Friday, January 4, 2013

NBA 4 January pt II

Had to post that earlier because games was getting started so lets continue here.

Hawks @ Pistons - Last game between these two teams ended with a Hawks win after double OT, but since that loss Pistons have won three straight games beating Bucks, Heat and Kings. But this is where Pistons streak will end Josh Smith and Horford is too much to handle if Drummond only is getting 20 minutes.

Winner: Hawks

Bulls @ Heat - Miami have struggled lately losing to teams they should  blow out but they're the champs so they know when to cool it down and rest their legs, this isn't one of these games Bulls not the same team without Rose but LeBron and Noah always seems to play harder when facing and I do not think LeBron wants to lose this game.

Winner: Heat

Pacers @ Celtics - Boston not looking like a playoff team as of late struggling to get wins and their record only being 14-17, last year Boston had one of the worst offense in the league, now they have had terrible defense which always been their thing - playing great defense. Celtics coming of four straight losses while Pacers have won eight out of the last ten games with Paul George beasting.

The safe bet would be that the Pacers will win but I'm going on my instincts here and calling it for the Celtics.

Winner: Celtics

Grizzlies @ Trailblazers - This should be an easy one for the Grizzlies but recent rumors that Gay has been put up on the trading block makes this thing more interesting. But the Grizzlies do have the leagues best defense and Marc and Z-Bo should be able to contain Aldridge while Tony Allen and Mike Conley do their work on Damian Lillard.

Winner: Trailblazers

Sixers @ Thunder - Thunder lost to the Nets last game which ended with Durant getting rejected after going of on the referee, but this shouldn't be faulted on Russell or Durant they both had good games even to their standards. Philly had a good start to the season but have struggled recently and inside presence is really starting to get important so Bynum needs to get it together or they might miss the playoffs.

With both teams being perimeter oriented this should be a easy one for the  Thunder,

Winner: Thunder

Bucks @ Rockets: All talk before the season was Lin Lin Lin and a little about Harden, well Harden haven't disappointed the fans, Lin have started to put up some decent games but he still need to get better and work on his outside shot but people forgot about Parsons who has been brilliant this season together with Asik.

I still don't understand how the Bucks have won 16 out of 30 game, this is still a mystery to me small guards and not that good of inside presence, well one of the best slasher in the league James Harden will certainly make them pay for that, I predict that Larry Sanders will get fouled out.

Winner: Rockets

Jazz @ Suns - I like the Suns team with Gortat, Dragic and sometimes Beasley, with that said this Jazz will most likely blow this team out.

Winner: Jazz

Lakers @ Clippers - Who at the start of the season thought a team consisting of Gasol, Howard, Kobe and well we should not mention Nash since he has missed so many games would be 15-16 raise your hand, I don't see any hands. Howard has been playing well below his standards he may be filling up the statsheet but it isn't translating into wins, his defense has been below average in some cases it doesn't seem like his legs is there at time.

Clippers coming of a month with no losses but losses the two first in the first month of the new year but to be fair Nuggets away and Warriors isn't an easy task.

This is basically home court for both teams and therefore I will give this one to the Lakers.

Winner: Lakers

That's it for this days games, I will follow up on this tomorrow!

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