Friday gave way to another full slate of NBA games and we once again delivered with our NBA Picks, nailing 8 of 11 games to up our season standing to 46-17. While we got the majority of the games right, it surely wasn’t an easy run, as we saw an insane three overtime games (two went into double OT) and four other games were decided by three points or less.
An exciting night of basketball, it was, and we get rolling again with more NBA action on Saturday. The games start a little earlier to tip off the weekend, so we’re rolling out our NBA Picks earlier than usual today. Let’s take a quick look at each matchup and see who might come away with a win:
Blazers @ Clippers
Portland and L.A. get the festivities going with an early 3:30 pm ET showdown between two 3-2 clubs. Portland has performed well and has displayed gritty defense, while Lob City hasn’t looked remotely like the feisty team of a year ago. Doc Rivers ripped into his team about their horrid defense and laxed offense, so it’s possible they could start figuring things out at home. It’s hard to bet on that until we see it, though.
Pick: Blazers 102, Clippers 98
Wizards @ Pacers
The Pacers and Wiz battled into overtime just a couple of days ago, so they’ll go at it again on Saturday night. Indy hosts this matchup and will be looking to get their second win of the year. Washington may be worn down after getting blown out last night, so the Pacers need to take advantage.
Pick: Pacers 96, Wizards 92
Knicks @ Hawks
New York has either played a strong defensive game and squeaked out wins, or they’ve executed their Triangle offense horribly and gotten blown out. Tonight neither may matter, as the Hawks can light it up but don’t play enough defense to crush anyone. Hopefully Melo finally finds his shot in what has the potential to be the highest scoring game of the evening.
Pick: Knicks 107, Hawks 105
Timberwolves @ Heat
Miami dropped two straight after opening the year up looking solid at 3-0, but they get a chance to get back on a winning run with a nice home battle with the T’Wolves. Despite being rather young, Minnesota has been extremely competitive so far this year. It’s not going to be easy to come into South Beach and win without star point guard Ricky Rubio (ankle), however.
Pick: Heat 107, Wolves 101
Celtics @ Bulls
The Bulls were almost upset by the 76ers on Friday night and will have to turn around and try to shake off the pesky Celtics, likely without Derrick Rose again. They should have everyone else, though, and are at home against a Boston squad that should be sans Rajon Rondo (hand) and Marcus Smart (ankle).
Pick: Bulls 100, Celtics 87
Warriors @ Rockets
A battle of undefeateds hits the court on Saturday, as something has to break in this climatic matchup between Eastern Conference powerhouse. Even more interesting is that both of these teams are playing elite defense and executing with precision offensively. Houston has the size down low and is at home, so they’ll get the slight edge.
Pick: Rockets 102, Warriors 98
Pelicans @ Spurs
The Pellies don’t normally have much success against the Spurs, but this is their first crack at them with their new set of misfits. Anthony Davis should get his, but with Tony Parker and Tim Duncan at full strength and at home, this should be a Spurs win.
Pick: Spurs 101, Pelicans 95
Grizzlies @ Bucks
Memphis and Milwaukee help cap the night and this should be a defensive battle in Mil-town. The Bucks are pretty competitive these days, but the Grizzlies boast the league’s best defense right now. It could stay close, but odds are definitely in the favor of Memphis tonight.
Pick: Grizzlies 92, Bucks 89