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What can we say about Steph Curry and the Warriors that hasn’t already been said? Last night he hit an NBA record seven three-pointers in the first quarter. Not half, quarter. That’s amazing. He ended up with 51 points in a route of the Washington Wizards and his team keeps on rolling. I’m not sure anyone is going to be able to stop this team come playoff time and Steph looks like he’s on his way to another MVP award. At this point we should just sit back and enjoy the ride because teams that are this good don’t come along very often.
The other big story in sports right now is the trumped up story of Cam Newton saying he doesn’t want to be the Lebron James of quarterbacks and wondered why Lebron James isn’t “the Cam Newton of power forwards”. This was a joke in that he doesn’t like the comparison, but the media makes a story out of it because there is nothing else going on until the Super Bowl this Sunday. Cam Newton is a lot like Lebron in that he is bigger and stronger than anyone who plays his position and he changes the game. Still, he’s just Cam Newton. Lebron is just Lebron. They both changed the game. This isn’t a story.
Tonight we have just four NBA games to choose from as it’s national television night. The TNT games are… not great. The Lakers and Pelicans in the late game has no implications whatsoever. While the Knicks and Pistons is a battle for the bottom half of the Eastern playoffs and the future of the Eastern Conference. (Maybe?)
We also have a full slate of NHL action so let’s get into the tips.
NHL Betting Tips:
The promise of Connor McDavid probably showed itself for the Oilers in his last game out, his first since returning from injury. McDavid scored one of the most beautiful goals you’ll see all year and added two assists. His return really energized the team and I like their chances tonight against Ottawa. The Senators allow a high average of 3.2 goals per game and that helps Edmonton. Oilers +110 could be the start of something tonight.
Chicago heads to Arizona tonight to face the Coyotes and they look to continue their winning ways. They are 7-1-2 over their last ten against Phoenix and they simply owe this team. That makes the line higher on this one then we’d like, but it should go over 5 goals. The last time these two teams faced off it was a 7-5 affair and with the Hawks getting Toews back I expect them to run up the score again.
NBA Betting Tips:
The New York Knicks and Detroit Pistons are two of the most improved teams in the league and seem to have a bright future thanks to their young superstars, Kristaps Porzingis and Andre Drummond. The Knicks still have some work to do, but the Pistons feel like they are a player or two away. The Reggie Jackson-Andre Drummond pick-and-roll is basically unstoppable and another piece could really set this team off. The Pistons are just a bit more ready right now and I have to go with them tonight. Pistons -4.5 play way better at home and they have a huge coaching advantage in this one.
Kobe’s retirement tour heads to New Orleans tonight for a match-up with the Pelicans. For some reason the total on this one is set at 209.5 despite neither of these teams lighting up the box score from the scoring side. They played back in January in a 91-95 game. This one seems way to high so we are going under 209.5 because, really, who is going to score?