The NBA season is a third over and will start to take center stage in the sports world on Christmas Day. My predictions haven’t generated the traffic I would have hoped after last year’s spike when my playoff predictions made the second page of the Bing search engine so I am going to give my predictions their own blog post and title to make it easier for the search engines to locate them. Last Monday's picks went 1-2 with a push to drop my mythical winnings to $360 and my record to 19-14-2. As usual, today’s picks will be made using the Betonline.ag lines as listed on the Yahoo Sports page for entertainment purposes only with no real money wagered.
Philadelphia 76ers at Cleveland Cavaliers.
The 76ers experiment in losing to gain top draft picks seems to be at an end with the hiring of Jerry Colangelo as the overseer of basketball operations and Mike D’Antoni as associate head coach, The 76ers have won only one of their first 28 games this year and have been particularly futile of late with three straight 20 point blowouts in road games. Today the 76ers take their show on the road against the Eastern Conference leading Cavaliers. The Cavaliers have struggled at home lately, winning three of four by five points or less. Despite the Cavaliers not being able to run up the score at home lately I will give the 16 points and bet $110 to win $100 that the Cavaliers will have a breakout game fueled by their inept opposition and the return of all-star point guard Kyrie Irving.
Minnesota Timberwolves at Brooklyn Nets.
The Timberwolves broke their four game losing streak on Friday night at home against the Kings while the Nets four game losing streak continues. The Timberwolves had been playing wel l on the road but have lost their last four games away from Minneapolis. The Nets have been able to play good teams close during their losing streak while still managing to lose. While I’m concerned about the young Timberwolves possibly partying too late for today’s noon start I will bet on youth and pick the Timberwolves to cover the 1.5 points they are giving to win $100 on a $110 wager.
New Orleans Pelicans at Denver Nuggets.
The surprising Nuggets have followed a eight game losing streak by winning five of their last seven (including a win in Toronto over the Raptors) to put them on the fringes of the Western Conference playoff race. Tonight the Pelicans finish their five game road trip in the Mile High city, having lost three out the first four. While the Pelicans have played better of late I think the Nuggets will wear them down with their superior depth in the thin mile high air and will give the point to pick the Nuggets on a $110 wager.