NBA 10/26/16

Charlotte -2 (2u) W

The Hornets ended last season on a disappointing note, failing to win another game after taking a 3-2 lead over Miami. They lost some key contributors in the offseason but face a very young Bucks team struggling to figure out their rotation with Middleton injured, Giannis as the primary ball handler, and Snell not going through a single practice with the team before the home opener. They're missing too much talent to keep it close with the Hornets and Kemba should lead Charlotte to a win tonight in Milwaukee. 

Brooklyn +12 (2u) W

The Celtics enter the season with high expectations after a 1st round exit and acquiring Horford in the offseason. They'll be starting their home opener without Olynyk or Smart which hurts their depth quite a bit, and Rozier will be taking over ball handling duties for the second unit which could take a few weeks to have the offense running smoothly. On the other hand, Linsanity returns to New York where he'll finally have the opportunity to open the season as a team's starting PG, and he'll be tested early on to keep up against Isaiah Thomas. I'm not buying that this Celtics team will have everything figured out in game 1 to blow out the Nets by double digits. 

LA Lakers +6 (2u) W

This one should be an absolute shootout tonight in D'Antoni's return to Staples Center as a head coach. The Lakers' rising backcourt of Russell and Clarkson should continue to improve throughout the season and veterans like Deng and Calderon are great acquisitions to help the younger players grow their games. With so many new pieces for LA, Beverley injured, Harden as the primary ball handler, and new head coaches for both teams, there's no way either side will have their rotations set for tonight. I'm grabbing the points here because I think this young and inspired Lakers team can keep up with a veteran Houston starting 5 and give them a run for their money in their home opener tonight.