Cavs – 7 @ Knicks:
As much as their is actual reason to take the Knicks in this, we just can’t. New York has cover 7 points or less in every single home game, but one this season. The Cavs are 1- 6 on the road, this season, in cover 7 points, or more. It’s a case of whose hot and whose not right now though. The Cavs are starting to find themselves. Kevin love is more involved in the offense, Kyrie Irvin is going to own any opponent the Knicks put on him, and Lebron James is in a class of his own. The inside advantage of the Cavs is the difference. Too much rebounding and defense from Verajao and Love. Cavs blow out the Knicks by 25 +.
Indiana +9 @ Portland:
This is such a scary game, because Portland is an extremely tough place to play. Secondly, Portland has a huge advantage at guard. Lillard trumps any guard the Pacers put on the floor and Matthews and Batum absolutely sizzle three pointers at home. David West is the key though. He and Hibbert should be able to assert themselves in the post and limit Lamarcus Aldridge. Just that slowing down of Aldridge and Lopez should be the difference. This isn’t a lock, because of how lethal Portland’s offense is at home, but gut pick says Pacers cover. Portland wins 99 – 91.
New Orleans +8.5 @ Golden State:
The one thing New Orleans can do is defend the rim. Anthony Davis will have his way inside offensively against Draymond Green. He and Asik can roam the paint to limit those ever so crucial layups the Warriors get. Jrue Holiday and Tyreke Evans provide enough firepower to hang with Golden State. If Golden State is at all off from 3, there’s a chance for an upset here. We love NOLA to cover the +8.5 tonight, and actually pull off the upset, but we’ll take the Pelicans with the points. NOLA wins 107 – 95.