Welcome back to our NBA Picks piece for 2012. So far the NBA season has seen three of the favorites for the NBA title go a combined 1-6, that would be the Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers, and the Boston Celtics. Frankly I’m not overly concerned about any of those teams, you know the Heat will be tough when push comes to shove, Boston will find a way to make it to 50 plus wins, and the Lakers just need some time to gel much like the Miami Heat last season.
Here our the Top 5 Locks of the Day for Saturday November 3rd:
Boston (0-2) over WASHINGTON (0-1)
Not the kind of start the Celtics were looking for coming into 2012. You knew opening night would be a battle against the defending NBA champions Miami Heat, but to drop a game against the Milwaukee Bucks last night at home was a bit of a shock.
Rajon Rondo has had two straight double-doubles, and I look for another big night from him and Paul Pierce. I’ll take the Celtics, 102-88.
MIAMI (1-1) over Denver (0-2)
The Denver Nuggets are no doubt a playoff team in the Western Conference, but they are currently sitting at a dismal 0-2 and will be 0-3 after tonight.
Denver has owned the Heat over the last 13 games, going an impressive 11-2, but the Heat looked awful last night against the Knicks and I expect them to rebound in a big way tonight. Give me the Heat, 110-105.
CHICAGO (2-0) over New Orleans (1-1)
Even without Derrick Rose (knee) the Chicago Bulls continue to prove that their defense is one of the best in the Eastern Conference.
New Orleans will be without Anthony Davis (concussion) and I think that will ultimately be their undoing. Joakim Noah has be outstanding through the first two games, while averaging 16.5 PPG and 7.5 RPG. Chicago cruises easy, 98-81.
HOUSTON (2-0) over Portland (1-1)
James Harden. That’s pretty much all that need to be said when breaking down the Houston Rockets early in the season. Harden is averaging 41 PPG, 6.5 rebounds, and 7 assists per game, I’d say he’s been worth every penny. Oh yeah and that Jeremy Lin fella is proving that last year wasn’t a fluke.
Portland keeps it close, but Houston prevails, 101-99.
LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS (2-0) over Golden State (1-1)
I’m a die hard Golden State Warriors fan, but I am a realist. The Warriors might be in the hunt for the 8th seed in Western Conference, but the Clippers are the far better team right now.
I want to say the Warriors keep it close, but I think the Clips blow them out, 105-90.