Daily Picks: Wounded Animal Monday
Daily picks against the spread for Monday, November 25th, including Celtics-Bobcats, Jazz-Bulls, Grizzlies-Rockets, and Blazers-Knicks.
Weekend results: Missed Saturday on account of some technical issues. (I didn't press a button.) But Friday and Sunday went pretty well at 10-6 including a 5-0 run on Sunday.
Weekend: 10-6 YTD: 100-86-5
LOCK IT UP
Game: Knicks at Blazers
FAVORITE: Blazers (-8)
PICK: FADE THE KNICKS FOREVER
The rule remains in place. Until the Knicks get Tyson Chandler back or have some sort of spiritual realignment in which their entire worldview is changed, the rule is to fade them every night and forever. Their defense is abused by nearly any offense with a pulse and the Blazers are a raging dragon heart.
Eventually this strategy will defeat itself. Until it does, fade the Knicks forever.
DANGER WILL ROBINSON, DANGER
FAVORITE: Rockets (-1.5)
PICK: STAY AWAY
The Rockets make me queasy under any circumstances because of their amazing ability to just fall apart like they're made out of paper. But the Grizzlies just lost Marc Gasol and their offense is about to suffer even more than it did before. The problem? Teams after losing a major player for a moderate-term injury, especially playoff teams, tend to circle the wagons. Eventually the injury catches up and they run out of firepower, but in the short term, they're a wounded animal. Don't touch the wounded animal.
Hey, Good Lookin'
I've Got a Bad Feeling About This
Boston simply cannot be trusted and neither can Charlotte. Charlotte's the better team, but the Celtics have drunkenly stumbled into five wins already. Four's way too high, even with Charlotte better than advertised.
Toronto can build on what it has started by going all-in on versatility and spacing
The Warriors came out on fire in Game 4
How to watch the first-round series between Washington and Atlanta
How to watch the first-round series between the Raptors and Bucks
Green heckled Harkless over his reluctance to take 3-pointers
Durant missed Games 2 and 3 with a calf strain