We notched our third straight NBA winner last night, continuing the scorching second half of the season and running the post-All Star Break record to 23-11 ATS. Last night was a second straight squeaker, but with only one game on the board to choose from, a win is a win and I’ll take it gladly.
This weekend is still dominated by the NCAA Tournament, but under the radar a few interesting storylines are bubbling up in the Association (and none of them have to do with LeBron and Kevin Love’s Instagram accounts). The West appears to be sorting itself out, with the inclusion of an old favorite awakening. The Warriors, Grizz and Rockets appear legit. The Blazers are fading and it’s hard to take the Mavs serious given their record against elite teams. But there is the sixth spot, don’t sleep on the Spurs. The Champs are surging at the right time, and even after flirting with the idea of throwing some dirt on their graves dozens of times this season, don’t be surprised if the ageless Timmy Duncan and Manu Ginobili mount one more run for Coach Pop. They’ve won eleven of their last fourteen games including wins over Atlanta, Chicago, Toronto and last night’s 39-point pasting of the Thunder.
Let’s see if we can make it four in a row tonight by plucking a winner off a full NBA slate.
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Today’s Free Pick:
Portland Trailblazers at Phoenix Suns +1
I’d likely choose the Warriors @ Grizz or Mavs @ Spurs for viewing tonight, but my favorite line on the board is the Blazers visiting the hot Suns. Phoenix looked left for dead after a flurry or trade deadline moves sent two of their three point guards packing and seem to signify the surrender of 2014-2015. However, they are still only three games out of the final playoff spot and have pulled a half-game ahead of New Orleans for ninth.
Portland may get Nicolas Batum back tonight, but the injury bug has bitten this team hard this season and they still seem a little listless without Wesley Matthews. They are just 4-6 without Wes and have gone OVER in point totals in eight of ten games – because they lost their best perimeter defender.
The home team has dominated this series, winning eight of the last ten games, so getting even a point instead of having to lay points tonight, is attractive. Over the last five games, these teams have been complete opposites; Phoenix is 4-1 straight-up, Portland is 1-4. Phoenix is 4-1 ATS, Portland is 1-4 ATS.
I like the trend to continue tonight with Phoenix getting a hard-fought and much-needed home win.