NBA Hit or Miss December 8th, 2018

Season Total: 2-1

Rockets @ Mavericks (+2 ½)

The Rockets are clearly not the team we all thought they were going to be coming into this season. They play the exact same way, but they aren’t executing the same. They take the most three pointers in the league and make the 2nd most, however they are ranked 24th in three point percentage at .338%. That stat alone tells me how careless they play and why they have been losing games. They also ranked 28th in total rebounds. Their opponent tonight, the Dallas Mavericks, rank 1st in the NBA thanks to the addition of Deandre Jordan. The Mavericks are a very talented team that are going to give the Rockets a very hard game. Luka Doncic has been nothing but sensational in his rookie season averaging 18 pts, 6.5 rbs, and 4.3 assist per game. The Rockets are one of the worst defenses in the NBA, giving up 109.8 pts/gm. I think the Mavericks are going to win this game at home because they are a deep team with all the talent in the world.

Mavs +2 ½

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Wizards @ Cavaliers (+6 ½)

This is an interesting matchup between one of the worst defensive teams in the league, the Washington Wizards (ranked 29th/30), and one of the worst offensive teams in the league, the Cleveland Cavaliers (ranked 29th/30). However when it comes to the two, offense comes far more easily than playing defense. Therefore I believe the Cavs are going to be able to score the ball more than the wizards can stop them, causing this game to be closer than people believe it is going to be. The Wizards are still not on the same page with each other and you can tell there is no chemistry within this team. John Wall and Bradley Beal cannot coexist and Dwight Howard is not helping in a team that likes to play with a fast paced tempo; the Wizards average 102 possessions per game (7th). A benefit for the Cavs is that they don’t turn the ball over too much, 10th fewest turnovers in the league, so the Wizards will not get as many fastbreak opportunities. I still like the Wizards to win this game, but I think the Cavs are going to keep it close.

Cavs +6 1/2

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Heat (+9) @ Clippers

The Clippers have been sneakily one of the best offensive teams in the NBA. They have averaged 116.4 points per game, good enough for 4th. While the Heat are one of the 9th best in points allowed per game at 108.9. The Heat have defined themselves by their defense the past few seasons; opposing teams are only shooting .440 this season, which is good enough for 8th best opposing field goal percentage. The Clippers have been one of the best teams so far this season with a very surprising record of 16-8 which leads me to believe they are going to take this game away from the Heat. However I think the Heat play good enough defense and make the three ball at an efficient enough rate (.36% 8th in the league) that they are going to keep the game close. 9 points is a lot in an NBA game and I am not comfortable giving up that many.

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