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Zach's Season Record: 26-18
I guess I picked a bad night to think Damian Lillard would challenge the Bucks on Monday – and Milwaukee basically slapped me across the face with a case of Miller Genuine Draft telling me never to doubt them losing to Portland or not covering the OVER again. Portland lost by 28 points? I deserve to be thrown out of an NBA arena like that blonde “Courtside Karen” in Atlanta who got tossed for shit-talking LeBron.
Thankfully Devin Booker hit that clutch three-pointer to get me a W with Phoenix over Dallas. But they missed the over by half a point. HALF A POINT. So, I went 1-3 on Monday, and I’m not thrilled about it. SO let’s come back strong today and get some money in your pockets so you can start saving up for fun Super Bowl Prop Bets… My money’s gonna be on Gronk urinating in public somewhere after the game. Hey, it’s Florida!
The Rockets have been playing terrific basketball since James Harden was traded to Brooklyn. WALLADIPO – which is my Hollywood “couple name” for John Wall and Victor Oladipo – has been impressive, culminating in a 30-point drubbing of the Thunder by the Rockets last time these two teams played on Monday. (I should have bet this game instead of Portland-Milwaukee). So, now in their second meeting this week, I’m back to believing that the Rockets and their well-balanced scoring will prevail over the Oklahoma City Thunder once again with the 7-point spread.
How lovable is Christian Wood by the way? Gets dumped by his girlfriend on NBA draft night when he doesn’t get picked and then signs a 3 year/$41 million contract two years later?! You gotta love that story. Maybe if my wife leaves me if I pick this game wrong, I’ll have a $41 million offer on the table in a couple of years… Hey, a man can dream.
Speaking of dreaming, the Thunder are dreaming if they think they can hold the Rockets below 120 again – which means that, with a 222.5 point total, I can see these teams hitting the OVER like they did on Monday. Especially with that Rockets’ scoring balance. In Monday’s game, they had 7 players score in double figures, which means the second unit doesn’t take many plays off. I love the new Rockets. They could be the most exciting thing in Houston since the Livestock Show and Rodeo.
The Suns are a tricky team to bet on, but they have done me well this year. The third quarter seems to be when they turn it up another level. And that also seems to be when the Pelicans decide to do what all pelicans do when they overheat: They pull their spines out of their mouths. (Yes, wild pelicans actually do this to cool themselves down - Google it. I’m just saying that the New Orleans Pelicans also tend to lose their spines when things get uncomfortable.) So, look for the Suns to easily win this game (in which they are favored) by more than 3.5 points.
I know the Mavericks game was close, but Luka was on a mission to make sure his team gave it a good shot after such a miserable two weeks, and even they came up short. I don’t see Lonzo and Ingram being able to handle the craftiness of D-Book and Chris Paul… and even the newest surprise Suns stud Mikal Bridges. Sure, New Orleans took down Milwaukee with that 21 three-pointer outburst last Saturday. But you don’t hit 21 in anything that often. From the NBA to blackjack. Bet on Phoenix to win by 5-7 points.
In regard to point totals, I like the Suns’ defense, a lot. If Deandre Ayton can stay out of foul trouble, he should be able to hold Zion to his semi-effective numbers. And assuming Lonzo shoots his usual 32 percent from three, Cam Johnson, Book, and Mikal should be firing off from all angles here. I’m thinking that the under is the way to go… The Suns screwed me by a HALF POINT Monday – so hopefully they think about my emotions today and get me back to a winning afternoon…
Then you should go take your money and bet on The Weeknd to open the Super Bowl Halftime show with “Blinding Lights.” (I won big money on Adam Levine taking his shirt off last year, so TRUST me…)