The Los Angeles Lakers are 0-4, the Miami Heat (2-0) seemingly haven’t lost a step and the 2014-15 NBA season is very much alive. We head into another glorious day of pro basketball action with our NBA Picks. We were away from the betting board on Saturday, but we take our stellar 16-4 mark on the year into Sunday’s games.
Here’s a quick breakdown of each contest and our pick:
Kings @ Clippers
The Clips have begun the year with a 2-0 record and host the Kings, who oddly have not brought elite offense to the table to get things going. They have been solid on defense, though, while the Clips oddly have given up over 100 points per game. Something may have to break, but the edge should stay in Lob City’s hands with this game going down at the Staples Center.
Pick: Clippers 106, Kings 103
Raptors @ Heat
Two undefeated Eastern Conference squads wage war in South Beach, as the Raptors try to prove they’re the next big thing and the Heat try to keep winning without LeBron James. Miami has the home court advantage and is still the more experienced team, so they get the slight edge.
Pick: Heat 99, Raptors 95
Hornets @ Knicks
Both of these teams are stuck at .500, but they’ll be going in opposite directions after Sunday night. New York does have the home court advantage with this one going down at Madison Square Garden, but there is a serious mismatch with Shane Larkin facing Kyle Lowry. Toronto also has major size down low over the Knicks. If the Knicks win, it’ll be because of a big night from Carmelo Anthony.
Pick: Hornets 98, Knicks 93
Warriors @ Blazers
The last game of the night is in Portland, where the Trail Blazers really don’t “trail” very often. Their lone win is at home, but the Warriors already look battled tested after starting the year off 2-0 and looking pretty balanced (110 points per game, while allowing just 90.5 on the other end). The inside, outside duo of LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard will have to be cooking, but the edge has to go with the deeper Warriors.
Pick: Warriors 107, Blazers 104