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Pacers vs. Pistons Pick NBA – Feb 23rd

Another nice winning night for us in the NBA, going 2-0 ATS and pulling the record up for 7-2 over the last nine picks.  We will try to keep it going with max effort tonight, as to avoid the scorn of Derrick Rose’s brother… It’s gotta be awkward when you’ve missed the entire season and your brother makes national news for complaining that the front office has failed in “surrounding you with enough talent.”  Perhaps Reggie Rose was referring to the medical staff??  Maybe the other assistant coaches??  Other than that, no amount of talent could have “surrounded” him this season, as he has yet to play a single minute of game action…

On to today’s free pick:

Indiana Pacers -4 at Detroit Pistons (Total: 189)

This is an interesting game, as these two teams met last night in Indianapolis and the Pacers absolutely decimated the Pistons, leading at one point by 41 points before back off and coasting to an 114-82 victory.  The good news for both teams is that because of the lopsided margin, neither team should be particularly tired tonight as plenty of reserves saw action for both teams.

For Indiana, it was their third consecutive win, and second enormous blowout win in as many tries since the All-Star break.  Before dismissing last night’s win as “just being the Pistons” – keep in mind they did the exact same thing to the team they are battling for second place in the East, the New York Knicks, the game before.

Detroit had been playing better basketball prior to last night; they’ve won 4 of 7 (though just 4 of 11 overall) and even sprinkled in a few decent wins; beating San Antonio and winning @Milwaukee.  However, they still enter tonight’s game 13 games under .500 and with a losing record even at home.

I like the way Indy is playing right now, and feel confident they have the team maturity not to overlook tonight’s game based on last night’s result.  The #2 seed and the potential berth in the Conference Finals with another chance to take on the Heat (they led them 2-1 last year…) is enormous to them.  Especially with the impending return of Danny Granger, they quietly think this team has the nucleus of a potential NBA Champion.  I am not 100% sure I agree with them, but getting the #2 will go a long way towards making that possible.  You can’t let games like tonight’s slip away.

I don’t think they will.   Give me the Pacers doubling their pleasure against the hapless Pistons tonight in Motown.

Free Pick:  Indiana Pacers -4