Pelicans vs. Grizzlies Pick NBA – Nov 3rd

Is this finally the year that Boogie Cousins breaks through and makes his first All-Star team? There’s a logjam of talented bigs in the West and while Cousin’s numbers have always been on par or even slightly better, his team’s success has always lagged far behind people like Dirk, Blake Griffin, LaMarcus Alderidge and Tim Duncan. Those four are on perennial playoff teams. The Sacramento Kings are the laughing stock of the league.

Is all that about to change? The West is still so deep and so loaded (and now you need to add Antony Davis to that mix as well) but if Cousin can turn in efforts like yesterday’s dominating 34/17 in their road win against the Clippers, it’ll be impossible to leave the gifted big man out of the mix. He completely dominated Griffin and DeAndre Jordan yesterday, it’ll be interesting to see if the Kings can remain relevant into the Spring.

Let’s dive into a crowded slate of Monday action and see if we can start the new week with a winner.

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Today’s Free Picks:

New Orleans Pelicans at Memphis Grizzlies -4 (Total: 187.5)

The Grizzlies get ready to host Anthony Davis and the Pelicans and will put their franchise-record 3-0 start on the line tonight. Memphis hasn’t exactly faced a murderer’s row of opponents en route to their hot start. They’ve beaten Minnesota, Indiana, and early-season nominee for “worst game of the year” in a 71-69 win at Charlotte. It hasn’t been pretty but wins are wins and I’m sure no one is complaining on Beale Street.

The Pelicans looked promising in an opening night win at Orlando where Anthony Davis looked like an early MVP candidate and then backed it up with another good performance in a hard-fought 109-104 loss to Dallas. But tonight they go on the road, a place that hasn’t been particularly kind to them the past few years. They were just 12-29 last year away from home, and more troubling, just 4-12 inside their division. They are going to have to solve their divisional woes if they have any hope of making the postseason. It’s arguably the toughest division in the NBA, with San Antonio, Houston, Memphis and Dallas ahead of them.

Davis is special, but the Memphis frontline is one of the toughest defensively in the league. If Gasol/Z-Bo can contain Davis, the remaining positional battles tilt in the Grizzlies favor. Add in the sizeable homecourt advantage, and I like the Grizz tonight at home.

Free Pick: Memphis Grizzlies -4

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Chris Scheeren