NBA Game of the Day – 12/30/11 – Bulls at Clippers

Chicago Bulls at Los Angeles Clippers

12/30/11

10:30 PM Eastern time

Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA

TV: NBA TV (216 directv), Local TV: Prime (694 directv)

Line: Chicago -1.5

2011-12 Records:

Chicago Bulls: 2-1 (6th in Eastern Conference)

Los Angeles Clippers: 1-1 (8th in Western Conference)

Players of interest:

Chicago Bulls: Derrick Rose, Carlos Boozer

Los Angeles Clippers: Chris Paul, Blake Griffin

Why you want to watch:

The Bulls, who had the NBA’s record last season, visits Staples Center to
play the Clippers who are quite possibly this season’s most interesting
team with the acquisition of Chris Paul. The Clippers hype train took had
some difficulties Wednesday night as they were thoroughly worked by the San Antonio Spurs who won by a surprising 25 points. To prevent derailment, the
Clippers will need a better showing against what many consider one of the
elite teams in the Bulls. The Bulls are 2 and 1 in their current road trip,
scoring victories over the Lakers on opening night and Sacramento
yesterday. Their lone loss was an upset victory by the Golden State
Warriors. This game will showcase arguably the two best point guards in the game, Chris Paul and Derrick Rose.

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NBA Game of the Day – 12/29/11 – Mavericks at Thunder

Dallas Mavericks at Oklahoma City Thunder

12/29/11

8:00 PM Eastern Time

TV: TNT

Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, OK

Line: Oklahoma City -5.5

2010-11 Records:

Dallas 57-25 (3rd in the Western Conference)

Oklahoma City 55-27 (4th in the Western Conference)

Players of interest:

Dallas: Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Kidd, Jason Terry, Lamar Odom

Oklahoma City: Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook

Why you want to watch:

This is the first rematch of last years Western Conference Finals match up
between the Mavs and the Thunder. While the Mavs were able to eliminate the
young and upcoming Thunder quickly in 5 games, outside of the finale every
game was decided by 7 points or less. There have been no changes to the
Thunders’ main rotation, however, the Mavs have lost some significant
pieces from their championship run. JJ Barea and their defensive stallworth
and emotional leader Tyson Chandler are now gone; they have been replaced
by veterans Vince Cater and versatile big man Lamar Odom. The teams have
gotten off to contrasting starts. OKC is yet to lose in 3 games and the
Mavs are searching for their first win. Considering the way the Mavs have
looked up to this point it is going to be hard to come up with a win in
Oklahoma City. One thing going for the Mavs is OKC is playing on the 2nd
night of a back to back.

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Raining 3s Twine-Tickler of the day – 12/27/11 – Ray Allen

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Twine-Tickler of the day is the player that was scorching the nets from the
outside on game day. The deeper the shot, the more the tickling of the twine gets occurs.
Efficiency, range and volume are emphasized in this award.

Ray Allen is quiet possibly the greatest shooter to have ever played in the NBA so it should be no surprise that he out shined all NBA ballers yesterday in terms of twine arousal. His 28 point effort couldn’t help the Celtics get their first win of the season,  but Ray’s ball looked good raining down last night.

Stat Line from 12/27 game vs. Miami Heat (loss 107 – 115):

Points: 28

From the field: 8 – 12, 66.6 %

From 3 point land: 6 – 8, 75.0 %

From the stripe: 6 – 6, 100.0 %

NBA Game of the Day – 12/28/11 – Clippers at Spurs

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Los Angeles Clippers at San Antonio Spurs

12/28/11

8:30 PM Eastern Time

TV: League Pass

AT&T Center in San Antonio, TX

Line: San Antonio – 4.5

2010-11 Records:

San Antonio: 61-21 (1st in Western Conference)

L.A. Clippers: 32-50 (13th in Western Conference)

Players of interest:

San Antonio: Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker

L.A. Clippers: Blake Griffin, Chris Paul

Why you want to watch:

The first real test for the newly formed western conference powerhouse Los
Angeles Clippers comes very quickly in the season. Chris Paul and Blake
Griffin go to San Antonio to take on the reigning Western conference
regular season champions at the AT&T center. Clips will have a much harder
time than their season opener in Oakland as the Spurs were the best home
team in the NBA last year by only losing 5 games there all year. The
combination of Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan teamed with Chris Paul
should make the Clippers a must watch all season long.

Raining 3′s Twine-Tickler of the day – 12/26/11

Twine-Tickler of the day is the player that was scorching the nets from the
outside on game day. The deeper the shot, the more the twine gets tickled.
Efficiency, range and volume are emphasized in this award.

Marcus Thornton was wearing out the nets in Sacramento in the Kings’ 100 to 91 win over the Los Angeles Lakers Monday night. Marcus was 4 for 7 from behind the arc and totaled 27 points in the Kings’ opener at Arco.

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Stat Line from 12/26 game vs. Los Angeles Lakers (win 100 – 91):

Points: 27

From the field: 9 – 13, 69.2 %

From 3 point land: 4 – 7, 57.1 %

From the stripe: 5 – 5, 100.0 %

NBA Game of the Day – 12/27/11 – Celtics at Heat

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Boston Celtics at Miami Heat

12/27/11

8:00 PM Eastern Time

TV: TNT

American Airlines Arena in Miami, FL

2010-11 Records:

Boston: 56-26 (3rd in the Eastern Conference)

Miami: 58-24 (2nd in the Eastern Conference)

Players of interest:

Boston: Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce

Miami: Lebron James, Chris Bosh, Dwayne Wade

Why you want to watch:

A rematch of the 2011 eastern conference semi finals that saw Miami take
out Boston quickly in 5 games. There have been minimal changes since these
2 teams last met in the playoffs. Boston has lost Jeff Green and Glen Davis
and replaced them with Brandon Bass and Sasha Pavlovic. Miami acquired
Shane Battier in free agency and an impressive rookie thus far, Norris Cole
in the draft. The core players, Boston’s Garnett, Pierce, Rondo & Allen and
Miami’s James, Bosh and Wade, are unchanged. Miami is coming off an
impressive blow out win in Dallas with Lebron leading the way with 37
points. Boston is coming off a narrow defeat to the Knicks on Christmas
Day. Boston might be without Paul Pierce for a 2nd game as he is being
listed as doubtful for tonight’s game.