Wednesday night NBA game predictions (part two):
Washington @ San Antonio – The Spurs are 7-1 this season and have not lost at home. Washington faces an uphill battle because they rank second to last in points allowed (106.6) while San Antonio is an excellent defensive team allowing only 91.5 points per game. The Spurs win 93-80.
LA Lakers @ Denver – The Lakers are waiting for Kobe to make their run, but they are good enough to hover around .500 before he returns. The Nuggets have a very good point guard in Ty Lawson, and both teams are excellent at rebounding. I like the veteran Steve Blake playing the point for the Lakers, but he will be outmatched by Lawson. Nuggets win in OT 105-104.
New Orleans @ Utah – The Jazz have the worst offense in the NBA averaging 86.9 points per game. It will be difficult for them to get their first win against the Pelicans’ top-10 defense. Pelicans win 99-90.
Phoenix @ Portland – Two 5-2 teams going head-to-head. Portland relies more on offense while Phoenix relies more on defense. The Suns got the best of the Trailblazers in the first game of the season, and I expect the Trailblazers to return the favor. Portland wins 88-85.
Brooklyn @ Sacramento – The Nets are much more experienced than the Kings, but the Kings are loaded with talent and have one of the most exciting players in basketball, point guard Isaiah Thomas. I’m giving the edge to experience in this game. Nets win 101-94.
Oklahoma City @ LA Clippers – Easily the primetime matchup tonight. Los Angeles is a very good team that needs to learn how to play defense to contend in the playoffs. The only way to know if the Clippers are improving on the defensive end is to play against the best teams in the league. Saying that, I don’t think the Clippers are good enough defensively to pull off a win against the mighty Thunder. Thunder win 115-105.