We came back from our NBA one-day hiatus and notched a nice underdog straight-up winner as the Thunder’s road woes continued. Losing to New Orleans and Anthony Davis on the road doesn’t SOUND terrible until you look at their season record. There was some growing media momentum for OKC being the team that could truly offer up a challenge to the Warriors, as opposed to the more conventional wisdom supporting the Spurs. After watching this Thunder team struggle the past two weeks, I am not sure I can make a cogent argument for them even making an entertaining series should the two eventually meet (or even a case for them MEETING – does it really look like OKC is beating San Antonio in a seven game death-match??)
Meanwhile, the point might just be moot. Golden State is invincible, invulnerable, indescribable, and lots more fancy in-adjectives. The Warriors won a tricky back-to-back road game at Orlando 130-114 behind Steph Curry’s 51 point outburst that included yet another 40+foot buzzer-beater. For the record, Steph Curry is now 35 of 52 from 28-50 feet – a distance not many human consider ATTEMPTING a shit from. To put that in modern analytical parlance, he is scoring at an efficiency clip from beyond 28 feet that could not be eclipsed NEVER MISSING a single two-point attempts.
Sorry Oscar Robertson, Charles Barkley, (insert old hater here) – the game has changed and Steph is the new reality. Enjoy it. It’s awesome to watch.
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Today’s Free Pick:
Charlotte Hornets at Indiana Pacers -3
The Pacers came out of the All Star Break meaning business. With a top four seed clearly in their sights, Paul George looks poised to add a playoff series victory to his likely Comeback Player of the Year Award resume. They have won three of four games, including road wins at Orlando and Oklahoma City and a road overtime loss at Miami. Now they get to head home and try to avenge an ugly 117-95 loss to Charlotte right before the All Star Break.
Charlotte has been better since getting Nicolas Batum healthy. They have won seven of ten, but tonight will be their fourth straight road game since resuming the season. It’s a tough ask to go on the road and beat good teams in the NBA – most teams have losing road records and the Hornets are no exception (10-18). It is especially difficult to win multiple road games on a long road trip.
Indiana has a little extra juice tonight after the recent embarrassing loss, and they also have an emerging solid big man in Myles Turner. He has been a revelation since being inserted into the starting lineup. He has averaged 17.0 points on 55.6% shooting in his last four games. Look for him to be a nice supporting offensive player for Paul George tonight.
Indiana has won 18 of their last 25 games at home. Look for that streak to continue tonight and I like them to cover as well with a slim line.