Tonight the NBA season tips off with three games on the schedule. Cleveland will head over to Boston to see the Celts raise the banner at 8pm Eastern on TNT. I'm expecting a kind of All-Star like atmosphere for this game. The Celts will be all hyped up about the banner going up and they won't come out with their best game. I think they'll play at about a B or B- for three quarters; but they'll be fine for a turn around come crunch time. But I do like the Cavs to spoil the party. LeBron is going to bring the highlights and make his side kick Mo Williams look good.
At 8:30, if you want to see the premiere of Derrick Rose, the Bulls will host the Bucks on NBA league pass. I like the #1 draft pick to bring home a win for the Bulls. The Bucks are also in a rebuilding stage, but the Bulls have got the better team. I expect some nice coast-to-coast moves from Rose.
At 10:30, the Lakers will let the young Blazers come in for a battle, on TNT. I think LA will come out with a lot of defensive intensity and win by 7+. I notice that, over the years, Kobe always brings it on the opener on national TV. I expect Bynum to get a double-double and I want to see the Bynum-Oden match up. It will be bring the best out of these two young fellas.
It's time! Are you READY?