The Dallas Mavericks will be visiting the Miami Heat for the first time since Game 6 of last years NBA Finals, a game in which they won the NBA title. LeBron James dislocated his left ring finger in Monday’s double-digit loss to the Indiana Pacers, but he’s not expected to miss any time because it’s on his non shooting hand.
It was a rough day yesterday in my NBA Picks, as I finished with a losing record of 4-6, but I still sit at an impressive 303-164 mark overall.
Let’s take a look at my NBA Predictions for Thursday:
INDIANA (29-20) over Washington (11-38)
The Pacers will be looking to rebound from an ugly loss at the hands of the New Jersey Nets last night, when they return home to take on the lowly Wizards. Indiana has won four straight games over Washington, including a 85-83 victory on March 22nd. Roy Hibbert and company are to good to lose two straight against two bad teams. I’ll take Indy, 95-85.
MIAMI (35-13) over Dallas (29-22)
Miami, having lost two straight games by double-digits on the road, will return to South Beach where they have an NBA best 20-2 record at home. The Heat dominated the only match-up between these two teams this season, with a 104-95 victory in a game in which Dallas raised their NBA Championship banner from last season. There’s no way the Heat lose three in a row. I’ll roll with Miami, 109-89.
PORTLAND (23-27) over New Orleans (13-37)
Raymond Felton (personal) will return to the starting line-up tonight, as the Trail Blazers try to gain ground on the Houston Rockets for the 8th seed in the Western Conference, while they’re currently 3 1/2 games back. Portland is 7-3 over their past 10 games when playing at home against the Hornets. Portland takes this one, 93-85.
LOS ANGELES LAKERS (31-19) over Oklahoma City (38-12)
Two of the top teams in the Western Conference will do battle in Lipstick City, when Kobe Bryant and the Lakers square off against Kevin Durant and the Thunder. Derek Fisher will also be making his return to the Staples Center, after being traded earlier this month. The Lakers have won 14 of the past 17 games over the Thunder and they have the third best record at home this season. I’ll go with the Lakers, who undoubtedly have something to prove.