Russell Westbrook certainly didn’t disappoint last night. The Thunder came up two points short of covering but still earned a four point win over the Raptors, thanks in large part to yet ANOTHER triple double from Russell Westbrook. Not since Oscar Robertson has any guard thrown up triple doubles with this kind of consistency. “Furious Oscar” has put the Thunder on his back, and while the MVP public perception pendulum will ultimately swing back and forth a few more times, it’s hard to not give Russ some serious love at this point.
Meanwhile, just when it felt like burying the Spurs wouldn’t be unreasonable, they have reeled off five straight wins and Tony Parker seems miraculously resurrected from the dead. The Spurs are still a half-game behind the Clippers for sixth in the West, but I am not sure positioning matters on bit to Coach Pop as long as the Champs are healthy for one more run. Trying to game playoff positioning in the West is nearly impossible with the ridiculous depth. Just get IN the tourney healthy, and anything goes…
Let’s see if we can start the week off right with a winner.
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Today’s Free Pick:
Golden State Warriors -5 at Phoenix Suns
It’s dicey looking at a team on the road for the back end of a back to back, especially after a nationally televised big game (and a chippy one at that). But the Warriors have been immune to a lot of the normal pitfalls of an NBA team in the 2014-2015 season. They are 35-25 ATS this season, even as the lines have ballooned in accordance with their success. They are 10-3 on zero days rest and have covered eight of those games.
Meanwhile, Phoenix is in an awkward spot after the unceremonious jettisoning of Dragic and Thomas. They were in the thick of the playoff hunt but now the excitement is all but gone and no one legitimately thinks they can compete with New Orleans or Oklahoma City down the stretch. They’ve lost three of their last five and six of their last ten games and their last three losses have come by double digits.
Even possibly tired (which I don’t think the young and deep Warriors will be) I’d expect them to at least grab the win tonight in the desert. Five points isn’t too much to lay with a team covering as regularly as the Warriors and with such an enormous talent advantage, especially against the now-depleted backcourt of the Suns.