NBA Preview and Prediction for 11/2

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 Thunder vs. Rockets

The Thunder roll into Houston with a 3-0 record. Houston is still searching for their first win.

OKC has scored 368 points through 3 games (122.67 points per game). Westbrook and Durant are averaging a combined 62 points per game. The Thunder are clicking on all cylinders so far this season, as they attempt to get back to the top of the West. They look to continue their dominance against a struggling Houston team.

The Rockets have been beaten all three games this season by 20 points each time. The defense became non-existent late against Miami, which resulted in a blown lead, and eventual loss. One of the best offensive players in James Harden continues to struggle. He is averaging 18 points per game, and has gone 1-20 from 3-point land the last two games. Heading into this season as a favorite to take down the Warriors, they have disappointed thus far.

My Prediction: The Thunder are playing far too well for the Rockets to have a chance. Unless by some miracle Houston figures out what is wrong with them as a unit, this could be another 20-point loss.

 Oklahoma City 115- Houston 92

 

Trailblazers vs. Timberwolves

Portland comes into Minnesota with a 1-2 record. The Timberwolves hope to extend their 2-0 start to the season.

The Blazers had a huge win with their opener. But C.J. McCollum has not kept up his out of this world production from that game. This team seems to be missing Batum and Aldridge more than they originally thought. So far Lillard hasn’t gotten the scoring that was thought he might in the season either.

The Timberwolves may have only played two games thus far, but they have been impressive in those. They fought for a comeback win against the Lakers, and the crushed the Nuggets. Rubio has demonstrated his improved jump shot and Karl Anthony-Towns is averaging 21 points per game and 13 rebounds.

My Prediction: I am going out on a limb and taking the Timberwolves to go to 3-0. The Blazers are going to struggle to stop Towns and that is where they will struggle. Martin will also add solid numbers for the Wolves.

 Minnesota 103- Portland 96

 

Grizzlies vs. Warriors

The Grizzlies have won two straight after an opening beat down from the Cavs as they head into the Bay to take on the perfect Warriors.

The Grizzlies starting five all are averaging over 10 points per game, the only problem with that is that Conley is the leading scorer in that group at 14.3. The well rounded, small ball Grizzlies have been able to go through two teams relatively easy with this style. Tonight they are going to have to ramp up their game if they want to have a chance.

The Warriors as hard as it may be, might look even better than last season. Steph Curry is making a mockery of defenders, including Anthony Davis. In addition to his spectacular play, the other four starters also are averaging double-digit points. Tonight figures to be maybe the toughest matchup for them.

My Prediction: As good as Memphis’ defense can be, this is not a team that they can guard. It is hard enough to guard this entire Golden State team, but with the level that Curry is already at, they have no shot.

 Golden State 114- Memphis 97

 

Current  2015 Predictions Record: 11-4

 

 

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