The Warriors are still the best team in the NBA. A single result isn’t shaking my belief in that absolute fact. But, I’ll admit it… there were two major fissures in the wall reveled yesterday.
The first is the tangible. The real, on-court, perplexing fourth quarter home melt down against the Grizzlies that happened well after most of us had already gone to bed assuming the Dubs got another home win. It was hard to envision a scenario in which a non-Cavaliers team could throw a 31-12 quarter on the Warriors IN Oracle, but that is exactly what Memphis did last night en route to an overtime stunner.
That’s crack one. You just had to WATCH it, and you now know it is possible and real.
Crack Two was more subtle. It was the Kyle Korver trade, bolstering the Cavaliers seemingly lone weakness with one of the only shooters on the planet who can claim to be on par with Steph and Klay and not be laughed at. The Korver deal is a BIG deal (assuming the NBA approves the trade), and if any questions remain as to whether we get the seemingly-inevitable Warriors v. Cavs III they now lie more on the Western side of the equation…
We notched a win with Wall and the Wiz last night. Let’s keep it rolling into the weekend.
Today’s Free Pick:
New York Knicks at Indiana Pacers -7
Betting on the Pacers, much like the Bulls, has been a difficult task this season. There have been excellent results, lousy results and frankly a lot of “who knows what team is showing up tonight?” results. But for all their maddening inconsistency, they are one of the best home teams in the NBA at 14-5 and host one of the poorer road squads, New York, who is just 6-12 away from MSG.
The Knicks also played last night, a hard-fought 116-111 road comeback win over Milwaukee on ESPN. The Knicks are 2-4 ATS on the backend of back-to-backs, and tonight is a ROAD back to back against an excellent home team. The Knicks are -13.2pgg overall on back-to-backs, so the losses haven’t been particularly close in most cases.
That makes laying seven a little more tolerable tonight. Indiana has the sixth best home ATS record in the league, and is a fourth-best 8-4 ATS as a home favorite.
Look for Paul George and company to do what they do with regularity; protect their home court and get a cover in a game they are supposed to win.