We notched a sixth winner last night on the freakish talents of Kawhi Leonard. Today, we try to keep it going with two of the more mercurial teams in the NBA; the Atlanta Hawks and Chicago Bulls.
We made it six winners in seven games, but it is hard to take too much credit for last night’s W. No, that credit belongs wholly and completely to Mister Kawhi Leonard. If you didn’t see the Spurs masterful comeback in Oklahoma City last night, that’s OK. Just watch the last 15 seconds of the game and tell me there isn’t a third LEGIT MVP candidate in this year’s race. Russ is russ-diculous, Harden stats are also worthy of inventing new worlds to appropriately contextualize the accomplishments, but silently lurking in the weeds of excellence is quiet Kawhi – doing things on BOTH sides of the ball that are beyond comparison.
That said, I still think the Dubs (who won their tenth straight last night, beating Houston for the second time sandwiched around a win in San Antonio) beat them in five or six and win the title. But it ain’t gonna be Kawhi’s fault…
The NBA pumps the breaks a little bit on Final Four Saturday, so there is no marquee ABC game tonight, though the Lakers and Clippers play at 3:30 EST, if you don’t like yourself…
Today’s NBA Pick:
Atlanta Hawks at Chicago Bulls -4.5
The Bulls are a team I’ve avoided since getting really frustrated with their random results a few months ago – the up and down mercurial nature of this team is maddening at times. But they appear to be dialed in for the final Playoff push, winning four of their last six games and covering six of their last seven. Dwyane Wade is out for the regular season, and some might suggest that isn’t necessarily a BAD thing for the Bulls. They are playing a little freer, a little looser, and better defensively with their younger unit.
Meanwhile, Atlanta has been even more of a roller coaster this season than the Bulls. They’ve had stretches where they looked like a Lottery Team, and stretches where they looked like they could win a playoff series or even two. Lately, it’s been more of the former as they limp towards the finish line. The absence of Paul MIlsap is HUGE. The Hawks are just 2-7 SU in their last nine games and a miserable 6-14 ATS in their last twenty games. They have lost four of five straight up on the road.
Head-to-head, the Hawks have had the edge, winning the last five games in this matchup, but I think the absence of Millsap changes the equation today. I’ll take Chicago at home. In their last six games, three of their four wins have come against Playoff teams; Cleveland, Milwaukee, and Utah. They’ve been faring well against good competition and I like them to keep it up today.
Today’s Pick: CHICAGO BULLS -4.5