NBA TV will have two very good games on tonight.
Houston Rockets @ Miami Heat 7:30 pm
A battle between two undefeated teams. This is the second game on a back to back for the Rockets.
The Rockets get their first test of the season. They are 4-0 but their opponents combined record is 2-13. They beat up on the Lakers, Jazz, Celtics and Sixers. They beat the teams they were supposed to beat and they looked good doing it. James Harden is second in scoring while averaging six rebounds and six assists. Dwight Howard is having average games because he can’t stay out of foul trouble. He’s had at least five fouls in each game and has fouled out of one.
The Miami Heat is 3-0 with quality wins over playoff teams from last season the Washington Wizards and Toronto Raptors. Chris Bosh has stepped up as the number one option and is averaging 25.7 and 11.3. Dwyane Wade has looked okay. In the first game he was efficient at scoring the ball. He struggled with his shot in the second game but he had 10 assist. The third game was his best overall scoring 19 points, grabbing 11 rebounds and dishing out seven assists. Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole have looked good as well.
The Rockets have not played any good teams so their team defense is better than the Heat at this point. However the Heat are second in points per game putting up 109.3 ppg. They are very good at moving the ball averaging 25 assists per game. The Rockets have the advantage on the boards and on the inside with Dwight Howard.
Harden has been a scoring machine and it will be up to Wade to slow him down and make him play defense. The role players will decide the game for either team. Luol Deng and Shawne Williams score in double figures for the Heat and Trevor Ariza and Terrence Jones do the same for the Rockets.
The Heat finds a way to slow down Harden and win at home.
Cleveland Cavaliers @ Portland Trail Blazers 10:00 pm
The Blazers are only 1-2 with losses to the Kings and Warriors. LaMarcus Aldridge leads the team in scoring but his rebounding has been down. Damian Lillard is struggling with his shot; he hasn’t shot over 30% in any game.
The Cavs had a dud in their home opener and showed more fight in an OT win in Chicago. They are still growing as a team and finding their rotations. LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving are playing big minutes. This is the first game in a back to back and I think David Blatt will limit their minutes.
There are a lot of great matchups in this game; Love-Aldridge, Lillard-Irving and LeBron-Batum. Portland is sixth in points allowed and could give the Cavs some problems. The bench for the Blazers still looks bad and they will need them to play well if they want to win this game.
The Cavs will get better in each game. Their defense has been bad and their offense is not great at executing yet. Their bench is bad as well and will rely more on their starters. The Cavs only hit six three pointers so expect them to move the ball around more and knock down some three pointers.
The Cavs pull it out on the road; Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving carry the load.