Written and authored by NBA Expert Analyst Al Presto. Charliessports.com produces it for Basketball news and notes. NBA Premium Predictions have been winning at a 71.1% rate and will continue into the 2016 NBA Finals in June. The First Half of the NBA season is coming to an end. Only four team are in action Thursday Night. Washinton at Milwaukee and New Orleans at Oklahoma City are the teams facing off before players get a break. 2016 All-Star Classic takes place on Sunday. February 14th, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario. NBA players are getting reservations in order while others just take the time to relax. The New York Knicks parted way’s with head coach Derek Fisher day’s before the first half the season ended and Knicks fans are still suffering. The team is playing better than they showed last season, but the team is on a losing streak. Golden State assistant Luke Walton is the most talked about the replacement for Fisher. Why not, Walton is another Jackson disciple from his day with the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Cleveland Cavaliers close out the first half with the best record in the Eastern Conference. Cleveland parted ways with their head coach recently. Forner NBA player and Cavaliers assistant Tyronn Lue takes over the talent-laden Cleveland team. The Toronto Raptors have the second-best record in the East, but coach Dwane Casey needs more talent of the perimeter if the Raptors want to get compete for the title. The tow biggest disappointments this season are the Chicago Bulls, Washington Wizards and Milwaukee Bucks. All three have taken a few steps backwards. Chicago fired longtime coach Tom Thibodeau at the end of the 2015 season. Fred Hoiberg realizes it’s easier to handle College kids than NBA Players. Washington and Milwaukee have talent, but they play like they don’t care. Wizards Head Coach Randy Whittman and Bucks general Jason Kidd could also be job hunting soon. Detroit, Boston and the Indiana Pacers are teams on the rise.
The Western Conference is the most competitive from top to bottom. Golden State and San Antonio looks like a great matchup in the West Finals. Golden State has the best record in the league and beat San Antonio soundly recently. The Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Clippers are in the second tier. Both are capable of competing with the elite but must bring their A-games to get an upset against either Golden State or San Antonio. The Houston Rockets lost to Golden State in the 2015 Western Conference finals. Houston fired head coach Kevin McHale a few games into this season. The Rockets are the most dysfunctional team in the NBA. Memphis and Dallas are getting older; management must make decisions on whether to start rebuilding. The Utah Jazz, Minnesota Timberwolves, Portland Trailblazers and Sacramento Kings have talent. New Orleans must also toughen up in the second half of the season.