Another rough night, Saints marched out of Carolina with a win, but no cover. 3 straight weeks now New Orleans offense looks pedestrian. Moving on, let’s get back to hoops
Taking the Dog! L.A. Lakers @ Brooklyn Nets – 7:30p – NBATV
The Nets are off the radar unless you live on the East Coast or can’t stand the Knicks, but believe it or not they are on fire! Five wins straight and looking to make it six against LABron’s Lakers. This crew of cast-offs and no-names are potentially gelling after getting only 8 wins in their first 26 games. D’Angelo Russell and Spencer Dinwiddie won’t be mistaken for Rip Hamilton and Chauncey Billups anytime soon, but they are moving the ball around and getting a ton of offense for everyone on the court. In their last game against Atlanta, there were 34 assists on 49 field goals, leading to 8 players in double digits. I feel like the Lakers get a ton of action no matter who they play, so the lines can be skewed at times. Hopefully L.A. is looking ahead to getting home for the holidays, since this is the last game on their road trip. Losing to Washington on Sunday, and maybe losing tonight against the Nets? To dream the impossible dream!
Washington Wizards @ Atlanta Hawks – 7:30pm
A young Atlanta squad looks to defend home court against a new look Wizards team tonight. Washington shipped Kelly Oubre and Austin Rivers off to the Phoenix Suns in exchange for Trevor Ariza, and tonight will be his debut for the Wiz. With Otto Porter missing the game, head coach Scott Brooks plans to plug in the 14 year veteran right into the starting 5 to get him going. If Ariza can be patient and wait for opportunities when John Wall and Bradley Beal get too much attention, his sharp shooting skills from outside could prove extremely valuable to a team missing a 3 point presence. Expect a shootout with rookie Trae Young and second year forward John Collins holding their own tonight for the Hawks, combined the duo is averaging over 32 points per game. I don’t see that being enough, and expect the Wizards to cover in Atlanta tonight.