Celtics vs Nets -4.5
Where Brooklyn at, where Brooklyn at, where Brooklyn at. We gon do it like this anytime you ready check it! Well the Nets play host to the Celtics tonight and this will be a game to see if they can match up with some of the big dogs in the division let alone the conference. We all know how it played out the last time they played a top team in the east they got the hammer put on em. I expect this time with the game being at home and on tnt they will bring better energy. The Celtics D hasn't been what it has been in the past so far this year and I know the Celtics will be missing Rondo and sometimes teams rally around their star when they're are not playing, but tonight I don't think will be one of those moments. The Nets know that they need to show that they can hang with the elite teams and with all the cameras and celebs that will be in attendance tonight we shall see is "Brooklyn in the house"!!
Lakers / Knicks under 184.5
Tonight the Lakers invade the Lincity after coming off a overtime win last night in the senior bowl. So how can they take this Knicks team serious after all they are missing their 2 best players and they already beat them by dd at Staples. So now welcome Linsanity. We all by now know this guys story from getting cut to sleeping on brothers couch, but what he has done for the Knicks team is made them interesting again for the right reason. He has brought energy and life back to this team that was fading fast and D’Antoni was just about getting ready to punch his ticket out of there if they kept losing like they were, but insert this kid and he has been just what the doctor ordered. Not only is he interesting for the moment ,but they are winning and that’s the important thing right now. So now they got the LakeShow coming into town and you know 24 is going to want to put on a show of the MSG crowd. He knows he doesn’t have many of these left in him, but tonight will have extra sauce with all the buzz about Lin. This Lakers team in most definitely a work in progress on the offensive end. They haven’t avg this low of a total in decades let alone years, but one thing that they seem to hanging their hat on is the defensive end. They rank near the top in most of the categories and will try and slow this game down. Especially with all the older legs on this squad they are not going to want to get into a track meet with this team. The Lakers will try and slow the pace down tonight and force the Knicks to beat em in their half court game and with the Knicks 2 big dogs out I don’t know where they are going to get their offense from. The Knicks have won their L3 vs teams ranked towards the bottom in defense let’s see how they do vs one of the better defensive teams in the league. I look for Lakers to control the tempo and for the total to stat under!
Celtics + 2.5
The C’s play host to one of the top teams in the league right now in the Thunder and will be welcoming back a former Celtic in Perkins. Now why they made that trade is beyond me. I understand why they did it, but that trade has to go down as one of the bad ones that Ainge has done. I understand they needed to get younger on the perimeter, but to let a physical player like Perk go was definitely a sign of the times as to which teams the C’s were going to have to deal with in order to win another ring. Now there play so far this season has been pretty much what their records says. They haven’ beaten anyone with a winning record and 2 of their wins have came against one team. With a shorten season I thought teams that have been together for awhile and had the same coaching staff that there wouldn’t be much of a problem ,but with Paul getting hurt to start the season and not having much practice time the team has suffered with any type of chemistry. I know it’s still early and they are a veteran team, but they are also an older team and with this schedule being the way it is could it be safe to say that they’ll be starting the playoffs on the road this year. Hard to argue right now, but time will tell. With all that said I think tonight the stars and moon and whatever shit is out there will line up just right for the C”s tonight. They haven’t played the way that we are accustomed to see them playing. They get arguably one of the best teams in the league right now coming into town. They are a home dog since I don’t know when. Emotions will be running high with Perk coming back and the biggest thing for me is that they are a desperate team. They know what has to get done and what needs to get done in order to turn this season around and what better way then to do it against a Thunder who are playing lights right now. I know all the numbers point to a Thunder beat down ,but I will go against that tonight and look for the C’s to come out with a lot of energy and try to avoid losing their 5th in a row. Rolling with the Celtics tonight!
Hawks / Cats under 185
The Cats play host to the Hawks in what could be the worse game on the schedule tonight. The Hawks let another close game slip right out of their hands. I don't know what to make of this squad one night they look like world beaters and take it to Miami in Miami and get up dd's in Chicago and blow that game. I can't make out what they are doing out there.They don't seem to have a low post presence and like the tnt cast said last night what does Josh Smith do well? They are right I can't seem to figure it out what it is. The Hawks rely heavily on perimeter shooting and for JJ to create off the dribble or in the post. He just hasn't looked like himself to start the season. It could be all them dollars holding him down ,but he needs to get it going if his squad is going to have a chance at getting homecourt for the first round.On the other side of the ball the Cats have been who we thought they were not very good, but if taken lightly can come up with big wins. Just ask the Knicks about it. These Cats seem to be different then years past their defense stinks this year, but their offense seems to be alot better with most of their games going over the total. So why such a low total this game. The Hawks are coming off a hearbreaking loss and will be playing their 4th set of b2b's. I expect their shots to be short from them tired legs and Drew is going to have to find a way to keep his guys fresh with 4 out of 5 startes playing 40+ minutes. The Hawks were number 1 in defense coming into last nights game I expect them to get back to that tonight vs a Cats team that doesn't have alot of offensive firepower..Look for a lil bit of hangover for the Cats after a huge win in MSG and for the Hawks to get back on track after 2 tough losses..Like the under in this one!
Boston / Miami under 187
So tonight we get another rematch from last years playoffs for both teams and I am pretty sure that these 2 teams will have no love lost that's for sure. The Heat handled them in 5 games last year and you know the Celts are going to want to show them that are still a team in the East that is going to have to be dealt with once again. I just don't think that is going to happen in this game. The obvious problem is no Pierce and since he won't be playing so Rondo is going to have to come up big again just like against the Knicks for the Celtics to stand a chance in this game... Their defense is going to have to play better. They can't allow them to shoot 50% I just don't know if they can. You know the Heat's defense will be to try and cut the head of the snake off and force the other guys around him to beat em. We all know Ray isnt' the type of player to create his own shot he rely's heavily on his teammates to get him open and for Rondo to him in his spots. KG will be KG and get you 15 and 10, but where else is the offense going to come from. On Chirstmas day they were fortunate to be playing a Knicks team that doesn't pride themselves on defense and Rondo was able to create for himself and his teammates. I don't think that will happen to much tonight. If the Heat treat Rondo like they did Rose and put Lebron on him since he won't have to be checking Pierce it should cause fits for the Celtics. The oddsmakers got this at a dd spread so they don't think the Celts have a chance. I look for this game to out of reach by the end of the 3rd quarter and Doc putting in the scrubs since they got a game tomorrow. Let's go defense!