It has been a while since I was last on my blog grind, but I have been busy with finals and visiting everybody on break. Luckily for you guys I’m back!
The best part about today is that I am enjoying a white Christmas, which has become a rarity, even in New Hampshire. I get to sit around with my family, open presents and eat all of the junk food in sight. Also, like Thanksgiving, the three boys run the television; that means basketball will be on for the next twelve hours. This is the second year that the NBA has slated five games for Christmas, which is probably the best thing that David Stern has done during his 28 year tenure. All of these match-ups are looking to be pretty good, and I think there will be a couple of upsets in store for us
Game one tips off in about an hour, and it features the Boston Celtics and the Brooklyn Nets. This will be the first Christmas game for the Nets since moving to Brooklyn. These teams have already played twice, and the Nets have won both times. The Nets were hot to begin the season, but they have dropped three out of their last eleven games, bringing them to a mediocre 14-12 record. The Celtics have not been much better, but Paul Pierce has been lighting it up from the field as of late.
Result: Brooklyn has gotten the better of Boston so far this season, but I believe the Celtics pull out the win, 95-87.
The next game takes place on the other side of the country, as the Knicks travel to Los Angeles to take on the Lakers. As much as I try to wipe their last game from my memory, I just can’t; the Knicks only won the game by nine, but ‘Melo lit up the Lakers for 22 first quarter points en route to a 41 point first quarter for New York. They extended their lead into the twenties, but Anthony rolled his ankle and did not return. Despite that, the Knicks still tamed the Laker offense and pulled out a win in possibly the most embarrassing game that I have seen Los Angeles play since the 2008 Finals. The Lakers are on a four game winning streak though, and they do have Steve Nash back in the lineup.
Result: This one is going to come down to the wire in my opinion, but I think that the Lakers will get revenge on their home court. Lakers take this one, 104-102.
The biggest match-up of the day jumps back over to the East Coast, as the defending-champion Miami Heat host the defending Western Conference champion Oklahoma City Thunder in an NBA Finals rematch. Both teams are playing at a high level once again, especially OKC, who recently came off of a twelve-game winning streak. This match-up is going to be the most unpredictable, as I could see either team blowing the other one out, or I could see this game being a tightly contested battle. I think that LeBron is really going to try and make a statement today to show everybody that he is still the the best player in the league.
Result: I think that LeBron will go off for 40, but it will not be what they need. OKC takes it 110-101.
In my opinion, Houston against Chicago is probably the most boring match-up of the day. Derrick Rose is still out, which takes all of the excitement from the Chicago side, but Houston does give us a couple of things to look forward to. First of all, James Harden has been a beast ever since leaving Oklahoma City, averaging almost 26 points a game this season. Also, Jeremy Lin is always fun to watch, and he is quietly having a solid season although it is not as impressive as his “Linsanity” campaign.
Result: Both teams are doing well, but I think Harden will be too much for the Bulls to handle. Houston wins 98-89 on the road.
The last match-up of the day will feature the Denver Nuggets and the white-hot Los Angeles Clippers. For the first time, the Clippers are undoubtedly the best team in the city, and they are also legitimate title contenders. Chris Paul and Blake Griffin are probably the most fun pair of teammates to watch in the league. The Nuggets have also picked up the pace as of late, so they definitely are not a team to sleep on. They do not have all of the flashiness that they once had, but they still will be playoff contenders.
Result: UPSET SPECIAL. I like the Nuggets to end the Clippers’ streak tonight 119-113.
That’s all that I have for today, so I hope that everybody enjoys their Christmas and that they do not eat too much!