With the holiday season in full swing and Christmas right around the corner, this only makes the excitement for the NBA that much stronger. In the heart of December, the NBA action really brings out so much joy in everyone. In this article, we’re taking a look at some monster showdowns, as we have NBA picks for best games on Dec. 4 and Dec. 5 of 2021. This includes a matchup between the Bulls and Knicks at the world-famous Madison Square Garden.
Bulls will hope to silence the crowd over in New York
Since the 90s, the matchups between Chicago and the Knicks have always been special. The memories of Spike Lee barking with Michael Jordan is sure to warm your heart. Well, the Bulls will hope to silence the crowd over in New York on Thursday night, as Madison Square Garden is indeed expected to be packed for this one. What makes this game all the more exciting is both squads are looking like playoff contenders this year.
For Chicago, the play of DeMar DeRozan and Zach Lavine together has been absolutely brilliant to see. When the team went out and signed DeRozan, there was some worry that perhaps it’d take him a while to gel with his new teammates. That hasn’t been the case, as he and fellow signing Lonzo Ball have found a great new home with the Bulls. This team really is exciting to watch and head coach Billy Donovan is loving what he’s seeing.
While the Bulls suffered a tough 107-104 loss to the Miami Heat over the weekend, this team’s confidence is still riding high. Is Chicago fun again? It really feels that way, as the fan base is loving what they’re seeing from the group of guys out on the hardwood. While this is no MJ and Scottie Pippen team, Chicago looks built to compete in the playoffs and make noise.
Meanwhile, for New York, they’re also in the hunt and they’ve enjoyed some strong wins. At the same time, inconsistent play and struggles from Kemba Walker has been disappointing. Despite that, they’ll hope to win at MSG on Thursday night. In this case, we don’t think that will happen, as we’re going with the Bulls as our pick. Do you agree? Check out our NBA betting sites to place a wager.
Milwaukee will hope to down the struggling Raptors
In another fun Eastern conference tilt, Milwaukee will hope to down the struggling Raptors when they meet on Thursday night as well. When we bring up Milwaukee, folks are of course still riding high after the team won the NBA Finals last season over the Phoenix Suns. And with that, you already know that we’ve got to bring up the one and only Giannis Antetokoumpo.
The Greek Freak is in the middle of another amazing season and he really is a national treasure. This past week, Giannis made even more headlines after he revealed he started dunking his Oreos in milk for the first time. That story went national. Luckily for the Bucks, that new snack for him hasn’t had a negative impact on his play on the hardwood, as he’s once again in the MVP conversation.
Behind his strong play, Milwaukee is also in the middle of the race to potentially win the Eastern Conference regular season No. 1 seed again, as they hold top odds from the Las Vegas online betting sites. The team has dreams of repeating as NBA champs and it goes without saying, but Giannis will be the straw that stirs the drink in trying to get that done. When he’s playing like he is, few teams can stop the Bucks from recording wins.
This is bad news for Toronto, as the team is in the middle of a rebuild. They’ve had a year to forget thus far, as they’re under .500. It’s not what the Toronto supporters were hoping for, but it was also kind of expected thanks to so many departures in free agency. With all of that said, the Bucks should win on Thursday. While the NBA betting odds haven’t been released yet, we’re rocking with Milwaukee as our pick.
Miami should keep rolling going up against Indiana
Last but not least, Miami should keep rolling going up against Indiana when they meet on Friday, Dec. 5. Heat fans are loving what they’ve been able to watch from Miami and we’ve got to bring up Jimmy Butler first and foremost. The sharpshooter gets better and better whenever he’s on the hardwood. He’s a perennial All-Star, which is why Miami broke the bank to sign him.
Miami has goals of getting to the NBA Finals this season and they’ve most certainly got a great chance of getting that done. They showcased just how great they are with the thrilling 107-104 win over the Chicago Bulls last Saturday. That game had a playoff atmosphere, with Miami able to come out on top in dramatic fashion. It sent quite the statement to the rest of the league.
Meanwhile for the Pacers, they’re also under .500 and not looking good at all. Things will be made even more complicated for them in trying to slow down Chicago. They’re going to have to play near-perfect basketball to try and get that job done. We don’t think they’ll be able to do so. Don’t think twice here, folks. Chicago is the pick and that’s a no-brainer.