morris had 12, Jayson Tatum scored 18, Theis had a career high 22 and Kyrie Irving chipped in 13 points in 23 minutes.

Marcus Smart did his job on the defensive end as he took the assignment at guarding the Bulls leading scorer Zach LaVine. LaVine entered last night’s game averaging 24 points per game, but Smart completely shut him down. Smart held LaVine to 11 points while denying him the ball most of the game, which was part of the reason Chicago couldn’t get their offense going.

As the Celtics continue rolling we can’t overlook that this winning streak is occurring against non-playoff teams. It’s not until December 21 that the Celtics play a real contender in the Milwaukee Bucks, but for now Boston will continue their easy stretch of games as Stevens continues to fill in holes in his starting lineup.

Joakim Noah Signs With Memphis

Shams Charania reported today that Joakim Noah had finally agreed to sign with the Memphis Grizzlies after weeks of talks between the two sides.

This may be the best fit in the league for Noah right now.

After the way he played during his time in New York, it can be easy to forget just how good he was just a few years ago. After a long period of time without any centers proving to be able to be the primary facilitator for a team, he became the first one since Arvydas Sabonis and Vlade Divac to do so and truly excel.

It was just five short years ago that Noah was playing the best basketball of his career. In wake of yet another Derrick Rose injury that season, which limited their star man to just 10 games, Noah took over on both sides of the ball.

He had a stretch of 18 straight games with over ten rebounds, and also once had three straight games with over ten assists. As a center.

That March he had 120 assists in 16 games. He ended the month with per game averages of 14.1 points, 9.8 rebounds, 7.5 assists, 1.9 blocks, and 1.7 steals.

He ended the next month with a Defensive Player of the Year award. And with 322 points toward the MVP vote.

That placed him at fourth. For MVP. Four and a half years ago.

The three guys that fell directly behind him were James Harden, Stephen Curry, and Chris Paul.

The next year, Jimmy Butler broke out and became the team’s consensus first option.

Pau Gasol was added, and returned to an all-star-level form that he hadn’t been in since the Lakers were winning championships.

And Rose played more games than he had in the previous three years combined. Granted, that was still barely half the season, but it was enough to make an impact. An impact that would change the course of Joakim Noah’s career.

With actual offensive options on the team at this point, Noah’s game fell off a cliff. He still tried to play the role of facilitator, but with much less touches than he’d had in recent seasons, that meant his scoring would suffer drastically.

Add in the floor spacing between him and Pau being different than they had been him and Boozer, and causing his efficiency to drop too, plus a 13.4% drop in free throw percentage, and it all adds up to his points per game nearly cutting in half.

The next year he was benched in favor of playing Nikola Mirotić at the four and sliding Gasol over to Noah’s center position.

Then came the injuries. I suppose it didn’t matter that he was coming off the bench considering he only played 29 games that year before shoulder surgery ruled him out for the year.

For whatever reason, the Knicks decided to vastly overpay him. Already an unpopular signing at the time, his time in Manhattan went much worse than it was even expected to.

Season one ended with a knee injury, another shoulder surgery that would keep him out up to six months, and a twenty game drug suspension.

Season two ended with forty minutes played, without setting foot on the court since January 23rd, and having been banished from the team for months.

One waiving later, that leads us to today, signing with Memphis.

Don’t be surprised if he actually gets playing time there.

The Grizzlies are one of the more surprising teams this year, although it does seem like they’re beginning to crash back down to earth.

They also are a team that has no backup center.

So far this year, Jaren Jackson‘s been filling that role. The main problem with that is that he’s also their starting power forward. Ivan Rabb can play a bit of center, but that’s not his primary position either, and there’s also the fact that he’s not really in their rotation.

In fact, they’re in such a desperate situation that they have actually spent time this year with Wayne Selden playing power forward and Kyle Anderson at center at times when both Marc Gasol and Jackson needed to rest, with JaMychal Green having been out with a fractured jaw.

Essentially, among starting centers this year, there are three tiers when it comes to ball-handling and facilitation. Top of the list is Jokić, easily. There’s only two other centers that really even rival him as the best passing center ever, and that would be Sabonis and Wilt Chamberlain.

The other two tiers are more debatable, but I would say placing Gasol and Nikola Vucević in tier two and Al Horford and DeMarcus Cousins in tier three is probably the solution most people would come to.

Why I mention this is because it means that the Grizzlies offense is already built to have a facilitating center, unlike most teams. This would make it much easier for a player like Noah to fit in quickly. He doesn’t need to learn how to fit in with an offense that doesn’t cater toward the way he plays.

In fact, the situation in Memphis will amplify everything good about him, while hopefully minimizing his problem areas. He’ll obviously never be the player he was, but, in the right situation, he can manage to last a couple more years in the league.

Plus, people won’t be screaming into the ether about his contract anymore, now that the Knicks are paying him ten times as much to not be on their team as the Grizzlies are to have him on theirs.

Free NBA Picks for February 10th, 2018

Last night we saw the Celts fall behind after coming back from 20+ failing to cover their spread taking the L. We saw 2 of our picks succeed as the Jazz beat the Hornets by 12. The Rockets did as they were supposed too and beat the Nuggets by 26.

6-3-1 over the past 3 days. 3 picks here tonight

Wizards -6.0 vs the Chicago Bulls

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The once red hot Wizards travel into Chicago on a 6-4 run the past 10. The Bulls are 2-8 the last ten, posting a 12-14 home record. The Wizards lost a close one to the East’s best team in OT. They could be tired tonight, but the Wizards have been playing better without the focus of John Wall. I think they could be gassed, but they are too talented to not cover against a young-injury riddled Chicago Bulls team. I see the Wizards winning by 6 or 7. Take the points if you can. I don’t think it will be a blowout, it should be a close one.

The Wizards won by 4 the last time they both played, under different circumstances of course.

Warriors -11.0 vs the San Antonio Spurs

Golden State Warriors Memphis Grizzlies game at Oracle Arena in Oakland

The Warriors are at home as they face the injury riddled San Antonio Spurs. The Warriors are 20-7 at home this year. The Spurs are 13-15 on the road. The last time these two met, the Warriors won by 22.

The Spurs will be missing Tony Parker and DeJounte Murray, going against the Warriors amazing starting lineup. Without Kawhi Leonard, the Spurs will be exposed to all sorts of  misery as I can see Dub Nation going 15+ over the Spurs. Roll with the best team in the NBA.

Lakers +2.0 vs the Dallas Mavericks

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The Lakers ride into Dallas on a 4 game winning streak. The Lakers are 8-2 the last 10 games. The Mavs are 2-8 the last 10. Despite the trades, I believe the Lakers should have enough fire power to beat a Dallas team which can be streaky at times. If the Mavs hit their shots early, they hit the shots throughout the game.

The Lakers should win this won by 5 or 6. If the Mavs play terrible it could be worse. The Lakers could also lose by 2 or 3. Which also covers the spread. Take the points here as well, it should be a close game.

 

good-luck

 

Free NBA Picks: January 26th, 2018

Last nights card we saw the Thunder cover and win outright against the Washington Wizards, covering by 9. We also saw the Nuggets beat the Knicks, covering the spread by winning by 12. The past 2 cards have won out of 3.

I have 3 matchups I like today that I’d like to share with y’all

Raptors -7.5 against the Utah Jazz

The Toronto Raptors return home after a way on the road, to face the 20-28 Utah Jazz. The Raptors are 6-4 the last 10, opposed to the Jazz who are 4-6 down the stretch The Raptors will have stars such as Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, and Jonas Valanciunas.

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The Jazz are just coming off a OT Win against the Pistons who have been on and off all season in their performance.

The Jazz could poise a threat to the Raptors tonight as the Raptors team has been underperforming considering the talent they have. Kyle Lowry will try to and find his steps tonight at home, which is why I like the matchup.

Bulls -3.5 vs. the Los Angeles Lakers

The Bulls and Lakers clash as even teams. The Bulls come into the matchup 18-30 while the Lake show is 18-29.

Lonzo Ball is out tonight, the Lakers are 0-8 without Lonzo in the lineup

The Bulls will have to get off to a good start as the Lakers will be looking for a W against one of the leagues worst

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Lauri Markkanen is averaging 15.4 PPG and 7.6 RPG. He’ll have to have a fantastic day in order to fully top the Lakers.

Nikola Mirotić has also been doing great this season. Averaging 17 PPG and 6.5 RPG. He has been a nice surprise for the Bulls as they attempt to get even younger possibly this offseason. Behind the forces of Markkanen, Levine, and Kris Dunn.

Rockets -3.5 vs. the New Orleans Pelicans

This matchup will be very close as the Pelicans look to keep riding under the performances of Demarcus Cousins. Boogie is averaging 25.4 PPG and 12.9 Rebounds per game.

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James Harden isn’t putting up MVP type performances like last year as often, but for tonight’s matchup, the world may see one tonight.

I don’t think that will be enough to beat the Rockets. I think Harden and Chris Paul will heavily outperform the PG/SG is the Pelicans. It will be close but take the Rockets here, if the points are available to take; take them here.