We notched a fourth straight NBA winner last night with the Wizards blowing past the tired Sixers in the third quarter and holding on for a relatively easy cover in an 109-93 victory. No Joel Embiid. Short Rest. Road Game. It all added up to a pretty easy decision for the best play on the board and we were rewarded appropriately.
The biggest surprise last night in the National Basketball Association came from OUTSIDE the Nation, at our neighbors to the South where Los Suns dealt Los Spurs a surprising defeat in Mexico City 109-106. Devin Booker was the best player on the floor last night, at least offensively, dropping 39 in one of the more surprising results of the season.
Seven games on the slate tonight highlighted by Milwaukee at Atlanta and the Bulls at the Grizz on ESPN. Let’s see if we can make it five straight NBA winners tonight.
Today’s Free Pick:
Chicago Bulls at Memphis Grizzlies -6.5
We got back to basics last night, and it paid dividends. If you can get the better team at home hosting an inferior team on the backend of a back-to-back, you gotta look at it pretty thoroughly. In this case, the evidence is pretty strong. Memphis is 9-3 straight up in their last twelve home games and 6-3 ATS in their last nine at home. Chicago is 8-15 ATS in their last 23 games, despite a nice little 5-2 run lately. They are also 3-6 SU and ATS on short rest this season.
More importantly, Memphis is playing good basketball and is 14-7 at home. Chicago is kind of a hot mess right now, and is 7-14 on the road. Jimmy Butler was fantastic last night, but relying on him to recreate it on short rest against one of the best defenses in the NBA is a tough ask. Chicago is 5-11 SU this season as a road underdog. They have been blown out in two of their last three road games; at New York and Oklahoma City.
This is just a bad matchup for Chicago in general. Memphis is 2nd in the NBA in defensive efficiency while Chicago is 20th in offensive efficiency. Chicago ranks dead last in effective field goal percentage and next-to-last in true shooting percentage, which means it could be a real long night on the road on short rest for the Bulls already-sputtering offense.
I’ll lay the points and take the Grizz.