I’d a gotten away with it too if it wasn’t for that pesky Swaggy P! The best laid plan were foiled last night by, what else, an otherwise meaningless long-range, backdoor-covering three pointer by the aforementioned “P” with four seconds remaining to snatch away a third straight victory. The rest of the game was handicapped perfectly; Kobe was 6 of 19 from the floor with a meager three assists and the Lakers defended with indifference. But, we take a half-point loss nonetheless.
I’ll stop whining about the bad beat. Hearing people complain about their bad beats is almost as interesting as hearing about someone’s fantasy football team. But it is our first real bad one of the year, and I’m sure there will be one or two more before June…
In the meantime, did you see what the Pistons did last night? They roared back from a 13-point deficit to record a 43-13 fourth quarter and stun the Blazers in Portland thanks to Andre Drummond’s 29-point, 25-rebound performance. It is his second 25/25 game already this season and makes him an unexpected early entrant onto the MVP Candidate list.
Let’s pick up the winning and start a new week off right.
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Today’s Free Pick:
Chicago Bulls -7.5 vs. Philadelphia 76’ers (Total: 197)
The Chicago Bulls have the talent to contend in the East, but have turned in an erratic early performance to say the least. One minute they are beating the Cavaliers. The next they are losing by 25 to the Hornet. Then they turn around and beat the Thunder on the road. Go figure.
They SHOULD win tonight by a bunch. But I don’t think they will. The Sixers aren’t likely to capture their fancy. Philly is still young and plucky enough to continue to compete on a nightly basis despite no real reason for optimism. They have been competitive in their last four games, hanging around to the final minutes yet unable to grab a victory. I like them to put forth the same type of performance tonight at home.
Another big factor in backing the Sixers tonight is that these Bulls are not the Bulls we’ve grown accustomed to the past few seasons. They rank just 12th in defensive efficiency, so look for Okafor to enjoy another nice offensive game in what has been an encouraging start to his career.
I’d be surprised if the Bulls can’t hang on to win. They will make more plays down the stretch and Philly will struggle to reliably get must0have buckets. But it could very well be a close game for about 46 minutes. I’ll take Philly out-efforting the Bulls tonight enough to get the home win.