NBA Weekend Picks and Predictions: December 27-29

NBA Weekend Picks and Predictions: December 27-29

There's a loaded list of NBA games for the weekend. Which teams will come out on top and strengthen their bids for the postseason? 

The Christmas slate of basketball games was nothing short of superb, highlighted by the 76ers upsetting the Bucks, and the Clippers overcoming a huge deficit to take down the Lakers and LeBron James at the Staples Center. 

Looking ahead to the weekend, though, both the Western Conference and Eastern Conference have games fans will surely want to check out. In this piece, we take a look at four such meeting, while also offering up our NBA picks

 

Cleveland Cavaliers @ Boston Celtics: 27/12/19 @ 4:05 PM ET

This matchup used to be the class of the Eastern Conference, as the Celtics and Cavs used to have some amazing battles when LeBron James was with the team. However, with LeBron now in Los Angeles, this has been a big rebuilding year for the Cavs. 

As for Boston, they're in the middle of another great year, posting a 21-7 mark. It has them second in the Eastern Conference standings behind the 27-5 Bucks. With the TD Garden expected to be packed in Boston, look for the Celtics to ease their way to a big win. 

Boston Celtics To cover the spread against Cleveland
1.91
Betway

With Kemba Walker, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum and others playing so well, it will be tough for Cleveland to keep this one close. We're picking Boston to win, cover the spread and keep its place high in the NBA power rankings.

 

Phoenix Suns @ Golden State Warriors: 27/12/19 @ 10:35 PM ET

It goes without saying, but it's been a bit of a lost year for the Golden State Warriors. With Steph Curry and Klay Thompson sidelined due to injury, everyone saw this coming. However, that didn't stop the team from defeating the Houston Rockets on Christmas. 

Will that mark the turnaround for the group, which is now 8-24 on the year? That remains to be seen, but they'll look to keep their winning ways going at home against the Suns on Friday night. 

Phoenix is once again struggling, as they're 11-19 on the year. However, they'll enter their showdown with Golden State as 2.5-point favorites? Will they be able to get the job done? 

Golden State Warriors To beat the Phoenix Suns
2.22
PowerPlay

The Warriors really surprised us in their big win over Houston. We think they'll do so again, so we're picking them to upset the Suns straight up. 

 

LA Lakers @ Portland Trail Blazers: 28/12/19 @ 10:00 PM ET 

After blowing a huge lead to the Clippers earlier in the week, the Lakers will head up to the Pacific Northwest to try and bounce back against the Portland Trail Blazers. This won't be an easy game for LA, as Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum are still stars in this league averaging more than 22 points per night. 

However, LA is among the best in the Western Conference for good reason. LeBron James continues to be a stud, and Anthony Davis is almost unguardable. The team was disappointed to lose to the Clippers too, meaning they'll look to take their frustrations out on someone. That's not good for Portland. 

Los Angeles Lakers To beat the Portland Trail Blazers
TBD
Bet365

James and Co. should get the job done and will have high NBA odds to win. Go with Los Angeles. 

 

Houston Rockets @ New Orleans Pelicans: 29/12/19 @ 8:00 PM ET

Similar to the Lakers, the Rockets took an L on Christmas Day. However, did anyone really expect Russell Westbrook, James Harden and the rest of the team to lose this one?

The Rockets are in fourth of the Western Conference standings, and they'll take on the lowly Pelicans on Sunday night. While New Orleans might have an upset in their minds, that's easier said than done. 

Houston Rockets To beat the New Orleans Pelicans
TBD
Sports Interaction

Westbrook and Harden are too good to allow this team to suffer losses in the same week to the bottom feeders of the Western Conference. Houston will leave the stadium victorious.