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Free NBA Picks: Rockets at Trail Blazers Odds
by Alan Matthews - 12/11/2013
If you had told me before the season that when I previewed a Dec. 12 game between Houston and Portland one of those teams would be leading the ultra-deep Western Conference, I would have said "yeah, that wouldn't surprise me." Of course, I would have expected it to be the Rockets and not the Blazers.
Free NBA Picks: Mavericks at Warriors Odds
by Aaron Smith - 12/10/2013
The Dallas Mavericks and the Golden State Warriors have been moving in completely different directions in the last couple years. Dallas has been on the way down after winning an NBA Championship over the Miami Heat in LeBron James’ first season in Miami. Golden State has been on the rise as they look more and more like a contender as their young stars mature.
Free NBA Picks: Heat at Pacers Odds
by Alan Matthews - 12/9/2013
The NBA's Eastern Conference is a flat-out joke. The Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat are a combined 34-8, and there's no other team with less than 10 losses. Toronto is just 1.5 games out of first place in the Atlantic Division -- Boston is in first! -- yet the Raptors just made a deal that makes them worse this season in shipping Rudy Gay to the Sacramento Kings. It was a salary dump and all but ensures the Raptors get into the lottery this season and a shot at Canadian Andrew Wiggins.
Free NBA Picks: Trail Blazers at Jazz Odds
by Dave Schwab - 12/9/2013
First meets worst in the NBA’s Western Conference this Monday night when the high-flying Portland Trail Blazers head into EnergySolutions Arena to face off against the lowly Utah Jazz. Tip-off for this Northwest Division clash is set for 9 p.m. (ET), and the game will be available on NBA League Pass.
Free NBA Picks: Pacers at Spurs Odds
by Alan Matthews - 12/6/2013
It's truly a shame that Saturday's Indiana at San Antonio game, very possibly an NBA Finals preview and the Pacers' only visit to the home of the Alamo this season, is this Saturday night. I'd certainly be watching and betting Pacers-Spurs almost any other day, but this week it's dwarfed by conference championship Saturday and is played opposite the Pac-12 title game between Stanford and Arizona State, the ACC tilt between Duke and Florida State and the Big Ten showdown between Ohio State and Michigan State.
Free NBA Picks: Warriors at Rockets Odds
by Aaron Smith - 12/5/2013
If the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets were in the NBA’s Eastern Conference, their records would look stellar. Since they are in the West, they are behind several other teams who are off to a great start. Still, the Warriors and Rockets are two teams that no one is going to want to play come playoff time.
Free NBA Picks: Knicks at Nets Odds
by Alan Matthews - 12/4/2013
I really didn't want to write about the New York Knicks at Brooklyn Nets matchup in the TNT Thursday opener this week. Both clubs will be on the network's doubleheader often this season -- sorry, no flexing schedules in the NBA -- so I will be forced to write about them plenty later in the season. However, the two franchises are in such disarray -- to my utter enjoyment -- that I couldn't help myself.
Free NBA Picks: Thunder at Blazers Odds
by Aaron Smith - 12/3/2013
Oklahoma City has been considered the team to beat in the Western Conference since the season started. The Thunder have great overall team balance, and they got to the NBA Finals two years ago when their team was completely healthy. Portland was seen as a team that might fight for one of the final playoff spots in the Western Conference.
Free NBA Picks: Suns at Grizzlies Odds
by Alan Matthews - 12/3/2013
All of the NBA attention last week was focused on Derrick Rose's season-ending knee injury, and you can understand that. However, an almost equally big injury was overlooked by many: the Grade 2 MCL strain in the left knee of the Memphis Grizzlies' Marc Gasol, the reigning NBA Defensive Player of the Year.
Free NBA Picks: Bulls at Cavaliers Odds and Predictions
by Alan Matthews - 11/29/2013
The Chicago Bulls lucked into winning the 2008 NBA Draft Lottery and took point guard Derrick Rose first overall. The Cleveland Cavaliers lucked into winning the 2011 NBA Draft Lottery and took point guard Kyrie Irving first overall. Sounds like a great potential individual rivalry with the teams in the same division, doesn't it? Yet, because of a myriad of injuries, mostly to Rose, the two have faced off just once in their careers. And with Rose done the rest of this season, that number won't increase until sometime in 2014.
Free NBA Picks: Spurs at Thunder Odds
by Aaron Smith - 11/26/2013
Two years ago, the Oklahoma City Thunder took down the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Finals. It was assumed by many experts at the time to be the end of the Spurs run. Oklahoma City was a team on the rise, and they had jumped a big hurdle. The Thunder went on to get stomped by the Heat in the NBA Finals that year.
Free NBA Picks: Nets at Raptors Odds and Predictions
by Alan Matthews - 11/25/2013
The Atlanta Hawks have to be doing jumping jacks right now. Remember that trade of Joe Johnson to Brooklyn in July 2012? Not only did the Hawks rid themselves of the horrendous Johnson contract in that deal, they acquired the right to swap first-round picks in the 2014 draft with the Nets. So if you are a Boston Celtics fan, you should not only be rooting against Brooklyn but also Atlanta.
Free NBA Picks: Knicks at Trail Blazers Odds
by Dave Schwab - 11/25/2013
The New York Knicks will try and snap a five-game skid this Monday night when they head west to the Moda Center to square off against the white-hot Portland Trail Blazers, who are riding a 10-game winning streak of their own. Tipoff for this inter-conference clash is set for 10 p.m. (ET), and the game will be available on NBA League Pass.
Free NBA Picks: Knicks at Wizards Odds
by Alan Matthews - 11/22/2013
Recently, Bovada unveiled a first NBA coach to be fired prop, and the favorite was Washington's Randy Wittman. Right behind him was New York's Mike Woodson. Both teams had playoff expectations this season, but the Knicks' were obviously a bit more grandiose. For some reason, owner James Dolan thinks his team can win a championship. Perhaps he hasn't seen the roster.
Free NBA Picks: Spurs at Grizzlies Odds
by Aaron Smith - 11/21/2013
It’s a rematch of the Western Conference Finals from last year. The San Antonio Spurs will travel to Memphis to take on the Memphis Grizzlies in a game that could once again be a playoff preview. San Antonio swept the Grizzlies in four straight games in the Western Conference Finals, though it is important to point out that two of those games went into overtime. The Grizzlies seemed to just run out of gas in that series, but you can bet that the Grizzlies have had this game circled for a while.
Free NBA Picks: Bulls at Nuggets Odds and Predictions
by Alan Matthews - 11/20/2013
Sometimes no matter how good two teams are, even if one is championship-caliber and the other lousy, it can be hard for the better team to win in a city. For example, it was always tough to win in Miami even before LeBron James and Chris Bosh arrived because the opposing players generally liked to enjoy South Beach until the wee hours of the morning. The Knicks request Sunday afternoon games because they believe they have an advantage that is New York City on a Saturday night for visiting players.
Free NBA Picks: Suns at Kings Odds
by Alan Matthews - 11/18/2013
I'm sure those living in the Sacramento area are happy just to have an NBA team as it appeared the Kings were as good as in Seattle early last offseason before a last-ditch effort by Sacramento mayor and former all-star Kevin Johnson found a new owner and got a new arena bill passed. Still, Kings fans have to be about fed up with product on the court. The only thing keeping the Kings, who haven't finished with a winning record since 2005-06, out of last place in the Western Conference is a terrible Utah club.
Free NBA Picks: Nets at Clippers Odds and Predictions
by Alan Matthews - 11/15/2013
Since I won't get much of a chance to find an interesting game involving the Philadelphia 76ers or New Orleans Pelicans this year, I was leaning toward previewing Saturday's matchup between those two teams. It's the first meeting since the clubs had a big trade in this year's draft, with Philly sending Jrue Holiday to New Orleans for Nerlens Noel and the Pels' first-round pick this season -- that trade is looking like a tremendous one for the Sixers even though Noel hasn't played this season and probably won't.
Free NBA Picks: Timberwolves at Nuggets Odds
by Aaron Smith - 11/14/2013
Minnesota and Denver will be in the national television spotlight Friday night. ESPN will cover this Western Conference matchup between two teams who are looking to break out of the middle-of-the-pack in the Western Conference.
Free NBA Picks: Thunder at Warriors Odds
by Alan Matthews - 11/13/2013
If you like watching the Indiana Pacers, Chicago Bulls or Memphis Grizzlies, that's great. However, I believe basketball is meant to be an offensively-flowing game and not a physical, defensive grind. And for my mind, you won't find two teams more fun to watch as they fire away at will than the Oklahoma City Thunder and Golden State Warriors, who face off in Thursday night's TNT nightcap.
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