The Grizzlies handled their business with ease, led by All-Star “snub” Marc Gasol’s 26 points, and helped us cash a winner at the window last night. It was a much needed win for Memphis considering how poorly they have fared against top caliber teams this season – not just losing games, but losing many of them by sizeable margins. It was also an interesting loss for Brooklyn. They had gone 11-2 over their previous 13 games, but hadn’t faced a top-tier opponent on the road. Tonight they will get a similar, though not quite a formidable Western Conference foe on the road. Can they get back on track?
Let’s try to keep it going today with another winning NBA pick.
Brooklyn Nets at Houston Rockets -3 (Total: 201)
Both teams played last night, so it is possible fatigue could be a factor, but I still like the edge of Houston being at home. Historically, teams playing the back end of road back-to-back games tend to struggle. The Nets are no exception to the rule, going just 3-7 ATS on the second day of consecutive games. Of course, that number also includes HOME back-to-backs, which accounts for all three of their covers.
Houston also played last night, earning a nice 100-82 road win at New Orleans. Yes, the Hornets have been a mess this season, but any 18-point road win in the NBA is worth noting. I would think they would have a nice edge coming home tonight while Brooklyn remains far from home. Houston is back on track after a dreadful seven game losing streak that dropped them well out of the playoffs, winning two of their last three. The wins are not great; Charlottte and New Orleans on the road – but it is certainly better than more losses.
It is worth noting that six of the seven consecutive losses were road games, with their lone home game (also a loss) being a competitive game against the Clippers. They also have a significant advantage tonight against the Nets as Deron Williams left the third quarter of last night’s game with a quad contusion. He is expected to play tonight, but could very well be displaying some subtle ill-effects from the injury.
Houston may have struggled some lately, but they haven’t struggled against the Nets. They have beaten them a whopping eleven straight times heading into tonight. I like them to make it an even dozen in front of the home crowd. Give me the Rockets laying the three.
Free Pick: Houston Rockets -3