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PostSubject: NBA Season 2014-15 Discussion   Tue Sep 30, 2014 3:41 pm

The 2014-15 NBA Season will be the 69th season of National Basketball Association. There will be a pre-season on Saturday, October 4, 2014 and will end on friday, October 24, 2014. The regular season will begin on tuesday, October 28, 2014. And the defending champion San Antonio Spurs will be the first game of 2014-15 season against Dallas Mavericks.

Anyway before the 2014-15 NBA season start, lets talk about the first overall pick Andrew Wiggins. what can you say about him? for me i think he deserve the 1st pick, and many people sed hes talent and athleticism is compare to tracy McGrady.

And what can you say for Derek Fisher as the head coach of New York Knicks?

And what Lebron James can do for Cleveland Cavaliers? thoughts?

I will post the schedule of the game soon, have a nice day everyone Smile







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PostSubject: Re: NBA Season 2014-15 Discussion   Mon Oct 13, 2014 8:03 am

Good evening everyone here are the matches for tomorrow

Oct 13, 2014

Charlotte Hornets

After an ordinary opening performance against the Philadelphia 76ers, the Charlotte Hornets bounced back nicely in their home opener, defeating the Washington Wizards 99-86 behind Gary Neal’s game-high 19 points. Head Coach Steve Clifford has praised Neal’s play all summer long, going as far as saying he is having the best training camp out of any player on the roster. If everything falls into place and If Neal can provide consistent scoring punch off the bench for this new look Hornets outfit, they have a chance at finishing in the top four of the Eastern Conference this season. I think they finish fifth or sixth when it’s all said and done. After an ordinary opening performance against the Philadelphia 76ers, the Charlotte Hornets bounced back nicely in their home opener, defeating the Washington Wizards 99-86 behind Gary Neal’s game-high 19 points. Head Coach Steve Clifford has praised Neal’s play all summer long, going as far as saying he is having the best training camp out of any player on the roster. If everything falls into place and If Neal can provide consistent scoring punch off the bench for this new look Hornets outfit, they have a chance at finishing in the top four of the Eastern Conference this season. I think they finish fifth or sixth when it’s all said and done.

Orlando Magic

The Orlando Magic have had an impressive start to preseason play, winning both games away from home against Miami and Indiana, the two teams that met in the Eastern Conference Finals last season. This young Magic squad is getting a good spread of contributors in their opening couple of games as six players scored in double-figures in their overtime win against the Heat while each player scored three or greater in their 96-93 victory over the Pacers on Friday night. I’m not sure Orlando has a star on their roster, but they are a nice young team that is going to be pretty fun to watch this season.
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PostSubject: Re: NBA Season 2014-15 Discussion   Mon Oct 13, 2014 10:28 am

Toronto Raptors vs New York Knicks

Toronto Raptors

The Toronto Raptors and New York Knicks will play a Monday preseason game at Madison Square Garden.The Toronto Raptors have won two of their last three games and will play their second road game of the season. The Raptors are playing incredible offensive ball in their first three games, shooting above 48 percent from the field in their last two games. DeMar DeRozan continues to lead the way offensively, as he’s coming off a 23-point performance and has scored 41 points in his last two games. Kyle Lowry has also produced double-digit points, and he’s coming off a game where he made nine of 14 shots. Expect Landry Fields to be more aggressive in this matchup, as he didn’t take a single shot in the Raptors last game despite playing 14 minutes. The Toronto Raptors have to like what they’ve done in the preseason and should feel confident heading into the regular season.

New York Knicks

This will be the first home game for the New York Knicks, as they split their first two preseason games against the Boston Celtics. Rookie Cleanthony Early showed promise in his last game, shooting 4-6 from the field and he’s scored a combined 16 points. Carmelo Anthony has played 21 minutes in each matchup, and he’s produced a combined 26 points and eight rebounds. A positive sign for the Knicks is that Tim Hardaway Jr. is starting to find his stroke, as he’s hit three threes and has four assists. The development of Amar'e Stoudemire will either make or break the New York Knicks, and he’s played a combined 29 minutes in the preseason. The Knicks have talent but are still a major question mark entering the season.
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PostSubject: Re: NBA Season 2014-15 Discussion   Mon Oct 13, 2014 12:15 pm

Denver Nuggets vs Chicago Bulls

Denver Nuggets

The Denver Nuggets are 1-2 in the preseason and have been clicking offensively at a high clip. The Nuggets shot 56.9 percent in a game against the Oklahoma City Thunder and 40.2 percent against the Phoenix Suns. Danilo Gallinari returned in the Nuggets most recent game, and he looked terrific by knocking down five of his nine shot attempts. One player who has really shined for Denver has been rookie Gary Harris, who has scored a combined 27 points and has dished three assists in the first three games. Kenneth Faried has been dealing with a minor ankle injury, but he’s expected to play in this matchup. The Denver Nuggets have to feel optimistic with the way they’ve played so far.

Chicago Bulls

The Chicago Bulls have lost two of their three games and are looking to jell by the time the season begins. Pau Gasol is coming off his best game in a Bulls uniform, scoring 20 points and grabbing 11 rebounds in a victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. Derrick Rose continues to iron out any wrinkles, as he’s played a combined 50 minutes and has scored 33 points. As the Bulls continue to search for point guard depth, Aaron Brooks has really impressed at both ends of the court, especially on defense where he’s come up with a few steals. Rookie Doug McDermott is still trying to find his groove, but he has made one three in each of the first three games. The Chicago Bulls are simply getting a feel for one another and looking to improve on the offensive side of the ball.





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PostSubject: Re: NBA Season 2014-15 Discussion   Wed Oct 15, 2014 11:14 am

NBA PRESEASON
10/16/2014

Home - Cleveland Cavaliers
Last away matches - W-W-W-W-L-L

The Cleveland Cavaliers are off to a 3-0 start this preseason as the excitement surrounding this team continues to grow. LeBron James and Kyrie Irving sat out on Tuesday against Milwaukee so it was Kevin Love’s turn to shine and he responded by scoring 25 points and grabbing four rebounds in 21 minutes of action. Dion Waters poured in 23 points in 25 minutes and Shawn Marion scored 11 as the Cavs showed even without their two top stars they have more than enough in the tank to be a force this year. The Cavs shot 45.3% from the floor but 89.3% from the free throw line and that was the difference. James is healthy but Cleveland plays three games in four nights but Tristan Thomson is nursing a sore shoulder and Irving is recovering from rolling his ankle so they are still sidelined.

Away - Indiana Pacers
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The Indiana Pacers have been off since Sunday when they lost to the Dallas Mavericks. The Pacers continue to prepare for a season without Paul George they are still being selective with who is playing and playing time for the preseason. Roy Hibbert sat out on Sunday as did George Hill and C.J. Fair as C.J. Miles led all scorers with 19. Point guard C.J. Watson scored 16 points while Donald Sloan had 2 and Lavoy Allen had 10. The Pacers were creamed on the boards by the Mavs 48-36 and they turned the ball over 19 times. The Pacers are a playoff tested team but without Paul it is going to be a real test.

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10/16/2014

Home - Boston Celtics
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The Boston Celtics have split their first four preseason games and are still trying to find out exactly who they are. One thing that should help the Celtics is the return of Jeff Green, who is expected to make his preseason debut after missing time with a calf injury. The main concern for the Celtics has to be the progress of rookie point guard Marcus Smart. In his last three games, Smart has turned the ball 10 times and is 7-21 from the field. While it may be unfair to expect a rookie to excel immediately, that’s basically what the Boston Celtics need to be successful with Rajon Rondo out with a hand injury. Marcus Thornton has really played well this preseason and will be a major contributor for the Celtics off the bench. At this point, Boston is looking for anybody and everybody to make an impact with the season right around the corner.

Away - Toronto Raptors
Last away matches - W-L-L-L-L-W

The Toronto Raptors are a solid 3-1 in preseason play and already beat the Boston Celtics 116-109 last Friday. Louis Williams has provided a huge spark offensively off the bench for the Raptors, which includes a combined 31 points in his last two games. Kyle Lowry did not play in the Raptors most recent game due to rest and he shouldn’t see significant minutes in this matchup either, if at all. If there’s one thing the Toronto Raptors hope changes before the regular season, it’s the turnovers as they turned the ball over 21 times in their last game and it was an issue in last year’s playoffs. The Raptors continue to find out who they are through solid play but they have to clean their game up if they hope to be taken seriously as championship contenders.

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PostSubject: Re: NBA Season 2014-15 Discussion   Thu Oct 16, 2014 12:18 pm

NBA PRESEASON
10/17/2014

Philadelphia 76ers vs Boston Celtics

Home - Philadelphia 76ers
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The Boston Celtics have lost three straight preseason games and are 2-3 overall. The Celtics have had a hard time putting the ball in the hoop and the return of Jeff Green certainly didn’t help in Wednesday’s loss. Green, who missed all of the preseason with a hamstring injury, shot 3-12 from the field in 31 minutes in his preseason debut. Marcus Smart, who has also struggled at point guard, turned the ball over six times in his most recent contest. One player who continues to shine for the Boston Celtics is Marcus Thornton, who has scored in the double figures in three straight games and looks to be an offensive spark off the bench. It’s no secret the Boston Celtics are going to struggle this season and they’re just trying to find a few guys who can hopefully stop the bleeding. If preseason is any indication of things to come, it won’t be pretty for Boston fans.

Away - Boston Celtics
Last away matches - L-L-W-W-L-W

The Philadelphia 76ers are 1-3 in the preseason and have lost two straight games. The issue for the 76ers lately have been turnovers, as they’ve coughed the ball up a combined 44 times in their last two games. One player who continues to produce for Philly is center Henry Sims, who has combined for 36 points and 18 rebounds in his last three games. Nerlens Noel has four blocks and 20 rebounds in his last two performances. While K.J. McDaniels is more known for his defense, he has shot a solid 8-13 from the field in his last two games. The Philadelphia 76ers are expected to be terrible this season and they haven't done much to change that thought in the preseason. However, there have been a couple of somewhat promising performances from some of their young players.

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10/17/2014

Golden State Warriors vs Denver Nuggets

Home - Golden State Warriors
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The Golden State Warriors are 3-0 in the preseason and have shot better than 48 percent from the field in every contest. Stephen Curry has scored 45 points in his last two games and David Lee has scored in the double figures in all three games. The Warriors have pretty much been what they are in the regular season, a shooting machine that doesn’t miss much, and that’s even with Steve Kerr is their new head coach. Harrison Barnes, who needs to step his game up in his third year, is even a solid 9-20 from the field and is being a lot more active on the defensive end. Shaun Livingston will miss a couple of weeks due to a toe injury. Overall, Golden State fans have to be pleased with what they’ve seen from their team so far in the preseason.

Away - Denver Nuggets
Last away matches - L-L-L-L-L-L

The Denver Nuggets are 1-3 in the preseason and all three of their losses have come on the road. Kenneth Faried looks to be in regular season form as he’s picked up right where he left up in FIBA play, simply scoring at will and controlling the glass in limited minutes. Danilo Gallinari is coming off his best preseason game where he scored 17 points in 14 minutes against the Phoenix Suns. Timofey Mozgov has been the most consistent Denver player throughout the preseason and if he can keep it up, he’s likely going to see the most minutes he’s ever had in his career. Rookie Gary Harris has also shown promise at times and looks like he has the potential to be a steal for the Nuggets. Overall, despite the results, the Denver Nuggets have found some depth in their first few games that they hope can hold up.

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10/17/2014

Chicago Bulls vs Atlanta Hawks

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The Chicago Bulls dropped their first two games of the preseason but the have bounced back winning their last two. All eyes in Chicago are on Derrick Rose and his health as he has suffered season ending injuries the past two seasons but he looks to be healthy this year. While Rose is healthy, most feel he hasn’t been at his best for whatever reason and we saw that on Monday against the Nuggets as Rose scored 15 points but he was just 4 of 12 from the floor. Joakim Noah gets some big help from a big man this season as the Bulls have added Pau Gasol to the mix and he is coming off of a nine point performance o Monday. Taj Gibson has moved to the sixth man spot but that didn’t stop him from scoring 15 on Monday and Doug McDermott logged 16 points in 26 minutes. The Bulls pounded the boards against Denver out rebounding them by 45-37 and blocking seven shots. The Bulls have some question marks but the tinkering of the roster and playing without Rose the past two seasons have made them much more than just a one man show.

Away - Atlanta Hawks
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The Atlanta Hawks were an improved team last season and somewhat surprising but the question mark for them is whether they are ready to contend or if they are still in the building process. The Hawks are 2-1 so far this preseason and are coming off of a win on Monday in Miami against the Heat. Paul Milsap looks to be in mid season form scoring 23 points in 25 minutes on Monday and Kyle Korver had 17 points. Jeff Teague and DeMarre Carroll each had 10 points in 23 minutes and Mike Scott also had 10 points. 15 players in all had time on the floor for the Hawks on Monday as they worked in Adreian Payne who had five points and Shelvin Mack who had four points. The Hawks are really treating these games as a chance to get a good look at everyone and judging by what we have seen from them thus far their final roster is far from being decided.

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10/17/2014

New Orleans Pelicans vs Oklahoma City Thunder

Home - New Orleans Pelicans
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The New Orleans Pelicans have split their first four preseason games and will play just their second true home game after beating the Houston Rockets on Tuesday. Anthony Davis is coming off his best preseason performance with 26 points and eight rebounds, as he shot a remarkable 9-11 from the field. Tyreke Evans, who is expected to be the Pelicans starting SF and has missed time with a hamstring injury, hopes to return for this matchup. Ryan Anderson looks like he’s going to have a big season for New Orleans, as he’s contributed 28 points and 10 rebounds in his last two games. It also looks like that Jimmer Fredette pickup may pay off for the Pelicans, as he’s canned six threes in his last two contests. If guys can continue to emerge, the New Orleans Pelicans could be a surprise team this season.

Away - Oklahoma City Thunder
Last away matches - W-L-W-W-L-L

The Oklahoma City Thunder are 2-1 in the preseason and are coming off a 10-point win over the Memphis Grizzlies in their first game without Kevin Durant. In fact, the Thunder didn’t miss a beat by shooting 53.3 percent from the field and Jeremy Lamb led the way with 23 points. I’ve mentioned before that Lamb has big time potential if given a chance, and he showed some of that in the win over Memphis. Russell Westbrook actually looked like a point guard by dishing out 12 assists, while Anthony Morrow scored 19 points off the bench. It was an overall team victory for OKC with everybody contributing, and it’s exactly how the Thunder will have to play in order to win games with Durant out for an extended period of time.

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PostSubject: Re: NBA Season 2014-15 Discussion   Fri Oct 17, 2014 12:09 pm

NBA PRESEASON
10/18/2014

Home - Washington Wizards
Last away matches - L-W-W-W-W-L

The Washington Wizards are 4-1 thus far this preseason as they look to build on last season’s playoff berth. Washington’s last game was again Maccabi Haifa which they won by just six points. The starters just didn’t play much in the last game as the backups saw plenty of action. Paul Pierce sat out on Wednesday and John Wall played just 12 minutes scoring five points. Otto Porter led all scorers for the Wizards with 19 points and eight rebounds and Kevin Seraphin had 18 points and 12 rebounds. Washington has a nice core of young players with DeJuan Blair and Glen Rice Jr. and they should be challengers once again.

Away - Charlotte Hornets
Last away matches - L-L-W-W-W-L

The Charlotte Bobcats are 2-2 this preseason and are coming off of a bad loss to Detroit where they were blown out by 20 points. The Starters logged plenty of minutes against Detroit but none of them had even a decent night. Al Jefferson and Brian Roberts each had 10 points and Lance Stephenson had eight points. P.J. Hairston had 10 points but Cody Zeller had just two points. Kemba Walker is sidelined with a knee contusion, Gerald Henderson has a hamstring industry, and Noah Vonleh is out with a hernia.

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10/18/2014

Home - Orlando Magic
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The Orlando Magic are 3-1 for the preseason but they were one of the worst teams in the NBA last season. Orlando is coming off of a win in their last game but it was against Flamengo so there isn’t much we can decipher from it. Seth Curry and Victor Olidipo were among those who sat out last game as the Magic gave plenty of minutes to others. Nikola Vucevic scored 10 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and Tobias Harris had 14 points in 25 minutes. Devyn Marble played just 16 minutes and had four pointsand Aaron Gordon scored 15 off of the bench. Where we saw the biggest disparity for the Magic was on the boards where they outrebounded their opponent 50-37.

Away - Detroit Pistons
Last away matches - W-L-L-L-L-W

T he Detroit Pistons are off to a 3-1 start this preseason and they destroyed the Charlotte Hornets as an underdog in their last game. 14 Pistons saw action in the game against the Hornets but Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is out with a knee injury and Will Bynum and Spencer Dinwiddie didn’t play. Andre Drummond scored 15 points and had 14 rebounds in 31 minutes of action, Josh Smith scored 14 points and had 10 rebounds in 34 minutes, and D.J. Augustin had 16 points in 22 minutes off of the bench. Detroit crushed Charlotte on the boards outrebounding them 58-36. Al Jefferson scored 10 points and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored six as Detroit looked sharp leading from start to finish.

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10/18/2014

Home - Cleveland Cavaliers
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The Cavaliers improved to a perfect 4-0 this preseason after a 98-93 win over the Indiana Pacers at the Cintas Center in Cincinnati, OH on Wednesday. LeBron James led the Cavs with a game-high 26 points on 9-12 (.750) shooting, four rebounds, three assists and one steal in 24 minutes. His 26 points scored are the most by a Cavs player this preseason. Also in the victory, Matthew Dellavedova recorded 14 points on 6-9 (.667) shooting, a team-high four assists and two steals in 30 minutes, while Tristan Thompson pulled down a game-high nine rebounds and added six points in 26 minutes off the bench.

Away - Dallas Mavericks
Last away matches - W-W-L-L-W-L

The Mavericks got their first win of the preseason in their most recent game on Sunday in Dallas against the Indiana Pacers. Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki returned to the starting lineup against Indiana (after missing the first two preseason games due to a right hip contusion) and went 7-of-11 from the field in the opening half en route to 16 first-half points. He added five rebounds and two assists in 19 minutes. Charlie Villanueva (16) and Gal Mekel (11) scored all of their points in the fourth quarter as the Mavs came away with the 106-98 victory.

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PostSubject: Re: NBA Season 2014-15 Discussion   Sat Oct 18, 2014 1:12 pm

NBA PRESEASON
10/19/2014

Indiana Pacers vs Dallas Mavericks

Home - Indiana Pacers
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The Indiana Pacers are 1-3 in the preseason, have lost three straight games and this will be their first contest since Wednesday. The Pacers continue to struggle finding playmakers on the offensive end, as they’ve shot 40 percent or under in two of their last three games. Chris Copeland is coming off a 16-point performance and he’s scored a combined 22 points in his last two games. George Hill has probably been the most consistent player for the Pacers, as he’s a combined 9-17 from the field in his last two games. Roy Hibbert looks to be in better shape than last season and is more aggressive offensively, producing 21 points in his last two games. With the injury the Paul George, the Indiana Pacers are just looking for answers.

Away - Dallas Mavericks
Last away matches - W-W-W-L-L-W

The Dallas Mavericks have split their first four preseason games, which includes a win Friday over the Cleveland Cavaliers. Dirk Nowitzki looks to be in regular season form the last couple of games, scoring 32 points and grabbing 14 rebounds. Monta Ellis returned from injury in Friday’s matchup, scoring 13 points and dishing out eight assists. Meanwhile, Tyson Chandler continues to struggle from the field, as he’s a combined 1-10 in his last two games. Jameer Nelson seems to be the Mavs starting point guard with the way he’s been playing, as he’s produced a combined 26 points and 13 assists in his last two contests. The Dallas Mavericks have improved with each preseason game.

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10/19/2014

Philadelphia 76ers vs Orlando Magic

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The Philadelphia 76ers were one of the worst teams in the NBA last season and so far this preseason they aren’t any better going 1-4 through their first five games. We last saw the 76ers in action on Thursday when they were losing on the road in Boston where seven players didn’t even dress including Michael Carter-Williams. The Sixers seem to have more talent with high potential and big question marks than any other team in the NBA with Nerlens Noel and Joel Embid both on the roaster. On Thursday Elliot Williams and Tony Wroten each had 17 points and Henry Sims grabbed 10 rebounds. Arnett Moultrie came off of the bench to score 16 points and grab nine rebounds and Alexey Shved had eight points. While I do see some talent on the roster in Philadelphia, this could be another tough season.

Away - Orlando Magic
Last away matches - L-W-W-W-L-L

The Orlando Magic are having a strong preseason winning their last two games to go to 4-1 overall. Their one loss was on the road and 3 of their 5 games have been played on the road. Orlando is coming off of a game against Flamengo where we really didn’t learn much as it was more of a longer look at Magic bench players. Nikola Vicevic scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and Aaron Gordon scored 15 points and had nine rebounds. Tobias Harris had 14 points, Luke Ridnour had 11 points, and Willie Green had 11 points. Seth Curry sat out last game and Victor Oladipo is still nursing a sprained MCL.

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10/19/2014

San Antonio Spurs vs Miami Heat

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The San Antonio Spurs are 1-2 in preseason play and lost their only game against NBA competition to the Phoenix Suns on Thursday. In the loss, the Spurs shot just 26.3 percent from three and turned the ball over 24 times. Kawhi Leonard continues to deal with an eye infection and remains questionable for this game, while Tiago Splitter is dealing with a strained calf injury. Patty Mills is also nursing a shoulder injury. Austin Daye is coming off a big game where he had 17 points and six rebounds, while Aron Baynes scored 11 points as the starting power forward. Tim Duncan and Tony Parker logged a lot of minutes in their first two games, so neither of them should play a ton in this contest.

Away - Miami Heat
Last away matches - L-L-L-L-L-W

The Miami Heat won their first preseason game Friday night against the Golden State Warriors and improve to 1-4. The Heat only played 10 guys in the victory, which should allow fresh legs for some of their bench guys. One guy who continues to make strides is Shabazz Napier, who is finally comfortable in the lineup and has scored in the double digits in three straight games. Chris Bosh has 43 points in his last two games and Dwyane Wade has 26 points and four steals in his last two games. Bosh likely won’t see much time in this matchup after just playing 34 minutes on Thursday. In their first win, the Miami Heat knocked down 12 threes and shot a lights out 55.7 percent from the field.

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10/19/2014

Atlanta Hawks vs Detroit Pistons

Home - Atlanta Hawks
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The Atlanta Hawks are 2-2 so far this preseason and with 10 days before the season officially starts they have played just one home game. The Hawks are coming off of a one-point loss at Chicago on Thursday in a defensive game where they played right into the Bulls hands. Only Paul Millsap didn’t play on Thursday as 14 Hawks saw action. Mike Scott led all Atlanta scorers with 15 points in 22 minutes and Dennis Schroder added 11 points. John Jenkins was the leading bench scorer with 10 points and Pero Antic had eight points. Elton Brand and Al Horford were the hawks leading rebounders with six each. While it was just preseason, the Hawks led the entire first three quarters of the game before being outscored by 20 in the fourth quarter to lose by a single point.

Away - Detroit Pistons
Last away matches - L-W-L-L-L-L

The Detroit Pistons are playing their second game in as many nights as they were bounced by 12 points on Friday in Orlando. Greg Monroe had a big game on Friday scoring 24 points and grabbing 10 rebounds in 32 minutes. D.J. Augustin continued his strong play for the preseason scoring 21 points and grabbing six rebounds in 24 minutes. Andre Drummond had 11 points and Brandon Jennings had 10 points in the losing effort. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope didn’t dress while Spencer Dinwiddie and Tony Mitchell were among those that didn’t play.

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PostSubject: Re: NBA Season 2014-15 Discussion   Mon Oct 20, 2014 2:23 pm

NBA PRESEASON
10/21/2014

Washington Wizards vs New Orleans Pelicans

Home - Washington Wizards
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The Washington Wizards are 4-2 to start preseason play with wins against the Bulls, Pelicans, Pistons and Maccabi Haifa (Israeli Premier League) and two losses coming against the Hornets. The Wizards have one of the best backcourts in the league when healthy with PG John Wall and SG Bradley Beal, but unfortunately Beal broke his left wrist and could be out as long as two months. The Wizards took a hit at the small forward position losing Trevor Ariza, and they tried to replace him with veteran Paul Pierce in a move I’m not a huge fan of. The Wizards do have a great PF in Nene Hilario who is a big, physical Brazilian and C Marcin Gortat is solid and reliable with more of a defensive-minded approach to the game despite getting stronger offensively over the past two seasons. The Wizards have some decent bench options with veteran PG Andre Miller running the offense with the second unit, DeJuan Blair and Kris Humphries offering a physical presence down low, and Otto Porter Jr. looking to establish himself after being selected third overall in the 2013 draft.

Away - New Orleans Pelicans
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The New Orleans Pelicans are 3-2 to start the preseason after playing a solid schedule of competition, with wins against the Heat, Rockets and Thunder, and losses against the Hawks and Wizards. PF Anthony Davis has been in beast mode in the Pelicans last two exhibition games averaging 27 points and eight rebounds per game while playing 26 and 31 minutes. PG Jrue Holiday is recovering from a tibial stress fracture sustained last season but it hasn’t seemed to affect him as he’s performed well in limited minutes thus far. SG Eric Gordon is also coming back from injury last season but looks to still represent a solid scoring option if he can stay healthy. Tyreke Evans has only played in one exhibition game thus far but is one of the more versatile players in the league if not hampered by his hamstring, as he can drive the lane and force double teams in addition to being able to dish assists and grab rebounds as well being oversized for the shooting guard position when playing there. Omer Asik is a solid defensive-minded center with good fundamentals who complements Davis’ shot blocking ability nicely. On the bench, the Pelicans have a great scorer in Ryan Anderson who can play a stretch four or possibly small forward, a veteran shooter in John Salmons, and a good defensive backup down low in Jeff Withey. Rookie Russ Smith and newly acquired Jimmer Fredette will be looking to make names for themselves as well.Asian Handicap

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10/21/2014

Cleveland Cavaliers vs Chicago Bulls

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are 4-1 in the preseason with their most recent contest being a loss against the Dallas Mavericks. Kyrie Irving played 29 minutes in the Cavs most recent game for the first time this preseason and finished 8-13 from the field for 23 points and five assists. LeBron James has taken only 18 shots in his last two games but has still managed to score 38 points. A.J. Price is somebody who has quietly had good games for the Cavaliers, as he’s 11-22 from the field and has four assists in his last three games. Despite a neck injury, Kevin Love is expected to play in this preseason matchup. The Cleveland Cavaliers are still trying to get the flow down with their new roster but have looked better than expected so far in the first few games.

Away - Chicago Bulls
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The Chicago Bulls have won four straight preseason games to improve to 4-2, and their most recent win came Sunday against the Charlotte Hornets. It’s quite clear Derrick Rose is getting more and more comfortable on the court, as he shot 50 percent from the field for 17 points and three assists in Sunday’s victory. Rose along with Pau Gasol, who has 26 points and 17 rebounds in his last two games, seem to be finding their groove and should form a solid 1-2 punch for the Bulls this season. Kirk Hinrich has had an up-and-down preseason, but he is coming off a game where he was 11-14 from the field. The Chicago Bulls are starting to hit their stride with the regular season right around the corner.

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10/21/2014

Brooklyn Nets vs Philadelphia 76ers

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The Brooklyn Nets are 3-1 and suffered their first loss of the preseason Sunday to the Boston Celtics. The Nets are coming off a game where they shot just 23.5 percent from three and turned the ball over 16 times. Jerome Jordan and Jarrett Jack led the Nets with 17 points in the loss and Deron Williams chipped in 16 points as a starter. Jack has proven to be a solid pickup for the Nets, as he’s consistently found his shot and has turned the ball over just twice in his last three games. Brook Lopez continues to miss time with a foot injury and Andrei Kirilenko has played 15 or less minutes in his last two games. The Brooklyn Nets are an experienced and veteran basketball team that will use these final two preseason games in hopes of finding quality depth.

Away - Philadelphia 76ers
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The Philadelphia 76ers are 2-4 in preseason play and coming off a Saturday win over the Orlando Magic. The 76ers are having some trouble finding scoring threats, as they’ve shot under 45 percent in their last three games. Drew Gordon is coming off a 16-point performance in his last game, which was by far his best showing of the preseason. While rookie K.J. McDaniels isn’t known for his scoring, he has scored a combined 26 points in his last three games. Nerlens Noel has been battling an illness and is questionable for this game, while Michael Carter-Williams missed the last game with a shoulder injury and may not play in this game as well. The Philadelphia 76ers are a young team that continues to search for promising talent anywhere they can find it.

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10/21/2014

New York Knicks vs Milwaukee Bucks

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The New York Knicks are 2-2 so far this preseason but with Derek Fisher in as Head Coach and Phil Jackson running the operation the expectations are high. The Knocks haven’t played since last Tuesday when they beat the 76ers in Syracuse. Against Philly Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 17 points and seven rebounds in 27 minutes. Jason Smith had 14 points off of the bench and Tim Hardaway Jr. had 13 points from the bench and Iman Shumpert had 12 points. The Knicks will have some changes going on over the season and some learning as well so this could be a transitional year in New York.

Away - Milwaukee Bucks
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The Milwaukee Bucks are 2-3 this preseason and last we saw them they were beating the Timberwolves by seven on Friday. First round draft pick Jabari Parker has looked like he will live up the expectations and on Friday he had 21 points and 11 rebounds in 35 minutes to lead the Bucks. O.J. Mayo added 19 points, Giannis Antetokounmpo had 19 points and nine rebounds. Khris Middleton had 14 points and Jared Dudley had 12. THe Bucks had plenty of talent that didn’t play in that game like Johnny O’Bryant who should make his presence known in the NBA. Milwaukee has a nice core of good young talent and look for them to get better as the season goes on and into next season.

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PostSubject: Re: NBA Season 2014-15 Discussion   Tue Oct 21, 2014 11:28 am

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10/22/2014

Minnesota Timberwolves vs Indiana Pacers

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This is just the second true home preseason game for the Minnesota Timberwolves, a team that’s split their first four games. Star rookie Andrew Wiggins is 13-28 from the field in his last three games and has racked up five steals. Mo Williams has shown to be a solid pickup for the Timberwolves, and he’s coming off a 19-point performance in his most recent game. Ricky Rubio has done a tremendous job of getting his teammates involved by dishing out 16 assists in his last two games and Corey Brewer is 12-25 in his last three contests. The Minnesota Timberwolves are a young team that many think will take a step backwards with Kevin Love no longer on the roster. However, there’s some talent on this team that could surprise some folks.

Away - Indiana Pacers
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The Indiana Pacers are 2-3 in the preseason and will finish things out with two road games. The Pacers continue to search desperately for offensive production, as they’ve shot under 30 percent from three in their last two games. One player who continues to give Indiana an offensive spark is Chris Copeland, who has 44 points in his last three games. David West is coming off a 16-point performance and Donald Sloan scored 15 points in 20 minutes in his most recent contest. Still, the Indiana Pacers must be much better on the offensive end if they’re going to even sniff the playoffs in the East. George Hill is 8-20 from the field in his last two games and Roy Hibbert has grabbed 11 rebounds in his last two games.

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10/22/2014

Oklahoma City Thunder vs Utah Jazz

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The Oklahoma City Thunder have dropped to 2-4 in the preseason with three straight losses. Without Kevin Durant on the court, everybody is auditioning for more playing time. Despite not playing in his last matchup, Jeremy Lamb has 26 points in his last two games and three assists. Russell Westbrook has 27 points and 10 assists in his last two contests, and he knows he’ll have to take better care of the basketball considering he’s the new leader for OKC. One name to watch out for the Thunder is Perry Jones, who is coming off a 21-point and eight-rebound performance in Oklahoma City’s last game. The Oklahoma City Thunder will be an interesting team to watch early in the season without their superstar player there to help.

Away - Utah Jazz
Last away matches - L-L-W-W-W-L

The Utah Jazz are 4-2 in preseason play with their two losses coming in their last two games. The good news for Jazz fans is that Alec Burks returned from a sore shoulder and scored 21 points and grabbed six rebounds in 29 minutes in Utah’s most recent matchup. Rookie Rodney Hood may not get tons of credit from the media, but he’s shot a solid 8-15 from the field in his last three games. Derrick Favors continues to score at will and crash the class aggressively, as he’s going to be one of the more consistent players this season for Utah. Trey Burke is expected to play in this game after being given the night off in Utah’s last game. The Utah Jazz have been one of the biggest surprises this preseason and should carry that confidence over to the regular season.

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Odds - 2.01
Stakes - 10/10
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10/22/2014

Miami Heat vs Houston Rockets

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The Miami Heat have won back-to-back preseason games to improve to 2-4 in these scrimmages. Guys such as Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Luol Deng should be ready for this game after taking the Heat’s last contest off. Rookie Shabazz Napier has finally arrived, as he’s coming off his best performance in which he scored 25 points and had four assists. Napier has now scored in the double digits in four straight games and his confidence has clearly hit another level. Shawne Williams is another guy who has come on late for Miami, as he’s an impressive 10-16 from the field in his last two games. Danny Granger has made four threes in his last two games and looks healthy for the first time since his Indiana days. The Miami Heat are starting to find their groove a bit right before the regular season starts.

Away - Houston Rockets
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The Houston Rockets are 4-1 in preseason play and just hope to enter the regular season healthy. Dwight Howard returned to the Rockets last game and scored 11 points and grabbed eight rebounds in 17 minutes. James Harden also returned to the court and was a shaky 2-12 from the field and had six assists in 27 minutes. One bright spot for the Rockets has been Trevor Ariza, who had 13 points and four steals in his most recent contest and has knocked down a three in his last two games. A healthy Patrick Beverley also has Houston feeling good entering the season, as he’s done a fine job of taking care of the basketball and setting up his teammates. The Houston Rockets look to be in good shape by the time the real season begins.

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PostSubject: Re: NBA Season 2014-15 Discussion   Tue Oct 21, 2014 12:03 pm

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10/22/2014

Denver Nuggets vs Portland Trail Blazers

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The Denver Nuggets are 2-4 this preseason as they look to bounce back from a disappointing season a year ago. The Nuggets have been struggling this preseason as well but they got the win on Saturday as they beat the Clippers in L.A. Kenneth Faried had 19 points and seven rebounds, Aaron Affalo had 16 points, and Randy Foye had 14 points. The Nuggets had four more rebounds than the Clips and also doubled them up with 12 steals vs. six. Defensively Denver also held the Clippers to 37 percent shooting and if they can get their defense going this could be a nice turnaround season.

Away - Portland Trail Blazers
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The Portland Trailblazers are 2-2 this season and they are coming off of a win last time out against Maccabi Haifa. Most NBA teams have gone deep into the bench against Maccabi and still winning by blowouts and it was no different for Portland. Robin Lopez led the Trailblazers with 13 points, Chris Kaman had 12 points and eight rebounds, and Damian Lillard and Wesley Mathews each had 11 points. The blazers were exciting to watch last season as they were fourth in the NBA in points per game at 106.7 and first in rebounding but were 22nd in points allowed.

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10/22/2014

LA Lakers vs Phoenix Suns

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The Los Angeles Lakers are 2-3 so far this preseason but they are coming off of a win in their last game knocking off the Utah jazz on Sunday. Kobe Bryant looks ready to return from his injury as he played 32 minute and scored 26 points with five assists. Carlos Boozer had 19 points and nine rebounds, Julius Randle had eight points, as did Wesley Johnson. Jeremy Lin, Keith Appling, and Steve Nash were among those who didn’t play on Sunday. The Lakers are looking to emerge from tough times in what looks to be Kobe’s final years.

Away - Phoenix Suns
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The Phoenix Suns are 3-1 this preseason and are coming off of a 31-point blowout win over the Spurs. Goran Dragic led the way against San Antonio scoring 20 points and dishing out six assists in 24 minutes. Markeiff Morris scored 17 points and had seven rebounds, Eric Bledsoe had 16 points, and Isaiah Thomas had 15 points. The Suns lost the rebounding battle but had 17 total steals and that was enough to create the edge. The Suns look be a team that is getting better.

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10/22/2014

Golden State Warriorr vs LA Clippers

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The Golden State Warriors have lost back-to-back preseason games, but are still a solid 4-2 overall and continue to shoot lights out. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson did not play in the Warriors last game simply due to rest. That still didn’t stop guys such as Justin Holiday shooting 7-13 from the field for 18 points off the bench. It seems like whoever the Warriors put on the court knocks down a high percentage of their shots, which is why they’ve topped 100 points in five of their six games. Even David Lee is 12-14 from the field in his last two games. The Warriors only main question mark is the improvement of Harrison Barnes, who must take that next step if Golden State is going to become a true championship contender. Still, the Warriors are a team to watch out for this season.

Away - LA Clippers
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The Los Angeles Clippers are just 1-4 in preseason play, which includes a loss to the Warriors earlier this month. Despite the poor record, Blake Griffin has been the MVP of the preseason, as he’s racked up 75 points and 14 rebounds in his last three games. Griffin seems to be getting better each season and if he can be this consistent in the regular season, the Clippers will be a scary team. Spencer Hawes has dropped 30 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in his last two contests, while Jamal Crawford has scored 20-plus points off the bench in his last two games. Glen Davis continues to deal with a groin injury and likely won’t play in this matchup. The Los Angeles Clippers are one of a few teams that’s ready for the real games to begin.

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PostSubject: Re: NBA Season 2014-15 Discussion   Thu Oct 23, 2014 1:00 pm

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10/23/2014

Charlotte Hornets vs Indiana Pacers

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This will also be the Charlotte Hornets last preseason game, and they’re 3-4 overall. Kemba Walker is starting to look more and more like a true point guard, as he’s produced 43 points and 19 assists in his last three games. Bismack Biyombo is another player Charlotte has to be excited about as he’s grabbed 16 rebounds in his last two games and is starting to become the defensive player the Hornets were hoping for. Al Jefferson has been his usual self throughout the preseason with the scoring and rebounding, and he should be fresh for this matchup after missing the Hornets last game. The Charlotte Hornets are a sneaky talented team that should turn some heads as long as the youngsters continue to progress.

Away - Indiana Pacers
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This will be the last game for the Indiana Pacers, who are 2-4 in preseason play. David West missed the Pacers last game with a sprained ankle and remains questionable for this matchup. The good news for Indiana fans is that Roy Hibbert is coming off his best game where he dropped 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds in 29 minutes. With Paul George out, Hibbert will have to return to his old self and be one of the more dominant players in the East. George Hill continues to be the most consistent Pacer of the preseason, producing a combined 35 points and 14 assists in his last three games. In order to be successful this season, the Indiana Pacers must find some consistent offense without their superstar player on the court.

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10/23/2014

Detroit Pistons vs Philadelphia 76ers

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The Detroit Pistons are 4-2 in the preseason and will play their third game at home. Andre Drummond has clearly grown from spending time in the FIBA tournament and is coming off his best preseason game in which he grabbed 17 rebounds and scored 19 points. Drummond is one of the better young big men in the league and gives the Pistons a punchers chance at a playoff spot. Greg Monroe has a combined 35 points and 18 rebounds in his last two games. Josh Smith has done a decent job of taking care of the ball during these scrimmages and has racked up a solid 17 assists in his last three games. The Detroit Pistons seem to be a more disciplined team under head coach Stan Van

Away - Philadelphia 76ers
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The Philadelphia 76ers are 2-5 in the preseason and are searching for answers more than any other team in the league. The one thing the 76ers have struggled with the most is three pointers, as they’re a combined 8-41 from downtown in their last two games. Elliot Williams is 1-7 from deep in his last two games and Hollis Thompson is 3-9 from downtown in his last two games. Nerlens Noel has been dealing with an illness and missed some playing time, but he recently returned to practice and will be available for this preseason finale. Henry Sims has been the most consistent player for Philadelphia at both ends of the floor and has 21 rebounds in his last three games. The 76ers will take anything they can get at this point entering the regular season.

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10/23/2014

New Orleans Pelicans vs Dallas Mavericks

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The New Orleans Pelicans have won their last three preseason games and are 4-2 overall. Anthony Davis is clearly ready for the preseason to end, as he’s gone 26-34 from the field in his last three games and has grabbed 24 rebounds in his last three games. Ryan Anderson has also been on fire recently, shooting 12-24 from the field in his last two games and giving the Pelicans some floor spacing. Austin Rivers may be experiencing a minor turnaround considering he’s scored in the double digits in two straight games and has eight assists. While the New Orleans Pelicans are often forgotten about in a tough Western Conference, this is a team that has some solid talent and is clearly on the upswing starting with this season.

Away - Dallas Mavericks
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The Dallas Mavericks are 3-3 in the preseason and are using these last couple of games in hopes of finding some depth to go along with a veteran starting lineup. One guy who continues to impress has been Richard Jefferson, who has produced a combined 32 points and five assists in his last two games. While Jefferson is one of the older guys on the team, he could be a big spark off the Mavs bench if he can keep this level of play up. Jameer Nelson has 30 points and nine assists in his last two games, as it looks like he’s going to be the Mavericks starting point guard. Raymond Felton continues to miss time with an ankle sprain and remains questionable for this matchup. Chandler Parsons is 4-10 from downtown in his last two contests.

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PostSubject: Re: NBA Season 2014-15 Discussion   Fri Oct 24, 2014 2:04 pm

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10/25/2014

Orlando Magic vs Dallas Mavericks

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Even with back-to-back losses, the Orlando Magic are 4-3 in the preseason and will play their second straight home game. The Magic are a very young squad that’s just trying to figure out what they have at the moment. Rookie Aaron Gordon is 8-17 from the field in his last two games and has 12 rebounds. The other rookie in Elfrid Payton has 14 points and 17 assists in his last three games. Both of those guys have a bright future and give Orlando Magic fans something to be positive about heading forward. One of the few veterans Orlando has is Ben Gordon, and he’s 9-18 from the field in his last two games. It’s going to be a bumpy regular season, but the Orlando Magic have some some things in the preseason and may be a fun team to watch at times.

Away - Dallas Mavericks
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The Dallas Mavericks and Orlando Magic finish their preseason with a Friday night matchup at the Amway Center.With a loss on Thursday to the New Orleans Pelicans, the Dallas Mavericks fall to 3-4 in the preseason. With the regular season right around the corner, the Mavs gave some of their key guys such as Chandler Parsons, Monta Ellis and Tyson Chandler a rest in Thursday’s loss. Dirk Nowitzki has also missed two of the Mavericks last three games, but he’s expected to see almost regular season minutes in this matchup. The Dallas Mavericks have been playing some solid basketball and have been getting contributions from some of the other players like Jae Crowder and Richard Jefferson. Once again, the Mavericks are going to be a team to watch this season and a squad you could make some serious money on in underdog roles.

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10/25/2014

Toronto Raptors vs New York Knicks

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The Toronto Raptors are 6-1 in the preseason, which includes an impressive five straight wins. The Raptors have shot above 48 percent from the field in their last two games and have worked hard on limiting their turnovers. One player who has really stepped up lately has been Terrence Ross, who has dropped 33 points in his last 46 minutes of play. Kyle Lowry has been taking it easy in the preseason for the most part, but he is 10-18 from the field in his last three games and has done a nice job of setting his teammates up. One player you’d like to see be a little more aggressive on the offensive end is Tyler Hansbrough, who has taken just three shots in his last 30 minutes on the court. Overall, the Toronto Raptors are looking sharp and could be poised for another big step forward.

Away - New York Knicks
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The New York Knicks enter this matchup 3-3 in preseason play and can only hope some of their younger players are ready for the bright lights. One player who is ready to go is Carmelo Anthony, who has a combined 54 points and nine assists in his last two games. Tim Hardaway Jr. has also knocked down eight threes in his last three games, showing the Knicks that he’s capable of being the same player he was last season. Amar'e Stoudemire has also been effective at both ends of the floor and has scored double-digit points in back-to-back games. While the usual guys are playing well, the Knicks could use some contributions from guys such as Cleanthony Early, Shane Larkin and Cole Aldrich, and will need them if they’re going to be a force in the East this season.

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10/25/2014

Chicago Bulls vs Minnesota Timberwolves

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The Chicago Bulls are 4-3 in the preseason and have won four of their last five games overall. Good news for Bulls fans is that Derrick Rose is starting to return to his old self, as he’s coming off a 30-point performance in 24 minutes in Chicago’s last outing. Rose is 16-30 from the field in his last two games. Pau Gasol has 27 points and 18 rebounds in his last two games. Joakim Noah has also done a fine job of setting his teammates up by dishing out 11 assists in his last three games. The Chicago Bulls seem to have something going as all of their key players seem to be ready for the regular season. Rookie Doug McDermott is still trying to find his touch, as he’s just 2-10 from downtown in his last three contests. Still, the Bulls look to be in regular season form for the most part.

Away - Minnesota Timberwolves
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The Minnesota Timberwolves improve to 4-2 in the preseason with three straight wins. The Timberwolves have been shooting the ball well during this winning streak, which includes their most recent game where four of their five starters scored in the double figures. Rookie Andrew Wiggins has missed the last two games with a minor back injury and remains questionable for this game. Meanwhile, Shabazz Muhammad is coming off his best game yet where he shot 6-13 from the field for 19 points and grabbed five rebounds. Thaddeus Young is just 6-19 from the field in his last two games, but he has been consistent for the most part and should be one of the best players on this Timberwolves team. Overall, the Minnesota Timberwolves have a ways to go but they could be slightly better than people expect.

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10/25/2014

Memphis Grizzlies vs Miami Heat

Home - Memphis Grizzlies
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The Memphis Grizzlies are 3-4 in the preseason and are still looking for some offensive consistency. One guy who could be the answer for Memphis on the offensive end is Quincy Pondexter, who has a combined 46 points and five assists in his last three games. Marc Gasol is heating up from the field at the right time, as he’s 19-29 in his last three games and has also done a nice job of crashing the boards. Kosta Koufos is 7-10 from the field in his last two games and could see more minutes this season if he can continue being effective. Expect a better game from Zach Randolph after going 4-12 from the field and turning the ball over four times in the Grizzlies last game. The Memphis Grizzlies are what they are but need more offensive production if they’re going to seriously compete in the West.

Away - Miami Heat
Last away matches - W-L-L-L-L-L

The Miami Heat have won three straight games and are 3-4 overall in the preseason. Chris Bosh continues to thrive in his new role as the Heat’s No. 1 option, as he’s produced 43 points and 13 rebounds in his last two games. Dwyane Wade is 16-27 from the field in his last two contests and has racked up nine assists. James Ennis has played a combined three minutes in Miami’s last two games and appears he’ll start the season on the bench. Despite going 0-7 from the field in the Heat’s last game, rookie Shabazz Napier has really picked it up lately and has made a strong case for point guard minutes this season. The Miami Heat are starting to figure things out at the right time and will be a close watch this season.

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Away - (+4.00)
Pick - Miami Heat (+4.00)
Odds - 2.04
Stakes - 8/10
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10/25/2014

Houston Rockets vs San Antonio Spurs

Home - Houston Rockets
Last away matches - W-L-L-W-L-W

The Houston Rockets are 5-2 this preseason but they have their sights set on much bigger things in the regular season. The Rockets are coming off of a one-point win in Orolando edging the Magic. Troy Daniels played a team high 34 minutes in the loss and scored 14 points and grabbed five rebounds and Isaiah Canaan had 14 points. James Harden played just 18 minutes and scored nine points and Tarik Black had 10 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Houston shot just 36.5 percent from the floor and 26.5 percent from beyond the 3-point arc. Houston sat eight players and played 13 and it will surely be a conservative look here.

Away - San Antonio Spurs
Last away matches - L-W-L-L-W-W

The San Antonio Spurs just didn’t have a lot to work on this preseason and it was more about preserving their veteran team and they have played like it going just 2-4. The Spurs are coming off of a 10 point loss to the Hawks as they were pounded in the third quarter. Tim Duncan played just 13 minutes in the loss scoring six points and grabbing seven rebounds and Tony Parker scored 17 points and had seven assists in 27 minutes of action. Cory Joseph scored 14 points and Boris Diaw had 12 points. The Spurs shot 53.2 percent but allowed the Hawks to shoot 51.9 percent as neither team seemed overly concerned about playing defense. I am sure we will see a a different effort from the Spurs next week.

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Away - (+4.00)
Pick - San Antonio Spurs (+4.00)
Odds - 1.90
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PostSubject: Re: NBA Season 2014-15 Discussion   Fri Oct 24, 2014 3:33 pm

NBA PRESEASON
10/25/2014

Utah Jazz vs Phoenix Suns

Home - Utah Jazz
Last away matches - W-L-L-W-W-W

The Utah Jazz are 5-2 this preseason but this franchise has been down in recent years and they are looking to at least begin the turnaround. While it doesn’t mean much the Jazz are coming off of a crushing the Thunder in their last game Enes Kanter played 29 minutes last game and scored 27 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead all scorers. Trey Burke had a nice night scoring 23 points and dishing out five assists. Alec Burks had 15 points and six rebounds and Derrick Favors had 12 points and 15 rebounds. The Jazz shot just 40 percent from the floor but they dominated the boards outrebounding OKC 52-38. The Jazz just need to take some steps forward but they are a few pieces of the puzzle away from being competitive.

Away - Phoenix Suns
Last away matches - L-W-L-L-W-L

The Phoenix Suns are 4-2 for the preseason and they are coming off of a 3-point loss to the Clippers on Wednesday after playing on back-to-back nights. Eric Bledsoe had 27 points in 34 minutes to lead all scorers and Gerald Green scored 23 points off of the bench and he had five rebounds. Marcus Morris had 17 points and eight rebounds and Miles Plumlee had eight points and eight rebounds. The Suns won the battle on the boards 43-35but they shot just 44.3 percent from the floor. Phoenix should be fun to watch this season as they have some nice young talent.

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Away - (-2.00)
Pick - Phoenix Suns (-2.00)
Odds - 1.95
Stakes - 8/10
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10/25/2014

LA Lakers vs Sacramento Kings

Home - LA Lakers
Last away matches - L-L-W-W-L-L

The Los Angeles Lakers are 3-4 this preseason and there just doesn’t seem to be a lot of expectations for them this year. The Lakers are coming off of a win in their last game as they knocked off the Portland Trailblazers by eight points. Kobe Bryant sat out and Steve Nash is now out for the season and Jordan Hill is sitting with a cervical strain. Rookie Julius Randle led the Lakers against the Blazers scoring 17 points and grabbing eight rebounds. Jeremy Lin scored 13 points and he should have an increased role with the Nash injury. Wesley Johnson and Wayne Ellington each had 11 points. Many are counting the Lakers out already but that might be right where the Lakers want their opponents thinking.

Away - Sacramento Kings
Last away matches - L-L-L-W-W-W

The Sacramento Kings are 2-4 this preseason and they are coming off of a loss to the Spurs. Demarcus Cousins appears to be ready for the season as he scored 32 points and had 11 rebounds to lead the Kings against the Spurs. Rudy gay had 18 points and seven rebounds, Carl Landry had 15 points and seven rebounds, and Darren Collison had 14 points and six rebounds. Sacramento shot 50.7 percent from the floor but turned the ball over 23 times. The Kings were solid last year but to make the playoffs in the Western Conference it takes more than that.

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Away - (-3.00)
Pick - LA Lakers (+3.00)
Odds - 2.02
Stakes - 9/10
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10/25/2014

Golden State Warrior vs Denver Nuggets

Home - Golden State Warrior
Last away matches - L-L-W-W-W-L

The Golden State Warriors are looking to become more than a one man show as they have accumulated some young talent in hopes of taking it to the next level. The Warriors are coming off of a blowout win over the Clippers where Stephen Curry scored 27 points and had six assists to lead the way. David Lee had 12 points and six rebounds, Andre Iguodala scored 11 points, and Harrison Barnes, Draymond Green, and Festus Ezeli each had 10 points. The Warriors shot a blistering 59 percent from the floor and outrebounded the Clips 46-31 in the route. The Warriors have leaned on Curry but they are going to need to be more than one player if they hope to go further in the playoffs.

Away - Denver Nuggets
Last away matches - W-L-L-L-L-L

The Denver Nuggets are 2-5 this preseason and are coming off of a loss to Portland where they scored just 75 points. Wilson Chandler was the leading scorer scoring just 13 points. Darrell Arthur had 10 points, Alonzo Gee had seven points, and Randy Foye had seven points. Denver has been one of the highest scoring teams over the years but they shot just 32.6 percent from the floor last game and were out rebounded 57-42. Denver has been nearly unbeatable at home over the years but they didn’t have that edge last season so it puts more pressure on them in their road games.

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Away - (+4.50)
Pick - Golden State Warrior (-4.50)
Odds - 1.98
Stakes - 10/10
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10/25/2014

LA Clippers vs Portland Trail Blazers

Home - LA Clippers
Last away matches - L-L-L-L-L-L

The Los Angeles Clippers are just 2-5 in the preseason, which goes to show that the results are absolutely meaningless. The best player in all of the preseason has been Blake Griffin, who has dropped 62 points and 12 rebounds in his last two games. Griffin continues to improve every year and seems to be even more aggressive this season. Chris Paul is also coming off one of his better games in the preseason, shooting 12-18 from the field and dishing out nine assists. Although he didn’t play in the Clippers last matchup, DeAndre Jordan is an impressive 9-12 from the field in his last two games. Glen Davis continues to miss time with a groin injury and remains questionable for the season opener. Overall, the Los Angeles Clippers are a scary team entering the regular season.

Away - Portland Trail Blazers
Last away matches - L-W-L-L-W-W

The Portland Trail Blazers are 3-3 in the preseason, which already includes a win over the Los Angeles Clippers. The Trail Blazers pretty much know what they are as a basketball team which is why a lot of their key guys haven’t been playing as much lately. LaMarcus Aldridge didn’t play in Portland's last game and Damian Lillard saw just 17 minutes of action. Hoping other guys would step up, Chris Kaman is 12-17 from the field in his last three games and Thomas Robinson continues to dominate the glass and bring the energy to the Trail Blazers in limited minutes. Will Barton is also a solid 9-16 from the field in his last three games, giving the Trail Blazers a solid backup shooting guard. The Trail Blazers are once again going to be a fun team to watch this season.

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Away - (+4.50)
Pick - LA Clippers (-4.50)
Odds - 2.04
Stakes - 10/10
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PostSubject: Re: NBA Season 2014-15 Discussion   Mon Oct 27, 2014 9:01 am

NBA PRESEASON
10/27/2014

New Orleans Pelicans vs Orlando Magic

Home - New Orleans Pelicans
Last away matches - W-L-W-L-L-L

New Orleans "Pelicans" are one of the most intrigueing squad in the league. After bad last season, when their starting five players didn't play in tons of games because of injuries, they are back with new hopes and expectations. Ryan Anderson, the sniper beyond the 3pt line is back together with Jrue Holiday, who is mostly known because of numbers of assists he makes per game. Tyreke Evans, Eric Gordon seems to be fully fit and ready to play. Omer Asik and the rising superstar Anthony Davis, the protectors of the rim are also fully concentrated to their first gae of the new season at home. "Pelicans" just proved theirselves as very powerful team in pre-season games, where they managed to get 5 wins out of 7. Anthony Davis, Tyreke Evans, Jrue Holiday, Ryan Anderson and Eric Gordon were guiding their team to success in preseason games, but they only played around 25 minutes, so I'm sure "Pelicans" haven't shown their real potential.

Away - Orlando Magic
Last away matches - L-L-W-W-W-L

On the other hand we have still struggling "Orlando Magic" who can't find their way back to play-offs. The team is made of really promising, but not so experienced players, who ain't that high class. Their most important player, I can surely call him team's leader, Victor Oladipo is out for no timeable period because of facial fracture. Tobias Harris and Nicola Vučevič were probably the most important players for "Magic" in preseason games, they scored 30 points average together. Elfrid Payton and Evan Fournier might be the only players who can play well enough to keep rotation on, couse other young players just are too weak. Kyle O'Quinn and Aaron Gordon are very unconsistant players, they can score many points in one game and make lots of else for team, but in other game they can be a black hole.

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Away - (+9.00)
Pick - New Orleans Pelicans (-9.00)
Odds - 1.85
Stakes - 9/10
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10/27/2014

San Antonio Spurs vs Dallas Mavericks

Home - San Antonio Spurs
Last away matches - L-L-W-L-L-W

Last season, the San Antonio Spurs were able to climb their way back to the top of the hill and capture their fifth championship since drafting Tim Duncan back in 1997. With the deepest and most unselfish roster in the league, the Spurs just about ticked every box last season: finish the regular season with the best overall record, keep your core players fresh, and develop young talent. As fans of the game, we expected nothing less from the players like Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, but what elevated the Spurs to a new level was Kawhi Leonard who was able to make "the Leap" and claim his first Finals MVP at just 22 years old. Of the roster from last season, the Spurs are returning 14 players and will be introducing the rookie, Kyle Anderson, a player who looked to be one of the steals of the draft, so expect to see San Antonio set the benchmark for the league once again.

Away - Dallas Mavericks
Last away matches - W-L-L-W-W-W

Meanwhile, the Dallas Mavericks finished the 2013-14 regular season with a 49-33 record which was good enough for the eighth seed in the crowded Western Conference, but not quite good enough to get past the Spurs in the first round. Coming off a disappointing finish, the Mavs kept busy in the offseason and signed six new players, the two most notable being the return of Tyson Chandler and the addition of the underappreciated Chandler Parsons. Together with the additions of Jameer Nelson and Raymond Felton, Dallas look to returning as one of the best offenses in the league and a true championship contender in the West.

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Away - (+4.50)
Pick - San Antonio Spurs (-4.50)
Odds - 1.93
Stakes - 10/10
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10/27/2014

LA Lakers vs Houston Rockets

Home - LA Lakers
Last away matches - L-L-W-W-L-L

Coming off a massively disappointing 27-55 season, the only way is up for the Los Angeles Lakers and the first step was to get Kobe Bryant back on the court and playing. Kobe played in five of the seven preseason games for the Lakers and was able to average 26.3 points in his final three, but with good news for the Lakers comes plenty of bad as they learnded that Steve Nash is set to miss the entire season with his ongoing back injury. Fortunately, LA were able to acquire Jeremy Lin in the offseason and he'll surely step in as the starter where he averages 14.4 points, 6.0 assists and 1.5 steals. Other offseason additions include Carlos Boozer, Ed Davis and Ronnie Price, but not surprisingly, the majority of the scoring load will fall on Kobe once again.

Away - Houston Rockets
Last away matches - W-L-L-W-L-W

Meanwhile, the Houston Rockets finished last season with a 54-28 regular season record and but were eliminated by the Portland Trailblazers in the Western Conference semifinals. After opting not to match Chandler Parons' $46 million offer from the Mavericks and shipping off Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik, the Rockets acquired Trevor Ariza and Jason Terry. With Parsons gone, even more of the scoring burden falls on the shoulders or James Harden and Dwight Howard now so I just get the feeling that Houston didn't do enough in the offseason.

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Odds - 2.00
Stakes - 9/10
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PostSubject: Re: NBA Season 2014-15 Discussion   Wed Oct 29, 2014 6:18 am

NBA PRESEASON
10/29/2014

Denver Nuggets vs Detroit Pistons

Home - Denver Nuggets
Last away matches - L-W-L-L-L-L

Nuggets PG Ty Lawson, who suffered a broken rib in his only meeting with Detroit last season, is on track for the opener despite dealing with a hamstring issue that limited him to four preseason games.Denver is aiming to improve itself defensively, its biggest offseason splash came when it reacquired shooting guard Arron Afflalo, the team's second-leading scorer in 2011-12, the final season of his first stint with the Nuggets. Afflalo's scoring averages have improved in each of his seven NBA seasons, reaching 18.2 in a solid effort as Orlando's go-to guy in 2013-14. Afflalo was eighth in the league from 3-point range (42.7 percent), making him a potentially lethal addition for a team that likes to shoot early and often but finished in the middle of the pack from beyond the arc in terms of accuracy (35.8 percent).

Away - Detroit Pistons
Last away matches - W-L-W-L-L-L

Stan Van Gundy makes his return to the sidelines on Wednesday as the new head coach for the Detroit Pistons, who open a hopeful campaign at Denver. Van Gundy, who owns a .641 winning percentage in eight seasons with Miami and Orlando, was brought in to revive an organization that has endured six straight losing campaigns. Last season's edition went 8-24 down the stretch under interim head coach John Loyer, but Van Gundy's squad has some promise as it builds around star center Andre Drummond. Among the many items on Van Gundy's to-do list is to get more out of swingman Josh Smith, whose overall production took a tumble in his first season with the Pistons. Smith shot a career-low 41.9 percent and was a woeful 26.4 percent from long range, a factor that never deterred him from taking as many 3-pointers as he wanted; Smith's 265 long-distance attempts were a career high. Detroit made the fewest 3s in the Eastern Conference (507) but Van Gundy's teams in the past have often been among the best in the league from the perimeter.

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Away - (+7.00)
Pick - Detroit Pistons (+7.00)
Odds - 1.92
Stakes - 8/10
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10/29/2014

New York Knicks vs Chicago Bulls

Home - New York Knicks
Last away matches - L-W-W-L-W-W

Jackson’s second-biggest move was hiring a new head coach, and the decision maker went with a familiar face in Derek Fisher, who ran Jackson’s triangle offense with the Los Angeles Lakers. “We want to be consistent in who we are, so when we get rebounds and stops we can get out into the open floor and attack before the defense is set up,” Fisher told reporters of the new New York offense. “That’s not the triangle offense, that’s transition offense.” Pushing the pace will be a pair of new point guards in veteran Jose Calderon and Shane Larkin, who saw limited time as a rookie in Dallas last season.

Away - Chicago Bulls
Last away matches - L-W-W-L-W-W

Rose has played just 10 games in the last two seasons and missed the playoffs in each of those campaigns, leaving Chicago defense-first and a little short on the offensive end. The 2010-11 MVP showed off his old explosiveness over the summer and continued to impress during the preseason as the Bulls worked Gasol and rookie Doug McDermott into the offense.

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Away - (-4.50)
Pick - Chicago Bulls (-4.50)
Odds - 1.99
Stakes - 10/10
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10/29/2014

Portland Trail Blazers vs Oklahoma City Thunder

Home - Portland Trail Blazers
Last away matches - W-L-W-L-L-W

The Portland Trailblazers have the luxury of returning a fully healthy starting five that are coming off the franchise's best season since 2000. The offseason additions of Chris Kaman and Steve Blake add much-needed depth to one of the least productive benches in the league last season, and given the continued development of Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge, this team looks primed to deep in the playoffs this season.In ATS trends, the Thunder are 8-2-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings and 4-1-1 ATS in the last six meetings in Portland. However, the Thunder have never been this shorthanded, so despite the dominance over the Blazers, I'm actually taking the favorites at home to cover the spread. As good as Westbrook is, there just doesn't seem to be enough scoring to keep up with this Blazers squad.

Away - Oklahoma City Thunder
Last away matches - L-W-L-W-W-L

The Oklahoma City Thunder kick off their season with a visit to the Moda Center to battle the Portland Trailblazers.Often criticized for taking too many shot attempts, Russell Westbrook will now have the reins taken off him to start the season as the Oklahoma City Thunder will be without Kevin Durant for at least a month. Being a professional athlete, Westbrook deflected all questions about the upcoming challenge in typical fashion, saying that it will be a team effort. However, things recently went from bad to worse as Reggie Jackson just joined the injury ward along with Jeremy Lamb and Anthony Morrow, so get ready to see plenty of shot attempts for Westbrook and Serge Ibaka. Durant has said that he won't make the mistake of getting back on the court too soon, so it's going to be up to coach Scott Brooks to find a way to keep the team afloat in the crowded West until reinforcements arrive.

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Away - (+8.00)
Pick - Oklahoma City Thunder (+8.00)
Odds - 2.02
Stakes - 10/10
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10/29/2014

Memphis Grizzlies vs Minnesota Timberwolves

Home - Memphis Grizzlies
Last away matches - L-L-L-L-W-L

The Memphis Grizzlies hope to make the playoffs for the fifth straight season and with nearly the same veteran roster returning they should. The tag team tandem of Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol remains one of the more physical and dominant big man duos we’ve seen in a while. The Grizzlies also added Vince Carter, who may have lost his prime ages ago but is still capable of hitting big shots and dropping double digits most nights. The main issue I have with the Grizzlies is the lack of scoring that’s haunted them over the years. Yes, Mike Conley is one of the more underrated point guards and improved his game tremendously last season, but there’s not enough offensive firepower to help Memphis get over that hump. Still, the Memphis Grizzlies are one of those squads most teams in the league don’t want to play.

Away - Minnesota Timberwolves
Last away matches - W-W-W-L-W-L

The Minnesota Timberwolves will finally find out what life is really going to be like without superstar Kevin Love. While the star power is gone from Minnesota, the Timberwolves have some young talent in place to be excited about moving forward. Ricky Rubio is one of the better young point guards in the game and Thaddeus Young has been a consistent scorer for the last six seasons. Anthony Bennett should also improve with a full season under his belt and less pressure being on a new team. Of course, everybody is wondering how Andrew Wiggins is going to perform as a rookie, as he was the ultimate prize in the Love deal. I also like the addition of Mo Williams, as he adds some experience to a young roster and a much needed scoring spark off the bench. I like the direction the Minnesota Timberwolves are taking, but it’s going to take time for everything to fall into place.

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Home - (-8.00)
Away - (+8.00)
Pick - Minnesota Timberwolves (+8.00)
Odds - 1.95
Stakes - 9/10
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10/29/2014

Toronto Raptors vs Atlanta Hawks

Home - Toronto Raptors
Last away matches - W-W-W-L-L-L

The Toronto Raptors finished last season at 48-34 that was good enough to win the Atlantic Division. The Raptors had a nice season but they lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Nets and they are hoping this season to take another step forward. DeMar DeRozan was an All Star last season and he led the Raptors averaging 22.7 points per game. Kyle Lowry is also back after signing a contract extension averaging 17.9 points and 7.4 assists per game and Jonas Valanciunas is back in the middle where he averaged 11.3 points and 8.8 rebounds. The Raptors shot 44.5 percent from the floor last season including 37.2 percent from beyond the three-point arc. Dwane Casey appears to have a team that knows how to and expects to win.

Away - Atlanta Hawks
Last away matches - W-L-W-L-L-W

The Atlanta Hawks made the playoffs last season despite finishing the regular season six games under .500 but once they got there they threw the record out the window and nearly knocked off the top seeded Indiana Pacers losing to them in seven games. The Hawks return talent as Al Horford played just 29 games last season but he averaged 18.6 points and 8.4 rebounds a game. Paul Milsap is averaged17.9 points and 8.5 rebounds and Jeff Teague averaged 16.5 points and 6.7 assists. The Hawks shot 45.8 percent including 36.3 percent from beyond the three-point arc and they set a team record making 768 three-pointers a year ago. Head Coach Mike Budenholzer may have his work cut out for him this year.

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Away - (+4.50)
Pick - Toronto Raptors (-4.50)
Odds - 2.01
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PostSubject: Re: NBA Season 2014-15 Discussion   Thu Oct 30, 2014 10:22 am

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10/30/2014

Orlando Magic vs Washington Wizards

Home - Orlando Magic
Last away matches - L-L-L-W-W-W

The Orlando Magic were crushed by the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday, as they struggled from the field were sloppy with the ball. The Magic shot 38.1 percent from the field and turned the ball over 18 times. Tobias Harris led the way with 25 points, Nikola Vucevic grabbed 23 rebounds and rookie Aaron Gordon scored 11 points off the bench. The Magic held their own for much of the game but were outmaned by Anthony Davis in the paint and simply didn’t have enough offensive firepower to keep up. The Orlando Magic are a young team that’s going to need some time to become more competitive in this league. However, a combination of Gordon and Elfrid Payton has the potential to be very effective this season. Tobias Harris is questionable for this game with a knee injury.

Away - Washington Wizards
Last away matches - L-L-L-W-W-W

The Washington Wizards are coming off a Wednesday loss to the Miami Heat, a game in which they were outscored by 10 points in the second half. The Wizards have to be somewhat disappointed with the results, as they shot a solid 48 percent from the field and turned the ball over only 14 times. Drew Gooden and Marcin Gortat each scored 18 points while John Wall had 16 points and 11 assists. Paul Pierce was 6-10 from the field in his Washington debut and racked up five assists. Nene Hilario and DeJuan Blair, who missed the game due to suspension, are expected to participate in this game. The Washington Wizards played well enough to win the game in Miami, but now have to be pleased to get majority of their team back heading into this matchup.

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Away - (-4.00)
Pick - Washington Wizards (-4.00)
Odds - 1.91
Stakes - 9/10
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10/30/2014

Minnesota Timberwolves vs Detroit Pistons

Home - Minnesota Timberwolves
Last away matches - L-W-W-W-L-W

The Timberwolves opened their season on the road for the first time since 2000-01 with a 105-101 loss Wednesday at Memphis. Thaddeus Young, who was acquired from Philadelphia in the three-team deal that sent Kevin Love to Cleveland, scored 26 on 10-of-18 shooting in his Minnesota debut. Despite being without Love, who averaged 12.5 rebounds in his final season with the club, the Timberwolves held a 47-33 rebounding advantage against a Grizzlies squad that finished fifth last season with an average rebounding margin of plus-3.2.

Away - Detroit Pistons
Last away matches - L-W-L-W-L-L

The Detroit Pistons lost to the Denver Nuggets during their season opener on Wednesday, 89-79. Josh Smith led the way with 25 points and Spencer Dinwiddie scored 15 points off the bench. While Andre Drummond shot 50 percent from the field and grabbed nine rebounds, he wasn’t nearly as aggressive and dominant as he was in the FIBA tournament. Detroit clearly missed Greg Monroe on the offensive end and the glass, but the big man is expected to miss this game as well to finish up his suspension. The Detroit Pistons need to discover more offensive weapons, as shooting 36.9 percent from the field simply isn’t going to cut it against anybody in this league. Expect guys such as Caron Butler and D.J. Augustin to be more aggressive off the bench in this matchup.

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Away - (-4.00)
Pick - Minnesota Timberwolves (-4.00)
Odds - 1.90
Stakes - 10/10
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10/30/2014

Cleveland Cavaliers vs New York Knicks

Home - Cleveland Cavaliers
Last away matches - L-W-W-W-W-L

All eyes will be on the new-look Cleveland Cavaliers tonight as they look to kick off their season with a win at home. After going just 33-49 last season, the Cavaliers took Andrew Wiggins with the first overall pick and looked to be fully set to rebuild around Kyrie Irving. Scrap that idea. LeBron James decided to return home which meant that the Cavs were able to draw in Kevin Love and the new Big Three of the NBA was formed. Most people have the Cavs winning it all this season, including the bookies, but it remains to be seen how well the new team can gel together in just one season. This team has looked fantastic in the preseason games but the real test begins tonight.

Away - New York Knicks
Last away matches - L-W-W-L-W-W

York Knicks kept busy in the offseason themselves and hired Derek Fisher as the new head coach to employ Phil Jackson's famous triangle offense. It's a system that many have struggled to learn in the past and it looks like the Knicks haven't quite gotten it down pat yet. Last night, Carmelo Anthony scored just 14 points as the Knicks got absolutely destroyed by the Bulls 104-80. The late scratching of Jose Calderon didn't help the cause but to be fair, he wouldn't have had that much impact because the Bulls simply played at a much higher level across the board.They are working their way through a new system on offense, the Cavs will be working out how to play with a new roster so don't be surprised if this game is full of turnovers and sloppy mistakes. It's tough to lay so many points on a team that has yet to play a game, but all I know for sure is that the Knicks struggled mightily last night and I'm not expecting their problems to improve overnight.

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Away - (+11.50)
Pick - New York Knicks (+11.50)
Odds - 2.02
Stakes - 8/10
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10/30/2014

Dallas Mavericks vs Utah Jazz

Home - Dallas Mavericks
Last away matches - L-W-L-L-W-W

Dallas Mavericks are coming off a loss of their own, but there's no real shame in falling one point shy of knocking off the defending champs on the road. Monta Ellis poured in 26 points while Dirk Nowitzki added 18 points as the Mavericks fell to the Spurs by 101-100 on opening night. Chandler Parsons who signed with the Mavs in the offseason struggled his way to just five points on two of 10 shooting, but had a wide open three just bounce off the rim with 0.4 seconds remaining. Parsons will still be thinking about the missed shot, but I wouldn't put too much blame on him because both Nowitzki and Ellis passed up the ball in that possession.

Away - Utah Jazz
Last away matches - W-L-L-W-W-W

The Utah Jazz are expected by most people to finish right at the bottom of the Western Conference like last season, but there are plenty of positives to draw from their 104-93 loss against the Rockets last night. Sure, a loss is still a loss, but Alec Burks led the way with 18 points, Derrick Favors added 16 and Trey Burke had 15 points as the Jazz hang tough in a game they would've lost by 20 last season. There's still plenty of work to do on defense because the Rockets were allowed to shoot 14 of 27 from the three-point line, but the Rockets led by as many as 13 points in the third before the young Jazz stormed back to within three points to start the fourth.

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Away - (+11.00)
Pick - Dallas Mavericks (-11.00)
Odds - 1.98
Stakes - 10/10
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10/30/2014

LA Clippers vs Oklahoma City Thunder

Home - LA Clippers
Last away matches - L-L-L-L-L-L

The Los Angeles Clippers will be eager to write off the ugliness of last season after they were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs following the Donald Sterling dramas. In the summer, LA signed Spencer Hawes and Jordan Farmar who will both play significant roles on this team, but probably their biggest move was taking in the excitable Steve Ballmer as their new owner. Finishing last season as the league's best offense, the Clippers did little to improve their defense. However, you just feel that the key players just need to stay healthy and we will see the LA right near the top of the Western Conference.

Away - Oklahoma City Thunder
Last away matches - L-L-W-L-W-W

The Oklahoma City Thunder hope Kevin Durant can get over his injury quick because even with Russell Westbrook pouring in 38 points last night, they still lost to the Trailblazers by 106-89. Lance Thomas added 14 points off the bench and Serge Ibaka had 10, but the Thunder completely fizzled out in the fourth quarter where the Blazers outscored them by 31-12. Durant did say after he had surgery that he won't rush his rehab at all, but after what I saw last night, his patience will surely be tested for a while.

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Pick - Oklahoma City Thunder (+11.50)
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PostSubject: Re: NBA Season 2014-15 Discussion   Fri Oct 31, 2014 9:53 am

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10/31/2014

Indiana Pacers vs Memphis Grizzlies

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The injury depleted Indiana Pacers managed a 103-91 opening home victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night. Center Roy Hibbert led the way with a monster stat line of 22 points, eight rebounds, and seven blocks. The win marked the 4th consecutive season opening win for the Pacers. Indiana will likely be without All-Star Forward Paul George for the entire season. we all knew that the Indiana Pacers would struggle early on without the services of Paul George, but it wasn't till right before the season that we learned that they would also be without David West and George Hill. Fortunately, the Pacers' first test came against the lowly 76ers and they were able to take care of that, no problem. Roy Hibbert led the way on both ends, scoring 22 points on just eight shot attempts with eight rebounds and seven blocks while Donal Sloan and Rodney Stuckey added 16 points each. CJ Miles slipped into the starting lineup and added 15 points of his own but was an inefficient six of 17 from the field, but he will get plenty of chances to improve with George expected to be out for the entire season.

Away - Memphis Grizzlies
Last away matches - L-L-L-L-W-L

Marc Gasol said that he would make sure to be more aggressive on the team's offense and I guess he isn't a liar because he lit up the Timberwolves for a career-high 32 points on Wednesday night. Zach Randolph added 25 points and Mike Conley had 16 as the Grizzlies beat the Wolves by 105-101 for the franchise's first victory in a season opener since 2000. All the early signs for the Grizzlies are looking real good, but perhaps it's not time to get too excited because it's just one game and it was only the Wolves who just shipped off their leading scorer in Kevin Love.Memphis opened up their season at home with a 105-101 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. It was the Grizzlies 15th straight home victory. Center Marc Gasol had 32 points to lead the Grizzlies to their first season opening win since the franchise left Vancouver. Memphis used their strength inside to outscore the young Timberwolves 58-34 in the paint. The inside duo of Gasol and Forward Zach Randolph combined to shoot 24 for 33 on the evening. However, the Grizzlies will have to be better on the glass, as they were out rebounded 47-33 against an athletic Timberwolves frontline.

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Away - (-7.00)
Pick - Memphis Grizzlies (-7.00)
Odds - 1.95
Stakes - 8/10
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10/31/2014

Chicago Bulls vs Cleveland Cavaliers

Home - Chicago Bulls
Last away matches - W-L-W-W-L-W

The Chicago Bulls made short work of the Knicks in their opening contest at home on Wednesday, cruising to a 104-80 win while holding New York to a paltry 36.5% shooting. Derrick Rose played just 21 minutes scoring 13 points with five assists and two steals while getting to the foul line in signature fashion and converting 7-8 from the charity stripe. Pau Gasol scored 21 points and added 11 rebounds in his debut while Joakim Noah was quiet by his usual standards with three points, six boards, and three blocks in 20 minutes of work. The Bulls had a chance to test out their bench in the rout with 12 total players seeing action in the game; Taj Gibson produced as we’ve come to expect as a league-leading sixth man with 22 points on 10-12 shooting and eight rebounds and Aaron Brooks and Doug McDermott showcased the scoring potential Bulls’ teams in past years have been lacking from reserves with 13 and 12 points respectively.

Away - Cleveland Cavaliers
Last away matches - L-W-W-W-W-L

The Cleveland Cavaliers lost their opening tilt against the Knicks as 13 point favorites last night, failing to live up to lofty expectations on their home court despite building a 25-18 lead after the first quarter. LeBron James committed eight of the team’s 19 turnovers on the night while shooting just 33% overall and 1-5 from three point range. Kevin Love posted 19 points and 14 rebounds and Kyrie Irving scored 22 points while dishing seven assists, but the Cavs got virtually nothing in the way of bench production with Tristan Thompson and Matthew Dellavedova each scoring six points as the only non-starters playing more than ten minutes. A trip to Chicago to face the Bulls’ typically suffocating defense doesn’t seem like the remedy for a team that may need time to develop chemistry before showcasing a finished product on the court.

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Away - (+5.00)
Pick - Chicago Bulls (-5.00)
Odds - 2.11
Stakes - 10/10
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10/31/2014

Milwaukee Bucks vs Philadelphia 76ers

Home - Milwaukee Bucks
Last away matches - L-W-W-L-L-W

the goat horns for their first loss on the season go to Jabari Parker. Parker managed only 33% of his field goal shots, missed both his free throws, and ended the night with only eight points despite playing 38 minutes. The Bucks are a team that's thin on offense and will need bigger nights from players like Parker and Jared Dudly, who made only three points and one field goal on the night. Speaking of not competing for 48 minutes, the Milwaukee Bucks hit the ground running and stormed out of the gates to a lead of 74-50 only to be chased down and beaten by 108-106 in overtime against the Hornets. Brandon Knight flirted with a triple double, scoring 22 points, eight rebounds and 13 assists while OJ Mayo and Khris Middleton added 17 points each, but all eyes were on Jabari Parker who scored just eight points in 37 minutes of court time. Being the first game of the season, you have to say that the Bucks didn't look too bad at all, except for the fact that they blew a 24-point lead.

Away - Philadelphia 76ers
Last away matches - L-L-L-L-L-L

The Philadelphia 76ers will be looking to bounce back from a 103-91 loss at Indiana last night in which they actually led by three points going into halftime. The real 76ers showed up in the second half and were outscored by 55-40 against a Pacers team missing four starters from last season. Tony Wroten filled in for the injured Michael-Carter Williams and led the way with 22 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, while Alexey Shved added 18 points off the bench, but the new starting lineup of the 76ers just couldn't compete for the entire 48 minutes.You can blame Philly's loss in their first game on several players, but not Tony Wroten. The 76ers small forward played 35 minutes and racked up 22 points including nine field goals, seven assists, and eight total rebounds. Nerlens Noel had a strong defensive game with three blocks and six defensive rebounds, but amassed only six points on the night.

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PostSubject: Re: NBA Season 2014-15 Discussion   Fri Oct 31, 2014 10:55 am

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10/31/2014

Phoenix Suns vs San Antonio Spurs

Home - Phoenix Suns
Last away matches - W-L-W-L-L-W

The Phoenix Suns won their season opener with a Wednesday victory over the Los Angeles Lakers and displayed an offensive explosion. The Suns shot 54.9 percent from the field and 50 percent from downtown, as all five of their starters scored in the double figures. Oddly enough, newly acquired Isaiah Thomas lead the Suns with 23 points off the bench and dropped three assists. As for the starters, Marcus Morris scored 21 points, while Eric Bledsoe had 16 points and nine assists. While it was against a defensively challenged Lakers team, the Suns performance was a great sign for a team that’s looking to breakthrough the West this season. The Phoneix Suns have firepower at pretty much every position and now have an All-Star caliber point guard coming off the bench. Of course, this game will be a measuring stick for the Suns. Phoenix is coming off of a big 20-point blowout win over the Lakers while the Spurs are coming off of a sneaky 1-point win over the Mavericks. The Spurs are going to be in pace mode for basically the entire year, so it would not be surprising if they let games like these slip away.

Away - San Antonio Spurs
Last away matches - L-L-W-L-L-W

The San Antonio Spurs survived a close game against the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday and look to start the year with a 2-0 record for the fourth straight season. The Spurs looked like they didn’t miss a beat, as they shot 52.9 percent from the field and 50 percent from downtown, while racking up 23 assists on 37 made baskets. Tony Parker led the way with 23 points and Manu Ginobili scored a healthy 20 points off the bench. The Spurs 20 turnovers allowed the Mavs to hang around but clutch shots late the game won the game in typical San Antonio fashion. The Spurs should be even better in this matchup as Kawhi Leonardis probable after missing the opener with an eye injury. It’s no secret the San Antonio Spurs are one of the favorites to win it all once again, and they’ve won 24 of their last 28 regular season games SU. The Suns might also have to pace themselves as they have to travel to Utah for a game against the Jazz on Saturday. The Suns will also need to figure out their rotation with essentially three starting point guards plus backup Tyler Ennis on their roster with three solid shooting guards as well. The Suns are surprisingly deep at almost every position, which will suit them well going forward. The Spurs are obviously deep at every position barring any injuries, which is not an assumption with all of their older, veteran players.

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Away - (-1.50)
Pick - San Antonio Spurs (-1.50)
Odds - 1.98
Stakes - 9/10
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10/31/2014

Sacramento Kings vs Portland Trail Blazers

Home - Sacramento Kings
Last away matches - W-L-L-L-W-W

The Sacramento Kings looked pretty bad in their season opener against the Warriors, committing 27 turnovers and shooting just 30.8 percent from the field and three of 18 from the three-point line. DeMarcus Cousins missed his first five shots and finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds but was constantly battling foul trouble. Rudy Gay and Darren Collison added 14 and 13 points respectively, but other than that, no one else even finished in double figures as the Kings lost by 95-77.

Away - Portland Trail Blazers
Last away matches - W-L-W-L-L-W

We all knew LaMarcus Aldridge had a great jumpshot for a big man, but he seems to have extended his range in the offseason, kicking off the night against the Thunder with a three pointer on his way to a team-high 27 points. Wesley Matthews added 22 points while Damian Lillard had a quiet night of just 10 as the Blazers took down the shorthanded Thunder by 106-89. A big victory at home is a nice way to start the season but the Blazers were certainly nervous for most of the game when Russell Westbrook was running loose. Thankfully, they put it all together in the fourth quarter where they outscored the Thunder by 31-12 to run away with the win.

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PostSubject: Re: NBA Season 2014-15 Discussion   Sun Nov 02, 2014 12:54 pm

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11/3/2014

LA Clippers vs Sacramento Kings

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The Los Angeles Clippers are one of the top teams in the NBA this season, and if all goes according to plan for the Clippers, L.A. is planning on challenging the Spurs for the West. The Clippers had the day off on Saturday, after taking care of business against the lowly Lakers, beating Los Angeles 118-111. The Clippers offense was on point Saturday night, as the Clippers had five different players reach double digit points against the Lakers, with Griffin leading the way with 39. DeAndre Jordan and Chris Paul also finished the night with double/doubles against the Lakers.

Away - Sacramento Kings
Last away matches - W-L-L-L-W-W

The Sacramento Kings are sitting at 1-1 this season, and while I do feel the Kings could be an improved team this year, the Kings aren’t exactly in a favorable position, sharing the same division as the Suns, the Clippers and the Warriors. Sacramento did earn a solid win in their last outing, defeating the Phoenix Suns 103-94 on Friday night. The Kings were even up with the Suns heading into the fourth quarter, but a solid late push by Sacramento put them over the top. Rudy Gay went off against the Suns on Friday, putting up 40, while both Cousins and Collison finished the night with 17 points.

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Away - (+9.00)
Pick - LA Clippers (-9.00)
Odds - 1.87
Stakes - 10/10
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11/3/2014

Miami Heat vs Toronto Raptors

Home - Miami Heat
Last away matches - W-W-W-L-L-L

The Miami Heat are currently sitting at 2-0 this season, as the Heat try and prove to everyone that they are still a solid team, even without that LeBron guy hanging around. The Heat are coming off a solid win against the Sixers, defeating Philly 114-96 on the road on Saturday. The Heat put on an offensive show against the Sixers, with five different players reaching double digit points on the night. Miami was led by Bosh, who finished with 30 on the night against the Sixers, but Deng, Williams and Cole also finished with double digit points, and off the bench, Chalmers finished with 20 as well. The Heat are playing like a team with something to prove right now, but having to play at home after a road trip to Philly the night before isn’t the easiest of home games.

Away - Toronto Raptors
Last away matches - W-W-W-W-L-L

The Toronto Raptors, like the Heat, are playing some solid ball right now. The Raptors are 2-0 on the season, with wins against the Hawks and the Magic. Toronto’s latest win was against those Magic on Saturday, where the Raptors defeated Orlando 108-95. The Raptors went nuts against the Magic, having six different players reach double digit points on the night, with Valanciunas leading the charge with 10 points and 11 boards. The Raptors are attacking the boards this season, and that will be needed on Sunday against Miami if the Raptors want to get the upset. The Miami Heat are 5-1 against the spread in their last six games against the Raptors, and the under is 4-1 in the last five meetings between these two teams in Miami.

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Away - (+3.00)
Pick - Miami Heat (-3.00)
Odds - 2.03
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11/3/2014

New York Knicks vs Charlotte Hornets

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Last away matches - W-L-W-W-L-W

The New York Knicks are sitting at 1-1 this season, following a win over the Cavs on Thursday. The Knicks shocked the NBA world on Thursday, upsetting the Cavs in Cleveland’s season opener, which just happened to be the first game back in Cleveland for LeBron. The Knicks are far from a great team this season, but with Jackson at the helm, the Knicks will have games like this one. The season is early,but the Knicks are currently fourth in the league in assists per game, which means this team is moving the ball around well, an important part of the Phil Jackson offense

Away - Charlotte Hornets
Last away matches - L-L-W-L-L-W

The Charlotte Hornets are 1-1 this season, and coming off a loss on Saturday to the Grizzlies. The Hornets fell to Memphis, 71-69 in a tough defensive battle. Charlotte is playing well defensively, and on the boards this season, currently ranking second in the league in poitns allowed and fourth in the NBA in rebounds per game. Obviously, stats don’t mean much right now as the season is so young, but still this is a good sign for the future. Charlotte does have a tough draw here. After a physical game, going to playing a Knicks team that can put up points off of no rest can be a challenge. The over is 6-0-1 in the last seven meetings between the Knicks and the Hornets, and the Hornets are 4-1 against the spread in their last five games in New York.

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Away - (+4.50)
Pick - New York Knicks (-4.50)
Odds - 2.06
Stakes - 8/10
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11/3/2014

Portland Trail Blazzers vs Golden State Warriors

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Last away matches - L-W-L-W-L-L

The Portland Trail Blazers are 1-1 on the season and hope to bounce back from a somewhat embarrassing loss to the Sacramento Kings. The Trail Blazers offense isn’t clicking the way it usually is, as they’re shooting just 42.9 percent from the field and 36.4 percent from downtown. LaMarcus Aldridge leads the way with 24.5 points per game and 3.5 rebounds, while Wesley Matthews is averaging 19 points and 4.5 rebounds. The one player who has been a little shaky out the gate has been star point guard Damian Lillard, who is just 7-23 from the field in the first two games. Of course, the Trail Blazers are a team that relies heavily on the three ball and efficient offense and they haven’t gotten it done it the first two games. Defensively, the Trail Blazers are allowing teams to shoot 41.4 percent from the field.

Away - Golden State Warriors
Last away matches - W-L-L-W-W-W

The Golden State Warriors improve to 2-0 on the season. The Warriors have done a great job of sharing the basketball the first couple of games and getting a better shot for their playmakers. Stephen Curry has been lights out with a combined 55 points and 15 assists, while Klay Thompson is 18-32 from the field so far this season. While Harrison Barnes didn’t get off to the best of starts in the Warriors season opener, he is coming off a 15-point performance Saturday and has picked up 10 rebounds overall. The most impressive thing for the Golden State Warriors is that they’ve held their two opponents to a combined 7-32 from downtown.

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PostSubject: Re: NBA Season 2014-15 Discussion   Mon Nov 03, 2014 9:41 am

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11/3/2014

Memphis Grizzlies vs New Orleans Pelicans

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The Memphis Grizzlies perfect on the season so far, having a record of 3-0 on the season with wins over the Timberwolves, Pacers and Hornets. In their last outing, the Grizzlies defeated the Hornets 71-69. As the score would suggest, this was a very defensive game, but as we’ve seen in the past few seasons, that is to be expected with this Memphis team. Marc Gasol led the Grizzlies offensively against the Hornets, scoring 22 on the night, while the only other Grizzly with double digit points on the night was Randolph, who finished with 12 against the Hornets. The Memphis Grizzlies identify as a defensive oriented team and they'll need to exhibit that down low. Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph will have to show their defense prowess in the block while providing an appropriate amount of offense. Experienced veteran Grizzlies team can see the window closing on their chance at winning as a unit and that has Memphis playing with an even greater sense of urgency this season.

Away - New Orleans Pelicans
Last away matches - W-L-W-L-L-L

The New Orleans Pelicans enter play this Monday night with a 1-1 record and a tough loss against the Dallas Mavericks in their immediate past. The Pelicans are 4th in the Southwest but they plan to make a push for the playoffs this year as their young team is finally together and healthy. They'll be facing off against the 3-0 Memphis Grizzlies at the FedEx Forum where the Grizzlies have been incredibly tough in recent years.The Pelicans are 12th in the league right now as they average over 102 points per game. The guy doing the most of the heavy lifting has been second year pro, Anthony Davis. Davis is one of the youngest superstars in the league and he is looking like a legitimate MVP candidate. Davis is coming off of a 31 point 15 rebound game. He's taken his play to the next level and having offensive weapons like Eric Gordon, Jrue Holiday, and Tyreke Evans will only make his job easier down low.

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Away - (+4.00)
Pick - Memphis Grizzlies (-4.00)
Odds - 1.94
Stakes - 8/10
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11/3/2014

Dallas Mavericks vs Boston Celtics

Home - Dallas Mavericks
Last away matches - W-L-W-L-L-W

The Mavericks are, make no mistake, an offense oriented team. Between Monta Ellis, Dirk Nowitzki, and Chandler Parsons this team should be challenging for 105+ PPG every single night. Right now Monta Ellis is leading the team with 19 PPG and 5 APG and he should have a tough time trying to go off against Rajon Rondo from Boston.Rajon Rondo is now the focal point of Boston's most storied franchise. Rondo is averaging 9 RPG and 10 APG to be a constant triple double threat every single night. Jeff Green, the former OKC Thunder, leads the team with 17 points from the small forward position. They'll lean heavily on Jeff Green in this offense oriented match-up.They have won two straight and have been an offensive explosion right out of the gate. The Mavericks are shooting a cool 52 percent from the field and 32.8 percent from downtown, scoring 100 or more points in now six straight games. Monta Ellis leads the Mavericks with an average of 19 points per game, while Dirk Nowitzki is averaging 18.7 points per game and five rebounds. Chandler Parsons is shooting 30.8 percent from downtown and Devin Harris has been a huge spark off the bench. Defensively, the Dallas Mavericks are allowing 102.3 points per game on 45.9 percent shooting from the field. The Mavericks have split their last 10 regular season home games.

Away - Boston Celtics
Last away matches - L-W-W-L-L-W

The Boston Celtics will head to the American Airlines Center in Dallas to take on the Mavericks. Right now Boston is 1-1 and coming off of a 14 point loss to one of the Western Conference's best teams, the Houston Rockets. Dallas as well is on the short list of quality squads in the West and they'll look to push to 3-1 with a win over the visiting Celtics. Dallas is coming off of a 5 point win over the New Orleans Pelicans behind a solid performance by Chandler Parsons.The Boston Celtics have held their own in their first two games by competing with two playoff caliber teams. The Celtics are shooting 46.2 percent from the field and a brutal 19.1 percent from downtown. Still, the Celtics have scored a combined 211 points in their first two games and have shown signs of life. Jeff Green leads the Celtics with an average of 17 points per game and five rebounds, while Jared Sullinger is averaging 13.5 points on 45.8 percent shooting. Rajon Rondo is averaging 10 assists per game and has turned the ball over 18 times. Defensively, the Boston Celtics are allowing 104.5 points on 45.5 percent shooting, which is an area they clearly need to improve in if they’re truly going to be better than expected. The Celtics have lost 15 of their last 16 games dating back to last season.

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Pick - Dallas Mavericks (-10.00)
Odds - 2.00
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11/3/2014

Denver Nuggets vs Sacramento Kings

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Last away matches - L-L-W-L-L-L

The Nuggets are coming off of a loss against a depleted Thunder team that should be disappointing going forward. The Nuggets defense has looked solid over their first two games, but they definitely will need to improve offensively.The Denver Nuggets are sitting at 1-1 this season, following a loss to their rivals the OKC Thunder on Saturday, 102-91. The Nuggets are playing some good ball, Denver just ran into a talented Denver team that was coming off a loss, and coming into this game as the underdog, and as such the Nuggets received OKC’s full attention. The Nuggets currently have the third ranked scoring defense in the league at this point, and Denver is also sold on the boards, grabbing an average of 46 rebounds per game. The offense has struggled so far however, with the leading scorer for the Nuggets being Arron Afflalo with an average of 14.5 per outing.

Away - Sacramento Kings
Last away matches - W-W-L-L-L-W

The Kings beat the Clippers and Blazers in consecutive games behind strong play from Rudy Gay and Boogie Cousins. The Kings, projected to finish towards the bottom in the West, could be sneaky good with solid talent at almost every position except power forward, where they have veteran cog Jason Thompson. The Kings can really run 9 deep, with a combination of young and veteran talent, who can all put up points in droves.The Sacramento Kings are in the black right now, holding a 2-1 record currently. Sacramento will head to Denver fresh off a solid win against the Clippers on SUnday, upending the Clippers 98-92, helping to contribute to one of the many upsets in the early NBA season. Sacramento’s Center, Cousins went off against the Clippers, registering 34 points and 17 total boards on the day. Rudy Gay had a big impact as well, putting up 25 points against the Clippers. The Kings should be improved this season if they can stay healthy, but in their tough division, it will take a strong record to compete.

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Odds - 2.06
Stakes - 8/10
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11/3/2014

LA Clippers vs Utah Jazz

Home - LA Clippers
Last away matches - W-L-L-L-L-L

The Clippers are scheduled to play against the Jazz. Both of these teams are looking to make a statement in the Western Conference. But the Clippers may have what it takes to make a Finals run, so a win here will help them get their season started right. The Los Angeles Clippers lost to the Sacramento Kings on Sunday and are clearly having issues out of the gate. The Clippers could easily be 0-3 on the season if it weren’t for big late-game shots in their first two contests. The Clippers are one of the biggest teams in the league with DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin but are somehow averaging just 34.5 rebounds per game, which is last in the NBA. The Clippers have also taken plays off defensively, allowing teams to shoot 47.6 percent from the field and average more than 100 points. The good news for the Clippers is that scoring still isn’t an issue, as Chris Paul has 28 points and 21 assists in his last two games and even Spencer Hawes is coming off a 17-point performance. Still, the Los Angeles Clippers need to get their act together quickly before sloppy play becomes a trend.

Away - Utah Jazz
Last away matches - L-W-L-L-W-W

Utah has been in a rebuilding process, but the franchise has made some improvements. This was on full display as they beat the Suns by a score of 118 to 91. This moved the Jazz up to a 1-2 record, but they need to continue to win to keep pace in the West. Players like Derrick Favors and Trey Burke will need to emerge as leaders on the squad as well.The Utah Jazz are coming off their first win of the season Saturday over the Phoenix Suns and hope to get their first road win of the year here. If the Jazz hope to keep things going, their defense has to improve greatly. Through three games, the Utah Jazz are allowing 105 points per game on 49.4 percent shooting from the field. The Jazz have lost 19 of their last 20 games when allowing 100 or more points. Offensively, Derrick Favors leads the way with 21.7 points per game and nine rebounds, while Gordon Hayward is scoring 16 points and handing out 5.3 assists. Scoring really hasn’t been an issue for the Jazz who are shooting 46 percent from the field and 30.4 percent from downtown. The Jazz just need to figure things out on the defensive end if they’re ever going to start turning the corner.

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PostSubject: Re: NBA Season 2014-15 Discussion   Tue Nov 04, 2014 9:01 am

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11/4/2014

New York Knicks vs Washington Wizards

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Center Amar'e Stoudemire said during the preseason that he was feeling great after enduring three straight injury-plagued seasons and he looked pretty healthy Sunday. The 12-year veteran posted 17 points and 10 rebounds in only 23 minutes in the win over Charlotte. Stoudemire's production has bolstered a second unit that has been a big boost for New York; the Knicks' bench averages 38.5 points, fourth in the NBA, while hitting a league-high five 3-pointers per game. As Carmelo Anthony goes, so often go the New York Knicks, a pattern playing out in a big way early in the season. Anthony and the Knicks look to ride his recent surge and win their third straight game when they host the Washington Wizards on Tuesday. After scoring 14 points on 5-of-13 shooting in a dismal 104-80 loss to Chicago in the season opener, Anthony has averaged 26.5 points on 53.8 percent shooting in back-to-back victories over Cleveland and Charlotte.

Away - Washington Wizards
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The nine-time All Star became the 40th member of the 20,000-point club and scored the final three points of a 96-93 victory over the Hornets on Sunday. He is one of eight active members of the club, including Wizards swingman Paul Pierce, who had a very different experience his last time out, getting ejected in Washington's home opener, a 108-97 win over Milwaukee on Saturday. Nene led a balanced attach with 22 points for the Wizards, who swept three games from the Knicks last season, including a pair of one-point wins in Madison Square Garden.Pierce's ejection turned out to be a silver lining for Washington, as it provided an opportunity for Otto Porter Jr., the former No. 3 overall pick who did little as a rookie last season. With Pierce in the locker room, Porter scored 19 of his career-high 21 points in the second half while playing all 24 minutes, a far cry for a player who has worked hard to erase the sting of his rookie campaign. "I've just been getting in the gym and going after my coaches to prepare for games like this and to always stay ready," Porter told the Washington Post.

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Pick - New York Knicks (-1.50)
Odds - 1.97
Stakes - 9/10
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11/4/2014

Portland Trail Blazers vs Cleveland Cavaliers

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Portland All-Star Damian Lillard is off to a rough start and bottomed out with a 4-of-18 performance in the 95-90 loss to the Warriors on Sunday. “When you don’t make shots, it looks like the offense is out of sync,” coach Terry Stotts told reporters. “The shots are going to fall; that I’m not that concerned about.” Lillard, who averaged 20.7 points last season, is putting up 13.7 points while shooting 26.8 percent from the field in the first three games.

Away - Cleveland Cavaliers
Last away matches - W-L-W-W-W-W

The Cleveland Cavaliers looked far more comfortable on the road in gaining their first win and have three games left on the trip to further solidify their level of trust in each other. LeBron James and company will look for a second straight win when they visit the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday. The Trail Blazers won their opener but have since dropped two straight while being held under 95 points in each setback.James insisted that it wasn’t nerves that made him go 5-of-15 and turn the ball over eight times in the opener in front of fans that had been anticipating his return for months. Whatever the problem was, the four-time MVP cleaned things up at Chicago with 36 points, including eight in overtime, while role players like Tristan Thompson stepped up to support the trio of James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving. “My role is to get those rebounds,” Thompson, who pulled down 12 offensive boards, told reporters. “I have a knack for finding the ball. … My motto is ‘see ball, get ball.’”

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11/4/2014

LA Lakers vs Phoenix Suns

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The Los Angeles Lakers have been far from exciting, losing 127-104 on Saturday to fall to 0-4 on the season despite 28 points from Kobe Bryant. Jordan Hill added 23 points and Wesley Johnson added 15, but the Lakers just couldn't defend the Warriors' backcourt of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson who torched them for a combined 72 points. In fact, the Lakers have yet to hold a team under 118 points which spells nothing but trouble for a team so bereft of scoring talent outside of Kobe. Los Angeles will be anchored by Kobe Bryant, who is still playing at a high level this year. But the Lakers have made some important additions to their overall line up. They have brought on board Carlos Boozer to help establish an inside presence. Jeremy Lin will also be a facilitator for the team, helping them distribute the ball effectively.

Away - Phoenix Suns
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The Phoenix Suns were unable to build on their two-game win streak on Saturday when they got absolutely destroyed by 118-91. Despite having six players finish in double digits, the Suns simply ran out of the gas against the Jazz in the second half and got outscored by 59-36, which suggests that their dramatic comeback win over the Spurs the previous night must have taken too much out of them. Eric Bledsoe, Goran Dragic and Isaiah Thomas all finished with 10 points as one of the most exciting offenses shot just 41.4 percent from the floor as a team. Phoenix has found themselves with a 2-1 record. They can add to this if they manage to take down the Lakers on the road. The Suns will have some fierce competition in the Pacific Division, so they need to make a statement here.

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PostSubject: Re: NBA Season 2014-15 Discussion   Tue Nov 04, 2014 9:02 am

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11/4/2014

New York Knicks vs Washington Wizards

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Center Amar'e Stoudemire said during the preseason that he was feeling great after enduring three straight injury-plagued seasons and he looked pretty healthy Sunday. The 12-year veteran posted 17 points and 10 rebounds in only 23 minutes in the win over Charlotte. Stoudemire's production has bolstered a second unit that has been a big boost for New York; the Knicks' bench averages 38.5 points, fourth in the NBA, while hitting a league-high five 3-pointers per game. As Carmelo Anthony goes, so often go the New York Knicks, a pattern playing out in a big way early in the season. Anthony and the Knicks look to ride his recent surge and win their third straight game when they host the Washington Wizards on Tuesday. After scoring 14 points on 5-of-13 shooting in a dismal 104-80 loss to Chicago in the season opener, Anthony has averaged 26.5 points on 53.8 percent shooting in back-to-back victories over Cleveland and Charlotte.

Away - Washington Wizards
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The nine-time All Star became the 40th member of the 20,000-point club and scored the final three points of a 96-93 victory over the Hornets on Sunday. He is one of eight active members of the club, including Wizards swingman Paul Pierce, who had a very different experience his last time out, getting ejected in Washington's home opener, a 108-97 win over Milwaukee on Saturday. Nene led a balanced attach with 22 points for the Wizards, who swept three games from the Knicks last season, including a pair of one-point wins in Madison Square Garden.Pierce's ejection turned out to be a silver lining for Washington, as it provided an opportunity for Otto Porter Jr., the former No. 3 overall pick who did little as a rookie last season. With Pierce in the locker room, Porter scored 19 of his career-high 21 points in the second half while playing all 24 minutes, a far cry for a player who has worked hard to erase the sting of his rookie campaign. "I've just been getting in the gym and going after my coaches to prepare for games like this and to always stay ready," Porter told the Washington Post.

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Pick - New York Knicks (-1.50)
Odds - 1.97
Stakes - 9/10
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11/4/2014

Portland Trail Blazers vs Cleveland Cavaliers

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Last away matches - L-W-L-W-L-L

Portland All-Star Damian Lillard is off to a rough start and bottomed out with a 4-of-18 performance in the 95-90 loss to the Warriors on Sunday. “When you don’t make shots, it looks like the offense is out of sync,” coach Terry Stotts told reporters. “The shots are going to fall; that I’m not that concerned about.” Lillard, who averaged 20.7 points last season, is putting up 13.7 points while shooting 26.8 percent from the field in the first three games.

Away - Cleveland Cavaliers
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The Cleveland Cavaliers looked far more comfortable on the road in gaining their first win and have three games left on the trip to further solidify their level of trust in each other. LeBron James and company will look for a second straight win when they visit the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday. The Trail Blazers won their opener but have since dropped two straight while being held under 95 points in each setback.James insisted that it wasn’t nerves that made him go 5-of-15 and turn the ball over eight times in the opener in front of fans that had been anticipating his return for months. Whatever the problem was, the four-time MVP cleaned things up at Chicago with 36 points, including eight in overtime, while role players like Tristan Thompson stepped up to support the trio of James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving. “My role is to get those rebounds,” Thompson, who pulled down 12 offensive boards, told reporters. “I have a knack for finding the ball. … My motto is ‘see ball, get ball.’”

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Pick - Portland Trail Blazers (+2.50)
Odds - 1.92
Stakes - 10/10
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11/4/2014

LA Lakers vs Phoenix Suns

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The Los Angeles Lakers have been far from exciting, losing 127-104 on Saturday to fall to 0-4 on the season despite 28 points from Kobe Bryant. Jordan Hill added 23 points and Wesley Johnson added 15, but the Lakers just couldn't defend the Warriors' backcourt of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson who torched them for a combined 72 points. In fact, the Lakers have yet to hold a team under 118 points which spells nothing but trouble for a team so bereft of scoring talent outside of Kobe. Los Angeles will be anchored by Kobe Bryant, who is still playing at a high level this year. But the Lakers have made some important additions to their overall line up. They have brought on board Carlos Boozer to help establish an inside presence. Jeremy Lin will also be a facilitator for the team, helping them distribute the ball effectively.

Away - Phoenix Suns
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The Phoenix Suns were unable to build on their two-game win streak on Saturday when they got absolutely destroyed by 118-91. Despite having six players finish in double digits, the Suns simply ran out of the gas against the Jazz in the second half and got outscored by 59-36, which suggests that their dramatic comeback win over the Spurs the previous night must have taken too much out of them. Eric Bledsoe, Goran Dragic and Isaiah Thomas all finished with 10 points as one of the most exciting offenses shot just 41.4 percent from the floor as a team. Phoenix has found themselves with a 2-1 record. They can add to this if they manage to take down the Lakers on the road. The Suns will have some fierce competition in the Pacific Division, so they need to make a statement here.

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PostSubject: Re: NBA Season 2014-15 Discussion   Wed Nov 05, 2014 11:43 am

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11-5-2014

Philadelphia 76ers vs Orlando Magic

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Center Joel Embiid (foot), the third overall pick in last summer’s draft, is out until at least January and 2013-14 Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams missed the first four games after shoulder surgery. Carter-Williams could return to the lineup as soon as next week while Wroten is averaging 19.3 points, 6.8 assists and three steals. Forward Brandon Davies (10.Cool, in his second NBA season, is the only other player averaging in double figures in scoring and is shooting 53.1 percent from the field.

Away - Orlando Magic
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Rookie point guard Elfrid Payton has shown improvement the last two games, averaging 12.5 points, eight assists and only 1.5 turnovers while playing more than 30 minutes in each outing. Payton’s progress should help shooters such as Fournier and Tobias Harris, who scored 21 points Tuesday at Chicago. Vucevic must get more help inside with power forward Kyle O’Quinn (ankle) questionable and rookie forward Aaron Gordon, averaging 5.3 points, could be ready for a breakout game.

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Pick - Orlando Magic (-3.00)
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11-5-2014

Brooklyn Nets vs Minnesota Timberwolves

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The Brooklyn Nets look like a different team with Brook Lopez in the starting lineup, and they’ll need his big body Wednesday when they host the Minnesota Timberwolves. Lopez made his season debut Monday against the severely shorthanded Oklahoma City Thunder after missing the first two games with a sprained right foot, the same one he broke last December. He finished with 18 points and six rebounds in the 116-85 victory. A key reason for Brooklyn’s success the last two games has been limiting its turnovers. The Nets had 21 turnovers in their season-opening blowout loss to the Celtics, but trimmed that number to eight in the wins against the Pistons and Thunder. Brooklyn will have its hands full against Minnesota point guard Ricky Rubio and Young, who averaged the second and third-most steals in the league last season.

Away - Minnesota Timberwolves
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The Timberwolves don’t have Kevin Love manning the key any longer but Nikola Pekovic is still a tough cover for any opposing center. He outplayed Andre Drummond of the Pistons and Joakim Noah of the Bulls in each of the last two games, and the three days off between games should benefit the ankle bursitis that’s bothered him since January. Minnesota is also expected to have power forward Thaddeus Young available after he passed his concussions tests and returned to practice after a scary collision with Chicago guard Jimmy Butler on Saturday. Kevin Martin is hoping to find a home after bouncing around the league the last four seasons. He sat out the season-opening loss to the Grizzlies with an ankle injury, had a sub-par performance against the Pistons the following night, but then exploded for 33 points on 9-for-14 shooting against the Bulls. After which, he was fined $15,000 by the league for an inappropriate gesture following a 3-pointer.

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Pick - Minnesota Timberwolves (+5.00)
Odds - 1.98
Stakes - 8/10
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11-5-2014

San Antonio Spurs vs Atlanta Hawks

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The San Antonio Spurs aim for a 17th consecutive home win over the Atlanta Hawks when the teams clash Wednesday. The Spurs have won seven straight and 15 of 16 overall in the series and haven't lost to the Hawks in San Antonio since Feb. 15, 1997. It's a homecoming for Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer, who was an assistant with the Spurs for 19 years before taking over in Atlanta last season. Despite returning 14 players — and all five starters — from last year's championship team, San Antonio has been less than impressive in its first two contests. Part of the problem has been a slow start at the offensive end from sharpshooter Danny Green and defensive whiz Kawhi Leonard, who was 0-for-5 from the field in his season debut against Phoenix. The veteran core of Tony Parker (21 points), Tim Duncan (15 points, 11 rebounds) and Manu Ginobili (11 points) has been solid, though, so the Spurs should be fine when their role players come around.

Away - Atlanta Hawks
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The Hawks are aiming for their first road win of the season but are coming off a wire-to-wire 102-92 victory over Indiana. Conversely, the Spurs are 1-0 at home after a 101-100 win over Dallas on opening night but are looking to rebound from a 94-89 defeat at Phoenix last time out. Despite San Antonio's sluggish start, Atlanta views the early matchup as a valuable measuring stick. "They're the defending champs," Hawks center Al Horford told reporters. "We obviously still have a lot of things we need to work on, but it's a good test for us to see where we're at as a team. Atlanta has been efficient at the offensive end, topping 100 points, 25 assists and 50 percent shooting in each of its first two games. All five starters and one reserve are averaging double-digit scoring with point guard Jeff Teague (22.5 points, seven assists) leading the way. The Hawks haven't defended the perimeter especially well, but they've been outstanding inside the arc, holding opponents to a league-low 42.5 percent on two-point attempts.

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11-5-2014

Sacramento Kings vs Denver Nuggets

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Sacramento is benefiting from solid production from its role players, whether it’s Carl Landry with his offensive punch off the bench, or Reggie Evans with his tenacious rebounding. Ray McCallum got the nod over McLemore and Stauskas down the stretch against the Nuggets and the second-year guard responded with two clutch baskets, the second giving Sacramento the lead for good with 3:17 remaining. Some outsiders are calling for McCallum to replace McLemore in the starting lineup.

Away - Denver Nuggets
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Ty Lawson was questionable to play Monday because of an ankle injury and the veteran point guard shot 1-for-8 but did find a way to distribute 12 assists and get to the free throw line eight times to scrape together nine points. Lawson needs to be better on both ends of the floor in the rematch, however. Darren Collison, his counterpart on Sacramento, scored a team-high 21 points with six assists and one turnover, and even backup Ramon Sessions scored 13 points in 21 minutes.

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PostSubject: Re: NBA Season 2014-15 Discussion   Fri Nov 07, 2014 7:10 am

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11-7-2014

Detroit Pistons vs Milwaukwee Bucks

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The Detroit Pistons finally have a victory in hand and they’ll try for two in a row when they host the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night. The Pistons edged the Knicks 98-95 on Wednesday night, getting 23 points and 18 rebounds from power forward Greg Monroe, who was starting his first game after sitting out the first two due to a suspension. Detroit is still shooting a league-worst 39.3 percent from the floor while averaging a league-low 89.5 points. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is the player who’ll likely be matched up against Antetokounmpo at the outset, and he’ll be giving up six inches in height. Caldwell-Pope seems to be gaining confidence as a scorer though, averaging 15.6 points over the last five games dating to the regular-season finale last April. The second-year player out of Georgia scored 20 against the Knicks on Wednesday, the second time in his career he has hit that mark.

Away - Milwaukwee Bucks
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Bucks point guard Brandon Knight, who was drafted eighth overall by the Pistons in 2011 and spent his first two seasons in Detroit, is averaging 18.4 points, 7.2 rebounds and 7.2 assists through the first five games and his first career triple-double seems close at hand. O.J. Mayo gave Milwaukee a nice boost off the bench while combining for 42 points on 14-for-23 shooting the first two games, but has been held to single digits while shooting 7-for-24 the last three. Pistons small forward Josh Smith is experiencing an even worse shooting slump lately and was 2-for-17 from the floor against the Knicks. Milwaukee is looking for second-year shooting guard Giannis Antetokounmpo to take his performance to another level after not showing much improvement during his rookie season. Antetokounmpo, whose shooting percentage and scoring average dropped in each of the last four months of last season, has reached double figures in scoring in two straight games, something he last accomplished in January. The 6-11 Greek took advantage of his height to grab eight rebounds in Wednesday’s loss to the Bulls, something he should be able to repeat against Detroit’s smallish backcourt.

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