It was my second straight losing day on Wednesday in my Daily NBA Picks. There were a lot of upsets last night in the NBA that ended up costing me a handful of wins, including; Cleveland over New York, New Jersey over Philadelphia, and Toronto over Utah just to name a few. I ended up 6-7 yesterday and now sit at 111-60 through the first few weeks in the 2011-12 NBA season.
There are only two games on tap for Thursday, with the Magic heading to Boston to take on the Celtics, while the Grizzles will be in Los Angeles to play the Clippers.
Here are our NBA Picks for Thursday, home teams in ALL CAPS:
ORLANDO (12-5) over Boston (7-9)
These two teams just met on Monday night, as the Celtics easily disposed of the Magic. Orlando scored a season low 56 points while only shooting 25% from the floor. It wasn’t a complete shock that the Magic only managed 56 points, as Boston is 2nd in the association in points allowed per game (88.3).
Rajon Rondo (wrist) and Ray Allen (ankle) will miss Thursday’s game, but they also missed Monday’s game and that didn’t seem to matter. I do think without Rondo and Allen tonight, the Celtics will have a hard time holding off a Orlando team that is 6-2 at home this season, and have won 12 of the past 17 games at home against Boston.
LOS ANGELES (9-6) over Memphis (10-7)
Los Angeles has alternated win and losses in the past six games, so being that they lost last night, this is a shoo-in win for the Clippers tonight. Chris Paul (hamstring) returned in last night loss to the Lakers, and chipped in with 4 points and 12 assists in 27 minutes.
Memphis is coming off a 7 point loss to the Trail Blazers on Tuesday night, but they had won their previous 6 games by an average of 15 points per game.