Friday night NBA predictions: part one
Milwaukee @ Indiana – The 8-0 Pacers have the best defense in the NBA allowing 84.5 points per game. Milwaukee has the 26th ranked offense scoring 93.7 points per game. The Pacers will lose eventually, but not tonight. Indiana wins 95-85.
Chicago @ Toronto – Both teams play great defense, so it will be a fiery game. With Rose probably sitting out because of a sore right hamstring and Toronto playing at home, the Bulls will be at a disadvantage. Toronto wins 90-89.
Philadelphia @ Atlanta – The 76ers have the worst defense in the league, but they are playing well at 5-4. Their early season success can be partly attributed to the rookie sensation Michael Carter-Williams, who will sit out for the second straight game because of a foot injury. The Hawks have a healthy point guard in Jeff Teague who is averaging 18.1 points and 9.9 assists per game. Atlanta wins 110-102.
Charlotte @ Cleveland – Cleveland lost to Charlotte in the second game of the season, and is coming off a bad loss to Minnesota on Wednesday night, so they have a couple things to prove. Cleveland wins 101-93.
Dallas @ Miami – Lots of talent in this game with Monta Ellis and Dirk Nowitzki for the Mavs, and LeBron James and Dwyane Wade for the Heat. I need to break my streak of picking home teams to win, and this is the game. The Heat are not playing defense like they used to, and I believe they have lost their mental edge. Dallas wins 105-98.
Minnesota @ Denver – The Wolves are the real deal this year. Rubio and Love are two lethal players that most teams do not have the answer for. Ty Lawson is a beast of a point guard for Denver, and they have plenty of big men to rebound the ball. A close game ending in a Kevin Love buzzer beater. Minnesota wins 113-112.