This Hawks team is ready to come back to show the world that last year was not a fluke. Coach Bud has his players ready to go and the Phillips Areana crowd should also be ready to go. For many years the Atlanta Hawks were the third team in town, after the Falcons and Braves, but after last years surge has the city humming.
The Pistons come to town looking to start this year off with a bang. With the acquisitions of Marcus Morris and Ehsan Ilyasova, the Pistons will use their size advantgae against the small Bazemore, and hope for success. The team has finally adopted Stan Van Gundy’s persona and this will lead to a successful season.
Prediction: Hawks cover the -7 in a relatively close match-up. Lock of the day!
This match-up should be the best one of the night. One team is coming off a finals lose, and the other is eager. Eager to show that their new coach will led them to success in the Eastern Conference. The season is long, but a victory here will do great for the confidence of a young coach. Sitting Noah will be a interesting change for Bull’s fans, but Mirotic looked ready in the preseason. Look for him to have a big game against Love.
The Cavaliers will be without their starting point guard, but when you have the King, you worry a little less in life. During the 2014–15 regular season against Chicago, LeBron James averaged 28.3 points, 7.0 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 1.8 steals in 37.2 minutes per game. There is no reason to believe that he will not do the same today, even with Jimmy Butler on him.
Prediction: Take the Cavs +4.5 points.
The game everyone should be looking forward too. The defending champions will get their rings today, but they are ready to play some ball. The Warriors are a stacked team, with a finals MVP coming off the bench. Look for the Shaun Livingston to have a breakout season, and without David Lee in the lineup Festus Ezeli may do the same.
For the Pelicans, the time is now. The Davis-Curry riviraly is slowing coming into fruition and the first game of the season is the perfect showcase for the two MVP level talent. The Pelicans also hired a great new coach, Alvin Gentry, this offseason, who will have this team scoring at significally higher rates. They will be fun to watch, and if Davis stays healthy, they will make the playoffs again.
Prediction: Pelicans cover the 10 points, as the Warriors maybe to hyped for a ring ceremony and not be focused. Also important to note that Steve Kerr will not be coaching this game as he recovers from back surgery. Wish you well coach!