Prediction tracker: 25 for 47 (shooting 53%)
Part one: Wednesday night NBA game predictions (Nov. 27)
Indiana @ Charlotte – The 13-1 Pacers are the safe bet, but the Bobcats have a lot to prove every night. The Bobcats may stun the Pacers, but it is unlikely. Pacers win 99-98.
Philadelphia @ Orlando – Great matchup between 76er rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams and Magic veteran point guard Jameer Nelson. Nelson’s stats aren’t mesmerizing, but he gets the job done. Magic win 100-95.
Memphis @ Boston – The Grizz lost two games at home after sweeping their California road trip. The Celtics have won their last two games after going on a six game losing streak. Who is hungrier? Grizzlies win 103-92.
LA Lakers @ Brooklyn – Last night, Brooklyn won its first game in 11 days against the Raptors. The Nets scored one point in the final five minutes to win by two, but a win is a win. Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett will not let the Lakers beat them at home. Nets win 96-91.
Miami @ Cleveland – I wonder how many Cleveland fans will be feeling the holiday cheer with LeBron James in town. This game is on ESPN at 7:30 pm ET for a reason. Kyrie Irving is great, but it will be a small miracle to beat the Heat with Dwyane Wade and James playing well. Heat win 110-97.
Chicago @ Detroit – The Pistons are better than their 6-8 record suggests. Without Derrick Rose in the lineup for the Bulls, the Pistons have the upper hand. Pistons win 104-98.
Atlanta @ Houston – James Harden is a game time decision, but Jeremy Lin is a good replacement if Harden remains out. The Rockets are first in scoring and third in rebounding, which offsets their poor defense. Rockets win 115-110.