It is time to make the NBA Picks of the Day and profit from what we’ve seen.
Are The Sixers For Real?
This is one of the teams that I’ve stated would be a bottom-feeder and my opinion hasn’t changed. That said, the Sixers have gotten off to a fast start this season with a win over the Miami Heat and a 7 point road victory over the Washington Wizards last night.
The Sixers welcome a team in the Chicago Bulls that’s expected to contend for the NBA Title this season with the return of star point guard Derrick Rose. Thus far, it’s been a rocky start for Rose, who played exceptionally well in the preseason. Is tonight the night that Derrick Rose breaks out for a 40 point plus game?
Normally, I would say that it takes time for a player to recover from injury, but Derrick Rose proved in the preseason that he was the same player that he was before the injury. That said, he’s off to a slow start. In the first two games of the 2013-2014 regular season, Rose has shot just 28.9 % from the field while averaging 15 points, 3.5 assists, and 3.5 rebounds per game.
Granted these two games were against two of the better teams in the NBA in the Knicks and the Heat, but this isn’t very Derrick Rose-like. The Bulls have one of the best defenses in the league, but don’t have a definitive scorer other than Rose and need him to play up to his fullest potential. A meeting against the Sixers might just be the panacea that this former League MVP needs.
Philly has played well, averaging 111 points per game in their 2 wins, but I’m not a believer in this team. Sure, they have some nice additions such as rookie Michael Carter-Williams, but this team can’t match up against a battle-tested, elite team such as Chicago. Spencer Hawes has been dominant at center, averaging 20 points and 11.5 rebounds per game, but when he faces a the blockade of Noah, Deng, and Boozer, he might not be as successful. Look for Chicago to come out on the winning end in this game.
NBA Pick- Chicago -8.5 at Bet 365
Houston Rockets (2-0) at Utah Jazz (0-2)
“The Big 2”
I’m a big believer in the Rockets, as Dwight Howard has found the perfect fit to showcase his skills. He gets to play along a big-time scorer in James Harden and a bunch of talented, but unselfish players in a low-key atmosphere. Speaking of low-key atmospheres, the Rockets travel to a small market area in Utah, but a hostile crowd at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City. This year’s Utah Jazz will not achieve the amount of wins that they have in the past without Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap, but this is a team with a lot of promise; a team that the Rockets can’t take lightly.
Utah is coming off of a 87-84 loss against the surprising Phoenix Suns, but are in the learning process. This is a team that has talent with the likes of Gordon Hayward (15 ppg, 7 rpg, 6.5 apg), Enes Kanter (17 ppg, 11 rpg), Derrick Favors (14.5 ppg, 13 rpg), and leading scorer Alec Burks (19 ppg , 4 rpg, 3.5 apg). People don’t remember that Burks was a big-time scorer in college at Colorado.
The one thing plaguing the Jazz has been bench depth and they’ll need to put up the points against a high scoring team like the Rockets. The difference in this game is that Houston does have a deep team with 2 superstars and players that know their roles and can sacrifice their statistics.
Utah’s defense has played very well in their first 2 games, but a team like the Rockets force the opposition into shootouts and the betting odds total of 199 is very low in this game.
NBA Pick- Utah/Houston OVER 199 at Bet 365
Good luck, everyone!