The NBA playoffs have been an absolute rollercoaster keeping fans drawn to the TV
LeBron’s game winner against the Pacers was epic. No matter what you consider LeBron to be, #1 or #2; he’s an absolute national treasure. Is he supremely cocky? Of course, I would be too if I was rich by the time I graduated high school. Being considered an all time great just fuels the fire as well. LeBron pulling the struggling Cavs team along just proves his dominance as well. We’ll see just how far he can take it..
Washington Home against the Raptors
The Raptors are insanely good at home. They’ve had no problem whatsoever handling the Wizards at home in the series. On the road, it’s a scary sight. Losing by 19 on 4/20 as well by 8 on 4/22.
I think since the Wizards are home, roles will reverse just for tonight. I think it’ll be a close game considering the Raptors skill level. They will probably just miss a ton of shots. I can see the Wizards by 4 or 5 let’s find out.
Pacers at home vs. the Cavs
The Cavs are coming off a nice last minute game winner from LBJ to put them ahead in the series 3-2. It’s a great thing for the Cavs, giving them some breathing room to win the series.
I think they will lose one however, tonight. The Pacers in Cleveland controlled the game in the first half, ultimately losing it in the second half. I think if the Cavs struggle to score, the Pacers will win and tie the series, setting up a pivotal Game 7.
Jazz at home vs. the Thunder
The Jazz at home in the playoffs are 7-3 the last 10. The Thunder definitely have the firepower to try and beat this in-form Jazz team, but I still think it won’t be enough to win tonight against the Jazz. I can see the Jazz sending Russ and company home, in a terrible fashion. The Thunder will hopefully keep it close, considering they are facing elimination on the road. Take the points if needed.
Saturday, we saw the Wizards control the Bulls easily covering the spread, same with the Warriors as it looked close at the start but blew it out towards the end. The Lake Show kept it close, but lost in the last few minutes not covering the elusive +1.5.
8-4-1 over the past 5 days.
3 more tonight after a Sunday off.
Pistons -2.5 vs the New Orleans Pelicans
The Pistons have been slumping the past 2 games taking the L against the Hawks and Clippers. The Pelicans seemed to figure it out last game as they took the W over the Nets in double OT. Both teams are 5-5 the past 10. The last time the Pelicans played the Pistons, the Pelicans won by 3. That was with D-Boogie of course, and without Blake Griffin for the Pistons. If Blake Griffin doesn’t struggle mightily shooting tonight, the Pistons should be able to cover and beat the Pelicans by 4 or 5. It should be a close game throughout the whole way, considering the Pelicans are trying to win without D-Boogie. The Pistons need to play like a dominant home team tonight to take down the Pelicans.
Jazz -4.5 vs the San Antonio Spurs
This game will be pretty close. The Jazz are riding a 9 game winning streak going 9-1 the past 10. The Spurs are 5-5 the past 10. Yesterday it seemed like the Jazz were going to lose, but after halftime the Jazz easily came back and coasted to an impressive W over the Trail Blazers. I can see the Jazz carrying that over here tonight. It should be a close game though considering the Spurs are an excellent team that fits around the scheme of Popovich. I see the Jazz staying hot at home, winning by 6 or 7.
P.S. Donovan Mitchell is an animal.
Clippers -4.5 vs the Brooklyn Nets
The Nets are on a 5 game losing streak, going 1-9 the past 10 games. The Nets look to play well at home against a Clippers team who has a lot of uncertainty around them. The Clips are 5-5 the last 10, winning the last 3 of 4. DeAndre Jordan should have a huge game tonight, matching up against Jarret Allen and Jahlil Okafor. Lou Will should have a huge game as well. The Nets will matchup against the Clips at some point during the game, but the Clips should finish the Nets easily covering the spread minus any surprises or runs.
Last night we saw the Raptors destroy the KP less Knicks more than covering the spread, we also saw the Celts fight back to claim the W over a talented Washington team. We saw 2 losses as well; starting with the Magic beating the Hawks by 2, just missing the spread of +1.5. If you took points on that, you probably won.
We also saw the Mavs blow it to the Warriors as they were covering the whole game, slipping up in the 4th.
4-2 the past 2 days. 3 Picks tonight
Celtics -4.0 vs the Inidana Pacers
The Celtics return home tonight after an impressive win over the Wizards last night. The last time the Celts played the Pacers they coasted to an easy 10+ win over the Pacers on the road, in Indiana. The Celts must be tired from last night as they needed to go to OT in oder to top the Wizards. The Celts could play with less dominance if they are actually tired. But I don’t think it will affect them that terrible where they can’t cover against the Pacers. With Kyrie in the lineup, the Celts always have the upper hand.
Jazz -5.5 vs the Charlotte Hornets
The Jazz are on a 7 game winning streak. They are 8-2 the last 10. They just wrapped up a road series which should make it easier for them to continue to get dubs at home. I can see tonights game being close, but the Jazz should pull away in this one covering the spread. Rudy Robert needs to have a big game on the boards to help out the offense that was been clicking heavily with Ricky Rubio. Donovan Mitchell should also have a big game tonight. The Hornets are 5-5 the last 10.
Rockets -8.5 vs the Denver Nuggets
The Rockets remain red hot as they are 9-1 the last 10, going 5-0 the past 5 games. The Rockets are home which guarantees a victory the way the Rockets have been playing. The last time the Rockets played the Nuggets, the Rockets won by 30. The Nuggets shouldn’t be underestimated though. They have won the last 3 games including a huge W over the Golden State Warriors. It should be a close game up until maybe halftime. That’s where I can see the Rockets destroy the Nuggets easily covering the spread. Take the points here if you need it.
A month into the NBA season and the NBA’s young talent and potential future stars are already impressing. From known names that are living up to the hype to others that have risen from the cracks and started to make some noise, it is safe to say that as of right now the rookie of the year race will be a fun one to keep track of as the season rolls along.
Dennis Smith Jr. – G Dallas Mavericks
The one the Knicks missed. Dennis Smith Jr. is one high flyer, making highlight plays in every game. Even opened up Lebron’s eyes saying “he should be a knick…they missed a good one.” When you are a rookie and The King talks about you like that, you must be doing something right. Right now he is averaging 15.8 points 4.2 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game. Those are impressive numbers even if those numbers haven’t translated to wins for the Mavs. The Mavs definitely have a piece to build around and it is Dennis Smith Jr.
The wait was definitely worth it. Just like his teammate Joel Embiid, Simmons had to miss his entire first season due to injury. Now he is fully healthy and putting his mark on the league. At first, people wondered how effective he would really be with his inability to shoot consistently. He silenced those critics really quick by inviting them to his own personal dunk party. He is dunking on everyone but that is not the only thing he can do. He has the ability to be a playmaker. Simmons is 6’10 and can run the floor like any point guard in the league. That is terrifying. He currently leads all rookies in points(17.8) rebounds(9.2) and assists(7.7) and to go along with that he is averaging 1.9 steals per game and already has two triple-doubles to his name. Not to mention the near triple-double he had against the Lakers.
Kyle Kuzma F Los Angeles Lakers
Usually, late round picks don’t really get to show off their skills for the team they get drafted to. It was twice as hard for Kuzma due to the team already having Julius Randle, Larry Nance Jr. and Brook Lopez taking up a good portion of the minutes in the frontcourt. But once Kuzma stepped onto the court in the summer league he has yet to turn
back. He is currently averaging 15.1 points and 6.8 rebounds while shooting 50% from the field. He has played his way into getting some big minutes. His footwork and old school like post moves along with his range from the three-point line make him a good offensive weapon and if he keeps this up he may get called a draft day steal.
Donovan Mitchell G – SG Utah Jazz
With Rudy Gobert out for an extended amount of time, the Jazz are looking towards
Donovan Mitchell to give the offense a boost. On the season he is averaging 14.9 points,
2.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 1.3 steals. But when you look at his production in the 3 games without Rudy Gobert it increases dramatically. 23 points, 3.6 rebounds 3.3 assists while shooting 52% from the field as well. He is stepping up in a big way for the team as far as production and showing his potential while doing it.
When you look at the Celtics right now and ask why they are 13-2, Jayson Tatum in one of the reasons why. The Duke product is one of the wing players stepping up big in the absence of Gordon Hayward. He is consistent on offense giving the team 14 points and
5.7 rebounds per game. His shooting is on point too, with 50% from the field and 48% from three. He is definitely an effective player and may one day become the number one option on offense. With a player like him on the team, the Celtics will be a contending team for a long time.
With these rookies performing the way they are it will be fun to see if they can keep it up through the season, or if another rookie starts to make some noise.