Posted: 11/2/2012 12:54:15 AM
The UNDER was right on I feel bad for side could go either way with how the game went.
Milwaukee Bucks +7.5
Got to take advantage of lines like this. I feel that the Bucks as they are now and how the spread is made for them are probably based on them being underestimated and too much value given on how the Celtics' make up are now. It is true, Celtics has made a lot of move that made them an even better team. They have the depth and the components to have scorers in different rotations. It's also surprising how someone like Leandro Barbosa went under the radar coming up to the Heat game. The thing here is that the change would require them to build up team chemistry. Bucks isn't the one to speak on chemistry after acquiring a couple new pieces but I believe they are playing better basing it on their preseason games. Last season, the Bucks are really inconsistent with how they play and now that they have a couple more time to mesh and to define player roles, they can pretty much surprise teams. I think 7.5 points is a little too much here. Boston will most likely take this game but not cover.
Houston Rockets +6.0
I know, I'm the one to talk about team Chemistry but this Rockets team (despite showing a lot of holes in their game agaisnt the Pistons) looks a lot better than the revamped Hawks team even barely having enough practice time between the new pieces. Harden meshed pretty well despite having barely learned any of the Rockets' set plays and Jeremy Lin played up to what he's expected to contribute despite hampered with foul trouble. Familiar faces but different roles will be the story for the home team. Hawks will be most likely playing inside-out and focusing more on Horford on offense and finding an open 3 if the defense collapses. I think to winning this game will be rebounding. In the game against Detroit, Houston had a good running game because nearly all of the 5 guys on the floor are going for the rebound. They are +9 in rebounding against the bigger Pistons team. Houston is probably not the team that should be made dogs here (or probably I'm over estimating them after the Harden performance) but nonetheless the play should be the road team catching 6 easy points.
Chicago Bulls -2.5
I was expecting somewhere around 4 here but 2.5 is a bit too low. A lot of people has written off the Bulls but man they are still as good defensively as they are last year. Kyrie Irving will be the player to watch for the Cavs' against the Bulls. He looks great against the Wizards but should be given a tougher time attacking the Bulls' defense. Luol Deng looks terrible in the opener but he seem to play well against the Cavaliers. That should be reassuring with Rip Hamilton looking healthy and feeling confident with his shots. I see the game going like the Kings game with the Bulls coming out on top.
Portland Trailblazers +9 - Too many points against a team missing their 3rd best scorer. OKC doesn't look like the scary offensive team they were against the Spurs.
Miami Heat -5.5 - Why not right? Against the oldest team in the league.