Zach to the Rack NBA Picks For Wednesday 4/14/2021
Zach’s Season Record: 73-61
Monday was a fun afternoon until the Suns did their best to lose their 20-point lead in the 4th quarter, which made me about as sick as the pork nachos I ate poolside in Puerto Vallarta yesterday. Down here in Mexico, the NBA is an afterthought to fútbol – so when I was screaming at the TV in a bar later, the locals told me to “cállate la boca” as they changed the channel to some soccer channel. I translated that into my phone and discovered it meant “Shut the F*$% Up!”
So I followed their lead and watched the rest of the game on my phone and drank 25 beers. I love Mexico!
Speaking of “drunks,” Kevin Durant continues to prod the media by referring to Shannon Sharpe as a “Drunk Uncle” when he cited a fake meme quote attributed to KD that had been posted on a Nets fansite. Durant sure likes getting into it with the media (That Michael Rapaport thing wasn’t a good look), and he needs to understand that life is better OFF-line when you’re in the NBA and playing for a super team. That being said, his game that was rescheduled for yesterday went as I planned (my pick was pulled the night before) and he went for 31. Technically I finished the day 2-0. I leave Mexico Friday, and I have one heck of a bar bill to cover, so let’s get some cash in your hands and mine this Wednesday.
With the T-Wolves on a back-to-back following their loss to the Nets yesterday afternoon, I like the Bucks winning here today – especially since they haven’t played since they murdered the Orlando Magic on Tuesday… and that was WITHOUT Giannis. Now, Giannis is a game-time decision, and if he does play, this is a walk for the Bucks. If he doesn’t, they still win, but the spread may be harder to cover. TAKE the BUCKS.
Again, this all rides on Giannis’ ankle. Even if he does come back, will he play full minutes? Doubtful against the Timberwolves, but look at what they did to Orlando behind Middleton and Bobby Portis. 124 points to Orlando’s 87. I know Edwards and A-Rod’s new team has some talent, but not enough to cover a 236.5-point total. Take the UNDER here.
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SCREW IT. I’m doing three games today because both of these two matchups are harder to look away from than that Paulina Porizkova nude magazine shoot that she just released. She’s 56? Call me, Paulina.
I like the Knicks here in this highly anticipated RJ Barrett vs. Zion Williamson battle of .500 teams. Especially with the Pelicans favored… The Knicks are SCRAPPY, man. I know they’ve burned me this year, but did you see that play this week when the whole bench helped Julius Randle off the floor? THAT was special. These guys are clicking at a good time right now. And I think the Knicks are one great trade or draft pick away from starting to rise again. The Pelicans look like they’re having fun, but they still don’t have a definitive leader. And you get the feeling that Lonzo, as good as he’s been lately, is a tough guy to play with. Take the KNICKS, baby, AND take the over. 220 is nothing. These guys like to score, and we could see a 240-250 point game today.
The Miami Heat were hot, but coming off of that tough Phoenix Suns game yesterday could be the reason that the Denver Nuggets are favored by 4. Especially since the Nuggets had the devastating loss of Jamal Murray in a useless 4th quarter against the Warriors where they tried to run a 7-point deficit back in under a minute. That is why you don’t risk playing your starters in late quarters – it’s like putting wet laundry in a dryer with two minutes left in the cycle.
Alas, prayers up for Jamal, and I hope he comes back at full strength. Based on what I saw in Phoenix yesterday, though, the Miami Heat will struggle to have something left in the tank against the Denver Nuggets tonight. Jamal’s absence opens the floor for Michael Porter Jr., who is on his way to NBA stardom. Jokić can score 40 tonight if he wants to, might be a nice prop bet on a triple-double for the Joker. Points-wise, take the OVER again. We will see how the Mile High looks without Murray.
Three games! Three! Get on it, NBA fans – the season is getting GOOD, and ya never know how Denver will bounce back, but NBA Championship title chances are dwindling. So if you wanna throw a little coin down… it could benefit you. In the meantime, I’ll be at the local cantina watching fútbol. And the NBA on my phone…