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NBA Nightly 3-11-10

In NBA on March 11, 2010 at 10:44 am

Welcome back to the NBA Nightly folks. The only blemish on my record last night was the Raptors no show in Sacramento, which left me sitting at 8-1 for the evening. Add in Friday’s picks and I’m 18-2 in my last 20, not too shabby. Cassie is on a roll herself going 7-2 last night, here are our records as of now (not including Friday):

The Sports Authority: 45-17

Cassie W.: 41-21

As always you can see her picks and all the other great features on her blog over at http://www.theblockradio.com/

And now on to the picks!

 Hawks (40-23) vs. Wizards (21-40) – What do you get when you cross the third best team in the East (sorry Celtic fans) with the team that has faced more turmoil this season than the rest of the NBA combined? A blow out win for the Hawks. I don’t see this one being close, Atlanta is a good road team but could be better and a game against the Wizards tonight should help them boost that record. Hawks 104, Wizards 92

Bulls (31-32) vs. Magic (45-20) – In a match-up between a power house squad and a team on the rise, the Magic host the Bulls. The battle of the point guards should be very interesting in this one as Derrick Rose goes at Jameer Nelson. I expect a big game from Rose but not quite big enough to win it. The Magic should show the difference between an NBA elite like themselves, and a young team on the rise like the Bulls. Magic 101, Bulls 95

Blazers (38-28) vs. Warriors (17-46)- On paper, this looks like a blow-out in the making. The Blazers are EIGHTEEN games better than the Warriors, and are a pretty decent road team. However the Warriors are a much better home team than road team, 13 of their 17 wins have come at home and they are always a threat when playing with that raucous crowd behind them. This game will be closer than expected, but big games from Brandon Roy and Lamarcus Aldridge will push the Blazers to victory. Blazers 113, Warriors 107

NBA Nightly 3-10-10

In NBA on March 10, 2010 at 6:24 pm

Sorry folks been busy busy with Finals coming up, here are my picks for tonights games and I’ll give you an updated record on my competition with Cassie tomorrow!

Bobcats over 76ers

Grizzlies over Celtics

Jazz over Pistons

Heat over Clippers

Nuggets over Wolves

Thunder over Hornets

Mavs over Nets

Spurs over Knicks

Raptors over Kings

NBA Nightly 3-5-10

In NBA on March 5, 2010 at 11:59 am

What’s up folks? Today is an incredibly busy day for me so I’m going to have to just give you the picks without any analysis, sorry guys. Last night was horrendous, I went 1-2 and Cassie went 0-3 so our records currently look like this:

The Sports Authority: 37-16

Cassie W.: 34-19

You can find her picks and more over at http://www.theblockradio.com/

And now the picks!

Cavs 104, Pistons 92

Celtics 100, 76ers 93

Bucks 94, Wizards 90

Raptors 105, Knicks 100

Lakers 101, Bobcats 98

Hawks 111, Warriors 98

Magic 113, Nets 99

Mavs 103, Kings 91

Nuggets 103, Pacers 84

Spurs 99, Hornets 93

Thunder 104, Clippers 99

NBA Nightly 3-4-10

In NBA on March 4, 2010 at 10:17 am

Welcome back folks to the NBA Nightly. Last night worked out pretty well in the predictions, except the Bobcats never showed up in Boston. After a 9-3 night for me and a 10-2 night for Cassie our records look like this:

The Sports Authority: 36-14

Cassie W.: 34-16

You can find her predictions and more over at http://www.theblockradio.com/

And now on to the picks!

Grizzlies (31-30) @ Bulls (31-29) – In a battle of two teams fighting for playoff spots in their respective conferences, the Grizzlies visit the Bulls in Chicago. Memphis coming off of a hard fought win last night against the Hornets, a game they took by just four in a 104-100 win. The Bulls meanwhile are rested and have been playing up and down as of late, yet are still in contention for a spot. With the Grizzlies facing the second game of a road back-to-back and having fought through a grueling game last night, I see the fresher Bulls young legs carrying them in this one. Look for Derrick Rose to have a field day against the Grizzlies point guards (or lack thereof). Bulls 101, Grizzlies 95

Lakers (46-15) @ Heat (30-31) – Last time these two teams met, the Sports Authority was in the house as Kobe Bryant hit one of those how-the-hell-did-he-make-that shots to win the game at the buzzer over the outstretched arm of Dwyane Wade. Trust me, after seeing that shot live, the countless video replays we’ve seen don’t do it justice. Miami has been struggling lately, dealing with injuries and trying to stay in the playoff hunt. It took a 35 point, 12 assist game the last time out for the Heat to hold on against the lowly Warriors. The Lakers meanwhile continue to roll along as they await the real season to begin in April, and are in a chase for home-court advantage against the Cavs. This is the first game of a tough back-to-back for the Lakers who will head to Charlotte tomorrow night, and I think they start it off a prolonged stretch of road games with a win tonight. Look for Kobe and D-Wade to have s hoot out and defend each other all game. Lakers 103, Heat 98

Jazz (38-22) @ Suns (39-24) – In a game of opposites, the Jazz head to Phoenix to take on the Suns. Phoenix wants to run, run, run, run, run and run some more, while Utah is looking to slow things down, run their pick and roll until it bores you to death, and then walk out of a half-sleeping building with a win. In all honesty, this game has a great match up of point guards as Deron Williams goes head-to-head with Steve Nash. However Williams should punish Nash in the post, off the dribble, you name it, while Nash should be able to run by Williams and initiate his teams shoot-first, ask questions later offense. While this will be a high scoring game, expect the Jazz to pull it out as the Suns play the second of a back-to-back tonight. Jazz 105, Suns 102

NBA Nightly 3-3-10

In NBA on March 3, 2010 at 11:22 am

Welcome back to NBA Nightly folks. After a light day on the schedule last night, the NBA has a full slate of action for us this evening with 12 games. After both of us going 4-0 last night, my friendly competition with Cassie over at the Block Radio (http://www.theblockradio.com/) our records currently look like this:

The Sports Authority: 27-11

Cassie W.: 24-14

And now on to the picks!

76ers (22-37) @ Hawks (38-21) – The Sixers head into this one in disarray, having just lost Allen Iverson for the season due to a sickness in the family. While the Hawks meanwhile are soaring as they have been all season and looking to claim the number two spot in the East. The Hawks are one of the best home teams in the league and should take advantage of a tired Sixers squad tonight. Hawks 107, Sixers 94

Warriors (17-42) @ Magic (41-20) – The Warriors are coming off a tough loss at Miami last night in a game they could have easily won. The Magic meanwhile are on a roll, the competition from the Hawks for the two spot has kept them focused and they are now rounding into shape as the playoffs near. Now if only they could figure out how to get Dwight Howard the ball inside. Howard should have a HUGE game tonight against the under-sized, under-manned Warriors. Magic 111, Warriors 100

Bobcats (28-30) @ Celtics (37-21) – This should be a very interesting game in Boston tonight when the Celts host the Bobcats. It’s no secret to anyone that the C’s are struggling right now, coming off an embarrassing loss to the Nets and then struggling last night to put away the Pistons. The Bobcats meanwhile are in the hunt for their first ever playoff spot, and a win tonight in Boston could go a long way towards that. I think the Bobcats go into Beantown and leave with a win tonight. Bobcats 99, Celtics 95

Cavs (47-14) @ Nets (6-53) – Now looking at this game, it’s very easy to write off the Nets and say the Cavs win it by 40, but think about this for a second. The Nets just beat the Celtics in Boston, are playing with a ton of confidence and would be the worst team record-wise to ever beat a team with a record as good as Clevelands this late in the season. If that’s not motivation enough, the Nets could go a long way in showing Bron they have some talent to look at when he’s a Free Agent, and… oh who am I kidding, Cavs win, HUGE. Cavs 109, Nets 84

Pistons (21-39) @ Knicks (20-39) – The Pistons are coming off of a tough loss last night against the Celtics in a game that was much closer than most people expected. The Knicks meanwhile are still trying to find chemistry after the flurry of trades at the deadline and are taking things a game at a time. The Knicks hold a slight advantage here as the Pistons are tired and playing in the second game of a back-to-back, which should be enough to give the Knicks a win. Knicks 103, Pistons 98

Grizzlies (30-30) @ Hornets (31-30) – In a game that could become important when playoff seedings are set, the Hornets host the Grizzlies in New Orleans. It’s no secret that the Grizzlies are struggling right now, and could really use a win tonight as a shot in the arm to jolt them out of this funk. The Hornets meanwhile are playing much better without Chris Paul than anyone thought they would be. Darren Collison has played like a mad man since Paul went out, and despite a loss to the Mavs their last time out, the Hornets are playing with a lot of confidence. The Grizzlies struggles and the Hornets team chemistry are enough to give New Orleans the edge. Hornets 101, Grizzlies 100

Wizards (21-36) @ Bucks (30-29) – This should be a game that features a good battle inside between Andrew Bogut and the suddenly-playing-with-All-Star-numbers Andray Blatche. However the Bucks need this win to continue their playoff push, and the Wizards are, well they’re the Wizards. Bucks 99, Wizards 91

Timberwolves (14-47) @ Mavericks (40-21) – One of the worst teams in the league takes on one of the hottest when the T’Wolves visit the Mavs tonight. Dallas has won 7 of 8 and is on a roll after their deadline deal, while the Wolves are still just trying to figure out what line-up will help them compete. Dallas also still remembers the Wolves knocking them off earlier in the season, and should be out for some revenge tonight. Mavs 105, Wolves 92

Kings (20-40) @ Rockets (30-29) – In a match up of trade-deadline partners, the Rockets host the Kings in H-town tonight. Kevin Martin will get his first chance to get at the Kings since the trade, and Tyreke Evans will get his first chance to outplay Martin and show exactly why Sacramento traded Martin to hand the reigns to the team over to Evans. Another player who might have a big impact inside is Carl Landry, former Rockets sixth man extraordinaire who is now the starter for the Kings. Should be an interesting game, but the home squad will pull it out. Rockets 97, Kings 89

Thunder (36-23) @ Nuggets (39-21) – In what is easily the game of the night, the Nuggets host the up and coming Thunder in Denver. OKC is coming off of an impressive win last night against Sacramento in which Kevin Durant (39-10 boards) and Russell Westbrook (30-10 assists) became the first teammates EVER under the age of 22 to both have a 30-10 in the same game. The Nuggets meanwhile are coming off of a loss to the Lakers on Sunday that they have had three full days to stew over and think about. Although I think the Thunder will give them a good game, the rested Nuggets should handle business against an OKC team playing the second game of a back-to-back. Nuggets 101, Thunder 98

Pacers (20-40) @ Blazers (36-27) – This one is easy, the Pacers are coming off a beat down at the hands of the Lakers, and now travel to what is probably the toughest road arena in Portland, and take on the Blazers in the second game of a back-to-back. Expect big games from Lamarcus Aldridge and Brandon Roy. Blazers 101, Pacers 88

Suns (38-24) @ Clippers (25-35) – In the final game of the evening the Clippers host the Suns at Staples. This should be a fun and high-scoring game between two offensive-minded teams. Baron Davis should have a big game tonight, exploiting his size advantage over Steve Nash and also exploiting the fact that Nash doesn’t play much defense. However Nash and his teammates should also exploit the fact that the Clippers play no defense, and pull out a win on the road. Suns 113, Clippers 104

NBA Nightly 3-1-10

In NBA on March 2, 2010 at 10:21 am

Welcome back folks, sorry for the hiatus I was on the road a lot over the weekend and couldn’t get to a laptop to make picks. But I’m back now and ready for another week of NBA Nightly. After last week my friendly competition with Cassie over at the Block Radio looks like this:

The Sports Authority: 23-11

Cassie W.: 20-14

A slight edge that makes me feel anything but comfortable. As always you can check Cassie’s picks and all the other cool things the Block Radio puts up over at their site at http://www.theblockradio.com/

And now on to the picks!

Celtics (36-21) @ Pistons (21-38) – Normally, this would be an easy pick to make. The Celtics are one of the East’s better teams and the Pistons are one of its cellar-dwellers. But the Celtics are coming off a loss at home to the lowly Nets, one that was so embarrassing it just affected the last sentence where I said the Celtics were one of the better teams and not an elite one. They are no longer elite, so games like this are no longer guarantees. However the Pistons are coming off of a long road trip and are sure to be tired, while the Celts are sure to be motivated to get that disgusting taste out of their mouths from the loss to the Nets. Celtics 97, Pistons 89

Warriors (17-41) @ Heat (29-31) – In a game that should be fun to watch, Dwyane Wade and the Heat host Steph Curry and the Warriors. Curry has been making a push into Rookie of the Year consideration with his eye-popping stats since the turn of the calendar, however those numbers are inflated because well, he plays for the Warriors. Wade’s Heat meanwhile have fallen to 9th in the East as of today and are on the outside looking in to the playoff party. This game should be an opportunity to get the Miami offense rolling since Golden State doesn’t play much defense. I expect a huge game from Wade and a nice confidence-booster from Michael Beasley. Heat 110, Warriors 103

Kings (20-39) @ Thunder (35-23) – In a game that features perhaps the best head-to-head match up of the night, the streaking Thunder host the struggling Kings. Tyreke Evans is the Rookie of the Year favorite, and tonight will face off against Russell Westbrook, who might quietly be playing the best ball of any point guard since Feb. 1st. Westbrook just finished off a month in which he averaged 19 points, 10 dimes and 7 boards per, all while being over-shadowed in Kevin Durant’s (very much deserving) hype. The Thunder are a scary team and will give someone plenty of problems come playoff time. I see them winning big at home tonight. Thunder 106 – Kings 93

Pacers (20-39) @ Lakers (45-15) – One of the NBA’s worst road teams takes on one of the NBA’s best home teams when the Pacers visit the Lakers. The only thing about this game that might be semi-interesting is that it is a rematch of the 2000 Finals that set off a Laker dynasty and gave Kobe his first ring. The Lakers should win this one easily, expect a big game from Andrew Bynum and also for Ron Artest to continue making a case for Defensive Player of the Year against Pacers scorer Danny Granger. Lakers 104, Pacers 88

NBA Nightly 2-26-10

In NBA on February 26, 2010 at 12:55 pm

What’s up guys? So after going 3-0 last night the record currently stands at a not-too-shabby 17-5. My pal Cassie went with the suddenly un-reliable Celtics in their game last night against the Cavs and went 2-1 because of it. After three days the records look like this:

The Sports Authority: 17-5

Cassie W. : 14-8

As always you can find her picks and a bunch of other cool things at http://www.theblockradio.com

Todays picks are going to be limited to just giving out the scores without any analysis, I’m up north for the weekend and doing this from my Blackberry so unfortunately can’t be typing too much, sorry guys. This is how I see things shaking out tonight:

Hawks should top the Mavs in a thriller 101-99

Knicks handle the Wizards in a battle for lottery supremacy 105-101

Cavs take their second win in as many nights over a Bosh-less Raptors squad 103-94

Blazers bounce back from a road loss to beat the Bulls 99-95

Thunder rebound from back-to-back close loses with a big win over the T’Wolves 105-93

Grizzlies edge out the Bobcats in a battle of teams fighting for their playoff lives 100-97

Spurs should beat the Rockets in a low scoring, defensive-minded affair 95-92

Nuggets hang on to beat the Pistons in a closer-than-expected game 102-99

Suns run the Clippers off the court in Phoenix 107-98

Magic dominate inside against a smaller Hornets squad to win it 101-94

Jazz take it to the Kings in Sacramento, but Tyreke Evans vs. Deron Williams should be something special 103-91

Lakers stomp all over the 76ers in a tune-up for Sundays big game against the Nuggets 109-94

NBA Nightly 2-25-10

In NBA on February 25, 2010 at 9:41 am

Welcome back folks, there’s only three games on tonight’s schedule, but an especially intriguing one going down in Boston as the Paul Pierce-less Celtics host the Cavs. After a so-so start on Tuesday, my picks came on strong last night; I went a not-so-shabby 9-2 to improve my record. Two days in and the competition between me and Cassie looks like this:

The Sports Authority: 14-5

Cassie W.: 12-7

You can check out her predictions over at http://www.theblockradio.com/ and check out all the other features they have on the site.

Now let’s get to the picks!

Bucks (28-28) @ Pacers (19-38) – First game of the night features two teams coming off of very different games last night. The Bucks beat the road-weary Hornets at home in an impressive win for them that can definitely be big come the end of the season when every win is so crucial in the race for a playoff spot. The Pacers meanwhile looked lethargic on the road in a loss to the Bulls only 24 hours ago. Indiana has two problems, they are weak at the point guard position and thin at the center position, and wouldn’t you know it the Bucks best players are a point guard and a center. Look for Brandon Jennings to have a good game, and Andrew Bogut to dominate inside as the Bucks win their second game in as many nights. Bucks 99, Pacers 90

Cavaliers (44-14) @ Celtics (36-19) – Easily the game of the night here as the Eastern Conference leading Cavs head to Boston to take on the Celtics who are trying to figure out why 2008 seems like it was 10 years ago. The Cavs are just 1-2 since the All-Star break while trying to work newly acquired Antawn Jamison into the line-up, however they are coming off a nice win against the Hornets. Boston meanwhile has been struggling for the better part of the New Year, taking big leads and then blowing them on an alarmingly consistent basis. Paul Pierce is likely to sit this one out with a sore thumb (seriously?) and the Celtics will be short-handed against what is already the deepest team in the East. Add that to the fact that Lebron and Co. are trying to assert their dominance in the East, and I just don’t see the Celtics winning this one, even at home. Expect a big game from Jamison as a mini-coming out party. Cavs 96, Celtics 92

Nuggets (37-19) @ Warriors (16-40) – This one has blow-out written all over it. The Nuggets are one of the hottest teams in the league, currently second in the West behind only the Lakers and they have a guy by the name of Carmelo Anthony who can score whenever he wants. The Warriors are ice cold, currently 14th in the West ahead of only the Timberwolves and can’t stop a YMCA team from scoring. All I’m seeing here is Melo dropping something like a 35-7-6, Chauncey Billups getting a 27-11 assist night and the Nuggets rolling to an easy win. Nuggets 113, Warriors 101

NBA Nightly: 2-24-10

In NBA on February 24, 2010 at 11:08 am

Welcome back to the NBA Nightly folks. One night in and I’m feeling pretty good about my picks. To make things a little more interesting I’m going to be competing with Cassie Williams over at the Block Radio for the rest of the season, and we’ll see who comes out on top in this battle of NBA knowledge. Our records after one day of picks:

The Sports Authority: 5-3

Cassie W.: 5-3

You can find Cassie and check out the Block Radio and all the cool stuff on their site over at http://www.theblockradio.com/

Let the games begin!

Timberwolves (14-44) @ Hawks (35-20) – The Timberwolves are coming off of a surprising win against the Dwyane Wade-less Heat last night, with Kevin Love leading the way off the bench and pushing the Wolves to just their 14th win of the year. The Hawks meanwhile are coming off an up and down Western swing that saw them blow a huge lead late to the Warriors and then go into Utah the next night and knock off the Jazz for the first time since 1993. This normally wouldn’t be a close game anyways, but since the Wolves are coming off of a game last night, this has potential to turn downright ugly. Hawks 110, Wolves 85

Grizzlies (28-28) @ Wizards (20-34) – This is a trap game for me. The Grizzlies are coming off a heart-breaking (thank you Kobe) loss to the Lakers last night where they blew a late lead and dropped to .500 for the season. The Wizards meanwhile are not playing as badly as some people expected them too after the fire sale of last week, going 3-1 in their past four, but then again could they really play any worse this season? I could see a tired Grizzlies team struggling in this one,  and the Wizards have something to prove, especially now that they lost newly acquired Josh Howard for the season to a torn ACL. Wizards 97, Grizzlies 94

Trail Blazers (33-26) @ Raptors (31-24) – Tricky game to pick here, because as of now Chris Bosh is still iffy for the game. With Bosh in the line-up the Raptors are one of the toughest teams to beat at home. However without Bosh, the Blazers should dominate inside with Lamarcus Aldridge. I’m going to assume that Bosh doesn’t play, and even if he does he won’t be healthy enough to outplay Aldridge. After a lackluster effort against the Jazz in which the Blazers blew a 25 point lead at home, I think they’ll bounce back and get a big road win. Blazers 101, Raptors 97

Pacers (19-37) @ Bulls (29-27) – I’m going to go ahead and use this prediction to announce that Derrick Rose is officially one of my two favorite players in the NBA. The kid is an absolute BEAST in every sense of the word. The Bulls right now are in a dog-fight for a playoff spot, and have to win gamers like this to get in. I think they will beat up on a Pacers squad that just seems to be getting worse. Look for a big game from Rose against the Pacers weak backcourt. Bulls 98, Pacers 91

Hornets (30-27) @ Bucks (27-28) – The Hornets are coming off a tough loss to the Cavs last night in which they held on and kept the game closer than a lot of people thought they would. Rookie Marcus Thornton exploded for 27 points, including a franchise-record 23 in the second quarter alone. However they head into Milwaukee to take on a Bucks team that is rolling right now and trying to keep itself in the playoff race. Although Andrew Bogut might have his way inside, the difference in this game will come down to which rookie point guard wins head-to-head, Brandon Jennings or Darren Collison. Despite it being the second game of a back-to-back, I’m going to have to take the Hornets, who seem to be getting motivation from the fact that nobody thinks they can do anything without Chris Paul. Hornets 97, Bucks 93

Magic (38-19) @ Rockets (28-27) – The Magic suddenly are hot and looking like far and away the second best team in the East. They are coming off of a win against the Cavs in which they reminded everyone that they are the defending Eastern Conference champs, and if Lebron is going to get to the Finals he has to get through the Magic. The Rockets meanwhile are still trying to adjust after making some big moves at the deadline. Although they got a scorer in Kevin Martin in those deals, they are already missing Carl Landry inside. Unfortunately for them, they face the best Center in the game tonight in Dwight Howard, who should have a huge game. Houston, you’ve got a problem. Magic 103, Rockets 94

Thunder (33-22) @ Spurs (31-23) – This is the opportunity to tell you my other favorite player in the league, Kevin Durant. The Thunder are far and away the funnest team to watch play, they are collectively better than their individual talents, and these guys genuinely like each other. The Spurs meanwhile are struggling to find an identity, they are no longer the gritty, defensive team they were the past decade, and the trade for Richard Jefferson hasn’t helped them close the gap at all between them and the Lakers. While the Thunder have been hot of late, they lost a heart-breaker last night to the Suns in a very winnable game, and now must go into San Antonio where it is always difficult to win. The Spurs have something to prove and should win it tonight. Spurs 98, Thunder 94

Lakers (43-14) @ Mavericks (36-21) – Definitely the game of the night. The Mavs re-tooled at the deadline, bringing in Caron Butler to defend Kobe and Brendan Haywood to battle the Lakers bigs inside. The Lakers meanwhile stood pat, let Kobe rest and look to have come out as the biggest winners on deadline day for it. After a comeback win last night against the Grizzlies in which Kobe reminded everyone just why he is the best in the business, the Lakers head to Dallas to take on their biggest rivals in the West. While this might be just another game to the Lakers, it is anything but that for the Mavs. They want to see how they stack up against the defending Champs after the trade, and are looking to avenge a home-loss earlier this season in which Kobe (who else?) hit a game winner for the Lakers. Although Dallas might be more amped for this game, I think the Lakers use it to re-affirm the pecking order in the West, it’s the Lakers, and then everyone else. Lakers 104, Mavs 100

76ers (22-34) @ Suns (35-23) – The Sixers continue their Western Conference road swing with a trip to Phoenix to take on the Suns. Philly is coming off of a win last night in Oakland against the Warriors in which they took a big lead, and then held on for dear life in the fourth quarter. The Suns meanwhile are coming off of one of those wins that could be season-changing, coming back from a late deficit on the road against a smoking hot Thunder to team to pull out an unexpected win, with no Steve Nash to top it all off. The Suns should take care of business on their home court, as Philly will quickly see why the Warriors are not as successful as the Suns in the run and gun game. Suns 111, Sixers 99

Bobcats (27-28) @ Jazz (36-20) – Like the Sixers, Charlotte also continues a Western road swing as they head to Utah to take on the Jazz. The Bobcats are coming off a very disappointing loss to the Clippers on Monday night and looking to get that sour taste out of their mouths as they continue fighting for their first ever playoff berth. The Jazz meanwhile came crashing down to Earth after a huge comeback win in Portland when they lost at home to Atlanta for the first time in 17 years. Although the Bobcats might need this one more, it’s tough to see Utah dropping back-to-back games at home. Utah should be getting back Deron Williams and Andre Kirilenko, which is a shot in the arm that gives them the edge tonight. Jazz 98, Bobcats 93

Pistons (21-35) @ Clippers (23-33) – In the final game of the night, the Clippers host the Pistons at Staples. Detroit is coming off of a big win in Sacramento, where they built a 30 point lead and cruised the rest of the way. The Clippers meanwhile are coming off their first consecutive wins in a few months after surprising the Bobcats Monday night, and look to continue the momentum in this one. One of these teams will get their first three-game winning streak in a couple months, and the edge right now goes to the Clippers just because they are at home and more rested than the Pistons. Clippers 99, Pistons 97

NBA Nightly: 2-23-10

In NBA on February 23, 2010 at 11:02 am

Guess who’s back, back again? It’s been entirely WAY too long since I have updated this thing. With school and work taking up all my time and then some it’s been impossible for me to write something that I feel is up to par and deserves to be read.

But I am back and in full force folks. I’m going to start you guys off with a new feature, a daily NBA preview with predictions of games going on in the Association each night.

Feels great to be back!

NBA Nightly Preview:

Hornets (30-26) @ Cavs (43-14) – The Cavs enter this one a three-game losing streak following a 13-game winning streak and are adjusting to their new sidekick in Antawn Jamison. The Hornets meanwhile continue to impress and win games you expect them to lose without Chris Paul. Lebron will dominate this one and personally end the losing streak though. Cavs 103, Hornets 89

Lakers (42-14) @ Grizzlies (28-27) – Kobe finally makes his return from a 5-game absence and it comes in the first game of a big back-to-back for the Lakers. Memphis has been reeling since a Feb. 1st win against a wary Lakers squad finishing up a long road trip. Look for Pau Gasol to dominate in this one. Lakers 99, Grizzlies 91

Knicks (19-36) @ Celtics (35-19) – The Knicks and newly acquired T-Mac are coming off a loss last night to the Bucks where they managed just 67 points as a team. The Celtics meanwhile return home from a Western road swing and look to build some more momentum; they should win this one going away. Celtics 97, Knicks 82

Timberwolves (13-44) @ Heat (29-28) – The T’Wolves are just trying to string together some wins and finish the season as strong as possible, while the Heat fight for their playoff lives. Dwyane Wade is day-to-day but regardless of if he plays or not tonight the Heat should take this one. Heat 93, T’Wolves 84

Blazers (32-26) @ Nets (5-51) – Portland is coming off an embarrassing home loss in which they blew a 25-point second half lead to the Jazz. The Nets meanwhile are also coming off of a blown double-digit lead in a loss to Memphis believe it or not. The perfect remedy for the Blazers woes is a trip to Jersey to see the Nets. Blazers 105, Nets 88

Suns (34-23) @ Thunder (33-21) – The Suns head into a big road game without their general Steve Nash in what should be a shoot-out. The Thunder meanwhile looks for the teams’ first 10-game winning streak since moving to Oklahoma City and the franchises first since 1997. Kevin Durant should break 25 points for the 29th straight game, but look for Russell Westbrook to have his way tonight. Thunder 111, Suns 102

Pistons (20-35) @ Kings (18-38) – The Pistons start a four-game Western road trip in this one and are hoping to build momentum on a big home win against the Spurs. The Kings are just trying to develop talented guard Tyreke Evans and compete every night out in a stacked West. While Evans might have his way with the Pistons smaller guards, Detroit should pull it out. Pistons 96, Kings 93

76ers (21-34) @ Warriors (16-39) – The Sixers are reeling and don’t look to be getting better anytime soon, playing a stretch without Allen Iverson who is out indefinitely. The Warriors are coming off of a big comeback win against the Hawks and are being lead by star-in-the-making Stephen Curry. Curry should have a big game and get his fair share of good looks against the Sixers ragged defense. Warriors 105, 76ers 98