I don’t know how or why, but I woke up this morning and realized that I’m fucking gambling. Maybe it’s because I’ve been watching the NBA closer and closer to try and win my write-ups or I just stared too hard at the Portland vs. Minnesota game on the schedule tonight, but somehow I’m now fully aware that Caesar from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes could do my job, at least until the playoffs when you have to be at least human to know to bet series chalk. It hasn’t discouraged me, though. In fact, I feel enlightened, all the more reason to start doing these drunk.
I was listening to the Ringer’s NBA Podcast the other day (a few episodes behind, as per usual) and the conversation was whether or not Joel Embiid could get Rookie of the Year if he’s done for the season. He’s played 31 games on a strict pitch count but has looked like the best rookie to come into the league since LeBron James. So it would either be 1) vote for the guy who is the best rookie basketball player in the NBA but has played less of a season than anyone who’s ever won any award in the history of sports, or 2) vote for Malcolm Brogdon.
Thankfully there is an emerging third option by the name of Dario Saric. His numbers on the season don’t look great (40% from the field), but he’s looked like a candidate in his last 20 games (17 PPG in February, 16.7 in three games this month and 44% in that span). And if we’re going to judge Embiid on 31 games, it almost seems fair that we can at least weigh 40 games more heavily for Saric. Let’s see what he does in the last 20.
Brodgon plays for the Bucks; Saric plays for the 76ers. Joel Embiid won’t play. I don’t believe the Bucks should be a road favorite against any group of bodies aside from the Brooklyn Nets, so I’m taking Philly. Not that any of that matters anyway.
Free Pick: Sixers +3