The Oklahoma City Thunder finished just short in the NBA Finals last season, which made it all the more surprising when the front office broke up the core by trading James Harden away to the Houston Rockets.
Harden might have given general manager Sam Presti some seller’s remorse with his performance on Wednesday night. Harden flourished in his first game as a full-time starter racking up 37 points, six rebounds, and 12 assists. Along with fellow newcomers Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik, Harden makes up an exciting young core that suddenly makes the Rockets look very relevant.
Houston heads to Atlanta to take on the Hawks on Friday night in an NBA betting matchup at and then returns home to host the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday night. The Rockets are 4-0 SU and ATS in their last four games against Portland.
The Boston Celtics got a tough assignment in their opening game on the road against the Miami Heat and promptly fell to 0-1 SU and ATS with a 120-107 loss. They should have a much easier task on their hands in their second road game of the season Saturday night against the Washington Wizards. Boston is 12-3 SU and 9-6 ATS in its last 15 games against the Wizards including a 4-0 SU and 3-1 ATS mark last year. Washington finished off last season on a 6-0 SU and ATS run, but lost its season opener to Cleveland 94-84.
With Amar’e Stoudemire sidelined with a knee injury for the next 6-8 weeks, the show must go on for the New York Knicks who host a pair of intriguing games over the next few days in NBA betting action at .
Friday night the Knicks host the defending-champion Miami Heat, who they have not fared well against in recent years with a 3-13 SU and 5-10-1 ATS record over the last 16 games. The Knicks should feel much more comfortable Sunday night at home against the Philadelphia 76ers, a series they have enjoyed recent success in with a 7-3 SU and 8-2 ATS record over their last 10 meetings.
Overall, the Knicks were very strong at home last season and finished up the year with a 12-2 SU and ATS run in their last 14 home games; the only two losses over that stretch came against the Miami Heat.