Heat (+7) at Sixers: Riley leaving will take some getting used to. Sixers began badly last year. Look for Iverson to have a big opening night against a Miami team that has talent but a very weak bench. Philly is very strong depthwise and plays solid defense. PHILLY.
Mavericks (+2) at Lakers: Playoff intensity at Staples Center. Look for a big opening night for rejuvenated Karl Malone. Fans are behind Kobe in L.A. so he should be fine. Dallas getting acquainted with Walker and Jamison. Can’t go against Showtime. L.A.
Last week: 0-0. Season: 0-0.