Last time out I split it, going 5 of 10. My championed pick of DeMarcus Cousins disappointed, going for 10 points and falling short of the ‘over’ 12 line that I predicted. Amar’e Stoudemire went absolutely bonkers as I said he would. Here’s a look at a few of tonight’s better selections that can be found on Bodog. Here are my NBA predictions for five players on a three game night in the NBA.
Paul Pierce Over/Under 18.5 Points vs PHI
UNDER. In his last two outings against Philly, last season, Pierce went for 7 points and 9 points. Iguodala is one of the best wing defenders in the league and has the ability to lock down Pierce and take him completely out of this game. Moreover, Pierce has not scored 19 or more in any of his last three games.
Thaddeus Young Over/Under 10.5 Pts vs BOS
OVER. Young appears to have found his niche of late, having scored 26 and 20 in his past two games. Though averaging only 12.3 on the year, I am somewhat surprised that the total isn’t set in the 14-16 range given his recent play. While Boston is a tough defensive team, if Young plays half the game or more (24+ minutes), I think he covers this.
Jason Terry Over/Under 16.5 Pts vs NJ
OVER. Terry has scored 20+ in both is last two outings and the New Jersey guards aren’t exactly known for their defense. Morrow lacks the speed to keep up with Terry (as do most guards) and he will find it easy to get a wide variety of mid range jumpers, his bread and butter. Terry has received 10 or more shot attempts in all four of his last games, and has got to the line an average of 4 times a game, as well.
Dwight Howard Over/Under 33.5 Pts+Rebs Vs POR
UNDER. Last season against Portland in two contests, Howard averaged 27 Pts+Rebs. Camby has the length to steal some boards from Dwight and along with Przybilla they should stay fresh enough and have enough fouls to frustrate Howard. While 33.5 is nearly right on Howard’s average of 33.0 Pts+Boards this year, he has failed to record 33.5 or more in his last three outings.
Wes Matthews Over/Under 16 Pts vs ORL
OVER. Matthews has been on an absolute tear lately. He has scored 23 or more in 5 of his last 6 games, and though Orlando plays tough defense, I don’t expect much to change tonight. He will be primarily guarded by Quentin Richardson and Mickael Pietrus and if he can manage to get 30+ minutes it won’t be a problem to see him break 16 pts tonight. The only game of the last 6 that he didn’t was the lone game in which he saw under 30 minutes.