Are the Cavs finished? You’d love to hear LeBron come out and say “the rumors of our death have been greatly exaggerated,” but let’s be honest. Even with LeBron playing every position and setting up every play when he’s not scoring himself, this team just lacks depth. Now with Shaq out for a couple months, we’ll really see if they can handle it or if they’ll float at .500. With Paul Pierce so wishy-washy, it’s starting to look like the Magic will just walk to the Finals.
As I type this, the Cavs are getting crushed by the lowly Pistons. Not a good sign for them. Yeah, every team has down nights, but it looks like it might take them a while to adjust to Shaq’s absence. I could make a recommendation on the line of their next game, but the best advice is to steer clear of them altogether. They’re too unpredictable right now.
I’ll give you an underdog upset game coming up on Sunday, instead. Hawks at Knicks. Normally, I hate the Knicks chances, but I see a spark in them, and yes, it’s coming from McGrady’s direction. Wouldn’t that be crazy if this guy is the glue that brings the team together into something resembling a contender again? Lord knows, whenever that happens to any team, somehow Pat Riley gets the credit for it.
The Hawks play much stronger defense than the Knicks, holding teams to about 8 fewer points per game. They’ve won 2 of their last 3 road games, and have a convincing record at the moment.
Still going with the Knicks? Yup. Even without McGrady, they’ve topped 100 points 4 out of their last 5 games. They’re in an offensive groove, and I think that will win out at home over the Hawks defense, which will be playing its second road game in a row.
Hawks will get a 4 point line, but I’m sticking with my upset pick and saying the Knicks will win.