Blazers vs. Pelicans Pick NBA – Dec 20th

The San Antonio Spurs were at it again last night, playing their second consecutive triple-overtime game after going more than 21 years without playing a single triple OT’er. The odds of that happening? Well, it’s the first time since 1951 anyone has done it, so extrapolating out, it is about 140,000 to 1.

Sports are crazy sometimes, but that’s what makes the games fun and that’s why Vegas is willing to put lines on them – you never know when something bizarre and out of the expected will occur. There was almost another unforeseen result last night – though not nearly as long of odds as the Spurs feat – but it was not be as Kobe Bryant’s game-winner bounced harmlessly astray and the Thunder failed to avoid an embarrassing loss to the Lakers.

We took a tough loss with the Wizards falling just short of covering and snapped our five-game winning streak in the process. We will look to build anew tonight with my favorite NBA play on the board.

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Today’s Free Pick:

Portland Trailblazers at New Orleans Pelicans -5

The Blazers could be a little sluggish tonight after last night’s electric triple-overtime win against San Antonio. If you watched the game, then your jaw is probably still agape over watching the ridiculous explosiveness and shot making of Damien Lillard. His two-handed jam in overtime where he took off from the foul-line had me literally yelling out loud – simply insane. I get that the West is loaded with point guards (and now Rajon Rondo is joining the party). And I am not proposing an All Star team without Chris Paul, Steph Curry, Russell Westbrook and Mike Conley – BUT if they can’t find a way to get Lillard on the roster than something is criminally wrong. All Star? He looked like one of the best players in the NBA last night…

But, last night was last night and today is today. And today they need to get off a plane after a late-night, nationally-televised triple overtime thriller and take the court against Anthony Davis and Pels. That’s a tough order on regular rest, let alone the ridiculous turnaround they are attempting.

If the NBA has shown us nothing over the last few years it is that teams on the road on a back-end of a back to back are generally six to ten points worse than on a normal night. That should be more than enough to help the Pelicans get the home win and cover. I’d like to see Tyreke Evans officially cleared t play tonight before physically putting down a wager, but even if he doesn’t play, I still like NOLA simply on the energy and emotion factor.

Free Pick: New Orleans Pelicans -5

Chris Scheeren / Author