4 games on tap to start off the NBA:
Boston vs Cleveland: Both teams had chippy moments in their last preseason game. Both teams highly fancied to meet again in the late postseason. Low scoring, physical play will highlight this. I pick the Celts.
Washington vs Dallas: New faces dot the landscape. Both teams with early injury issues (Jamison for Washington, Howard for Dallas). I pick the Mavs because Jamison is a bigger loss.
Houston vs Portland: Classic TNT game they played last year. No Yao this time. Still going with Blazers.
LA Clippers vs LA Lakers: Ring night. Clips will try to spoil party, but unfortunately, no Blake. Lakers roll.