The Jazz played all over the weary and listless Pistons last night to the tune of a 110-77 victory and a really easy stress-free cover for our third straight NBA winner and eighth in eleven plays. Nothing piques my curiosity like a slumping Eastern Conference team playing the back-end of a back-to-back on the road out West against an undervalued team whose record has skyrocketed since they got healthy. It was a pretty easy play – and it paid off.
Last night’s loss aside, things are getting a little ugly in Detroit where the results haven’t been great lately, but the effort has been even worse. It has never been a team of great chemistry of morale, and Stan Van Gundy has his work cut out over the next few months to keep this team in the playoff race (and potentially keep his own job).
It’s Saturday, or in more appropriate NBA time keeping, “two days until Cavs v. Warriors” But at least we have a few good games to sate us in the meanwhile.
Let’s see if we can keep it rolling with a fourth straight NBA winner.
Today’s Free Pick:
Philadelphia 76’ers at Washington Wizards -9
The Philly story is getting fun, I’ll admit it. Two straight wins, one a thrilling buzzer beater, the other a nice commanding win over a good Charlotte team. But now they are asked to go on the road and win the back end of a road back-to-back against a team that is 10-5 ATS at home as a home favorite and who has won six of their last nine overall.
Here’s two kickers:
One, the Washington Wizards are a dazzling 9-1 ATS in their last ten home games. Secondly, the Sixers will NOT have Joel Embiid tonight who will be resting (not a bad move, considering he lost multiple complete YEARS to injury to start his career). That leaves the Sixers tired, shorthanded, and missing their best player which are some nice ingredients if one were cooking up a blowout.
Keep an eye on this line, as John Wall is still listed as questionable, but everything I’m reading says he will likely suit up. IF HE SITS, NO ACTION ON THIS GAME. So, if you like the play, please WAIT until before tipoff to commit.
OK, my PSA aside, it’s hard not to like the Wiz tonight if they are full-strength against a tired and Embiid-less Philadelphia squad. Yes, Philly is 5-0 ATS in their last five games but those were with Joel. The Process works far less effectively without the cornerstone of said process.
I’ll take the Wiz, again, with the above Wall-plays caveat.