January 27th, 2018
Ok – we are off to a 1-2 start with both Boston and the Spurs going on the road and winning big on the second game of back to backs. Both covered with ease, but the lesson here is learned early. Picking on the Spurs and the Celtics on the same night is a recipe for disaster.
Vegas had both game as pick’em games, but neither game was close. I’m not shying a way from tacking these games, but I will be mindful of whom I pick on. Philadelphia covered at home against the Chicago for a little redemption, but this was an easy call to make, so I take no credit. For tonight’s there is nothing too juicy that stands out, but a handful of games have some variable that should be considered.
Let’s get to work. (Season record 1-2)
Orlando at Indianapolis (-6)
Keys to selection: Indianapolis is going to be hopping mad that they couldn’t get by Cleveland on Friday night and will be out to take heads off on Saturday… and there’s no better team to take out your frustrations on than the 14-33 Orlando Magic. This is far from a magical season for Orlando that has them with the fewest wins in the Eastern Conference and with only one win this month against 10 losses. Six points is about my limit regardless of the situation, but I think Indianapolis bounces back here.
Charlotte at Miami (-4.5)
Keys to selection: Yes the Hornets are coming off a win, but it was against the worst team in the Eastern Conference… a team that’s behind Orlando in the standings. Miami is only getting 4.5 point and I’m taking Miami in this one with ease. Eric Spoelstra has done an amazing job with this Miami Heat team maximizing the skill set of each of his players. An accomplishment that as of right now would earn him coach of the year status should the season end right now. The Heat who are the more rested only have to win by five or more points and I think they do it. Miami has already beat the Hornets a week ago in Charlotte without Goran Dragic, who should be healthy as well. The Heat blew a late 12- point lead to the Kings and I’m expecting nothing less than a major bounce back.
Good luck gamers.