We notched a third-straight winner, albeit a narrow one, with the San Antonio Spurs overcoming the absence of Kawhi Leonard to do what they usually do at home; win games. The Spurs, even in the height of Warrior power (which we saw a quick reminder glimpse of in the second half of last night’s Dallas trip) was still on par with the record-setting Dubs from a home winning perspective. They are tough to defeat at the Alamo, injuries and age be darned…
Elsewhere, how ‘bout that triple-double from Ben Simmons?? That dude is REALLY GOOD right now, and if he can continue to play on his current level, the Sixers have a legit All Star – and it isn’t the guy we ASSUMED it would be…
And lastly, I guess it WAS all Earl Watson’s fault. The quickest hook in nearly four decades paid an early dividend with the Suns looking like a different team in capturing their first win. Obviously, I chide Earl in jest – the win was a home game against the Kings, so let’s not get too excited over the two-point win just yet. And let’s not overlook the absurdity of firing a coach in the third game of an NBA season.
Today’s NBA Pick:
Brooklyn Nets at Orlando Magic -5 (Total: 229.5)
These two teams might not be any good, but if Vegas knows anything (and they usually do) this game is going to be a LOT of fun. You don’t see a ton of 229.5 totals, especially in the East, so expect a ton of points in a contest tonight between a pair of surprising 2-1 teams.
One of these two is going to have fans irrationally excited over a 3-1 start, and I think it’ll be the Magic. Is their young core talent really ready to compete for an Eastern Conference playoff spot? Probably not. But the insane 40-10 game from Nicola Vucavic indicates the thin Brooklyn interior has their hands full tonight. The Nets are also going to have to accept another season with Jeremy Lin on the shelf. The expected starter will be missing yet another season due to injury.
The Nets haven’t won three straight games in over three years, so expect a road win at your own peril tonight. Home court matters in the NBA, especially against inferior teams. The Magic might have been a fluky winner at Cleveland earlier this week (one of the odder results we will likely see all season) but it is a high-quality win nonetheless.
The Magic will be without Elfrid Payton tonight, but I am not sure Augustine is a huge downgrade, especially from an efficiency standpoint. They will also welcome back explosive power forward Aaron Gordon, who missed the last two games and is expected to go tonight.
I’ll take the home team, who has been scoring well, against a team that has less firepower.
Free Pick: ORLANDO MAGIC -5