Tag: Devin Booker

Ja Morant And The Phoenix Suns Are A Match Made In Heaven

The Phoenix Suns have been abysmal halfway through the NBA season. They rank dead last in the Western Conference with an 11-48 record.

The young Suns are still learning how to win as a team. With the core of Deandre Ayton and Devin Booker, the Suns should be a competitive team in the next couple of years. Unfortunately, they are still missing some pieces to turn them into a championship contending team.

With their projected top 5 pick in the upcoming draft, the Suns should do anything by any means necessary to acquire Ja Morant, the Murray State point guard that is dominating college basketball.

At 6’3, 175 pounds, Ja Morant is going to be the next promising young point guard in the NBA.

Morant is a physically gifted, and all around polished player. His playmaking ability, athleticism along with his ability to create his own offense will complement Devin Booker in the backcourt and make scoring at the basket easier for Deandre Ayton.

The Suns have been looking for a point guard to help lead the team to championship contention ever since the departure of Steve Nash. The Suns need a dynamic point guard, someone who is going to score the basketball and be a playmaker.

At one point, the Suns had 3 point guards on the team that was all-star caliber players in Goran Dragic, Eric Bledsoe and Isaiah Thomas but the Suns eventually traded these players away. This created a hole at the point guard spot that they have been trying to fill ever since.

Ja Morant is everything they need in a young point guard to complete their core. Ja has soared up the draft boards this year and is leading a lower tier school in Murray State to a 20-4 record. Morant is heavily compared to the likes of De’Aaron Fox and Russell Westbrook.

With a playmaker being their biggest need, it just so happens that the best playmaker in this draft, Ja Morant, may fall into their laps. A Morant-Booker-Ayton duo would be an interesting big 3 to watch for years.

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Celtics Lose Second Straight & Lose Baynes in the Process

After picking up eight consecutive victories the Boston Celtics have now lost two in a row and last night’s loss came against the Phoenix Suns, who hold the worst record in the western conference. Boston’s 111-103 loss came with a huge blow as they lost their backup center Aron Baynes indefinitely due to a broken hand suffered in the first quarter.

Injuries piling up for Boston

For Brad Stevens and the Celtics it seems like they’ve came across this issue before as the injuries continue to pile up. The C’s are already without Al Horford who has missed six games with a sore left knee and Marcus Morris is also sidelined with a sore right knee. Gordon Hayward and Jaylen Brown are also finding their way back into the rotation after missing a couple of games due to injury.

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With their starting and back-up centers out the Celtics were ripped apart in the paint by the young Suns. They lost the rebound battle 56-37 and gave up 20 second-chance points in the process. Phoenix on the other hand finished with 21 offensive rebounds, rookie Deandre Ayton finished with 23 points and 18 rebounds, Devin Booker dropped 25 points and T.J Warren chipped in with 21 points. 

Theis and Williams Need to Step-up at the Five Position

After Baynes went down Daniel Theis started in his place and might fill in the five position in the starting line-up going forward, but rookie Robert Williams will be seeing an increase in minutes with these injuries. On the court Williams and Irving seem to be building chemistry as they connected on two alley-oop plays during the game. “It’s the next-man up mentality, always,” Williams said. “Gotta be ready.” Irving has praised the rookie on his energy once he’s on the court, “I’ve played with a quite a few bigs. I had Timofey Mozgov. I had Tristan (Thompson) in Cleveland, when I was in college I had Mason and Miles Plumlee,” Irving said.

“Having a consistent lob threat at the rim where you can throw it around the rim and he can go get it, you can see how easy it is for me and Rob. Going in, people are stepping up on me, and he’s always a threat at the rim for offensive rebounds and lobs, so I love playing with Rob.”

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

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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

 

NBA Free Picks; February 7, 2018

As the NBA season inches closer to the All-Star break, I’d like to take the time to start recording my picks to see what I could analyze differently, or provide any insight into any match up more accurately.

Three Picks

Rockets -5.0 vs the Miami Heat

The Rockets come into Miami on a 9-1 tear the past 10 games. The Heat are 3-7 the past 10. I don’t see the Heat stopping CP3 or James Harden in this one. Gerald Green is also a wildcard as he provides key help for the Rockets. I’m thinking the Rockets run the floor tonight winning by at least 8 or 9. If not a blowout.

The Rockets are just too good as of late to not cover against the struggling Miami Heat.

Pelicans -3.0 vs the Indiana Pacers

The Pacers are missing Oladipo and Collison, but the Pacers are managing to find themselves despite the injuries going 6-4 the last 10. The Pacers have the talent to compete with the Pelicans, but is that talent enough?

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The Pelicans acquired Nikola Mirotic who provides help to Anthony Davis as they struggle without Cousins. I think the Pelicans win here at home by 5-6. They have been competing with teams despite losing 4 out of the last 5. Last time they played, Davis had 34 points and 14 rebounds. That of course was with D-Boogie. But the Pelicans just came off  deflating loss. Bouncing back tonight at home will be very important to the Pelicans as they hope to find a rhythm without Cousins.

I see the Pelicans winning here covering the spread, maybe losing most of the game but they should pull it out here.

Spurs -9.5 vs Phoenix Suns

The Spurs come into Phoenix losing the last 2 games. The Suns have lost the last 3. The Phoenix Suns are 2-8 the last 10 games. The Suns are coming off a 19 point loss to the Lakers as the Spurs kick off their road trip after losing at home against Utah by 9.

Devin Booker is questionable with a hip injury. There is a good chance he may be out for this one. The Spurs were going to win regardless, but if Booker is out; the Spurs by 9.5 is too easy. Booker is the life and soul of that offense. The Spurs may take a little while until eventually they blow them out. I say the Spurs by 18 without Booker. If Booker does play, it could be close. Take the points