Raptors vs. Spurs Pick NBA – April 2nd

We pushed last night in our only play, so a day on the treadmill, no better or worse for wear.  Let’s see if we can start a nice weekend of winners tonight with our NBA play as well as Final Four Preview.

We got out unscathed last night, but the same can’t be said for Detroit, who dropped a disastrous home game to Dallas and now must play the back end of a back to back against the Chicago Bulls team who is only one game in the loss column behind Detroit (and Indiana) for the final playoff spots.  Couple that with a “should win” for the Pacers in Philly and things are going down to the wire at the bottom of the Eastern Conference.  Does it really matter?  Probably not, especially for the eighth seed.  But for a team that needed to show fans some progress this year in Detroit and two long proud franchises like Indiana and Chicago, missing the playoffs would be a mighty blow.

The West is getting interesting as well, as three teams find themselves in the EXACT same scenario; Utah and Dallas holding a one game edge in the loss column over Houston for spots seven and eight; in this case, the Jazz are the team needing to show some progress, the Mavericks the long steady playoff contender like Indiana, and Houston, the team trying to avoid a Chicago-like Lottery disaster in a season which held much higher expectations.

Oh, and no April Fool’s joke – Golden State’s record-setting home winning streak came to a close last night against Boston.  That means they HAVE to split with the Spurs to break the Bulls epic mark (and making this last week WAY more interesting, right??!)

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Today’s Free Pick:

Toronto Raptors at San Antonio Spurs -10.5

The Spurs now own the longest reigning home winning streak in the NBA and can finally begin closing in on the newly-minted Warriors record after the Dubs surprising home loss to Boston.  But does Coach Popovich actually care?  I suppose we will find out tonight.  The Spurs should be at full throttle after resting the entire crew earlier this week, and the Spurs do generally save their resting for the road, so it should be a good winning effort tonight.

But eleven points is a lot to lay down, especially against a quality Raptors team.  Both teams have won three of four and both have nearly-identical 19 point losses at Oklahoma City in games where they rested a boat load of players.  Both teams have been blistering for the past six weeks; the Spurs at 18-3 in their last 21 games and the Raptors are 16-6 over their last 22.  Some are calling this a potential Finals preview, though I find it hard to imagine BOTH advancing that far.  It is still a Cavs/Warriors rematch to lose.

Toronto has been good on the road this season at 22-15, a pretty solid mark in the modern NBA.  Obviously San Antonio is perfect at home, which is, yeah, a pretty solid mark as well.  I’ll take some solace in the most recent Raptors effort against the Spurs, a 97-94 win.  I don’t think we lose a second epic home streak in consecutive nights, but I will take the giant pile of points and a reasonably close game.

Free Pick: Toronto Raptors +10.5

Chris Scheeren / Author