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The Basketball Roundtable: Scrimmage Reviews & Early Predictions

Our experts weigh in on all the NBA scrimmage action! What can we expect for the season openers?

The Town That Won’t Bow Down

There’s a certain resiliency in New Orleans. There has to be, in a city so decimated by mother nature that locals and transplants alike still refer to places as “pre-Katrina” and “post-Katrina.” Reminders of the chaos come no bigger than the Superdome, home to tens of thousands during Hurricane Katrina. And in its shadow, the Smoothie King Center, home to the New Orleans Pelicans.

Chandler’s Gambling Corner: NBA Southwest Division Over/Under Predictions

The Southwest division has a bet I really like and a lot of very-well placed lines. Houston under Mike D’Antoni has won 55, 65, and 53, respectively in his time in Houston. They have a pretty high-floor. After factoring in the Rockets winning 53 games last year in what was pretty close to a worst-case scenario based on their slow start and injury plagued season, plus other factors discussed below, I am very confident in their over. The other teams all have very-well placed lines. I expect all of them to finish right around them and it might come down to trying to predict who will have the best injury luck.