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Predictions for All NBA Games on Thursday, February 6th
Yesterday’s games saw the Utah Jazz and Minnesota Timberwolves extend their losing record, while the Boston Celtics, Toronto Raptors, Brooklyn Nets, and Memphis Grizzlies came away with impressive victories.
The LA Clippers remained dominant in their win against the Heat, but Miami can soon rely on reinforcements as sources close to the league have confirmed the team has acquired former Finals MVP Andre Iguodala.
However, the big talking point from Wednesday is undoubtedly the mammoth four-team trade which sent Clint Capela to the Atlanta Hawks with the Rockets receiving 3-and-D specialist Robert Convington.
I’m excited to see how this latest movement will affect the teams going forward, but in this post I will concentrate on today’s five matchups. My daily NBA predictions include a detailed look at the current state of the teams and all key aspects that can impact their performances.
Lakers to Beat Rockets
After dropping a couple of games recently, the Lakers look to be getting their groove back. They easily brushed aside the Sacramento Kings and handed the San Antonio Spurs a blowout loss on Tuesday.
The performance against the Spurs was particularly impressive as it perfectly showcased the team’s strength in depth. On top of that, LeBron James was on fire, dropping five three-pointers in less than three minutes of play and ending the tie with 36 points.
The big news surrounding the Houston Rockets is the departure of Clint Capela. And while getting Convington can provide some much-needed perimeter defending, Capela’s exit leaves the team extremely vulnerable to opponents like the Lakers.
The LA roster is full of size and they have continuously shown they can be relentless for the full 48 minutes. With bigs like Anthony Davis, Javale McGee, and Dwight Howard, coupled with LeBron’s recent form, it will be very tough for the Rockets to get the W.
There is always a chance when you have James Harden and Russell Westbrook on the court, but I feel that the home-court advantage and the Lakers’ superior depth and versatility will be enough to seal a third consecutive win.
Bucks to Beat 76ers
The game promises to be an exciting spectacle with two of the biggest stars in the NBA going head-to-head once again. The Sixers are in a bit of limbo after losing their last three games and it will be critical for the team to show some grit and desire on Milwaukee soil.
On the flip side, the Bucks have continued their dominance and are sitting on the summit of the Eastern Conference with a spectacular 43-7 record. Their latest victim were the New Orleans Pelicans which were swept aside by another big performance from reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo.
The Greek Freak continues to average over 30 points and 13 rebounds a game and his chemistry with Khris Middleton is constantly improving.
Joel Embiid has been somewhat effective in limiting Giannis in the past and will once again be the key to stopping him. The Sixers will also need a big performance from Ben Simmons on both ends of the floor and will have to improve their shooting if they want to stand a chance.
Scoring from the perimeter has been this team’s Achilles heel so far despite the best efforts of forward Tobias Harris. That is why I believe the Bucks will win the battle.
Embiid and Giannis will keep themselves busy throughtout and when crunch time comes, Milwaukee boasts a lot more scoring options.
Trail Blazers to Beat Spurs
Damian Lillard’s recent scoring streak secured a four-game winning run for the Blazers, but the guard cooled off against the Denver Nuggets and his team was pounded 127-99. It is quite clear that Portland’s playoff aspirations are heavily relying on Lillard to produce MVP-like performances on a regular basis, as the team has a lot of problems.
Carmelo Anthony and CJ McCollum have had some good games, but are generally struggling to hold down any consistency and put up good numbers when Lillard is not firing. Whiteside has been decent this season, but finds it tough to lock down bigger centers.
In that sense, LaMarcus Aldridge will be key for the Spurs. He had a great game against Whiteside the last time these two teams met and Popovich will be hoping his veteran does the job once again.
The bad news is that the Spurs have been struggling a lot lately. They have won only two of their last seven games and have endured some very bad losses. Pop seems to be quite a long way from figuring out the best course of action with this roster and the team remains completely unpredictable on the road.
DeMar DeRozan is having a decent scoring run right now, but there are still huge problems on the defensive end.
I expect Portland’s offense to easily exploit these holes and I doubt that Lillard will have another wasteful performance. Spurs don’t have the means to lock him down as efficiently as Denver could and my prediction is another road loss for Pop and his men here.
Pelicans to Beat Bulls
This Pelicans team still has a lot to improve in order to challenge the big dogs, but they have been more than capable of dispatching lesser opposition since Zion Williamson took to the floor.
There are still gaping holes in their defense, but the offensive plays from Jrue Holiday, Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball and Zion can be a handful for any team.
The Bulls have not been completely hopeless this season, but they have also not reached the level that was expected of them. Sure enough, injuries also played a big part in that.
The team continues to be ravaged by health problems and they are still missing key players Lauri Markkanen, Kris Dunn, Otto Porter Jr., Wecdell Carter Jr. This is a big chunk of the Bulls’ core and it is not a surprise that they are finding life in the league difficult at the moment.
Zach LaVine’s scoring has been a bright spot, but he is not the type of a player who can win you games on his own consistently.
Given the circumstances, the Pelicans’ electric offense should be enough to give them a comfortable night in Chicago. Out of all NBA predictions for tonight, I have the most confidence in this one.
Knicks to Beat Magic
It has been an eventful week for the New York Knicks. President Steve Mills was fired in the latest Knicks-like attempt to improve things in the team. Whether or not this will yield any positive results in the long term is yet to be seen. However, they have had some joy on the court recently.
The team won three of their last five games and players like Elfrid Payton and Marcus Morris have impressed during the run.
Payton was particularly impressive in the overtime win against the Cleveland Cavaliers where he recorded a 17-point triple-double. Morris’ experience and versatility are also proving crucial as he has provided solid defense and has dropped over 20 points in four of the last five games.
It is a bit weird to talk about the Knicks winning basketball games, but we have to give credit to the coach and players for their recent exploits. And I think the game against the Magic is the perfect opportunity to continue the positive form.
Orlando has played a lot of tough games in a very short time period. Their last three matchups were on the road and there is bound to be a bit of fatigue among the group. On top of that, they are badly missing DJ Augustin’s perimeter shooting.
In these circumstances, I am inclined to believe that the Knicks can narrowly edge this one.
And there you have it. Do you agree with my NBA predictions for today? Don’t hesitate to leave a comment below and share your own picks.
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