- 12/22/2011, 07:43PM ET
harrisplz said 12/22, 07:43 PM
The usual. Predict whose going to win and give reasons for why (change 2):
Boston @ New York- There's nothing like starting the season at home with a revamped stadium and an energized city to back you up. The Knicks will take full advantage of Paul Pierce and Jeff Green's injury.
Winner: New York
Miami @ Dallas- Championship hangover anyone? Lebron and company are going to make this a route. Everyone likes to talk about Tyson Chandler leaving, but Dallas lost J.J. Barea, Caron Butler, and Peja as well. Shane Battier is going to have the Heat ready for this big game.
Chicago @ LA Lakers- I hate to admit it but the Lakers are in the middle of a free-fall. I hate Mike Brown and the Lakers are just devastated by the recent trade debacles. Lakers are going to lose to the young and up-coming Bulls.
LA Clippers @ Golden State- Clippers take this one easily. With Monte Ellis being sued for sexual harassment and the Clippers completely revamped, I don't see how they could lose this one. Team chemistry looked terrific in the preseason and I'm looking forward to "Lob City."
Winner: LA Clippers
No space for OKC
Mrlns Fn said 12/23, 02:11 AM
Dallas over Miami
LA Lakers over Chicago
Regarding Mavs over the Heat... we've seen this before. Matter of fact it was the most recent NBA game. Game 6 of the NBA finals. Dallas defeated Miami. The fact that Dallas won 4 games and lost 2 against the Heat shows us something - that Dallas is a better TEAM than Miami.
Miami might have more star power but Dallas is a better team and as they've shown us before, they are capable of beating Miami over and over and this weekend's game will be more of the same.
As far as the Lakers-Bulls game, I have no earthly idea why you say the Lakers are in a free-fall. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that you hate Mike Brown... luckily for me, I have no personal bias towards either coach in this game and therefore I am able to make an unbiased prediction here. The Lakers will beat the Bulls. Why? Because the Lakers are a better team than the Bulls, who are more or less a one-man show, at least on offense. Kobe says he's going to play this game, and with him and Rose cancelling each other out the stage is set for Bynum and Gasol to outplay the Bulls' bigs.
harrisplz said 12/23, 03:25 AM
Not the changes I were expecting. I like it.
Miami @ Dallas:
I think this is the easiest game to predict in my opinion.
The Dallas Mavericks that you were referring to in your argument is the Dallas Mavericks from a year ago. They no longer have Tyson Chandler and Barea, who were crucial pieces in taking down Miami.
Without Tyson clogging the lane, Lebron and Wade and going to get to rim at will. This year's Mavs look a lot the ones that were continually losing in the first round of the playoffs. They have tons of talent on offense and none on the defensive end.
And I think Miami is more hungry to win this game than the Mavs are. Miami JUST lost to Dallas in the finals. Don't you think the Heat are going to be out to spill blood in this game? They have something to prove.
This is a Mavs team that lost their defensive center-piece and a Miami team that's hungry to show they're ready to win.
Oh yeah, and Miami now has a stud defender in Shane Battier to add to their already great defense.
So in essence, this game is going to be nothing like what we saw in the finals at all.
MTC on Chicago @ LA
Mrlns Fn said 12/24, 12:48 AM
Yeah, I guess you could say the Mavs are a different team this year... but the majority of their core is intact, just as Miami's is.
Dallas still has Dirk, Jason Terry, Kidd, etc. and they've added a couple nice pieces in Lamar Odom and Vince Carter to go along with their stellar core.
Dallas is far and away the deepest team in the NBA, and although Miami does have 3 big name players they simpley can't match the Mavericks relentless flood of decent-to-great players that will rotate in and out constantly.
Miami's talent level drops off pretty drastically after Lebron and Wade (and I guess Bosh) and they just won't be able to keep up with the much more well-rounded Mavericks.
It's been a pretty popular sentiment lately to dis the Mavericks and swing on Miami's nuts, but before we get too carried away let's remember that this happened last year too. No one was expecting Dallas to win the title but they did, thanks to the strength of their entire TEAM.
Conversely, most people expected the Heat to run away with the Championship based off the strength of their big 3, but as last season proved, a complete team trumps a small group of stars and spare parts.
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