NBA Preview and Predictions

 

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Pacers vs. Bulls

 Indiana heads into Chicago for a division matchup tonight. Both teams look for their 7th win of the season as they try to keep pace with the division leading Cavaliers.

 The Pacers had a rough 0-3 start, but since have gone 6-1. These wins have all come against teams with records over .500. Paul George has started to pave the way to another all-star caliber season with over 24 points per game and leading the team with almost 9 rebounds a match. Monta Ellis and George Hill are providing a good switch up at the guard position. They are combining for 27 points per game and almost 9 assists. The Pacers will look to continue their effective use of small ball tonight to try to beat up on Chicago’s small court.

 Chicago is sitting in second in the Central division behind the Cavaliers, which is where everyone kind of figured they would be. They have done something only one other team has done this year, and that is to beat the Cavs. They will look to hold off the charging Pacers who look to avenge last year’s “lost season”. This team has a new style/feel to how they are succeeding. Jimmy Butler has emerged as the number one option offensively, averaging just over 19 points a game. They have used much more of their shooting forwards in Nikola Mirotic and Doug McDermott to spread defenses. This strategy has left Joakim Noah as the odd man out. Noah is in his 9th season and is putting up numbers that are similar to his rookie ones, that includes minutes per game. So far it is working, and tonight will give them a look at how it works with a team that runs a similar type of offensive setup.

 My Prediction: The Pacers are one of the top teams in the league right now, and the star play of Paul George figures to be too much to handle for the Chicago Bulls.

 Indiana 102- Chicago 97

 

 Thunder vs. Grizzlies

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 The Thunder head to Memphis trying to bounce back from their loss to the Celtics.

 Oklahoma City enters tonight’s game once again without Kevin Durant. This is nothing new for them after last season, however, they are hoping to avoid wearing out the rest of the team too early. Russell Westbrook already has two triple-doubles that have led to victories for the Thunder. Westbrook had a struggle in their loss to the Celtics, and his teammates didn’t help that cause. With only Serge Ibaka also scoring in the double digits. These guys need to recognize when Westbrook isn’t going to be able to take the game over by himself and step up in those moments. Tonight would be a good chance for Ibaka, Kanter, and Adams to show they are ready by slowing down Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol.

The Grizzlies have gotten such well-rounded play out of their top three players in Randolph, Gasol, and Conley. They are combining to average 44 points. The addition of Mario Chalmers has proven beneficial so far as he scored 16 in their last game. Chalmers provides a shooting threat with driving potential that they could use. They are shooting 29% from beyond the arc which is making them a one-dimensional team which has caused many of their struggles thus far, so they hope Chalmers can change that a little. Tonight will give Conley the chance to prove that he is an elite defender at the point position with Westbrook being his matchup.

 My Prediction: This game will be decided by one team’s defense. Whether it be the Thunder’s post defense or the Grizzlies point guard defense. The Thunder’s defense stands a much better chance. Westbrook is going to be too much for Memphis to handle as he registers another triple-double.

 Oklahoma City 109- Memphis 93

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