Zach to the Rack NBA Picks For Monday 3/1/2021
Zach’s Season Record: 41-32
The Phoenix Suns’ offense disappeared faster than Lady Gaga’s dogs on Wednesday and ruined my 4-0 night. (Prayers up for her dog walker, this is a messed up world.) But when LaMelo Ball crossed over Deandre Ayton, I almost denounced my allegiance to Arizona basketball. So, I spent the weekend bidding on LaMelo rookie basketball cards but got sniped by some higher bidder at the 11th hour. But now it’s Monday and we are a week away from the All-Star Game which means we can be like Bam Adebayo and Trae Young and watch it from our couches when we all clearly deserve to be there. (See my “All-Star Snub” Article later this week.)
This NBA season has been wobblier than Tom Brady stepping off of that party boat in Tampa. But here are two games that I’m watching closely and looking to bet on to keep my current roll alive. We start with the Dallas Mavericks facing the Orlando Magic.
Dallas Mavericks vs. Orlando Magic: Dallas -6.5 (+100)
Point Total: Over 221 (-110)
Luka has done so much for me this season, and I don’t see him backing down now this afternoon. Sure, Vučević is great, but the Orlando Magic are not – the Dallas Mavericks are gonna feast on this team like they were that cannibal actor Armie Hammer. Look for Orlando to keep cowering for the rest of the season and to start playing that “Draft Cade Cunningham'' tank ball. Dallas also got Porziņģis back Saturday, and he has been filling the stat sheet.
Did you see that highlight where Denver had a 4-1 fast break and all 4 players stopped at the 3 point line, failing to tie the game? Nobody broke to the bucket for an easy inside wide-open layup? That’s one reason why the NBA has gone crazy, but it’s also why I’ve been taking so many overs lately. The number of three-pointers being hit this season reminds me of those baseball seasons when they discuss whether or not there are “juiced” baseballs in play. TAKE THE OVER.
Brooklyn Nets vs. San Antonio Spurs: Brooklyn -5 (+105)
Point Total: Over 233 (-113)
The Nets had been on an 8-game winning streak before running into Luka and Dallas Saturday, but with Durant still hurt, they are certainly less dominant. Still, the Harden-Kyrie duo is probably going to bounce back after the Mavs loss and go right back at DeMar DeRozan and the Spurs, mainly because the Spurs have only played 2 games since Valentine’s Day. I guess this could mean that they are rested and more lethal (they did beat the Pelicans Saturday). But I can’t see Brooklyn losing two straight in Texas. Sounds like a Dolly Parton/Kenny Rogers movie about gambling, doesn’t it? “TWO STRAIGHT IN TEXAS…” Soundtrack by George Strait. Take Brooklyn.
Brooklyn and San Antonio will also be gunning in this game. It may be close, but I’m sticking with my recent overs here – as it seems like the mid-season defensive malaise has kicked in. The Spurs have an impressive record, however so this may be closer than you think. Which could mean higher points.
So, let’s see if I’m gonna have a 3-1 or 4-0 night today. I guess it will depend on Brooklyn returning to their winning ways… But hey, even Lady Gaga’s dogs returned, so ya never know.