Primetime Picks December 3
My record for the week has dropped to a disastrously low 2–8 after I missed last night’s games. As a side note, I’m really surprised (borderline shocked) that Cleveland has lost three straight. Those losses obviously don’t change their ceiling or outlook, but they’re still surprising.
One game tonight on NBA TV although I’m adding a few random picks for fun (and in a desperate ploy to improve my record):
Denver at Utah: Utah
This one is fairly easy. I watched a few minutes of Denver/Houston last night, and the Nuggets looked disorganized and unfocused. This isn’t a knock on their team: I think they have a high ceiling a few years down the road. Right now though, they’re struggling to find themselves. Add that to the fact that they’re playing a resurgent Jazz team, on the road, on a back-to-back. Utah should win.
From League Pass:
Minnesota at Charlotte: Charlotte
These two teams have both struggled in recent weeks. Charlotte has come back down to earth, while the T-Wolves are struggling through some growing pains and inexperience. I think the Hornets are starting to stabilize, though, and that should be enough to get a good win tonight against a tired Minnesota team.
Miami at Portland: Portland
I’m making this pick more based on Miami than Portland. The Trail Blazers are inconsistent, but Miami doesn’t have enough talent to take advantage of that. I also believe in Portland more than most people do. Even with their roster problems and lack of defense, they have a lot of talent and should be climbing back up the standings soon. The Blazers will get the win tonight.
Atlanta at Toronto: Toronto
I really want to pick the Hawks here, but I just can’t see enough reasons to do so. They’re finishing up a back-to-back, on the road, against a good Raptors team. Oh, and they don’t have Paul Millsap. I know there’s a budding sense of desperation in Atlanta right now, but (especially after last night’s debacle against Detroit) I don’t think they have enough firepower without Millsap to have a reasonable chance tonight.