Anthony Davis dazzled again with 30 points and 13 rebounds… in another losing effort, this time at Washington. Therein lies the problem for all the hyperbolic and enthusiastic Anthony Davis is the MVP of the league” talk. This team, as I’ve been warning from the outset of the season, is not quite ready to make the leap into the Western Conference playoffs; the West is just too good and too deep, and now that Westbrook is healthy and Durant is on his way, there are 11 teams vying for eight spots (if you include the Kings). The Pelicans are no better than tenth or eleventh in that mix.
This doesn’t diminish the greatness of AD, who is just 21 years old by the way, but the MVP talks need to pump the breaks just a bit. I can’t fathom the MVP being awarded to someone from a team outside the 16-team playoff picture.
Meanwhile, the Bucks showed “not quite ready for primetime” in their second nice opportunity to earn a quality win in the last few weeks. The Rockets came in shorthanded and point guard-less and still ripped the young Bucks. We took the loss in convincing fashion along with the Bucks and will try to rebound today and end the week with a winner.
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Today’s Free Pick:
Golden State Warriors -8.5 at Detroit Pistons (Total: 200.5)
Until the Warriors give me a reason to do otherwise, I’m riding with Steve Kerr and the Splash Brothers. The league’s most efficient teams visits one of its least today in a battle in the Motor City. The Warriors are 13-2, and averaging 107.2 ppg, so winning isn’t the larger question today, it is whether they will keep their foot firmly enough on the gas pedal to cover the 8.5 point spread.
The Pistons have been the worst team per talent level in the NBA this season. It isn’t a terrible roster like the Lakers or Sixers. It isn’t an exceptionally young one like the Timberwolves or Magic. It’s simply a terribly ineffective blend of players. It’s led to a dreadful record and an equally dreadful 5-11 ATS.
Meanwhile, the Warriors are 10-5 ATS and simply rolling over teams on the road at 8-1 this season. It makes their record even more impressive when figuring after today they will have played more than 64% of their games away from home and are still piling up wins.
Detroit is a train wreck. Golden State is playing literally beautiful basketball. Expect Pistons fans to be accidentally cheering for Steph Curry by the end of this game.