Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Detroit Pistons
The Cleveland Cavaliers welcome the Detroit Pistons for their second clash this season. It is also the first of consecutive games between these two teams.
The Cavs will be looking to revenge the 127-94 defeat they suffered at the hands of the Pistons in their first encounter earlier this season. This game will also be their 4th consecutive home game. The Cavs are currently going through a rough patch. The 118-103 defeat to the Memphis Grizzlies in their last match condemned the Cavs to their 4th loss in a row. They have also won only once in their previous six games. These poor run of results has seen them slump to 13th in the Eastern Conference and 5th in the Central Division with a 10-26 record and a win percentage of .278. They also head into this game with an awful home record which has seen them claim only six victories in 19 games at home all season. They could also face the Pistons without the services of Shooting Guard Kevin Porter Jr., who is reportedly a doubt with an injury. This game is an important game they cannot afford to lose if they want to get their season back on the right track.
Just like their opponents, the Pistons are also struggling at the moment and head into their 5th consecutive game on the road on the back of a 106-99 defeat at the Los Angeles Lakers in their last game. The loss was their 4th defeat in their previous five games with the only win in that period coming in a game at the Golden State Warriors (111-104) last weekend. These recent results have seen them drop to 4th in the Central Division and 11th in the Eastern Conference with a 13-24 record and a win percentage of .351. They also head into this game with a disappointing record of 5 wins in 19 away games. A win in this game could present the right opportunity for the Pistons to put together a consistent run of victories.
Prediction: Cavs VS. Pistons- 96-120
Toronto Raptors VS. Portland Trail Blazers
Reigning NBA Champions, Toronto Raptors host the Portland Trail Blazers for their second meeting this season with the Raptors claiming a 114-106 victory over the Trail Blazers in their first encounter earlier this season.
The Raptors head into this game on an inconsistent run despite grabbing some impressive wins in recent weeks. They currently have three wins and two losses from their last five games. They returned to winning ways by beating the Brooklyn Nets 121-102 on the road in their previous game. They also have a decent 14-5 record at home this season. They are also 2nd in the Atlantic Division and 4th in the Eastern Conference with a 24-12 overall record and a .667 win percentage. They will be confident going into this game, but they will have to be wary of the threats the Trail Blazers possess. They could, however, be without Center Marc Gasol and Star Power Forward Pascal Siakam, who are both reportedly out of the game with injuries.
The Trail Blazers are still experiencing a disappointing season and head into this game on the back of a 122-111 loss at Miami Heat in their last game. This upcoming game is their 4th consecutive game on the road. The defeat at the Miami Heat ended a 1-game winning run and also condemned the Trail Blazers to their 6th loss in their last seven games. The only win in that period came in a 122-103 victory at the Washington Wizards. The likes of Carmelo Anthony and Lillard to step up and secure an all-important win for the team.
Prediction: Raptors VS. Trail Blazers- 122-99
Memphis Grizzlies VS. Minnesota Timberwolves
The Grizzlies welcome the Timberwolves for their third meeting this season, with the Grizzlies winning the earlier two encounters. They won the first game 137-121 at home and the second game 115-107 on the road.
The Grizzlies won 121-114 at Phoenix Suns in their last game to record a second consecutive win in their third successive game on the road. The other win was a 140-114 result at the Los Angeles Clippers. They now have three wins from their last five games. These victories have seen them occupy the 4th position in the Southwest Division and 9th in the Western Conference with a 15-22 record and a win percentage of .405. They also have a 7-12 home record this season.
The Timberwolves also recorded their second consecutive win at Cleveland Cavaliers 118-103 in their last game. The victory was their 4th win in their previous six games after earlier going on an 11-game winless run. They are now 4th in the Northwest Division and 11th in the Western Conference with a win percentage of .400. They also have a 9-10 record on the road.
Prediction: Grizzlies VS. Timberwolves- 121-103
Los Angeles Lakers VS. New York Knicks
This game is the first meeting between these two teams this season and a 5th consecutive home game for the Lakers.
The Lakers claimed a 106-99 win over the Pistons in their last game to stretch their unbeaten run to 5 games since losing four consecutive games before this current run. They are currently top of both the Pacific Division and Western Conference with a 29-7 record and a win percentage of .806.
The Knicks also head into their third consecutive away game on the back of successive defeats to the Phoenix Suns (120-112) and L.A. Clippers (135-132). They had earlier gone on a 3-game winning streak before this current run. They are now 5th and 14th in the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference respectively with a 10-26 record and a win percentage of.278. They also have an abysmal 5-14 away record this season.
Prediction: Lakers VS. Knicks- 121-119