Of the 9 games on schedule today, the three on national TV are probably the best. Doesn't happen often, so all of you without league pass need to watch basketball today!
Celtics at Suns
The Suns players know this is pretty much a statement game for them. They have been playing great lately, but it's been against terrible competition. Well, now they can test their old running ways on the C's. If you don't remember the last time they played, it's because it was a blowout, the Celtics won big. Even though that was in Boston and the C's had a healthy KG, this is still a very good Celtics team.
I'm going with the Suns to take this one. They have momentum from the last three games and Boston has been up and down over this last stretch. For all you bettors, the Suns are favored by 2, I'd take that, but close my eyes if it comes down to the wire (in past situation, Phoenix defensive execution has been poor late in games).
Other previews: Bright Side of the Sun, CelticsBlog
Miami at Orlando
A nice Florida battle for you! This one intrigues me because both teams have recently made moves. Orlando brought in Alston and Miami brought JO. This will be a game for everyone in the country to get a look at what these teams are trying to do with their new pieces.
While Alston is a solid point guard, Mario Chalmers is a feisty rookie who won't let him get anything easy. Down low, JO is in for a long evening with D12. It will show you the difference between older legs and D12's springs.
I like the Magic to come out on top, not a blowout, but they'll lead for most of the game. The line for the game has the Magic favored by 9, I'd want to see a quarter or two before saying that's safe or not.
Other previews: Third Quarter Collapse, Peninsula is Mightier