Who needs a whole face anyway? Apparently not Russell Westbrook. The point guard turned MVP candidate turned MVP favorite last night with a simply ridiculous stat line. Forty nine points, sixteen rebounds and ten assists. From a point guard. Who had his face cratered in less than a week ago.
I’m wracking my brain but I can’t think of any point guard in my lifetime putting up numbers like that. Maybe Oscar Robertson before I was born. Maybe. He did average a triple double, but that was 50 years ago. In the modern three-point era, I’ve never seen anything like the show Russell is putting on every single night. He is the first player to record four consecutive triple-doubles since a young Jordan. As much as I love Steph, Harden, and LeBron, I think MVP is Westbrook’s to lose at this point after not even being mentioned a month ago…
We took an L last night as the Pacers put one on the Knicks. Somewhere Reggie was making choke signs at a beleaguered Spike Lee as his old squad simply manhandled the shell of a franchise that is the New York Knickerbockers. Let’s see if we can do better tonight.
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Today’s Free Pick:
Dallas Mavericks at Portland Trailblazers -2.5
There are only two games on the schedule tonight. This one and the Thunder vs. Bulls. I am troubled by the mercurial nature of the Bulls – you really never know what you are going to get night to night, so I am staying away. We will instead focus on the nightcap between two of the many teams with aspirations of emerging from the loaded Western Conference.
Portland enters on a four game win streak which includes wins over the Spurs and Thunder and a pair of road wins over Sacramento and the Lakers. Tonight will be a little tougher competition than the last two outings, but they are back home where they are a nice 25-6 this season.
The Mavs beat the Blazers last month in overtime in Dallas, but in general, things haven’t gone well for Dallas against elite competition. They are 0-5 straight –up and ATS in their last five road games against teams with a winning record. Portland is also healthier with no one listed on the injury report (no sense worrying about L.A.’s thumb if he’s not worried about it!) and Dallas will be without Chandler Parsons and perhaps Tyson Chandler. The second would be a huge loss defensively, especially with how efficient Aldridge has been offensively.
This feels like one of those classic NBA games where the teams are pretty close and the home team pulls it out. I’ll take Portland by a reasonable -2.5 to get the win and cover tonight at home.