There was a spectacular blowout again in the NBA last night… it just wasn’t the one I thought it’d be. My week of misery continued with the 76’ers not only covering by coming perilously close to handing the Rockets perhaps the worst loss in recent NBA memory (if you were holding a -5000 ticket on the Rockets last night, I hope you have survived the cardiac arrest).
Instead, it was the Pelicans handing Minnesota a 139-91 loss. So, if you are wondering if the Timberpups miss Ricky Rubio, I guess the answer is, “duh.” The Pels shattered a bevy of team records including margin of victory, most field goals made (56) and shooting percentage (66.7%). It’s hard to make 2 of 3 shots uncontested in the driveway. It’s damn near impossible to do against an (alleged) NBA team.
Meanwhile, things are sinking to new depths in NYC. The Knicks lost at home to the Utah Jazz despite 46 points from Melo. They are 2-7 on the season and can only cling to the fact that due to being in the East they have yet to dig an insurmountable hole…
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Today’s Free Pick:
San Antonio Spurs -2.5 at Sacramento Kings (Total: 195.5)
The Kings suffered an absolute gut-punch of a loss at Memphis Thursday night. It’s the kind of loss that could crush a long-suffering fan’s soul. But I don’t think it’ll have the same effects on the Sacramento Kings. In fact, I think it might even serve a wake-up call/confidence builder. Yes, they blew a pair of huge leads last week and gave away a couple of games. BUT they were able to amass huge leads on the road against elite teams; Memphis and Dallas, and have already won at Phoenix and the Clippers. This team is legit. I’m sticking to my guns until things are proven otherwise.
Here’s the issue tonight. The Kings have been dissected by the precision passing and unselfish play of the Spurs over the last six year. In fact, they’ve lost 21 of 22 games against the World Champs. That’s a lot of history to overcome but what better way to make a statement that you are a team to reckon with??
In the Kings favor is the fact that they are at home with a night’s rest while the Spurs are on the back-end of a road back-to-back. Even beyond the fact they generally don’t bring the full complement of players in this situation, it’s tough to play four road games in six days. Fatigue will be a factor for sure, especially for the aging/banged-up Spurs.
It’s a bold step for the young Kings, but I think they take it tonight. I’ll buck six years of history and take the recent history of Coach Pop and his back-to-back backend rotations.