New York Knicks (2-3) at Milwaukee Bucks (0-5)
Just That Bad!
I hate to beat a dead horse, but when you see a franchise so depleted as the Milwaukee Bucks, you must capitalize as much as possible on their ineptitude. With the Bucks at home, the NBA odds are just what you might expect with a superior Knicks team that lost their last game in overtime to Toronto, 123-120, and should’ve won; the Knicks are a small 1.5 point favorite on the road.
The only difference in this game is that the Knicks aren’t facing a Toronto team which is 5-1, they’re facing a winless Bucks team with starters that should be 2nd stringers.
The Bucks are coming off of a very predictable 105-84 loss against the Chicago Bulls. Without Ersan Illyasova in the lineup, this team has no punch as Gary Neal led the Bucks with 14 points against Chicago. Larry Sanders had 12 points, but his job is rebounding and blocking shots and he came up short on Monday. There simply is no go to guy on this team of serviceable players. On the other hand, the Knicks have one of the best scorers in the league in Carmelo Anthony.
Melo can light it up for 25 points plus on any given night. In the overtime loss against Toronto, it was his supporting cast that got their opportunity to shine as every starter but Melo was in double figures. Rookie, Tim Hardaway Jr, had a poor shooting night but still managed 15 points and 6 rebounds while the newly acquired Metta World Peace produced 16 points and 6 rebounds off the bench. The Knicks might not be as talented as the Chicago Bulls, but there should be a similar outcome as Milwaukee’s last game.
There’s some good matchups such as the 4-2 Miami Heat against the 6-0 New Orleans Pelicans, but remember, this is preseason and although the betting is real, the records have less value.
Minnesota Timberwolves (3-2) at Philadelphia 76’ers (2-4)
Another team that I’m not overly impressed with are the Philadelphia 76’ers. With Jrue Holiday no longer a Sixer, look for this team to have a dramatic drop in production and chemistry. In their last game, the SIxers lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers, 104-93. In this game, rookie, Michael Carter- Williams was just 1-11 from the field with 5 points. Carter-Williams has some talent, but this isn’t Syracuse and he’s not ready to crack any NBA team’s starting lineup.
In the loss the Cavs, Spencer Hawes led the Sixers in points, rebounds, and assists. Hawes is a solid NBA center, but even he lacks consistency. This is just not a good product put on the court by Sixers management and it will be a long season for Philly.
Much Love for Love
After missing the 2012-2013 season, the Minnesota Timberwolves welcome back superstar Kevin Love to the team. Love is one of the best kept secrets in the NBA as he’s a definite top 5 player in this league. The T-Wolves are already seeing results as they sport a winning record this preseason. Love is coming off of a 22 point, 9 rebound, 3 assist, and 3 steal performance in an easy 104-89 victory over the Boston Celtics. Look for Love to have a big game against the pathetic Sixers.
Shooting guard, Kevin Martin, is also a member of the Timberwolves this season and although he’s not the player that he once was, he fits in perfect with the unselfish play of point guard Ricky Rubio.
This game is a pick’em and Minnesota is the better team with the go to superstar in Love. Take Minny for your NBA picks in this preseason matchup.
Free Pick- Minnesota Timberwolves –pk at Bet 365
Good luck, everyone!