The Portland Trailblazers crushed Miami in the second half to push our current run to 7-1 ATS over our last eight picks. It’s been a pretty sweet start to the New Year and we will try to keep it rolling as we enter the weekend.
Meanwhile, Toronto’s losing streak continued last night as they dropped their fourth straight game, this time at home to the Charlotte Bobcats. The loss dropped the Raptors into a third place tie with the Wizards in the Eastern Conference and isn’t a great sign for a team that was off to the best start in team history. The win was also substantial for the Bobcats as it was their fourth straight victory and they now sit only 1 ½ games behind the eighth place Heat. Add in the fact they did this with Al Jefferson on the shelf and all of a sudden both they and the Pistons are making a surge to make the East suddenly interesting… Perhaps the ‘junior varsity’ will be watchable after all!
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Let’s dive into today’s free picks and try to keep the good times going.
Today’s Free Picks:
Philadelphia 76’ers at Brooklyn Nets -11 (Total: 191.5)
We cashed a winner earlier this week banking on the longshot of the Sixers first home win over the season, a less-than-thrilling win over the struggling Cavaliers. So am I really putting a nice win streak on the line by going back to the Philadelphia well??
For starters, Brooklyn will once again be without Deron Williams. They do have a capable backup in Jarrett Jack but will still be challenged in terms of depth. They also aren’t very good. They aren’t “awful” like Philly, but it is clear things didn’t work out as intended in Brooklyn and that a major rebuilding project is going to have to be overtaken before any reasonable success can be expected.
Brooklyn has lost three straight games and failed to cover in four straight. Philly’s recent slate isn’t much better, and aside from the Cavs win it’s been a lot of misery, both straight-up and against the spread. BUT most of those poor results came on a lengthy west coast road trip, a trip that it tough even for good teams, let alone teams that flirted with NBA infamy for a winless start to the season.
I have no reason to think Philly has a shot to win, but they just haven’t been SO bad I’m willing to lay double-digits against a bad team. If they were out west, I wouldn’t touch it. But in the East against a struggling team without their point guard? I’ll take a ton of points and root for the young kids.