A foul or not a foul?? It’s a fair question, and one that most people outside of Brooklyn and three referees appear to claim the former. Either way, whether LeBron should have gone to the line or not, Mason Plumlee’s block stands and the Nets finish the regular season a perfect 4-0 against the Miami Heat. So is there cause for concern in a potential second round matchup for Miami?
If you talk to Heat players, they don’t appear too worried. And while I also agree it is unwise to put too much credence in regular season results, it does at least make you pause and consider the possibility that the Eastern Conference playoffs might be more than just one-round interesting. We could be in store for a full month and a half of good, intense, and suspenseful basketball.
And that’s never a bad thing.
On to today’s Free Picks:
Indiana Pacers -5 at Milwaukee Bucks (Total: 191)
The Pacers are a wreck. I know. I know. We’ve all seen the story on loop on ESPN, and there is no denying the fact they have failed to cover nine games in a row and 23 of their last 26. They went from the best cover in the NBA in the first half of the season to the absolute worst post-All Star break.
Yet somehow, they are still clinging to life for the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs picture. After the Heat’s controversial loss, the Pacers suddenly control their own destiny. If they win out, it will include a win heat up IN Miami (a tough ask for sure), they would be the #1 seed.
As bad as things have been in Indy, tonight is a great opportunity to get back on track and notch an easy win before the Miami showdown Friday night. I don’t think they blow it. Milwaukee is a whole different kind of “bad.” They have a worse record than PHILLY. That’s epically bad.
Milwaukee has dropped five straight games and 13 of 14 overall. And as bad as the slumping Pacers have been, surely they can sink THIS low, right?? It feels a little risky backing the Pacers as they tumble down the spiral, but I’m willing to put my money where my mouth is tonight. I don’t see ANY way they lose this game. And the five point spread is fairly generous considering how completely inept Milwaukee has been this season, even at home.
I’ll take the Pacers to vent some big time frustrations tonight.