So… how did everyone do last night? I’ll scan for some comments on the Facebook page and forums, as I am curious if anyone bucked my advice and went after the two glamorous games in the NBA slate; the Clippers and Grizz or the Heat at Jazz. I wrote that I was petrified of both games as a wagerer, but intrigued by both as a basketball connoisseur. I also said I wouldn’t be surprised if either Memphis or LAC won by twenty points…
I guess I lied. I AM a little surprised. Did you SEE what LAC did to supposed “contender” Memphis last night? Absolute and complete domination. (though nothing equals the domination of the Bulls defense holding Atlanta to TWENTY points in the FIRST HALF!) I have a feeling this will ramp up the Rudy Gay trade talks, after failing last night’s litmus test.
The other interesting NBA subplot last night, the Heat’s road woes, continued as they lost at Utah. It really was a good wager on paper; an 8-8 overvalued team with big brand recognition taking on a less-popular team that is blindingly good at home. But I couldn’t pull the trigger. The potential of the Heat manning up and laying waste to the Jazz was there. Maybe you weren’t as timid… anyone take the Jazz to the bank last night??
Anyway – regardless of those two games, we did go to the bank last night, taking the safety of the Thunder covering (which they did with ease). I love another road favorite tonight – so let’s make it two winners in a row with today’s free pick…
Indiana Pacers -7 at Charlotte Bobcats (Total: 183.5)
The Pacers were the hottest team in the NBA before being cooled this weekend at Brooklyn (now the NBA’s hottest team themselves). That’s far from a “bad loss” and the Pacers will look to rebound nicely with a pleasant trip to a team that has lost eight of its last ten and 23 of 25 overall. Let’s say that again – TWENTY THREE OF TWENTY FIVE LOSSES OVERALL. That’s wretched, even by the admittedly low standard that Michael Jordan has established in Charlotte.
Indiana is a better basketball team on both ends of the court, and that’s not generally the case for the sometimes offensively-challenged Pacers. It will be a nice breath of fresh air tonight to get their points a little easier. To make things even more enticing for Indiana, the Bobcats played a road game at Boston last night while Indy had the night off. On the season the Pacers are 5-2 when they have a day’s rest and their opponent does not. And that 5-2 record wasn’t compiled against the WORST TEAM in the NBA.
Everything screams Indy tonight, and frankly seven points isn’t much to swallow. I like the Pacers with ease in the second half, pulling away from a tired and unmotivated Bobcat squad cruising towards another ping pong ball dream of a season.
Free Pick: Indiana Pacers -7