We notched our sixth win in seven NBA picks last night with the Jazz winning easily in Minnesota. The Jazz took some shots at Enes Kanter and his defensive laziness after beating him and the Thunder, but there is some real truth to the sentiment. Since his departure, the Jazz have been markedly better on defense and are starting to look like they have the core of a real good team. I know watching two teams lightyears out of the playoffs in the final weeks of the regular season may not thrill many people, but if you DID catch the game, you got a real treat.
After you finish this column, it’s worth youtube searching the Wiggins dunk over Gobert AND the Gobert block on Wiggins last night – both were awesome and were tantalizing glimpses of a pair of possible future All Stars. Seriously, their athleticism is freaky and the potential out-of-this-world. Still think Cleveland is glad they traded Wiggins for Love?? Perhaps LeBron isn’t the great GM he’s been allowed to function as…
We have been scorching, covering more than 2/3 of our picks post All Star Break. Let’s keep it running tonight and stack up yet another winner.
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Today’s Free Pick:
Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Clippers -3
The Golden State Warriors clinched the top spot in the West, their first division crown and have won the most games in franchise history. Steph Curry was the Player of the Week and they’ve won nine straight games. Things are good right now in the Bay and it’s a nice time to be a ‘Dub.
So do they sprint through the tape, or does the resting game begin?
Draymond Green is out tonight, but you can bet Golden State will still be playing hard. The Clippers have a nice winning streak of their own, winning seven straight, and both teams have an interest in sending a message to their potential second-round opponent.
But as great as Golden State is, it is hard to see them having the same insistence on winning as the Clippers will feel at home. They are on an absolute roll, winning all seven games since Blake Griffin has returned and doing so by an average margin of 14.3 points per contest. As great as Golden State is (again) this is a road game against one of the hottest and most talented teams playing a big game in their home gym on national television.
This game should be a blast, but without Draymond and possible Andre Iguodala, I’ll take the red-hot Clippers in their home gym.