We notched another NBA Playoff winner last night to run the mark to 4-1 over the last five picks and hopefully we are dialed in and ready to make a serious run. Dialed in would aptly describe all three favorites last night as all three won and covered yesterday. The two home covers, Washington and Houston did so in easy fashion to knot their series at 2-2 respectively. The Cavaliers won on the road and in the process, LeBron became the first player in NBA history to score 35 points in all four games of a playoff series sweep. So much for making LeBron “be a scorer” to limit his effectiveness…
I think most of us were skeptical about the Cavaliers being able to easily “flip a switch” and go from a bumbling apathetic mess defensively to an NBA Championship caliber ballclub, but the evidence was strong this week that they are in fact ready to defend their title.
It won’t be easy of course. There is another perfect postseason team on the collision course in June, the Golden State Warriors. The Dubs will attempt to match the Cavs unblemished first two rounds by dispatching of Utah tonight in Salt Lake City. Can the Warriors hold serve? Let’s dive in to today’s featured pick (and the only game on the slate…)
Today’s NBA Pick:
Golden State Warriors at Utah Jazz -8
Golden State played about as poorly as they have played in a month in Game Three. And still won by double-digits. I can’t seen any reason to pick against them tonight other than the large road spread being a little daunting. Golden State hasn’t blown out the Jazz in any game, yet the Jazz haven’t really threatened to WIN any game either. It’s been an oddly ambivalent series. However, the Warriors HAVE won every game by double-digits even without displaying their true A-game.
I don’t think we will get the A-game tonight either, but I think there is a real chance we get a C+ or C- game from the deflated Jazz. I just don’t think they can make enough shots to get a win and once things get to the 10-15p point mark, I trust the veteran Warriors to smell the blood in the water (and perhaps an early flight out of Utah with a week’s rest upcoming as the Rockets and Spurs seem destined for Seven) and finish off the kill.
Steph and Klay aren’t going 7 for 29 again, and once their shots finally fall this series should end efficiently. And even if they do struggle, they have Kevin Durant to finish the job.
Today’s Pick: GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS -8