Washington Wizards (0-2) at Miami Heat (1-2)
With the 76’ers at 3-0, the NBA has been quite unpredictable thus far and one of those things that were unexpected were the two-time defending champion Miami Heat to win only one out of their first 3 games.
Let’s remember it’s just 3 games. The Heat host a team in the Washington Wizards who have a lot of talent in their starting lineup with the addition of center Marcin Gortat, but have yet to win a game this season. People would naturally assume that the Heat at home should be a blowout, or is it?
Be More Selfish
It’s very rare in basketball that a coach tells a player to be more selfish with the basketball because it alienates the other players on the team and they get out of the groove themselves. In the Miami Heat’s case, the best player on the planet, Lebron James, needs to be more selfish with the basketball. Being selfish won Kobe Bryant championships and being selfish will get LBJ his 3rd NBA Title.
Thus far, LBJ has been on the money where his shooting is concerned (53.7%) and has dished out 9 assists per game. It’s sad to say, but Dwayne Wade is declining rapidly. At this point, he appears to be the 3rd best player on the Heat squad and is fading fast. Players like Mario Chalmers have excelled as James has become more selfless with the basketball. Look for Lebron to put on a show against a talented team that hasn’t figured out how to win basketball games yet.
Brooklyn is looking to take over the NBA and after a 101-100 defeat of the Heat in their first meeting, Miami should make a statement here.
Off the Wall
In the Heat’s way will be a player that has really come into his own in point guard John Wall. Wall is a handful to guard with his great quickness and is a great ball distributor and now becoming a great scorer. On the season, Wall is averaging 23 points, 8.5 assists, and 3.5 rebounds per game. The Heat will need to focus on this former University of Kentucky guard or this game can be closer than expected.
Free Pick – Miami -13.5 at Bet 365 for your NBA picks(This is a ton of points to lay, but look for Miami to make a statement)
Life Without Westbrook
I really didn’t notice what a vulnerable team that the OKC Thunder are without superstar point guard Russell Westbrook until they took the court at Minnesota and the Timberwolves put a beating on the Thunder and held Kevin Durant to a pedestrian-like 13 points. Durant was never a factor in the game and sat out the entire 4th quarter as the T-Wolves won the game 100-81. Now, the Thunder must host an undefeated Phoenix Suns team that , much like Philadelphia, has been very surprising getting off to such a fabulous start.
NBA Odds makers haven’t seemed to take notice as the Thunder are a 13 point favorite at home. After their last game, they don’t haven’t done anything that warrants them being a double digit favorite over any team.
Phoenix is coming off of an 87-84 victory over a very beatable Utah Jazz team, but a win is a win. In this game Goran Dragic struggled, shooting just 2 for 11 from the field and it was the rest of his team that picked him up. Players like Eric Bledsoe (20 ppg) and Miles Plumlee (14 rpg) are getting opportunities for a lot of “PT” and are cashing in. With Plumlee in the middle, Phoenix has allowed just 87.5 points per game. The Thunder could have trouble with this team if they played like they did against Minnesota.
I’m not gullible enough to believe that Phoenix has turned everything around, but the Thunder just aren’t the same without Russell Westbrook and 13 points is just too much to lay.
Free Pick- Phoenix Suns +13 at Bet 365
Good luck, everyone!