While everyone waits for Super Bowl Sunday, the focus this weekend will be on making some sharp NBA picks. Is there anyone sharper right now than the Philadelphia 76ers?
Sunday afternoons are for basketball. Or at least they will be, once they get that “Super Bowl” thing out of the way. But that's next Sunday. This Sunday, unless you're really keen on watching the Pro Bowl (and they still haven't released any lines as we go to press), it's all about the NBA picks, featuring two of the league's most popular teams duking it out on national television. Let's see what the roundball gods have to offer.
Friday: Rockets vs. 76ers (8:00 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Nobody's done more damage to the NBA odds than the Rockets, but they didn't get the job done for us last week against the Golden State Warriors. In fact, Houston has been bleeding red ink since winning nine straight games at 6-3 ATS. The Sixers, meanwhile, have been raking in the dough hand-over-fist since we hit 2017. Joel Embiid (+3.6 BPM) is already a special player on defense. Trust the Process!
Saturday: Clippers vs. Warriors (8:30 p.m. ET, ABC)
Remember that thing we said about the Clippers being in trouble without Chris Paul (+10.0 BPM)? It happened. Even with Blake Griffin (+3.2 BPM) back in the lineup, L.A. lost to the Sixers Tuesday as 4.5-point road faves – and that was with Embiid taking the day off. The Warriors are overvalued in general, and they've been running hot-and-cold ATS, but the UNDER has done very good business for the Dubs. All those MVP candidates, and only one ball to go around. Hardly seems fair.
Sunday: Thunder vs. Cavaliers (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC)
The Thunder haven't been terribly consistent since losing Kevin Durant (+8.4 BPM) to Golden State, but they've done better overall than most people expected. They also must have lost a lot of eyeballs, because Russell Westbrook (+14.0 BPM) didn't get voted as a starter in the All-Star Game. But Kyrie Irving (+3.1 BPM) did for the East. Shenanigans, I tell you. Fade the Cavaliers at your discretion, and may the sphere be with you.