I capped off a nice weekend in hoops wagering with a second straight NBA winner and a 5-1 weekend overall on the pro and college hardwoods combined. Let’s see if we can take than momentum into a fresh week with some great action to choose from.
The Utah Jazz got a big blow yesterday with the announcement that center Rudy Gobert will miss four weeks after suffering a bone bruise on a collision with Deon Waiters in the Miami game. Gobert described it as a “dirty play.” I disagree and so does Deon, saying to “tell him (Gobert) to get out of his feelings.” Gotta love that Waiters swag, man…
The injury puts the Jazz in an even more difficult spot trying to stay afloat in the hyper-competitive Western Conference and could very well lead to a slide that eventually lands them in the Lottery. And speaking of the Lottery, the Pistons appear to have no intention of heading back to such a dismal fate. Detroit ripped off yet another win last night, giving us the W in the process, to get to a dazzling 10-3 mark overall. Can they keep it up? The East seems ripe for the taking, but I’ll admit, I never envisioned Detroit as one of the contender to do it…
Today’s NBA Pick:
Cleveland Cavaliers -5 at New York Knicks
Lingering perception? Stubborn Vegas? Or do they know something we don’t about patience and avoiding panicky over-reactions? The New York Knicks have a winning record overall, are 6-2 at home, the Cavaliers are a game under .500… but yet they are a commanding road favorite.
So trap game, or delightful opportunity begging to be cashed in?
I’m going the latter. Yes, the Cavs have LeBron James. And yes, the Knicks weren’t supposed to be any good after several lousy seasons and now the departure of Melo. But things seem a little more optimistic in NYC, and Kristaps Porzingis is a big reason why. The “Unicorn” is no longer hype and potential, he is a legit MVP candidate, not just putting up massive stats, but leading his team to victories. He enters tonight averaging 30.4ppg, 7.3 rebounds, and blocking 2.3 shots per game. His PER is over 30, and the 7’3’’ Latvian is still just 22 years old.
Meanwhile, Cleveland is just 3-3 SU on the road and 4-8-1 ATS on the season. So why the automatic assumption they win on the road?? The Cavs are old, not shooting well, and not guarding anyone. The Knicks are 4-1 SU and 4-1 ATS in their last five games and 6-1 SU and ATS at home.
It FEELS like the Cavs are the play because its Cavs vs. Knicks, man. But the metrics and the 2017 on-court performance say we can catch a few extra points we don’t deserve backing the home squad.
Today’s NBA Pick: NEW YORK KNICKS +5