NBA: Daily Predictions
Thursday night, the NBA schedule is light with only four teams in action, although one of the games features two of the Eastern Conference’s elite teams.
1. New York Knicks (13-4) at Miami Heat (12-4)
The Knicks have won four in a row heading into Thursday nights battle with the Heat. The Knicks handled the Heat pretty easily earlier this season in a 104-84 win on November 2nd.
The Heat are coming off an embarrassing defeat at the hands of the lowly Washington Wizards. The Wizards doubled up their season win total in their 105-100 victory over the Heat on Tuesday. That game will serve as a lesson to the Heat and I would expect the defending champs to be refocused and ready to go Thursday night.
Predicted Winner: Miami
2. Dallas Mavericks (8-10) at Phoenix Suns (7-12)
A few seasons ago this match up would be a must watch. Now it doesn’t have quite the same appeal to it.
The Mavericks, still without star forward Dirk Nowitzki, are coming off a 112-90 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night. Playing on back to back nights on the road is no easy task and for the Mavericks to have success in Phoenix, they will need to limit their turnovers after having 22 versus the Clippers.
The Suns are holding a promotion for the game that will enable fans to get their money back, if they are not satisfied at the end of the game. The way the Suns have been playing since being blown out by the Detroit Pistons last week, there is a chance that a lot of refunds will be handed out tonight. On the other hand, the Suns played fairly well on Tuesday night against one of the league’s best teams, the Memphis Grizzlies. In fact, the Suns held a lead for most of the second half and had a chance to win the game at the buzzer. Obviously that didn’t happen and the Suns ended up losing in overtime 108-98. If they can take some of the positives from that game into Thursday’s nights tilt, then the Suns should be in good shape.
Predicted Winner: Phoenix