The Milwaukee Bucks delivered a solid home win last night over the miserable Pistons and gave us our third win in four games in the NBA and our sixth in eight games overall NBA and College. We will try to keep it rolling into a nice Thanksgiving Holiday and try to make it a profitable one.
Meanwhile, there were some impressive performances across the Association last night. The Sacramento Kings moved to 9-5 with a road win against Anthony Davis and the Pelicans. These two teams have now traded wins on the opponent’s court, but more importantly the Kings look like the team that is poised to move into the Playoff discussion despite the (well-deserved) fawning over the Unibrow. And staying out West, I think it is time to put the Warriors into “title contender” discussion. The most efficient team in the league when looking at both ends of floor combined notched another quality road win in Miami and moved to 11-2 for the season.
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It’s a packed slate tonight, highlighted by the Wizards trip to Cleveland. The Wix turned the ball over in jaw-dropping fashion last night losing at home to Atlanta. The Cavaliers have been a disaster at times. It will be interesting to see which team “gets right” and gets an important Eastern Conference win tonight. And can Sacramento complete another impressive back-to-back by winning tonight in Houston? There’s no Dwight Howard, so that could bode well for Boogie… but it is still the Kings on the back-end of a road back-to-back…
Today’s Free Pick:
Indiana Pacers at San Antonio Spurs -13 (Total: 188)
Last year, these were the two respective top seeds in the Playoffs. What a difference a year makes. The Pacers heading into The Alamo look slightly different than last year’s squad that raced off to a 16-1 start. In fact, it is likely they will not have a single starter in common tonight. George, West and Hill are definitely out. Stephenson is now toiling inefficiently in Charlotte and Roy Hibbert sprained his ankle in their win over Dallas (which was stunning, to be frank – the win, not the injury).
The plucky lineup that could will play hard tonight. Donald Sloan and Chris Copeland are earning NBA paychecks and will likely find themselves getting minutes for someone, somewhere down the road because of this quality extended audition. But to think this squad is going to play well in San Antonio?? Not likely.
Look, the Dallas game was an aberration, not a bettable trend. I’m not willing to lay 13 given Pop’s less-than-enthusiastic approach to games like this one, but I will bet that Indy will struggle offensively. The Spurs are good at creating open shots and managing tempo to prevent to their opponents from getting the same. Sloan and Copeland are shooting 40.8 and 37.1% respectively. Solomon Hill is shooting 41.1% and AJ Price and Rodney Stuckey are shooting 25.0 and 35.9%… it’s going to be a long ugly night for the Pacers. I like the total to stay under the 188, as it’s unlikely the Spurs will hammer the gas pedal in the fourth quarter.