We had a nice bounce-back NBA night, going 2-0 ATS and notching a pair of relatively easy covers with the Rockets and Suns blowing through the 212 total and the Sacramento Kings controlling their home game against Toronto from the opening period.
But the best story of the NBA night was absolutely the Lakers. They began the game with just eight players in uniform due to a rash of injuries, and had two more players leave early hurt. That brought the total to just SIX uniformed bodies. When Robert Sacre became the second player to foul out with just a little under four minutes to play, things had the potential to get interesting… Thanks to a little-known NBA rule that prevents a team from playing with four players, Sacre was allowed to stay in the game, the Lakers were assessed a technical foul and any foul subsequently committed by Sacre would result in an additional technical foul.
I was SO hoping that D’Antoni would turn to the ref, slap his rolled-up playbook and proclaim “my team is on the floor” and glare down at a sulking Sacre left on the bench as punishment. He then finished the game by running “the old picket fence” at ‘em for the final three minutes… And yes, I am aware that is my second obscure Hoosiers joke in the last month and that I am not quite old enough to justify having seen that movie roughly 800 times.
Today’s Free Picks:
San Antonio Spurs at Brooklyn Nets -5 (Total: 195.5)
The Spurs have owned the Brooklyn Nets for years. They’ve won four in a row and a staggering 22 of 23 against the boys from Brooklyn. However, it is fair to assume that Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker are a big part of the success. Ginobili is already out, as well as Kawhi Leonard. Now Tony Parker is listed as doubtful after leaving last night’s game after halftime.
Popavich is rarely one to push any regular season injuries at the sake of long term stability, so I’d be real surprised to see Parker trotted out on the back-end of a road back-to-back following a double overtime win.
Brooklyn has cooled off a bit after being one of the best teams in the NBA in the month of January, but are still playing pretty good basketball. They snapped a three-game losing streak two nights ago against Philly, but in fairness to Jason Kidd’s crew, their losses were at Indiana, to Oklahoma City and a hangover loss to a pretty good Raptors team. I expect them to be back in good form tonight, especially given all the Spurs deficiencies in healthy bodies.
The Spurs have a way of rallying the troops in games they’re accused of tanking, but I just don’t think they have quite enough in the tank tonight.