The 2014-15 NBA season continues to roll along as the calendar year gets ready to flip over to 2015. The biggest bright spot around the NBA this season has been the play of the Washington Wizards. The Wizards capped off another big game on Monday Night defeating the Houston Rockets 104-103 to move to 22-8 on the season.
The team’s success has been built around the young duo of John Wall and Bradley Beal. Beal was big in the team’s latest win dropping 33 points to go along with five rebounds, three assists and one steal. In 21 games this season Beal has averaged 15.7 points to go along with 3.5 rebounds and three assists per game.
Wall on the other hand has played himself into the early MVP talk with his outstanding play this season. In 30 games this season, Wall is averaging 17.6 points per game to go with 4.3 rebounds, 2.2 steals and 10.4 assists per game. The former Kentucky star has also put together 18 games with over 10 points and 10 rebounds.
The Wizards now head into the Dallas to take on the Mavericks before finishing up their five game road trip with games against Oklahoma City, San Antonio and New Orleans. This is a difficult road test the started with a win in Houston. Look for the Wizards to pick up at least two more wins over their next four games to post a 3-2 record against the Western.
Along with the Wizards in the Eastern Conference the Chicago Bulls are a real threat for the long haul despite sitting behind the Toronto Raptors, Atlanta Hawks and the Wizards. Much of the Bulls success down the stretch will come with the health of Derrick Rose. If Rose can stay healthy for the rest of the season a repeat of last season’s Bulls/Wizards matchup can be in the future.
As far as a team that will benefit from playing in a weak Eastern Conference is the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavaliers biggest struggles at times this season has been on the defensive side of the ball. Over the last ten games the Cavs have posted a 5-5 record allowing over 100 points in all five losses and 91 or fewer points in four of the team’s five wins. Despite their struggles the Cavaliers will be a threat with LeBron James come playoff time.
As far as this weekend’s lineup of NBA games here are a few key games to NBA pick.
Friday Night – Washington Wizards @ Oklahoma City Thunder: Despite the game being played on the road the Wizards have a great shot at picking up the win in Oklahoma. On the season the Wizards have played to an 8-4 record. We also suggest monitoring the status of Kevin Durant as the Thunder have played to a 3-3 record without him in the lineup since his return.
Saturday Night – Atlanta Hawks @ Portland Trail Blazers: These two teams enter Saturday’s game stacked up with similar records. The Hawks have played to 22-8 record with a 9-5 record on the road. The Trail Blazers on the other hand have a 25-7 and played outstanding at home going 14-2. We like the Trail Blazers at home over despite the Hawks 2-1 record on the road against the Western Conference this season.