We took a rare NBA loss last night, only our second in eight picks, with the Golden State Warriors continuing to blister the entire NBA by winning their tenth straight game. Even Blake Griffin’s 40 points and 12 rebounds weren’t enough to top Steph and the Dubs. The game came with a little extra message sent, as the Warriors (who famously do not get along with the Clippers) went IN to Staples Center and beat them, even without Draymond Green and even a day after clinching the top seed in the West leaving little to play for. Except letting the Clippers know they are planning on dispatching them in the playoffs should they meet.
Meanwhile, The Spurs are also sending some clear messages – the road to the Finals will still have to go through San Antonio at some point. It’d be hard to consider them a favorite, but after reeling off a 13-3 month it’d be wise not to ignore them either. You can bet neither Houston or Memphis would be too eager to see the Champs in the first round…
Let’s get back on the winning track with today’s free NBA pick.
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Today’s Free Pick:
Detroit Pistons at Charlotte Hornets -4.5
We’ve had some pretty good success riding the extreme highs and lows of the Pistons this season. We made some easy winners with their glorious (and brief) resurgence in the aftermath of shedding Josh Smith. And now we’ve snatched up some easy winners watching them fall off the precipice after losing Brandon Jennings. Our most recent Pistons winner came earlier this week when they lost to Dwyane Wade and the junior varsity Heat who at one point had Mario Chalmers playing down low in a 2-3 zone because of how many injuries the team had weathered.
Let’s just say things are erratic in Detroit, and betting on them to win any road games the rest of the season would be a bit aggressive and optimistic. Yes, they are 6-4 in their last ten games, but there are such a mixed bag of results and prone to swoons, despite their great interior talent.
Charlotte is also stumbling to the finish line, losers of nine of thirteen games and wallowing in a large pack of teams that seem to want/not want the final two Eastern Conference playoff spots at the exact same time. The Pistons handed Charlotte a 108-76 defeat in Charlotte back in February, one of the odder results of the season, especially considering the Hornets have won four of their last five games against Detroit.
Greg Monroe is questionable tonight for the Pistons. But even if he is able to go (and why would you push him at this point in the season?) I like Charlotte at home.