Wednesday night NBA predictions (part one):
Milwaukee @ Orlando – Orlando is on a three-game losing streak including two loses to Boston. The Bucks aren’t doing much better having lost their last two games. Orlando wins 100-95.
Houston @ Philadelphia – I have been surprised with Michael Carter-Williams‘ great play to begin his rookie season with the Sixers. He is listed as day-to-day right now, but participated in a shootaround this morning. Although the Sixers are 4-4, they are last in the NBA in points allowed (averaging 107.1 per game). The Rocket’s defense is not much better at 25th in the league (103.6), but they have a superior offense. Rockets win 110-100.
Charlotte @ Boston – Boston is riding a four-game winning streak into Wednesday night’s game against the Bobcats after losing their first four games of the season. It is difficult to imagine the Bobcats will break the Celts’ winning streak in Boston. Boston wins 90-83.
Toronto @ Memphis – This game may go into overtime because both teams have mediocre offensive production with Toronto ranking 19th in points per game (96.6) and Memphis ranking 22nd (95.7). The game will probably come down to Toronto’s sharper defense in overtime. Toronto wins 102-100 (OT).
Cleveland @ Minnesota – A showcase of some of the best point guard talent in the league. Kyrie Irving is averaging 19.4 points, 7.5 assists, and 4.6 rebounds per game for the Cavs. Ricky Rubio is averaging 8.6 points, 8.9 assists, and 4.1 rebounds per game for the Wolves. Rubio’s lack of offense is made up by his ability to steal the ball (3.4 steals per game), and Kevin Love‘s monster offensive numbers. The Wolves are the better team, but they will need to fight to win. Wolves win 98-97.
New York @ Atlanta – The Knicks are coming off a few days of rest after a dismal loss to San Antonio on Sunday. Their offense is terrible, and Head Coach Mike Woodson hopes to change that by starting J.R. Smith tonight. The game will be on ESPN, and I think the Knicks are under too much pressure to lose. Knicks win 101-96.