I can’t promise I’ll make good on the overall goal that seems a litle overwhelming but it was suggested at one of our staff meetings that I try picking the winner of every NBA game this season.
It could be humbling if my record turns out to be not very good but it could be fun. You can’t have any shot at picking them all unless you start with Opening Night.
Cleveland 94, Boston 90: A high profile opener. Shaq and LeBron open against the Celtics. Both teams have the talent to win it all. Wouldn’t surprise me one bit if Boston posted an upset tonight but the Cavs were 39-1 at home last season before LeBron sat out the final home game. That’s just too good a home record.
Dallas 98, Washington 92: The Wizards should be much improved and could win 25 more games this season. But Antawn Jamison is out a few weeks with a shoulder injury. The Mavericks started 1-4 at home last season but were 31-5 at American Airlines Center the rest of the season. Dallas simply too tough at home.
Portland 102, Houston 90: Greg Oden looked good in preseason. The Trail Blzaers were 34-7 at home. The Rockets are expected to suffer a major drop off but will scratch and claw under one of the league’s most underrated coaches. And they did beat Portland in the first round of the playoffs last year. But with no Yao Ming and no Ron Artest, Portland wins at home.
Lakers 107, Clippers 88: The story line in Oklahoma is whether Blake Griffin makes his debut or has to sit out with a sprained knee injury. The Clippers should be much improved but no way they pull off a stunner on a night NBA Commissioner David Stern is in the arena and the Lakers are presented their championship rings.