Friday night NBA predictions: part two
Portland @ Boston – Boston surprised me with a loss to Charlotte at home on Wednesday. The Trail Blazers are a much tougher opponent than the Bobcats, and the Celtics lack scoring options. Portland wins 98-85.
Brooklyn @ Phoenix – Brooklyn is off to a terrible start at 2-5. The Suns are playing well at 5-3, and are led by Eric Bledsoe, a great young point guard averaging 21.1 points and 7.1 assists per game. The Nets may bounce back tonight, but it is unlikely. Phoenix wins 93-90.
San Antonio @ Utah – Utah won their first game against New Orleans on Wednesday to go to 1-8. The Jazz have difficulty scoring points while the Spurs are the second best defense in the NBA allowing only 90.1 points per game. San Antonio wins 95-85.
Memphis @ LA Lakers – Both teams are sitting two games below .500. The Lakers don’t have a go to scorer, but they have good ball distribution allowing many players to contribute. Mike Conley is becoming a premiere point guard for Memphis averaging 20.1 points and 5.3 assists per game. Conley will make it a close game, but Xavier Henry and Wesley Johnson on the Lakers will be the difference makers. LA Lakers win 103-100.
Detroit @ Sacramento – The Kings made easy work of the Nets on Wednesday, which should give the players some confidence. Detroit is struggling with four straight loses, but Brandon Jennings, Greg Monroe, and Andre Drummond are a stellar core of young players. Sacramento has a great core of young players as well with DeMarcus Cousins, Isaiah Thomas, and Ben McLemore. Also, the home crowd will try to break the indoor sound record. Young players and a lot of noise makes for an exciting game. Detroit wins 107-105.