NBA: Pelicans (+5.5) Vs Heat $
The Pelicans have quietly moved up into the tenth in the western conference and the final play-in spot. This is a bit surprising considering they are still 10 games under (.500). But they have now won 4 games in a row thanks in part to a soft schedule recently.
But the team is now making moves and has acquired CJ McCollum from Portland who is set to make his debut with his new team tonight. The Pelicans are also benefiting from the strong rookie performances of Herb Jones and Jose Alvarado while Jaxson Hayes continues to improve. Don’t look now but this team could still make the playoffs. They may need to win two road games (potentially both in LA) to get in, but that is very doable. I have the current version of the Pelicans rated higher than both LA teams and even higher than MIN and DEN.
I have nothing bad to say about the Heat. They are still a contender in the East and are getting healthy at a good time. But (-5.5) is a lot of points to lay on the road against a suddenly quality Pelicans team.
NBA: Warriors (-9.5) Vs Knicks $
The Knicks are bad and getting worse. NY has badly missed Derrick Rose from their lineup and now their other injuries are starting to mount as well. RJ Barret is doubtful for this matchup with an ankle injury while Noel, Robinson and Grimes, are all questionable. The Knicks do not have a depth of talent off the bench and simply cannot absorb such casualties.
Tonight the Knicks travel to SF and face one of the NBA’s top teams in the Warriors. Klay Thompson is starting to look like his old self and that is bad news for the rest of the league. The Knicks have little chance of actually winning this game and I am not confident they can even keep it within single digits either.
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