My easy winner turned into a stomach-turner last night as the heat ratcheted up in the Cavs visit to Madison Square Garden. The Knicks has the game under firm control for three quarters, amassing a 20-point lead late in the fourth quarter. Then, the King, who had certainly had his fill of the trifling from the Knicks (who I think were upset about his comment regarding Dennis Smith, Jr. ‘should have been a Knick’) took a lot of opportunities to push, shove, foul, and carp at LeBron.
James had the last laugh. He physically domineered the game, out-muscling the Knicks en route to a dramatic comeback victory. Fortunately, the five-point cushion still netted me a third straight NBA Sports Geek winner, but man, was it a lot more nerve-wracking that it looked like it was going to be…
Let’s see if we can keep things rolling today and grab a fourth straight NBA winner. It’s a very light slate to choose from, but there is a game I like a great deal. Let’s dive in…
Today’s NBA Pick:
Boston Celtics -6.5 at Brooklyn Nets
The Nets are slightly improved this season, but they are hosting a buzzsaw tonight in the surging Celtics who enter winners of twelve straight games. I’d say it is safe to say they have put the Gordon Hayward injury behind them, eh??
Brooklyn isn’t a free win this season, especially at the Barclays Center, where they are 3-2 SU this season. They are a nice tidy 7-6 ATS on the year as well, a marked improvement over last season. But they are still just 2-7 SU this season as an underdog, so they are not beating good teams and they hace lost six of their last eight overall, suggesting perhaps their quality start is in the middle of a regression to the expectation.
Kyrie Irving has been upgraded to probable tonight, and that is good news for the Celtics. Not only have they ripped off twelve straight wins, they are 10-1-1 ATS in those games as well. There’s no real reason to fade the C’s right now until the provide some evidence of cooling off. Right now, there is very little They’ve won without Hayward, they’ve won games without Al Horford in the lineup, and they’ve even managed with Kyrie getting knocked out of a game. They are 6-1 ATS on the road this season overall.
Boston just keeps on winning, and I don’t think Brooklyn is the team to snap that momentum.
Today’s NBA Pick: BOSTON CELTICS -6.5