What a ridiculous farce last night in San Antonio. First off, let me say that I consider my win in that game with the Heat +1.5 a fluke. If the line would have come out with Coach Spo’s curious “resting” of Lebron and Wade, it would have been at least San Antonio -7.5 or -8. However, Chris Bosh’s big money three pointer with two seconds remaining gave the Heat the improbable win and extended my ATS winning streak to four game.
I’m not bragging, because I can assure you I would have been pretty steamed had the Heat lost by two and failed to cover… I just wonder if David Stern will be a little perturbed as well. There is NO WAY you can intelligently claim that the “resting” wasn’t a direct reply to the stunt Popovich pulled earlier in the season failing to bring any of his starters to the game in Miami.
Happy Easter NBA fans!!
Ok, let’s get back to the hardwood with a few more winners tonight.
San Antonio Spurs at Memphis Grizzlies -4.5
The Spurs lost a puzzler last night, but perhaps they let their guard down a bit when the saw Lebron and Wade (and let us not forget Mario Chalmers!) were going to be sitting out. Either way, it’s a pretty bad sign for a team that fancies themselves as legitimate title contender. Tonight, we get a chance to see how much resolve they have with a trip to Memphis who is in the thick of an intense battle to avoid the dreaded 4/5 matchup in the West. Whoever grabs the third spot gets a first round date with homecourt advantage over the Warriors. If Memphis ends up in the middle, they are slugging it out with the Clippers or Nuggets in a fierce opening round series that could go either way.
So this game MATTERS for Memphis. And it should matter for the Spurs as well, after giving a game back in the standings last night.
Memphis has been good at home with a 29-8 record, and has been especially good of late, reeling off 11 straight home wins including scalps of Oklahoma City, Boston, Houston and Golden State. I like their chances tonight on their home floor.
San Antonio is an impressive 15-2 after a loss, but only 4-2 on the road. They are also playing on zero days rest, where they are a meager 8-6 on the season. Add in the fact that it is a ROAD back-end of a back-to-back against one of the top teams in the league and I like their chances even less.
Give me Memphis getting a very important home win tonight and running their home winning streak to an even dozen.
Free Pick: Memphis Grizzlies -4.5