As we enter November, teams are beginning to get a feel as to what they have for this season. In Milwaukee, the Bucks are off to a hot start. Can they continue and move to 8-0 and remain the only unbeaten team in the league? We’ll take a look at their match up against Boston and three other games around the league. Note that all information is for games played through October 29.
Milwaukee Bucks versus Boston Celtics
Boston enters this home game with a 4-2 record and just 1-1 at home. Milwaukee has won their first seven and are 2-0 on the road. Boston holds a +27 to +25 advantage on the Power Ranking Indicator, however the Bucks are “burning hot” versus “average” on the Team Strength Oscillator. The teams met four times during the regular season last year, splitting the games. Boston is likely going to be a narrow favorite at home. While this game is much of a toss up, the Bucks have to lose eventually. This will be the first game they falter. Go with the Celtics in a five point or less margin.
Oklahoma City Thunder versus Charlotte Hornets
The Thunder have undoubtedly struggled to start the season, winner of just one of their first five. Charlotte is off to a 3-4 start, eighth in the Eastern Conference. Despite the poor start, Oklahoma City has a +15 to +9 advantage on the Power Ranking Indicator. They are “ice cold down”, which isn’t a surprise due to their slow start, while the Hornets are “average” on the Team Strength Oscillator. The teams split the meetings between the teams last season. The Thunder will be a better team come season’s end, but they are struggling and 0-2 on the road. At this time, the Hornets will be capable of winning this game.
Los Angeles Clippers versus Philadelphia 76ers
The Clippers head to Philadelphia winners of their last two and are 4-2 on the season. The 76ers entered Tuesday night’s game against Toronto at 4-3, winners of their last two. Philadelphia has a +23 to +16 edge on the Power Ranking Indicator. A key stat entering this one is the record the 76ers have at home. They are one of the toughest in the league on their home court and are 4-0 this season and 0-3 on the road. Look for the home dominance to continue for the 76ers in this one.
Denver Nuggets versus Cleveland Cavaliers
Denver is hot at 5-1 so far, while the Cavaliers are winless in their first six. There is big edge for Denver on both the Power Ranking Indicator (+26 to +13) and on the Team Strength Oscillator (“burning hot” versus “dead”). The teams split the two meetings last season, but that was when the Cavaliers had LeBron James. Denver has outscored opponents by 8.5 per game this season, while the Cavaliers have been outscored by nearly 13 per game. In what is likely to be a sleeper of a game, the Nuggets will win by double digits.
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