Tuesday, January 12: Boston Celtics @ New York Knicks
- Two East teams trying to build their ways back to contention. Love it. Both are heading in the right direction, and this will be a good one since Boston is trying to get back on track after some tough losses the past few weeks. The Knicks, on the other hand, have played well as of late. I will pick the Knicks to win at home, but the Celtics will make it a good one.
Wednesday, January 13: Dallas Mavericks @ Oklahoma City Thunder
- This one could go well into the 100’s. Both teams are capable of getting hot, but it will be the one that can get the late stops that will win this game. The Parsons/Durant battle will be fun to watch, but don’t sleep on the Dirk matchup with Ibaka. I like the Thunder to win this one.
Thursday, January 14: Detroit Pistons @ Memphis Grizzlies
- A good old-fashioned big man battle! Marc Gasol vs. Andre Drummond will be a lot of fun to watch. Both teams are grind-it-out type squads, but the Pistons may look to turn up the tempo against the more physical Grizz. My pick here is the Grizzlies. I think their defense will cause some problems for Detroit since their defense clogs up the paint and forces a lot of mid-range jump shots.
Thursday, January 14: Cleveland Cavaliers @ San Antonio Spurs
- The matchup I really want to see! Parker/Irving, James/Leonard, and Aldridge/Love. That’s all I need to say. Two good defensive teams with a lot of firepower means they could go off at any moment and put points up in bunches. LeBron has never played extremely well in San Antonio, and Leonard defends him better than anyone in the league. The Spurs win this in a close one. The Cavs will need to figure out who will guard Aldridge and Duncan since Love is the weaker defender of himself and Thompson.
Saturday, January 16: Sacramento Kings @ Los Angeles Clippers
- If this game is in the 9o’s score-wise, I might faint. There’s no defense on either team, so don’t expect any. But why would there be? Both have so many scoring options that getting to 100 is like nothing. But hey, maybe they’ll cancel each other out. Jordan will need to stay out of foul trouble since he is the only one that can at least slow down the red hot Boogie Cousins. I think the Kings will win this one in LA and start to show that they are a team to fear out West.