Pet project for WFDevTeam. No contest at the moment just a place to track your picks daily and perhaps we'll add more tools to break down a game and share any intersting information WFDevTeam can glean from the picks entered, random ESPN statistics, etc.
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I like OKC. CLE is always a tricky team to peg and we all know by season's end they'll be a top 3 team but throughout the season they have ups and downs and sure enough they are 12-31 ATS because its tough to go against them. OKC probably still isn't as good as the sum of its parts but arguably are the better team at the moment and when you lineup the starters for both teams I think the nod goes to OKC.
ATL is a great team to take on most nights. They have just enough talent for their coaching to do some damage against most spreads. But CHI is a team people, including me, keep underrating. They had a slow start but really since they've gotten Mirotic back they are a solid, .500 caliber type team. And now the have Lavine as well.
I'm a bit worried about a GS hangover that can impact a lot of teams but that was on Wed and CHI has too much ground to make up to not show up in games they should win.
I don't fully buy into PHI's recent success. It seems they are simply catching teams at the right spot. Boston without Irving. Toronto after playing CLE and GS. Detroit who has been floundering in general. And 7 points is too big a spread for team that simply can't hold any lead. But the injury report dictates you take PHI here as it looks like PHI is once again catching a good team at the best time to chalk up a victory.
PHI is missing Redick but they are also missing Bayless. Bayless is a bit of a scape goat but really truly he seems to hurt more than he helps on most nights. So that may be addition by subtraction.
But MIL will be missing Giannis and Brogdon. I also don't think their hyper aggressive double teaming defense is going to work against the 76ers pass happy offense. Unless PHI has a really bad game and MIL gets a lot of help from the officials I don't see how PHI doesn't win walking away here.
I got burned taking MIN against HOU but I think the issue there was a good throw back style team vs. the new NBA and HOU is simply a bad matchup for MIN. That said I think they are better than they showed and that it should show up against a TOR team that does play faster than it has but isn't running and gunning like HOU.
I do think this spread in theory is too much and yet the public is still on POR, but so am I. My reason is I think the Blazers may have gotten better while Lillard was out with injury discovering something in Napier and the minor change of giving him more minutes and spreading Lillard and McCollum out a bit may something that elevated the Blazers against the spread for awhile.