Last night was full of surprises, and I think no one anticipated those results. Only the Bucks, the Lakers, and the Trail Blazers have gained victories when we speak about the favorites. What expects us tonight – you will find out if you check my new NBA Game Previews.
Sacramento Kings @ Houston Rockets
Entering a new year with a home game against the same opponent they defeated on the last day of the past year, could it be a better begging for the Houston Rockets? Fully rostered and ready, the home side expects to record another victory. Last time it was tight (122-119), but John Wall showed why he was an All-Star before the injury, and the bench of the Rockets became another lethal weapon in their arsenal. On the opposite, the Sacramento Kings are playing well from the beginning of the season but they have a lack of luck. This will be their second of three games on a road. Maybe this time Luke Walton will try to stop the Houston Rockets from making buckets instead of trying to score more than them. If his team enters the open shooting battle, the winners will be James Harden and companions for certain.
New York Knicks @ Indiana Pacers
This encounter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse will be marked by a clash of power forwards, Domantas Sabonis for the hosts, and Julius Randle for the visitors. Both guys are playing brilliantly throughout the past few games so the leading roles are set for tonight. This doesn’t mean that Malcolm Brogdon or RJ Barret won’t take their portion of buckets and dimes, but all the lights will be on “under the rim” fight. Leading their teams in all three basic stat lines (23 PPG,10.4 RPG,7 APG for Randle, and 22.4 PPG,11 RPG,7.2 APG for Sabonis) those two are perfect for every fantasy team. When we talk about tonight’s winner, it’s difficult to predict, but the odds are in favor of the Pacers and so do I. The main reason why – it’s the quality of their roster and the fact that anyone could step up and help Domantas to dominate the Knicks.
Oklahoma City Thunder @ Orlando Magic
I continue my NBA Game Previews with this inter-conference encounter. The last time they visited Orlando (in the bubble), the Thunder were participants in the playoff race and nearly defeated the Rockets in game seven. Now, with a big difference in the team composition, OKC came to Orlando to try not to lose, I guess, but it will be quite difficult. They are facing the best team in the East with a 4-1 record, who plays the highest quality basketball. Everything is based on the team game, with Nikola Vucevic as the leader, which works flawlessly for now. This shouldn’t be quite an obstacle for tonight’s host, as the odds say, but don’t write-off the Thunder so easily, because if any, the margin won’t be high at all.
Charlotte Hornets @ Philadelphia 76ers
Joel Embiid is facing a team that allowed 16.8 rebounds to centers last season. Even though he won’t play for more than 26-29 minutes, I think he will school Bismack Biyombo because of the quality differences. Double digits in points and rebounds proved out to be everyday life for the young center from Cameron. The Hornets did show off in the last few contests and became a squad you can’t underestimate even for a minute. Anyone from the starting five can burst a dozen of points if you give them a slight chance. I don’t know what to say about the outcome because the last few times I predicted the loss for Charlotte, they have won. The best option is to watch the game and be surprised at the end of the 4th quarter.
Cleveland Cavaliers @ Atlanta Hawks
A back-to-back game for the Atlanta Hawks but this time at their State Farm Arena. Last night they managed to win over the Brooklyn Nets (114-96) with a stellar game for DeAndre Hunter (23 PTS, 6 REB, 9-10 FG), and of course, Trae Young (21 PTS 5 REB 7 AST). Tonight, they are going face to face with a side that had an unexpectedly great start to the season. A quarrel of two PGs from the same draft class (2018), Collin Sexton, and Trae Young, who are greatly leading their teams will be splendid to watch for sure. Two different play styles but the same desire will make this game a show and a must-watch for tonight. If both teams manage to avoid foul trouble and hit a third of the attempted shots, the final result will stay unknown till the end.
Toronto Raptors @ New Orleans Pelicans
I conclude this NBA Game Previews with another inter-conference tilt. The faceless champions from two years ago are facing a young battalion of the Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center. A great chance for Ingram, Zion, and co. to start a new year with a victory and improve self-confidence a bit more. If you have watched the last game of the Toronto Raptors, you could see an improvement in their gameplay, so maybe they have rediscovered their rhythm.
The duel between Pascal Siakam and Brandon Ingram will decide the winner for tonight, but the contribution of others will be of great importance. If Fred VanVleet plays as he used to, and if Kayle Lowry shows why he is the main face of Toronto in the last couple of years, maybe the Raptors will win tonight against the odds and predictions. But if there’s only one failure factor, Zion Williamson and Eric Bledsoe won’t have mercy at all.
Only six games will take place tonight, but almost all are very exciting to watch. The selection is on you but pick wisely because four of six are playing around the same time. If you don’t know which one to choose, check out my NBA Game Previews for today and let me help you. Cheers.
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