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Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Wednesday Night NBA Preview: Spurs Head to New Orleans and Boston Faces the Hawks
The two games on ESPN are playoff rematches from last year. The first game that will be shown is the Boston Celtics vs. the Atlanta Hawks and the late game is between the Spurs and the Hornets.
The Celtics are 23-2 and have the best record in the NBA. This game tonight will be their stiffest challenge until they face the Lakers on Christmas Day in Los Angeles.
The Hawks are 15-9 and have won three games in a row.
The Spurs defeated the Hornets last year in their playoff series and Chris Paul and company will be looking for some revenge tonight at home.
The Spurs have won six in a row and have all their top players back from injury. The Hornets are back home after winning two games on the road against Toronto and Memphis.
They had a tough time pulling away against the Grizzlies last night and it was probably due to them looking forward to tonight's game.
Dallas begins a road trip tonight in Toronto against the Raptors. The Raptors fired Sam Mitchell but things have not been better under interim coach, Jay Triano. They have lost their last two games at home and will begin a tough six game road trip against Western Conference teams after tonight's game.
The Sixers will be led by interim coach, Tony DiLeo, tonight when they face the Bucks at home. The Bucks are on a two game winning streak and are playing good defense.
Charlie Villanueva has provided a lot of offense for the Bucks.
The Warriors begin a road trip tonight in Indiana against the Pacers and this will be a very high-scoring affair. Both of these teams score a lot of points as well as give up a lot of points. This should be a very entertaining game to watch and there won't be any defense played in this one.
The Warriors give up 111.5 points per game and the Pacers give up 103.3 points per game.
The Pistons will be looking for revenge against the Wizards tonight in Detroit. The Pistons lost by 13 points in Washington last week, and we can expect a different outcome this evening. The Pistons are more talented and a better team than the Wizards.
The Wizards are another team that has not improved after firing their head coach.
Utah goes on the road to face New Jersey tonight. The Nets are only 4-7 at home, but they are 8-4 on the road.
The Jazz will be looking for revenge after the Nets defeated them easily by 17 points in Utah a few weeks ago. Devin Harris abused Deron Williams and other Jazz guards to score 34 points that night, and Williams will be looking to exact some revenge on Harris tonight.
Williams was hobbled with an ankle injury and Harris took full advantage of the injury to get by Williams time after time.
The Cavs take on the lowly Timberwolves tonight in Minnesota. This game is a mismatch and there should be no reason the Cavs should not win this game tonight.
Zydrunas Ilgauskas is out for a week with a sprained ankle for the Cavs.
Don't look now but the Clippers are red hot and have won four of their last five games. They face Derrick Rose and the Bulls tonight in Chicago.
Both these teams played last night, and the Bulls lost in overtime in Charlotte while the Clippers had an easy time against the Thunder.
The match-up to watch tonight is between Rose and Baron Davis. If the Bulls can't stop Zach Randolph in the low post, they will be in a lot of trouble tonight.
Another good match-up to watch tonight is between the two Gordons, Eric and Ben.