Prediction tracker: 52 for 86 (shooting 60.5%)
Denver @ Cleveland – The Nuggets won their seventh game in a row last night, and have a very good chance to extend their winning streak five more games. If Denver contains point guard Kyrie Irving, then a win is likely. Nuggets win 103-94.
LA Clippers @ Atlanta – J.J. Redick is out for the Clippers, but LA has a lot of firepower to make up for Redick on offense. I believe the combination of Jeff Teague and Al Horford compares well to Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, but Paul is an MVP candidate for a reason. Clippers win 110-104.
Phoenix @ Houston – Chandler Parsons is listed as unlikely for the Rockets. Parsons did not play against the Utah Jazz on Monday, and the Rockets lost. No Parsons and no Jeremy Lin means another loss to a good Phoenix team. Suns win 104-98.
Detroit @ Milwaukee – Shout out to Pistons center Andre Drummond who grabbed 18 boards in a win against the Heat last night. Look for a 20 rebound game for Drummond against the Bucks, and a win for the Motor City. Pistons win 97-88.
Dallas @ New Orleans – Pelicans power forward Ryan Anderson is having a career year averaging 22.6 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. Anderson assumes an even larger role on offense with Anthony Davis out four to six weeks. On defense, the Pelicans cannot make up for Davis’ absence, and Mavs shooting guard Monta Ellis will have his way. Mavs win 106-100.
Indiana @ Utah – Good luck Utah! Pacers win 99-80.
San Antonio @ Minnesota – The Timberwolves taught me a lesson about three weeks ago, I shouldn’t have said “the Wolves are the real deal.” Minnesota is in the Western Conference, and the team needs to play better defense before they can be considered the real deal. Spurs center Tiago Splitter is out, but I still expect San Antonio to put on a defensive exhibition. Spurs win 97-87.