Swinging Johnson - NBA Record (16-19,-16.0 units)
*Games assigned 1 to 5 units.
We’re slowly climbing out of the early season hole I’ve dug with another winner last night as the Brooklyn Nets +4 cashed for three units to not only cover the number in our NBA betting odds but winning the game outright, 101-93.
We are approaching the end of the season and the playoffs are looming. Let’s see if we can smash these two games tonight and heat up for the postseason.
New York Knicks (51-26 SU, 44-32-1 ATS) vs. Chicago Bulls (42-35 SU, 34-42-1 ATS)
Carmelo Anthony is en fuego, dropping 36 points on the Wizards Tuesday night and positioning himself for a scoring title. The Knicks as a team have been unconscious, rattling off nine consecutive wins and covering the spread in all but one of those games. They have been a veritable ATM for their backers but are looking to avoid a season series sweep at the hands of their nemesis, the Chicago Bulls.
While the Knicks have been sizzling, the Bulls have been somewhat fizzling. They have dropped three of their last five with two clunkers in a row to Detroit and Toronto. More importantly to those who like to back their opinions up with cold hard cash is the fact that Chicago has failed to cover the spread in five of their last six contests.
Both teams are injured to varying degrees but it’s the Bulls who seem to have cast a spell over the Knicks this season. It’s important to note that New York captured the Atlantic division title Tuesday night with their dominating 120-99 performance over Washington and might be breathing just a bit easier. Isn’t it time for a little letdown here, particularly against a club that routinely plays their best when the Knicks come to town? I think so.
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Oklahoma City (57-21 SU, 46-30-2 ATS) vs. Golden State (45-33 SU, 39-38-1 ATS)
Okie City has defeated the Warriors in six of their last seven meetings as they wrap up their season series tonight. However, be aware that the one lone victory in those seven contests came in the only game played at Golden State this season when the Warriors defeated the Thunder 104-99 on January 23rd as one point home underdogs.
While Oklahoma City struggles to wrest the number one overall seed in the Western Conference from San Antonio, the Warriors are simply content to have finally clinched a berth in the postseason. Golden State has won four of their last five games and has done it by banging the boards all season. They are ranked 2nd in the NBA in rebounds, averaging 44.8 boards per game.
As good as the Warriors have been on the glass they won’t have a distinct advantage over Kevin Durant and company this evening. Oklahoma City is ranked 6th in rebounds and their 105.8 PPG average will bode well against a rather porous Warriors’ defense. Golden State may take their foot off the throttle after securing a ticket to the playoffs while the Thunder still has some unfinished business to attend to in locking up the top spot in the Western Conference.
The last time these teams met on February 6th, the Thunder rolled to a 119-98 victory. I say spotting Golden State 3 ½ won’t be much of an advantage against a far superior Oklahoma City squad.