Memphis notched their tenth win in eleven games last night, sneaking past Minnesota on the road 94-90. The win gave them another high-quality win to go with Miami, OKC, Houston (twice), and Portland, and also gave us our ninth win in ten NBA picks to close the month with a 55.2% performance, despite my longest losing streak in four years at thesportsgeek.com.
Let’s keep this nice run rolling along and stack up another few winners before SuperBowl madness tomorrow….
Today’s Free Picks:
Brooklyn Nets at Indiana Pacers -10.5 (Total: 189)
Brooklyn isn’t getting much help from the schedule makers this week. Less than 24 hours after being eviscerated by the scorching Thunder they go into a hostile Indiana team fresh off only their second home loss all season. In good news, Brooklyn finally figured out a way to hold Kevin Durant under 30 points – lose SO BADLY that he sits on the bench most of the second half! Rimshot!
In all seriousness, last night Brooklyn grabbed the lowest rebound total in a game in the HISTORY of the NBA with 17. Seventeen rebounds. Repeat that number out loud Ferris Bueler-style. It’ll make your head spin a bit. How in the hell is that even possible??
If they repeat anything close to that effort tonight they are going to get beat by 30 again. Indiana is the most physical team in the East and smothering defensively and on the glass, especially at home. The Pacers have lost three of five, for their first “losing” stretch of the season. Tonight we get the regression to the norm. They are fresh off a five-game, nine day West Coast swing in which they went 3-2 including a win at Golden State and they looked flat in their first game home against an up-tempo and very good Phoenix team.
Tonight, I think they get back to business. Indiana has treated us well this season in term of covering and are still one of the top three teams in the NBA against the number, despite laying an average of around 10 points every home game. Brooklyn is on the back-end of a back to back. Yes, many people are playing up the pride angle after being embarrassed at home by OKC. But going up against the top two teams in the league on back-to-back nights is about more than pride; it’s about being a really good basketball team. Despite the showing of Brooklyn in 2014 so far (mostly very good) it’s asking a lot to win a back-end in Indianapolis.
I’ll lay the points. Look for Indy to win big at home tonight, especially stretching the lead in the late second half.