NBA Expert Picks Jan 1st-7thNoah Williams
Can Kristaps ‘The Unicorn’ Porzingis lead his New York Knicks team to a post-New Year’s day upset at home over Kawhi Leonard and the San Antonio Spurs?
Can Kyrie and a Boston Celtics team that has come back to earth recently hold it down at home against LeBron James and a Cleveland Cavaliers team that is favored to win the east again this season?
Last but not least, can James Harden and the high-powered Houston Rockets get the home win against a defending champion Golden State Warriors team that is back at full strength thanks to the recent return of superstar Steph Curry?
NBA Expert Picks Jan 1st-7th
With the start of the new year here and the 2017-18 NBA regular season steamrolling toward its annual midway point and perennial all-star game, it’s time for another round of weekly NBA expert picks.
San Antonio (25-12) at New York (18-18)
Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 7:30 PM ET
Analysis: The Spurs had their modest two-game winning streak snapped in their 93-79 while being held to their lowest point total of the season on Saturday while the Knicks hit the new week having snapped a four-game skid by beating New Orleans 105-103 the same evening.
While the Spurs have struggled a bit in going 6-4 over their last 10 and New York has gone a respectable 5-5 over the same span, I’m thinking Saturday’s loss to the Pistons will serve a wake-up call for the Spurs in this one. Kawhi Leonard is getting healthier with each passing game and the same goes for Tony Parker. You’d best believe the veteran-laden Spurs will be bringing their collective ‘A’ game to improve on their uninspiring 8-10 road mark this season.
Pick: San Antonio 101 New York 96
Cleveland (24-12) at Boston (29-10)
Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at 8:00 PM ET
Analysis: The Cavaliers are a modest 6-4 over their last 10, but LeBron James and company hit the new week riding a three-game losing streak. While their Christmas Day loss to the Warriors is understandable, their successive losses to the Kings and Jazz are tough to get past. While Kyrie Irving and the Boston Celtics are also 6-4 over their last 10, they’ve won two straight and three of four coming into the new week including their thrilling 99-98 comeback win over Houston on Thursday night.
While the Cavs beat the C’s 102-99 at home on opening night, I’m going to advise you to back the younger and more well-rested Celtics to extract some revenge in this contest. The Cavs aren’t playing really well right now and Boston almost undeniably wants to send a message to the Cavs in this contest. Cleveland could have point guard Isaiah Thomas back on the floor in this contest, but I don’t think it will matter much as Boston goes all-out to get the confidence-boosting home win!
Pick: Boston 103 Cleveland 98
Golden State (29-8) at Houston (25-9)
Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 10:30 PM ET
Analysis: Golden State has won eight of its last 10 games and hits the new week coming off a 141-128 blowout win over Memphis on Saturday night as Steph Curry scored a game-high 38 points in his return after being off the court for two weeks. Houston has gone 5-5 over their last 10 games but enters the new week in the midst of an uninspiring five-game losing streak that includes a 121-103 blowout loss to the Wizards on Friday night. To make matters worse, James Harden, Clint Capela, and Ryan Anderson are all battling minor nicks and bruises. Even though Chris Paul is back on the court for the Rockets, the Dubs will get the big road in this intriguing matchup for one simple reason. They play defense and Houston is only interested in lighting up the scoreboard. There will be points aplenty, but the Warriors win on the road!
Pick: Golden State 124 Houston 117