Kevin Durant or no Kevin Durant, you get the feeling that this Golden State – Oklahoma City thing is going to be chippy pretty consistently into the future. Tempers roiled again last night as the Thunder were unable to control the score or their emotions in a 111-95 home loss to the two-time defending Western Conference champs. You know things are testy when it is Steph Curry initiating some of the pushing and shoving. Not that he was shoving Russ…. NO SIR, he was NOT shoving Russ….
Alas, the Warriors completed the four-game Mortal Kombat flawless fatality of the Thunder this season with all being comfortable enough to leave absolutely NO DOUBT who the better team is this season. Sadly, I took the momentum of the Thunder and thought Golden State might not carry the same “win it for Kevin” mentality with their Warrior teammate on the shelf. Lesson learned, despite the numbers, it is always putting your hand over a hot stove when wagering against the Warriors…
Let’s see if we can get back to winning tonight on a packed NBA slate of action.
Today’s NBA Pick:
Memphis Grizzlies at New Orleans Pelicans -2
The Pelicans have won three straight home games and four of their last five games overall, including wins over the Rockets, Blazers and @Charlotte. They look like the team we thought they COULD be once they acquired Boogie Cousins and now that Jrue Holiday is healthy. They won’t make the Playoffs this year, but they very well could be next season and seem intent on closing the season with that positive momentum in mind.
Meanwhile, Memphis is basically the same team they have been all decade; good interior, solid defensively – an obvious playoff team but not a real threat to hang around too long in May. They have a really nice team, but not one that scares the elite teams in the NBA. They enter today winners of four straight games including wins at Atlanta and Chicago and a nice home win over San Antonio. However, they lost the five games prior to that and will be playing without defensive stopper Tony Allen tonight.
The Grizzlies are 7-2-1 ATS in their last ten games and 5-1 ATS in their last six home games. They are better than their season record now that they have the most talented front court in the NBA, and are a real team to be taken seriously. Their numbers with Boogie, especially the last two weeks, are more indicative of a high-caliber NBA team. I like their chances at home against Memphis tonight.
Today’s Pick: New Orleans Pelicans -2