Posted: 11/4/2012 11:46:12 PM
Memphis Grizzlies -5.0
First home game of the season. happy should be the huge difference between two teams who look really even in every other position. Front court battle should pretty much be a toss up with a slight edge going to the Grizzlies' seasoned bigs (who also have the better size and array of post moves). Jazz looked good even in their last 2 defeats but I see them falling short this time due to scheduling.
Dallas Mavericks -5.0
Blazers seem to almost always play the Mavs' close. I think they'll fall short here ending a quick 3 game road swing. Mavs' is off a blow out win against the Bobcats where OJ exploded for 30 and Chris Kaman dropped 16 while going +26 when on the court while the visiting Blazers spoiled James Harden's first home game. Both teams should just about be even with the Mavs boasting of a bench and home court. That should spell the difference here.
Philadelphia -4.5 - You know home-and-home series are. Basing this on that. Then again, I've bet against the Knicks twice and lost both already.
Phoenix/Miami OVER 199.5 - Miami's defensive woe's will continue till say after they've defined each players' roles ones again.
San Antonio -8.0 - Best home team in the league against a team who'll have loads of matchup problems. Tim Duncan just sipped a few drops from the fountain again.
Cavs/LA Clippers OVER 195.5 - AND Clips 1Q maybe. Clippers has dropped more than 100points in their games and should continue against the Cavaliers. The only question here is if the road team can get themselves past 90 with the few offensive players they have.