Saturday night NBA
A pretty good yesterday , with Kings and Lakers covering , but with a huge blow out by the RAptors . But it s still 2-1 .
Tonight another 3 games , and the big game of the day .
Boston – Detroit
Boston will have revenge on their mind. Detroit is thinking you still need to beat us. Judging by the way Boston played the last 2 games they’ve been looking forward to this game. They struggled to put away Memphis, struggled to put away the McGrady-less Rockets. Regardless Boston is on a 8 game run and Detroit is on a 11 game run, on this run Detroit has covered all 11 games. Detroit is doing it on both ends right now. Holding opponents to an average of 84 points, while putting up an average of 100 ppg. During Boston’s 8 game run, they are averaging 101 ppg, and holding opponents to 90 ppg (that is quite deceiving because in one game Sac scored only 69, most of the other games opponents were in the mid 90’s). I don’t like how Ray Allen has been struggling lately. In the last 5 games he’s shooting only 38% and averaging 13 points. Possibly because he’s been banged up a bit lately. Its not going to get any easier tonight. With his declined play and Rondo’s decline play, Boston isn’t dominating teams like there were doing 3-4 weeks ago. Detroit has been playing fabulous. This is how you want to play heading into the playoffs. The scoring is balanced and the second unit is playing great. Sometimes even extending the lead while the starters are resting.
Detroit is a tough team . When they’re down 10, they don’t panic. The play smart and methodical. You hardly ever see Chauncey or Rip lose focus. Boston may be over anxious today, while Detroit will be calm and steady. Detroit continues to roll on their winning streak. So much more to say. Detroit is better and if you have seen the way they’ve played over the last 11 games, its undeniable.
Play Detroit -2 @1,95 at Pinnacle
New Orleans – Phoenix
New Orleans on a back to back, winning last night in GS. Not so fast. Phoenix is 103 at home. Thats great, however I said against Seattle, Phoenix is not the same team as they were last season beating teams by 20 every night was normal. This year they are grinding out games, falling behind and having to fight back. Or building leads and letting teams back in. I really don’t know why. However, they are piling up the wins 23-9 overall which is great, but they are not killing teams convincingly. New Orleans is playing great right now. Winning 8 of the last 10, 2-0 on their current road trip. Coming off a big win in GS, shows that New Orleans can play the uptempo game. When you have a point guard like Paul who will make good decisions with the ball, you can play that type of game. Even though running and gunning isn’t their style they can get out and run when the opportunity is there. New Orleans have already beaten Pheonix earlier this season in New Orleans, by 3 points. Right now I like the way New Orleans is playing and I don’t feel Phoenix is playing well enough to lay 8 points to a team playing at the level that New Orleans is playing. Phoenix may win, but by double digits, not likely.
Take New Orleans +8 @1,97 at Pinnacle
Utah – Portland
Portland (20-13) won 13 straight from Dec. 3-30 before losing 111-101 to the Jazz (18-16) on Monday in Salt Lake City. Great winning streak by them , with a huge apport by B Roy .
Latest informations coming in : B Roy is out for tonight game. Against the Bulls Roy injured his tailbone with a hard fall earlier in the game. Roy, who leads Portland with 19.5 points per game, said he wasn’t moving as well at end of the game. He finished with another solid performance, however, going 7-of-15 from the field to go along with six rebounds, two steals and no turnovers.
So , big chance for the Jazz , get it fast !
Take Utah +2,5 @ 1,94 at Pinnacle
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