February 24th, 2018
So, I took a minor shot to my pride on Thursday going 0-2 – after going 3-0 the previous week, but we’re still in good shape, and after an afternoon with my therapist I’m ready to go, but first it’s excuse time. The Wizards are now 8-2 without John Wall, and the Cavs suffered their first loss since the trade deadline… things that make you go hmmmm? I’m not sure where you land on John Wall, but the Wizards beat a hot CAVs team. I hate that the 76ers only managed a one-point over Chicago – it looks like this youth movement in Chicago with Bobby Portis, Zach LaVine, super Markkanen and a bunch of unknowns is gong to be wildly unpredictable from here on out… I’m staying away… maybe. I’m ready to move on to a loaded Saturday slate… and I’m going to take my shots. (Current Record 8-6-1)
Orlando Magic +10 at Philadelphia 76ers
This is an easy cover for the Magic, whom I claimed earlier that they were a terrible team. I still think they are terrible, but not so terrible that they can’t cover ten points on the road. Losers of four straight the Magic have lost each by only an average of five points with a road game mixed in. I believe the Magic and the Bulls are pretty much the same team, and have played each other close lately while the Bulls gave the 76ers everything they could handle earlier this week. So Orlando rolls in, and there’s no doubt the 76ers win this one… but by ten???? I think not.
Orlando Magic at Philadelphia 76ers Over/Under – 217
I’m going to pick on this game until the cows come home. This one is going to be tight and I’m capping the 76ers at 109 with the Magic close behind. The 217 points is spot on by Vegas, so I’m not going to take this one too hard. Four of the last five games for the 76ers haven’t even come close to hitting 217, so I’m playing the under here.
Boston Celtics at New York Knicks Over/Under – 208
A classic rivalry is about to yield a. 208 is a high number for two teams that recently combined for 176 points… I don’t see how these teams score 28 more points than last time, though the Celtics have been pouring it in lately. I still like the Celtics defense to be able to lock up the Knicks on the road. Tim Hardaway is rounding into form, but he won’t be enough in this one. 103-96 Celtics.
Oklahoma City +9 at Golden State
The Warriors are at home, but nine points is a lot for the Thunder who just slayed at home against the Warriors. The Thunder took it to the Warriors leading from start to finish in their last meeting and I’m not convinced this was a home court advantage and that’s it. The Thunder actually matchup well with the Dubs, and have a legit rim protector in Steven Adams, who the Warriors can’t match up with. This doesn’t mean the Thunder win on the road, but I think it’s enough to keep the game close. Look for a tight one here.
Good Luck Gamers.