January 02, 2019

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 12: Russell Westbrick Edition: The NBA begins the new year with a six game ESPN/TNT/ESPN slate that begins tonight when the Timberwolves visit the Celtics. In the Pace Mannion, Christmas was like Christmas for the leader Rcade, who got an exact dunk on Milwaukee's 109-95 win over New York which carried him to a week-best 40. Howard_T is 55 back in second and NoMich 58 back in third. Make your picks and be on the lookout for Russell Westbrook's missing jump shot.

This Week's Games

Minnesota at Boston on ESPN (Wednesday)
Oklahoma City at L.A. Lakers on ESPN (Wednesday)
Toronto at San Antonio on TNT (Thursday)
Houston at Golden State on TNT (Thursday)
Dallas at Boston on ESPN (Friday)
Oklahoma City at Portland on ESPN (Friday)

Teams playing more than once: Boston, Oklahoma City.

Last Week's Results

Milwaukee 109, New York 95 (10 < 14 < 18)
Houston 113, Oklahoma City 109 (3 < 4 < 5)
Boston 121, Philadelphia 114 (5 < 7 < 9)
L.A. Lakers 127, Golden State 101 (18 < 26 < 34)
Utah 117, Portland 96 (15 < 21 < 27)
Houston 127, Boston 113 (10 < 14 < 18)
Philadelphia 114, Utah 97 (12 < 17 < 22)

Player Scores

bender's picks

Houston by 4, 5 points
Philadelphia by 11 [lock], 10 points

Howard_T's picks

Milwaukee by 15 [lock], 16 points
Houston by 8, 5 points
Boston by 11, 5 points
Golden State by 13 [lock], -10 points
Utah by 9, 5 points
Houston by 5, 5 points
Utah by 8, 0 points

NoMich's picks

Milwaukee by 12 [lock], 16 points
Houston by 7, 5 points
Boston by 9, 8 points
Golden State by 12 [lock], -10 points
Portland by 7, 0 points
Houston by 8, 5 points
Utah by 5, 0 points

rcade's picks

Milwaukee by 14 [lock], 20 points
Oklahoma City by 6, 0 points
Boston by 4, 5 points
Golden State by 8, 0 points
Utah by 9 [lock], 10 points
Houston by 7, 5 points
Utah by 9, 0 points

scooby10672's picks

Milwaukee by 10, 8 points
Houston by 2 [lock], 10 points
Boston by 5, 8 points
Golden State by 6 [lock], -10 points
Utah by 4, 5 points
Houston by 2 [lock], 10 points
Utah by 3, 0 points

tron7's picks

Houston by 7, 5 points
Utah by 7, 5 points

Ufez Jones's picks

Milwaukee by 15 [lock], 16 points
Oklahoma City by 7, 0 points
Boston by 5, 8 points
Golden State by 15 [lock], -10 points
Utah by 8, 5 points
Houston by 4, 5 points
Utah by 5, 0 points


PlayerTotal ScoreThis Week
Ufez Jones19124

Picks must be submitted in this discussion before the game's tipoff. So if you miss Tuesday games you can still choose the games for the rest of the week.

posted by rcade to basketball at 01:46 PM - 15 comments

Boston by 5 (Wednesday)
L.A. Lakers by 3 (Wednesday)
Toronto by 4 (Thursday)
SLAM Golden State by 9 (Thursday) SLAM
SLAM Boston by 11 (Friday) SLAM

Oklahoma City by 5 (Friday)

posted by bender at 02:01 PM on January 02

Boston by 10
L.A. Lakers by 5

San Antonio by 5
Golden State by 6

Boston by 14
Portland by 6

posted by NoMich at 02:02 PM on January 02

Boston by 9 <-- dunk
Oklahoma City by 12 <-- dunk

Toronto by 7
Golden State by 12 <-- dunk

Boston by 4
Oklahoma City by 7

posted by rcade at 02:12 PM on January 02

Boston (Wednesday) by 7
Oklahoma City (Wednesday) by 12
Toronto (Thursday) by 6
Golden State (Thursday) by 8
Boston (Friday) by 9
Portland (Friday) by 6

posted by tron7 at 05:52 PM on January 02

Bos by 6
Okla by 5 SLAM

posted by scooby10672 at 07:18 PM on January 02

On the T heading for the game. Irving is out tonight.

Minnesota by 6

Oklahoma City by 8

posted by Howard_T at 07:24 PM on January 02

Boston by 8
OKC by 7

posted by Ufez Jones at 07:50 PM on January 02

Thursday Tor by 2 SLAM GS by 6

Friday Bos by 8 SLAM Port by 2

posted by scooby10672 at 05:42 PM on January 03

Toronto by 6
GSW by 10 (SLAM)

posted by Ufez Jones at 07:17 PM on January 03

Celtics fooled me last night. Their net without Irving is much lower than with him on the floor. Cs are also missing Baynes and Williams, Horford is limited in minutes, though not so much lately, so that puts a lot of pressure on everyone to defend the paint and to rebound. Last night Hayward and Rosier stepped up with scoring, and except in the 3rd quarter the bigs held Towns down. It looked a lot like last season.

I was busy all afternoon with helping out a guy repairing our heating system. It was a stuck valve for the 1st floor zone. Thus I was late starting dinner and couldn't get to the pick 'em. Here's the rest.

Tonight: Rockets without Chris Paul are still dangerous, but the Warriors have to break out soon. Golden State by 8

Friday, January 4:

Going to be at this one. It might be the last chance to see Nowitzki and the first chance to see Luka Doni. Should be fun. Boston by 11

Thunder seem to have gotten their act together once again, but Trail Blazers are not an easy out. Oklahoma City by 9

posted by Howard_T at 09:06 PM on January 03

I'm arguing with autocorrect about spelling Doncic. My keyboard lets me write the appropriate accents on the c, but autocorrect won't print them. Why does it hate me?

posted by Howard_T at 09:14 PM on January 03

Boston by 9
OKC by 5

posted by Ufez Jones at 11:37 AM on January 04

Props to the Garden crowd for how much love they gave Dirk tonight, Howard. That put a big 'ol smile on my face.

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:23 PM on January 04

Props to the Garden crowd

The applause during the pre-game introductions was good to hear and to be there to join. In the 4th quarter there was a chant of DIRK, DIRK. and groans from the crowd whenever he missed a shot. Daniel Theis of the Celtics grew up idolizing Nowitzki, and to play against him is always a thrill for Theis. This was one of those evenings that is special because of the people involved.

posted by Howard_T at 04:25 PM on January 05

One error to correct and one thing to add in the above. The ovation for Nowitzki came when he first entered the game, not at the pre-game introductions. I did not know that one basket would have given Nowitzki the most points scored by an opponent in TD Garden during the regular season. The record is held by some guy named Bryant, which partly explains the enthusiasm of the Boston crowd to see it broken. I was at Kobe's last game in Boston as well, and I remember a good hand for him then too.

posted by Howard_T at 06:10 PM on January 05

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