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C’s Ring in the New Year Losing to San Antonio

The third and final game of Boston’s west coast road trip resulted in a 120-111, loss to the San Antonio Spurs. Boston dropped the ball in the third quarter allowing the Spurs to score 46 points in the quarter, matching their total points of the first half. The Spurs shot 19-of-25 from the field and connected on all five of their three-point attempts.

The collapse was due to the Celtics defense, with their offense also having their same old struggles of bad shot selection and ball movement. At the start of the second half you could see how the absence of Boston’s big, Aron Baynes, was exploited by San Antonio’s guards. Derrick White repeatedly broke down the defense by attacking the paint for open layups or finding teammates. LaMarcus Aldridge was the primary beneficiary of White’s aggressiveness, he made 5-of-6 shots in the quarter for 12 points.

Aron Baynes rim protection and his effort to challenge shots without fear is something Boston has missed in their games against Milwaukee, Houston and San Antonio.

Jaylen Brown Scores a Season High 30-points

Jaylen Brown had his best offensive performance of the season on Monday, he finished with 30-points and 4 rebounds off the bench. Brown seems to be getting his grove back after dealing with injuries and role changes. Monday’s game was the best version of Brown the Celtics have seen all season, his aggressive play on both ends of the floor was a welcoming sight for Boston fans.

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Marcus Morris on the other hand continues to play stellar basketball for Boston, he finished with 18-points, and made big shots after Kyrie Irving left the game with an eye injury. All season Morris has been Boston’s most consistent player, in what has been a career-year.

Gordon Hayward could forget about yesterday’s game and continue to move forward. Hayward missed all six of his shots and went 0-of-5 from behind the arc.

Kyrie Irving Goes Down with a Scratched Eye Injury

Kyrie Irving left the game in the fourth quarter after suffering what he called a scratched left cornea injury. Irving suffered the injury after he and Spurs guard Marco Belinelli attempted to secure a rebound of Irving’s missed 28-foot attempt. Belinelli swiped at the ball and hit Irving in the eye.

Celtics coach brad Stevens wasn’t sure whether the injury could force Irving to miss time. “Kyrie has a scratched eye,” Stevens said, “so he’ll have antibiotics for that. I don’t know what that means beyond tonight.”

Irving addressed the media after the game wearing a pair of sunglasses to cover the injury, “I’m wearing sunglasses, so not too good. I’ll be all right, though. He smacked the s— out of me. He just caught me pretty good,” Irving said.

If Irving would happen to miss some time it could be a big opportunity for Terry Rozier to find his game, after being moved back to the bench with Irving’s return. Last year in Irving absence Rozier had a career year, making big shots in the postseason while coming one game away from reaching the NBA Finals alongside Jayson Tatum and Brown. Rozier has struggled offensively coming off the bench, he’s played 22 minutes a game as opposed to the 33 minutes he played last year as a starter. Off the bench he’s averaging 8.6 points per game and 2.6 assists per game.

 

 

 

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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

 

Friday Night Preview: San Antonio Spurs vs Milwaukee Bucks

This Veteran’s Day, the Milwaukee Bucks will be taking on the San Antonio Spurs. This inter-conference matchup is the first of two meetings between two teams who are seemingly playoff bound.

 

San Antonio Spurs

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The Spurs have been streaky to begin the season. After starting off 4-0, San Antonio dropped four straight games, only to rebound and win three straight going into Friday. The Spurs are looking to continue their current success in the absence of forward Kawhi Leonard and guard Tony Parker, led by forward LaMarcus Aldridge, center Pau Gasol and forward Rudy Gay.

LaMarcus Aldridge is the anchor on offense, averaging 22.6 points per game. Aldridge is also making his size known, averaging 8.3 rebounds per game and 1.3 blocks per game. Pau Gasol offers the same presence that Aldridge does in size, averaging 8.2 rebounds per game and 1.5 blocks per game himself. The most important factor to the Spurs success so far, however, is forward and sixth man Rudy Gay. Gay is averaging 13.5 points per game coming off the bench, and is making it obvious that he has recovered from his previous achilles injury. As always, the Spurs play great team basketball, and focus their game on solid defense under head coach Gregg Popovich.

The Spurs’ biggest concern against the Bucks is going to be on defense. Giannis Antetokounmpo is an early favorite for MVP, and for good reason. His size and scoring ability is going to be difficult for San Antonio to stop, especially without the services of two-time Defensive Player of the Year Kawhi Leonard. Another struggle the Spurs will have to work around is Milwaukee’s acquisition of guard Eric Bledsoe. This will be Bledsoe’s first game with the Bucks, and the extent of his involvement on offense for Milwaukee will remain unknown until tonight. The Spurs will have to focus on contributions from their bench, mainly Rudy Gay, in order to win against the Bucks Friday.

 

Milwaukee Bucks

The Bucks started off the season hot. Milwaukee began the season with a 3-1 start, headlined by dominant performances by forward Giannis Antetokounmpo. Though Antetokounmpo continues to lead the Milwaukee offense, the Bucks have had issues finding a true second option on offense. For the time being, that second option has been Khris Middleton, averaging 19.1 points per game. However, this average is deceiving, given that Middleton will often score less than 15 points, balanced out by occasional big performances, like the 43 point performance Middleton had against the Charlotte Hornets.

The Bucks have a lot to look forward to this game, with the debut of guard Eric Bledsoe. A look into how Milwaukee acquired him can be found here:

Eric Bledsoe Traded to Milwaukee

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Bledsoe is an explosive point guard who has ability driving to the basket and distributing the basketball. Though his passing ability will be appreciated, the strong possibility of Bledsoe becoming a viable second scoring option is huge for Milwaukee. The Bucks will also take great pride in Bledsoe’s defense, something much of the Milwaukee team lacks.

Milwaukee’s biggest concern against the Spurs will be how their second unit matches up. The Bucks have depth issues, lacking a true sixth man on the bench. To go along with that, the Eric Bledsoe trade saw the loss of forward Greg Monroe, arguably the Bucks’ biggest contributor on the bench. This depth issue will become especially difficult with the presence of Rudy Gay, a constant scoring threat off the bench for San Antonio. Another struggle for the Bucks will be adjusting the offense to accommodate Eric Bledsoe. This adjustment could either go really well, where fans will see the Milwaukee offense truly click. On the other hand, the adjustment could come with a lot of growing pains, and the offense will struggle in trying to find a good distribution in scoring.

 

Prediction

This game should be very interesting. The debut of Eric Bledsoe and Milwaukee’s adjustment on offense should be a sight to see. However, the Spurs have it together right now, and the lack of depth on the Bucks bench will be their downfall as the Spurs should take this game, barring another MVP performance by Giannis Antetokounmpo, which is more than possible.

Milwaukee Bucks v Boston Celtics

When is the Game?

 

The game will be live at 9pm EST on ESPN.

Thursday Night Preview: San Antonio Spurs vs Golden State Warriors

This Thursday’s national TV game showcases the defending NBA champs in the Golden State Warriors take on a struggling San Antonio Spurs team. This is their first matchup of the season, the last time they went head-to-head was in the Western Conference Finals, where the Warriors had soundly swept the Spurs.

San Antonio Spurs

 

Minnesota Timberwolves v San Antonio SpursThe Spurs are in dire need of a win, and tonight is a perfect time for the pendulum to swing the other way for them. The Spurs return home Thursday after four straight road matchups against Eastern Conference teams. The Spurs are also coming off three straight losses, and have been underachieving as of late, as described in the NBA Week in Review here:

NBA Week in Review: 11/1/17

Despite their shortcomings lately, the Spurs have some bright spots that should keep them in contention in the West. Injuries to star forward Kawhi Leonard and point guard Tony Parker has been a burden to the team, but forward LaMarcus Aldridge and guard Dejounte Murray have stepped up to cover their production. LaMarcus Aldridge leads the team with 23.6 points per game, while Murray’s 3.7 assists per game lead the team while he takes over the role of distributor on offense. The Spurs’ defense has not been up to par lately, but a good performance against the Warriors can put this team back on the map.

GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS

 

Thursday is business as usual for the Golden State Warriors. The defending champs are 5-3, which isn’t as hot of a start as the team wanted. However, the Warriors have won four of their last five games, and are currently showing no signs of a championship hangover.

NBA: Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Clippers

The big three scorers on the team in guards Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson and forward Kevin Durant are dealing, each scoring more than 20 points a game, headlined by Stephen Curry’s 28 points per game. A quiet, yet not so quiet, hustler on the team is forward Draymond Green, the defending NBA defensive player of the year. Green leads the team in assists and rebounds, and is the mouthpiece that brings a lot of stigma, albeit mostly negative, to the team. Together, this unit lead by Steve Kerr looks ready to catch fire again, and are more than prepared to put on a show.

 

PREDICTION

There’s no doubt that two great teams are going head to head on Thursday. But with injuries to key players on the San Antonio side and the cold streak the Spurs are riding, it’s hard to bet against the Golden State Warriors’ mega-powered offense. Though most conference matchups tend to be nail-biters, the absence of Kawhi Leonard will prove costly in a Warriors’ blowout victory.

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You can watch this game Thursday at 8pm EST on TNT.