Confidently Thankful For A Lot Of Good Basketball

This holiday season, I am thankful for a lot of basketball. Here's how it will go down...

Confidence Picks presented by Rocket Mortgage by Quicken Loans

Tuesday, November 20th

  • Toronto Raptors (-6.5) at Orlando Magic = Magic look good as of late, but not good enough against the Raptors
  • Los Angeles Clippers (-1) at Washington Wizards = the Clippers flew across the country for this, they're winning
  • Brooklyn Nets at Miami Heat (-3.5) = cause someone has to win, Heat at home
  • Portland Trail Blazers (-7.5) at New York Knicks = Trail Blazers... big

Wednesday, November 21st

  • New Orleans Pelicans at Philadelphia 76ers = Anthony Davis vs Joel Embiid, doesn't get much better than this, the best will go to the Pelicans
  • Portland Trail Blazers at Milwaukee Bucks = GIANNIS, gotta go Bucks
  • Los Angeles Lakers at Cleveland Cavaliers = the Lakers will not lose in LeBron's return
  • Oklahoma City Thunder at Golden State Warriors = the first of 3 home games in 4 days for the Warriors but the Thunder will take the first one

Friday, November 22nd

  • San Antonio Spurs at Indiana Pacers = in a dramatic tough battle to the end, Spurs win
  • Charlotte Hornets at Oklahoma City Thunder = Kemba freaking Walker and the Hornets
  • Portland Trail Blazers at Golden State Warriors = Warriors will right the ship at home
  • Utah Jazz at Los Angeles Lakers = Are the Lakers starting to turn things around?

Saturday, November 23rd

  • San Antonio Spurs at Milwaukee Bucks = After a tough win in Indy the day before, Spurs fall to the Bucks
  • Sacramento Kings at Golden State Warriors = Back to back home wins for the Warriors

Sunday, November 24th

  • Utah Jazz at Sacramento Kings = "Their culture is changing. It's changed drastically." - Gregg Popovich on the Kings
  • Los Angeles Clippers at Portland Trail Blazers = Trail Blazers get it done


EuroLeague Breakdown: Secrets To The Obradovic Offense

Zeljko Obradovic is one of the best coaches in EuroLeague history. Check out a breakdown of his offense that has powered Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul to the EL playoffs.

Matthew Hurt Commits To Duke

Matthew Hurt is headed to Duke.

Vets Shengelia, Huertas Inspired Baskonia

KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz head coach Velimir Perasovic made two changes to the starting lineup from the side that lost by 26 points in Game 1. He replaced second-year players Vincent Poirier and Luca Vildoza with his two most experienced players, Toko Shengelia and Marcelinho Huertas. That move had a big impact on the game.

Ulanovas The Difference-Maker For Zalgiris In Game 2

What a difference 48 hours make. Zalgiris Kaunas held on to stun previously unbeaten at home Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul Thursday night. Its 82-80 road win against the best regular-season team tied at 1-1 their best-of-five series that looked like it could go only one way earlier this week.

Baskonia Overpowers CSKA To Even Series

KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz overpowered CSKA Moscow 68-78 on Thursday night at Megasport Arena to even their best-of-five playoff series at 1-1. 

Game 1 MVP: Vasilije Micic Of Anadolu Efes Istanbul

With Anadolu Efes Istanbul playing its first-ever Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Playoffs series opener on its home floor, point guard Vasilije Micic starred to help make the occasion a winning one and in the process became MVP for Game 1.

Luka Doncic Returns To Watch Old Team, Real Madrid

One year after he led them to the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague title, teenage sensation Luka Doncic was back with his old teammates from Real Madrid on Wednesday to mark Game 1 of the team's best-of-five playoffs series against Panathinaikos OPAP Athens.

Zion Williamson Helps Couple With Gender Reveal

Apparently a dunk by Zion Williamson is good for just about everything.

Itoudis Praised CSKA's 'Almost Perfect' Effort

null

As fans of CSKA Moscow basketball surely know, Coach Dimitris Itoudis is not one to praise his charges falsely. When he analyzes his team's play after a game, win or lose, he will be honest and point out what his players must do to improve going forward. Itoudis is also quick to complement those who make the difference, but the coach believes in pushing CSKA to get better and works towards his team finishing the season (or marathon as he often calls it) in their finest form.

Fenerbahce's Dream Defense Set Records

null

If anyone wondered if Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul, the best team in the regular season, had another level to step up, they got the proof on Tuesday night. Fenerbahce welcomed Zalgiris Kaunas to the Asian side of Istanbul and showcased its best-ever defensive performance to open the best-of-five series with a resounding 76-43 victory.