The Warriors barely avoided their first loss of the 2015-16 NBA season yesterday, as they escaped with a win in overtime of the Nets. Saturday was pretty weird in general, though, and that’s likely a trend for the rest of the weekend. Needless to say, we can probably expect a crazy Sunday.
The games start super early today, so let’s dive in and take a look at who could win all seven matchups:
Pelicans @ Knicks
New Orleans has had a brutal start to the season but they finally get Anthony Davis back today. New York has been better early on this year, but if The Brow is fully back we have to give him and the Pellies a shot.
Pick: Pelicans 105, Knicks 102
Blazers @ Hornets
Charlotte’s defense is picking up, Portland is on a four-game slide and the Hornets are at home. Charlotte is just tougher on the surface and unless both Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum go nuts, they’re not winning many games.
Pick: Hornets 101, Blazers 97
Grizzlies @ Timberwolves
Memphis is slowly righting the ship, but even if they’re not, I can’t see them losing to a still young/bad Timberwolves team. Minnesota started strong, but has now lost three straight. Make it four.
Pick: Grizz 106, T’Wolves 98
Jazz @ Hawks
Jeff Teague is likely out today but the Hawks are at home and Utah doesn’t always have the best offense. Rudy Gobert is also at risk of sitting out his third straight game and his matchup with Al Horford wouldn’t be ideal, anyways.
Pick: Hawks 101, Jazz 94
Celtics @ Thunder
No Kevin Durant again for OKC, but Russell Westbrook is a beast at the controls and the Thunder are at home against an inferior opponent. OKC should get their fourth straight win.
Pick: Thunder 109, Celtics 104
Raptors @ Kings
I believe Toronto is a pretty strong team and that DeMarre Carroll makes them tough and balanced – especially defensively. However, the Kings look determined to prove they’re not a loser and DeMarcus Cousins has been a menace. Sacramento is also at home, so I’m giving them a shot to win a third straight game.
Pick: Kings 104, Raptors 101
Pistons @ Lakers
Detroit started hot but has really fallen off the map with three losses in a row. Nothing like a date with the Lakers to cure that!
Pick: Pistons 106, Lakers 103