We kept the perfect week rolling last night as the Sixers did what they DO these day; win games, pulling out a late win in the exact kind of game they have LOST for the last two years to move to 8-2 in their last ten games and keep their unlikely semi-serious playoff surge steaming along. The win was also big for me, as it was my fifth straight NBA winner, pulling the record to 9-1 ATS over the last ten plays and 14-4 ATS over the last 18 picks.
It’s a nice day of NBA action, highlighted by the return of ABC’s Saturday Night Game of the Week, and it doesn’t get a ton better than the Cavaliers and Spurs. Rockets vs. Grizzlies and the Sixers trying to keep it rolling in a back to back at Atlanta are good television as well.
The biggest news yesterday (besides some concern over Joel Embiid’s hyperextended knee) was the thorough beating the Warriors laid on the Rockets IN Houston. The win moved the Dubs to 37-6 on the season and gave them wins over the Cavs, Thunder and Rockets by a combined 63 points this week with their starters resting calmly on the bench in every game. It’s easily the most impressive week a team has had this season and is a clear declaration that the championship will still go through Golden State this season.
Today’s Free Pick:
Indiana Pacers at Utah Jazz -6
The Pacers had their winning streak snapped last night late in Los Angeles by the Lakers, and it doesn’t get any easier tonight with a short turn around against the Jazz. Utah is one of the best defensive teams in the league, and though they ALSO played yesterday, they are at home as opposed to travelling all night – a big difference.
Indiana is one of the worst ATS road teams in the NBA, a dreadful 6-15 away from Banker’s Life Arena this season. Utah is slightly above .500 at home ATS and a tight 15-7 SU. Indiana hasn’t just been the victim of tough spreads, they have EARNED their road losing wagers matching their road misery with an equally-dreadful 6-15 SU mark.
This pick seems a little too easy. I only have to eat six points to fade the worst ATS road team in the NBA on the backend of a back-to-back on the road against a very good basketball team? Add in the Jazz’s defensive excellence and it gets even easier.
It’s sports, so you never know, but man, this is about as easy a pick as I’ve had in weeks. This is clearly the best number on the slate today.