We took a tough loss last night, as the Rockets played a sleepy offensive fourth quarter, allowing the Cavs to get back in the game with a late 13-1 run. Houston ended up finishing off the game and grabbing the 117-113 victory, but for the fourth time this season we came up a mere bucket short. Ouch. But alas, that’s the way it goes sometimes, so we will dust ourselves off, get up off the mat, and see if we can begin the weekend in a more pleasant fashion.
Speaking of unpleasant, how long before things get a little awkward in Oklahoma City for Carmelo and the Thunder?? Statistically, everything looks fine for Melo. He is averaging nearly 21 and 6, and has a PER of over 19. He’s played just fine. But the perception that losing seems to follow him isn’t helped any by the team’s 4-7 record and their even worse 0-6 mark against the Western Conference. It still seems foolish to wager they won’t figure it out and make the Playoffs, but right now, it also feels a little foolish that many of us thought they could be the second-best team in the West…
It’s a loaded slate of action tonight in the Association. Here’s my favorite play on the crowded board.
Today’s NBA Pick:
Milwaukee Bucks at San Antonio Spurs -4.5
The Bucks early start is fascinating. The emergence of Giannis as a legit MVP candidate has stoked some real excitement around the franchise. The trade for Bledsoe has made it even more furious. But the truth remains that the Bucks are just 4-6 overall, despite the massive statistical performance from Giannis. It reminds me a bit of when Anthony Davis burst onto the scene three years ago. Visibly, he was clearly the “future of basketball.” Yet despite his individual brilliance, it didn’t always translate to victories. Time will tell is the same is true for Giannis, but through ten games, even his superhuman heroics haven’t been enough.
Meanwhile, the Spurs await tonight, and they have to be feeling confident riding a four game winning streak overall as well as having owned Milwaukee in the past; winning nine of their last ten head to head matchups. The Spurs are 5-1 ATS at home this season as well.
The Spurs will be once again missing Kawhi Leonard, but Aldridge, Rudy Gay, Danny Green and Pau Gasol have been plenty strong in his absence. I think they can keep it up tonight at home, even with the lift that Bledsoe’s arrival will provide Milwaukee.
Today’s NBA Pick: SAN ANTONIO SPURS -4.5