NBA Previews and Predictions 11/8
NBA Preview and Predictions
Raptors vs. Heat
The Raptors head down to South Beach looking to recover from their first loss of the season. The Heat continue to try to find consistency as they have not won or lost two consecutive games this season.
Toronto enters the fourth and final road game of this trip. They dropped their first game of the season in their last game to the Magic. They kept it close but struggled with Orlando’s depth of scoring. It is hard to pinpoint anything that the Raptors are doing poorly. With only that one loss, and it being to an underrated Orlando squad, they are still in the upper echelon of the East. It is hard to imagine any style of their game changing dramatically going up against a mediocre Miami team tonight.
The Heat come in at an average 3-3 record. They are not standing out, but not fading into oblivion. In their defense, the three teams they have lost to are 7-1, 5-1, and 3-3. The teams they have beat are 2-4, 4-3, and 3-2. A win against the Raptors tonight would help them get a little more recognition in the East as a contender.
My Prediction: Toronto may be tired on this road trip, which may be of some help to Miami. However, I don’t believe it is enough to gain them a victory. There are only five teams that average less points a game than the Heat, and with there only being five teams that give up less points than the Raptors, it all points to negative for the Heat.
Toronto 110- Miami 98
Pistons vs. Trailblazers
Detroit heads out west to take on Portland. Both of these teams have been relatively surprising this season, and look to continue their good starts tonight.
Detroit has been possibly the biggest surprise of the season as far as a team, and is getting some crazy production from Andre Drummond. He is averaging 18.6 points per game but also 19 rebounds a game. Marcus Morris is also stepping into his own this season, averaging over 17 points and 7 rebounds a game. They look to continue to get the big production out of their big men tonight.
The Blazers have surprised thus far, as they unloaded what was considered a majority of their talent. They have answered that with a 4-2 start. Lillard has put up 27.3 points per game, and McCollum has added another 22.2 to keep this team relevant. Unfortunately, as the Thunder can tell you, two players can only carry a team for so long. If Portland doesn’t find another player or two to help carry the majority of the load, they may fall out quickly.
My Prediction: The Pistons are getting such good production out of the big men, and that is the week point for the Blazers. This will factor into the Pistons improving to 5-1.
Detroit 101- Portland 93