The Knicks handled their business last night at home against a valiant Kobe Bryant (and Laker) effort, but in the end Carmelo was the best player on the floor. Oddly enough, one team played defense (at least a little bit), boxed out and made hustle plays, and go-figure, that team won the game.
It’s going to be a long road back into playoff positioning for the Lakers, who are now 9-14, and the most interesting camera shot of the entire game was the one of Steve Nash, in street clothes, standing next for Mike D’Antoni talking about who knows what exactly.
My bet? “Steve. Seriously. Can you play tomorrow? Like, immediately?? This is getting ridiculous…we are really, really bad…”
Ok, on to something less ridiculous, continuing our blistering NBA winning streak here on thesportsgeek.com. Let’s dig into tonight’s free pick.
Golden State Warriors -4 at Orlando Magic
Recently, the Golden State Warriors play, especially on the road, has been every bit as golden as their name implies. They have reeled off five consecutive road wins, including two nights ago in a buzzer-beating thriller at Miami and last week’s win at Brooklyn. The Warriors are 9-4 on the road overall this season, which is among the top three in the NBA. Their overall record has ballooned to 15-7, and it doesn’t feel too early to start talking up Mark Jackson as Coach of the Year.
Even more impressive than the 15-7 record is their 14-7-1 record against the spread, tops in the NBA this season. They have delivered every night, and usually at a level exceeding expectations. Of course, when this continues to happen expectations begin to elevate and things balance out.
At just -4 against the hapless Magic, I don’t think we’ve reached that point yet.
This is a good matchup for the Warriors, as the Magic aren’t averse to playing a quicker tempo, yet have nothing close to the offensive weaponry of the Warriors with Steph Curry, David Lee, Harrison Barnes and the underrated Klay Thompson all capable of dropping 20+ on a given night.
The Warriors have won 12 of 15 overall, and they haven’t fattened up on a scheduling lull. They are legit, and getting better every game. The same certainly can’t be said for Orlando who has dropped three of their last four and six of nine overall. At 8-13 they have been better than expected, but I am not sure they are a team that can be expected to halt one of the hottest teams in the entire league.
Give me the Warriors laying the slim four points on the road.
Free Pick: Golden State Warriors -4