I totally forgot I had to do the pre-game post for today so here goes: I got nothing.
If the Raptors win this, I’d be surprised. If they get blown out, I’ll also be surprised.
Matchup I’m looking most forward to: Lowry versus Westbrook.
Given the way Lowry’s playing, this is setting up to be a nice little tilt in the early season. Westbrook’s explosiveness versus Lowry’s hound-like defense, there’s plenty to like here. I think our man is going to have a fine game, and get to the line 10 times.
Matchup I’m not looking forward to: Durant versus Fields
If that’s how Casey sets up, and given the options at the three it’ll likely be that, Fields is in for a ride. Best defense is a good offense might be a strategy Fields could employ, but he’s sorely lacking in that category so there you go. I think our best wing needs to guard their best wing, so I would switch DeRozan on Durant, grab some popcorn and observe. That’s how it should be.
Matchup I want the Raptors to desperately win: Valanciunas versus the bitch
Perkins is a bitch. Period. I want him destroyed and Valanciunas is the man to do it.
Matchup I fear: Bargnani versus Ibaka
If Bargnani has a big game against Ibaka, I will forgive all his sins. However, the outcome of a struggling offensive player going up against one of the best defenders in the league is easy to see, but I’ve been surprised before, like the time I got served a buttered bagel when I had explicitly asked for cream cheese.
OKC is favored by 9. I shit on those nine points. Raptors 98, OKC 96. Lowry the MVP.