We got back on the winning track last night with the Boston Celtics doing just as prescribed; going into Chicago and grabbing an easy win and calming down, at least a little, of the “sky is falling” hysteria in Boston. Sure, they lost the first two at home, but with the Rajon Rondo injury and the very Bulls-ian nature of the team, you really never know what you are going to get from day to day. Would it surprise anyone if the Celtics won the next four? Would it surprise anyone if they won the series? It’s the 2016-2017 Bulls where the highs are very high, and the clunkers are aplenty.
Today is a packed slate of action with hoops starting at 3pm EST with Milwaukee trying to tighten the grip on the Raptors throats and rolling all the way until after 1am with Game Three of the Warriors and Blazers. In between, the Hawks will try to make it into a series with a home win in Game Three and the Spurs will look to quell any confidence the Grizzlies might have gained from their somewhat surprising Game Three win.
We will also look to grab another winner to get back on the plus-side of the postseason ledger.
Today’s NBA Pick:
San Antonio Spurs -3.5 at Memphis Grizzlies
The Spurs will give you one in the series, a “we’re not resting, but we aren’t too worried about things tonight” kind of game in the early/middle of a series. But they rarely give you two in a row, and rarely let the lesser team get a full head of steam to set up a pivotal and pressure-packed Game Five. Game Three got away from them, but I expect a much tighter defensive effort in Game Four and a convincing road win.
The Spurs had won seven of nine in this head-to-head matchup prior to their Game Three loss with nearly an eight point per game average point differential. They have a huge depth advantage and can match up well with the size of Memphis, which is usually the Grizz’s one exploitable advantage. Mike Conley is good (and definitely has Coach Fizdale’s respect) but he isn’t enough to overcome the waves of Spurs.
Look for Kawhi to come up big. His Game Three numbers were a little muted, but he is still shooting 67% from the floor this series and has been automatic from the line. Granted, he didn’t get there much in Game Three (Fizdale’s rant??) after knocking down all NINETEEN in Game Two.
I’ll eat the three points and take the Spurs to put this series to bed tomorrow night in Memphis.
Today’s NBA Pick: SAN ANTONIO SPURS -3.5