The Pistons let me down Monday for the first time in several weeks with their home loss to the depleted Trail Blazers dropping my Best Bet record to 21-11 (65.6%).
Best Bet: Grizzlies (+2) Vs Nets $$
The Grizzlies are home dogs? That’s crazy. “But Kyrie Irving is going to play the road game”, I hear you say. Then someone else yells “But Ja Morant is out with a bum knee”. Yes of course I know all this, but I still think the Grizzlies are the better team.
The Grizzlies are a remarkable 14-2 this season with Morant out of the lineup. The Nets are a mediocre 8-11 with Kyrie in the lineup. What part of those two stats would suggest that the Nets should be favoured in Memphis?
The Nets are 3-1 with both Irving and Durant (but not Harden) in the lineup. Now we are getting into a small sample size that really does not mean much at all. Granted the Nets have been playing better the last couple of weeks. But I am not yet convinced they can find the consistency for the Nets to be serious contenders. There is still hope for Brooklyn to mould together for the playoffs but the light is much dimmer than it was in the first half of the season. They will still need to survive the play-in tournament to even have a chance at glory.
No other team in the NBA has the bench depth to compare with the Grizzlies. No other team can lose the services of someone as talented as Morant and still be considered an elite team. I’ll take Memphis as home dogs any chance I can.
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