Atlanta vs. Memphis Pick NBA – Feb 8th

If Portland ends up starting the 2015 Playoffs on the road, remember last night. The blazers held an eleven point win with under a minute and a half on the road at Dallas, only to allow a furious comeback to send the game to overtime (I’d recommend not giving Dirk an open look when the Mavs trail by three…) and got pummeled in overtime. The game may wind up proving huge in the long run.

Friday night had another huge wing game, as the Pelicans won in OKC on a double-pumping buzzer-beating three pointer by Anthony Davis to cap a sunning 41/10/10 performance that is on par with the best individual efforts in the country this season. Simply jaw-dropping stuff. Let’s hope last night’s awkward fall was just that, an awkward fall, rather than anything more serious to the MVP-candidates shoulder.

The Thunder will try to bounce back today with another tough visitor, the Los Angeles Clippers. It will be interesting to see how the Clippers bounce back after a technical-filled and controversial effort against the Cavaliers… It should be a great day in the NBA, and a great day for us to put a lousy losing week in the rear view mirror.

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Today’s Free Pick:

Atlanta Hawks at Memphis Grizzlies -2

The Hawks responded to the end of their franchise-record 19 game winning streak by beating the Wizards by nine and Warriors by eight. This team is 35-3 since Thanksgiving is looks simply awesome, not only winning but winning by comfortable margins.   They have won every game against Western Conference playoff teams this season including both against the Clippers and Portland, as well as their first meetings with Dallas, Golden State, Houston and OKC. All the talk about “who takes the last shot” becomes less important when you are up by four or five possessions.

Meanwhile, all the hype was around the Warriors v, Hawks Finals preview, but today could just ass likely be the preview people were salivating over (and AGAIN, not on National TV, but hey, you get Cavs-Lakers!) Memphis has looked like a title contender since the acquisition of Jeff Green, despite Friday’s odd loss to the Timberwolves. They have still won eight of nine and sit at 37-13 on the season.

Today is a true battle of heavyweights, but I am going to ride with Atlanta. They have fared incredibly well against the best of the West, winning both home and road games against all the top teams in the conference. I expect a good game, but I just can’t wager against the Hawks when the line is reasonable, especially if I can get them as a dog.

This is one to enjoy. Hopefully you have League Pass or a means to watch this heavyweight battle. I’m taking the Hawks to keep soaring.

Free Pick: Atlanta Hawks +2

Chris Scheeren / Author